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    Seeking Stillness

    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: Still. In our fast-paced American culture, it is easy to be anything but still. Especially in the college sphere, we can effortlessly fill up every hour with activities: social outings, homework, events, conversations. Many days, the only time I slow down is to sleep. Next semester, I want to make more time to be still—”cease striving”—and sit in the presence of God (Psalm 46:10 NASB). I want to schedule…

  • Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday

    A Great Balancing Act

    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: Balance. “You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.” -Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go These words have never been more true in my life than they are now. There seem to be an increasing number…

  • 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

    Anxiety…Rest

    Anxiety comes like a tidal wave and throws me into confusion Mental illness showing through the cracks of a broken person Can’t think, can’t breathe yet breathing too much Can’t speak, yet speaking incessantly Can’t express what’s going on inside of me Frozen, thoughts get stuck in my brain like a beetle trying to wade through mud Grasping for hands, for hugs, for help Reaching for sanity, for peace, for air Anxiety rears its ugly head like a beast that’s been waiting to pounce My heart is pounding like a bass drum, speeding down a railroad track, the world is a blur Wringing my hands, biting my nails, the tears…

  • 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…