If you have seen my recent blogs, they are missing a key component of the UNIVERSITY.. Academics! I just wanted to take a smidge of of what I am learning and give you a glance in. This is what Dr. Dean Flemming likes to call an Inductive Study.
This is for The Book of Acts class I am currently taking. We are going through the whole book and looking at prescriptive and descriptive texts from scripture. We take this passage and evaluate narrative construction, repetition, key words, really simple things that, when put together, make something beautiful and so applicable.
The piece above is from Acts 5. It may seem like a bunch of writing and random arrows, but it is really a culmination of personal and group analysis. In the analysis, we talked about God’s character, Jewish Law, and the actions of the Holy Spirit then and now.
I want to show you this not to only showcase how cool Flem-Dog is; but to show you what this university is about.
What you learn in the classroom shouldn’t stay just there. It should enable you to change your daily life and impact the lives around you. Real world understanding is grasped in every class; whether when we leave or in our future career. I am blessed to learn about the Bible with my peers and mentors and get to find out ho God is daily.
Good ol’ Home on the Range Given statehood on January 29th, 1861 The Sunflower State Birthplace to Barry Sanders and Bob Dole
Known for unpredictable and ridiculous weather trends.
And the current home to a HORRENDOUS WHITE SUBSTANCE THAT FELL FROM THE SKY.
I think we all know I’m referring to snow.
Please allow the next few lines of letters formed into words to be a venting session.
Now, I know I know, BAHUMBUG.
BUT, I like the snow…..for about 15 minutes.Then it can melt.
February 3rd, 4th, and 5th brought forth a ridiculous amount of snowfall. This cancelled school for the 4th and 5th.
Moral of the story:
1)The only times snow is okay is when: 1) IT’S LEAVES WITHING 24 HOURS 2) IT GETS SCHOOL CANCELLED
I mean, in general, it’s a beautiful thing. I just absolutely hate the cold. Shorts Tevas and singular layer of shirt
seems like a dream of a previous life. On the other hand, this looks pretty sick! So, it’s not all horrible
As my venting comes to an end, I appreciate your ear.
In all reality, the snow makes MNU look beautiful and there are even places to sled here.
I hope I didn’t shed too much light on your blizzard, sNOw matter how much I hate the cold!
This one goes out to all my high school peeps who are looking into MidAmerica!
College is a nerve-racking thought/experience; don’t get too ahead of yourself. It’s not as scary as TV says! This place will become your home.
Here are 5 specific pieces of advice to thrive as a Pioneer:
1) Seconds are okay…sometimesWe’ll start off easy.
The buffet style food sends your brain synapses into a whirlwind. THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS. The freshman 15 is a real crisis that deserves attention in today’s society.
In all seriousness, get ready for an overload..
O and don’t forget SPICY CHICKEN THURSDAYS; it’s like manna from the Lord and BACON FRIDAYS; if you get up…
And I know you’re wondering, and yes, it is okay to have cereal FOR EVERY MEAL Just take it slow, alright.2) Wear big coats.
This one has to be kept under wraps…
It’s also multi-faceted.
Wear a coat/ because this is Kansas and who knows what the weather will throw at ya
and also wear one so you can sneak more than 1 piece of fruit out of Campus Center..SHHHHH
3) Write it down.
There will be a lot going on.
This is a beautiful opportunity to get organized. The flip side isn’t going with the flow, it is getting overtaken by the flash-flood-type waters.
Use different colors for social events, tests, readings OR you can categorize by classes!
However you do it, WRITE IT DOWN. Trust me…
4) Save, save, Savers
College means you don’t “pay as you go”
You pay at specific times and after your 4 years.
This means it will seem like you have a lot of money at times to “JUST SPEND”
This may be true, but you should start a savings account in case of a rainy day (We already talked about how the weather changes) Fellas, you might get a lady, in that case, there are a lot of “rainy days” AKA Starbucks trips.
Another way to save money is to shop at Savers, it’s like a Goodwill.
On my list of steals, not literally, from there is a $10 pair of Sperry’s, a $3 Ralph Lauren Polo scarf, and a $8, $200 Bally dress shoes. #getsome
5) Yes. Yes. No.Say yes to things more than you say no.
This is college and a smaller college at that; that means numerous opportunities. My freshman year I was the Freshman Associated Student Government President, in the play and musical, a student blogger, working in admissions, on the improv team, playing intramurals, working at Chick-Fil-A. Needless to say, I should have said “NO” to a few things and “HECK NO” to a couple others.
In short, GET INVOLVED, but don’t load your plate too full. Then you won’t enjoy it.
BUT, get off your booty and out of your dorm room, go to Wal-Mart with friends and play some tag or something. Take advantage of the big and little things.6) I know, I said 5, get over it.
This one needs your utmost attention. YOU DON’T NEED TO BE IN A RELATIONSHIP RIGHT AWAY.
You come to college and figure out who you are, what you’re becoming, and who you want to be.
There is NO need to throw someone else in the mix right away. Don’t argue with me.
We are not settlers; WE ARE PIONEERS.
There you have it, the 1st installment of the “How to:” series from yours truly.
Comment with questions, comments, and/or suggestions for the next installment!
Here we provide ups, downs, loops, and a few corkscrews.
I know what you’re all wondering; where’s the map to get around this giant?
Wellllll, let me tell you.
There isn’t one. (per say: let’s be real, the Bible gives answers in example and truth)
Day to day life can be full of surprises, letdowns, build-ups, and utterly devastating moments.
As cliche as it sounds, how you react is key.
Let’s say you’re driving without insurance, accidentally, and you kind of bump into another person’s bumper. WHAT TO DO?!?!
Keep calm and be an adult.
My mom has always had some of the best advice; from communication to swimming.
She always said, “Don’t panic in the pool, you’ll drowned.”
This life is a pool. Like, a really big pool.
Keep in mind, every obstacle or gift is an opportunity for the Lord to use you.
The struggle gives hope to others and the blessings give hope to others.
We can be a light in the good and the bad.
We can be a light when life happens.
Welcome to life.
Here we provide opportunity for growth and development.
Here is where you determine your future DESPITE ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.
Here, is where you need to start.
Texas, a pretty girl, and an intense Jesus filled retreat; just to name the highlights.One of the most consistent adventures I embarked on was to a local coffee shop that warms my soul.Mead’s Corner. Click on this ^^^^This place is the epitome of serenity. It offers a peace that just has the Holy Spirit as the composition of the atmosphere.Alongside the fair trade coffee they have gelato, beautiful art/photography, an amazing staged area used for artists, and a quality view into the city.This place is my inspiration, my hangout, and *spoiler, my number one date spot.To me, it’s more than a place with fulfilling aromas, it’s passion.I want to open a coffee shop. It will be called Grounded: It’s more than just beans™
It’s a place to feel grounded when the world feels like it keeps knocking you down. It’s a place where your faith can be explored no matter the record you hold. It’s a place where the heart is addressed by the compassion it is built on. It’s a place we all need at times.
I have had this idea for about two years. In high school I actually developed a detailed, preliminary plan that would kick start the process. Other facets that have been added are a meeting space for businesses, a restaurant portion, and a fair trade, human trafficking, addressing shop.
I want this.
Not for me, for others, for opportunity.
Dreams come and dreams can go. Or they can give you purpose and passion I take this time to say, don’t give up on your dreams or aspirations.Don’t give up.
If it’s to come to MidAmerica, make it happen
If it’s to walk on the moon, take the leaps necessary
If it’s to open a coffee shop, call me
Christmas break: No school Family time Friends galore Getting swole’ Coffee shop visits on coffee shop visits
I guess this time of year isn’t that bad. Despite the wretched cold….
From a Christian perspective, it is the time of waiting, preparation, and anticipation. It’s the season of Advent. Now, I am nowhere near an expert on this idea and what it fully looks like, yet, I know how the initial idea affects me. In my mind there is a consistent fight of the concept of Christmas by the mass media. I see all these wants and a ton of receiving. What I desire to see are needs and unfathomable amounts of giving. Correlating advent, we are all given hope that redemption, in its fullest form, is on its way: Christ.
We are filled with this hope and to be filled is an opportunity to pour out.
I have read/ am reading a few books lately that are challenging me beyond myself. Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton, Wrecked by Jeff Goins, and Daring Greatly by Dr. Brene Brown. The concepts found range from enabling versus empowering, how to invest in life in a fulfilling way, and what it means to be satisfied in a world of “not enough”. What I am seeing consistently throughout all readings is that life is not about me. My life is purposed beyond myself and my capabilities. As it is the holiday season, it hits home that my mind shouldn’t be focused selfishly. It can be hard with so many cool things that attract my attention. There are people in need all around us, in every concept, from physiologically to spiritually. Yet, in Wrecked I am seeing that true compassion doesn’t always make us feel good; (DUH) it’s not for us. Often we make people objects and just do things for them which ultimately hurts them, but it makes us feel good. Don’t focus on how you feel afterward, it’s not about us. We see people who need more than we can give and they open our eyes to revelations that we cannot unsee and may, and hopefully will, change the course of our lives and thought processes.
(That is a condensed-probably-confusing version of what my mind has been trying to grasp lately)
“You don’t have behave complexly to show love, extravagant love can be seen in the simplest of forms.”
Here are a few ways to make a lasting impact on someone during this season:
1) Food, food, food.
People don’t always have family, money, or whatever else to have an extravagant holiday dinner. Bring people together for fun and fellowship. Even if they do have the means necessary, come together in a way beyond your own little bubble.
2) Get out of your comfort zone.
This can look like a variety of things. In the end it’s about having perspective amidst the surrounding world. Have a conversation with the guy ringing the bell for the salvation army or talk to the person sitting next to you alone in a coffee shop. It doesn’t have to be big, keep it simple and love immensely.
3) MORE FOOD.
Partake in a pay-it-forward type venture. Whether this is at a restaurant or, you guessed it, a coffee shop, give without expectation. This can also look like buying food (or whatever need) for the person holding the cardboard sign, make a personal investment instead of throwing money at them. This can create conversation that allows them to leave with more than a few less dollars and a sense of good-doing.
4) Give more than you get.
It’s easy to get caught up in the fascination with new things during this time of year, but those things will become “old” soon enough. Invest your time in money in worthy causes and organizations. This can look like asking for less with another idea in mind of where the money can go or maybe it is going to a shelter and making community with people on Christmas.
In short, go beyond yourself this season. I’m not saying give everything up and focus solely on others; it’s okay to get gifts and new stuff and have fun. I am saying however, be willing to give in time and investment whatever that looks like. After all, we are to be hopeful as we await the coming of Christ. Take that hope and spread it; with your family, friends, people at the gym, and people at your frequently visited coffee shop.
*Perspective should be had all year long. In the simplest acts, like helping carry groceries, love extravagantly. Don’t assume someone else will make the potential difference you’ve been presented with; you are that SOMEONE.
The taste of the chicken flavor is becoming mundane and you just watched the series finale of Prison Break.
This is the most wonderful time of the year for college students who consistently indulge in Ramen Noodles and their roommate’s Netflix. It’s December. Which means:
School is out soon Christmas is around the corner Socks with Rudolph on them are socially acceptable
As the jolly man in the, simply put, soft-large-red-onesie is fast-approaching, instead of paying attention in class, I daydream of the things on my WANT list. This year that includes:
A phone case
Slim style khakis
As you can see these things are not on the typical person’s list, unless you’re about 35. I mean when I was younger, getting socks would have ticked me off, now it would be like manna from heaven. Seriously, I think the washer eats them,and usually just one out of the pair
A strange phenomenon happens as one transitions from the teenage years to young adulthood. We start to desire actually pretty useful and everyday materials…. Sure the PS4 would be cool, but I NEED BODY WASH.
I know that finals are around the corner and I should probably study instead of sending screenshots of hoped for gifts to my mother. Yet, even in the adolescent search for these gifts I am finding a sense of maturity.
This time of year is one to appreciate the little things, the simple happenings, and the beauty of life. The little things like stocking-stuffers symbolize my mom’s corny sense of humor which I obviously inherited and emphasizes how important my family is. The simple happenings such as the pictures I get to take with the accessories I hope for or the whiff of Dove for men when I raise my arms in excitement of the season. And the beauty of life is found in the “Reason for the Season.” The greatest gift was the not-so-silent-yet-beautifully-kinda-gross night when Jesus was born in an animal trough amidst a barn type structure.
Overall, I could get nothing on my “Grown-up Christmas List” and still be satisfied and content. While I wouldn’t be upset if an Ipad Mini was underneath the cheesy-Santa-Claus/Rudolph wrapping-paper, I will feel the same if beneath the cheesiness is a 12 pack of calf-high socks.
Enjoy the season for what it brings, just don’t forget to appreciate thelittle things, the simple happenings, the beauty of life, and the body wash.