FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

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

    Day 31: Close

    We’ve made it to the end! This month, I’ve been 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 read more posts in this series. Close can be pronounced in two different ways to mean two entirely different things. I suppose I’ll talk about the one that means “near” today. Being close with others is something I really enjoy. I love having friends who I can trust and who care deeply about me. However, I have a tendency to forget to stay close to Christ, the most important Friend…

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    Day 30: Voice

    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! My voice is so quiet that it is often swallowed up in the noise surrounding me. At mealtimes in the school cafeteria, I don’t tend to have many conversations with people at the table, because most of the time they can’t hear me over the crowd of people chatting. When talking to people, I am frequently asked to repeat myself multiple times before I am understood. Some people wonder why I don’t just speak louder, to which…

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    Day 29: Together

    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! Together. Well, I can’t think of a much better word for my college experience thus far. I know I’ve written a lot about this already, but it honestly amazes me. We eat together, study together, laugh together, walk together, ride trains together, watch movies together, learn together, get distracted together, get dressed together, cry together, pray together, sing together, stress together, think together. We share bathrooms and adventures and classrooms and living space. My sisters and I…

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    Day 28: Song

    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! Years ago during a worship service at my church back home, they showed a video of several church members talking about the struggles they had faced, and after telling their story, they would say, “but I’m still singing.” Today marks five years since I woke up with a headache, and the pain has not stopped for a moment since. The 18-year-old me is still in the same pain the 13-year-old version felt. I’ve searched everywhere and tried…

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    Day 27: Whole

    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 week in my Spiritual Life and Community class, we’ve been discussing the importance of both the body and the spirit. While many of us in the Church tend to emphasize the spirit over the body, the Bible demonstrates that we need to value the whole person and not just the part we can’t see. When we do ministry to those living in poverty, we don’t just go in and preach the gospel to them; we start…

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    Day 26: Moment

    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: Moment. “Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” –Robert Brault It’s amazing how much can happen in one brief moment. So much can be communicated in a glance or a hug or a sentence. In a moment, your life can completely change—or end. As I look back on my brief lifetime, I can see the moments that were…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…