Friday, July 27, 2012

Write about it!

I found this picture on Facebook from an author! I think it is appropriate! Sometimes, I try to talk through my feelings and thoughts, once in a while this works to help me sort through it out. But I have found it helps me a lot more when I write it down. I like to write down my thoughts, I like to work it out on paper, or in cyberspace - here on my blog. :)

Even when it comes to praying, I would rather write my prayers down. I keep a prayer journal and I find that it helps me to not be so distracted when I pray. Otherwise, when I pray, I feel like I pray in bits and pieces and my mind goes elsewhere. When I write down my prayers, I concentrate better on the One I am writing and talking to! 

While this blog may have a lot of random thoughts, I hope my musings will help you grow in Christ. Last night, I started thinking about the fact that people do read my blog and my writings. It shocks me. What do I have to say that anyone would want to read about? But then, it is not about me, it is about Him, Jesus Christ. Everything I do I want to be for His glory. I want His light to shine through me, so that you may see Him better. This is my prayer and hope. Thanks for reading!

Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.  

1 Corinthians 10:31
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fried Green Beans

Tonight my mom made fried green beans and also cheese curds! Below is a picture of the green beans! They were really tasty! 

Fried Green Beans

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Writing...a part of life - God's grace

There was a point, about the time I had 3 weeks of school left, that I thought maybe I would never want to write again. I have written soooo many papers over the past 4 years that I didn't feel like writing again. But now, having been done with school for almost a month, I feel like writing again! And I just want to write and write! The best part is I get to write about what I want to write about! Most of what I write is just musings, random thoughts, but I am glad I have a little bit of time here and there to write again.

Here is a story of God’s blessing and grace over the weekend:

Yesterday, my mom and I were on the way to a parade that we were supposed to be in. I was driving and my mom was is the passenger seat. We were about 15 minutes away from the town when a tire came off of a camper that was going the opposite direction. All of a sudden, the tire was flying straight at us. I didn’t know what to do. I started braking…There was nowhere to go. The tire was coming from the left and heading to the right of our car and there was a whole stream of cars in the other lane. The wheel hit our car first on the right front bumper and then went to the left of the hood and then came straight at me…hitting the windshield right in front of me…but it didn’t go through the glass. It bounced off and continued on. Thankfully, God protected not only me and my mom, but the rest of the people who were driving. No one was hurt! God covered us with His angels and kept us safe (We even made it to the parade, just before it started). My mom and I were shaken afterwards, thinking of all of the “what-ifs”. We could have been seriously injured or worse. Again, I am grateful to God and I am thankful to be alive! Thank you Father!

Psalm 56:4
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Good Old Puddleglum

“Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things—trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Supose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That’s why I’m going to stand by the play-world. I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia. So… we’re leaving your court at once and setting out in the dark to spend our lives looking for Overland. Not that our lives will be very long, I should think; but that’s small loss if the world’s as dull a place as you say.”

Puddleglum, the Marsh-wiggle from The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Blessings and Comfort

The past few days have been exhausting, utterly exhausting.It is not because I have run a marathon or have been working extremely hard. But instead, it is an emotional exhaustion. My grandpa is in the final stage of his life and our family has and is there for him. Today my mom and I spent most ofthe day with him. Getting home, I feel exhausted…from sitting all day... It seemsto me that emotional exhaustion is far more exhausting than the exhaustion thatcomes from physical exhaustion.
Even though I feel this heavy weight of emotion, I also feel blessed by the people in my life. I am thankful that our family is surroundingus and is there for my grandpa. I am thankful for the staff that is helping him. They are so kind and caring. I am thankful for my neighbor who is willing to open her house to my little sister. I am thankful for the people who have stepped up to help with the political campaign that I am helping on. Most of all, I am grateful to my Father in Heaven. I know He is there for us. No matterhow hard the situation is. He is there to guide us and comfort us.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear noevil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

[ Jesus Comforts His Disciples ] “Do not let your hearts betroubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me.

2Corinthians 1:3-6
New InternationalVersion 1984 (NIV1984)
TheGod of All Comfort
Praise be to the God and Father of ourLord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, whocomforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any troublewith the comfort we ourselves have received from God. Forjust as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also throughChrist our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is foryour comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, whichproduces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.

Monday, July 9, 2012


Monday Musing - 7/9/12 

I believe we should also set goals and dream about the future! It keeps us going!

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream".
C. S. Lewis

Saturday, July 7, 2012

College - Completed

The time I have been waiting for is finally here! Through the history of my blog here, I have given updates on my college adventures through CollegePlus! I finished CollegePlus! (the coaching) at the end of March. At that point, I had 2 more classes I needed to take and a science DANTE and a math course (ALEKS). A total of 12 credits. I had everything lined up and was ready to go. My courses ran 12 weeks, so my goal was to finish out my 2 classes and the other 6 credits before the end of June. I would then be able to apply for graduation by July 1, for the September graduation. The last 3 months flew by.

I planned on taking the science test towards the end of May. But...I didn't feel ready, so I put it off. Twice. I was looking into possible classes that I could take instead of the science test. While I was looking through the course list, I found a course that fit under the science requirement that was a computer course. I was reading the description and it was very similar to a course I had taken at a community college. At one point, I had asked that it be added to my general education credits, but at that point, the college had said it wouldn't work there. I asked the college again about this course and showed them the course description to the class that I had taken and sure enough they were able to switch the credits around. This made it so that I would no longer have to take the additional credits. I am thankful to God that He gave me the idea and made it possible for me use the credits I had already earned. He also made it so I didn't have to take the test I wasn't ready for. Praise the Lord! All the glory to Him!

With the science credits out of the way and almost being done with my classes, I had just one more hurdle to get over. Math. I have never been great at math. I would much rather write... So I wasn't getting my self-study math course done (it is a pay-by-the-month course). So I decided I would retake the College Math CLEP, which I had missed by just one point last time. Passing score is 50. Last time I got a 49. It was hard to miss by 1 point. This time, my mom suggested I try a tutor. So I did and was really helped by this. I felt much more encouraged after I went to the tutor. As a back-up, I did register for a math course just in case I didn't pass the test. I am very happy to announce that I did indeed pass the Math CLEP with a 56! Not only did I pass, but I got a much higher score than last time. I am very grateful to my tutor for helping me out and being willing to spend time working through the practice tests with me! Again, I give the glory to God. Without Him, I would not have been able to do.

At this point, I had finished up my courses and was now able to send in my application for graduation since I passed the CLEP! So I over-nighted my application to the college and I have now heard that they have received it. While I have not officially graduated, I am done with all my college credits! I am so happy and glad to have completed the credits I need. The college will now review all of the credits and such, but everything looks like it is good to go!

So yes! I have completed college!!! That season is over. I know God has great plans for me and I have confidence that He will guide me in this new season.

Thanks for all of your prayers throughout this season of my life!

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven...
Ecclesiastes 3:1

P.S. I will let you know when it is all official!!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Consider your calling...

These verses show that God uses us all, just as we are, for His glory! Our weakness demonstrates His power! We are to boast in Him!

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."

1 Corinthians 1:25-31 ESV

Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday Musing- Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren


"Why do you run after illusions? Know that the Lord has done marvelous things for those He has chosen. When I call upon the Lord, He will hear me.”

"...about living at peace with God—and what he really meant by that. It meant not living bent over by the weight of what might have been, what was supposed to have been. Not living with the burden of what had been lost, what had gone wrong, or what we’d done wrong—but rather standing straight, knowing that God still walked before us, beside us, behind us. With us. Through it all. That Christ had made right all that was wrong. Forever and always."

"Because if there was one thing I’d come to understand, it was that life was never a guarantee. It was only a daily gift."

Glamorous Illusions: A Novel (Convenant)
by Lisa T. Bergren