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

    Day 15: When

    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! This semester, my Old Testament professor is having us memorize a long list of dates so we know when biblical events took place. We’re learning that Abraham was born in 2166 BC, Isaac was born in 2066, Jacob and Esau came along in 2006, Israel wandered in the wilderness from 1446 to 1406, and on and on. While this can feel like drudgery, going over flashcards over and over to get a good score on quizzes and…

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

    Day 14: Ask

    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! “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God,  who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6 God is waiting to give us wisdom if only we will ask. I also believe we would have more peace, courage, strength, and…

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

    Day 13: Talk

    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! Although I am an introvert, I like to talk a lot. I’m a verbal processor, and I tend to wear my feelings on my sleeve, sharing more than anyone wants to know about what’s going on inside my head. Sometimes I overwhelm people, or I say things I haven’t thought through and don’t really mean. I need to learn how to listen more and talk less. “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much…

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

    Day 12: An Explosion of Praise

    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: Praise. Praising God is something the student body at my school values and knows how to do well. We have countless talented students who use their creative abilities to worship God in new ways all the time. Last night was the annual Ethnefest, the night during our missions conference when students from all over the world danced and sang and spoke to share their cultural heritage with us. At…

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

    Day 11: Door

    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! “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 This verse is frequently quoted as an invitation to salvation. Too often, however, once we have answered the door and invited Jesus into our lives, we want to keep Him in the front room, the one that’s neat and clean with comfortable…

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

    Day 10: How

    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! I seem to have a never-ending list of how questions. How do I decide who to pursue friendship with? How can I invest in a relationship without overwhelming the other person? How can I surrender completely to God? How will I spend my life? How can I become humble? How can I stop going to the wrong sources for love and validation? How can I get all this homework done without losing my mind? How…

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

    Day 9: Inspire

    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! Inspiration is a hard term to define. In my experience, it usually propels me to some form of creative expression, whether that’s writing, making something, talking to someone, or making a plan. Sometimes it seems as though God is telling me to do something; at other times, the feeling seems to come out of nowhere. Many artists find inspiration in nature. Photographers might be inspired by the work of others. A writer might feel inspired…

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

    Day 8: Comfort

    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! Comfort is an idol in my culture. We Americans tend to value convenience highly, even over some more important things. Our “need” to be comfortable and in control can hinder our growth in relationships and our ability to broaden our perspective. I am resolved not to live for comfort, but to follow God’s leading no matter what inconvenience or pain it may cause me. I don’t need a nice car, a nice house, or nice…

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

    Day 7: Hope

    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! “Hope is a favorable expectation for the future.” This is what missionary and speaker Ken Rudolph always told us at the winter retreat I went to every year with my youth group. I have hope… …That God has a perfect plan for my future here on earth. …That He has ordained all of my relationships and experiences. …That He will use me to accomplish His purposes for His glory. …That He will never leave or…

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

    Day 6: Belong

    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! One of the things I’ve missed about home since coming to college is the sense of belonging. When I’m at home with my family, the people know me, and I can relax and be myself. When I’m at my home church, I know where everything is, I know many of the people, and I’m greeted with smiles and hugs. I fit in. It takes a while to feel like you belong in a new environment with…