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Aaron Merrell

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March 8, 2015

After Awakening

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Hey everyone!

So, last time, I wrote about an event we were putting on called Awakening. I figured I would write a follow up entry about how the event went.

After set up with the band, the grillers and the other ASG Class Council members, people started to arrive. I was pretty nervous that there would be barely any people there, but we actually had far more than any of us expected. Of course it’s not all about the numbers when it comes to a worship event, but it was a huge encouragement to see so many people there.

After about 45 minutes of eating, chatting and general fellowship with people from every class level at MNU, we got started with worship. We kicked this part off with scripture and prayer, then dove into worship through song. It was a great time of intimate worship, and the band did an excellent job of being sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

We plan on doing a few more installments of Awakening throughout the rest of the semester, so the first event was truly a great launchpad for us. We were able to see what went well and what didn’t, and now we can apply that at the next Awakening. We also got to hear from some other students about their passions and some ideas they have for the event. I’m so excited to see how God is going to use this event for his glory.

Thank you so much for reading! Have a great week!

Aaron

Katie Linsey

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March 6, 2015

#MNUSLR

March 6, 2015 | By | One Comment

Two weekends ago, some students from MNU went on a Spiritual Life Retreat, where Dr. Fine spoke about having a spirit of faith. It really impacted my faith life, and I could go on and on about what the Lord revealed to me through Dr. Fine, but instead of rambling for hours, here’s the main takeaways from the weekend.

  • It’s important to be in the Word, establish a Sabbath, and enjoy solitude/meditation/listening to God.
  • Get scripture in your subconscious.
  • Know who you are and what you have in Christ.
  • Being in the Word can renew your mind and emotions.
  • We should internalize, externalize, and visualize the Word of God.

The main thing I (re)learned that weekend was the importance of consistently and intentionally being in the Word. It was healthy to be reminded of that and have a renewed understanding of the power of the Word in our lives.

“Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.” Psalm 119:5-6

When we live in a posture of prayer and study the Word consistently, we learn who we are and what we have in Christ. The Word is rooted in us and it becomes habitual to think in the ways of Christ.

As I’ve been in the Word this week, God has been reminding me that when we walk in His ways we are blessed (Psalm 119:2). He also promises that we will never fall (2 Peter 1:10), shall not be put to shame (Psalm 119:6), and are satisfied, preserved, upheld, and raised up (Psalm 145:14-20).

God knows what we need better than we do because He knows us better than we know ourselves. That’s why we can confidently trust Him to provide for us in His timing and His way.

There are so many unknowns in my life. I have so many questions. But, I serve a God that has my best interest in mind, therefore I don’t need all the answers. Our God can be trusted because He is ALWAYS faithful and true.

I hope these words that the Lord has given to me can encourage and empower you to live in a spirit of faith. I hope you continue (or start) to press into the spiritual discipline of studying the Word and listening for God’s voice in your life. It’s important. The reward of obedience and persistence is far greater than the reward of fulfilling your own desires on your own timing.

Trust Him.

-KT

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Original version of cover photo courtesy of Amanda Doerhoff

 

Aaron Merrell

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March 5, 2015

Awakening

March 5, 2015 | By | 4 Comments

Hey y’all,

This week, I’m going to talk about an event that the sophomore ASG class council is putting on, and which I’m lucky enough to be involved in.

At the start of the semester, our class president, Austin Petellin, asked us what our vision for the campus for this semester is.  The thought of a spiritual awakening really resonated with the council.  So, we began to plan an event.

We came up with a recurring event which will be on a few select Thursdays throughout the rest of the semester. The event is called Awakening, and the first one is tonight.

The event is centered around getting together and eating together, and, more importantly, worshiping together.  We’ll have a cook-out, and then gather for a time of worship with no agenda.  We have a passion to see this campus changed, and are trying to make steps to realize that change, this being one of them.  The time of worship will start after we get done serving food, and we are just going to chase after God.

The class council is SO excited to see how God is going to show up tonight, and we want you to be a part of it!  If you’re a current student, please come and join us, and if you’re coming to MNU soon, or are even just considering coming to MNU, please pray with us tonight at 6pm from wherever you are.

I can’t wait to see what happens tonight!

Have an awesome week,

Aaron

Katie Linsey

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February 27, 2015

Worship According To KT

February 27, 2015 | By | 4 Comments

Worship. What a word. It’s tossed around so much… so what does it really mean anyway?

If you were to ask me in middle school/early high school what worship is, I would’ve told you, “It’s something I do on Sunday mornings at church.” In other words, I thought worship was something that could only happen when music was playing.

Romans 12:1-2 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

As I realized my desperation for God in the last two years of high school, He began to bring me into a loving relationship with Him. It was then that He revealed to me what worship really is. It’s not about the songs we sing, whether we close our eyes or lift our hands… it’s about our hearts. It’s about the way we live our lives. Romans 12:1 says that presenting our bodies as a LIVING SACRIFICE is our SPIRITUAL WORSHIP.

Worshipping God = Living the life that He’s called us to. Worship happens when we walk outside and admire a beautiful sunrise. It happens when we look into our peers’ eyes and see beauty. It happens when we love the person that has wronged us. It happens when we study the Word of God. It happens when we cry out to Him in times of despair. It happens when we surrender our ways to the ways of Christ and literally be the hands and feet of Jesus in this broken, hurting world.

One of my favorite ways to worship God is through song. Times of corporate worship in chapel and at church are sacred, blessed times in my life. My two favorite things in this world are Jesus and music, so when I get to take a passion of mine (singing) and use it to give glory to God, it’s a wonderful thing. I’ve spent countless hours in front of a piano, looking up chords on Ultimate Guitar, and pouring my heart out to Jesus. In those moments, I forget where I am. I forget what I sound like. I forget everything that’s going on in my life and I give praise to the One who is worthy. Worship through song has played a huge part in my walk with Christ. Before I worship, I always pray that God will rid me of distractions and reveal Himself to me in a new way. He never disappoints, friends. It’s powerful stuff.

Since I talk about my love for music and singing often, I figured I’d record a bit of my most recent worship time in the Bell practice rooms (great place, by the way). I hope you’ll really listen to the lyrics of this song and let the words “Jesus, we love you” be the cry of your heart.

Love you all! Thanks for reading and constantly encouraging me.

-KT

A poster that was taped on the inside of the door where I was worshipping. Love it.

 

Haley Raydo

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February 23, 2015

A Month of Pictures

February 23, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

I sat down to my computer just now, drawing up a blank.  Like all the creativity just left my mind.  I don’t know what it is about the pressure of a computer and a deadline that pulls all the creative flow out of my mind.  Regardless, computers and deadlines are a part of an education.  Actually they are a part of life.  So I just gotta get my head in this blog game… woo.

I thought I would just share some fun happenings this last month in pictures:

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Bridge w: Randi

KU game- Kayla

(KU game this weekend against TCU)

randi jenner pioneer

(vote Randi Jenner Pioneer Spirit)

me and dan

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(I get to nanny these boys again)

modeling re group

(Bridal event at Restoration Emporium, Picture Kia Bondurant, Clothes Encore boutique)

Pretty good month so far :)

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

 

Mariah McCommon

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February 23, 2015

Fun at the Office

February 23, 2015 | By | No Comments

I am writing today to inform everyone how much fun it is working at MNU! On top of classes, school work, and another job, I work on campus in the best place possible: The Registrar’s Office! I was able to get the job mid last semester and started training by putting files away. I worked my way up to where I am at currently. Now, if you know me, you would know that I utterly and completely despise talking on the phone. It scares me. As the newbie, I didn’t have to answer the phone at first, but I knew I would have to eventually. I am proud to say that now I answer the phone all the time without fear. That’s a huge step for me!

We titled this one: Mariah's First Phone Call

We titled this one: Mariah’s First Phone Call and yes I was nervous

The people I work with are just absolutely incredible. They have been a tremendous blessing to me and it really is like a family. We get our work done, but we have fun while we’re at it! Plus there’s food every single day because my boss makes popcorn every night. This was my breakfast this morning and I am not one bit ashamed:

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Here are some crazy, fun photos of a day in the life of a Registrar’s office worker:

Making cookie dough in a cup

Making cookie dough in a cup

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Front desk awesomeness

Front desk awesomeness

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I wasn't there for this, but I wish I was!

I wasn’t there for this, but I wish I was!

We also decorate the office according to whatever holiday it is, so you could say we’ve been quite festive lately. We try to also bring in even more food for the holidays. I don’t have photos from that day, but believe it or not, we celebrated Kansas Day. Sunflower cookies and quizzes to prove how Kansas we truly are.

Christmas Party!

Christmas Party!

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I think it's funny. You should too.

I think it’s funny. You should too.

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Stay Gold guys!

Katie Linsey

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February 17, 2015

Snowpocalypse

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Okay… so it wasn’t really a “snowpocalypse,” but we were excited for the snow.

Here’s a short little video showcasing how my friends celebrated.

-KT

Haley Raydo

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February 16, 2015

A Non-Snow Day Snow Day: Life Update

February 16, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

If you are confused by the title of this post I understand.  Basically, along with a lot of the Midwest, Kansas City woke up to several inches of snow.  So snow day, but not really because classes weren’t cancelled… However, I have the whole afternoon off (yay) so I am going to pretend this latter half of the day was a snow day.  I don’t know about anyone else, but snowy days make me want to curl up and go into hibernation.  So those are my plans for the day… I am being super responsible  obviously.

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As I have posted a couple times already, I am trying to find joy in the ordinary things of life.  That includes non-snow day snow days and Mondays.  I think it gives me a better attitude.

Here are some other things for a life update:

My sister won Homecoming Queen at her high school!  (Also in the background you can see my lil freshman brother, suited up for varsity I might add, walking away in the right corner) My sibs are the best! It was good to be with them this last weekend.

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Also I can’t even begin to describe how much I love these girls :) Missing a few of my roommates, but these girls here are beyond beautiful inside and out.  This was from the Sock Hop, our 1950s dance thing.  (Also I don’t know how to explain my face in this picture)

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Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Katie Linsey

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February 13, 2015

Balancing an Unbalanced Life

February 13, 2015 | By | 2 Comments

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

Haley Raydo

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February 9, 2015

Finding Joy in the Ordinary

February 9, 2015 | By | One Comment

Simple, yet so difficult.

Why does our generation struggle with this concept?

We get bored,

Desensitized to the beauty of creation

to the beauty of our loved ones

to the beauty of words and learning.

Instead our souls are allowed to be filled with junk.

We choose to believe what we hear,

to believe what we see,

to believe what we are told we need,

and in this, we forget the joy of discovery.

New places and new ideas,

or old places and old ideas.

We forget what life is about,

What joy is to be found.

We become satisfied with little,

But there is so much more!

Life is about the early mornings,

the relationships: built and restored,

the learning,

the compassion and humility,

the appreciation of beauty and of sacrifice.

You could live a whole lifetime,

seeking happiness and never finding it.

Because life isn’t about circumstances,

It’s about your mindset in the circumstances.

The key is joy, and joy doesn’t just bring life,

It brings resurrection life.