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

    Day 22: Help

    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! Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help. I think I’m so strong on my own. I think I can navigate life all by myself, because I’m a big girl now, right? I’m a legal adult–can’t I handle this on my own? Haha! What an idea. Little me, thinking I can just mosey through life without consulting the One who holds all knowledge and wisdom. Why on earth would I try to live on my own strength when…

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

    Day 11: Door

    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! “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 This verse is frequently quoted as an invitation to salvation. Too often, however, once we have answered the door and invited Jesus into our lives, we want to keep Him in the front room, the one that’s neat and clean with comfortable…

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

    Day 10: How

    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! I seem to have a never-ending list of how questions. How do I decide who to pursue friendship with? How can I invest in a relationship without overwhelming the other person? How can I surrender completely to God? How will I spend my life? How can I become humble? How can I stop going to the wrong sources for love and validation? How can I get all this homework done without losing my mind? How…

  • 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 2: Afraid

    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! I’ve spent a lot of time being afraid. Throughout my life, I have battled irrational fears as a result of my anxiety disorders, as well as fear of the future, fear of vulnerability, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of rejection. There are countless things one can be afraid of, and my brain has mastered pointing out every possibility. However, in recent years, I’ve come to realize that there is no need for fear.…

  • Five Minute Friday,  Summer 2018

    You Are Loved

    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: Loved. Loved. You are loved. The Master of the universe cares intensely about you. He pursues you relentlessly, longing to romance your lonely heart. You matter. You are valuable. You are a masterpiece, a work of art in the hands of the great Artist, a story flowing from the pen of the Author of life. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise—your Maker loves you deeply, beyond the bounds of…

  • Five Minute Friday

    Done

    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: Done. I’m done being afraid of what the future might hold. I’m done worrying about losing my relationships at home when I go to college. I’m done seeing myself as anything less than a masterpiece of God. I’m done condemning myself for not being enough. Of course I’m not enough, but He is more than enough. I’m done trying to control my relationships. I’m done with not trusting God…