a couple of summers ago, gas was over 4 dollars!! This is a pleasant thing indeed. Now I must say I got this gas in Missouri- where the gas is always cheaper. So if you are ever there and are on your way to Kansas, fill up!
I’m personally a fan of QT!!
Well then, regarding the title of this blog,
Meet one of the very few presidential friends i have: George
I thought it’d be important to share with you all the reality and importance of money. It’s been said several times that money causes problems, I would suggest that it’s the lack of money that causes problems. And, His Word says that it is, “the love of money that is the root of all kinds of evil…” (1 Timothy 6:10) So money is often related to stress. But friends, hear the words of Jesus; this will be relatively long, but trust me, and trust Him, His words are worth reading:
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Can He get an Amen?
Friends, let me testify (bear witness/tell you what I have seen/what I know) He is faithful. God provides. I am thankful that he has provided for me a job that is on campus. There are people here that have cared enough to offer me work in the Campus Center Cafeteria. Steve Richmond is the man I am shouting out to! Then the peeps in the Office of University Advancement. Thanks to graduated Pioneer, Claire McCoy and my immediate supervisor Melanie Smith, and other supervisors, Lori, Paula, Kathy, Roger, Tom, Jeremy, Kevin and all the other great people that care about me in the UA Office!
Now I confess that I am spoiledly blessed. But friends know that there is not one that is any more special or loved by God He “does not show favoritism” -Romans 2:11. However, know that each and every individual is still special and loved by God!! For whatever reason, the Creator of the galaxies, the star breathing, universe creating-God deems us worthy and cares about us!
We matter to Him.
Being at MNU and having opportunities and doors open for me has been incredible. I’m doing my best not to take it for granted. He uses the people here to find me scholarships, and He impresses upon the hearts of His kids to demonstrate His love by being blessings to others.
Whatever your care–especially in the case of money, know that God is faithful to provide. Actively anticipate His work and direction in your life. Earnestly seek Him and Follow HIM!! When He opens doors, and presents opportunities: Carpe Diem.
You are loved friends. You can rest assured that you can trust Him. You can follow Him.
Toodles for now!
Grateful in Him,
Mario Paul Flores
“Make me to know Your ways oh Lord, teach me Your paths.” -Psalm 25:4.
Adjusting to the college life and rhythm was a polite awakening. I remember moving in, meeting the guys in my hall, attending all the NSO (New Student Orientation) and Howdy Week events, going on 7/11 and Wal-Mart runs, and then waking up in the morning to go to class. The first week here was pretty packed, and it quickly began to wear on me. I actually started to get sick since my body was not rested enough! Stuffy and runny noses are no bueno. So, aware of the needs of my body, I made a lifestyle choice that I had never before done. If you read the title, I’m sure you can gather what I am talking about.
I had never done it before because I had never needed to. And besides, why sleep during the day (the exception being sleeping in haha)? Anyway, taking “Nazarene naps” (naps that Nazarenes take on Sundays after church) or naps of any sort for that matter, it never was something that was appealing to me until, I experienced going to sleep late and waking up early for an extended/continued period of time.
Now, at least in the social circles that I have seen and am a part of, staying up late and hanging out by: playing Ping-Pong,
The beloved Ping Pong table.
watching TV or movies,
We watched this last night/early this morning!
playing video games,
Nightwing- my favorite character from the video game: Injustice.
studying (cramming) for tests the next day
A couple pages from my Greek Textbook
, AND getting up in the morning for class, those things are rather normal.
Normal and fun? Without a doubt. Always wise? Well… maybe not. Unless naps are taken!
Let me say this:
The individual needs rest.
Naps provide rest for the individual.
Naps are a good thing.
Scripture says that “every good and perfect gift is from above…” (James 1:17).
Therefore, naps are heavenly.
You’re welcome; I’m a Religion major that is currently taking a philosophy class.
Seriously though, sleep is super!
Conversely, a lack of sleep just stinks! Being tired and sleepy during a lecture or test during the day is also no bueno or pleasant. My parents and I are paying a few pretty pennies for me to attend school here, not being fully present and awake during the actual school part of school is not a wise choice. Hence, rest is important!
For whatever reason, God has created us to function as creatures/beings/persons that take hours of every day to be knocked out, helpless, and somewhat unconscious. Grant it, God has used the time of sleep in the past to speak to several people in the form of dreams. So I suppose sleep has that going for it. Now, just based off of that, I’m not sure whether or not there will be sleeping in heaven. On this earth? Of course. In heaven? Eh, I do not think so. But since God did choose to rest after speaking the universe into existence, it could be that in heaven there are at least some comfortable couches lying around!
Well that’s enough from me for today friends. I hope your weekend goes well and that you stay-or if you’re not-get rested. Take a nap or two! Your body and mind (and probably spirit) will thank you!
Peace in the Middle East, farewell, and ’till next time!
Mario Paul Flores
Here are some of my favorite psalms, I especially like to pray them! Hopefully they can be a blessing to you as well!
Psalm 86:15 “You oh Lord are a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”
Psalm 25:4 “Make me to know Your ways oh Lord, teach me Your paths.”
FIRST OF ALL, you gotta watch the video. Then read the text below.
So Tuesday I forgot to say was Dodgeball! Also, Dumpster diving is legal, and Krispy Kreme throws away perfectly packaged donuts every night……. All I’ll add to that is that my sweet tooth has been satisfied…. Be well friends and make good decisions!
I must say, being a Pioneer is fo shizzle the bomb.
Before I move into telling you why, I’ve decided to share with you why I chose MNU in the first place. So sit back, (or forward- whatever is most comfortable for you) and (hopefully) enjoy reading a little bit about my story.
I am a Pastor’s kid. In fact, I’m a Nazarene pastor’s kid. Meaning, I’ve grown up going to and being brought to Church my whole life. And actually, I’m grateful for it. I’ve got amazing parents that love Jesus, love each other, and they love us kids. I am the youngest of four. I am from SouthEastern California, El Centro to be exact. A relatively small agricultural border town community.
I played football the first three years of high school, ran four years of track, and two weeks of soccer (We can discuss that later). I’ve grown up playing sports, but playing at MNU is still more of a DREAM than a reality… mainly cause we’re bosses at pretty much all our sports, and i’m no boss… Anyway, I enjoy playing the guitar. I started playing the summer going into my senior year and starting next Tuesday I’ll be teaching two guys in my hall all that I know!
Now to my choice of MNU.
I chose MNU over several other schools for a few deliberate reasons.
1. The Faculty and staff seem to be predominantly genuine lovers of God and lovers of people. More than just talk the talk, they authentically care for people, extend grace, and are patient (again this is in general). Anyway seeing that type of a person live their life in such a way obviously makes me want to learn from them!
2. The Community is off the chain. When I came on an extended SCOUT visit, I stayed in Snowbarger. While I was here, rather than being treated as some little high schooler, I was treated as a friend that just happened to be a couple years younger. I dig that.
3. Frankly I wanted to get away from home. Not that those who live close to MNU shouldn’t come! But for me, I wanted to get away from California and familiarity. I figured that if I went to a place where I wasn’t really known or knew of anyone else, I’d be forced to be more independent and be forced into “clinging” to God-depending on Him for support and family. I testify today that He is faithful to provide.
4. Referring back to the Faculty and Community, the attitude/atmosphere seems to be intentionally Kingdom-minded. What I mean by that is that the rhythms and standards and events and policies are attempts to make an environment that is Christ-centered and Christ-like. For the sake of others we choose to live the way we live. For example living in the dorms, we work to observe quiet hours when it’s late at night and early in the morning. This is because when you’re trying to sleep, people yelling in the hall or blaring their music often makes it harder to fall asleep. For the sake of others we choose to live the way that we do. I really dig that.
Finally (for now), after my first year of college officially in the history of mankind, I confess that I came away satisfied. And now that I am four weeks into my Sophomore year, I am still really enjoying it!
College is different from all of my previous school experiences. Most distinctly is in the fact that I now live and eat with the people that I go to school with. It makes for more “relational-building” time. For that I am ever grateful. I’ve got a great roommate, and the guys in my hall are stellar. I’ll be sharing more about them later on-some are in the photo above! For now though
Eeet’s the Baist, I lave it! (Read that in a Nacho Libre accent and it’ll make sense) Also, that’s my car :D
I’m going to say toodles and peace in the Middle East friends!