• Winter 2018-19

    Marching Into a New Year

    At the end of each year, I like to look back and remember what God has done and look ahead to what I believe He will do in the coming year. This year, I thought I’d share some of my reflections. I pray you are encouraged to reflect on how you have grown and seen God work over the past year and build anticipation for this new year. For me, 2018 was a year of milestones: I was accepted to my dream Bible school, I graduated from high school, and I transitioned to college life in downtown Chicago. There were many highs and lows—endings and beginnings, fears and anticipations, “see…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday

    What Do You Value?

    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: Value. Today is Black Friday, and stores are competing for our attention with advertisements promising “value:” get this item 50% off, get one for free if you buy this one. It’s rather dizzying, all the big posters and colorful ads sprinkled through the mall and the newspaper. Lately I’ve grown increasingly thankful for the immaterial things, and I’ve come to see material possessions as merely extras on top of…

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

    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…

  • 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 1: Story

    Happy October! This month, I’ll be 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! For convenience, I will using the one-word prompt as the title for each post. I like to think of my life as a story that God is writing. Or I think of all of history as a story, and God is using me as a pen to add another chapter. God is the Author of the greatest story ever told, the story of the redemption of mankind. How blessed I am to…

  • Five Minute Friday,  Summer 2018

    Discovering Womanhood

    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: Woman. “Woman: an adult female person.” (Dictionary.com) This label has legally applied to me for less than a year, so I’m still discovering what it means. Entering adulthood, I have many questions about what my role is in the church and in society as a whole. What is unique and special about being a woman? What gifts did God give women that He didn’t give to men? Toward the…

  • 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,…