Archive for January, 2012

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Trail-Mix Brain.


2012
01.30

5:00 pm and I’m standing in my room with a mind full of scattered thoughts. Random words were playing leap frog across my mind and all I wanted to do was sleep. Finally, I do what I always do, I sat down to write my list. I can’t think of many things that brings me more peace than a nice, organized list. Mmmmm. :) Anyway, after staring at the tasks I wished to accomplish, I left to go to my first prayer group meeting.

Before I go any farther, have I ever mentioned how thankful I am to being at a Christian College?!

Anywho, I was placed in my (women’s) prayer group by my school and I’m thrilled. We meet once a week to share anything that’s on our hearts and pray, of course.

Tonight during our post-praying chatting, we discussed some of the weird tendencies that girls have. For example, we all seriously (and by “all” I mean most) are addicted to chocolate. It’s just something about how females are wired. Then I made the comment “my brain is like trail-mix.” The more I’ve thought about this analogy, the more the reality of it hits me. M&Ms are the pleasant thoughts, nuts are the random and crazy thoughts and raisins are the intelligent thoughts. On their own they’re all pretty tasty, but if you get a balance it’s super duper tasty. God brings balance. After my prayer group I felt 100% peaceful. I wasn’t concerned about my list or my mind racing with confusion. I was just joyful.

If you’re a college student, chances are, you’re stressed sometimes. Maybe you’ve had one too many raisons? If so, maybe you should find a prayer group of some sort. Anything that acts as a reminder of God’s control over our lives will probably do the trick. Fellowship is also wonderful, because knowing that other people are just as stressed out as you makes life better…

I’m incredibly thankful to have sweet, nutty and wrinkly people in my life to encourage me, but more than that I’m thankful to have a God who mixes us together.

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Pie. =]


2012
01.26

Greetings. =]

This is basically just another update, because I simply couldn’t help myself. God has been doing so many incredible things in my in my life. Every single “issue” I was having last semester has been completely taken care of by my Father in Heaven. I just feel so blessed. Mainly, I’m learning to allow the Holy Spirit to live for me and not the other way around.

God has done everything for me. He’s laid out my path and it’s been my choice whether to walk in it. He put me in a Christian College to learn that just because people claim to be a “Christian” doesn’t mean they’ll act like it. However, I’m also here to fall more in love with His word and character. Both of these reasons (among many others) are shaping me for ministry.

I’m happy to report that my grades are good so far, but more than that, I’m loving doing the homework. I also got a card from my family in the mail today. It has a weird floating mouse on it and all the wonderful names of the people I miss on the inside. I’ve spent the whole day studying and chatting (mostly chatting) with encouraging, godly friends. We ate PIE!! :) I’ve also had two cups of coffee…and it’s raining. Ah. Oh, and I wore a dress.

I read this verse yesterday morning. “Let the people praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.” Psalm 67: 5 It’s so simple, but freeing. The past few day for me have been so peaceful, because I’ve been trying to praise God.

Anyways, that’s all I wanted to share. If you’re having a hard time I’d encourage you to talk to your Savior and eat some pie .

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Like Google, Only Better


2012
01.22

OK, so there are these helpful tools God puts in our lives to guide, befriend and advise us. Do you have any idea what they might be? No, it’s not Google or Sparknotes. I’ll give you a hint. “Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and also train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”Titus 2:5-3 If you haven’t guessed by now I’m talking about mentors.

Mentors can be anyone who, by definition, practices mentoring. However, God directly names the older generation to do this job for the younger. I’ve always been extra with a topping of whipped cream blessed when it comes to the older women in my life. In fact, ever since I really gave my life to Christ He continues to place the perfect mentors in front of me, because He knows how badly I need them. Let me just tell you, if you think google is helpful you haven’t seen anything yet.

There are a few qualities to look for when seeking out a good, biblical mentor. First, they have to be a Christian. Not saying that non-christians don’t have wisdom to share, but you need to make sure that you’re getting counsel that’ll point you to the Lord. Secondly, someone who you respect (we’re supposed to respect our elders anyway) and want to be like. In the verse that I quoted before, Titus 2:5-3, it listed the subjects that older women need teach and train younger girls in. Those topics are the foundation for EVERYTHING in a girls life. So, with that being said, find someone who knows and practices such things. Lastly, find someone who you get along with, someone who you feel comfortable talking about anything with and someone who is simply, a friend.

Now the reason why I brought this subject up is because college is a perfect time to seek out a mentor. Normally, you’re away from your parents and are trying on your big girl pants (or boy.) You need someone who has “been there, done that” to help you make right decisions. I’ve recently found a wonderful, godly woman who I’m planning on meeting with once a week to do everything I shared before.

I’d really encourage you (add encouragement x2 if your away at school, and add encouragement x3 if freshman) to pray that God would place someone like this in your life.

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

“One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” Psalms 145: 4

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Freshman: The Sequel


2012
01.20

Hello out there! Well, today marks the end of my first week of classes since I’ve been back at school. I thought I’d update everyone on how it’s been. Hoorah!

Here’s my list of things I’ve loved about being back so far.

#1. Women’s Class: It’s a class completely dedicated to becoming a woman of God. It’s fantastic. :)

#2. Roommates: They are family to me and rightly so since I live with them. They are my little reminders everyday that God puts people in your life for a reason, people you need and need you to encourage, pray and love.

#3. Jeremiah House: I went last Tuesday and it was awful. All the kids were so hyper. Oh my. However, I love them, and they make me into a more patient person every week.

#4. My Section Devotionals: By far my favorite part of the week. My RA leads a discussion about our walks with God, and we just have pure fellowship.

#5. Growth: Seeing how much I have already and knowing more is to come.

#6. God’s Love: It’s everlasting, unconditional, all-powerful and all-knowing (even at 5am.) It’s shapes who I am and defines my position as a child of God.

I think those are all of the main happenings, I mean I could go on to talk about the cheese-sticks I bought or all the funny quotes that I’ve heard from my teachers, but I won’t.

Again, I am thrilled to be back and to see what God has in store for me this semester. I’m thankful He has me at this Christian College getting an education surrounding His name. I read this verse today. “according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:20-21  The statement “to live is Christ” is astounding and that’s what I’m working towards.

Until next time, I hope your days are spent in fellowship with our great God and eating lots of cheese-sticks. =]