Tuesday, January 10, 2017

purpose.

Thoughts Upon the New Year:

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Sinking.

Down we sink into the depth of things--  to do.  to see. to think.

Into the depth of our thoughts, we drown.  We flail.

Sinking.

Thoughts surround us.
Are we good enough.  Do we deserve to be here?  Do we deserve others to care?  Do we deserve to feel?

Our thoughts begin to strangle us.

 You could never be loved.  You could never be good enough.  You will never begin to deserve.

But God.

The two words pour in.  They fill.  They complete.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ...
For by grace you have been saved through faith.  

This is not of your own doing; it is a gift of God.

Ephesians 2:4 & 8

And Grace Pours in.

I have been made new.  I cannot do anything, and yet God loves me.  God is there for me.  

Yes.  I will never even begin to deserve.

But God.

I do not need to begin to deserve because God has given us the greatest gift on earth--

Mercy & Grace

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So many thoughts have filled my heart lately.  About my faith.  About my undeserving and aweful heart.

I have never been a fan of New Years resolutions because as a human being, I know how fickle the heart is.

Instead of having a New Years resolution I have once again put my mind to die to sin.  For this task is so great that resolving once a year will prove no profit.  Instead I will die daily to my sin.  I will strive to let God take control.

No.  I do not find this easy.  Yes.  I will fail.  Day after day, after day, after day.

But I know whom I believe in, and he is able and willing to keep me until the day.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Top 3 Underrated Black and White Comedies

Happy New Year!
It seems like I have been neglecting this blog quite a bit lately.  However, since I am currently on Winter Break, I decided to write up a quick post.

          Most people who like older films may know that it can be difficult to find ones that are just as good (or better) than classics such as "It's a Wonderful Life" or "North by Northwest."  Although these films are great, there are quite a few black and white movies which never were called "Classics."  I thought I would share a few of these with you, and maybe, even if you do not usually enjoy black and white films, you will find yourself searching the library or internet for these obscure, yet wonderful movies.  So here they are---in no particular order.


1.  It's a Wonderful World, 1939

Not to be confused with "It's a Wonderful Life," this film stars Jimmy Stewart, and is one of the funniest movies that ever came out of the 1930s.





















2.  The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer, 1947

Being his usual charming self, Cary Grant plays an infamous artist who becomes the knight-in-shining-armor crush of a Teenage Shirley Temple.  This film containts scene after scene of ostentatious humor which will make anyone laugh.



3. The Major and the Minor, 1942

Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland star in this Comedy which documents Susan Applegate's trip home to Iowa from her short-lived life in New York.  Trust me.  This is a must-see.




I really hope you take the time to see these movies.  They are some of the best clean-humor films I have seen, and I actually own two of them!

Blessings on the New Year!

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

College Tips

So this year, as you may know from my last post, I am participating in a wonderful experience called PSEO, which is literally college in High School.  Fun, right?  Sure.  It's great, but kinda scary, and with this comes the whole, "getting back into school routine" (which initself is scary enough).  So without further ado, I thought I'd let you know some things that I always try to do to get back into my school rythm, and how I've changed that rythm to adapt to my college experience.



1. Stay Healthy
I know that its not always fun to have to figure out good food to make and eat, but it is necessary.  I try to pack myself lunches the night before, things like salads in a jar, smoothies, or leftover foods that I can heat up in the microwave.
Have water by your side.  Like. All. The. Time.  I usually carry a water bottle with me througout school, and I end up drinking one bottle during each class period.  Then, when I get tired, bored, or distracted from anything else, I end up sipping from my water bottle.  (I've got a Camelbak).
Sleep.  I cannot stress how important sleep is.  I, by nature, am a morning person, so I can't say much for all you night owls, but for me, making sure to get enough sleep (7-8 hours) is essential to survival.  Also, I can tell, no matter how many coffees I drink, if I haven't had enough sleep.

2. Decorate!
Keep your books looking fun so you'll actually want to use them.  I use mead Cambridge notebooks: with college ruled paper, a hand file pouch, and a glance year-to-year calendar, the only downside is the boring front.  I have changed this, however, by cutting out different pieces of paper (triangles, or hexagons or something), and covering the plastic covers with wallpaper cut-outs or snippets of pictures I have taken.  One they are glued, I cover them with laminate, and I'm good to go!

3. Use a Planner
I never really used a planner until I started High School.  Now that I'm taking College classes, it is my life saver.  Different colors are used for different classes, so that way, without reading each note, I can know when a certain class has something due.  This also is where you can find out when you have those three large papers or presentations dues on the same day, so that you don't end up working on all of them the night before. (Also, please don't work on things the night before.  Just don't).

4. Find Your Study Type
Study type?  What I mean by this, is find out how you work best: without noise, with some noise, with a lot of noise, with others, etc.  I love to work when there are others in the room--I think it keeps me from getting distracted and checking facebook and other social media.

5.  Start Everything Now.  Like Right Away!
I know.  It can be hard, and a lot of people are procrastinators (or think you're a stupid nerd for starting things right away), but you will thank yourself.  Also your professor will, because they can see the difference.  Oh, and never forget, your grade will thank you, and those spontaneous road trips that you can take if you get things done right away will thank you too.  So basically everyone except for procrastinators will thank you.  Isn't that great?

6.  The Extra Tip for College students!
Use your college/university library database.  This is no joke.  I know you can look things up online and sometimes find good sources that are reliable, but it takes a lot of sifting.  With College Databases, you get all the good journals, and articles, and encylopedias and much more without having to look through hundreds of sketchy blogs to get there!

And that's it!  Hope you enjoyed!  Let me know your thoughts, or your great tips for college!

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Quiet Before the Storm

It looks like I've gotten into a weird once-every-two-months blog posting routine.  Oh well--life is busy and as I have one week before my college in high school experiene begins, I decided I should write about this quiet before the storm.
Having only two more years of high school is down right scary.  But it's things like this that test our faith, or at least my faith.  I often forget how easy I have it in this life of mine.  Yeah, I complain and groan about doing dishes or having to feed the cows (as much as I love them, I'm still selfish like that).  I get annoyed when people get excited about working when I am not.  And again I grumble and moan and complain.
Then I realize.  I've got it so easy.
This life of mine.  Man, I'm blessed.
I've got a lovely mom and dad.  I've got living and working grandparents whom I can visit and learn from and laugh with and love.  I've got siblings who are amazing--as much as I don't tell them.
I've got one smooth ride.
Still, in my awful untrusting I become scared. I forget that I've also got a God.  A saviour.  A friend who is way better than anyone I know or could meet.
It's times like these that I sit. Shocked at myself for forgetting that He's got a plan, and I don't need to worry about my life because He knows what's up.  He knows what I need and don't need.  Yeah-- a new car?  Nope.  I can get by with that 20 year old one with tranny issues.  It's wheels, and that's what I need.  Friends?  Yeah, I don't need a ton, so God has put the right people in my life as friends no matter their age.
I remember the often thought cliché, but oh so true verse, 
"I can do all through Christ who Strengthens me"
Phillippians 4:13
Yeah.  This life can be scary.  But that's 'cause we've all got tunnel vision.  We can't imagine or try to believe what God has planned.  We simply look ahead at the things presented to us at the moment and freak out.  'Cause with our tunnel vision, we can't see God.  We can't see what miracles he's working on the side.  
And it's times like these that I realize how utterly selfish I am and how much I forget to thank those around me for being there when I need them.  For showing me Christ-likeness in its fullest form.  For showing me what it means to be a Christian.
And times like these I hope and pray for strength to get through those freak out moments.
Times like these I know-- God has got a plan.  A great and wonderful plan, and I'm just here to be his person, and I've gotta trust like never before, that he's got me in his hand. 
Maybe not shielding me from the storm, but showing me how to survive.


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