• Five Minute Friday,  Winter 2018-19

    The Gift of God With Us

    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! As we anticipate celebrating the birth of Christ in the next few days, I keep thinking about the name “Emmanuel” and all its implications. The incarnation was no everyday occurrence. God with us. God Himself, the Creator of the universe, the Author of life, the Designer of history, fully present with us. The greatest gift of all time wrapped in a newborn baby’s body. Heaven and humanity met the moment that little baby was…

  • 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…