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February 15, 2015

“Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future”

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I mentioned in my blog last week about this cool conference called M15 that I had the privilege to attend. This conference takes place every four years in different places. The fact that it was in Kansas City this year and I was able to go as a freshman was an incredible blessing!

My friend Jaque and I left Monday afternoon and headed to downtown Kansas City. MNU took care of most of the costs: hotel, the conference, and lunch on Tuesday. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza hotel. There’s 28 floors to that thing and we were on the 17th. I despise elevators to no end because I made the mistake of watching Devil on Halloween one year, but there was no way I was climbing 17 flights of stairs. It was a sacrifice I was willing to make. BI love any form of adventure I can get, and being from the country, tall buildings and busy traffic is something to get used to. I’m still not used to Olathe traffic so I hardly ever go anywhere that I have to drive to.

The conference started off with a service Monday evening after dinner and registration. There were five services total with six workshop sessions available. I went to 4 workshops and by the time I left, my brain hurt from all the information. The first one was “Capturing the Hispanic Heart.” Since I plan to be a missionary in a Hispanic country, the workshop touched on how to interact with Hispanics and fully accept their culture.

The next session was called “Hospitable Church.” Shawna, pastor and leader of the session, talked about why the younger generation is falling away from the church. I’ve been wondering about this topic for awhile now and the reasons vary, but the “Y” generation feels relationally detached from the church once they graduate high school. The funny thing is, I am writing a paper for Comp II about this very topic. The information I obtained I am definitely using in my paper. I’m excited about that.

Each service, a different speaker spoke. My favorite was Cheryl Sanders. She was hilarious and you could tell she was on fire for God. She also spoke on the subject of younger generations, but that was pretty much the theme for the conference, hence the motto “Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future.”

The last workshop I went to had to do with a controversial topic in today’s society: “What to do when a congregant member says, “I’m Gay!” I’ve been curious myself as to how to handle these situations throughout my everyday life. Without getting too much into what was said, it was a great discussion. The panel of people was helpful in the way that different viewpoints were shared.

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Panel of pastors from different churches

I am immensely grateful for the opportunity I had to go to this conference. As much fun as it is to be at MNU, being able to skip a couple days of class, not wearing shower shoes, eating at Chipotle and going to Starbucks was definitely a great time. Surprisingly, I ended up getting to bed earlier too. Each night I try to reflect back on my day and figure out what I can do differently the next day. Monday night, there was this beautiful sunset. It was one of those sunsets that was so beautiful that a phone can’t quite capture all of its beauty. I see God in every sunset and I knew when I saw that one that He was ever so present throughout the conference. He hasn’t left me yet either. I hope to attend many more of these conferences in the future. If you would like to know more about the M15 conference: http://www.m15conference.org/

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I hope you guys have a fantastic week. Thanks for reading!! :)

Katie Linsey

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February 13, 2015

Balancing an Unbalanced Life

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What does a balanced life look like?

I honestly couldn’t tell you, because I don’t have one.

I used to think that my life had to be balanced. That I had to have a set schedule. That I had to have everything together.

Being in college has forced me to realize that I don’t have to have a balanced life, and certainly that it’s nearly impossible to have one.

If I told you my priorities, showed you my calendar, and then you saw how my days actually played out, you would be very confused. But that’s okay, because it used to confuse me too.

I used to think because I couldn’t “get my life together” that I was a failure. I thought I was doing everything wrong and I didn’t know how to suddenly start doing everything right.

My top priorities in life include spending quality time with Jesus, doing my schoolwork, and living a healthy lifestyle. However, those priorities don’t always make it into every day of my life. It stinks to say that, but it’s true.

There are days when I don’t open my Bible. There are days when I don’t open my backpack. There are days when I don’t workout.

…and I think that’s okay.

Life isn’t about checking things off of a to-do list or having enough time to do everything or beating yourself up when your day didn’t go as planned.

Life is about recognizing what’s important to you and finding purpose in everything you do.

Life is about waking up every morning and handing your day to God.

Here’s the prayer I pray every morning before I even get out of bed or check my phone:

“Lord,

I give my day to You… do whatever You want with it.

Give me opportunities to glorify You. Create divine appointments.

Give me strength and energy to get through this day.

I can’t do this alone.”

I’m not saying it’s bad to make plans and have to-do lists. I have both of those, and they help me immensely. I’m simply saying that when we hand our days over to God and live to glorify Him, we don’t need to worry about having a “balanced” life. God works through the chaos, stress, anxiety, and fear. He’s glorified in all of it when we let Him take the wheel.

God’s plan for your day may not be the same as your plan for your day.

We gotta listen to God and be intentional.

Through that, we’ll make memories.

… and REALLY live.

-KT

Samantha Moore

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December 10, 2014

2 am cram session!

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Caution: Late night cram session happening!

It is finals week people, which means lots and lots of studying, eating, and having no idea what you learned this whole semester.

Wednesday- Criminology final

Thursday- Business Communications and Organizational Leadership finals

Friday- Human Resource final

I can not believe I only have my spring semester and then I am done with college, CRAZZZY!

asgASG had their annual Christmas party, so we obviously had to have matching sweatshirts! Happy Holidays from our ASG family to your family!

Haley Raydo

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December 8, 2014

Christmas Break To Read List (Finals Week Procrastination)

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Hello friends

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

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

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

And by everything I mean read and watch Netflix.

 

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

So here you go… My book list:

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

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

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

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

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

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

And then if you must know my Netflix list:

1. Grey’s Anatomy (I am on season 8)

2. Downton Abbey (I am on season 3)

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

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

Stay sane friends!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

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

Samantha Moore

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December 3, 2014

NOT so dead week

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When they call it dead week they underestimate Business Psychology majors.

Haley Raydo

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December 1, 2014

Diary of a College Student

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for listening

Haley

Samantha Moore

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November 26, 2014

Be: Thankful

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I AM SO THANKFUL FOR CATS! Okay but for real there is a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, like my family! Being able to spend time with my family is what is important during the holidays! So much tests, papers, project and homework have made me thankful to spend time with my family!

Comment or chat with me!!

Samantha Moore

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November 4, 2014

Be Blessed!

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Ashlea’s Senior day! My roommate who plays soccer played in her last home soccer game of the season Saturday! ash senior day

It was also French’s senior day! French is obviously from France and I got to walk with him for his senior day since his parents live in France. He has been one of my best friends for four years now and is aways making me laugh and making me smile. He is one of the funniest guys I know and is one of my best friends!

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When Sonic gives away .50 cent corn dogs on Halloween you obviously have to get one. This is Marissa! She was my roommate my Freshman and Sophomore year and we have been great friends since then. She is always here for me and we are always doing something fun! She is a fellow Psych major!

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This is Lauren and my beautiful engaged sister. We had a birthday party on Saturday for my friend Taylor! These two girls make me laugh.

erica lauren Okay I had to post a picture of my BEST FRIEND Remi aka my Corgi. She was a bumble bee for halloween so this is a picture of her in her costume on Halloween night! Isn’t she just the cutest.

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Mariah McCommon

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October 20, 2014

Midterms, WHAT?

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Hey guys!

I’m a little late posting this week, but I promise I won’t leave ya hangin’ any longer! It’s been an eventful weekend involving buying a new laptop (which I absolutely love) and studying for midterms. YIKES.

It’s that time in the semester when us Pioneers are getting bombarded with beautiful midterm exams and stress levels out the wazoo. I am writing today to give some (what I hope will be helpful) tips on how to survive your first semester of college:

 

1) Make Friends! Community is important here at MNU because we all wanna love each other. This isn’t high school anymore so the whole clique thing? Yeah, leave that in high school. There are so many unique and fun personalities here on campus and it’s easy to find your place. Friends help take the ease off of the stresses of school because whether it’s a late-night Applebee’s run, messing around in Wal-Mart, or making use of open-dorm time, fun time is needed. But don’t abuse it!

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First football game!

2) STUDY! This is kind of important. This also ties into my next point too, but we’ll get there soon. Make time for yourself in your schedule to study. You may be able to study with a group or by yourself, but either way, do not forget to do it! I’m not talking half an hour, more like 3 hours per class. That’s a lot, but it’ll be worth it when you receive that A+ on that Pre-Calc test you’ve hoped and dreamed for your entire life.

3) Don’t forget to call your mother. She’ll want to hear from you because I bet she misses you like crazy. Just because you’re out of the house and it may seem like you’re suddenly free, you’ll find yourself maybe craving some parental advice every now and then (I know I have). Your parents know a thing or two about life and whenever you struggle with those silly boys or you have a test you’re freaking out about, they might have a bit of helpful advice for ya. Don’t take them for granted because they are there to help you!

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Mommy and Me

4) Nap time is the best time. Just like the studying thing, make time for a nice nap. It’ll save your life. Well, maybe not, but they help. Sleeping in general makes a tremendous difference in how your day goes. Nobody likes a being around a cranky person so get some sleep and you’ll rock the world.

5) DON’T PROCRASTINATE. We’ve all heard it before. It’s time to take it seriously. I still struggle with this, but hey, I’m learning too. Sometimes you have to say no to that late-night Applebee’s run every once in awhile in order to get your stuff done. If you have a test on Monday, don’t study Sunday night. Bad idea. I speak from experience. It’s just not smart. In high school, if you procrastinated, you could still do alright… In college, if you procrastinate or just not get it done, you’re done for. Good luck.

6) Eat. Gosh I love food. Just ask my friends, they’ll tell ya that I bring food to every class. Food just makes me so happy. Anyways, Campus Center is there for a reason, don’t skip meals or miss out on Bacon Friday. IT’S WORTH IT. And we can’t forget about Spicy Chicken Thursday either. Mmm. Delish.

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*mouth waters*

7) Exercise. Don’t stop reading just cause I said the “E” word. Freshman 15 is a thing and if you don’t want it to be a thing for you, venture on down to Land Gym and get a nice workout in because food babies grow fast. With all that good food in Campus Center, you’ll need a solid hour of exercise each day, unless you’re an athlete. I won’t even talk about how much they exercise. Yeesh.

8) PRAY. God’s got you. If you’re struggling with something, simply let Him know. Life will get you down, even here. That test you’re stressed out about? Give it to Him. That girl or boy who doesn’t notice you? Don’t worry, God’s got the right person in mind for you. Want to quit your job? Ask God to give you grace and patience and maybe a better attitude going into it. Prayer helps because as alone as you may feel, God is available 24/7 to listen to what you need.

That’s all I have this Sunday, but I hope you lovelies have a fantastic week ahead! Stay gold!

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!!