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

    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…

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

    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…

  • 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 16: Pray

    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! Prayer is one of the most important practices in the Christian life. Through prayer, we are connected to the God of the universe, who loves us and wants to communicate with us. “Prayer is work, and it works.” That’s what Ken Rudolph used to say at the winter retreats I went to with my youth group. Prayer takes time and energy, to be sure; it is sometimes hard to prioritize it in the midst of our busy…

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

    Day 14: Ask

    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! “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God,  who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:5-6 God is waiting to give us wisdom if only we will ask. I also believe we would have more peace, courage, strength, and…

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

    Day 2: Afraid

    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! I’ve spent a lot of time being afraid. Throughout my life, I have battled irrational fears as a result of my anxiety disorders, as well as fear of the future, fear of vulnerability, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of rejection. There are countless things one can be afraid of, and my brain has mastered pointing out every possibility. However, in recent years, I’ve come to realize that there is no need for fear.…

  • 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…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday

    Completing His Good Work

    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: Complete. Christ’s work on the cross is complete; our salvation is sealed because He did everything necessary to reconcile us to the Father. Our restoration, however, is not yet complete. We wait for the day when we are resurrected and made sinless. Until then, we undergo the process of sanctification, becoming more like Christ as we study His Word and live in community with His people. Only in Jesus…

  • Five Minute Friday,  Summer 2018

    The Most Loyal Companion

    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: Loyal. One quality we often value in our relationships is loyalty. We want to know that a person is committed to our wellbeing and will stay faithful to us even when things get rocky or life circumstances change. Jesus is the best, most loyal companion, protector, counselor, and friend I could ever ask for. His Word tells me that He will never leave me or forsake me, and that…

  • Five Minute Friday,  Summer 2018

    When There Seems to Be No Way

    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: Way. The Israelites are trapped in slavery, and Pharaoh refuses to let them go. God sends 10 plagues and then splits open the sea to lead His people to freedom. Mankind is dead in sin and rebellion, destined to be separated from God forever. God sends His only Son to redeem us and restore our relationship. God makes a way when there seems to be no way. This week,…