• Winter 2018-19

    Marching Into a New Year

    At the end of each year, I like to look back and remember what God has done and look ahead to what I believe He will do in the coming year. This year, I thought I’d share some of my reflections. I pray you are encouraged to reflect on how you have grown and seen God work over the past year and build anticipation for this new year. For me, 2018 was a year of milestones: I was accepted to my dream Bible school, I graduated from high school, and I transitioned to college life in downtown Chicago. There were many highs and lows—endings and beginnings, fears and anticipations, “see…

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

    Day 26: 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: Moment. “Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” –Robert Brault It’s amazing how much can happen in one brief moment. So much can be communicated in a glance or a hug or a sentence. In a moment, your life can completely change—or end. As I look back on my brief lifetime, I can see the moments that were…

  • 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 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 3: Believe

    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! In Mark 9:24, a man says to Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief!” In my Old Testament Survey class yesterday, my professor was discussing the fact that, when we sin, we are telling God we don’t believe Him when He tells us what is right or what’s best for us. Every day, we continue to stumble. This is my prayer: “Lord, I do believe in You; help me to overcome the unbelief lingering in my…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Five Minute Friday

    A New Ocean

    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 writing with each other. Click here to join the fun! This week’s prompt: Ocean. “Oceans” by Hillsong United is one of my favorite songs. Whenever I hear it, I am challenged to trust God with my life and allow Him to pull me out of my comfort zone and into the greater plan He has for me. Recently, the metaphor of an ocean has been resonating with me as I ponder my upcoming transition to college life. I don’t know what’s coming, I…

  • Uganda

    A Ziploc for Everything and Everything in Its Ziploc

    Note: This is the second in a series of posts about my missions adventure in Uganda in the spring of 2018. Click here to read the first post. I am almost finished packing for Uganda, and I will board a plane in Chicago on Thursday. I can hardly believe this is actually happening! God in the Details My mom and I have been working hard at making sure I have everything I need to take on this trip: sturdy shoes, sunscreen, anti-malaria pills, protein bars. One of my favorite parts of the packing process is categorizing items into Ziploc bags—it keeps everything separate, organized, and easily accessible. On Saturday morning,…