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March 1, 2014

I Don’t Have Homework.. What Do You Want To Do?

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Hello friends!

So this week happened to be SCOUT.  Basically if you are unfamiliar with this term, this event is a time where high school students get to come see what it is like being at MNU.  They get to spend the night with some current students, attend classes, and get information on the school.  It really is a fun event!  My sister and some of her friends came up from my high school this Thursday night.  We hung out and they asked some questions.  One question that they seemed really curious about (as simple as it was) “Sooo… like, what do you do? Besides class… What do you do on the weekends and when you have free time and what not?”

Here are some of the girls that stayed with me for SCOUT.  My lovely sister is the one on the end (left).

Here are some of the girls that stayed with me for SCOUT. My lovely sister is the one on the end (left).

I saw some posts in the MNU Graduating Class of 2018 (shoutout peeps!) and thought…. you know this would be kind of a fun blog! So without further ado… I present to you…

“Soo I’m done with class and I don’t have any homework… What do you want to do?”

Answers:

Duhh, half-priced apps!

Ok soo this one we do probably the most frequently besides movie nights (which consist of almost every night) and naps (because you have to recover from your late night apps run).  Applebee’s has become a weekly thing for most Pioneers.  I mean 3 bucks for some good food… Why not?  It really is the highlight of most of my weeks.

Hey we can watch a movie in Lanpher Basement!

Ok so hanging out in the basement is more of a freshman thing… but regardless we have plenty of movie nights… and when it is not open-dorms the basement/lobby is a good place to go!

Eh, I’m gonna take a nap.

Ok this is by far the most frequent one, or the one every student wishes was the most frequent one.  I mean you have to recover from your late night extravaganzas… Am I right?

Welp we always got Apple’s to Apples.

Board games are sometimes a go to… and what better group game than Apples to Apples?

It’s a Tuesday right? BWW’s? 

This is more like a special treat… But cheap wings?! They are great :)

Oh wait it’s Sunday… 50 cent bowling!

We haven’t done this too much yet, but recently my friends discovered that there is a bowling alley not too far from campus that has a pretty good Sunday deal!

We could go to the library… and “study”

Ok let’s be real about 2 things:

1. You always have homework. Even when you “don’t” have homework… you still have homework. Its the college life.

2. Even if you do have homework, if you get a study room with a group… you probably aren’t going to get much done.  There have been some instances where they have been very productive, but most of the time not so much…

Uh… hello there is an intramural basketball game… Can’t miss that

Ya so intramural basketball games are pretty fun to watch.  And I am sure they are fun to play too…. I just wouldn’t know ;) Anyways you have some good, competitive teams and then you have some teams that just go to have fun. It is always a blast!

Here are the Dribblers... One of my personal favorites to watch.  (photo cred to whoever put this on facebook :) )  They really are the Dream Team though!

Here are the Dribblers… One of my personal favorites to watch. (photo cred to whoever put this on facebook :) ) They really are the Dream Team though!

*Sit on the couch while waiting for a good hour to decide that you are actually too tired to do anything and that sitting on a couch for an hour was a complete waste of time*

And sadly this is true most nights……. We over think too much.

Anyways I hope this gave you a picture of some of the things we do for fun! Obviously there are plenty of ASG events (movie nights, late night munchies, different holiday parties, etc.) and there are plenty of hall/dorm events that your R.A. plan out, but this is just a look at a normal, nothing-to-do night.  The great thing about MNU and college life is that you live with all of your best friends, so even the boring things are fun and exciting!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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February 23, 2014

BIG Dreams from a BIG God

February 23, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

So… This week was pretty crazy!  It was Spiritual Deepening week, the Olympics were in full swing, and this crazy Kansas weather has been through practically 4 seasons in a week!  With plenty of things to do this week, I had kind of put off thinking about what I was going to write about.  Reflecting back I tried to come up with a common theme of the different events of the week, and one that came to mind was BIG DREAMS.

Now if you know me, I am a big dreamer.  I am always dreaming of the future and different plans.  But this week I have really felt God challenge me in a different way.  One week a semester we have Spiritual Deepening week where an invited speaker comes and speaks at various chapels.  There are the regular Tuesday/Thursday chapels, and then they add Sunday-Thursday night plus a Wednesday morning for extra time to listen to the speaker. For Spiritual Deepening week this semester we had a guy named Scott Daniels come in.  Monday night Scott shared about us serving a BIG God, that we should surround ourselves with BIG people, so we can do BIG things.

This really challenged me.  It challenged me to see the world in a different way, because our God is BIG and He wants to use ME and YOU in BIG ways!  Can I stress the word BIG enough? ;) Now that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t think about the little things, but it does mean that we need to allow our BIG God use us to do BIGGER dreams than what we can possibly think of.

In correlation with that message, I have been watching the Olympics almost every night this week. Watching these athletes compete was so exciting!  These people spend most of their lives training to get a chance to make the team, or for some to get on that podium.  Imagine these people so many years ago explaining to their parents the dreams they had to be on the Olympic team, and to hear their country’s national anthem up on the podium.  Their parents probably thought they were crazy!  I mean, the OLYMPICS?! That’s a BIG dream!

U.S. Gold medalists for ice dancing, Meryl Davis and Charlie White!  I was rather excited to see them with gold.

U.S. Gold medalists for ice dancing, Meryl Davis and Charlie White!  I was rather excited to see them with gold.

But I think that is what is so cool about watching these events.  These athletes had and have big dreams, and they put in all they can to accomplish these dreams.  Reflecting on this gave me a chilling question… What would this world and the kingdom of God look like if Christians had the mindset of Olympic athletes to achieve BIG GODLY dreams?  WOW

So I am now praying that God would not let me see Him as a little God, but as a God who has BIG plans and BIG dreams for me and for all of us.  So maybe this can be a good challenge for you as well!  Where are you in life? High school?  God has BIG dreams and plans for you right where you are at.  College? God has BIG dreams and plans for you right where you are at.  And so on..

I encourage you to think BIGGER!

Quick, random side not for you… a couple of guys (whose names I do not know) built Olaf from Frozen!  Props to you guys!

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Oh and photo cred for the chapel picture goes to the awesome David Luna! :)

Anyways….

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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February 14, 2014

6 Things I Wish I Knew In High School

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Hello friends!

Happy Valentines Day to all you blog readers out there.  Whether your single or your in a relationship, I truly hope you feel the love of the Lord today!

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Now with all that out of the way, I can begin with what I have been wanting to talk about. Last weekend I went to my high school’s homecoming basketball game.  All I can really say is that it was very strange being back.  I mean so much has changed.  This brought back memories of my high school days (yes I am aware it has only been a year), but these memories reminded me of how much I have learned and how much I have grown.  There are so many things, looking back now, that I wished I would have known.  And so.. that is what I decided to write about.  The 6 things I wish I knew in high school.

I wish I would have known:

1.  You can be the most popular person in school, but in a few years no one will care.

Now I am saying this to more of my freshman year of high school self.  There is something about high school that brings so much pressure to fit in and to be liked.  And the truth of it is, no one will care when you leave high school.  Now I am not saying that it is a bad thing to make friends, but by the time you graduate everyone goes their separate ways.  What will really last the test of time are the friendships you make by showing true godly love and compassion.  So if you’re in high school or even in college (the concept still applies) don’t stress about the number of friends, stress about the quality!

2.   No one will remember what you wear, but if there are pictures being taken… They will most likely end up on Facebook.

I am literally embarrassed about some of my old pictures from high school.  Sometimes I am rather confused about my fashion choices.  But good news people… THERE IS A DELETE BUTTON.

Hahaha this is a pretty embarrassing picture of my freshman homecoming... but very funny.  Annie on the left is my very best friend who I came to MNU with... and the boys in the middle, Steven and Cole, are still my two best guy friends to this day.

Hahaha this is a pretty embarrassing picture of my freshman homecoming… but very funny. Annie on the left is my very best friend who I came to MNU with… and the boys in the middle, Steven and Cole, are still my two best guy friends to this day.

3.  Don’t get involved with the drama!

Now I am not a fan of drama, but a big part of my personality is that I am a peacemaker.  So naturally I like to solve problems and create a piece.  Although there were times that I really just needed to stay out of things.  Drama follows you everywhere you go in life.  The people who always told me that it’s just a high school thing.. LIED!  However, learning how to deal with it earlier on in life will definitely come in handy in college.  So stay out of the little things, don’t involve yourself when you don’t need to be involved!

4.   Boys will drive you crazy (and vice versa) and it is ok to take a chill break from them!

No but seriously… Do I have to expound?  You have the rest of your life ahead of you to deal with the opposite sex.  Don’t put yourself through the craziness if it can be avoided.  (and if you are happily dating in high school… good for you! It is rather difficult!)

5.    “You have your whole life ahead of you…”

Yes I know that makes me want to roll my eyes too, but it is so true!  It is easy to forget because your whole life all you have ever known is school, but their is a majority of your life waiting on the other end.  Although your choices do make a difference later on down the road, there is still a ton more life ahead to make even better decisions. The seemingly big things at the moment (no matter what stage of life you are in) are extremely small in comparison.

6.    1 Timothy 4:12 “Do not anyone look down on you because you are young…” 

So often the thought that I was too young held me back from what God wanted to do in me.  I thought, “I’ll do that when I am married and have a job..” It was so easy to let my “status” as a high school student define me, but God has things for us no matter what stage of life we are in.

Anyways… That is all I have! If you have anything to add you can always comment down below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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February 8, 2014

Snow Day Shenanigans

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Hello friends!

Well it is that time of the week again… time for a new blog! This week has been rather crazy.  I mean we only had 3 days of classes due to snow!

IMG_2623The great thing about college snow days is.. You are in college! So you are stuck on campus with all of your best friends!  They even extended open dorm times (guys in the girls dorms/ girls in the guys dorms) so of course that is always nice!

There is something so sweet about a snow day… Just the feeling the night before, “I don’t have to go to classes tomorrow…” is the absolute best!  You stay up late (which means watching movies or watching my friend Randi own some guys at ping pong), you sleep in late and take your time in the shower, and you spend all day with no plans!

My friends and I spent part of our day sledding on Lanpher Hill (right next to the freshman boys’ dorm) and my friend Dan decided to bike down the hill as you can see in the video.

I hope you all had great snow days! If you are in high school right now, just wait until college for your snow days!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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February 1, 2014

New Semester Update!

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Hello friends!

Well we have reached February finally.  It’s a new year, new semester, so I thought I would bring you an update from my second semester at MNU.

My classes are relatively more challenging compared to last semester, however I have found them pretty enjoyable.  My schedule goes:

MWF:  Orientation to Psych, Old Testament, Life Span Development, Human Sexuality (let me tell you that one is quite an interesting/awkward/exciting class, if you are a psych major this may be one you may want to take)

T/Th:   Physical Science and Prob and Stats 

So that is what I have been up to lately.  Between classes, nannying, and school events, you could probably find me in a study room at the library with some good friends.  (And as short of a walk as it is… I will most definitely be driving as long as it going to be soooo cold!)

Another place you could find me this semester is watching basketball.  Whether it be Sunday/Monday night intramural boys basketball, or our Pioneer boys demolishing Baker, you could find me cheering on the sidelines!

Yes we take pictures of ourselves instead of the game.  Go ‘Neers! 

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Also there are some awesome things to do in Kansas City on the weekends! Last night you could have found me at Winter Jam! And it was awesome!  I think my ears may still be ringing!

Ya no big deal or anything, but the drummer for Newsboys was spinning at a 90 degree angle… Crazy! 

IMG_2615It was an awesome night of praising the Lord with the talents He has given to us.

Oh hey Lecrae :) 

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I also like to watch movies and hangout with some of my favorite girls.

From Left to Right: Mckenna (my roomie), Rachel, Me, and Randi :)

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Also this semester has already consisted of more Applebee’s half-priced apps runs.

So that is about it… nothing too crazy but hopefully you get the idea of a pretty busy but fun semester already!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

 

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January 25, 2014

Seize The Day

January 25, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends,

So it is nearly approaching midnight and life is pretty good right now.  Today a theme has been placed in my mind that I thought would be good to share.

Seize The Day 

So often we just go through day by day thinking about what we are going to do next… your next class, your plans for the evening, and what not…  And so often we miss the opportunities that are constantly surrounding us.  What if we got off our iPhones, and started seeing who was around us who needs to see the love of Christ.

So often we think “once I’ve graduated, or once I’m married, I can do this and be happy and what not.”  But let me say the Lord has something better than that! He has something for you right now! I catch myself doing this all the time!

A couple weeks ago the Lord placed an opportunity for me to minister to someone.  I wasn’t sure, and even a little bit nervous.  I kind of put it in the back of my mind for a long time.  Then I was reminded again and again until I finally took some initiative and went out and finally took hold of the opportunity given.  It took me out of a place of comfort.  But the Lord doesn’t call us to sit in our room and keep to ourselves.  He calls us to go out and make disciples, to go out and radiate His very light to those who need it.

So yet again another blog with another challenge… I challenge to you go Seize The Day!  Use this day that the Lord has made to be share His love!  And taking up opportunities and ministering to all those around us, is a part of building a community.  MNU is all about the community, and whether you already attend here or are thinking about it, this is what we do.  This is what we should do as a community of Christ followers.

Don’t let another day go by living in the future or on your phone without seeking an opportunity to spread the joy of the Lord.  And I will leave you with lyrics from All Sons & Daughters, “You have called me higher, you have called me deeper, and I’ll go where you lead me Lord.”

And that is all on this late weekend night…

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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January 19, 2014

New Dorm Room Update

January 19, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

Ok just an extra quick post to show you guys my new room!  I am rooming with my good friend Mckenna this semester and we are both very excited!  We pretty much redecorated everything, so I thought I would share!

Here is an overview from the door! We have Christmas lights all the way around our room for some extra light.

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This is my bed!  Above it are bulletin boards with my favorite pictures of my friends and family!  And the one in the middle is of Venice, Italy which is my dream place to go… so that is why I have a big framed picture… yup.

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This is my desk!  We keep the TV across from the couch!  And yes… I am definitely watching that KU game!  Rock Chalk!

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This is Mckenna’s bed and our couch underneath! The flower lights is probably my favorite thing about our room! (they are from Target!)

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Ya soo that is about it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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January 18, 2014

Advice Session 3 | Dealing With College Stress

January 18, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful winter break!  Right now life is all about getting back into the swing of things… New classes, new transfer friends, and for me a new roommate!

Now for me when life starts to get kind of crazy (going to classes, working, trying to get homework done, keeping a semi-clean dorm room, and attempting to maintain a social life) I get a bit overwhelmed.  But there are a few things I can always rely on!

1. Spend time with the Lord!  This is by far the most important and helpful thing you can do! Just taking a break from life for 15 minutes to read God’s word and to cast worries onto Him is a big relief!

2. Listen to some music!  You can really listen to any kind of music (I am in love with Frank Sinatra and a lot of classical music lately) but anything works! Especially some good worship music! (I love All Sons and Daughters) Listen to it while you are cleaning, doing homework, or whatever!

3.  Try to keep your room clean throughout the week!  Instead of waiting until it gets unbearable… make sure each day you clean up a little so you don’t get overwhelmed with stuff!  Now it may not bother you as much as it bothers me, but if you are like me it helps!  I can’t sit and do homework in a room that just looks like a mess!

4.  Take a nap, or commit to going to bed early every once and awhile!  Making time for sleep is important so make it a priority to take a little nap or go to bed an hour earlier than normal for a night! A good nights sleep can make a big difference in your day!

5.  Give yourself a break and hangout with some good friends!  Studying and working is important… But don’t work yourself too hard! Hangout with some good friends!  At MNU we have tons of movie nights, play ping pong, and go to Applebee’s for half-priced apps! No matter what you do… make sure you give yourself a break to have fun!

We also went bowling for an ASG event!

We also went bowling for an ASG event!

My friend Dan Wright playing pingpong with his one of a kind paddle.

My friend Dan Wright playing pingpong with his one of a kind paddle.

Start the semester off right! Don’t overwork yourself too early on!  There is no need for stress!  You need to work hard, but don’t do it to the point of wearing yourself out and then not be able to finish!

Hope this helps all you students!  Even if you’re in high school!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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January 10, 2014

Welcome 2014! {Word of the Year}

January 10, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

I can’t believe Christmas break is coming to a close… and I absolutely can’t even comprehend we are living in 2014!  Where has the time gone?!

So for this weeks blog, in honor of the new year, I think it is only fitting to share with you something that my church has done for the last couple of years in the new year.  Our pastor challenged us last year to choose a word of the year.  This “word” would be a theme of the year for your walk with the Lord.  At first I thought it was kind of a weird thing, but I prayed about it just to see.  I felt like my word of 2013 was trust.  And man, did I have a year of trust in 2013!

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It was so cool at the end of the year to look back and see where the Lord was faithful.  Trust is not an easy thing for me or most anyone, but I loved seeing God prove himself over and over this year just by me deciding to let go.  So often I want to control everything, but by letting go and trusting the Lord, I have seen Him at work a lot more clearly.

2013 had a lot of challenges and a lot of change (something I am not exactly fond of).  It seemed like there were few ups and a lot of downs.  And it’s those times that are the hardest to trust.  It has been a definite learning process, and I don’t have it all down (not sure if I ever will completely) but it helps me grow in my walk more than I ever imagined.

This year my word of the year is love.  And although that sounds a lot more exciting than the word trust, the Scripture this word is aligned with is Revelation 2:4 {Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first}  This year my walk with the Lord is going to be challenging me to rediscover why I do everything.  I serve Him because He is my first love.  He paid it all, and I owe Him everything yet He only asks that I follow.  And rediscovering that will be my journey.  My journey to step out of complacency and a stagnant faith.  

So if you’re up for it… give it a try!  It is so amazing looking backwards in December and seeing what God did!  Just ask the Lord to give you a word, or maybe you could just ask for a Scripture!

I hope you all had a great Christmas break and a Happy New Year!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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Also checkout Cross Points Church if you are looking for one in the area!

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December 28, 2013

The Reason For the Season Reflection

December 28, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!  Just throwin a quick blog post at you over some reflections I have had this Christmas break!

I have lately been thinking a lot about grace.  I know it’s weird to think about forgiveness and grace around Christmas, usually that’s an Easter topic.  But I have realized this over the last week, Jesus was born and he lived and died to extend grace and love to all of us.  WOW!  His grace is something to reflect on not just around his death and resurrection but in His birth and all the times in between these celebrations.

I often forget about the grace the Lord has extended in my life.  But what a great season to remember why He was born in the first place.  I have fallen time after time again, and it’s so easy for me to get frustrated.  But the fact that the Lord is always there offering grace with His hand extended to lift me back up is incredible!

I feel like as Christians today, we so often have the “do it yourself” mentality.  But in fact the Lord didn’t call us to do it ourselves because that would defeat the purpose of why He died.  The Lord has called us to live out in His unfailing grace and love, and to strive to be like Him.  We will fail, but when we look up to catch the hand extended from the Lord, we will find grace and love to continue in our walk.

Reflect on his grace this Christmas break, and don’t forget to walk in it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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