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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Home again...

Here I am...home with my fambly!  :)  I've missed this place!  Not very much has changed...which is nice on my eyes :)  Only a couple things have been rearranged, but I can deal with that :D  My desk and room are both still clean!!  (well...my room not so much now because all my stuff is littering the floor!)

I have minimal homework over the weekend, which is nice...and also needs to get started :P  But it'll get done.  :D

I'll get to see a few of my friends over the weekend which really will make the weekend even better!

I have to admit that my stomach isn't too happy though...after getting used to mass-produced college food, having more carefully cooked real food at home has confused it and made it not react the best.  :-/  But the food here at home is STILL the best!! :D

I made a surprise appearance at my youth group which was amazing!  Their reaction was the best! :P  My best friend Jenny jumped me, screaming my name.  I had an awesome time seeing my youth group peeps!!!

It's gonna be sort of hard to leave, but I'm not that far away, and I'll be back for a wedding next week, so it'll be like I never left!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

FALL BREAK!!

HalleLUJah!!  Fall break is HERE!!! :D  I love school, honest I do! :P  But I really want to be home and see my parents, family, friends, and pets!!   I even miss Chobo's claws slicing through my flesh! :P  (But don't tell her that...I don't want her to get the wrong idea...)

Plans?  Hang out with friends and family, do some homework (I have assignments over the weekend -_-), and get my violin checked up! :)  This is going to be a good weekend!!!

I know that this isn't a very fascinating or interesting blog entry, so I apologize, but I don't know what all to say here!

OMGOSH JOHN FARNAM!!!  His song "You're the Voice" has got to be one of the BEST songs in the world!!!  I love it!!!

Okay, nerd moment over?  Nawww, I live in nerd moments...and this is getting waaaaay too random...but then again, that's part of why you read this blog isn't it? ;P

Matthew 5:48

"Therefore be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect."  Now, we've heard this verse, say, a thousand times!  And every time we're slightly discouraged...we're HUMAN!  We CAN'T be perfect on this earth no matter how hard we try!  (And to me, it feels like sometimes when we try too hard we mess up even more.)

But a couple days ago in chapel, Dr. Mark Fuller, a pastor at a Nazarene church in Ohio, spoke to us on this one verse, and the things that he discovered once digging deeper that make this verse more applicable to our human lives.  Sounds crazy right?  Just stick with me and you'll see where this goes...and it will blow your mind!

Dr. Fuller presented to us in chapel the the Greek word for "perfect" is "telios".  It means, to complete, fulfill, accomplish, or make mature.  When Jesus was on the cross and yelled, "It is finished!", that was the same word, telios.  Finished...telios...perfect...what???

"If something is fulfilling it's created purpose, it is perfect!"  To illustrate this point, Dr. Fuller brought up our vice president, Dr. Newmire.  Dr. Fuller handed him a brand new baseball glove and they tossed a ball back and forth.  Dr. Fuller's baseball glove was well worn and fit his hand perfectly.  But both gloves fulfilled their purposes: to catch the ball that was thrown at them.  Therefore, both gloves were "perfect".

It sounds bizarre doesn't?  But it also makes sense...oh the wonderful almost-confusingness of Scripture.........

To live a perfect life is to live a life of single-mindedness.  Philippians 3:7,8 say "But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ..."  In these verses, Paul is basically telling us to know our purpose and to put EVERY FIBER OF OUR BEING into it!!

This is what it means to be perfect.

Sounds less daunting doesn't it?