• Fall 2018

    Anxiety…Rest

    Anxiety comes like a tidal wave and throws me into confusion Mental illness showing through the cracks of a broken person Can’t think, can’t breathe yet breathing too much Can’t speak, yet speaking incessantly Can’t express what’s going on inside of me Frozen, thoughts get stuck in my brain like a beetle trying to wade through mud Grasping for hands, for hugs, for help Reaching for sanity, for peace, for air Anxiety rears its ugly head like a beast that’s been waiting to pounce My heart is pounding like a bass drum, speeding down a railroad track, the world is a blur Wringing my hands, biting my nails, the tears…

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

    Day 27: Whole

    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 week in my Spiritual Life and Community class, we’ve been discussing the importance of both the body and the spirit. While many of us in the Church tend to emphasize the spirit over the body, the Bible demonstrates that we need to value the whole person and not just the part we can’t see. When we do ministry to those living in poverty, we don’t just go in and preach the gospel to them; we start…

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

    Day 10: How

    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 seem to have a never-ending list of how questions. How do I decide who to pursue friendship with? How can I invest in a relationship without overwhelming the other person? How can I surrender completely to God? How will I spend my life? How can I become humble? How can I stop going to the wrong sources for love and validation? How can I get all this homework done without losing my mind? How…

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

    Day 4: Why

    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! Sometimes I wonder why God does things. I don’t tend to ask Him why I’m going through difficult times; I know that they are part of the consequences of the Fall of Man and that God will use trials for my good. I just get curious: Why did God create a universe that is so expansive we can’t even comprehend it? Why did He allow us to put men on the moon? Why do we…

  • 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

    Potential for Revival

    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: Potential. I think of all the people in the Church, especially young people, who are apathetic about Jesus, unaware of the power of the gospel. They have so much potential—my generation could rock the world with revival, but so many of us are desensitized to the wonder of the gift we’ve been given. If we understood the power of God, His immensity, His love for us, and the abundant…

  • 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…