Welcome to this week’s edition of the Five Minute Friday link-up! Each week we gather around a single word prompt and freewrite for five minutes flat. Some of us choose to share our work, others choose to keep it to ourselves. Either way, you’re invited to read the posts linked at the bottom of this page and spread some love to your fellow writers!

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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: BLAME




Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO. 

I have an aversion to being blamed. I think it traces back to Adam and Eve. In the Garden of Eden, after they had sinned, first Adam blamed Eve, then Eve blamed the serpent (Genesis 3:12-13).

But more than a sinful nature tendency to want to blame others, I am supremely averse to being the cause of the blame. As I type this, I think this character trait of mine is linked to my “people pleasing” problem.

I want people to be happy with me and not upset with me, so I don’t want to give them a reason to blame me for anything.

About a month ago, our basement flooded. It was related to a frozen pipe that got opened too soon before it had fully thawed, and the cleanup is still in process. My husband and I spent more than eight hours one day moving furniture, books, desks, rugs, etc. out of the affected rooms, vacuuming up water, resetting fans and dehumidifiers.

It was a big mess and a lot of work, and the whole time I just kept thinking I was so glad I wasn’t to blame. I didn’t even care whose fault it was, as long as it wasn’t mine. I would’ve felt terrible if I had caused that much work, time, and money to be spent on my error, however unintentional it may have been.

So. Any therapists out there? 😉 Who can help me figure out why I care so much about the possibility of being blamed? 😉

And . . . time’s up. I guess we shall leave the matter unresolved for today.



In case you missed it . . .

BOTH of my new books are now available in-store and online!

grief books


Letters to Grief


101 Prayers for Comfort in Difficult Times

I hope they’re both a blessing to you!



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