Hooray! It’s Five Minute Friday time!

I have no idea where these days are going, but we’re back again and I’m so glad you’re here!

If you’re new in these parts, grab a cup of tea, put up your feet, and make yourself at home. Find out what’s so amazing about Five Minute Friday by clicking here.

Oh, and if you’ve contributed to the forthcoming Five Minute Friday book (which I really hope you did), Susan Shipe is still in need of ten more testimonials. Now, testimonials are not the same as posts. Briefly tell us what you love about FMF, how it has impacted your life and/or your writing, or what the FMF community means to you. Send your words to Susan at hopehearthome<at>gmail<com> as soon as possible. The first ten submissions will be included as a box quote with first names only in the book!

Can’t wait to see the finished product!

This week, we’re writing on:




Ready: GO.

When my youngest was born, we named him Caleb, and prayed that he would follow the Lord with his whole heart, just like the Caleb of the Bible.

It’s a tall order — especially in this world where so many voices are vying for our attention, our affection, our souls.

Now I’m writing a memoir about home, and how my heart has been torn for decades — first, through my parents’ divorce, then from an overseas move. I’ve spent my life stretched and displaced, my love spread thin over vast lands and multiple houses.

I read in the Bible about asking God for an “undivided heart,” and I wonder what this means. Especially when I find my loves and longings staggered and scattered over countless people, places and things. Am I doing it wrong? Should I stop caring?

Or maybe it’s all related. Maybe loving God’s people, His places, His things, is just an extension of my love for Him. Maybe if I acknowledge that He is over all and in all and through all, the scattered pieces of my heart become connected, and through Him, I am made whole.

What about you? What does loving God wholeheartedly mean to you?



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