• 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…

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

    Day 21: Start

    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! Start. Sometimes that’s all you need to do. You’re standing on the edge of something big, and it’s exciting yet terrifying. You’re about to take the plunge, but fear is holding you back. You know God is calling you to help that ministry to the homeless in your city. You know you need to have that conversation to restore peace with the person you’ve hurt. You know you should apply for that job that would give you…

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

    Day 8: Comfort

    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! Comfort is an idol in my culture. We Americans tend to value convenience highly, even over some more important things. Our “need” to be comfortable and in control can hinder our growth in relationships and our ability to broaden our perspective. I am resolved not to live for comfort, but to follow God’s leading no matter what inconvenience or pain it may cause me. I don’t need a nice car, a nice house, or nice…

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

    Day 5: Sharing Life Together

    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: Share. One of my favorite things about being at a Bible college is the way I get to live life together with other believers. We share everything: our rooms, our staplers, a bathroom, a laundry room, classrooms, friends, professors, a table at meals, and countless similar experiences. We share our joys and our struggles and support each other. Yesterday my roommate shared flashcards she had made so I could…

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

    Day 1: Story

    Happy October! This month, I’ll be 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! For convenience, I will using the one-word prompt as the title for each post. I like to think of my life as a story that God is writing. Or I think of all of history as a story, and God is using me as a pen to add another chapter. God is the Author of the greatest story ever told, the story of the redemption of mankind. How blessed I am to…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday

    Potential for Revival

    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: Potential. I think of all the people in the Church, especially young people, who are apathetic about Jesus, unaware of the power of the gospel. They have so much potential—my generation could rock the world with revival, but so many of us are desensitized to the wonder of the gift we’ve been given. If we understood the power of God, His immensity, His love for us, and the abundant…