• 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 11: Door

    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! “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 This verse is frequently quoted as an invitation to salvation. Too often, however, once we have answered the door and invited Jesus into our lives, we want to keep Him in the front room, the one that’s neat and clean with comfortable…

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

    Day 8: Comfort

    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! Comfort is an idol in my culture. We Americans tend to value convenience highly, even over some more important things. Our “need” to be comfortable and in control can hinder our growth in relationships and our ability to broaden our perspective. I am resolved not to live for comfort, but to follow God’s leading no matter what inconvenience or pain it may cause me. I don’t need a nice car, a nice house, or nice…

  • 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…