So uh…. I’m not going to lie. I HAD AN AWESOME SPRING BREAK!!!! I mean sure I really didn’t go anywhere special or don’t anything really amazing. To be honest with you it was really just boring by spring break standards, but I can say for sure that I rediscovered my youth.
So what if I do have that awesome spring break that most college students had or even wish for. Hey I look at the positives, I didn’t spend too much money, I didn’t anything stupid and I still had a great spring break.
As you can tell from the big picture above the blog, I got really close to my inner child this past week. While actually doing a homework assignment for a class, I went into a crazy Hey Arnold binge and it was glorious. It should be expected and I’m not hiding it, my favorite is Gerald. Arnold’s best friend and all around baler extraordinaire . He’s bring the cool factor to Hey Arnold.
I mean look at him, he’s a stud. That hair too… I mean there are no words to describe that hair.
Also, I rediscovered my love for one of the greatest shows of all time…
If you have not seen an episode of that 70s show… shame on you on. Thanks to ABC Family and Netflix, I fell in love with this show. It had everything the awesome catchy catchphrases, the basement meetings (you gotta watch the show to understand this one), the awesome awkward romances. This show was amazing. The show takes place in Point Place, Wisconsin, so you know they have to really think outside the box to make a boring place like Wisconsin fun. (Sorry to anybody reading this from Wisconsin.)
If I’m like anybody on the show, I’m like Hyde, just less edgy. Hyde is the black apple of the group. Like Eric Forman (you gotta watch the show) said, “Hyde… you’re the reason you we do so many stupid and senseless things.”
This describes Hyde perfectly…
Even though Hyde is person I would love to be from that show, my favorite character on the show is Fez aka Wilmer Valderama.
Hahaha I’m cracking up just typing this thing. Fez is an exchange student, but you never find out what country he came from. You really watch the guy grow through the show from awkward high schooler to a… somewhat awkward adult. Still Fez is a man of many talents, he is bilingual, a very talented dancer, and he is also a ladies man (I mean he dated Lindsay Lohan, yea he really dated Linday Lohan on the show… well the character she playing but still come on!)
My favorite episode is actually from the first season…(I know I’m really geeking out here, but I LOVE THIS SHOW!) Season 1 Episode 7, “The Disco Episode” where the gang goes to a disco. This is when we all learn that Fez is an amazing dancer.
Here is a picture from that episode. Here you see Fez and Jackie getting down. Fez basically woos Jackie in this episode but he couldn’t close the deal. From this episode on I knew that Jackie and Fez were destined to be together.
It just only took until the finale till they were finally an item. Like almost 8 seasons later it finally happened but it did happen so I was right in the end.
The show also had big names in it…
You have Ashton Kutcher (Kelso), Mila Kunis (Jackie), Laura Prepon (Donna), Danny Masterson (Hyde), & Wilmer Valderama (Fez).
Let me tell you why every week should be Spring Break by giving you a low down on what I am doing this week!
Things Sam is doing this week:
Eating endless amounts of popcorn
OKLAHOMA for a weekend!
Spring break it all about sleeping, resting and napping. What more could a college student want from a Spring break? While all my friends are out of town I will be spending this week watching MNU Baseball play, Netflix and sleeping as much as I can. Also having a bonfire with some of my softball friends this week as well. Also taking a little weekend getaway to Oklahoma. Gosh, this is truly what life is about, just hanging out.
In other news, MNU baseball plays several times this week. They played Saturday with a 1-1 kick off on conference games. They play Tuesday, Wednesday and the following weekend. I grew up watching my brother play baseball and my dad was the coach. As a little girl I wanted nothing more from the weekend than to sit in the dug out with the boys watching baseball. I grew up watching it and so it is a joy to watch MNU play, especially because I have several friends on the team. Usually this time of the year, if I am not in class I am off watching baseball or softball play.
ENJOY YOUR WEEK! Do something for yourself: buy yourself a slurpee, get your nails done, buy something new or if you are a dude go lift weights or whatever guys do! Just enjoy your week!
This week is Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week at MNU, so I thought I’d take a few moments to give some shout-outs to a few faculty/staff members that have made a personal impact on my freshman year so far.
1. Laura Hahn
Laura is amazing for too many reasons to list. To name a few, she’s selfless, encouraging, genuine, and really stinkin’ cares about the residents on campus. She goes out of her way to serve others on a daily basis, which is something I look up to a lot. She is also hilarious and easy going… it’s good to talk to her for some de-stress time. Thanks for being you! And having an awesome dog.
2. Pete Brumbaugh
I’ve mentioned him on my blog before, so you all probably already know that he was an amazing boss for the fall Phonathon. I haven’t worked for him in months, but he still makes an effort to keep up with my life. I love chatting with him in Campus Center and I am confident that he truly cares about all students on a deep level. Thanks for being a friendly boss, even when you’re not technically my boss.
3. Professor St. John
I am almost positive that Professor St. John makes everyone’s list. He deserves to be appreciated for so many reasons. He cares about students on a crazy awesome level. His interactions with all students are so meaningful and encouraging. He has a pretty rad Instagram account, too. Thanks for taking time to eat lunch with students and sharing your wisdom with this campus.
4. Kelly Chesley
Kelly is an awesome and encouraging student blogging boss. It’s so fun to see her when we have meetings, or when I randomly show up in Dobson to chat for a bit. I know that she truly cares about all of the bloggers. She gives great advice and encourages us to be the best we can be. Thanks for giving me opportunities to use my talents/hobbies on campus and encouraging me in many ways.
5. Kim Campbell
Kim rocks. I know that whenever I see her on campus, I will be greeted with a sincere smile and have a great conversation about whatever is on our minds that day. I know that I can trust her to have my best interest in mind when it comes to anything in my life. She’s super positive, encouraging, and genuine. Thanks for being a light in my life!
6. Amy Curtis
Amy is so nice and smart… those are the first two words that come to my mind when I think of her. I don’t get to chat with her as often as I’d like, but I know she’s always there if I have a question about blogging (HTML is difficult… I couldn’t survive it without her). Thanks for always smiling and being helpful!
Those are just a few of the many faculty/staff members that have made an impact. I appreciate every single one of them. They each make this campus a beautiful place in unique ways.
Students… make sure to tell your “favorites” that you appreciate them!
Pete Brumbaugh and Gideon’s Army (Phonathon Team 2014)
Laura Hahn and a few freshmen making a snowman.
Professor St. John taking a selfie with the crowd at a basketball game. (Photo courtesy of @prof_ksj Instagram account)
(Unedited version of cover photo courtesy of @mnupioneers Instagram account)
With Spring Break approaching quickly, I’ve been cramming to get everything done. Last week, I had a midterm on Thursday, and 2 tests and a paper due on Friday. I was up pretty late on Wednesday and Thursday to say the least.
Lately I’ve been deep in thought with life. Life is so full of great moments. As cliché as that sounds, it is cliché because that’s just how I roll. This semester as flown by and I can’t even begin to describe how blurry everything seems. I don’t even remember what I had for lunch yesterday! After awhile, the days really do start to blur together with being so busy all the time. It’s discouraging at times, but it makes me appreciate those days when I can take a little break and relax. In high school that’s all I ever did. I never did homework and worked all the time. I sat at home in front of the TV being completely unproductive. I can’t say that now! I honestly don’t like watching TV anymore unless KU is playing. I rather be with people making memories.
Here at MNU I have gained so many great friends and made lasting relationships with people. At the beginning of the year I was so concerned about making friends: now I have too many to count! Plus I’m big on photo taking and love capturing moments I’ll never get back just like any other girl. I have been slacking this year with taking photos, but honestly it’s because I’m so busy all the time. I barely have time to even think. I wish I had a better memory and could remember each of them vividly, but that’s just not what God gifted me with. I will say, that the photo at the top of this post means so much to me. This little girl was shy at first, but once she opened up to me, friendship instantly ignited. I’ve only gotten to know her three Sundays, but if there’s one thing to know about kids, it’s that they steal your heart and never give it back. This girl stole mine and I don’t think I’ll be getting it back any time soon. I also work with kids at my off-campus job.
Here are some other memories I’d like to share:
I love children, and this girl can brighten any bad day
Love my job!
The picture explains itself
My mini me
Watched my beautiful friend play a fairy in A Midnight Summer’s Dream
We needed our chicken from Tipping Point
Trip to the mall
I was just telling my grandma yesterday how it feels like high school was a different lifetime. Let me explain. I never moved growing up so I was around the same people Kindergarten through Senior Year. It was all I’ve ever known. Coming here without knowing many people at all was a struggle. By the way, I taught my grandpa how to use the phrase “I’m driving/riding the struggle bus.” Anyway, since time has flown by, I feel like I’ve been in college longer than I truly have. High school faded like a dream. Then again, I may just have a terrible memory, which I’m pretty sure I do.
I may not be the best advice giver, but I really encourage taking every moment for what it is because you’ll never get them back. I’m still learning that myself so I’m not saying I’m perfect at it by any means. Plus with this weather, I don’t understand how you can’t admire the beauty of the outdoors.
I’m excited to mention that my next blog post will be from Colorado!! I’m going on a mission trip for Spring Break and not to make anyone jealous, but it’s in the mountains. God has amazing things planned for this trip and don’t worry, I’ll do better at taking pictures!!
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.
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.
Photo courtesy of Kara Stallings
Photo courtesy of Brady Braatz
Original version of cover photo courtesy of Amanda Doerhoff
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the past. Not just my past, but just “the past.” Times are rapidly changing as we are all aware of, but I think it’s healthy to take a moment to breathe and appreciate where we come from. As a student of MNU, I should probably know more about the history of MNU, but don’t you worry! I’ve done my research.
First off, a pioneer is someone who “is among the first to explore a new country or area” (Google’s definition). We have this phrase or motto which clarifies “We are NOT settlers, we are PIONEERS!” It’s pretty catchy if I do say so myself. My take on our motto is: we don’t settle for less, but we strive for greatness and look for all the possible opportunities in life.
Some guy a long, long time ago had this wild idea to start a school. I couldn’t find in my research but if I recall correctly, this guy was given loans from the Nazarene Church. They saw his passion and decided to help out. Then, in 1966, God said, “Let there be MidAmerica Nazarene. On top of a hill. In Kansas.” And at that time it wasn’t quite a University. All of the buildings that stand tall now weren’t always here obviously. I wish I could say when the dorms were built, but I’m not exactly sure.
In 1968, 263 students walked through the doors of MidAmerica. The president at the time was R. Curtis Smith. He seems like a pretty cool guy! He was the first of five total presidents that this school has seen. Our wonderful president now, Dr. David Spittal is doing a tremendous job of keeping this school on its feet and growing the people in it.
MNU was at one time called “MANC” which also stands for MidAmerica Nazarene College. My parents and grandparents still sometimes call it Manc and I have to ask them to say it again correctly. The “College” part of the name was replaced with “University” in 1977 because we’re just special like that.
With all this lovely information I have given you, there’s also a video to go along with it. As freshman we were shown this at the beginning of the year. It’s pretty cool and it’s short stay entertained for another minute or two!
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.
A poster that was taped on the inside of the door where I was worshipping. Love it.
I’ve been very busy lately, working on campaign materials and strategies for the on-campus ASG Executive Cabinet elections. I am running for Director of Social Life, and there have been many hours and staples put into the process.
I’ve made posters, logos, and promo cards for the campaign, and also done lots of planning for the campaign forum tomorrow evening. Elections are soon, and the entire process has been taxing but extremely fun.
The next (and almost last) thing left in the campaign is the election forum tomorrow evening. The forum is a chance for student to get to know the candidates and put names with faces ahead of the elections on Tuesday, the 24th.
Students will get to walk around the Tipping Point in Land Gym, and visit the booths of candidates running for various positions, and it should be an exciting time for both the students and the candidates.