Headed to Mars with 5W1H


Kris and I have been watching the Mars series from National Geographic together. The documentary weaves information about past and current space exploration with a futuristic narrative about living on Mars.

According to the show, scientists contemporary to the 1960s moon landing believed that humans would be on Mars within 15 years. Regardless of if focused work on Mars exploration during that time frame would have actually brought mankind to the red planet, NASA became distracted on its quest to visit Mars. Following “one giant leap,” NASA turned their time and resources to spacecraft design research instead of focusing their efforts on Mars related missions.

In Lysa TerKeurst’s The Best Yes (a book I would definitely recommend!), she describes how saying no to some things allows you to say a best yes to other things – things God has called you to do. I teared up watching the Mars show. I don’t want to be like NASA and lose my focus in life.

I’ve been praying about living a focused life. In a few months I’ll be adding a huge responsibility to my plate: being a wife. This means making a few focused changes to my life and schedule right now.

In my classroom, I remind my students to use 5W1H to help them add details to their writing. The 5Ws are Who? What? Where? When? Why? and the 1H is How?

Suddenly this week I realized that God has given me just 5Ws and 1H in my life to help me be focused.

(If you know me, you know how much I love all the items on my grocery list to start with the same letter and how I’ve always dreamed of planning my wedding around the first letter of my new last name (we are looking at renting hippos and hyenas for the horseradish and hash brown reception!) God knows this about me too!

I’m so thankful to Him for this cheesy acronym that has helped me to focus this week!


Learning about being a Wife – I will be a wife pretty soon! In addition to developing my communication skills in our daily interactions, I’m reading some books including The Power of a Praying Wife (Stormie Omartian). Stormie writes, “Gradually I realized it’s impossible to truly give yourself in prayer for your husband[-to-be] without first examining your own heart…I had to first pray God’s favorite three-word prayer: ‘Change me, Lord.'” This W is a heart focus for me right now.
Doing a good job at Work – I can’t slack off here! Paul reminds us in Colossians 3:23, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”
Winning at housework and stuff – Washing would also be an appropriate word here, but I like winning better. Trying to beat the laundry and the dishes and and the budget and the piles of stuff back into order is a priority that if I let it slide causes problems with my other priorities. This is called stewardship!
Wedding/relationships – Planning for our special day takes up a significant amount of time and that’s okay. The thing I’ve always looked forward to at my wedding is having all the people we know there. The Sweet Christian Bride’s Devotional is reminding me to focus on the people during this season.
Warehouse – This is where I teach Bible lessons and hang out with kids on Saturday nights. I love doing this and have to plan throughout the week for it. We are currently learning how to look up Bible verses.


Hallelujah! I can praise God!

Last night during worship I could lift up my five-fingered hand in hallelujah because I was giving each of these five W things over to the Lord. I need His help and guidance and I’m so thankful for this new focus.

I’d love to hear what your 5W1Hs are in the comments! They don’t have to be alliterative!

P.S. I wrote this before church this morning and then today’s sermon turned out to be about keeping our focus!




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