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

    Day 28: Song

    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! Years ago during a worship service at my church back home, they showed a video of several church members talking about the struggles they had faced, and after telling their story, they would say, “but I’m still singing.” Today marks five years since I woke up with a headache, and the pain has not stopped for a moment since. The 18-year-old me is still in the same pain the 13-year-old version felt. I’ve searched everywhere and tried…

  • 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 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 4: Why

    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 I wonder why God does things. I don’t tend to ask Him why I’m going through difficult times; I know that they are part of the consequences of the Fall of Man and that God will use trials for my good. I just get curious: Why did God create a universe that is so expansive we can’t even comprehend it? Why did He allow us to put men on the moon? Why do we…

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

    Day 3: Believe

    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! In Mark 9:24, a man says to Jesus, “I believe; help my unbelief!” In my Old Testament Survey class yesterday, my professor was discussing the fact that, when we sin, we are telling God we don’t believe Him when He tells us what is right or what’s best for us. Every day, we continue to stumble. This is my prayer: “Lord, I do believe in You; help me to overcome the unbelief lingering in my…

  • 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.…

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    A New Ocean

    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 writing with each other. Click here to join the fun! This week’s prompt: Ocean. “Oceans” by Hillsong United is one of my favorite songs. Whenever I hear it, I am challenged to trust God with my life and allow Him to pull me out of my comfort zone and into the greater plan He has for me. Recently, the metaphor of an ocean has been resonating with me as I ponder my upcoming transition to college life. I don’t know what’s coming, I…