• 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,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

    Day 19: Who Are You?

    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: Who. We’ve already had why, how, and when as prompts this month, and now we have who! Who are you? What defines you? Is it your hobbies, your relationships, your occupation, your personality type, your religion? Do you know who you are in Christ? If we seek to know who God is, we will gain a better understanding of who we are in light of that. Learn about His…

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

    Day 18: Search

    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! Everyone is searching for something. Each person wants to know who they are and why they’re alive, and we all want to find fulfillment and satisfaction. Most people look for the answers to these deep questions in the wrong places–in other people, material possessions and wealth, or a career. But none of these will give us meaning or purpose or answer our questions. The only One who has the answers we need is Jesus Christ. In His…

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

    Day 15: When

    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 semester, my Old Testament professor is having us memorize a long list of dates so we know when biblical events took place. We’re learning that Abraham was born in 2166 BC, Isaac was born in 2066, Jacob and Esau came along in 2006, Israel wandered in the wilderness from 1446 to 1406, and on and on. While this can feel like drudgery, going over flashcards over and over to get a good score on quizzes and…

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

    Day 13: Talk

    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! Although I am an introvert, I like to talk a lot. I’m a verbal processor, and I tend to wear my feelings on my sleeve, sharing more than anyone wants to know about what’s going on inside my head. Sometimes I overwhelm people, or I say things I haven’t thought through and don’t really mean. I need to learn how to listen more and talk less. “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much…

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

    Day 9: Inspire

    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! Inspiration is a hard term to define. In my experience, it usually propels me to some form of creative expression, whether that’s writing, making something, talking to someone, or making a plan. Sometimes it seems as though God is telling me to do something; at other times, the feeling seems to come out of nowhere. Many artists find inspiration in nature. Photographers might be inspired by the work of others. A writer might feel inspired…