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October 12, 2014

Man What a Game!!!

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In case you didn’t know, the MNU FB team beat Missouri Valley 21 to 17. We played at Arrowhead Stadium (YES WHERE THE CHIEFS PLAY!!). Missouri Valley was the #7 ranked team in the country. While we weren’t even ranked. Not a lot of people besides the MNU faithful (Shoutout!) gave us a chance to win that game. This game had everything, as every rivalry game should. One of the coolest things about the game happened before the game started, we were the home team so we got to stay in the Chief locker room, it was amazing being able to get an inside look on what NFL players experience every day.

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This picture still doesn’t do the the Chief’s locker room justice. I mean…. You basically had to be there yourself.

After getting my wits together, thats when I went to go check out the field. Walking down the tunnel was amazing, you think it can’t get any better until you hit the field.

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Yea I’m not going to lie, I went crazy with my snap chat today, but hey who wouldn’t right? But my snapchat story was like 400 seconds. Sorry but not sorry.

The hallowed field of arrowhead. There is so much history on this field that I can’t even try and explain it. I was so intimidated by it. I guess you could say I could feel the Chiefs’ mystique, from Len Dawson throwing TD passes to Otis Taylor, Derrick Thomas sacking Dave Kreig SEVEN times, and Jamal Charles running wild today. (You could tell I studied up on my Chiefs history before this game.)

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Arrowhead Stadium, the loudest stadium in NFL and I got to play there.

Of course you know everybody on the team went crazy and took a lot of pictures.

Of course you know that I had to get a picture with my wideout family right. We played BIG today. So blessed to have met these and I'm glad to call these guys my brothers.

Of course you know that I had to get a picture with my wideout family right. We played BIG today. So blessed to have met these and I’m glad to call these guys my brothers.

Finally I got that paparazzi mode out of me, it was time to focus on the task at hand. But I had to sneak one picture in.

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I mean can you blame me

As we are getting ready for game and the team is lining up to hit the field. We were told the seniors were going to be introduced. That was so freaking amazing. To hear my name called and introduced, I mean I can’t even describe how I felt. I couldn’t even talk and was barely even able to function.

One of the greatest football moments of my life. A memory I will never be able to forget, not that I wanna forget something as cold as this.

One of the greatest football moments of my life. A memory I will never be able to forget, not that I wanna forget something as cool as this.

The game is was amazing. The game was shown on ESPN U and ESPN 3 (Shoutout!). My mom recorded the game, so when I go home, I’m going to reliving that game all over again. The game had it all, great defense, hard hits, huge plays on offense, that moment in every close game when you need to dig deep inside yourself and leave it all out on the field, and our team did that. We took every  punch that Missouri Valley hit us with, and then knocked them out with a few of our own.

Ladies and Gentleman, meet Ricky Miller, but everybody calls him Bo. He had a break out game with 6 receptions for a 109 yards. He made big plays every time we needed him, now we just gotta find a way to get him in the end zone.

Ladies and Gentleman, meet Ricky Miller, but everybody calls him Bo. He had a break out game with 6 receptions for a 109 yards. He made big plays every time we needed him, now we just gotta find a way to get him in the end zone.

Wesley Foryoh, my roommate by the way. He also played big. He had 3 receptions for 75 yards and a TD. Week in and week out he always seems to be a big playmaker for us.

Wesley Foryoh, I call him Wes, my roommate by the way. He also played big. He had 3 receptions for 75 yards and a TD. Week in and week out he always seems to be a big playmaker for us.

Here we have Earvin Simmons, but you can call Earv or Simmy. Here is a little man with a big and can break your ankles if you let him. He had 79 all purpose yards including a big reception on the game winning drive. He is like a swiss army knife, he just does it all.

Here we have Earvin Simmons, but you can call Earv or Simmy. Here is a little man with a big and can break your ankles if you let him. He had 79 all purpose yards including a big reception on the game winning drive. He is like a swiss army knife, he just does it all.

The receivers step it up this week and made big plays all day. I couldn’t be more amazed at how we played. Top to bottom, we balled out. Of course you know it wasn’t all offense, our defense played their guts out, giving Missouri Valley fits and beating them down all day.

Surprise, surprise the X-factor played his heart out. Derek was second on the team in tackles with 10 tackles and a couple huge pass breakups including the one to ice the game for us.

Surprise, surprise the X-factor played his heart out. Derek was second on the team in tackles with 10 tackles and a huge pass breakup that iced the game for us.

DeRahn Williams aka primetime was huge for us to. He had 7 tackles and a pick for us but at the end of the game, you would've thought he didn't play because he was so clean.

DeRahn Williams aka primetime was huge for us to. He had 7 tackles and a pick for us but at the end of the game, you would’ve thought he didn’t play because he was so clean.

Last but not least we have Matt Rashad aka  Darkness. He had 5 tackles including a huge sack in the fourth quarter helping us seal the win.

Last but not least we have Matt Rashad aka
Darkness. He had 5 tackles including a huge sack in the fourth quarter helping us seal the win.

When the game clock had the triple zeros on them, I just lost it, I couldn’t believe it. We won, and in one of the scariest, greatest, and most heart stopping ways possible. I couldn’t control my emotions, I just started crying all I could think of is my aunt and her struggle with cancer. How strong she is and how she fought her heart out and won. I will never forget his day for as long as I live. A once in a lifetime opportunity, and it was amazing.

We came out and shocked the world. We put the HAAC on notice on Saturday. We are not who people thought we were. #FeartheNeer

We came out and shocked the world. We put the HAAC on notice on Saturday. We are not who people thought we were. #FeartheNeer

 

 

 

Mariah McCommon

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October 12, 2014

Philippians 4:13

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Today I’ll be talking about something very personal to me and something I don’t normally share with strangers. I’ve never posted the whole story so here it is for the first time!

This past April I was sitting in my Civil and Criminal Rights class in high school watching a movie and noticed an abnormal bump on my neck. I had never noticed it before so I went to the nurses office. She had no idea what it was but advised a visit to the doctor. Naturally, I went to the doctor and they weren’t sure either. The next step was a biopsy and if anyone has ever had one done, you feel my pain. Those suck. They stuck a needle in my neck twice (while I was awake mind you), and let me just say it was the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced physically. Lord have mercy.

So then we had to wait a week or two on results and when they finally arrived, we still didn’t have a clear answer. The results came back “suspicious” of something. Now I’m not a doctor, and I don’t even like science, but suspicious is just not a good word. After more waiting, the doctors decided it was too sketchy not to remove. I went in for my first surgery April 23, 2014. Before this, I had never had surgery or even been in a hospital bed so this was all new to me.

Going into the first surgery happier than a clam

IV’s freak me out so that was really the only downside to the whole surgery thing. All went well and a week later they called and were like, “by the way, you have thyroid cancer.” So that was a real shock to me and my family, but it was okay!! It took me about a minute to process it. Cancer doesn’t run in my family all that much and that was the confusing part. Other than that, I wasn’t worried one bit. I spent the rest of that night with my best friend as if nothing changed.

A week after the first surgery, I went in for the second one to get the rest of my thyroid removed. I kept telling myself that I was going to be okay cause I knew I was. The second round was a little tougher to recover from, but I missed two weeks of school so I mean, that’s a fair trade.

Treatment for the cancer wasn’t awful either. All I did was take a radioactive Iodine pill and stay in a hospital for a couple days because I was radioactive. How cool is that! I kept singing that song by Imagine Dragons too. When I got out of the hospital, I had to keep my distance from people so they wouldn’t be affected by my amazing radiation. Beyond that treatment, all I have to do is take a cute little pink pill before bed the rest of my life since I kinda sorta don’t have a thyroid anymore. I have a nice scar on my neck now and whenever I feel it or see it, I’m reminded of how God has worked in my life. It could’ve been a lot worse, but it wasn’t and I’m thankful. I am still here with my family and friends living a great life.!

Moral of the story, nothing is too big to handle when you have an even bigger God on your side! :)

Keep calm and stay strong friends!

Aaron Merrell

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October 11, 2014

All Eyes On You

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Hope everyone had an awesome week!

This time, I’m gonna talk about something I’ve had to remember this year especially.

It is SO easy to just act however you want and act however you think will impress your friends. It’s even easier to say things behind people’s backs, or take judgmental posture, but we need to remember that people are always watching, and people are always listening. Whether you know it or not, someone may be modeling their behavior off of yours.

I’m a Freshman Seminar Mentor this year, so it’s been even more important to remember this than ever. The freshmen in my group are an awesome bunch of people and I can’t wait to continue to get to know them this year.

I’m guilty not only of being a bad example at times, but of following someone else’s bad example. We need to look at positive examples and be able to discern between positive and negative behavior. It’s great to have friends that you can laugh with, but what/who are you laughing at? It’s better to have friends you can sit down and open up with, who can make you laugh at yourself, or at their stories; these are the ones that will last a lifetime.

Even while still in high school, you can start to seek out deeper friendships with friends you already have, and you can look for new ones. It’s been hard to cut poisonous people out of my life because I genuinely cared about them, and I still do, but it’s so important to surround ourselves with people we can rely on, people who can help us tackle the hard times, and the tough questions.

That’s about all I have for this week! Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you next weekend!

-Aaron

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October 11, 2014

Once In a Lifetime Opportunity

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Every now and then you get to do something extraordinary. Today I, along with the rest of the MNU football team have the privileged to play in the first annual NAIA Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead Stadium. (YES! BABY, WHERE THE CHIEFS PLAY!!!) It’s also the first “Defeat all Cancer Game.” It was inspired by our offensive coordinator, Bruce Pielstick.

Bruce Pielstick, whose wife of 27 years succumbed to bladder cancer just seven months ago, came up with the idea to designate the upcoming game "Defeat All Cancer."

Coach Pielstick, lost his wife of 27 years to bladder cancer earlier this year. He was the one who came up with the idea to designate the upcoming game “Defeat All Cancer.”

This is a chance to not only play football, but it is a chance to affect people’s lives. There is an article on this game:MNU’s Arrowhead game declared ‘Defeat All Cancer’ game. Every player on the MNU football team who will be on the field today will be representing someone who has been affected or is still affected by cancer. We are going to be wearing colors the represent each cancer. Today I’m going to represent my aunt Taby Mutuku.

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This my aunt Tabi, and one of her sons (everybody calls him Jo Jo). She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer earlier this year. Luckily they caught it early enough and she had the surgery to remove the cancer last month. It’s amazing to see how strong she is and no matter what happened during this ordeal, she remained faithful and she better care of me than I did of her and I wasn’t the one who had cancer. Her courage was so amazing and through the grace of God, she was able to be healed and now she’s fully steam ahead.

As you can see from the video above, this is so much more than a game. It our chance to change lives, to show people that they are not in this struggle alone. That there are people who are praying for them, people who have been in through their struggles and through us, their fight with cancer has reached a whole new level.

As for the game itself, it still hasn’t hit me that we get to play at Arrowhead Stadium yet.

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The hallowed field of Arrowhead Stadium, there is so much history in this stadium from Super Bowl V and the star QB Len Dawson, the sack master Derrick Thomas, and to the Mr. Everything Jamal Charles. They all have added so much to this field, and today I get to make my little mark on this field as well.

Today we are going to the NFL player experience. We are technically the home team, so we get to dress up in the chiefs locker room. We get basically full access to the whole stadium. We go in through the players entrance, and the Seniors get introduced before the game. Also we are playing our rival Missouri Valley, They are the #7 team in the nation right now, and everyone is counting us out of this game. Hey, it’s a rivalry game and you never know what could happen in a rivalry game. We are going to shock the world today, all while changing people’s lives in the process. I still can’t believe all this happening but it’s going to be an amazing experience.

Katie Linsey

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October 9, 2014

MNU is…

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This week, I went around campus asking students and faculty to describe what MNU means to them in a few words. This is what they said… Enjoy!

-KT

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October 8, 2014

Running for a cause

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Last Saturday I had the honor and opportunity to run in the Jared Coones Memorial Pumpkin 5k Run/Walk. Going on its 16th year, this event honors the lives of Jared and Jayne Coones who died of cancer.

Got my shirt and race number. I'm ready for this thing.

Got my shirt and race number. I’m ready for this thing.

MNU is a big sponsor of the event and they have a big tent and they paint people faces. It’s really a cool event. MNU also has a team that runs in the event.

Team MNU in all of its glory

Team MNU in all of its glory

I’m not going to lie the I underestimated the pace of the race but I still did a lot better than I thought. In high school I used to run track. I ran the 400 and 800 in high school. So I haven’t really ran “competitively” in about 5 years, I have a game to play later in the day and my head coach randomly shows up and 2 of his kids are also running in the race. Also I’ve never ran anything like a 5K before so this is all new and dangerous territory.

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Not bad for a guy who has ran in five years. I finished 49 out of 1387 people who ran the 5K competitively, the 47th male of 761 males who competed, also 7th out of 21 in my age group of males 20 to 24.

In the end it was an amazing experience, to be able to do something for higher cause and honor the memories of two people in the process. To be honest the best part of the race was the end when everybody who was in the race were able to get massages after the race.

This man is a life saver.

Shout out to the people at ProCare Chiropractic, Dr. Toby Scott came in the clutch for making sure, I was well taken care of and that I was ready for the game later on the in day. This man is a life saver.

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The race was held at Black Bob elementary, its a couple of blocks from MNU. Right now the race is almost over and everyone is starting to gather in gym for the awards ceremony

At the end of all this I still had a game to play at 6 pm that day at Central Methodist University deep in the back woods of Missouri. Unfortunately we didn’t come out with the win but it was an amazing day. But trust me I’m probably not going to doing all this again. Next we have Missouri Valley at Arrowhead Stadium, its going to be a HUGE game, and man I can’t wait.

 

 

 

Samantha Moore

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October 7, 2014

Be: A Sports Fan

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THIS WEEK/LAST WEEK HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY CRAZY!!

I feel like I have one homework assignment or project or paper or even test after another. It was definitely a crazy busy week.

Today I have a Business Communication project with three of my friends Clair Plummer, Caleb Mingus and Drake North. Our project was about bringing a Braum’s (a fast-food place) to Olathe. We had to have a 10-12 minutes speech but got to choose our own topics. My topic was about the human resource and hiring part of building a new restaurant. We totally rocked it and may have even let out a few laughs and yells when it was over.

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Tomorrow I am going to Lansing Correctional Facility (a prison) for my Human Resource Management class. We are teaching a two-hour class to inmates that will be getting out within the next 3-6 months. I am really excited about his project. I have always had a passion for prison inmates and being involved in their lives. In my future I hope to be a Deputy Warden or work in the Re-entry program.

Last Thursday our volleyball team played Baker, one of our biggest rivals. It was for the number one spot in the HACA conference. ASG did a tailgate for this game, which was absolutely phenomenal, and we had such a great turn out. We did #thinkpink shirts because this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month. We also had chick-fil-a sandwiches (they didn’t invent the chicken, just the chicken sandwich!!) and did a volleyball tournament with a change to win $120 worth of gift cards. Of course we crushed Baker with a 3-0 win. One of my best friends Becca is a senior setter for the team and I have always gone to all the home volleyball games. I do love my sporting events!
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Becca is on the right, #7 on the court but #1 in my heart :) We have been close friends since freshman year and we have always had a strong bond. She is the type of friend who could totally rock out in the car with me without feeling embarrassed or even looking at each other. She is from Oklahoma and is a Biology major. ON the left is Stacy, she is a senior nursing major from Nebraska and is one of my suite mates! This is our second year living together and we usually always go on dinner dates together. It is friends like her that I am glad I chose MNU!

 

This past weekend was packed full as well too. I went to Central Methodist on Saturday to watch MNU Men’s soccer, MNU Women’s soccer and also football play. My RE Patti (shout out to the patster) for driving myself and one of my best friends Becca to the Central Methodist with her husband Lonnie. They are two of my favorite people here on campus and are always going to sporting events.

I LOVE going to sporting events at MNU, especially soccer. Four of my suitemates, one of them being my actual roommate, are soccer players and I have always loved going to watch them play since freshman year. Sometimes they call me the soccer groupie and even their coaches know me.. what can I say I just love being involved. Both the men’s team and the women’s team won on Saturday in their conference games. They were both tough games but they pulled through and came out on top. roommate This is my roommate Ashlea who is a senior soccer player and also a nursing major! She is also engaged and we love to laugh at each other, with each other or with others!! We are always having fun together :)

This weekend I also found out that I got nominated for Homecoming Queen, how exciting!! I have been nominated every year and was really excited when I found out I was nominated for Homecoming Queen this year. One of my best friends who is on the men’s soccer team, Eddie Morales was nominated for Homecoming King and we actually get to walk together. Homecoming week is such an exciting and anticipated week for not only ASG and students but also for alumni of MNU. Since Homecoming is not for another two weeks I will be writing a blog on all the festivities that happen later on in the month.

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That is Eddie! He is a great soccer player and has been leading his team in goals this year! He is a pretty cool guy and has been one of my closest friends since NSO freshman year (new student orientation)!

One of my highlights from the weekend:

Going to the NASCAR race with my dad and two of my suite mates! We had pitt passes so we got to go down and look in the garages, victory lane and at the cars before the race started!

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As always feel free to comment below or leave any questions you may have and I would love to answer or chat with you!!

Haley Raydo

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October 5, 2014

#BeRoyalKC

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Hello friends!

I can not even begin to describe my excitement this week has held for me!  As a sports fan born and raised in Kansas City, the last several years have been rather disappointing.  Between the Chiefs and the Royals, a few tears have been shed, several screams of frustration have escaped, and an every once and awhile throwing of an object, have been spread throughout my lifetime.  The only news of glory from my KC sports teams were stories my dad, uncles, and grandpas liked to talk about.

And just within this last week, the Royals… THE Kansas City Royals, ended their 29 year drought of playoff appearances!  And everyone reading this goes wild! I mean seriously this gets me emotional. I have literally been waiting my ENTIRE life (and some) years to see the Royals do ANYTHING.

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So when I was reflecting on this week and what I was to write about, this was pretty much the only thing that came to mind. I mean people across MNU campus were tweeting, yelling, and cheering.  Talk about some excitement!

Now to relate this post back to something practical (especially for those of you who aren’t sports fans) I wondered what it would be like if people would spend as much time and as much excitement on the Lord as they did about the Royals ending their drought.  I mean people are spending hundreds of dollars on tickets, posting thousands of posts on social media, and cheering and yelling to wake everyone in their dorm up, staying up late watching the long extensive games, and carrying conversations with friends and strangers about last nights game.

Now none of this bad, if it was I am in trouble… BUT I think there is a point to be said there.  It is so easy to get wrapped up in something (it may not be sports for you) but so many times we forget to get wrapped up in the very thing that brought us here to begin with.  If we would just take the time to stay up and listen and sit in his glory, tithe a little of our money once a month, post on social media about all what God has done in your life instead of complaining, and having conversations with friends and strangers about the Lord, our world would look so different!  Our ministry, our churches, our lives, and our relationships would look different!

Sometimes it just takes little steps… Maybe start spending 15 minutes of your day with the Lord and go on from there.

This doesn’t mean you can’t stay up late watching the games and tweeting your little hearts out about the Royals (believe me I still will be… you can catch it all @haleyraydo) but maybe next time you sit down to watch the Royals or whatever it may be you get excited about, remember the Lord and His goodness.  And remember to take that relationship one step further than the I go to church on Sundays, pray before meals, and sit in a Christian beliefs class kind of level.

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

(Go Royals!)

Mariah McCommon

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October 5, 2014

Oceans

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As you may already know, I am an Intercultural Studies major which is part of the Ministry program here at MNU. This weekend I had the opportunity to go with my Intro to Ministry class on a retreat not too far from campus. Although we weren’t there long, the experience was transforming and it really opened my eyes.

First, this place was awesome. They had a beautiful sanctuary, rooms like a hotel, and it was incredibly peaceful. The first main event we did was about half an hour of silent time where each student went off on their own to a place to be alone with God. My favorite place to go for Jesus time is outside. I love the outdoors. The breeze to me represents the Holy Spirit. And it was sure present during my personal time alone with God. I’m not going to lie, I bawled like a baby. I’m really thankful for that time I had because I felt God wrap His arms around me. By the time I had to leave, I felt relief and at peace with everything.

Next, we transitioned into some light-hearted, fun games like speed dating (awkward but hilarious) and the “clump” game. Weird, I know, but it was like, so much fun! The object of it was to see how many people are interested in the same things. For example, the professor calls out, “If you prefer dogs, clump to the left, if you like cats, clump to the right, if you just don’t care, stand in the middle and look pretty.” We all got to know each other pretty quickly and had tons of fun with it.

On a more serious note, one of our professors had us make little booklets of our lives. We were to choose four main events leading up to present day and draw a picture that symbolizes the event. The point of the exercise was to share our story with a group. The key theme in each of our stories was that God always has a plan. Though we may not realize it at the time, His timing is never off. That’s when our ability to trust Him is tested. I was inspired by the strength I saw in the people around me. I hope I can be as strong as them someday.

Wrapping up the retreat today, we partook in a life-altering experience after our mini chapel service. We wrote our burdens, our pain, names of people who have wronged us, or experiences we’ve bottled up for so long down on a blank sheet of paper and we crumpled it up into a ball as hard as we could and threw it in the trash. I let go of my past, the pain, and I asked for forgiveness and also forgave myself. This was my favorite activity because for once in a long time, I let it all go. I returned to campus with a huge weight lifted off my shoulders and now I feel like a new woman!

We all know the song “Oceans” by Hillsong. And if not, here are some of the lyrics…


Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Oceans || Hillsong UNITED


This song has been running through my mind today and it’s always a nice reminder that when you struggle, whenever you feel down, whenever you just want to cry, God’s got you. He’s always had you. Trust in Him with all of you and He will provide. His timing is never off, even if we may not understand it.

I love you guys and hope you have a splendid week ahead!

MInistry Retreat

Headed to the retreat!

 

Aaron Merrell

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October 4, 2014

Life Outside Olathe

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