• 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,  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…