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    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 Deeply Caring Father

    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: Deep. “Deep and wide, deep and wide, there’s a fountain flowing deep and wide…” Did this song make any sense to you as a kid? I definitely didn’t understand these words we sang in Sunday school. As it turns out, this song is talking about the love of God. I don’t usually picture it as a fountain, but more like an ocean or a tidal wave. God’s love is…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday

    What Do You Value?

    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: Value. Today is Black Friday, and stores are competing for our attention with advertisements promising “value:” get this item 50% off, get one for free if you buy this one. It’s rather dizzying, all the big posters and colorful ads sprinkled through the mall and the newspaper. Lately I’ve grown increasingly thankful for the immaterial things, and I’ve come to see material possessions as merely extras on top of…

  • 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 31: Close

    We’ve made it to the end! This month, I’ve been 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 read more posts in this series. Close can be pronounced in two different ways to mean two entirely different things. I suppose I’ll talk about the one that means “near” today. Being close with others is something I really enjoy. I love having friends who I can trust and who care deeply about me. However, I have a tendency to forget to stay close to Christ, the most important Friend…

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

    Day 30: Voice

    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! My voice is so quiet that it is often swallowed up in the noise surrounding me. At mealtimes in the school cafeteria, I don’t tend to have many conversations with people at the table, because most of the time they can’t hear me over the crowd of people chatting. When talking to people, I am frequently asked to repeat myself multiple times before I am understood. Some people wonder why I don’t just speak louder, to which…

  • 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 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 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…