Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Busyiness

Helloooo everyone!

Today I went into for a CLEP test, I was super super nervous because I really wasn't ready for it. And it was too late to reschedule.
I went in nervous as can be and seriously that I was going to fail. I didn't know most the answers...
but God is so good!
I passed! And I would not have been able to do without with out God's grace! That's for sure!

I haven't been posting as regularly as I'd like to...this month has been insane! (The only reason I have time now is because I'm sitting at the college library waiting to go home).
I had an awesome weekend with my very good friend Aubrey. :D We had some fun with 4 mirrors and a camera. ;)







 Anywho, just a quick post to let you all know I'm still alive. ;)
Remember to press on to Christ!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Are You Bored?

Ask yourself the question.
Are you bored?
I'm not saying bored as in you have nothing to do necessarily...but what you're doing...are you finding it boring?
Do you find talking to people who aren't you 'peers' boring?
They say being bored is a sign of selfishness, and I agree halfheartedly. When you are bored, you are thinking about yourself. If you thought about others...you wouldn't be bored.

I hate being bored. And I'm sure it's likely the same for you...when I'm bored there are things I KNOW I could be doing. I just don't feel like doing them. Because it's all about me. 
It's the truth. That's what being bored is. Selfishness.
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others." -Philippians 2:3-4



This is a really intersting article I read in World Magazine that kinda goes along with what I just said...

Years ago, as a young college couple, my husband and I often had fellow students over for dinner. Once the nerve-wracking experience of getting a coordinated meal on the table was over, I enjoyed the company. Except, perhaps, for the young man who came for lunch and stayed for dinner. During that epically long afternoon, someone mentioned reading somewhere that the more intelligent the individual, the more susceptible they were to boredom. "That's true," remarked our boring guest. "I get bored very easily."
It was the funniest thing he'd said all afternoon. But I doubted the proposition, even then, because it seemed to me that one sign of intelligence might be a lively general interest. As Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, in a little couplet called "Happy Thought," The world is so full of a number of things, / I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings. (Written, incidentally, by a man who was sick for most of his life and spent interminable days in bed.)
It's perhaps a sign that civilization has passed its zenith when boredom becomes a subject of interest. Alan Caruba founded the Boring Institute in 1984 as a joke, but soon found himself the world's foremost ennui expert. Likewise, DVD producer Alan Ward was amused to hear that an event called the Interesting Conference had been canceled (for lack of interest?) and tweeted that someone ought to arrange a Boring Conference instead. To his surprise, dozens of his Twitter followers responded with enthusiasm. Last December it happened: Boring 2010, a riveting seven hours of topics including a reading of all 415 colors in a paint catalogue and an exposition of Mr. Ward's tie collection.
Media coverage of the conference has opened up speculation into the causes, effects, and meaning of boredom. Is it true, for instance, that people can literally be bored to death? We don't know yet, because the subject hasn't received much scientific study.
But Caruba, for one, is convinced that one major cause for boredom is standardized education. "Schools manage to turn [learning] into a form of mental torture. I would say almost any child eventually finds school incredibly boring." Even many educators would agree, and most have their candidates for likely culprits: politicization, standardization, lectures and textbooks, a narrow focus on "the basics." But the main problem may be in the child himself, or at least a misunderstanding of how he learns.
We're often told that children by nature possess a "sense of wonder," which is too easily snuffed out. Wonder is indeed part of our makeup, but it doesn't necessarily flourish naturally. A baby can spend a full minute poking at a handful of leaves, and then move delightedly on to a pile of paper scraps. But a preschooler has progressed beyond the basic sensory stimuli. Idealistic educators focus on the child, striving to awaken her inherent capacity for wonder. The problem is, wonder doesn't exist in a vacuum, and the individual is not created to be endlessly fascinated with herself. In fact, self-absorption is the surest route to boredom.
During my years of homeschooling, I was continually getting excited about things I had already "learned" in elementary school (minus the excitement). Somewhere in young-adulthood, my wonder switch had been turned on. Growing faith in a personal universe created by a God who was never bored had something—if not everything—to do with that. "O Lord, how manifold [fascinating, various, bizarre, beautiful, dangerous, exciting] are your works!" (Psalm 104:24). There is not the tiniest corner of the world that isn't packed with interest, if we only knew. Boredom is less a matter of what's going on around us than what's happening, or not happening, inside.
Christians should be "as happy as kings" with the earth and all its fullness; after all, we are kings-in-training. The more secure in our calling, the more we can give attention to our surroundings. All creation waits with bated breath for our revelation (Romans 8:19)—we should at least return the compliment.

Friday, May 6, 2011

In everything. EVERYTHING.

I know, I know...I haven't posted in forever...
I've been busier then ever. (Doesn't everyone say that?)
I took my first CLEP for college yesterday...and passed! :D So I got one 'free' day before I start 2 more weeks of intense studying for my next CLEP. :)
Anywho...I'm just amazed at how much God has been working in my life lately. I couldn't get through life without him. He IS my stronghold in time of need, and wow...when you have him. You don't need anything else!
A little over 2 weeks ago I was having a really bad day. I mean I felt like life was awful and I was...really upset to say the least. And it dragged into the next day.
Then something happened (to which I had been dreading) and I totally lost it.
I sat in my room and cried for an hour. 
Then I came across this verse: "And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope" -Romans 5:3-5
I realized that God has a purpose for this trial. And with his help, I could get through it.
And I just gave it all to God. I cannot describe how much better I felt after that. I felt like the world just...fell off my shoulders. It was amazing.
When things seem hard...God has a plan. And if you trust him in everything, if you don't try to get through it alone...He will bring you through it. :)
I came across this quote; "Do you trust God enough to thank him for something you will never have the privilege of understanding?"
Do we? Sure we trust God in the easy times, sure we thank him. But when things get tough, do we THANK him?
I don't understand everything that has happened or is happening in my life. A lot of things I never will...but there's a reason. And for that, I thank God. :)
And the things I have seen the reason for, or at least part of the reason, I am just amazed. Amazed at how God uses something that seems so hopeless at the time, into something beautiful. :D

Just something to think about. :)

Psalm 33:1-5,
"Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous;
   it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
2 Praise the LORD with the harp;
   make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
3 Sing to him a new song;
   play skillfully, and shout for joy.

 4 For the word of the LORD is right and true;
   he is faithful in all he does.
5 The LORD loves righteousness and justice;
   the earth is full of his unfailing love."