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February 2, 2015

B E A U T Y

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Hello friends

Our two – (three?) week enjoyment of decent weather has come up to an abrupt, yet expected, end.  I rolled over this morning and looked at my weather app to find it was a whopping 4 degrees.  Incredible.  Everyone’s dream Monday morning.  To make it all more satisfying, today is Groundhog Day so the groundhog does it’s thing and has declared 6 more weeks of winter (yay).

Oh well.  That is what happens when you live in Kansas, you never really know what you’re going to get.  Exciting yet extremely annoying.  Although, let’s praise God because it has warmed up and this day is turning itself around.

Even amidst of my not-so-thrilled remarks toward the bitter cold, I am reminded of Christ’s beautiful creation.  This world is beautiful! I haven’t experienced enough of the world as I long to experience.  Even though, I am amazed at his masterpiece and workmanship.  There is beauty all around if you choose to see it.  You may not be on the beach, or live in the mountains, or roam the streets of Paris, but His creation is all around.  He could have made the earth however He wanted.  He cared enough to give us a beautiful temporary home. If I have that mindset, the cold and snow don’t seem too bad. Even on campus there is such beautiful trees and landscape! Find the beauty.

Today (even in the extreme cold) choose to see His beauty.

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

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My trip to Peru (2013)

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Beach in Texas (2014)

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Somewhere in Georgia (2012)

 

(Featured image found at http://ohpioneer.com/post/101100777592

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January 26, 2015

Ten Valuable Things You Learn in College

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Hello friends

The semester is in officially in full swing– I have four tests next week (gross). But writing is one thing I always look forward to.  I love to write about what is on my heart, what is going on in my life, and what I am learning. So I am writing because I am escaping from my stack of books I have yet to pick up. And today that writing will be about all valuable lessons I have learned in college (yay)!

So here it is 10 Valuable Things You Learn in College

1.  There are three valuable things: Academics (grades), Social life, Sleep.  You get to choose two.

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2. No matter how hard you try, no one is immune to a Netflix addiction.

3. You can only do the best you can.

4. You have to learn to say no.  If you don’t, you’ll soon be involved in everything and you will get burned out (see #1 for chart).

5. You can’t focus too much on the past or future.  Learn to live in the present (I wrote a previous blog “Just Stop and Learn to Be on the Beach”). Right now you may be living in the memories of the past, or thinking about all that may happen in your future, but one day you’ll wake up and you’ll miss being in college (also see previous blog “Diary of a College Student”).

6. If your roommate get’s sick ALWAYS disinfect.

7. Staying up late with your pals is (most of the time) worth it.

8. And getting up early occasionally is not the end of the world.

9. Surround yourself with people who only make you and encourage you to be better.

10. Really be dedicated to learn something.  Get really informed about one specific thing.  For me, I love to read about interesting new studies in the psychology field.  So when someone is talking to me and it relates to an article I just read- lets just say I sound smarter than I probably actually am.

And that’s about all I have.  Do you have any valuable lessons learned in college?

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

(Pictures found at http://kickofjoy.com/college-life-best-days/

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January 20, 2015

Word of the Year 2015

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Hello friends

This year is kicking into full swing already, classes at MNU are hitting the gas pedal hard.  I think that gets me easily distracted.  I focus all my attention on finishing this and studying for that– I sometimes  get so caught up and before I realize it it’s April and the end of a semester!  So I choose to be intentional at the beginning of the year.  Our church members (Cross Points Church) every January choose one word as a theme for his or her year.  After prayer and asking, the idea is that the Holy Spirit would lay an impression on a particular word.

It is pretty interesting to look back at the end of the year and see what the Lord did.  A couple of years ago mine was trust, and that year just happened to be a year full of the biggest changes!  I really did need to trust that year (as I do every year).

This year I found my word a little different.  I do these devotional plans and it seemed every day I had a verse with the word joy, or the idea of joy, located somewhere in my reading.  I didn’t even think about that being my word until I was driving one day and I recalled a verse I had read earlier that week, “In my presence there is joy.”  Psalm 16:11.  

So I chose the word joy.  I am not exactly sure what the Lord will do in my year, I don’t know how He will use joy in my life, but I know He will work if I take a step to be intentional.  So I’ve decided to focus on that verse and to be intentional about being in His presence.

Another verse I’ve been leaning on is “…but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5.  I also have chosen to be intentional about this verse- yes that means super early mornings once a week for me. I am not a morning person, but I believe as I sacrifice the Lord will move and meet me.  He promises joy, and I want that joy.

I say all this to challenge you.  Maybe you’re struggling with your relationship with Christ getting dull (I’ve been there too many times), maybe you’re looking for a new challenge, or maybe you would like to do something special this year, try it!  What is the worst that could happen?  For me, getting up super early one morning a week.  Trust me I will survive.  I challenge you to begin asking the Lord for a word and possibly a verse to accompany it!  Lets be intentional in 2015!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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January 9, 2015

Christmas Break Wrap Up

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Hello friends

So Christmas break is coming to a close and I definitely have mixed feelings about it.  I am ready to see friends and be back at school… I might not be ready for the “school” part of things.  Anyways I had a great Christmas break and I hope you all did too!

Here are some of the highlights:

I got to meet our pastor’s new baby!

 

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Mayors Christmas tree!

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Quality time at grandmas.

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Crazy outings in freezing cold weather… Not our smartest plan

 

 

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Some more quality time with my church’s college small group– previously known as the Wild Stallions.

 

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Also many coffee dates, late night movies, work (blah), family game nights, Netflix marathons, and a many books read.

It is always nice to have some down time and re-energize before going into a new semester.  Although this next semester is going to be crazy difficult, I trust the Lord will not only get me through, He will use me in my weakness.  And by weakness I mean my current lack of motivation toward education (kidding mostly).

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

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January 4, 2015

A Bright Yellow House

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Hello friends

Well if you are involved or know anyone in the MNU community, you possibly will know of the recent tragedy that has left many people with heavy and burdened hearts.  One of MNU’s dearest went to be with Jesus a couple days ago.  When heartbreak, tragedy, and trials come our way a mix of emotions rise.  There is confusion.  There is hurt.  There is anger.  There is shock.  All of which are logical and acceptable emotions.  In the past I haven’t always thought that my grieving mix of emotions were acceptable to God.  But that is simply not the case.  Scripture says that God is near the broken-hearted.  He is saddened with us.  Remember He once lived as us, and in the lowest of circumstances.

I was driving home from Oklahoma a couple days ago reflecting on the news of the recent passing.  My heart ached for my dear friends who are broken.  I looked out into the empty fields.  Gray sky stretched across the horizon.  The dead of winter made evident throughout the landscape.  Nothing seemingly “pretty” or “happy-looking” appeared in sight.  Until I saw this bright yellow house.  I thought it was kind of interesting, so I pulled over and took a picture.  I mean this bright yellow and cheerful, little house in the middle of no where, surrounded in a storm, in the dead of winter, just sat there.  It seemed resilient. And almost out of place.

That little yellow house would not escape my mind.  I reflected on it as I drove home and I felt the Lord made an impression.  That this house was joy, it was light, it was His people.  In the midst of a storm, in the midst of all things dead, His joy, His light, and His people were set apart.  They were bright yellow houses in the dead of winter.  That as trials come “the house” will not fall.  His people will find joy in his presence (Psalm 16:11), they will find his light, and they will be that light.  So as people drive and pass that little yellow house in the storm, they will be drawn to it.  Because it contains the joy of the Lord, it contains (even in the midst of tragedy and sorrow) perseverance, and it contains overwhelming comfort.

So maybe you are heavy burdened today.  Broken hearted.  I say to you: it is ok. It is more than ok to feel how you may feel.  The Lord draws near to that.  I can’t tell you anything new that you haven’t already heard, but I think the Lord says to you today to strive for comfort and safety in that little yellow house.  In the comfort and safety of our Savior’s arms there will you shine in the midst of the darkness, and there you will find joy.

I didn’t know Quincy as well as I wish I would have. Reading through endless amount of posts of the lives she had touched truly showed a legacy that is inspiring to all.  I urge us all to pray.  Pray for her dear and close family, for her roommates and friends, and for all those who grieve today.  A wise mentor of mine told me once that God moves when we pray because that way we know that it is Him that moves and works, so He receives glory.

Haley

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December 8, 2014

Christmas Break To Read List (Finals Week Procrastination)

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Hello friends

Soooooo hehehesklgkng :) << I don’t know what that was about… I think I am exhausted.

Well after that terrible example of writing…. How are you?  How’s it going?  How’s your week?  If I am being completely honest with you, the only reason I am surviving this week is because I know it will all be over soon and it will be Christmas break!  Finals are here, as I am sure all of you are aware.  I mean you either are the student complaining on social media or you know at least one college or high school student who is complaining on social media.

So last year I wrote a blog post on study tips… And honestly I should really begin to take my own advice. This year I figured I would hold on tight to what is getting me through to the end… Everything I am going to do over Christmas break (because that’s rational).

And by everything I mean read and watch Netflix.

 

So I wrote a list of all the books I want to read that I definitely will not finish or even get close to finishing.  BECAUSE when you are in school, you spend all your time reading for class.  So breaks are for all the fun reads.

So here you go… My book list:

1. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (I read this in high school, but I didn’t take it seriously.  I watched the movie this weekend and I haven’t stopped dreaming of Mr. Darcy since)

2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (This is a reread… I just watched the movie and I need to let myself heal again by finishing the story)

3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (I know I’ll get a lot of hate for this, but I have never read the books or seen the movies… I honestly don’t even know what the first one is called so I just wrote Harry Potter *shoulder shrug*) (P.S. I realize I am a little late on the bandwagon)

4. To Live is Christ To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler & Jared C. Wilson (This is another I started and didn’t finish but would really love to! It was so good and challenging from what I started to read from it)

5. Jesus is greater than Religion by Jefferson Bethke (I watch his youtube videos and he is super smart! I’ve been meaning to read his book! Also it is supposed to be the greater than sign but it changes the sign into something else when I publish this… ugh technology)

6. Strengths Finder by Tom Rath (This book guides you into finding your strengths! Interesting!)

And then if you must know my Netflix list:

1. Grey’s Anatomy (I am on season 8)

2. Downton Abbey (I am on season 3)

3. The Office (I have seen every episode..)

Isn’t deciding what you are going to do with all your extra time on Christmas break so much more enjoyable?! Also it is a bit of stress reliever.

Stay sane friends!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

P.S. This picture I posted on instagram from the mayor’s Christmas tree lighting over Thanksgiving break.

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December 1, 2014

Diary of a College Student

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I am a college student, and for that I am thankful.  But it is also a very stressful time.  I mean, I don’t remember a time where I was at a family gathering and wasn’t asked about school or my future career.  When asked about my major, I find an almost whisper and respond, “psychology.”  That single worded response elicits so many questions.  “What do you want to do with that?” “Do you know you have to go to graduate school to be a counselor?” I shake my head quietly every time-o  But secretly I am thinking “do you know how many times I have heard that?!”

Man… there are times I want to give up.  I am thinking about it right now as I type.  What would it be like, if I left? Found some job… maybe work in a church?  That is my dream.  I definitely would not have to worry about taking finals next week.  Cross an item off my worry list… I wonder what it would be like to have my own place… I would get a dog. Definitely.  Is this the stress that is talking? Probably.

I really do love college.  The people I have met will forever change my life. The things I have learned will forever change my narrow-minded perspective.  The stories I have will be forever told to my children, who with no doubt, will be sick of them by the tenth time around.  The relationship with Christ I have built, without a question, will last longer than “forever” but literally eternity.  That is something I treasure most about being a college student, particularly at a Christian school.  I have asked more questions, I have contemplated more ideas–that I am not sure I knew existed–, and I have stepped out into more boldness than ever in my life.  It’s a jumpstart.  It’s a jumpstart to my adult life.  My adult life that still has a considerable amount of time; I am just now reaching it.

This time in college, is stressful.  It is hard.  It is challenging.  Sometimes I wonder where I fit in.  Sometimes I wonder where God is.  I get homesick.  And I sure do not get enough sleep for what is good for me.  But it is a time where I have learned more than I could have ever imagined.   I am working on building a foundation for my life.  I am studying to be a better citizen, daughter, sister, future wife and mother, future career person and counselor, and a better daughter of Christ.  A better workman for His glory.  These stepping stones, are messy.  Life is messy.  It isn’t easy, but I am growing.  That is the ultimate goal, right?  To grow.  To grow in education and maturity, to grow into someone that has dreams and visions.  With an eternal perspective. Not set on the things this world offer, but what is really important.

So yes, I am not always in the best mood.  I fail daily.  I am not always the person I know God has created me to be. But I am learning.  Learning with open hands, with an open mind, with an open heart, and with open eyes.  To learn what Christ has already done and is going to do, and to be willing to follow it.  Maybe not everyone gets this same experience in college.  You definitely don’t have to have this experience in college. But this is where I am at.  This is where I am supposed to be.  I don’t think that way enough.  I will take in my learning and growing process.  It is messy.  It is scary.  And it is hard.  But it pays off. 

Thanks for listening

Haley

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November 24, 2014

Values: A Challenge for Thanksgiving Break

November 24, 2014 | By | One Comment

Hello friends

Today I was inspired to write a quick note about a sermon I heard yesterday in church. David Perkins came in and guest spoke for my church’s (Cross Points Church) missions month. This particular sermon really had me thinking and evaluating, so I thought I would share!

“Worship is a response to something we value most.”

This was a HUGE statement for me.  I value a lot of things.  I love my sports teams, I love my family and friends, I love Netflix (you can see my post from two weeks ago to fully understand), I love to read and write, I love to play the piano, and so much more! What happens when we value something?  We spend our time there, we spend our money there, we focus our thoughts there, etc.  Those things that I value aren’t bad things, however they sometimes get in the way of what I should value MOST.  I don’t want to worship materialism, or even my family! But if I put them at my highest value point, as I so often do, I am indeed worshipping something that is not intended to be worshiped.

If I spent as much time learning about and building a relationship with the Lord than I do watching The Office, or if I spent as much money (or some financial contribution) as much as I do to attend a Chiefs or Royals game, what would happen?  What would it look like?

I think the Lord has called us out to step above and beyond what we on a regular base give him.  I challenge you (and myself), as we go on break, spend time with Him.  If you normally spend 15 minutes a day, start there and slowly increase the time daily.  Next take the challenge to give money, if you are a student I understand the sacrifice… but I think that is why it is of so much value… it is a sacrifice.  Give money to your church, find a ministry or charity you believe God has given you a passion for, or (since this month is missions month at our church) help raise money for missionaries around the world.

It may seem challenging at first, but I think this will slowly change my priorities of what I value most.  When you find something with that high a priority of value, it becomes the standard and measure that everything else must be compared to.  That is the life I want to live! Take the challenge with me this Thanksgiving break!

Also this picture is from a worship night by Bethel Music.  How cool would it have been to be there??!!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

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November 17, 2014

How To Stay Warm

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Hello friends!

Sooo it is cold outside.  Literally I am looking at the weather report right now and it says that it feels like 9 degrees outside.  And we all scream and plea “WHYYY” I have never had the urge to skip more classes in my life, not because of the class itself but because of HOW COLD it is! Seriously though, that should be reason enough to cancel classes.

Anywho, I thought it would be most convenient of me to provide a semi-sarcastic, semi-realtalk on how to stay warm.

1. Don’t go outside.  Seriously, avoid it at all costs.  Just hibernate all winter… like a bear.  If that was socially, financially, and spiritually acceptable I think I might consider. I would say goodbye to all my loved ones and bam you wouldn’t see me until March.

2. Wear layers.  I hope for most of you this is an immediate “duh” however according to some people on this campus and other college campuses around the country I might think differently.  I mean seriously! Flip flops? And you think you are done with the “bro tank” phase once winter hits, but believe me you are not. I guess muscle men don’t get cold? Are “muscle men” a thing?

3. Sometimes you have to sacrifice.  I would like to think I am a girl who likes to dress “cute.”  I mean I tend to be the friend of the group who is rarely seen in sweat pants and t-shirts. But sometimes you have to be willing to sacrifice to keep warm.  In a perfect world, this is how I would want to dress for winter: (courtesy of my obsession with pinterest)

cute winter fashionBut when you step outside and it literally feels like someone is punching you in the face, sacrifices are made so I end up with something like this: (courtesy of twitter @haleyraydo)

me this winterMaybe I am not to that extent yet, but I feel that way.  I also feel like I make that face quite a bit.  I see people walking all the time with their completely normal face, and when I am walking out in cold weather I make the worst faces.  Oh well.  Again, sacrifices.

Now winter isn’t all bad– I love the snow (when I don’t have to drive in it), THANKSGIVING, Christmastime, College Basketball (Go NEERS and gooo to my Jayhawks), Football, warm sweaters, chai lattes.. you know… But all this will be relevant around January/February.

The point of this, I am not sure.  It might be me venting of my hatred for single digit weather, or it may be of help to those of you who struggle with these concepts…

Also, if my Minnesota relatives or my Alaskan friends are reading this– I know, I’m a wimp.

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

 

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November 10, 2014

Christmastime in Spin 105

November 10, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

So today I have a little video because well…. We decorated for Christmas!  Yes it’s early, yes it’s ridiculous. The way I see it, we only have 2 weeks of school after Thanksgiving and that isn’t near enough time to enjoy it.  So we went all out early.

Also there is some randomness at the end that I cannot explain, literally that is Spindle 105 (#spin105).

Anyways have a good week and be filled with the Christmas spirit a “bit” early…

Thanks for stopping by

Haley