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October 12, 2014

Philippians 4:13

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Today I’ll be talking about something very personal to me and something I don’t normally share with strangers. I’ve never posted the whole story so here it is for the first time!

This past April I was sitting in my Civil and Criminal Rights class in high school watching a movie and noticed an abnormal bump on my neck. I had never noticed it before so I went to the nurses office. She had no idea what it was but advised a visit to the doctor. Naturally, I went to the doctor and they weren’t sure either. The next step was a biopsy and if anyone has ever had one done, you feel my pain. Those suck. They stuck a needle in my neck twice (while I was awake mind you), and let me just say it was the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced physically. Lord have mercy.

So then we had to wait a week or two on results and when they finally arrived, we still didn’t have a clear answer. The results came back “suspicious” of something. Now I’m not a doctor, and I don’t even like science, but suspicious is just not a good word. After more waiting, the doctors decided it was too sketchy not to remove. I went in for my first surgery April 23, 2014. Before this, I had never had surgery or even been in a hospital bed so this was all new to me.

Going into the first surgery happier than a clam

IV’s freak me out so that was really the only downside to the whole surgery thing. All went well and a week later they called and were like, “by the way, you have thyroid cancer.” So that was a real shock to me and my family, but it was okay!! It took me about a minute to process it. Cancer doesn’t run in my family all that much and that was the confusing part. Other than that, I wasn’t worried one bit. I spent the rest of that night with my best friend as if nothing changed.

A week after the first surgery, I went in for the second one to get the rest of my thyroid removed. I kept telling myself that I was going to be okay cause I knew I was. The second round was a little tougher to recover from, but I missed two weeks of school so I mean, that’s a fair trade.

Treatment for the cancer wasn’t awful either. All I did was take a radioactive Iodine pill and stay in a hospital for a couple days because I was radioactive. How cool is that! I kept singing that song by Imagine Dragons too. When I got out of the hospital, I had to keep my distance from people so they wouldn’t be affected by my amazing radiation. Beyond that treatment, all I have to do is take a cute little pink pill before bed the rest of my life since I kinda sorta don’t have a thyroid anymore. I have a nice scar on my neck now and whenever I feel it or see it, I’m reminded of how God has worked in my life. It could’ve been a lot worse, but it wasn’t and I’m thankful. I am still here with my family and friends living a great life.!

Moral of the story, nothing is too big to handle when you have an even bigger God on your side! :)

Keep calm and stay strong friends!

Mario Flores

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February 28, 2014

2 Things: Pleasure and Play. Both are from the Lord.

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Whether it would be watching TV, playing a sport, drawing (for me its more like doodling), getting on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest (I don’t do Pinterest, but I know peeps that do…. dancing, working-out, playing video games-LITERALLY WHATEVER “floats your boat”, there is a time and a place where Pleasure and Play is necessary.

Yes I said necessary.

God did create the Sabbath as a time of rest. That’s back in Genesis 2:2-3. Jesus Christ even said that the Sabbath was made for man (Mark 2:27). Observing and resting on the Sabbath (originally our Saturday) was done in order that human beings would keep their sanity and not succumb to becoming workaholics.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above…” -James 1:17. Paraphrasing words from C.S. Lewis:
The Lord is disappointed with our desires. Disappointed because our desires are too weak. Every pleasure and good thing has been created by God. Sure Satan can twist good things and pervert them, to where they become unhealthy.
But Truly, Every single good thing is from God and He does like for us to play, rest, and take pleasure in good fun things!!

Working, studying, paying bills, budgeting, are great things. But I will argue that part of being responsible is living a full life.
A full life must be a balanced life. Following Christ includes knowing JOY :D. It’s one of the results or “fruits” from the Holy Spirit (2nd on the list right after Love and before Peace and Patience Galatians 5:22-23).

So, please be aware that a full life means having fun and enjoying time to relax, rest, recharge, and LIVE.

Haley Raydo

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February 14, 2014

6 Things I Wish I Knew In High School

February 14, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

Happy Valentines Day to all you blog readers out there.  Whether your single or your in a relationship, I truly hope you feel the love of the Lord today!

big-heart

Now with all that out of the way, I can begin with what I have been wanting to talk about. Last weekend I went to my high school’s homecoming basketball game.  All I can really say is that it was very strange being back.  I mean so much has changed.  This brought back memories of my high school days (yes I am aware it has only been a year), but these memories reminded me of how much I have learned and how much I have grown.  There are so many things, looking back now, that I wished I would have known.  And so.. that is what I decided to write about.  The 6 things I wish I knew in high school.

I wish I would have known:

1.  You can be the most popular person in school, but in a few years no one will care.

Now I am saying this to more of my freshman year of high school self.  There is something about high school that brings so much pressure to fit in and to be liked.  And the truth of it is, no one will care when you leave high school.  Now I am not saying that it is a bad thing to make friends, but by the time you graduate everyone goes their separate ways.  What will really last the test of time are the friendships you make by showing true godly love and compassion.  So if you’re in high school or even in college (the concept still applies) don’t stress about the number of friends, stress about the quality!

2.   No one will remember what you wear, but if there are pictures being taken… They will most likely end up on Facebook.

I am literally embarrassed about some of my old pictures from high school.  Sometimes I am rather confused about my fashion choices.  But good news people… THERE IS A DELETE BUTTON.

Hahaha this is a pretty embarrassing picture of my freshman homecoming... but very funny.  Annie on the left is my very best friend who I came to MNU with... and the boys in the middle, Steven and Cole, are still my two best guy friends to this day.

Hahaha this is a pretty embarrassing picture of my freshman homecoming… but very funny. Annie on the left is my very best friend who I came to MNU with… and the boys in the middle, Steven and Cole, are still my two best guy friends to this day.

3.  Don’t get involved with the drama!

Now I am not a fan of drama, but a big part of my personality is that I am a peacemaker.  So naturally I like to solve problems and create a piece.  Although there were times that I really just needed to stay out of things.  Drama follows you everywhere you go in life.  The people who always told me that it’s just a high school thing.. LIED!  However, learning how to deal with it earlier on in life will definitely come in handy in college.  So stay out of the little things, don’t involve yourself when you don’t need to be involved!

4.   Boys will drive you crazy (and vice versa) and it is ok to take a chill break from them!

No but seriously… Do I have to expound?  You have the rest of your life ahead of you to deal with the opposite sex.  Don’t put yourself through the craziness if it can be avoided.  (and if you are happily dating in high school… good for you! It is rather difficult!)

5.    “You have your whole life ahead of you…”

Yes I know that makes me want to roll my eyes too, but it is so true!  It is easy to forget because your whole life all you have ever known is school, but their is a majority of your life waiting on the other end.  Although your choices do make a difference later on down the road, there is still a ton more life ahead to make even better decisions. The seemingly big things at the moment (no matter what stage of life you are in) are extremely small in comparison.

6.    1 Timothy 4:12 “Do not anyone look down on you because you are young…” 

So often the thought that I was too young held me back from what God wanted to do in me.  I thought, “I’ll do that when I am married and have a job..” It was so easy to let my “status” as a high school student define me, but God has things for us no matter what stage of life we are in.

Anyways… That is all I have! If you have anything to add you can always comment down below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley