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Britney Lewis

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January 29, 2014

Let’s talk about life, baby!

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I know, it’s a rare occasion when I speak of my personal life on here, but this week has been hectic, and I thought I’d share with you.

First, and foremost, I don’t know how many of you know this, but my passion in life is to get my book published. It seems impossible–with studies, work, and school–but I somehow managed to write and finish a book this past year. I’ve been praying about this book for over a year, and I wasn’t sure how to end it, or if I actually wanted to get it published. For awhile, I honestly thought that God wanted me to take a break from writing, and I’ll tell you why:

-For one, I lack confidence in my writing, and when I made it towards the middle of my book, I contemplated dropping the entire thing all-together.

-Secondly, though I love writing–regardless if i’m good or not–I knew that I couldn’t actually afford to sit around and create stories because in the real world, someone has to bring home the bacon…aka pay for school tuition. Luckily, God blessed me with a job…actually, a few jobs to be exact! Before I knew it, I was serving popcorn and drinks at games, calling future pioneers in the evening, hosting SVD/JVD events in the early morning, setting up gigs for MNU productions, and lastly, blogging about MNU. You’d think I’d be making bank, but in reality, I barely had enough to fill my gas tank.

So with all of this going on, and a permanent seat on the struggle bus, I was absolutely positive that finishing my book in 2013 or 2014 was impossible–I was certain that there’d be no time for me.

But, in the midst of the most boring winter break of all, God had personally handed me a blessing in disguise–which was more time than I needed. I’d take those boring, cold days and turn them into ten-hour work days where I literally sat in front of my computer all day. I went from about 40,000 words to 64,000 words in four weeks–now that’s what I call progress.

So there it is ya’ll–there’s that big chunk of me that I can’t stop smiling and daydreaming about. Though it’s finished, my book is still under close supervision and editing before I ship it out to agents and publishers. However, I am more than honored to present to all you pioneers/future pioneers/visitors the query for my book.

P.S: A query is a short summary of a book–that editors and agents judge–and can usually be found on the back of a novel, or the inside flap.

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Sixteen-year-old Joni Reid is addicted to being sad. . .and it’s not because she’s pregnant.

Drugs, alcohol, and self-harm are the easiest way to deal. And the people in Joni’s life who matter are merely temporary: her dad, her boyfriend, her best friend—they all left. The fetus inside of her is the only one sticking around.

When Joni’s childhood friend, Leo, appears at her door one evening, her world shifts. Leo is the complete opposite of Joni. He wants her to stop skipping out on school, and to stop bashing herself for cutting. He believes in things like love, faith, and family. But that’s not the only thing. He thinks Joni’s scars are beautiful, and she can’t fathom why anyone would think that.

Now Joni must make a choice. She can either run to the father of her unborn child and continue to live in her old ways. Or she can submit to change, allowing Leo to help her see the person underneath her bruised exterior. Either way, she needs to decide before her water breaks, or worse, before she falls back into the trap of believing that she’ll never be good enough for anything other than the blade of a razor.

Complete at 64,000 words, UNBROKEN is a YA romance inspired by a quote from C.S. Lewis and will appeal to readers who enjoyed The Last Song by Nicolas Sparks.

Thanks for reading!

Till Next Time!

Heather Engle

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January 27, 2014

rend collective experiment

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Hey guys!

Last night I went to a Rend Collective Concert in Grandview Missouri. (Which is about 25 minutes from MNU)

IT.WAS.AWESOME.

Seriously. If you’ve never heard of them before, go look them up. Now.

This wasn’t really a concert, it was more of a worship celebration. Irish style. :] Yes, all of them are from Ireland, and they celebrate Christ in such a way that I’ve never experienced. There was this one guy who had a stick that had all sorts of gadgets on it and he would hit it on the ground and go all around the stage. I have no idea what the instrument was, but it was pretty great watching him go crazy! Here’s some pictures of them and my friends that I went to the concert with. Also, check out the video at the top of my blog! another thing I loved about them was how authentic they were in their worship. They also sound exactly like they do on their CD’s, which is always a plus when you go see a band live.

This was where all of the booths were set up with their merchandise. You could buy their CD's and a few other things there!

This was where all of the booths were set up with their merchandise. You could buy their CD’s and a few other things there!

These are my lovely friends! on the left is Aleah, then Lauren and Lindsey. :]

These are my lovely friends! on the left is Aleah, then Lauren and Lindsey. :]

Here's Rend Collective!! :]

Here’s Rend Collective!! :]

I don't know if you can see it very well, but this was the last song when the lead singer got out his Ukulele! I was so excited.

I don’t know if you can see it very well, but this was the last song when the lead singer got out his Ukulele! I was so excited. Also, notice the drummer in the background raising his hands and clapping. He’s pretty much my favorite. :]

I just had to put this in here because the sunset on the way to the concert was like an explosion of color! It was beautiful and I got very distracted while driving.

I just had to put this in here because the sunset on the way to the concert was like an explosion of color! It was extremely beautiful and I got very distracted while driving.

 Thanks for stopping by! :]

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

 

Haley Raydo

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January 25, 2014

Seize The Day

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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

Mario Flores

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January 24, 2014

11 thoughts

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So yeah, just 11 thoughts that I wanted to share. Here they are written out:

11. It’s always a frightening moment when you’re not sure if all that came out was just gas.

10. There is no “morning after” or regret when a person follows Christ. (Without going into any details, there have frankly been times in my life when I woke up in the morning wishing I had made different decisions the previous day.)

9. Faith, particularly faithfulness to Him, is risky.

8. Vulnerability too is risky; but I have found that the reward far outweighs the cost.

7. Don’t just mask the smell… with Deodorant, or cologne, or body spray, or Febreeze… Instead: take a shower, or wash your clothes, or clean
your room, or all of the above. But consider doing all of the former on top of the latter.

6. Procrastinating only makes sense for a little while, but eventually…

5. All real truth is God’s; fear not where you find it.

4. Virtually everyone, at every level, enjoys and learns best through stories.

3. Err on the side of grace; often we have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes.

2. I’ve learned that whenever I flush the toilet, I will no longer leave my eyes open.

1. He isn’t just an all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipresent Being; He is a Person, He feels, He loves, He cares-for all; all includes you.

P.S. this video would not have been possible without it being shot and edited by a great and talented friend of mine: Blake Nelson. Blake is one of the Resident Educators for our school. If you read last week’s blog, just know that he’s a “friendly, neighborhood” kind of guy.

Allegra Vieux

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January 22, 2014

A day in the life

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So a lot of my followers have asked, “Allegra, what does your typical day look like?”

So by popular demand, here you go.

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Wake up.

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Go to class.

See friends at lunch.

 

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Back to class.

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NAP.

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Homework.

Leadership Society.

Leadership Society.

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FRIENDS.

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More Friends!!

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Applebee’s.

…. &Repeat.

Joey Alligier

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January 22, 2014

Don’t Panic in the Pool

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Welcome to Life.

Here we provide ups, downs, loops, and a few corkscrews.
I know what you’re all wondering; where’s the map to get around this giant?
Wellllll, let me tell you.

There isn’t one.
(per say: let’s be real, the Bible gives answers in example and truth)

Day to day life can be full of surprises, letdowns, build-ups, and utterly devastating moments.

As cliche as it sounds, how you react is key.
Let’s say you’re driving without insurance, accidentally, and you kind of bump into another person’s bumper.
WHAT TO DO?!?!
Keep calm and be an adult.

My mom has always had some of the best advice; from communication to swimming.
She always said, “Don’t panic in the pool, you’ll drowned.”

This life is a pool.
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Like, a really big pool.
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Keep in mind, every obstacle or gift is an opportunity for the Lord to use you.
The struggle gives hope to others and the blessings give hope to others.
We can be a light in the good and the bad.
We can be a light when life happens.

Welcome to life.

Here we provide opportunity for growth and development.
Here is where you determine your future DESPITE ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.
Here, is where you need to start. 

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

Britney Lewis

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January 21, 2014

Update! Update! Random blog post coming through!

January 21, 2014 | By | 4 Comments

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We’re a good week into school, and, well, I figured I’d go ahead and post a random blog!

Because, really, who doesn’t love randomness???

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First, I’d like to show everyone my new room arrangements! I love this set up, it’s soo homey. Also, on the same note, I got a new roommate this semester. She’s quite awesome. I’ll have to do an interview on her one of these days.

My Bed!

My Bed!

This is pretty much my side of the room....and yeah, my bed is in the closet. But hey, it works!

This is pretty much my side of the room….and yeah, my bed is in the closet. But hey, it works!

A view from the living room, and my roomie's side!

A view from the living room, and my roomie’s side!

My desk...cluttered as always!

My desk…cluttered as always!

In other news, for those of you curious as to what my schedule looks like……here’s a picture of it!

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Basically, I have four classes on Monday and Wednesday–these classes start at noon.

On Tuesday and Thursday I have one class (Praise the lord!)

And on Friday I have three classes.

(Name of classes: Composition II; Applied math with statistics; New Testament; Digital Photography; Multimedia Workshop and Persuasion. That’s a total of sixteen hours ya’ll!!!!)

Alright, well I’m going to call it quits for this blog today!

I hoped you enjoyed my randomness (I also hoped you enjoyed the cat video!)

See ya next week!

Peace and Love

Britney

Heather Engle

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January 20, 2014

The wind and the waves

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Hello friends!

So this week was the first week back from break. First week of classes, and first week of stress. Let me tell you, it was a little overwhelming for me. I’m the type of person that when I look at all the things I have to accomplish, even if a homework assignment isn’t due for another two weeks, or maybe not even homework, maybe something in my life that I’m just dwelling on a lot, I freak out and get really anxious. So this has been my life this week. But I also wanted to share with you guys the lesson I have learned from this.

This lesson actually has to do with one of my new classes I’m taking. Well, not necessarily the class, but what we study. I’m currently in a New Testament! I can say with confidence that this will be one of my favorite classes this whole semester. Mainly because I’m studying the bible instead of math equations! How awesome is that! I feel so incredibly blessed that I’m able to go to a school that allows us to dive into the word and study it on a deeper level.

So throughout the semester, we are required to read our “Discovering the New Testament” book that we had to purchase for the class, but we also are required to read the whole New Testament! We are first reading the 4 Gospels, which are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and john. We are starting with Mark, and I am currently reading chapter 4 right now. And this is where all that I’m talking about will make a little more sense to you.

Mark 4:35-41 says,

“That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

When I read this, it really hit hard for me. I feel as though sometimes, I can be the disciples. Asking God if he knows what I’m going through. And if He is still there with me. The example of having lots of homework is nothing compared to what kind of trauma’s we can experience sometimes in this life. But this past week, and I think it was a build up of a lot of things I’m going through right now, I have felt as though I’m stuck right in the middle of that storm.

But why am I so afraid…. Do I still have no faith?

Can the God who calmed the storm for the disciples that day, who said to the wind and the waves, “Quiet! Be still!”,  also be the same God who can calm the storms in my life?

Yes. He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. My faith has been tested quite a lot throughout this season of my life, and I know for sure God has been there with me throughout all of the storms I have had to face.

So I guess I just wanted to share with you guys what was on my heart this weekend/has been on my heart for a while now. I hope it spoke to you in some way. I also want to encourage you to rest in Him. Whatever may be going on in your life right now, and even if you aren’t going through anything crazy; just praise him for being God. :] Even as he calmed the storm for the disciples, he can calm you throughout any storm you may be going through right now.

God sometimes chooses to calm us, rather than the storms. But he also promises never to leave us. He is our comforter and he loves us more than we could ever imagine.

To lighten the mood of this blog post, I thought i'd share with you guys a cute picture of my lovely friend, Emily. We went to savers today for their 50% off sale, and this is what she found. :] I love her a lot, and am so blessed to be able to do life with this girl. :]

To lighten the mood of this blog post, I thought i’d share with you guys a cute picture of my lovely friend, Emily. We went to savers today for their 50% off sale, and this is what she found. :] I love her a lot, and am so blessed to be able to do life with this girl. :]

Well guys, that’s all I have for this week. :] I hope you enjoyed reading, and got at least something out of it. If you didn’t, I am truly sorry.

Love,

Heather Rose :]

Allegra Vieux

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January 19, 2014

Make it Like Your Birthday Everyday

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I’d like to start this blog off wishing myself a happy birthday, as it was on Tuesday.And then I’ll wish my birthday twin Will a happy birthday, too.

…And then the same for my bestie Konner whose birthday is today!!

And next but no less important than those above, I’d like to wish my roommate Ashley a happy birthday, because anytime any of her friends have a birthday, she claims it for herself and accepts gifts.

…aaaaaaaaand Finally, I’d like to thank Katy Perry for writing the song “Birthday” which trumps 22 by T-Swift. (go listen)Picture 3

So I turned 22 this week, and it happened to be the first day back to school. This is the first year I’ve been in school for my birthday, to which most would think, that’s a bummer. I’d venture to say quite the opposite. Sure classes started, but the work load isn’t too heavy the first week of school. Everyone is around and hanging out. It has been a week-long party!

This is how it’s gone.

Tuesday morning, I woke up to this sign with a box of donuts and a birthday cup from my roommate Kassidy. She’s so clever! Also, she is officially a high school English teacher in the Independence school district! I’m so proud of her- she got the job and she’s barely started student teaching! When you see her on campus, congratulate her! Also know that she is Miss January in the Athletes of MNU calendar. LOVE HER. IMG_0238

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then I went to classes and was pleasantly greeted by my friends and professors wishing me a happy birthday! Then after my last first day of class, Konner and I got our nails done at Lovely Nails in Olathe! They are seriously the nicest ever and do such a great job! Highly recommended. Then, we spent the afternoon together until we went to Korma Sutra, which is my favorite restaurant EVER! Also HIGHLY recommended- Thanks to my roommate amazing roommate Rachel for organizing it!

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Then me and 389 of my closest friends went to a bowling/laser tag/put put place where I successfully scored a 43 in bowling with my bestfriend Emily- yes. that score is between the two of us. yayyy

This ended around Midnight when we all came back to the dorms and ate ice cream cake from Kon-Kon! She got it Dora and Diego for a double birthday party!

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Since then I’ve gone out to lunch with my friend Lauren at Spin Pizza, had Indian food twice more with my sister and parents, and pretty much have been living the birthday diva dream!

I do have to say, the best gift I’ve gotten has to be my new roommate! Kara transferred from Point Loma and was randomly placed in our room. Is it too soon to say that it’s love? Maybe. Does it feel like she’s been here since the beginning? Definitely. This is a picture which I’m sure she appreciates…taken as Konner and I hazed her and her boyfriend Bugs (also transferred- he’s a QB on the football team.)

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Then last night began the celebration of Konner’s 21st Birthday! We started at Holy Land Cafe for a ladies night dinner, then came back to my pad to her presents and candy!

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IMG_8642 IMG_0426This morning we went to an amazing church service at Mission this morning, out to lunch at Salty Iguana, and tonight… who knows?! Sky is the limit with these amazing friends.

Over and Out!

Haley Raydo

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January 19, 2014

New Dorm Room Update

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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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