Hooray for long weekends, and double hooray for Five Minute Friday!

A huge welcome to all, whether you’re brand new to this gig, or a long-time veteran. We’re so glad you’re here!

Learn more about Five Minute Friday here!

I want to start by inviting you all to check out the Breathe Conference, happening October 7-8, 2016!

It’s a conference for writers, featuring Keynote Speaker James Scott Bell, as well as dozens of fabulous breakout sessions — including one led by Ann Kroeker, co-author of On Being a Writer!

Early bird pricing ends May 30th, so go ahead and register now!


Breathe Conference


Also, don’t miss the huge Dayspring Memorial Day sale!


Dayspring sale

Use code MEMORIAL25 to get 25% off sitewide, now through Monday, May 30th! Click here to start shopping! (affiliate link)

This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:




Setting my timer for five minutes, and … GO.

As Memorial Day approaches, I’ve found myself looking back to past years, standing on the sidelines of the parade as the veterans march past. I always blink back tears, especially when the cars drive by with family members inside, and a poster on the side of the vehicle that starts with “In memory of …”

So we stand up whenever a person in uniform passes by, to show due honor and respect.

And I wonder, What else am I teaching them to stand up for? What else am I standing up for myself?

I hope they see me cheering for others who sacrifice, who serve in all kinds of ways, who pour themselves out for the good of others.

I hope they see me cheering for what’s right, standing up for truth, raising my hand to salute integrity and biblical principles.

I know it’s far to easy to follow the current, to be swept up by the latest trends, whether they match God’s words, or not.

I heard a quote recently that really struck me: “Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you” (Luke 6:26). It made me think — am I cheering for the exact same things as the rest of the world, or can others see that I march to the drum of Christ?


AND — I totally did not plan this, but I just clicked over to my friend Bronwyn’s site, and she has a post up this week called Cheer Mom — a guest post by author Melanie Dale.

Bronwyn is also giving away a copy of Melanie’s book, Women are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends. Click over and check it out!

Link up your own five minutes of free writing below!

And don’t forget to register for the Breathe Conference, and shop the Dayspring Memorial Day Sale!

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