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What College Has Taught Me… (part II)

2. Step out of your comfort zone and share the gospel!!!

If I had to give you one piece of advice about college, and or life in general so far, it would be this.  We need to stop caring about what other people think, and start caring about their eternity a little more.  I know when I was in high school, I felt like I had to be this person that people wanted me to be.  Now, I didn’t necessarily become that person but I for sure shied away from who God wanted me to be.  I wasn’t as bold as I should have been, I didn’t have the courage I should of had.  But then this thing called graduation happens, and the reputation you’ve created for the past four years is now gone, you have a clean slate with new faces and new places.  In other words, you become a nobody.  Which honestly for me was kind of nice because I never really was “someone” to begin with.  I mean I guess you could say I was known by a decent handful of people in high school, but I was far from “popular.”

College has given me a new perspective on things.  I can’t live life worrying about what other people think, because 99% of the time no one is thinking anything, because 99% of the people in this world don’t give a crap about anyone else, therefore, why do we spend so much time worrying about it?  So lately nothing has stopped me from talking to random people in the store, or starting an awkward conversation with someone in my class inviting them to come to church with me.  If only I would have had that boldness in high school.

So if you are reading this and not yet in college, take this to heart now and start now.  You will be amazed at how your very own relationship with Christ will flourish from it, and how many souls you will win for Christ.  And if you are reading this and you are in college, it’s NEVER too late to start stepping out of your comfort zone and introduce people to our savior Jesus Christ.

Stay tuned for more on “What College Has Taught Me” blogs.  God Bless!!!

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What College Has Taught Me… (part I)

There is a countless list of things I have learned these past few months of living the college life.  Something tells me there are many more that I will be adding to that list.  College, is one of those things that you can’t really prepare for.  Yes, you can create good study habits in high school, and take challenging classes that push you to work a little harder.  While those things do help, I feel that college is one of those live and learn situations. It’s something you have to play with and figure out how to live this new life and juggle everything that comes with it.  In this post, there is one of the many things I have learned so far… (You may be seeing more of these as the school year goes on.)

  1.  Stay involved/connected but don’t get too busy.
    • It is so crazy the number of new opportunities that get thrown your way once you are a college student.  All of a sudden you are invited to this event and you are old enough to go to this function.  You have the option of rushing and joining a sorority or fraternity. You may be playing a sport or maybe you are in the marching band.  Maybe you have joined a club or organization. Along with all these options and many more that I didn’t mention you still have school and probably some type of job. Some of us put many hours into our school work and jobs outside of class throughout the week.
      • What I’ve learned: go to these things.  Get involved in something.  Find something that refreshes you from a long day in the office, or a crummy day at school. Notice how I said “something” and not EVERYTHING.  I’m not saying go to this and this and this, and make time for that and that and that.  However, I’m also not saying stay at or your dorm/apartment every night.  You must find a balance. Find some time to relax, rest and spend time in God’s word.  Let’s face it, life is hard and most of us suck at it, at least I know I do.  I need the Lord daily to help me face the things life throws at me.  Being busy leads to distractions which leads to not making time for things that are most important.  Someone once told me, BUSY stands for Being Under Satan’s Yoke…

So get connected, find new friends, HAVE FUN, but don’t weigh yourself down with things that don’t really matter, there is only so many hours in a day, how are you using yours?

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SuRpRiSe!!!

Over labor day weekend my family and I went up to Minnesota to surprise one of my older brothers at college.  He is a Junior at the the University of Northwestern at Saint Paul and plays football.  We don’t get to see him play very often, but try to make it to at least one game each year.

It was so hilarious.  When we got to his apartment Saturday morning, I woke him up and the look on his face was just priceless.  He had NO clue we were coming.  I think he thought he was dreaming at first because of the confusion on his face.

We went out to eat that morning to the Original Pancake House, which I “highly” recommend if you are ever in the cities.  It’s phenomenal!!  Later that night we went to his football game and watched him play a great game on the defensive line.  We are so proud of him and the young man he has become.  He makes his family proud that’s for sure.

On Sunday we tried to cram in as many things as we could.  We stated off by doing a few hours of shopping, which always puts a smile on my face, because lets face it, it’s my happy place.   We were planning on going to the zoo, but it was SO packed we thought we better move on to plan B.

Plan B was ride the Light Rail to the new Viking stadium.  If you aren’t familiar with what a light rail is, it’s basically like a subway but above ground.  We did lots of sight seeing and ended up at the Mall of America.  If you haven’t been there, it’s a MUST.  The environment is just really cool.  It’s something you just need to see at some point in your life.

Finally we rode the Light Rail back to our car, and then met up with some family.  We talked and enjoyed each other’s company.  We sure accomplished a lot in a few short days.  Thanking God for long weekends, safe travels and family.

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Need a Good Romance Novel?

Are you a reader? I guess the real question I should ask you is do you read romance novels?   If your answer was “yes” to that question than I have just the book for you!

I haven’t always been a huge reader. In all honesty, I feel that school ruined it for me.  I’m sure many of you would agree with me when I say that growing up I was always forced to read things that weren’t of interest to me.  You had to read because you knew that information was going to be on a test. You had to read because you never knew when your 3rd period english teacher was going to throw in a pop quiz over your assigned reading of Wuthering Heights the night before.  I don’t feel like I am in this boat alone.  However, as I continue to add years under my belt as time I’ve spent on earth, I have realized, I actually do like to read. In fact I LOVE to read when it’s something I am not FORCED to read to satisfy someones else’s agenda.

So with that being said I have really gotten into romance novels.  I am a big Karen Kingsbury fan, and have read many of her novels.  However, this summer I branched out and tried a new author and a new genre.  I am a sucker for change so this was a big step for me.

Instead of a fiction romance novel, I read a historical fiction romance novel.  Hahaha, most of you are thinking that’s hardly even a change, but I guess we can agree to disagree. Because let me tell you it was very different, and at first it really messed with my imagination.  I was so use to picturing things the only way I’d ever known them and seen them in my lifetime which would be with cars, phones and other forms of technology. I wasn’t use to having to picture carriages and horses as means of transportation, or gold as a form of currency.

So yes this little adventure out of my own happy place was different, but was amazing at the same time.  This venture out gave me my new favorite book and it’s called Redeeming Love, written by Francine Rivers.  Now go and read…and be forever changed.