Big ‘Bucks

ImageAhh, Saturday…you are one of my favorite days of the week.  No school, no plans, no anything important. You are a chill, down-to-earth, beautiful, sun-filled day. Sincerely, The Entire World.

Okay, there’s my love letter to Saturday. I’m sitting in a Starbucks, feeling like a hipster, drinking a tall white chocolate mocha Frappuccino. I’m hanging out with some super cool people, discussing some of our opinions and beliefs. It’s so nice to get out of my little college town to go to the closest college town that has a Starbucks!

I’ve been really behind with my writing, school work, everything. I’m trying to find a job, trying to get through the next three weeks of school and still being involved with everything. It’s been a busy week!

I just want to leave you with some encouragement! School is almost out! Summer is coming! Make the most of it!!!!!

I love you all, and I pray for you all the time. Keep on keepin’ on, and I’ll do the same.

Love,

Paige

Mark 5:36- “Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.'”

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Stressed Out, Snowed In

Have you ever been so stressed out you never thought you would survive the week?  That was me this week, with three exams to study for, two major projects due, and some different study materials for a leadership community I’m involved in.  All I could think about was school; I’m pretty sure I only got about six hours of good sleep throughout the first three days of school.

Everything hit me hard all at the same time.  I was stressed and freaking out; nothing would help, not even a long nap…which always helps!   I crammed and shoved as much information as much as I could into my already full mind.  I wasn’t going to let my stress get the best of me, so I tried to make the best of a terrible situation.

After a week like I had, I wasn’t really looking forward to going to community groups on Tuesday.  It’s always loud and full of people, and I wasn’t feeling it.  I absolutely love going there, don’t get me wrong; I just didn’t feel like putting on a façade…I was going to have to act like I was totally okay, even when I just needed a nap and to finish my project due the next day.  Getting there and sitting down with some delicious tacos, I actually felt my stress melt away.  We watched some Youtube videos, laughed, and had a great time…and that was only dinner.

Getting into the study, though, I felt the stress come back.  I hadn’t caught up from the readings (which we were reading through 1 Samuel…I totally recommend it! [Okay, side note: over]).   Then, we started by going around and describing how we were feeling mentally, physically, and spiritually in one word each.  I said mentally exhausted, physically tired, and spiritually behind.  I seriously thought I would be the only one who felt that way.  To my acute surprise, nearly everyone felt something along the lines of what I had.  I was so nice to know I wasn’t alone.  Then, we listened to this amazing song that I totally needed to listen to: Slow Me Down by Robbie Seay Band…listen here: http://youtu.be/edlAfkVh-5I

If you can tell me that this doesn’t hit you somewhere, listen to it again…and again…and again.

A few of us ended up staying after and playing Taboo and Ping Pong, and it was so nice.  Even though I had a project due the next day, it was totally worth staying after and just hanging out.  I wasn’t worrying about what I was going to do for the project; I was just worrying about how to get my teammates to guess the words I was trying to have them guess!

Thursday morning at 6:49 a.m., I got the most glorious text a person in my fragile mental state could get: class was cancelled!  I almost did a happy dance, but I was so tired I went back to sleep! Well, first I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I did a sweet devotional (which I totally needed), and THEN proceeded to fall asleep.  I spent all day with one of my roommates, playing Mario, watching Harry Potter, and eating pancakes…all whilst lying around in our sweats.  It was awesome.

That night, I went to the BSU and got to worship with a fantastic group of people.  I even helped lay snow mortar for a wicked sweet snow fort.  That night, I received the second most glorious text: class was cancelled…again!  Man, I was getting lucky.  These thirteen inches of snow was a blessing in disguise!

Well, feel free to leave me what you did with your snow days if you had any!  I really am blessed by you guys, and I pray for you so often.

God bless,

Paige

Isaiah 41:10-“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

You Jealous?

Well, today is my birthday! I’ve been so blessed this past year, especially being in college.  I’ve been in this Bible study on Tuesdays with a group of great girls.

This week we talked about jealously, which was a super interesting concept on the take of Saul and David.  Saul was so jealous of David, which eventually led to Saul’s demise and David’s reign as king.  There are so many other stories in the Bible that revolve around jealousy.  Cain and Abel (Genesis 4), Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 37), and even the parable of the prodigal son and his brother (Luke 15:11-32).

To cope with jealousy (because we are all jealous at one point in time), remember that God is love and just and for us, not against us.  We need to be in the world and not of it (John 1:15).  Jealousy isn’t something that should burn inside of us because if we let it take hold of us it will destroy us.  Staying jealous keeps us feeling terrible.  We’re supposed to love our enemies as ourselves (Luke 6).

Stay humble and leave jealousy at the door and I’ll keep working on having grace about jealousy!

God bless,

Paige

Proverbs 27:4-“Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?”

Sick and Tired

No, seriously…that’s how I’ve felt all week.  I’m eating cough drops like they’re candy, and I’m pretty sure I’m about to OD on Ramen and crackers.  It’s just been one of those weeks where I just want to sleep all day, not move a muscle, and watch at least three movies a day.  That’s how it’s been for this week, but I know I’ll recover.

Instead, I’m just going to look forward to this weekend as much as possible…Acquire the Fire and the Superbowl. How great!

Well, short and sweet today because I’m exhausted. Stay away from people coughing and sneezing…like me! It’s flu season, yo. God bless,

Paige

Proverbs 18:14- “The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?”

This Is Only A Mountain

DSCN0110Man, oh man, it’s good to be back writing again.  I haven’t been on here for quite some time, but I think it’s perfectly acceptable with Christmas and whatnot.

Anyway, I spent January 2-6 in Colorado.  I was soaking in all the magnificent beauty of CO in a great lodge called Glen Eryie, or The Glen.  Like, there was a legit castle on the grounds…I’m just saying.  It was so beautiful.

I got to go with the BSU from my college, and it was such a great experience.  I really think it strengthened me as a Christian and as a college student.  I was blessed to be able to meet new people, explore my thoughts and doubts, and build a great community with people with whom I go to school.

I don’t want to blab on about what went down, but I think I must.  God always provides, which He definitely did on the way over.  Our bus was having major tire troubles, and we got stranded in Kansas for two hours longer than anyone wants to stay in Kansas (no offense, Kansas residences).  But, God got us there safe and sound, just a little late.

We got to hear some great speakers who were full of wisdom and strength, which was I think, just what I needed.  It was really awesome to get tips on how to strengthen devotional time with God, being made in His image, and different seminars like that.  I realized everyone is pretty much in the same boat I am with struggles and fears, and we are able to overcome it together.

We not only got to learn and absorb knowledge from so many great people, we got to go exploring as well.  I climbed a mountain! Well, a sort of mountain…it was really high up for me, okay?  I overcame a huge fear of mine by doing this and it was awe-inspiring.  And we got to go shopping, which is always a plus.

All-in-all, it was a fantastic trip and I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for me this coming semester. (Pictures to come!) God bless,

Paige

Ruth 1:16 ESV-“But Ruth said, ‘Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you.  For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge.  Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.’”