Last night I was star struck! Yes, it was Five Minute Friday Twitter Party and a couple of rock stars walked in! Holley Gerth came in for a brief moment – don’t know Holley? Well, she is an incredibly gifted lady in writing and flare! Her latest work is You’re Already Amazing. She also has a line or two of cards and jewelry at Dayspring and she is one of the founders of (in)courage, a huge online ministry of encouragement! Like I said, rock star! Several minutes later, Alia Joy walks in. Alia is unique – her words flow like the smoothest of silk and she writes story, unlike story has ever been told. I would like to know her up close and personal. And, the icing on the FMF Party Cake toward the end, FMF’s very own hero, Andrew, spoke up. Andrew writes about my dying spouse over at Blessed are the Pure in Heart.
Kate Motaung, our hostess with the mostest, moderated all the convo’s and kept us “in line” as only Kate can! Last night’s discussions were quite engaging: what keeps one from writing; writer’s block; a non-discussion of politics; bacon, of course, showed up once, maybe twice; a mission trip; children; and, the work-in-process, a compilation of favorite FMF posts!!! Y’all, we are going to have our very own book – I’ve been wanting do something like this forever and this week I took the plunge. Kate and I messaged and figured it all out – writers will go through their FMF posts and find their favorite one, which they wrote, and soon all of these will be bound in one awesome book or ebook, available on Amazon. Kate Motaung, our leader, will be choosing the ministry of her choice for all the proceeds to go. A win-win project. So, if YOU want to be published? Get me the favorite FMF post YOU have written ASAP! Accepting posts until March 31, 2016.
Oh yes, last night’s word prompt for a five-minute free write?
There are a lot of things I don’t want shared.
There are a bunch of things we are admonished to share – straight from the Good Book!
Grief. Galatians 6.2
Joy. Romans 12.15
Good deeds. Hebrews 13.16
Food. 1 John 3.17
Clothes. Matthew 25.35-40
Hope. 1 Peter 3.15
Story. 2 Corinthians 1.3-4
I want to focus on the last one for a minute or two (that’s all we have!)…
YOU have a story if you have an experience. And, we all experience things every.single.day. Did you know the reason for the stuff you’ve gone through? Did you know that every tear, every ache, every pain, every joy, every everything is part of the story God is writing with your life AND, He tells us the reason for it. Right there in His Word, from The Message:
All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too. 2 Corinthians 1.3-4
So, just wait and see – God will bring into your circle of influence someone whose hurting, and, lo and behold it will sound familiar to you because of course, IT IS! It happened to you once…don’t miss the opportunity to use your experience and SHARE YOUR STORY! You don’t even have to pick up a pen, or sit at a keyboard.
Pick up the phone. Mail a card. Slip an arm around them. Offer them a seat. Open your door. Knock on a door.
You’ve been called…
05:00 (really longer if you count links, tweets, and at least a minute to ponder!)