Happy Blog-iversary!

Today is the second birthday of this very blog. That’s something worth celebrating! This has definitely been a trying year, but it’s been really cool to experience growth and joy through that pain.  God is cool.

Since I haven’t really been on here in awhile, I thought I would catch you up-to-date.

  • I’m almost officially a senior in college (hooray, almost true adulthood)
  • I have an awesome new job, full of working, but mostly life chats and candy
  • Stress is a real thing in my life (and if it isn’t in yours, please give me your secret to success)
  • I watched three documentaries over the weekend (SuperheroesSaturday Night, and For the Bible Tells Me So [Check them out!])
  • I now own a Christmas cactus named Sanjaya
  • I also own a beautiful 1999 Ford Taurus with hail damage (hail, yes.) named Ruby
  • My life is busy, but beautiful

God is working actively in my life right at this moment, and though I’m outlandishly busy and stressed, it rocks that my God is there every step of the way with me.

I hope your life is less stressful but just as beautiful as mine has been lately.

Love,

Paige

Philippians 4:4-6 “Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, rejoice.  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.  The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

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Learning is Beautiful

Well, I’m two tests away from the end of my second year of college.  You know what I’ve learned? Nothing crucial.  Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But Paige, how is this possible with nearly 70 hours of credit under your belt?” Here’s the thing…I don’t really think I’ve learned anything that is applicable to the real world. 

Here’s some things I have learned:

I have a lot of passions. I love doing a lot of things, and I do it because it makes me feel good.  I play music, relishing in the fact that God gave me this amazing gift that shouldn’t go to waste.  I like to read, exploring the works of fiction and nonfiction works-blogs included. I love people, learning new quirks and facts I wouldn’t know from looking at them.  I like to tell people about Jesus, through my words or actions. 

I have a lot of passion. I throw myself into my work, school, friends, anything that I can because I know people can see my passion and love through that. 

I have a lot of aspirations. I want to travel, for fun or for missions-doesn’t matter, it’s practically the same thing.  I want to own a business in the near future-who knows?  I want to create and be creative (thank you, Pinterest!). 

I have a lot of strength. I’ve had a lot of negative things in my life, but God has given me strength to get through it (Philippians 4:13).  There’s a certain peace that doesn’t come from just anywhere when you’ve been through things I’ve been through.  Life is extremely tough, but God has planned out everything according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). 

These are just a couple of the things I’ve learned these past two years.  Thanks for keeping up with this wild ride that is life.

Love,

Paige

Romans 15:13- “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

In It To Win It

IMG_20130828_215324Hey there, dear readers! I hope your Labor Day is as chill as mine is so far! Today I want to dedicate this blog to the 27 million people in slavery right now.

People don’t realize how prevalent slavery is in the world today.  There are approximately 27 million people in slavery right at this very moment, which is more than any other time in history. (1)   The United States Department of Justice website has this about human trafficking:

 “Contrary to some misconceptions, human trafficking crimes do not require any

smuggling or movement of the victim. While undocumented migrants can be

particularly vulnerable to coercion because of their fear of authorities, traffickers

have demonstrated their ability to exploit other vulnerable populations and have

preyed just as aggressively on documented guest workers and U.S. citizen children.

Indeed, because of the vulnerability of minors, where minors are offered for

commercial sex the statutes do not require proof of force, fraud, or coercion.” (2)

International Justice Mission has been fighting against modern day slavery since 1997, and they aren’t stopping anytime soon.  Slavery is happening in our backyard as well as foreign countries like Moldova and Bolivia. (3)

It’s so amazing that I actually get to be a part of this organization.  My school just started it’s own chapter literally a week ago, and I get to be on the board.  I’m the campus chapter fundraising and special events coordinator for our organization, which is such a blessing because I get to be one of the people raising awareness and raising funds for such a rampant issue. (4)  If you want more information, check out ijm.org.  That’s the official website for IJM, and I really encourage you to explore that website, dig deeper into what human trafficking is, and to see for yourself how extreme this issue really is.  Here’s a short clip, just giving an introduction to IJM and what it stands for.  Anyway, I hope you have learned a little bit about what we stand for and why we stand up against injustice.

Love,

Paige

Job 19:25-“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.”

SOURCES and RESOURCES:

1. http://ijm.org/our-work/injustice-today

2. http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/crm/htpu.php

3. http://www.kansascity.com/trafficking/

4. http://ijm-ucmo.webs.com/

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.'”

Easter: Not All About Bunnies

Happy Easter, everyone!

I know I’ve been loading you up with video after video, but I had Blogger’s Block (trust me, it’s a real thing!).

This week has been a really cool experience for me.  Since it’s been the week leading up to Easter, the Christian organization I’m involved in has really pumped it up.  On Tuesday we read through the entire gospel of John.  That was such a cool experience for me because I had never just sat down and read through the story of Jesus.  We all read it out loud, one chapter at a time, as a community.  I heard things that I had never really realized.

Thursday we did something a little, well a lot, different from the normal church service.  We had a Jewish Seder, which is an order of celebrations…a meal.  We had different herbs, greens, breads, and juices to eat in a certain order.  There was different kinds of music, speaking, prayers…it was such a cool experience.

On Friday, a lot of us got together to have a meal with each other.  It was sort of to symbolize the Last Supper.  We then watched “The Passion” together.  I had never seen it before.  It was so good to see, especially right before Easter.  It was so real; I couldn’t stand to watch some of it.  It really wrapped this week up nicely.

I can’t wait until Sunday when we celebrate together with all of our churches everywhere.

Love,

Paige

John 13:14-“And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet.”

FINALLY!

Welp, it’s finals week.  And it’s pretty crazy around campus.  Everyone is in the library, drinking Einstein’s coffee, hunched over their books and laptops trying to cram the last ounce of information into their already filled brains.  I’m pretty lucky this semester, with only three real finals in a few gen-eds.

I’m so glad it’s finally finals week! Five months of prepping for this last week of the semester where it comes down to one test.  I always remember when I take exams Philippians 4:13-“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I try to keep this in mind when the stress of studying, cramming, studying some more, freaking out about failing (which I know won’t happen).

This semester has been such a blessing to me through everything I’ve done.  I’m so glad I got to know the people I did, and I can’t wait to see what next semester has in store for me! Some goals I have for myself next semester:

  • Be more open. I want to be able to introduce myself to people who are in the same shoes I was in at the beginning of semester. I have a really hard time with that, which is kind of weird for people who know me to believe. But, I want to get to know so many more people next semester!
  • Read more consistently. I want to read the Bible cover to cover, and I’m half way there! I just want to push myself to read it more consistently everyday, along with other leisure reading materials.
  • Stop procrastinating! I seriously procrastinate so much. You wouldn’t believe it if you met me and read my essays and homework, but I procrastinate more than the rest of ’em.  I’m going to try to quit doing that!!!!

Well, good luck with finals, everyone! Keep cramming, and I’ll keep studying for those finals, too! God bless,

Paige

Exodus 15:2-“The LORD is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.