Welcome to our final FMF link-up of October 2023! Someone at my work this week was talking about updating our calendars and availability for the holidays, and it hit me that Thanksgiving is less than a month away!

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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: STRIVE





I feel this word in my bones. There is a stretching feeling that comes when I think about it, and also maybe a kind of addicted ache, like I want to get rid of it, but I can’t. I want to stop, but I don’t.

I keep striving, keep pushing, keep trying, keep working. Doing more, more, more. And then just a little more.

Striving for acknowledgment, for thanks, for attention, for love, for approval, for peace. Striving to achieve, accomplish, become.

It’s exhausting. And so unnecessary.

If I truly lived like I believed that Christ has done it all and paid it all for me, then I don’t need to strive. I can rest secure in the reality of His love, His forgiveness, His acceptance, His approval, His peace. His achievement.

I certainly can’t strive my way into heaven, that’s for sure. And yet I still catch myself on occasion trying to earn God’s love and favor.

I still catch myself forgetting about the wonder that is grace.

So today and this week and hopefully for a while longer, I’m going to think about this word and what it means and how it has shaped me. How it continues to make me into something I don’t want to be.

What is the opposite of strive? Rest? If so, may we rest in His presence and the reminder that He has already done it all.





When Strivings Cease by Ruth Chou Simons

I confess I haven’t read this book yet, so please take this recommendation with a grain of salt, but I couldn’t help but share it here, as it just fits so perfectly with this prompt and theme:


when strivings cease

Have you read it? If so, what did you think?


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