• Summer 2019

    How to Have a Salty Conversation

    A conversation can take many forms. It can be had using voices between two or more people who are present together physically. It can be carried on using phone speakers, sometimes allowing participants to see as well as hear each other. A conversation can be had by writing words with a pen or pencil on a sticky note or a card or a piece of stationery, to be left on a desk or sent in the mail. Many conversations are transmitted via short messages typed with the thumbs, full of abbreviations and punctuation errors. Regardless of what mode of communication you use the most, I’m willing to bet you find…

  • 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,  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 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 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…

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

    Day 5: Sharing Life Together

    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: Share. One of my favorite things about being at a Bible college is the way I get to live life together with other believers. We share everything: our rooms, our staplers, a bathroom, a laundry room, classrooms, friends, professors, a table at meals, and countless similar experiences. We share our joys and our struggles and support each other. Yesterday my roommate shared flashcards she had made so I could…