Friday, January 21, 2011

I love snow days

I have successfully completed my first week of classes! During the week I would normally have to go to class 12 times, but this week I only had to go 7 times! We didn't have classes on Monday due to MLK day and yesterday there was a SNOW DAY!

I love snow. Seriously. I really hate being cold, but somehow snow seems to make up for the cold. I got to go sledding yesterday afternoon with a ton of my favorite people and it was awesome. For those of you out there who don't have good sleds you can always use a laundry basket. True story, it works well. After sledding I spent the rest of the day inside a dorm getting warm and enjoying spending time with friends.

This semester should be an interesting one. While I don't think any of my classes will be particularly challenging (knock on wood) I don't think they'll be stimulating either. I just have to remember that I need these classes in order to take ones that are for my major. Motivation will be essential to my academic success this semester.

Lately I've been learning about what it means to take rest in the Lord. So often I just read my Bible and pray without ever really spending the quality time that I need with God. This week though I got a huge wake-up call and God got my attention. On Wednesday afternoon I got off campus for a little while which was extremely refreshing. I drove up to this area that overlooks Fayetteville, and it's gorgeous. On the hill there is this giant cross and I knew that the Lord was definitely around. I sat on top of my car, read my Bible, prayed, watched the sunset, and spent some much needed time while the Lord. The only thing I really prayed was Acts 1:8 over and over which says "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
This particular verse has been on my heart over the past few weeks and it was nice to take time and reflect on it's meaning in God's presence.

My prayer for this semester is Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." I love that I serve a God that wants to take my pain and burdens from me so I don't have to dwell on them. He wants me to find rest in Him. How cool is that?

Happy Friday everyone!

Friday, January 14, 2011

New year, new goal?

So, lately I have really been into reading other people's blogs so I figured I should probably update mine. My goal much like my good friend Sarah's is going to be to at least update my blog once a week. I think that's doable, I like to think I have plenty to report even if it's just school and such.

I wanted to reflect back on 2010 and see what were the highlights!

Wonderful things that happened in 2010:
-Successfully finished my freshman year of college!
-Made some amazing friends at the University of Arkansas
-Went on vacation with the fam to South Carolina
-Worked at K-Kauai and met some truly amazing people
-Rangers went to the World Series!
-My Arkansas Razorbacks made it to their first BCS bowl, they lost but that's okay.
-I got to serve as activities head for my sorority
-Learned some pretty cool new things about Jesus, which I always love
-My aunt got married in March! So happy for her, and I love my new uncle.
-Went on a cruise to the Caribbean with my Dad's side of the family
-Got my scuba diving certification

Challenges of 2010:
-My first semester of freshman year......2.69 GPA, not my best work.
-My heart was wounded a few times due to the wonderful male gender. It's okay though! Getting you heart broken makes you learn a lot of new stuff about yourself.
-Finally becoming content with going to school in Fayetteville

Things I'm looking forward to in 2011:
-Growing stronger in my faith and walk with the Lord
-Completing my sophomore year of college
-Hopefully moving out of the dorms for good
-Working at K-Kauai for another summer

All in all my 2010 has been amazing. I've gotten some bumps and bruises, but the good has definitely outweighed the bad. I am so blessed and the Lord continues to show me how much each and every day.

Happy 2011!