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Aaron Merrell

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September 27, 2014

Lessons in Doubt

September 27, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hey everyone!

This is my very first blog post for MNU Blogs, and I am so excited.  I sort of decided last minute to do a video this time.  Don’t expect every post to be video, because I haven’t completely decided how I want to format my posts each week.  Also, this is not an MNU dorm. I made this video at home.

This week, I’m talking about doubt, and how it can have a positive outcome.  I went through a time of doubt about God’s plan for me last year, to the point where I was this close to transferring away from MNU.  My faith and trust in god were tested.  I wanted my college experience to be easy.  I didn’t want to have to make tough choices, but then I was reminded of my Mom’s favorite bible verse, which has become mine:


 

‘”My thoughts are not like your thoughts. And your ways are not like my ways,” announces the Lord.’

-Isaiah 55:8


You see, the entire time, I had been so worried that I wasn’t going to do what God wanted and that it would ruin everything.  All I really needed to do was pray, read and lean on him, and he has shown me exactly where I need to be for this season.

I love all of you, please let me know if you have any questions, or need to talk to someone about MNU, God or whatever!

Have a great week!

-Aaron

Katie Linsey

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September 25, 2014

Follow the Red Brick Road

September 25, 2014 | By | No Comments

My junior year of high school, I came to S.C.O.U.T. (Students Checking Out University Turf) at MNU. This was my first college visit, and honestly, I had no intention of attending MNU. I just came because I wanted an excuse to check out what college life is like, and my best friend was going. Plus, my youth leader attended college at MNU and she really wanted me to check it out.

“This place is cool, but there’s no way I can afford it.” 

That’s what was going through my mind all of my junior year. Through that college visit, I really came to like MNU and even thought I wanted to go there. It felt like an unattainable dream to me. Like, maybe I was supposed to be there, but there was no possible way it would work out.

The rest of my junior year and my senior year were spent going on college visits, trying to find a place that sparked my interest the way MNU does. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t find it.)

Fast forward to spring of my senior year, when all of my friends were enrolled in the college of their choice, while I was playing a sick game of “eenie-meenie-miney-mo” with a few schools that I could afford. Each time I thought I had reached a decision, I would soon find myself back where I started.

During this time, I had this (inaccurate) thought in my head that God has a specific plan for my life, which includes a specific college and career, and if I don’t get it right there’s no hope for me. I thought there was a specific road I had follow, and if I didn’t, I would mess everything up.

We’ve all heard the famous Bible verse, Jeremiah 29:11. Chances are it was on at least half of the graduation cards you got.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

While struggling with finding my “plan” that God has for me, He spoke to me through the verses that follow Jeremiah 29:11.

 “Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13

Maybe God’s plan for our lives isn’t about where we go to school, what we major in, or even what our careers end up being. Maybe His plan for our lives is to seek Him with all our hearts. I think God has a plan for all of us, and that plan is for us to grow into a deep relationship with Him, and through that, give glory to Him.

I’m not saying that God doesn’t have specific plans for some of us. I do believe that God calls certain people to walk down certain roads that lead to a specific college, major, or career. But, instead of stressing about if we’re on the path that God wants us to be on, we should make decisions that best glorify Him. We can’t go wrong in doing that.

So, in the midst of trying not to mess up God’s plan for my life, I realized that God’s plan for my life is to glorify Him in every decision that I make.

I went to S.C.O.U.T. again my senior year, still sure that I couldn’t afford MNU. The only reason I went was to hang out with some of my friends that I had met the previous year. To be honest, I didn’t even go to some of the events I was supposed to attend. (Sorry, MNU)

On that second visit, I felt peace. The kind of peace that can’t be ignored. This peace was from God. I knew that I needed to talk to admissions, look for more scholarships, and at least TRY to make MNU a possibility in my life.

After many late nights of praying, pros-and-cons lists, phone calls with my admissions counselor, and meetings with my parents…

I am a Pioneer.

The peace that I feel about this decision is my proof that this is where God wants me. For now, MNU is the road that God has me going on. There will undoubtedly be forks in the road and maybe even a few u-turns, but I believe that God will lead me. I don’t know if I’ll stick with my major and I don’t know exactly what I want to do with my life, but I do know one thing. I know that instead of trying so desperately to figure out God’s plan for my entire life, I should simply pray about it and make decisions that will bring glory to Him.

I believe that’s God’s plan for our lives.

-KT

The awesome people I met at S.C.O.U.T. My best friend and I are on the right.

Luther Okeyo

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September 24, 2014

HEY YOU GUYS!!!!!!

September 24, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hey guys, my name is Luther. I’m a senior here at MNU, a graphic design major, and I also play football. I’m a wide receiver. I’m from Camarillo, California, but I was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and yea I know I’m a long way from home, but these past four years have been a blast. MNU will forever have a huge effect on my life. I really can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t come to this school. It’s going to be a blast to blog for you guys this year. I can’t wait to show you how MNU looks through an athlete’s eyes. Every week I’m going to try and show you MNU, in a light that only few people know about. You have probably already seen me in a couple of advertisements for MNU, for some crazy reason I’m all over the website. Feel free to ask me any questions, I’m here to help you guys better understand and get to know MNU. For starters, I have a little blast from the past for you guys. Here is a video I did for MidAmerica when I was a freshman, just telling the world why I decided to come MNU, it is the video right on top of this post (just in case you’re wondering). It amazing to see how much I’ve changed over there years. This is going to be a great year, I can’t wait to get started.

Haley Raydo

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April 26, 2014

A Look Back: Freshman Year

April 26, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends! We are at the final week of school here at MidAmerica.  It is exciting, sad, and weird all at the same time.  It is so crazy to me how I have already been through my first year of college! It literally flew by.  I had some great memories, and I learned a lot too.

So in honor of the end of school, here are some of my favorite memories =:

HOMECOMING 2013

I wrote a whole blog about this night… I mean it was absolutely insane.  We got to Uptown Theater had a bunch of fun, but we left in the pouring rain only to find that we had a flat tire.  So we got stuck downtown, in the pouring rain, with a flat tire, at a creepy gas station, for quite awhile.  It is something I will never forget.

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NEW ROOM AND ROOMIE

It was so exciting to move in with one of my best friends Mckenna Bessmer this semester! We had such a blast! This was our room:

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DAN WRIGHT

Yup my pal Dan Wright is one of my favorite memories this year basically because he is the most entertaining person you will ever talk to. If you are a student here and you don’t know him, or you are coming here next year, you need to meet this crazy kid.  He probably won’t even see this because he refuses to read my blogs (-__-) Basically he is a kid full of one-liners and he will make you laugh for hours.

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PLAZA WITH MY FAVORITE GIRLS 

If you have ever been to Kansas City during Christmastime… you know that the Plaza is the place to go (also Crown Center).  There is something so wonderful about Kansas City

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OLAF ON CAMPUS 

There really isn’t anything else to say.

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SNOW DAYS 2014

Basically one of the best things in life is being stuck on campus with all of your best friends in the snow with NO SCHOOL.

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WORLDS OF FUN LAST NIGHT

This weekend was MAX week! So we got to go to Worlds of Fun for Nazarene Night.  This is the Mamba:

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Basically this year has been absolutely crazy.  I have met some amazing people that I am so thankful for! It is going to be hard to leave all of them for a few months, but it is exciting to know I still have a few more years with these awesome people.  As a freshman you come to college, nervous but excited.  You meet people the first week and for the most part you move on and meet other people.  You have to get adjusted to the hard and long study life.  You have to get used to challenging professors and being responsible for your own grades.  It was a crazy experience for me, but I learned so much! And I grew up a ton!  All in a good way.

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Haley Raydo

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April 12, 2014

Behind The Scenes of MNU’s Production: Little Women

April 12, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

I hope you all have had a great week! It has been so nice out here in Olathe… 77 degrees today!  If that doesn’t put you in a good mood I don’t know what will!

Here is a video from MNU’s production this spring of “Little Women”.  The staff was so kind to let me in back stage to get the inside scoop for all you blog people out there! So here it is!

P.S. if you are interested, MNU has a great theater (theatre?) program! :) Last fall they produced a musical “Annie Get Your Gun” which was also fantastic!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Haley Raydo

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April 5, 2014

The Final Countdown: One Month of School Left

April 5, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

It has been another crazy week to say the least!  But knowing that summer is only a short month away has been keeping me going!  Which is absolutely insane! Where did the time go?  This semester literally flew by and we still have Easter Break! The bad news about only having a month left (besides leaving all your best friends) is the end of year crams.  Grades need to be up, and there is the stress to do well on every assignment, test, quiz, paper left!  (P.S. The final countdown guy is awesome)

If you are anything like me, than you know it is a challenge to be motivated, to end out the year strong.  I have always struggled with that.  I have read 180 pages of one of my textbooks this week (because I am a procrastinator and waited until the week of the test to start reading) and I literally thought I was going to lose my mind.  So here is some advice for you: Don’t lose your mind!

As the year comes to a close… don’t stress yourself out too much!  Don’t wait until the last minute to do everything.  Instead start early and pace yourself, allowing yourself time to relax.  That way you won’t lose your mind studying like I have this week.

Next, get motivated! Set yourself a block time where you are going to get as much homework done as you can.  These times work the best for me in the afternoon after class.  That way I can spend time with my friends in the evening.  Whenever you decide to block out your time, make sure it is without distraction.  So if that means going to the library, turning off the TV, or turning off your phone… do it!  Let every minute of this time not go to waste.  When you finish, you will be able to relax and spend time with friends.  A couple standard blocked off hours goes a long way if you make it a goal to do everyday or at least frequently.

Don’t forget to take a break and let the Lord give you peace! Finish the year out strong!

I leave you with this last piece of advice:

keep calm

 

Stay calm!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

ALSO stay tuned for a video about the MNU production of Little Women :)

Haley Raydo

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March 28, 2014

Just Stop and Learn to Be on the Beach: Life Update

March 28, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

So these last couple of weeks have been action-packed to say the least.  Last week was spring break and it was definitely much needed.  Because all my professors felt like pushing all of their exams and papers to the week before break, the week off felt so sweet.  The weather in Kansas was all over the place, at least so I heard.  I was in Texas with my family which was amazing! (60-70 degree weather days, it can’t get more perfect)

And for all you mid-westerners who haven’t seen the beach in quite sometime, here is the beach at Galveston we went to:

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Even this week back has been crazy! This Thursday was junior testing day so it was a day off for the rest of us!  My friends and I celebrated a late birthday lunch for Sarah and Anna (who are like the sweetest things in the entire world) and the night before we dressed up with our entire dorm and went to the Cheesecake factory!

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Also…. MNU made it to the Final Four in the NAIA tournament!  Nearly all of the school went out to support them too! Fans were going crazy! Unfortunately we fell just a bit short, but it was a crazy intense game until the end.  We are all so proud of our basketball team!

So basically you are up to date on my life. My classes have been a bit more challenging as of late, but I know that the Lord is taking care of me as I continue to be diligent!

Taking away from all of the craziness of the last couple weeks I will leave you with this advice: Live in the moment.  Now there are times where it is key to look to your future to make plans, and key to look to your past to learn.  But so often I think we get caught up in the future and past that we forget to look in the present.  There are many opportunities around us, we just have to open our eyes and grab them.

I was walking along the beach this spring break and I remember how I kept thinking about things that I needed to do for the next few weeks.  That is when God opened my eyes to see where I was.  I was on the beach on a warm day, which is not something I had experienced in a long time.  After this long, cold winter, I had been looking forward to a day like this for awhile, yet I was letting it slip away.  This is just one example of many in my life where I need to stop, and just learn to be on the beach.  Listening and smelling the waves, and letting my mind go to that peaceful place.  No matter where you are, take time to live in the moment.  Even if it is just sitting in class or having lunch with friends, you never know when you are going to wish that you were back in that moment.

Ok I’m done rambling!  I hope everyone’s year is treating them well! And I think it is finally time we can say Happy Spring!

Thanks for stopping by

Haley

Joey Alligier

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March 27, 2014

“..Let’s Pack Up and Move to California..”

March 27, 2014 | By | No Comments

Life is full of decisions to be made. 


As you sit at the mind numbing computer screen you may be facing the dilemma of finishing your homework…or possibly finishing that episode of Prison Break. More seriously you may be deciding between colleges, jobs, living situations, etc.

How do we often find the answers to these pivotal points? Perhaps a pro/con list, ask friends, of course pray, overall we assess the situation and weigh the options. Which one is more beneficial to me?

While of course weighing options and evaluating consequences is necessary, sometimes you just need to do something. I tend to think we sit on the sidelines for so long awaiting our names to be called so we can rip off those sweet, throwback, button-up pants. Yet, some go their whole lives waiting for confirmation on a decision; in that time opportunity is being missed out on. Life is being missed out on.

During Spring Break last week I got to hang out with this friend. Now this friend has been through quite a bit; things of his own decision and others not so much. However, through these trials and valleys he is staring into the eyes of God. As he is staring he is impacting so many people with his passion and perseverance. He knows God will provide for him. He isn’t a Biblical Scholar, he hasn’t been to school for this at all, he is hardly around people who challenge him with this.

When I saw change in his life, I sought him out. So, over some FroYo he told me a story I yearn to somewhat duplicate and/or never forget. Like Hawk Nelson, he packed up and moved  to California… yet, he had no friends out there. He had no idea. This was a leap of faith.

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Throughout this story he exemplified what it meant to trust Jesus on a level more severe than the lackadaisical, hesitant, and questioning approach most American Christians take. Long story short; he left for change and then decided to return changed.

The moral of this story and what should be the moral of all of our stories is that we WILL NOT have it all figured out at any point. We will question, doubt, and think “What if…” Yet, somehow that is where life produces the most beautiful pictures. That can be seen in a sunset  on your way through Arizona when God’s face isn’t any clearer or it can be revealed in the loving acts of a stranger you felt somewhat “pulled towards.” Just take the trip, just ask her out, just ask that person for help.

Limit your pride, expose your vulnerability. 

I leave you with this.

It’s okay to play, pro/con, and think about things.
It’s not okay to worry, overanalyze, and miss out on this big world.
Take a risk.
Challenge yourself.
Jump.

Take the Leap

Keep on and keep God,
Joey

 

 

Haley Raydo

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March 15, 2014

Mother Daughter Weekend… And So Much More

March 15, 2014 | By | No Comments

Hello friends!

So it is finally SPRING BREAK! Woo! I am going to keep this short for you all, so you can go out and enjoy your break!

A couple of weekends ago I got the opportunity to go to Mother Daughter weekend here at MNU.  It was so much fun, and there was a lot of good work put into it!  Reflecting on this, it really made me think about how many awesome events we have on campus.

I had a friend come by from another college to visit.  She took one look at our calendar in my hall, and said “I wish my school had as much to do.” There are so many people that work to make your years at MNU special.  There is always events: hall parties, dances, movie nights, late night munchies, dodgeball tournaments, intramural games, game nights, and so much more!

I think this is by far my favorite part about MNU, and if I could give any advice to upcoming freshman, I would say go to your school’s events! You meet great people and you really get connected to a community!

This video is from mother daughter weekend!

Have a great spring break!

Thanks for stopping by!

Haley

Joey Alligier

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March 11, 2014

Sweet Mother of Pickle

March 11, 2014 | By | No Comments

THURSDAY NIGHT 9PM, TIPPING POINT, MNU CAMPUS….

There’s an improv show, you should come.