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Haley Raydo

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January 25, 2014

Seize The Day

January 25, 2014 | By | No Comments

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

January 24, 2014 | By | No Comments

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.

Joey Alligier

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January 22, 2014

Don’t Panic in the Pool

January 22, 2014 | By | No Comments

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

Allegra Vieux

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January 19, 2014

Make it Like Your Birthday Everyday

January 19, 2014 | By | No Comments

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!

Joey Alligier

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January 16, 2014

Grounded

January 16, 2014 | By | 5 Comments

This break was full of adventures!

Texas, a pretty girl, and an intense Jesus filled retreat; just to name the highlights.
One of the most consistent adventures I embarked on was to a local coffee shop that warms my soul.
Mead’s Corner.
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This place is the epitome of serenity.
It offers a peace that just has the Holy Spirit as the composition of the atmosphere.
Alongside the fair trade coffee they have gelato, beautiful art/photography, an amazing staged area used for artists, and a quality view into the city.This place is my inspiration, my hangout, and *spoiler, my number one date spot.
To me, it’s more than a place with fulfilling aromas, it’s passion.
I want to open a coffee shop.
It will be called Grounded: It’s more than just beans
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It’s a place to feel grounded when the world feels like it keeps knocking you down.
It’s a place where your faith can be explored no matter the record you hold.
It’s a place where the heart is addressed by the compassion it is built on.
It’s a place we all need at times.

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I have had this idea for about two years.
In high school I actually developed a detailed, preliminary plan that would kick start the process.
Other facets that have been added are a meeting space for businesses, a restaurant portion, and a fair trade, human trafficking, addressing shop.

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I want this.
Not for me, for others, for opportunity.
Dreams come and dreams can go. Or they can give you purpose and passion
I take this time to say, don’t give up on your dreams or aspirations.
Don’t give up.
If it’s to come to MidAmerica, make it happen
If it’s to walk on the moon, take the leaps necessary
If it’s to open a coffee shop, call me

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Keep on and keep God,
Joey

Britney Lewis

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January 15, 2014

The Perks Of Staying ON Campus

January 15, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Whilst I was away during winter break, I had a lot of time to myself…like a lot of time.

You know, that’s never a bad thing, but with this spare time I found myself thinking about how much I missed MNU’s campus and how life would be strangely different without it. After all, they do say: You never know what you have until it’s gone. 

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Welp, now that that’s out of the way, I have compiled a list of, what I like to call, The Perks of Staying on campus.

The-List

Number One:

Once you’ve been on campus, there’s no turning back.

Seriously.

MNU is basically your home now–and even home doesn’t compare to campus life. Being pampered from mom and dad just wasn’t doing it for me anymore.

The first day back at my parent’s house was the toughest. I literally thought I was going to die of boredom. Here, on campus, there’s always something to do–not to mention, there’s unlimited food.

It took awhile before I could tune back into a slow-pace lifestyle. There was a point where Netflix and Tumblr wasn’t cutting it for me anymore.

Number Two:

Remember how I mentioned the unlimited food thing?….Well, I’m not kidding.

Even when Campus Center is closed–It’s open from 7am-7pm–there’s always an alternate option.

We have a coffee shop named Dewy’s, located inside of the campus library; open from 7am to 9pm. Dewy’s is basically a Starbucks on crack, and they are quite famous for their frozen drinks, muffins, and donuts!

Then, there’s Land Cafe, located inside of Land Gym.

Land Cafe would compare to the average Buffalo Wild Wings (Er, well, not really…) But they’re open from 9pm-11pm.

At Land you can find warm foods like: pizza, wings, bosco stix, pretzels…and much more.

Literally, the possibilities are endless….and very delicious!

Lastly, there’s the good old Applebee’s.

Yup, I said it, Applebee’s.

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Applebee’s isn’t exactly on campus, but it’s three minutes away. My friends and I call it, “The campus away from campus” because, for the most part, there probably won’t be a day that you don’t see a familiar face from MNU there.

I choose to add Applebee’s to the list because of the good deals. Although it cost money, it’s worth it.

After nine, all of the appetizer’s on the Applebee’s menu are half-price.

AND, there’s a promo that anyone can sign up for called PERKS. Basically, with one of these codes, you’re getting five dollars off any menu price.

If you play your cards right, you’ll never have to pay for a full meal at all.

Number Three:

If not all, most of your friends are on campus.

I mean, Skype doesn’t even cut it.

And forget about texting.

Nothing compares to that face to face interaction you have with all your besties.

If anything, besides the food, the one thing I missed were my buddies. It’s crazy, but the people at MNU become your sidekicks. You’ll do anything and everything with them, and that time that you spend together creates a bond that will transfer past your college years.

I don’t know where I’d be without my friends. That’s why I always say: If you’re going to come to MNU, get INVOLVED.

I’m serious; it’s so worth it.

That’s all for this week, folks!

I hope you enjoyed the perks!

Keep it real.

Stay clean.

See ya next week!

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Britney Lewis

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December 17, 2013

This Has Nothing To Do With The Holidays…

December 17, 2013 | By | No Comments

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 It has taken me awhile to find the perfect topic to blog about since the holidays have taken over, and after a week of thinking about it, I’ve decided to bring in the christian aspects of MNU–because really, that’s what MNU is all about.

My favorite part about MidAmerica is how the community challenges you, and makes you think–especially when it comes to where you stand with Christ.

Sometimes you don’t know where you stand–literally–and you find yourself falling. If anything, I know what it’s like to forget where you belong among many others who believe in the same God that you believe in.

But trust me, DON’T BE FRIGHTENED, dear.

Ha, I know it can be scary, but that is why there are so many people on campus who are literally here to help you.

And if you do feel like you’re going to lose your place, don’t be afraid to find someone to mentor you. There are plenty of people whose lives you’d want to immaculate crawling across the campus grounds. There are small groups, chaplains, resident educators, saints (not kidding), a college youth group, also known as Kairos, residential assistants, and possibly even you roommate!

So, I hope you enjoyed the video, and I pray that you decide to not only get involved with the campus community, but that you get involved with spiritual life as well.

As always,

Peace and Love

Joey Alligier

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December 17, 2013

Tis’ the Season

December 17, 2013 | By | No Comments

Christmas break:
No school
Family time
Friends galore
Getting swole’
Coffee shop visits on coffee shop visits

I guess this time of year isn’t that bad.
Despite the wretched cold…. 

From a Christian perspective, it is the time of waiting, preparation, and anticipation. It’s the season of Advent. Now, I am nowhere near an expert on this idea and what it fully looks like, yet, I know how the initial idea affects me. In my mind there is a consistent fight of the concept of Christmas by the mass media. I see all these wants and a ton of receiving. What I desire to see are needs and unfathomable amounts of giving. Correlating advent, we are all given hope that redemption, in its fullest form, is on its way: Christ.

We are filled with this hope and to be filled is an opportunity to pour out. 

I have read/ am reading a few books lately that are challenging me beyond myself. Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton, Wrecked by Jeff Goins, and Daring Greatly by Dr. Brene Brown. The concepts found range from enabling versus empowering, how to invest in life in a fulfilling way, and what it means to be satisfied in a world of “not enough”. What I am seeing consistently throughout all readings is that life is not about me. My life is purposed beyond myself and my capabilities. As it is the holiday season, it hits home that my mind shouldn’t be focused selfishly. It can be hard with so many cool things that attract my attention. There are people in need all around us, in every concept, from physiologically to spiritually. Yet, in Wrecked I am seeing that true compassion doesn’t always make us feel good; (DUH) it’s not for us. Often we make people objects and just do things for them which ultimately hurts them, but it makes us feel good. Don’t focus on how you feel afterward, it’s not about us. We see people who need more than we can give and they open our eyes to revelations that we cannot unsee and may, and hopefully will, change the course of our lives and thought processes.
(That is a condensed-probably-confusing version of what my mind has been trying to grasp lately)

“You don’t have behave complexly to show love, extravagant love can be seen in the simplest of forms.”

Here are a few ways to make a lasting impact on someone during this season:

1) Food, food, food. 
People don’t always have family, money, or whatever else to have an extravagant holiday dinner. Bring people together for fun and fellowship. Even if they do have the means necessary, come together in a way beyond your own little bubble.

2) Get out of your comfort zone.
This can look like a variety of things. In the end it’s about having perspective amidst the surrounding world. Have a conversation with the guy ringing the bell for the salvation army or talk to the person sitting next to you alone in a coffee shop. It doesn’t have to be big, keep it simple and love immensely.

3) MORE FOOD. 
Partake in a pay-it-forward type venture. Whether this is at a restaurant or, you guessed it, a coffee shop, give without expectation. This can also look like buying food (or whatever need) for the person holding the cardboard sign, make a personal investment instead of throwing money at them. This can create conversation that allows them to leave with more than a few less dollars and a sense of good-doing.

4) Give more than you get. 
It’s easy to get caught up in the fascination with new things during this time of year, but those things will become “old” soon enough. Invest your time in money in worthy causes and organizations. This can look like asking for less with another idea in mind of where the money can go or maybe it is going to a shelter and making community with people on Christmas.

In short, go beyond yourself this season. I’m not saying give everything up and focus solely on others; it’s okay to get gifts and new stuff and have fun. I am saying however, be willing to give in time and investment whatever that looks like. After all, we are to be hopeful as we await the coming of Christ. Take that hope and spread it; with your family, friends, people at the gym, and people at your frequently visited coffee shop.

*Perspective should be had all year long. In the simplest acts, like helping carry groceries, love extravagantly. Don’t assume someone else will make the potential difference you’ve been presented with; you are that SOMEONE.
Be available

Any questions, feel free to ask!
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Keep on and keep God friends,

Joey

Mario Flores

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December 6, 2013

Just 2 weeks left!!

December 6, 2013 | By | No Comments

So if you’re Jelly that I’m watching The Wolverine and you’re may not, I don’t blame you. It’s rather Leegit :P the_wolverine-HD

 

SO to make up for not having any pictures of Jamie and I from last blog that I shared the exciting news of us being a couple, here are 3 pictures of us:

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Here’s Jamie and I’s first pic together :-) It was in the 20s Fahrenheit that day!!

 

Here was our 2nd xD

Here was our 2nd pic taken after church inside Campus Center xD

And here is her new profile pic:D

And here is her new profile pic:D

In other news, the high today was 20 degrees. This snow from Thursday is easily still seen around campus!

I also still await the day when I can have another dream come true…

I mean I have experienced a white Xmas before, but that was when my age was still in the single digits! (9 years young)

Heather Engle

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December 2, 2013

Breaks are nice

December 2, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello Friends!

This past week was our Thanksgiving break! I got the chance to go home and eat some delicious home cooked meals, catch up with some pretty cool friends, and spend time with my lovely family! My sisters were even waiting for me when I came home, which is pretty awesome to come home to! Here are some pictures to show you guys the things I did this past week!

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One great thing I got to do was go see Catching Fire! The movie was pretty amazing. I really wish I would have read the books though because I heard from multiple people that if you read them the movie would make a lot more sense. But other than that, I still thought it was amazing. Also, I want to be Katniss when I grow up.

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Thanksgiving day was also pretty wonderful. We picked up on playing the card game Nertz this year in my family, and it. was. intense. That game can get super crazy, but it’s really fun at the same time. I had a blast playing it with them, and it was double awesome because I got to drink some hot apple cider, which is always wonderful. I was in heaven.

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Saturday night my friends Zack and Sydney played music and sang at a coffee shop in Hutchinson, KS. I had the privilege of going with them and be serenaded by their angelic voices. It was also a super cool coffee shop with twinkly lights and amazing coffee! I maybe bought 2 cups of coffee..in the time span of 2 hours.. and I’m not ashamed.

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This is the view of the coffee shop on the inside.

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This is my friend Sydney. Not only does she have an amazing voice, she does some pretty awesome artwork too! :] She is lovely.

Well this is all I have for you guys this week. It was wonderful to be on break, but I always love coming home to MNU. It has definitely captured a place in my heart already. :]

Until next time,

-Heather Rose :]