Sunday, October 13, 2013

soul anchor


"We are so sure of what we're waiting for 
and certain of the things we do not see. 
For we are told by the One who cannot lie, 
and in this hope is our security."

Friday, September 27, 2013

no compromise.

In just one month, I've learned that attending a liberal, public college is quite an adventure. I've already met a very diverse group of students and professors, and I love it. I come from a school setting where I was surrounded by very like-minded people. At college, I'm not. My faith and beliefs are being put to work. The campus ministry I'm involved with has been a great place to go and spend time with like-minded people, but God's family is a diverse one too and it has been a blessing meeting so many different people. 

I wanted to share something that's been going through my mind this week. As a freshman, I've been required to read and study a very controversial book that I have both religious and non-religious issues with. I have come to the point where I have three methods of operation: saying something and standing up for what I hold as true and right, saying what someone else wants to hear for the sake of a grade, and saying nothing at all. I know I should live out the love of Christ and be respectful of others without compromising my own beliefs. But how? 

It's a sticky situation and I will never be able to navigate it on my own. But God will be my guiding light- the answer I need. I encourage you to trust in Him because no matter what situation you are in, He knows the way and will carry you through.

"No Compromise is what the Gospel of Jesus is about. For I tell you, 'No man can serve two masters...' Believers today seem to be trying to please both the world and the Lord- which is an impossible thing. When people are far more concerned about offending their friends than offending God, there is only one answer. Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him!" - Keith Green


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

the coffee shop affect


'I don't want to be alone, I want to be left alone.' -Audrey Hepburn




The thing about coffee shops is that you actually can be left alone without being alone. And if you decide you don't want to be left alone, you can always have a conversation with a stranger.  The coffee shop is a place of inspiration, relaxation, and appreciation. Go find a coffee shop you love (or a few) ((starbucks does not count)) and go there often.  Get to know people.  Observe people.  Enjoy people.

It does us good to slow down, to put ourselves in another person's shoes for a moment, to enjoy the little things we so often take for granted. We gain a clear mind, a caring heart, and a thankful soul.



*Photo taken at OpenRoad Coffee in Tryon, NC.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

nostalgia.


nos•tal•gia 

noun
a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations





High school, you were a challenge.  But you were a necessary challenge.  I've grown a lot in the past four years and wouldn't change anything about them.  God used you to teach me in so many ways, both in and out of the classroom.

You introduced me to some of my dearest friends and I am tremendously thankful for them.  Lord-willing, we will be able to keep in touch as we all move on to these next stages of life.

You provided some of the best teachers ever.  My parents and many other wonderful men and women have taught me so much more than a textbook could ever teach.  What a special gift it has been to be educated the way I've been educated.  (Thanks, Mom and Dad.)

You were not perfect.  There were some days filled with struggle and disappointment, but there were days with joy and accomplishment too.  As I said earlier, I would not change anything about you.  The trials I faced were hard, but they were the moments when I grew the most.  I know these difficulties don't end with highschool...  But I've learned to trust God through it all because He is in control, not me.

High school, you've been great but the time has come where I bid you farewell.  I hope you impact others the way you've impacted me.

College, here I come.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

the tale of Ferdinand the moose

{this was written late one night  when I couldn't sleep. it turned out decent, so I decided to publish it. enjoy.}

Once upon a time there lived a moose named Ferdinand Herbert Wentworth, but everyone called him Ferdinand. Ferdinand used to have many things- friends, money and family. After a rough couple of years, it all disappeared and Ferdinand was left to fend for himself. You may not know, but life as a moose is difficult. Ferdinand became a very grumpy and unpleasant moose, and he lived in an abandoned train car. He kept his very few moosenal belongings in there, including his phone and his latest edition of National Geographic.

Friday, February 8, 2013

shooting with {very} expired film.

I went to an estate sale in the neighborhood a few weeks ago, and I stumbled across some old film. It expired in 1991 and 1992, so I had no clue if it would be any good. I ended up getting eight rolls just to see what happened. They didn't cost much, so if it didn't work it wouldn't be a huge loss. But if they did show up, they'd probably look pretty cool.

I shot two of those rolls a few weeks ago. One was Kodak and the other was K-Mart brand. I clearly had higher hopes for the Kodak roll, obviously. I read a little about using expired film, so I tried a few things like keeping the shutter open longer, or using a bigger aperture than usual. I was surprised (but happy) that many pictures came out.

These were Kodak:


 

Monday, February 4, 2013

words for Monday.

I've just finished reading through Ecclesiastes, and I came across this verse:

If the anger of the ruler rises against you, 
do not leave your place, 
for calmness will lay great offenses to rest. 
-Ecclesiastes 10:4


I believe the last part of this verse is applicable even in situations unrelated to government issues. "Calmness will lay great offenses to rest."  Please remember that. Our sin has offended more than we ever could imagine, but God forgave us. Jesus died for us. The least we can do is be forgiving and patient with others despite the offense. Be calm, be humble, stand for what is right, and do not be irrational


This life is not about you, it's about Him.