• Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 25: Capture

    This month, I’m participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to join in! When I hear the word “capture,” I think of the song by tobyMac called “Captured.” It says, All I want to do is get into You You’ve got me captured By Your Love All I want to do is stay here with You You’ve got me raptured Can’t get enough I want that to be my prayer. I want to be so captivated by the beauty of Christ that I just keep coming back for more. I…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 24: Brief

    This month, I’m participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to join in! All of my blog posts this month have been brief. In fact, I have to write them all in five minutes, so they have to be short. It’s hard to condense a sea of thoughts into a post this size. Often I don’t get out everything I wanted to. On other days, it’s all I can do to keep writing for five minutes based on only one word. This has been a good challenge for me. First…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 23: Common

    This month, I’m participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to join in! What I see as common and ordinary might be a gift from God. Maybe He’s trying to speak to me through it. Maybe He wants me to use it as an opportunity. For example, my cozy bed, the view out our 10th-floor window, and the trees I walk by in the plaza are gifts from the One from whom all good things come. Maybe the advice given to me by a friend is God’s message for me…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 22: Help

    This month, I’m participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to join in! Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help. I think I’m so strong on my own. I think I can navigate life all by myself, because I’m a big girl now, right? I’m a legal adult–can’t I handle this on my own? Haha! What an idea. Little me, thinking I can just mosey through life without consulting the One who holds all knowledge and wisdom. Why on earth would I try to live on my own strength when…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 21: Start

    This month, I’m participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to join in! Start. Sometimes that’s all you need to do. You’re standing on the edge of something big, and it’s exciting yet terrifying. You’re about to take the plunge, but fear is holding you back. You know God is calling you to help that ministry to the homeless in your city. You know you need to have that conversation to restore peace with the person you’ve hurt. You know you should apply for that job that would give you…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 20: Audience

    This month, I’m participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to join in! As a writer, I’ve read and heard a lot about building a “platform.” If a writer aspires to write, publish, and sell books nowadays, he or she has to work at building an online presence and accumulating followers so that when a book comes out, there will be an eager audience ready and willing to buy it. Right now, I am in school, and I don’t have a lot of time to put into platforming. I post…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 19: Who Are You?

    This post was written for the weekly Five Minute Friday blog linkup. Each week, writers respond to a one-word prompt by writing for five minutes, then share their unedited writing with each other. Click here to join the fun! This week’s prompt: Who. We’ve already had why, how, and when as prompts this month, and now we have who! Who are you? What defines you? Is it your hobbies, your relationships, your occupation, your personality type, your religion? Do you know who you are in Christ? If we seek to know who God is, we will gain a better understanding of who we are in light of that. Learn about His…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 18: Search

    This month, I’m participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to join in! Everyone is searching for something. Each person wants to know who they are and why they’re alive, and we all want to find fulfillment and satisfaction. Most people look for the answers to these deep questions in the wrong places–in other people, material possessions and wealth, or a career. But none of these will give us meaning or purpose or answer our questions. The only One who has the answers we need is Jesus Christ. In His…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 17: Pause

    This month, I’m participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to join in! Pausing is an art I’m still learning. I tend to get caught up in the bustle of everyday life–classes, study time, student group meetings, church, outings, more studying–and forget to take a break and reflect on God’s character and the work He is doing in and around me. This weekend, I had the chance to press the “pause” button and go home for a few days. It was relaxing and refreshing and gave me a chance to…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 16: Pray

    This month, I’m participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to join in! Prayer is one of the most important practices in the Christian life. Through prayer, we are connected to the God of the universe, who loves us and wants to communicate with us. “Prayer is work, and it works.” That’s what Ken Rudolph used to say at the winter retreats I went to with my youth group. Prayer takes time and energy, to be sure; it is sometimes hard to prioritize it in the midst of our busy…