• Five Minute Friday,  Summer 2018

    When There Seems to Be No Way

    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: Way. The Israelites are trapped in slavery, and Pharaoh refuses to let them go. God sends 10 plagues and then splits open the sea to lead His people to freedom. Mankind is dead in sin and rebellion, destined to be separated from God forever. God sends His only Son to redeem us and restore our relationship. God makes a way when there seems to be no way. This week,…

  • Five Minute Friday

    Done

    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: Done. I’m done being afraid of what the future might hold. I’m done worrying about losing my relationships at home when I go to college. I’m done seeing myself as anything less than a masterpiece of God. I’m done condemning myself for not being enough. Of course I’m not enough, but He is more than enough. I’m done trying to control my relationships. I’m done with not trusting God…

  • Summer 2018

    Here I Raise My Ebenezer

    Here I raise my Ebenezer Hither by Thy help I’ve come And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, Safely to arrive at home Jesus sought me when a stranger Wandering from the fold of God He, to rescue me from danger, Interposed His precious blood When I was in seventh grade and joined my youth group’s student leadership team, my youth pastor gave me a copy of Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris as a reading assignment. While my youth pastor gave our team several months to read the book, I devoured it the first week. This book revolutionized the way I viewed the teen years, giving me…

  • Five Minute Friday

    Between Two Seasons

    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: Vacation. When I think of vacation, I tend to remember all the trips my family has taken to various parts of the country and the world. We have had many adventures, difficulties, and good times making memories as we travel. This summer, vacation looks a bit different for me. I’m kind of between worlds—I’m no longer a high school student, but I haven’t started college yet. I have these…

  • Five Minute Friday

    No “Ifs” About it

    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 writing with each other. Click here to join the fun! This week’s prompt: If. If. A lot can hang on that little word. “I’ll hang out with you…if I can pick where we go to eat.” “I’ll do this favor for you…if you’ll do one for me.” “I’ll love you…if you wear enough makeup.” “I’ll be your friend…if it makes me look good to others.” “I’ll get this job…if I can make a good enough impression.” “I’ll follow where God leads me…if He…

  • Five Minute Friday

    A New Ocean

    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 writing with each other. Click here to join the fun! This week’s prompt: Ocean. “Oceans” by Hillsong United is one of my favorite songs. Whenever I hear it, I am challenged to trust God with my life and allow Him to pull me out of my comfort zone and into the greater plan He has for me. Recently, the metaphor of an ocean has been resonating with me as I ponder my upcoming transition to college life. I don’t know what’s coming, I…

  • Uganda

    A Vineyard or a Graveyard

    Note: This is the fourth in a series of posts about my missions adventure in Uganda in the spring of 2018. Click here to read other posts in this series. One night in Uganda, a group of university students came to our hotel for dinner. The students are part of the first graduating class from the ministry’s schools and are now pursuing higher education. This dinner was a special occasion for the students—they were dressed up, had their nails painted, and all wanted to get pictures taken with each other and our American team. We had a buffet dinner and conversed with the students, learning about their majors and career…

  • Uganda

    A Gift Named Edward

    Note: This is the third in a series of posts about my missions adventure in Uganda in the spring of 2018. Click here to read other posts in this series. Walking through the green field of banana trees, a soft breeze rustling the leaves, entering through a red brick gate, I let out a contented sigh. Small children chant, “You are welcome! You are welcome!” while nannies corral toddlers and cradle sleeping infants. The Parental Care Ministries (PCM) Omwana House. I LOVE babies, and after my first trip to Uganda in 2016, one of my favorite memories was of visiting the Omwana House. “Omwana” means “baby” in Luganda, one of…

  • Uganda

    A Ziploc for Everything and Everything in Its Ziploc

    Note: This is the second in a series of posts about my missions adventure in Uganda in the spring of 2018. Click here to read the first post. I am almost finished packing for Uganda, and I will board a plane in Chicago on Thursday. I can hardly believe this is actually happening! God in the Details My mom and I have been working hard at making sure I have everything I need to take on this trip: sturdy shoes, sunscreen, anti-malaria pills, protein bars. One of my favorite parts of the packing process is categorizing items into Ziploc bags—it keeps everything separate, organized, and easily accessible. On Saturday morning,…

  • Uganda

    An Exciting Opportunity, A Step of Faith

    Note: This is the first in a series of posts about my missions adventure in Uganda in the spring of 2018. At the beginning of 2018, I was still praying that God would give me an opportunity to return to Uganda before I go to college in August. Ever since my trip in 2016, I had been hoping to go back, but I didn’t know of any upcoming opportunities, and I wasn’t entirely sure whether God was calling me to go on another trip this year. The Opportunity On January 22, I found out that there was an opening on a team that was leaving for Uganda on March 29.…