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December 28, 2013

The Reason For the Season Reflection

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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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December 14, 2013

Advice Session 2 | Modest is Hottest?

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Hello friends!

Happy Christmas break to you all!  Today is part two of my advice giving series.  This week there was only one topic that made sense to talk about… and that was modesty.  I know that may seem weird… but I have been thinking a lot about it.  WIth the whole Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this week and the endless instagram pictures of Christian girls I know dressed provocatively, I just feel like it needs to be addressed.  Many people may not see this, but maybe I can give some advice that may help at least one person.

Now I have advice for girls and for guys on this topic so I will break it down into two sections.

GIRLS

Let me just say, we have it hard sometimes.  It’s like the girl world is always a competition, who has the best outfit, who has the most friends, who has the best boyfriend, etc.  Even as a Christian woman it is hard to escape these competitions and pressures.  It is almost like our society tells us we must look this way or act this way to get the attention of a boy, and in a lot of cases it has gotten a lot of success.  So we wear that skin-tight dress because that is what seems to work for other girls right?

Well unfortunately that is probably the case.  I mean why wouldn’t a barely dressed woman grab someone’s attention?  Now I am not blaming men by any means… they were created that way! That is why I believe modesty is so so important!  I mean no girl wants to be the one that causes a man to stumble.  But we so often forget about that.

We attract by the way we dress and present ourselves.  As women we longed to be loved, but do you really expect to receive love from a guy that is only looking how you are dressed?  Sure if you dress modest you may not get the same looks, but you will be making sure you are attracting the right kind of guy.  If you dress immodest you may get some looks and attention, but you are not going to be the girl a guy is going to bring home.  Besides that, show some respect for yourself in the way you dress, you will receive the same respect.

I mean c’mon girls!  It breaks my heart seeing these pictures and reading these tweets about woman not comparing to this woman or that woman.  Why do you believe that?  Because according to Scripture we are worth more than rubies!  So we should act like it and have respect for ourselves.

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And… let a true godly man get to know you for you!  It may take some time waiting, but not all is lost with our society!  Beyond attracting the right man, having respect for yourself, and by protecting men from stumbling into sin, it is what God call us to be.  God calls us to be daughters of the King and to honor Him with everything we have including our bodies. My biggest piece of advice I can give you is to instead of comparing ourselves to the Victoria’s Secret Angels, to compare yourself to the Proverbs 31 woman.

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The best thing you can do is to help encourage your sisters in Christ.  It is not easy to be a girl in this time, as it is not easy to be a guy.  So let’s help each other out!  By giving your attention to those that choose to honor the Lord, only helps encourage them to continue in their walk to pursue their journey of being a woman of God.

It may be hard again to wait for those kind of women but they are out there!  And when you find one, treat her with high respect and honor!

I hope this helps, and for some of you gives encouragement!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

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December 7, 2013

Advice Session 1 | Studying for FINALS…

December 7, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

So I decided to start a series on my blog!  I am going to be giving advice on miscellaneous subjects throughout the rest of the school year.  My biggest passion in life is giving advice to people… that’s what I’m studying in school!  So not only is this great practice for me, but I also know that I enjoy reading people’s thoughts when they are extremely passionate about it and authentic… And hopefully you can take something away from it!

This week I felt it only fitting to talk about… studying.  I know most of us cringe at the very sound of the word, but it is inevitable in high school and college life.  Finals are coming up next week, and let me tell you I hope I can take my own advice!  But I decided to take what I’ve learned and what others have learned from this semester and give you some last minute advice. :)

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First of all, try your best to start in advance.  Now I am one of the biggest procrastinators you will ever meet, so this is something I need to work on to.  But when it comes to studying, especially in college, overnight crams just don’t get it done.  Also last minute studying brings upon unneeded stress and not a lot of sleep. Do yourself a favor and begin studying a week before.  Spend an hour a day reading over your notes, creating a study guide, or whatever you need to do so that you can spend the last day going over things you don’t understand.  You can also find help with tutoring and from your professor easier if you start in advance and find the right questions to ask.

My next tip would be to figure out what kind of studier your are.  Do you study better alone or in groups?  For me, I am not typically a very motivated person.  Although I am fairly independent, I work better in groups because of my “chill personality” (basically I get lazy).  Now if you’re a talker, you may not want to study in groups if you want to get anything accomplished.  I know it may be uncomfortable because your personality type longs to be with people, but in the end you will have accomplished more working alone.

Another big one I think most of our generation struggles with is putting away the electronics.  I know your phone is legitimately glued to your hand… but it will be a huge distraction! It always is for me anyway! I would recommend to grab a cup of coffee and/or a snack and get COMFORTABLE. I am not talking in front of a t.v.!  Find a quiet place and get comfortable… you may end up staying there for awhile.

This next tip was something I never did in high school, but in college I have had to do quite a bit   That is… read your text book.  I understand, it’s soo boring.  But in college there will be things on the test that you will not know just by listening in class. Now I have learned a bit of a cheat on this one over the course of the semester.   What I do is read over my notes, then I head over to the book and find where it talks about what I read in my notes.  I learn a lot more examples and get a greater understanding of the concept after doing it that way.  I don’t have to read the in between stuff, but just learning more than what is in my notes has been very successful so far.  This may not work for all of your class (for instance math and some sciences) but it’s a start.

My last tip is more of a plead… GET SLEEP.  It is so important to sleep before exams.  I have always done better and felt more confident when I have had a good night’s rest.  It may seem dumb and overrated but believe me it works!  Studies have shown that sleep helps you retain the knowledge that you have studied.  It may seem uncool… but you will feel a lot better and remember a lot more!

Hopefully this helps! Happy finals! ;) Oh and may the odds be ever in your favor…

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Thanks for stopping by

Haley

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December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving in a Nutshell

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Hello friends!

Classes are up and starting again at MNU after a wonderful Thanksgiving break! We had three different Thanksgivings this year with my family, and I got two of them on camera! This was also my first year going Black Friday shopping… which was an experience to say the least.  Didn’t get much accomplished but I did pick up quite a few movies for our movie nights in the dorm. (If you didn’t know, Walmart has 2 dollar movies! Check it out next year!)

So here is just a snippet into my family life over the holiday! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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(P.S. I loove the music in this video! Check out Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Noel, O’ Come All Ye Faithful, and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen! Let me know what your favorite Christmas music is!)

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November 23, 2013

It’s the Holiday Season… So Let’s Be Thankful!

November 23, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Hello friends!

It’s another great day to write a blog and share with you my thoughts!  The past few weeks I have been thinking a lot about thankfulness.  It makes sense considering we are approaching Thanksgiving (which by the way is my favorite holiday!).

I was listening to a sermon at my church a few weeks ago about this idea of thankfulness.  It’s funny how often we use words on a regular basis, but never really dive down deep and figure out what they really mean.  My pastor talked about the difference between gratitude and thankfulness, thankfulness being something more than just a feeling.  “Gratitude is like wrapping a present, but never giving it.”

This has been a new revelation for me these past weeks.  Thankfulness is gratitude expressed. How often do I feel gratitude for what people do for me, but never show it?  I would say a lot, and the difference between the two is significant.

My pastor challenged us to write three things down we were thankful for each day of the week, and to share them with one another.  I thought it was such a great challenge that I thought some of you guys would consider trying it!  The importance of writing it down and sharing it is important because it takes it a step further than just thinking about it in your head.  It requires action.  If you find yourself writing a person’s name down, share it with them!  If you find yourself writing about food and shelter, volunteer and bless those who don’t have those accommodations!  The easy part is thinking of them and feeling gratitude, but let’s take it a step further and be thankful!

These are the three things I wrote for today!

1.  New Experiences! My MNU family!

I have been so thankful for this new stage of my life.  Meeting new friends, learning new things in new ways, and being apart of a new community!

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2.  My Brother and Sister!

They are such a support for me, and I love them very much! Plus they are just really cute ;)

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3.  The Month of November

November is my favorite month of the year! We have a 9-1 Chiefs team, we have a Jayhawk team that beat Duke last week, we have the Missions Conference at my church (my aunt and uncle are missionaries and I get to see them!), we have pretty fall trees at the beginning of the month, we have Christmas music at the end of the month, and we have Thanksgiving!! What else could be better?

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That’s my blog for the week!  Accept the challenge I give if you are so brave… Oh and if you are looking for a church in the area, check out Cross Points Church in Shawnee!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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November 16, 2013

Social Media: What Is It Really?

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I was sitting in my Sociology class a couple days ago when MNU’s beloved professor, Bo Cassell, brought up an interesting point.  Why do we have social media? What is the point of it in today’s society? Why is it so valued? How has it affected our culture today? We discussed our theories. But what stuck out in my mind was Professor Cassell’s statement, “Now days, we do things in life so we can post about it.” MIND BLOWN.

This got me thinking, what would our lives be without social media?  Think about it.  We go to a party, and we tweet at least a couple times about how awesome the party is.  We get together for coffee with friends and we have to instagram a picture with our friends and our Starbucks beverage.  We are approaching Thanksgiving, so we must post a status on Facebook about all the things we are thankful for.  The status’ I tend to see look like:

I am soooooo thankful for the most amazing family in the world, the greatest bff’s a girl could ask for, and the hands-down best boyfriend ever xoxoxo love you baby. #soblessed #myboyfriendisbetterthanyours #ilovehashtags

(okay that was a bit extreme ;) but side note, have you ever seen those hashtags? My boyfriend is better than yours? Because let’s be real, is he really? Who are you even talking to? Who is he better than? Everyone? Ah, oh well, love is blind so they say :))

Anyways… none of these things are bad! It is great to express thankfulness and gratitude (stay tuned for my next blog).  But look at the theme here, if we get down to the sociological factors, we all do this to put on a persona that our life is perfect and that others should want to be us.

Professor Cassell mentioned in class that in recent years, marathons have never been more popular. Why? Because everyone wants to post about it! If someone goes skydiving, bungee jumping, or something else extreme I guarantee they will post about it on social media.  Now I’m not going to lie, if I went skydiving I would definitely be posting about it like there’s no tomorrow. But you get the point.  Take this week at MNU for example, if you didn’t know (which if you don’t know and you attend this school, you probably are not active on social media) this is TWIRP week.  You can read some other blog posts if you want more information, but basically it is a girl ask a guy event.  But think about how many posts were made just about TWIRP!  Oh and let me guarantee you that on Sunday/Monday there will be some ice-skating pictures up from our MNU ASG event.

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Now I am not saying that any of this is bad, because I am guilty of it as well! And I am not even suggesting that this should change.  But be aware of these persona’s people try to create; there are some serious dangers.  We assume our sister is happy because she just instagramed a picture of herself smiling, we assume that our cousin is all good with life because she just changed her relationship status to “in a relationship”, we assume that our friend is having the time of his life  because he tweets about all these parties he is getting invited to.  The problem is we assume, and miss out on the personal communication.  So I am challenging you, not to change what and why you post on social media, I am only challenging you to see your friends beyond it.  It is easy to appear to be doing great, we do that on purpose daily. But get behind the surface of a persona on social media and you find a real person that may need a friend.

So that’s my blog for the week! It got a bit deep at the end, but I hope you take the challenge! I plan to!  Oh and by the way—if you are looking for a good class at MNU I recommend Sociology with Professor Cassell! It is great! (P.S. Don’t stop posting your TWIRP pictures! I only used it as an illustration! I love seeing them!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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November 9, 2013

The Unwritten Rules In Getting a Date! Advice for Boys

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Hello friends!

So by the title I am sure you can tell that this is a bit different from what I normally write about.  I was inspired by a dinner conversation I had with some of the girls.  We exchanged stories, boy stories to be exact, about different experiences we had.  Most of these stories were on the funny and a bit on the creepy side.  After discussing, we talked about how we wished guys would know how to handle situations better.  If you’re interested in a girl there are certain unwritten rules.  We talked and agreed on some, and decided this would be a great blog!

Now these bits of advice are generally speaking, not about anyone in particular.  We just thought it would be nice to help some guys out! Also keep in mind that all girls are different, very different, but for the most part these are rules you can follow for the average girl.

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So here they are, the to do’s and what not to do’s in getting a date with a girl!

1. “God Told Me To Date You”

What Not To Do: Don’t pull the “God told me to date you” card.  For so many reasons this is a problem. First, it puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on a girl and on a relationship.  If she has not heard from God that this is the case, she is not going to respond well to the statement.

What To Do: If you really feel like God is wanting you to date her, than great! But keep it to yourself.  If this is truly what God wants, He will keep her around.  Pray about it!  No need to rush!

2. Read the Signs When You Ask For Her Number

What Not To Do: You don’t want to be the guy that can’t read the signs.  As subtle as they may seem, trying to read them is always a good idea.  When you ask for a girls number and she seems unenthusiastic, gives a nervous laugh or smile, or tries to avoid the subject, than she probably doesn’t want to give it to you. So something you wouldn’t want to do is to text her immediately and constantly.  If you don’t get the hints up front, a girl is eventually going to have to be more blunt which will hurt worse.

What To Do: Wait awhile before asking for her number.  Some girls may like it if you ask for it right away, but a lot of girls are skeptical.  So don’t get upset if you get the sign!  The girl may have just had a guy hanging around them that broke a bunch of these unwritten rules, so they aren’t wanting to give out their number to anyone… So instead, get to know her first!  You don’t have to be buddy-buddy and get friend-zoned, but just a friendly conversation in class or a wave while walking passing her by makes a girl feel more comfortable!

3. There Is a Rule To Texting 

What Not To Do: Yes there is a rule, and one rule the girls and I agreed on was the 2-4 text rule.  If you send 2-4 texts without a response back (this goes for girls too) than there probably isn’t an interest there.  Now there are exceptions to the rule, but for the most part this is the case.  You don’t want to be the guy that sends 10+ texts at a time.  Take the signs, so a girl doesn’t have to be blunt.  If you are really unsure if your text are sending through, text a friend or your mom. :)

What To Do: If you have reached the limit, take a break for awhile.  I know it might be hurtful, but don’t put yourself through the torture! Now girls do love to be pursued, but the point is don’t go overboard if she’s not interested. You will find someone that is, and she will be the one you want to pursue and spend your time with!

4. Mentioning Marriage the First Time You Meet Someone

What Not To Do: Don’t talk about how bad you want a wife the first time you meet a girl.  She is probably in the same boat as you, but that adds a lot of pressure to the conversation.

What To Do: Have you noticed a theme? Timing is important! The only way to know perfect timing is through prayer.  Talking about marriage is something to wait to talk about.

I hope this is helpful!  The major theme when it is all said and done is timing.  Pray and ask the Lord to guide you through this time.  If you are in high school or college you have plenty of time, so don’t rush it!  Girls if you want some advice in a future blog let me know!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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November 2, 2013

Follow Me Around: Dorm Room, Basketball Game, Weird Squirrels

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Hello friends!

So if you want to know what a (semi) normal day looks like for a freshman at MNU…. Here you go! Meet my friends, walk around campus with me, and get to know what campus life is like! I had a lot of fun filming my day.  The only thing I missed was the Masquerade that night for Halloween.

If you make it to the end… Major props to you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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October 26, 2013

Looking Back In Time… 50 Years From Now

October 26, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

Earlier today I was at lunch with my grandma, mom, and sister.  We just shared and talked about things here and there, when my grandma mentioned her 50th college reunion she had attended last night… 50th? My grandma was in my stage of life over 50 years ago! She even said, “There were so many old people!”  My grandma, definitely young at heart, is someone I have looked up to my whole life.  She is bold and carries the joy of the Lord wherever she goes.

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My grandma playing piano with me back in the day. My baby sister is sitting on her lap.

After going home, I wondered what my life would be like after 50 years.  Would I accomplish my goals and dreams? How do I make sure I stay on the straight and narrow?

I decided to call her and ask her some of the questions I had been asking myself.  I heard her sweet “hello” on the other end of the line, and immediately smiled.  She is just that type of person that can brighten your day.  I explained to her my request and she began talking about her reunion.  “People said nice things. ‘I accomplished this, and I did this, and achieved these dreams.’  They were good, but it was all about me me me and I didn’t hear anything that glorified God.”  I found that interesting as she explained more about the different classmates she had talked to.   “There is two ways to do things, Haley, you can plan out your life and do the things you want by your own strength, or you can live a life that follows God plans and that glorifies Him.”

This is a hard thing for me.  I have a problem with trusting God.  Most of us have heard the Proverbs 3 verses that says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  It is one thing to hear these words, it’s another to follow them to the ultimate extremes.

I decided to pick a word of the year this last January.  I had had a hard couple of months leading up to this, emotional and physical ups and downs that just kept piling up. I felt as if I was in free-fall, unsure of where I would end up.  But in January when I decided to pick a word, I heard the Lord strongly say TRUST, trust, trust.  It has been a rough road since January, but I felt God keep saying trust.  When I needed emotional and physical healing and had not received it as immediate as I had hoped–I heard the word trust.  When I was stressing about picking a college to attend–I heard the word trust.  When I was tired from working long days all week long–I heard the word trust.  It has followed me everywhere, and listening to my grandma has brought it back up again.

It may be easier at this point to plan out your own life, follow your own dreams, and use your own strength to finish it out.  It is a lot harder to trust.  But my grandma says she has had the best life.  “Nothing is more exciting than living for the Lord.”  I think the difference in where you’ll end up at your 50th college reunion is whether you trusted the Lord with your life or not.

As a personal challenge for myself and to you if so choose, is to not be those people at your 50th reunion that only talk about your own accomplishments.  Be the person that glorifies God, and lives the exciting life of trusting in His plan.  You can live it out now, starting by asking God to reveal His plans for your life.

“Looking back now, I see God’s hand in my life in every direction I turned.”  I asked her how one would get to a place 50 years from now and see the imprints of God.  She told me that it all starts with praying and asking God to reveal talents and gifts, and to choose daily to give the glory of God.  This may take a lot of trust, but it is worth it in the end.

Anyways I hope that is encouraging! Sometimes I think it is good to look at life from the future looking back, to evaluate where we are in the present.  Here are some verses to look at if you want to be encouraged through the Word about this:  Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Psalm 46:10, Psalm 37:4-6, Hebrews 13:8, Matthew 6:25, Psalm 28:7, John 14:6, Psalm 91:1-16

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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October 18, 2013

Top 10 Best Things About College So Far…

October 18, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

So it has only been a couple of months since I first moved in on campus and started school. Currently MNU students are on fall break, so I had the chance to meet with some old friends.  A lot of them ask about my favorite parts about being in college, which gave me the idea of writing about them in this blog!  (Some of these are unique to MNU and others are just about the college life in general)

Here they are, my top ten favorites!

1. Late night Walmart runs! 

IMG_1952Walmart runs usually are a last minute decision, and they almost always happen near curfew.  My friend Rachel here is stocking up for the week.

2. Eating in Class

IMG_1944The answer is yes, yes you can eat in class in college!  This picture is of my breakfast (a devoured blueberry muffin) that I didn’t quite have time for that morning.  No worries!  Finish it in class!

3. Ice cream machine in Campus Center

IMG_1947I am aware that the last few have been all about food, but what can I say! I’m a college student.  This one I’m sure is most students’ favorite.

4. NAPS

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In college you get many opportunities. They are especially needed on the late night-early morning combination days.  (Monday, Wednesday, Friday are my days)

5. Movie nights with your best friends nearly every night!

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This has become a daily event in the dorms.  Which may not be the best idea on the night before 8 am classes….. but you know! :)

6. All of the many ASG events!

IMG_1935Thrift Store Prom, White Light Event, Car Bash, Smoovie night, and many many more!  There is an event it seems nearly every week.  This was at the hoedown last week.

7.  Going to a small school…. But not too small :)

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There are many perks to this in my opinion.  People you’ve met once remember your name and care about you, yet you can still meet more new people all the time! Another perk is making the website fairly easily.  Look at me, I was so ready for that picture. ;)

8. Choosing classes your interested in! 

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Now of course you have your common core classes you have to take, but you still have options with those.  You can choose your schedule, your classes, and overall you just feel very independent!  And something I love that is unique to MNU is having professors of those classes that care.  You aren’t just a number at MNU, but you matter!

9. Spiritual Life

IMG_1973Chapels at MNU are amazing! You have so many different options throughout the week to experience the Lord.  This chapel is from student-led chapel in Bell on Thursday.

IMG_1906MNU gives you opportunities to join small groups as well!  This is my girls small group!

10.  MEETING SOME LIFE-LONG FRIENDS :)

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IMG_1886These people are some of the greatest I have ever met!  I am missing a few, but I truly love all of them!

Anyways that’s my blog for the week…

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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