• Summer 2019

    Why I’m Thankful to Have Two Home Churches

    Two Homes? When I returned to New Life Community Church in Chicago after spring break in March, my friend gave me a hug and said, “Welcome home!” When I returned to Chapel Pointe (CP) in Michigan after finals week in May, many people gave me hugs and said, “Welcome home!” Now I was confused. How could I feel at home in two places? How could people in two different states think I belonged with them and was part of their community? Ever since I was 17 months old, my family and I have attended the same church in West Michigan. Most of my good friends went to my church and…

  • 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…

  • Uncategorized

    Seeking Stillness

    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: Still. In our fast-paced American culture, it is easy to be anything but still. Especially in the college sphere, we can effortlessly fill up every hour with activities: social outings, homework, events, conversations. Many days, the only time I slow down is to sleep. Next semester, I want to make more time to be still—”cease striving”—and sit in the presence of God (Psalm 46:10 NASB). I want to schedule…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday

    A Great Balancing Act

    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: Balance. “You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.” -Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go These words have never been more true in my life than they are now. There seem to be an increasing number…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday

    One Mind

    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: One. “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” 1 Corinthians 1:10 ESV This has to be one of the hardest commandments in the Bible. Divisions are rampant among people today, and sadly, the Church is no exception.…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday

    Moment By 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: Repeat. I repeat so many routines every day: taking pills in the morning, going to breakfast, going through the motions of my now-intuitive class schedule, doing homework. For the most part, I see the same people every day. I’m having a hard time not living on autopilot: it would be easy to walk through the week without giving it much thought. However, I know that each day brings new…

  • 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 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 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 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…