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Allegra Vieux

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November 4, 2013

Nazarene Musical 3

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…This is my life.

Meet my friends Konner, Jonathan, Will, Charles, and Josh.

Watch More Here!

There are days when I feel like my whole life is a musical… and that’s probably because it is.

Over and Out!

 

Joey Alligier

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October 30, 2013

Passion in Pictures

October 30, 2013 | By | No Comments

Pictures capture a moment in time. A spot in history that can never be truly replicated. Snapping the obnoxious laughter from a more-corny-than-actually-humorous joke or catching the relief of a runner crossing the finish line is a fulfilling feeling. But it’s not fulfilling simply because the picture isn’t blurry. It’s fulfilling because there’s a story behind the picture. This story can impact the way you live because it molds the way you view life, people, and individual moments. Maybe it’s obvious and maybe it’s up to interpretation. For example, the corny joke is from a blooming friendship that is an answered prayer and the relieved runner has been training for months after forgetting what running meant.

There are numerous different things in life that can present opportunity for you to pour yourself into. For me, photography is one.

Here’s some of my “work”
(LOL, work? I was just being creepy, well like, kind of, never mind…)
Basketball

Such a Time Cam Mario Madsion Deal Kylee Dylan Dr. Spittal Pumpkin RunLook at life through a different pair of glasses; who knows, maybe it will be a perfect fit. Don’t be afraid to try new things. They can become the things that mean the most to you. It doesn’t matter how good you are at it! The passion is yours, do with it what you will and make it matter.

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

Allegra Vieux

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October 30, 2013

Mourning the Death of a Relationship: A word for the hurting, the healing, and the hating

October 30, 2013 | By | No Comments

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crying-girlBreaking up is hard to do.

I can’t take credit for that wisdom, but in my experience, it is true.

When a relationship ends, it’s almost as if a whole person dies. When 2 people come together and form a dating relationship, the dynamic of the couple is like a 3rd friend. When that time is over, it’s like the third friend has left on bad terms, or even died but no one wants to acknowledge it. It affects everyone around, even those who weren’t involved. The two newly single people can catch a glimpse of each other from across campus and everyone within the local zip code feels the tension. I think it has something to do with quantum physics, but I’m no science major so don’t quote me on that.

There are 3 major people groups involved in a break up, as listed below:

1. The Hurting: The one who got broken up with- maybe didn’t see it coming.

2. The Healing: The one who broke off the relationship.

3. The Hating: The friends of the couple, or highly opinionated acquaintances.

Keep in mind that in whatever I’m about to say, I’m on your side. I’m writing as the completely unbiased third party, and won’t give you half-truths. There are absolutely situations that one person is completely wrong, but this is from the stand point that things just didn’t work out. If you are in any of these positions, I feel for you. It’s aca-awkward. So let’s dive in and relieve the tension.

To The Hurting: Be glad you’re not in a relationship with someone that doesn’t value you for all that you’re worth. Last week I kind of put Bruno Mars on blast, but the dude also has good things to say. For example, I wake up to “Treasure” every morning. The whole song is a booster, but there is a line that is fitting for this subject.

You’re wonderful, flawless, ooh, you’re a sexy lady”

Lady or gentleman, you are wonderful. You are flawless. You are sexy! These are all Biblical. Don’t mistake a relationship fizzling as a reflection of your identity. The addition of a significant other does not change who you are. The absence of a significant other does not change who you are. I have no reason to lie. You are a dream come true. A masterpiece- Don’t get in your head and make everything a reflection of you. Start listening to the truth and tuning out the lies. To quote B. o. B., “You the whole package, plus you pay your taxes.” I know for a fact the first statement is true, and if the second is true, then you’re set for life.

To The Healing: Props to you for having the courage to end something that isn’t going any further. It’s never easy to let someone down, but the shorter the delay, the better. You may be concerned that your sig (or in this case ex-sig) is drowning themselves in tears or cookie dough ice cream, but don’t take that on. Don’t give yourself the credit of making or breaking someone’s life. Sure, this is painful for everyone involved, but you’re not the center of the universe, therefore, you cannot send anyone into an apocalypse. They will be fine and so will you. Be prepared though- this takes time. Don’t expect to go back to being friends within moments of ending it. That’s not good for you or them. Let them lay low for a while, and don’t force a conversation or moment to happen.

To The Hating: This blog is mostly for you. If you are a friend of a sig, then there’s no such thing as a third party. You probably have opinions. You probably have the best of intentions in supporting your friend. Sometimes, the lines of supportive and destructive get blurred. Things that start so positive end really horribly, like the riot in the movie, Hot Rod.

hotrod5If you’re not familiar with the movie, the main character, Rod, played by Andy Samburg, is trying to raise funds for his dying stepfather’s heart transplant. While on his way to the fundraising event, the whole community comes alongside him and walks together with him. The song “You’re the Voice” by John Farnham plays over the dialogue and it is truly an inspiring moment in a weird, satirical movie. (Side note- this is my FAVORITE movie ever! Watch it if you haven’t because your life will be CHANGED!) Then the inevitable happens: a riot breaks out and the whole moment is killed in a matter of seconds.

I’m going to go as far to say that this actually happens more often on campus than we acknowledge. For example, a couple splits and the girl and guy go back to their respective same gender friends. The said friends both start consoling The Hurting and The Healing, and come alongside them in support. Somewhere along the lines, the opposing party (usually, The Healing,) becomes the enemy and it is a battle to get as many people in your army as possible. Tearing others down won’t make anyone any higher. This brings me to my first point:

Blowing out someone else’s candle will not make yours shine brighter.

One time, it was one of my professor’s 50th birthdays. My friend Emily and I got a small cake for him with 50 trick candles on top. We waited for him to go to class and proceeded to light all of said candles with the intention of disrupting his class and having a good laugh. The plan backfired. We definitely disrupted his class, because the flames came together and created one HUGE flame measuring up to 2 feet in height and nearly causing the entire business building to burn down. We busted into class, sang happy birthday, and then he made a wish, and tried to blow them out. This was the moment when I decided I hated trick candles, because the flames came back with a vengeance. The Lord was on our side, as it was a rainy day, and we RAN through the first floor of Metz, burst outside, and launched the now wet candles into the bushes. The cake was covered in rainbow wax and riddled in holes.. DEFINITELY inedible.

What if we, took our candles, and put them together to burn bright, instead of using them like torches to lead a riot? Maybe this is corny, but what if we loved our neighbors by supporting the good instead of condemning the bad? When talking to our Hurting and Healing friends, let’s make a point of reaffirming their qualities instead of bashing the bad. Forget boyfriend bonfires and remember the candle fiasco: it will change your paradigm.

What do you do if your Hurting friend is bashing their Healing ex-sig? It’s easy to jump on the wagon and want to join in with what they are saying. This brings me to my next point:

Not everything is black and white.

Keep in mind that the side of the story you are hearing when your friend is upset is tainted and not the most accurate. Don’t take those statements to the bank. Reaffirm your friend, and keep their candle shining, maybe even relight the flame. Use your powers for good and not for evil.

Do we all remember when Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were married? They were my favorite Celebrity couple second only to Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. I remember the day like it was yesterday: I was watching Newly Weds on MTV and the screen went black for a Public Service Announcement: that Brad and Jen called it quits. People went nuts! If people were in support of Jen, then they wore pink ribbons, but if they were for Brad, they wore blue ribbons. It originally had to do with Aniston backing Breast Cancer Awareness, known world wide for the pink ribbon, and Angelina Jolie with the blue ribbons for Child Abuse Awareness, and because Brad switched partners he switched causes or something… the point is that choosing sides and viewing things as black and white gets you no where except for down a destructive road leading to drama, and nobody wants that!

Real talk though- One of the things I think Christians miss the most is unconditional love. It’s a tough concept to grasp. This brings me to my final point:

It is possible to support a person without supporting their decisions.

We’ve all heard the stories about the engaged couple we don’t agree with and the battle among the friends on deciding if they are going to go to their wedding or not because they don’t support the marriage. Perhaps you’ve had to decide whether you’re going to a wedding or not, or maybe you’ve just had to decide if you’re going to buy Miley’s new song because it’s catchy but you don’t want to support her craziness. Similar principle.

I don’t preach often. But this is a subject that gets me hyped.

I don’t think Jesus died to give us the power to judge and condemn and make known our opinions. He died to give us life abundant. To not support someone because of their decisions is the farthest thing from the Jesus way of life. Jesus went to the cheating tax collector’s home and shared a meal with him. He hung out with the prostitutes and touched the sick and unclean. And what’s cool is, despite my decisions, regardless of my actions, and irrespective of my choices, He’s there for me and continues to support me. If He didn’t, that would be conditional love, and our gospel would look a whole lot different.

Let’s now apply this to a break up among our friends: You may not agree with The Healing’s decision to end things. That doesn’t give you the right to step in and assume the role of God by judging them based on their actions. This does not give you divine permission to hate them, start a riot and put people against them. That is called slander, and the Word of God is clear about this. You may not have agreed with The Hurting’s decision to date The Healing in the first place. That doesn’t give you the right to bash anyone. People of the Christian world: Can we please eliminate the expectation of meeting a certain living standard to start loving and accepting others? If this were the law we lived by, we would have no need for the cross, and I, personally, would be screwed.

I want to leave you on a lighter note- and I think this video below sums up everything nicely. Watch how Sophia Grace builds up Miley with the truth and just radiates with love for her. Let’s love both The Hurting and The Healing the way these little ladies love everyone!

Sophia Grace and Rosie on Ellen

If you made it this far, then well done!

Over and Out!

 

 

Heather Engle

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October 28, 2013

The Weekend of All Weekends

October 28, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello lovely friends,

Well as you can tell by my title, this weekend was pretty sweet. Probably one of the most eventful weekends i’ve had since I’ve been here. So let the pictures begin! :]

To start off telling you guys about this eventful weekend, I thought id let you meet one of my friends. Well, here he is. His name is Daniel. and yes, you’re right, he IS balancing on top of a metal bar in our laundry room, or as the door tells us, the “Launders.” daniel Maybe I should explain why this was happening. A couple of girls in our hall had their birthdays in the same week, so some of their friends decided to throw them a surprise party. This was his hiding place. room amandaLater that night, my roommate Amanda and I decided to go crazy and rearrange our whole room! This definitely was not a job we could do on our own. moving room

I know by the looks of Amanda and I you would have never guessed that we needed help with our bed because we are basically body builders, but in result of me almost being crushed by the bedframe, we called in the boys from the surprise party to help us with our bed! It was super nice of them to come over and help us, I wouldn’t have wanted to leave a party to go move a bed. But they did it anyways! so if you are reading this, thank you guys! :] We greatly appreciated it! bedandstuffs this is what my side of the room looked like before! finished room

so this is what my side of the room looks like now! ihopsign!

The next night, this was Friday, the wonderful bible study I am in decided to all go to Ihop for late night breakfast! I am extremely blessed to able to know every single one of them!

all of us at ihop

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Also, blueberry pancakes are the best pancakes EVER. pumpkin patch

That next morning some of the dorms here at MNU came together and had a dorm event at the Louiseburg Cider Mill!

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They had delicious hot cider, and sider doughnuts! I maybe ate 3 of them….

  2013-10-27 00.02.47 This is Amanda (my roomie) holding up our pumpkin family. We went to Wal-Mart on Saturday night to get some baby pumpkins! We decided to make them into a pumpkin family. It was a wonderful time! 2013-10-27 01.01.24 Later that night, after we were all finished painting our pumpkin family, my friend Annie Wiskus comes into my room holding these glow stars! I was SO excited because I had been looking all over for them so I could put on my ceiling! (I know, I’m a little girl) But she finally found them for me and I could not contain my excitement! :] Now I can see the solar system when I go to sleep at night. Which is all I’ve ever wanted in life! Just kidding. not all I’ve ever wanted…but pretty close! :] So guys, this was my weekend! I hope this gave you a glimpse of the wonderful memories that can take place with a wonderful community of people such as the one I have here at MNU!

College..I love you.

-Heather Rose :]

Allegra Vieux

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October 22, 2013

Relationship Advice From an Unlikely Source

October 22, 2013 | By | 24 Comments

 

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My beautiful engaged friend, Kyndra and her fiance Justin.

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My wonderful engaged friends Sam and Abi. Poster children!

My dear friends of MNU Blogs,

It seems like among high school and college aged students, relationships are the hot topic. I don’t know about you readers out there, but at least 75% of my conversations are about finding “the one” or dating or “talking” or something of the matter. This week alone I’ve had about 7 conversations about dating and relationships and it’s only Tuesday.

I find myself pondering the question: Why are these people coming to me? I’m not qualified to answer their questions and here are some of the reasons why I’m probably the worst person to come to:

  1. I’m happily single and feel that college should be about spending as much time with as many people as possible before we leave. (Side note: I am a founding co-president of MNU’s unofficial evangelical organization TSFL: Team Single For Life.)
  2. I don’t usually know anything about the relationship at hand. Most of the time, I don’t even know the significant other (from here on referred to as “sig,”) so I am completely one sided.
  3. I am blunt. I tell things like it is.  I’m not good at telling people what they want to hear when it’s not true.

On the other hand, maybe all of these things actually qualify me to give advice more. I don’t waste time in dating relationships if I know they’re not going anywhere. I am 100% PRO whoever I am talking to (we all need one of those friends.) And, I don’t waste my time sugar-coating the facts. Just today I was talking to a good friend of mine and she said, “Hey, you should write a blog. You have such good advice.” Well, it’s Tuesday, so here we go.

May I present: Relationship Advice From an Unlikely Source: The completely blunt unbiased third party advice you’re looking for in your relationship.

I remember when I was 16 and visiting some friends from my hometown. I asked my BFFL Kimberly about another one of our friends. “Is she going out with that guy??” and the words she said back to me are forever burned into the front of my mind. “Well, they’re talking.” I asked her to explain what this meant, and she said something ambiguously alluding to not officially dating but talking to each other exclusively and occasionally going out on dates. This brings me to point #1.

1. Talking is Dating, so call it what it is.

People act like if they say they are dating someone, then they are forever tied to them and have to marry them. NEWSFLASH: that would be called an engagement.

Hey, speaking of dating, whatever happened to guys asking girls out on dates? You know, the good ole fashioned dinner and skating at the local roller-rink? With the advances in technology, it seems like nowadays people are texting every minute of the day until one day a photo album on Facebook shows up called “I SAID YES!!!!!” This brings me to point #2.

2. If you aren’t going off campus together, you’re going nowhere together.

Let me speak to the ladies for a moment: You are worth a guy taking the time to ask you out on formal dates. You are worth a guy not being worried about what people will think if his partners in crime see him with you. He should be proud to be with you! Enough of this ridiculous virtual relationship stuff. Demand the best because you ARE the best. And you don’t have to take my word for it: the Bible spells it out. Check it out sometime. And if Jesus thinks you’re to die for, then whoever you’re with should too!

And to the men: it’s not your fault that you’re being given the easy option of emojis and snapchats instead of face to face interaction. Heck, if I were in your shoes, I’d choose free over wining (grape juicing?) and dining any day. I’m so sorry that we have lowered our standards and basically said “you’re never going to be able to treat me as a mature adult, so I’ll make it easy for you.” We’ve trained you that virtual relationships are okay, and I would like to personally apologize on behalf of Christian women in America that we have killed the chase, made it easy, and are readily waiting for no effort on your end at all. Do us a favor, and don’t settle for someone who says you’re incapable of wooing us over. It’ll make you better and make us shape up to be the women Christ calls us to be.

I’ve talked to some friends recently that have been torn because they are in either a pseudo-relationship or a full blown committed relationship, but the feelings aren’t really there. They are afraid to leave because they fear “being forever alone” and that if they don’t stay in the relationship, then they won’t ever find anyone better and they’ll die alone. I’ve also talked to singles who are not in a relationship and are depressed that they aren’t planning a wedding with their graduation party. This leads me to my next point:

3. Quit being ridiculous and start being honest.

It is absolutely ridiculous that people fear the gift of celibacy. Let me reassure you that if you crave a relationship, you probably don’t have it! PS- You are 20 years old. Marriage is a commitment FOR LIFE. The national average for marriage is in the 27-29 year mark. Average life expectancy for Americans is 80 years. You have 60 years to find someone… And can we even call it finding someone? Doesn’t God have this world in His hands? Can we start trusting that He has our best interest in mind and will give us the people in our lives that we need? I’m no ministry major, but I’ve been to a lot of chapel and church services and I think that’s Biblical. And if you’re not feeling it, you’re not feeling it. That’s the most admirable reason to break off a relationship IMO (in my opinion.) If your sig isn’t what you’re looking for, or if the feelings aren’t there, then let them go because chances are you’re not the one for them either. Literally, no one can reprimand you for being honest about your feelings. They can reprimand you for ignoring your feelings and then having them all come up later like a volcanic eruption. That’s when this question gets thrown out: “Why didn’t you tell me you felt this way? What else have you been withholding?” Nip that sucker in the bud and move on.  And in the spirit of honesty, nobody likes confrontation. Get it over with so you can stop being consumed with it.

Researchers estimate that 40-50% of first time marriages end in divorce, and 60% of second marriages end in divorce or permanent separation. As you can probably guess, it’s time for point #4.

4. Don’t be a statistic.

In the words of Bruno Mars, “It’s a beautiful night, we’re looking for something dumb to do. Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you.” Don’t sit on the other side of the computer and act like you’ve never danced to that song. I don’t blame you. It’s so catchy! But if marriage becomes an item on your list to check off, it’s time to reevaluate. Mars goes on to say “If we wake up and we wanna break up, that’s coooooool…” Friends of the United States of America: If your sig says or alludes this to you, it’s time to break up with them right then and there. More importantly, if you have this thought in the back of your mind, you’re probably not ready to make the commitment of holy matrimony. Maybe instead of listing getting married and starting a family a part of your 5 year plan, you should set other goals and let The good Lord surprise you with the desires of your heart. It will happen when you are least expecting it, so stop planning for it. You ain’t no Kardashian. Start loving where you’re at. Take advantage of the short amount of time you have as a single young adult and travel! Do things that take you out of your comfort zone and grow as an individual!

Once upon a time I had a friend going through something. For the sake of the story, we’ll call her Nancy. Nancy was like, IN LOVE with this dude, we’ll call him Rob. Rob was that guy in high school that everyone loved because he was awesome and everyone secretly hated because they wanted to be him. Nancy was your average girl next door, but obviously with a great sense of humor because she was friends with me. One day, Rob started taking interest in Nancy. He asked her to go out on dates, and then after about three weeks they made it FBO (Facebook Official.) Sounds like a classic romantic comedy? Well that’s because it was. Except Nancy became this alternate quiet opinionless person around Rob because she was afraid that her bold personality would scare him off. She didn’t feel comfortable around him. This leads me to my final point:

5. If you’re not having fun, then the relationship is done.

Yes, relationships are work. But the payoff should be worth it! If you can’t be yourself, you’ll drive yourself crazy. Don’t be a people pleaser. Sure, be agreeable and kind. And yes, I get the Biblical principle about women submitting to their men and husbands loving their wives, but I also understand that Jesus calls us to be BOLD and take on the courage of a lion! Enjoy being yourself, because baby, you were born this way. Annnd enjoy your sig being themselves too! They should LOVE your personality, and if they don’t, then they are missing out for real. I’m not required to tell you that because I’m not your mom or your best friend. You can trust my words. Likewise, you should LOVE their personality, and if you don’t then someone else will. It’s not your responsibility to give someone the pity laugh every time you turn around. If you’re anything like me and grew up in the protestant evangelical church, then I’m sure you’re familiar with the Newsong/Natalie Grant song “When God Made You.” (You can reminisce here.) With all due respect, can we please stop making marriage the end-all be-all? Let’s live life to the fullest and stop being so concerned about something that Jesus already has taken care of!

Keep these things in mind and you too will end up being in a beautiful engagement photo like the ones above.

Stay tuned for the flip: break up advice! (Dun Dun Dun!!!)

 

Over and Out!

 

 

 

Heather Engle

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October 21, 2013

A Warm Welcome Back

October 21, 2013 | By | One Comment

Hey friends!

So midterms have come and gone and this weekend we finally got a break! So I decided to take a trip back home! It was really nice to finally see my family and friends after a few weeks. It was also my brothers 22nd birthday, so his girlfriend threw him a surprise party! I thought I’d share with you some pictures of my endeavors this weekend and also some pictures of my family and friends! oliver being cute This is my really cute dog. His name is Oliver and he is the best dog ever. My heart was overjoyed when I saw him. :]

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These are my two little sisters, Libby (left side), and Katie (Middle)! I know, they are adorable!

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These are my two friends, Zac and Sydney! They are pretty wonderful. I saw them the first night I got back home and we went to this place called the Donut Whole. They have the best donuts, ever.

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This is my lovely friend Aimee. She likes to take selfies on my phone, so I decided I would be nice and let the world see her pretty face. :] She is so beautiful, on the inside and out.

aimee and i!

Here’s a better one of us both!

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Rachel is my other lovely friend! She’s pretty wonderful. :]

Even though this weekend was super awesome and I always love visiting home, the best part was coming back and being welcomed by my super awesome friends that I’ve made here at MNU. When I pulled into the parking lot I saw a few girls sprinting at my car like they were about to attack me or something. It was wonderful. They actually did attack me, in the best way, in the form of hugs and screaming. I was definitely overjoyed in that moment. I am so blessed by the awesome community here at MNU and I know that these friends that I am making. I know that they will definitely be lifelong friends that I will never forget.

Thanks for reading!

-Heather Rose :]

Haley Raydo

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October 18, 2013

Top 10 Best Things About College So Far…

October 18, 2013 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

So it has only been a couple of months since I first moved in on campus and started school. Currently MNU students are on fall break, so I had the chance to meet with some old friends.  A lot of them ask about my favorite parts about being in college, which gave me the idea of writing about them in this blog!  (Some of these are unique to MNU and others are just about the college life in general)

Here they are, my top ten favorites!

1. Late night Walmart runs! 

IMG_1952Walmart runs usually are a last minute decision, and they almost always happen near curfew.  My friend Rachel here is stocking up for the week.

2. Eating in Class

IMG_1944The answer is yes, yes you can eat in class in college!  This picture is of my breakfast (a devoured blueberry muffin) that I didn’t quite have time for that morning.  No worries!  Finish it in class!

3. Ice cream machine in Campus Center

IMG_1947I am aware that the last few have been all about food, but what can I say! I’m a college student.  This one I’m sure is most students’ favorite.

4. NAPS

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In college you get many opportunities. They are especially needed on the late night-early morning combination days.  (Monday, Wednesday, Friday are my days)

5. Movie nights with your best friends nearly every night!

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This has become a daily event in the dorms.  Which may not be the best idea on the night before 8 am classes….. but you know! :)

6. All of the many ASG events!

IMG_1935Thrift Store Prom, White Light Event, Car Bash, Smoovie night, and many many more!  There is an event it seems nearly every week.  This was at the hoedown last week.

7.  Going to a small school…. But not too small :)

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There are many perks to this in my opinion.  People you’ve met once remember your name and care about you, yet you can still meet more new people all the time! Another perk is making the website fairly easily.  Look at me, I was so ready for that picture. ;)

8. Choosing classes your interested in! 

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Now of course you have your common core classes you have to take, but you still have options with those.  You can choose your schedule, your classes, and overall you just feel very independent!  And something I love that is unique to MNU is having professors of those classes that care.  You aren’t just a number at MNU, but you matter!

9. Spiritual Life

IMG_1973Chapels at MNU are amazing! You have so many different options throughout the week to experience the Lord.  This chapel is from student-led chapel in Bell on Thursday.

IMG_1906MNU gives you opportunities to join small groups as well!  This is my girls small group!

10.  MEETING SOME LIFE-LONG FRIENDS :)

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IMG_1886These people are some of the greatest I have ever met!  I am missing a few, but I truly love all of them!

Anyways that’s my blog for the week…

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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Joey Alligier

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October 14, 2013

Friendz Fuh Dayz

October 14, 2013 | By | One Comment

Eleanor Roosevelt, in all of her sorta-creepy-I-married-my-fifth-cousin, wisdom tells us,

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart”

While I would respect this opinion and agree that it could hold some weight in a normal person’s view, I would contend that true friends don’t just leave footprints.

True friends come in and jack stuff up.

They decide to rearrange the completely thought out organization of your life. They even like to steal your popcorn maker your mom got you for your birthday or prank you with literal dog poop. See, you don’t always realize the impact these type of friends leave because you’re too busy laughing and having no idea what  is actually happening. You realize the impact when you look back and see how their life has collided with yours and now that’s just the norm. 

I would like to dedicate this blog to one of my great-not-always-mentioned-and-makes-a-big-deal-when-she-isn’t-in-my-blog-obnoxious friends

Annie Huff 

Annie and I met last year at the White Light event. Josh, my roommate, knew her and her roommate Lauren (Josh and Lauren are dating now, totes dorbs). My name tag said, “Yosef”. The beast I am, I pulled it off, at least for about 20 minutes. I am ridiculed to this day about how our friendship is based on lies. I think that’s why Annie and I got on each other’s nerves on and off for a large part of our freshman year. Yet, something changed when we found out we were going to be on the MNU Serve Team together this summer.

This is where Annie and I’s friendship took off. We put aside our differences and Annie even started a count-up of our legitimate friendship. We even reserved the back two seats of the van for all of our shenanigans. Needless to say, it got REAL crazy.

We had endless inside jokes, numerous random photo ops, spurts of energy that annoyed everyone in the van, great deep theological talks, and even some pranks.

IMG_8637 IMG_1118This is just a sample of how we get. I like to classify Annie as THAT friend that brings out the weird in people. It’s literally a phenomena that even the scientific method can’t come close to comprehending it.
Through all of the crazy, off-the-wall ventures of this summer Annie’s and I friendship no longer needed a count-up. I think we became actually friends.

In all reality, Annie is one of the most inspirational to me. She is someone who has a heart for missions and is always seeking God in that. Her insight is typically a breath of fresh air to my typical narrowed-man thinking. She is who she is and she isn’t ashamed of it. I can honestly say she has impacted my life in such a positive manner;  whether keeping me in check or putting things in perspective.

Now, you may be wondering how this reflects MidAmerica; understandable. See, friendships like Annie and I’s are not hard to come by at place like this. You can see the transformation the Lord has done in both of our lives which has allowed our friendship to flourish. To be honest, we have both matured. Which is weird because we are pretty immature. Anyway, this one example just reflects the Lord’s power and is an example of how he uses people to direct your life.

Shortly put, THIS IS MNU

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Keep on and keep God,
Joey

 

Heather Engle

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October 13, 2013

Homecoming Happenings

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Hello Blog World!

So guess what this week was?…. Homecoming Week!!

Which means crazy madness. In a good way.

Also, guess what is also next week for me and some other students here at MNU?…… Midterms! Woohoo! 3 papers to write, and 4 midterm exams. These weeks have been hectic!

But i’ts okay! That’s what college is all about! Don’t get me wrong, there are always some super fun times here, but also, cracking down on my homework and making that a priority is essential. Oh yeah… I mean I guess that is why I am here…to get my degree…

Any who.. I want to tell you guys about some things I’ve been learning lately. I know this is a very generic lesson God has been teaching me lately, but I feel that I needed to share it with you guys! God has really been tugging at my heart to keep letting things go. To let go of the things that I worry about, whether that be big or small, and place it in His hands. I find myself over and over again making things a bigger and more stressful deal than they should be. God is definitely still in control, I know that for sure, but it is hard to see the big picture sometimes. So on the topic of this week, I definitely have let some little things get to me. But overall God is teaching me than even though I most of the time I cannot do things with my own strength, HIS strength is made perfect in MY weakness. And that is pretty awesome. I know the things I am struggling with right now, going through, and stressing out about are probably nothing compared to what other people are going through, However; I am so very thankful that my God is SO big. He is enough for us, and He wants to be enough for us. I don’t know what you guys are going through, but I hope this gives you at least some sort of hope or encouragement that God is with you always, and knows exactly where you’re at in your journey of life! :]

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

-2 Corinthians 12:9-10

In His love,

Heather Rose :]

p.s. Here are some pictures of cool homecoming happenings that have taken place this week!

hoe down

If you already saw this image on my Instagram, I am sorry. mainly for myself. But this is my wonderful friend Emily! For homecoming we had a hoe-down, so we all dressed up in western wear and did some square dancing, had some root beer, and ate some doughnuts! It was the bomb. There was also a very bright spotlight shining right in our faces as we were taking this picture. So naturally, I received a shadow mask on my face.

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 This is Uptown Theatre, where our Homecoming banquet was held!

Steak and shake

After the homecoming banquet, some of my friends and I went to Steak ‘n Shake! It was my first time there, and I definitely had a wonderful time with these lovely friends.

Thank you for reading!

Comment if you wish! I would love it if you did!

Haley Raydo

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October 12, 2013

Do It For the Blog!

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Hello friends!  So this week has been crazy to say the least! Homecoming, small groups, Smovie Night, Kingdom Come, and a hoedown, I barely had a chance to catch my breath!  My friends and I found ourselves saying multiple times this week, “Let’s do it for the blog!”  Of all the events, however, nothing could compare to my first MNU homecoming experience Friday night.

IMG_1930The night started out fairly normal.  Our group of girls (of course running extremely late as most girls do for a formal event) dressed up together and took pictures.  After a long discussion on who would drive downtown for homecoming (we are a rather indecisive bunch) we all packed into Ana and Sarah Heer’s car (they’re cousins obviously ;) ).

We made our way to Uptown Theater with just minutes to spare of the start of the evening.  We had appetizers and drinks to start, and ended with a delicious entree and dessert!  And no one there could forget the stand up comedy act Ron Jackson attempted ;).

After some exploring through some dark hallways (yes we are an adventurous bunch), we heard the music start and rushed in to start dancing.  Now let me throw this out there, I am not Nazarene.        But I have heard jokes most of my life about “Nazarenes don’t go to movies, and they definitely don’t dance!”   Now I will say that I was very impressed with the way the students handled the situation.  God was glorified through our terrible, but appropriate dancing.

We ran in the pouring rain to our cars after the dance.  We were anxious to get back when a man stopped us to tell us about our “*explicit* flat tire”.  We made our way nervously to a gas station two blocks away to find not just your average flat tire, but a tire that basically didn’t resemble a tire anymore.

IMG_1922So there we were soaking wet at a gas station all dressed up downtown watching some MNU guys change our tire (what a crazy situation, right?).  It took a little bit over an hour.  At one point we had a whole crowd gathered around us.  One guy even stood there eating a hot dog pretty disgustingly for quite awhile.

IMG_1919We were all very thankful to find two strangers from the area help us.  Eventually we made our way out of their safely, driving very slowly on the highway.  Let’s just say we were very thankful for the Lord’s protection.  This easily could have put a damper on the whole experience, but we decided to have a good outlook on it.  It makes a good story!  We did it for the blog so we say.  But all in all, I think that is a good way to handle situations that aren’t necessarily convenient.

Anyways,  Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

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