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Heather Engle

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February 3, 2014

resting, snow days, and the Baker game

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Hello friends!

So let me just jump into things…lately, I’ve discovered that you have to do a lot of reading in college. Crazy, I know. ;] I didn’t fully grasp that fact until this semester when i got bombarded with 4 huge textbooks that I need to read to be able to do well in my classes. And it’s true, I know personally for me, if I read (and really read my books, not just skim over them) I will definitely better my understanding of what the professor is teaching in the class. Weird how it works that way…I mean, who reads anyways? Just kidding. I know that there are a lot of people that enjoy reading. I enjoy it at times, but if I’m really not too passionate about the subject, its hard for me to read the material. But it also says in Gods word that whatever we do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. sometimes its difficult to have that attitude about schoolwork, but I feel that that’s the attitude that Christ would want me to have towards it.

Anyways. So lately I have been kind of overwhelmed just thinking about the work load that I have.  At the same time, I don’t want to get too overwhelmed and instead, be balanced in managing my time. Which also means taking time to rest occasionally. But you see, this is hard when this culture has convinced us that we have to be entertained and doing something every single second of every day. And you know what, we really don’t have to! It’s actually really okay to just do nothing. I’m not saying be lazy and sit around all the time, I’m saying that with this constant entertainment surrounding us, we can be so consumed with having to do things all the time and have a constant desire to be entertained. Managing your time well is always great, and getting things done and being diligent in your work is even better. But I think that taking the time to rest and be able to recap is extremely important. I also believe that this lines up with scripture.

Another thing I’ve learned about myself while being in college is that i really stink at time management. I also am really bad at saying no to people. I think that can be a good quality and a bad quality. A good one because the fact that I can’t say no to things can really open up more opportunities that i maybe wouldn’t have had if i had said no. But on the other hand, i can get carried away with saying yes to everything and end up being extremely overwhelmed. I know we’ve probably all experienced this at some point in our life. I know It happens to me almost daily! College has really stretched me in a way in which I have had to be conscious about who and what I’m saying yes to and how I’m managing my time. It is especially difficult to balance doing activities out of school and also being diligent in getting homework done and taking time to read.

So guys, I just thought I’d share a little bit about what college has taught me so far. I know there are so many things I am still learning, and are yet to learn, but for now I hope this was good insight to you guys in some way.

Also……

Tomorrow is supposed to snow a lot, so that means, SNOW DAY FOR MNU! When all of campus found out we were having a snow day, it pretty much felt like the world was going to end. Everyone started franticly rushing to Wall-Mart to prepare to be stuck in their rooms for days. I think all of us at MNU are actually hoping that we are stuck in our rooms for days. Maybe because we have procrastinated studying for the 4 tests that we have this week. THIS. WEEK. And you never know, they just might all fall on the same day. Which does happen quite often.

So yeah! Thanks for stopping by, comment if you would like, but until next time,

-Heather Rose :]

P.S. the video at the top is of the Baker vs. MNU game that we had last Thursday. WE WON by the way. :] but this was the half time show, and it was really odd, but really funny. So you should definitely watch it! :]

Joey Alligier

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February 1, 2014

Talk About Action Pact…

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Let’s just say this weekend has been fun….
I am beyond thankful to have a nice, warm, safe place to stay.
In the end, what’s life without some…questionable….events? Right..?

An Action Pact kinda day..

Click the link and check out a TASTE of the craziness that is a part of my life.

Haley Raydo

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February 1, 2014

New Semester Update!

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Hello friends!

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

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

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

T/Th:   Physical Science and Prob and Stats 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oh hey Lecrae :) 

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

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

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

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

 

Mario Flores

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February 1, 2014

Wisdom On Time: Take It One Day At A Time

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“We were created with the capacity to live life one day at a time. So make it to where your work load will only be that of one day.”

I confess that lately I have been rather stressed and disheveled with my schedule, roles, and responsibilities. But if the afore mentioned quote is truth, then I believe that with effort, diligence, and discipline-balance and peace of mind are possible.
So, paying attention to my schedules from school, church, and work I’m working to do this.

I have learned friends that in: staying up late (and not being able to sleep in with 8 and 9am classes-the struggle is real), not keeping up with assigned readings for consecutive days at a time, treating studying as a chore and not as an opportunity-an opportunity to please, serve, and worship the Lord-if all those negative things are done, feelings of being overwhelmed, high stress and high potential for breakdown are highly likely to take place.

I’m confident that nobody wants any of that.

Sure there is such a thing as eustress (stress that is actually good for you). Okay, I’ll concede that, but friends if we can manage our time wisely and focus on putting “first things first”, stress that has no benefit will affect us less negatively. Life will be more enjoyable and fuller.

“Take care of yourself.”-Wise words.

Peace in the Middle East friends! Know that you’re loved,

Mario Paul Flores.

PS Here are some moments from the past week I wanted to share with y’all:

This is just a wee bit colder than the 80 degree weather back home. But trust me when I say that I will take 10 degree weather over 100 degrees anytime (anytime as in I have warm enough clothes for it)

This is just a wee bit colder than the 80 degree weather back home. But trust me when I say that I will take 10 degree weather over 100 degrees anytime (anytime as in I have warm enough clothes for it)

I'm continuing to learn Greek! The Top line says "God I love." and the bottom says "The Lord Christ I love."

I’m continuing to learn Greek! The Top line says “God I love.” and the bottom says “The Lord Christ I love.”

Here's the man that's teaching myself and others Greek. And yes, Randy is trying on yet another hat.

Here’s the man that’s teaching myself and others Greek. And yes, Randy is trying on yet another hat.

I like seeing snow outside the window :D

I like seeing snow outside the window :D

Let it snow...as long as driving conditions can remain safe that it is.

Let it snow…as long as driving conditions can remain safe that it is.

I've mapped out my planner! :D Organization Station I might be on my way! Maybe, hopefully...

I’ve mapped out my planner (This is just two pages of the 3 months worth of work I did! Credit to Jamie for her persuading motivational speech to manage my time more efficiently!  :D Organization Station I might be on my way! Maybe… Hopefully…

 

Allegra Vieux

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January 29, 2014

The day I lost my dignity

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Hello my blogging friends,

Last week, the blogging team was given a challenge. This challenge was to share a moment of vulnerability to enhance reading experience. You’ll have to let me know if this works in the comment section.

Without further adieu, I present

The Day I Lost My Dignity: A story of fear, heartache, and embarrassment.

One time last year, I was feeling a little loopy. I had stayed up all night one Monday attempting to get a project done in the 24 hour lab, one of the feature’s in the library on campus. I had classes that day, so I was awake all day Monday, then all night, then all day Tuesday. It was now hour 34 of being awake when the incident happened.

The sun was setting. It was a beautiful day in April. I drove my car over a hill to see some gentlemen preparing for a fish fry. Among the men in this group, I noticed my friend Stephen Rowell in the distance.

In order to fully understand the story, you have to understand all that this Stephen Rowell. Picture 4 Picture 5 Picture 6You may remember around this time last year, I posted a Vlog featuring an “interview” with Steve. If not, I’ll give you the gist on what kind of guy he is.

Stephen answers to no one. He is his own person. He has looked like he is 35 since his Freshman year and has been mistaken for a parent or professor (as pictured above) on numerous occasions. He was “secretly” in love with me for a good year and I finally had to shoot him straight for him to get the idea. He now is dating an amazing woman of God, and I couldn’t be happier for him!

Stephen isn’t great with schedules. He’s the guy that shows up 10 minutes late to classes regularly but walks in with a Venti Vanilla latte in hand and iPad in arm, greeting anyone and everyone. I wouldn’t call him disruptive, because the professors are usually delighted when he comes in. He’s the guy everyone wants to be around because there’s never any guessing what’s on his mind.

That being said, on this Tuesday late afternoon/evening, I may have had sour feelings toward Mr. Rowell. It may have been because I stayed awake for a meeting with him that he missed. It may have been because he went fishing for this fish fry. He may have had another valid reason for not showing up to said meeting, but none of them mattered. What mattered was how tired I was, and how carefree he was, setting up the grill for the big event of the week.

As my car descended the hill, I stopped when I was level with the crew. I hit my brakes, rolled down my window, and shouted, “STEPHEN!!

Stephen looked at me like a deer in the headlights. He slowly meandered over to my window, leaned down, and I couldn’t shake the look on his face. He looked troubled, concerned and in doubt. I asked how he was doing, and he began talking aimlessly. Very out of character for him. He was looking down into my car and making little to no eye contact. Whatever was troubling him was far bigger than this missed meeting that was bothering me.

A couple days later, I received a few text messages from Stephen. In this series, he said something to the extent of “Allegra, I think we need to clear the air. I’m sorry I embarrassed you when I crapped my pants in front of you the other day. I hope you know I wasn’t feeling well and it doesn’t happen often. I hope you don’t view me differently because this has never happened before.”

I wasn’t embarrassed by this moment of Stephen’s weirdness until THIS MOMENT. If he wouldn’t have texted me, I would have gone on with my life as normal, but instead, I had my most embarrassing moment in Dewey’s Book and Bean, getting a text that my friend Stephen, soiled his linens, right in front of me, on a Tuesday afternoon.

Over and Out!

 

 

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.