Be honest, when have you ever been happy to be corrected? Often we are discouraged and we feel rebellious. Yet, the results of correction is well worth the frustration if we learn our lesson. Consider being grateful the next time you are corrected. Choose to have a good attitude from the beginning 🙂 […]
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This College Freshman is officially a Sophmore!!! 😀 Goodbye final exams!!! Hello #MyTime 😀
#TheTruthAboutUM ❤ It’s a #GreatSchool!!! 🙂 You just have to know the right people, go to #OfficeHours…. and the list goes on and on ^_^
Brandon, my soul is alive!!! How about yours? lol I finished my exam at exactly 12:09 pm (26seconds :p ) so how about that!!! 🙂 #TakeAdvantageOfYourTestTime #YouPayForYourClasses ^_^ “Still That Girl” ~ #SayIt #Britt Nicole
“People are ridiculous.” -Jack, from my anthropology class. He said this to me while we were discussing culture in class, particularly American culture. We were both shocked that people rarely talk to each other on the buses that run you from the main campus over to the community college campus. If you know me then you understand that I’m a talkative person, I’m probably teased about this more than anything else.
Just to make sure you believe me I’ll tell you what a friend did to me once!
So it’s pretty believable that I find it easy to chat with the person next to me on the bus, it is very rare that I instead read something or just let my thoughts take a journey while I travel back and forth between campuses nearly every day. Today’s conversation was especially enjoyable!
I asked Dylan, my bus driver, a question and we got to talking fairly easily. When I asked him what he was studying he told me that he is currently in the pre-nursing program. He is a very friendly guy so I figured I knew the answer to my next question, but I wanted to hear his answer of course. “What piqued your interest in that?”
He told me with a smile on his face how he enjoys helping people and is fascinated by the human body’s forms and functions. We relate to each other on the compassionate front and I told him I would probably enjoy nursing for that reason if I had a more scientific brain. This led him to ask what I’m studying, photojournalism is my college pursuit! 🙂
It turns out that he enjoys photography as a hobby and we started chatting about this, it was fun! I learned of some useful resources that I want to check into. If you ask me, Dylan genuinely enjoyed having some conversation in his repetitive work routine.
Now I’m not claiming that I made his day or anything, but it was pretty nice to enjoy one of the greatest benefits of living in Montana which is making new friends practically all the time! Knowing that someone is interested to hear what you have to say always boosts my mood, and I hope it did the same for him.
We live in a fast paced world, it seems like we’re always watching the clock in a hurry to get to our next event. When we see a yellow light we don’t always slow down, instead it seems to be a challenge to get to the other side as though the road will cease to exist if you don’t make it in time! How silly is this…! Take the advice of a traffic light, slow down and breathe; maybe say hi to the person next to you!
My encounter today has me appreciating my fellow human beings a little bit more than when I woke up today. We are all looking for a friend, someone to share life with, someone to appreciate, and be appreciated in return. Life would be dull and meaningless if we did not maintain relationships that benefit those around us. Live your life with purpose. Something as simple as a smile and, “Have a great day!” can keep someone motivated to climb out of bed each day.
You can take it or leave it, but I have the strong opinion that we should be friendly toward each other to keep the value of our lives strong. No one likes a superficial interaction, but to see that a stranger or friend genuinely cares about your wellbeing is a great blessing. Please, don’t be one of those ridiculous people that Jack talks about. Go out and make a difference in someone’s life today, you won’t be sorry. 🙂
Let the journey continue,
: the quality or state of being free: as : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action
: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action
: liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another : independence
How many of you are parents? Or perhaps and older sibling? Maybe you’ve babysat? Have you ever given a child freedom to do as they wish for special circumstances and they just blow it? “Go ahead and color while I go blow dry my hair. Keep the markers on the table please.” When you come back not only is your table covered in an adorable landscape, but your wall has a family of four on their way to a picnic. Everything in you just tenses up because that child abused their freedom graciously given…
Unlike this adorable example of a mistake, our mistakes cut much deeper. God is our Father who has given us complete freedom, imagine His pain when we abuse that freedom. Again and again we willingly choose the wrong option. It grieves God’s heart…
That at is why He sent Jesus to give us the free gift of eternal forgiveness. Lean on His grace and let it guide your decisions. Don’t take God’s grace and walk all over it, treasure that gift and praise God through your life.
Let the journey continue friends,
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
I Corinthians 13:4-7 NKJV
How many of you love someone that has trusted you with a confession of sin? That surely takes a lot of trust and vulnerability. I have gained this level of trust and handled it very poorly, so if you thought I was patting myself on the back make sure you caught the part where I admitted handling the situation poorly.
“I forgive you,” are very powerful words not to be taken lightly. There are people I have forgiven so strongly that I hardly ever thought of their past sin unless conversation naturally brought it up. On the other hand I have forgiven those same people halfheartedly. Apparently it’s possible and I was ashamed to discover my capability to do this.
What exactly do I mean by halfhearted forgiveness? I mean that I kept a record of wrongs against my loved one, as this version puts it I thought evil. Pretty harsh huh? Well keeping a record of wrongs is keeping track of evil committed and it is withholding forgiveness, that’s the harsh truth.
When God convicted me of this I felt so ashamed. I realized I was withholding forgiveness, thinking lowly of my loved one, and I needed to ask for their forgiveness.
What peace I have found! Extending forgiveness fully cleared all my bitterness and erased the list of wrongs I kept during the confession. I was humbled realizing I had my own wrongs to confess… I have seen a beautiful picture of redemption yet again in my very own life and the lives of those around me!
Finally I leave you with this. If God’s love is unconditional enough to never keep a record of wrongs against His very own children, what gives you and I the supposed right to halfheartedly forgive our friends and family? If we are called to imitate Christ, which we are, shouldn’t our love be unconditional and our forgiveness complete?
Okay, I’m going to be cheesy for just a minute! Who has seen Drew Barymore’s movie Never Been Kissed?
It’s definitely a #ChickFlick that I don’t tire of! Maybe it’s because I can really relate to the concept!
To keep things real, I have something to tell you! I have never been kissed. Nineteen years old and my first kiss is still mine to give to the right man on one particular day in my future. I’m saving my first kiss to share with my husband (whoever he is 😉 ) on our wedding day!
Weird right? Now let me be honest, it’s a decision that I made without fully understanding. I was twelve when I decided it was something I wanted to do, seven years later I am so glad I made that choice! To many of you reading this, especially if you’re a teenager you probably think it’s really dumb to not kiss before you’re married. It’s odd for sure, and I don’t blame you if you’re rolling your eyes at me thinking I’m such a prude… Could you hear me out before you write me off?
Kissing is a really awesome thing, and so is sex for that matter. Neither topic is taboo in my life, in fact I think it’s really amazing that God created such ways for a man and woman to express their love for each other in a unique and intimate fashion. So if you were thinking I’m a prude, you can go ahead and lay that idea to rest 🙂
“That kiss!” I know we all have our daydreams about that spectacular kiss worthy of being in a romance film. We want fireworks, butterflies, a crowd cheering… we want it all! We see sweet historical kisses and we get all giddy thinking about when it will be our turn to have a kiss like that. A legendary kiss…
Nowadays it is so common to see our friends plastered all over social media smooching their significant others, it’s the norm right? It’s pretty easy to see those pix and wish we had that… or snap a selfie with our own significant other to post it so everyone will “Awww” their hearts out!
Well let me share what my I want a kiss like that! has been for so long…
These are my parents. Aren’t they cute? 🙂
This has been my example of what a kiss should be since I was just a wee little girl. It is totally normal to be cooking dinner and turn around to see my parents giggling and smooching like crazy! I can remember several times in middle school when I had friends over they would get all embarrassed. They would come and say things like, “Kasey I was just going to get some water and I couldn’t… Your parents are kissing in the kitchen!!” I’d simply look at them all confused that it threw them off, and they’d look at me like my parents were freaks of nature. Oh the ways twelve year olds communicate…
Watching mom and dad being affectionate with each other did get icky sometimes, but it was a sweet and normal part of life in the Shultz household! Even as a kid I appreciated that scenes like the one from Princess Diaries weren’t my primary kiss influencers
I was able to witness a couple who was dedicated to one another express their love in the sweetest and purest of ways. When mom encouraged me as a kid to plan on waiting for my first kiss until I was at least engaged, she talked to me about how meaningful a kiss with commitment would be. Around the same time I think my dad was sharing how a couple we knew at church didn’t kiss until their wedding day. I thought that was an awesome idea! Watching how special it was for my parents to kiss really inspired me to make a dedicated decision to have kissing mean that much to me. A really big part of why I didn’t want to kiss until I was married is because I didn’t want to share something so special with just any ole guy that might not appreciate me, or value a kiss in the way I do. To put it in Drew Barymore’s words…
So there I decided it, I wouldn’t be kissed until I was a Mrs… Somebody 😉
Fast-forward a little and I had my first boyfriend (against my family’s rules mind you, not a good thing) and I realized how ridiculously hard it was to resist the urge to kiss! While hugging him one night I saw the perfect opportunity to just get a little taste… I wouldn’t “really” kiss him, just a little kiss on his neck while I left the hug. No harm there right? Innocent enough, right? Wrong… I opened up the door to get a taste of a treat that I only wanted to look at until I could unashamedly savor all of the sweetness. Here I had this beautiful treat sitting before me and I didn’t have the patience to keep it wholesome. I took nibble after nibble and shared it with him until it was tarnished more than enough for it to hurt. No, we never kissed on the lips… But I was nearly there. I joke that my braces were the only thing that was really holding me back at the time… Who wants to kiss metal mouth right?
Well believe me you can avoid locking lips and still pack a whole lot into a kiss on the cheek, neck, forehead, nose, hand, wrist, shoulder, gosh…did we find ways to let me keep my first kiss but still walk in sin.
Please, don’t take me wrong way… I don’t believe that a kiss in and of itself is sinful. Where I was at in life, and our intentions behind each “little” kiss is what was sinful. Our relationship was rooted in sin and we interacted as much as possible in secret. I felt pretty defiled by those kisses, and I was disappointed in myself for each nibble at my precious treat. Breaking free of that relationship gave me a whole new perspective on kissing… I learned a lot about how tempting it really is to enjoy a kiss in ways I shouldn’t, and in ways that a fifteen year old daughter of the King should not participate in.
Now here I am nineteen years old and in a relationship with a super sweet gentleman. When we agreed to enter into a relationship together we spent a good deal of time talking about the physical boundaries we would like to set up. On our first date I had asked Davy if he would be willing to not kiss me, he knew about my decision before our date and I wanted to be certain that he would support me in my dedication to purity in our actions together. He told me, “I would feel awful if we kissed.” hehe 🙂 It’s every girl’s dream to hear those words, right?! Well I was delighted to hear that as we talked near a beautiful waterfall 🙂 It was exciting and reassuring to know that I wouldn’t have to fight to keep my first kiss!
We agreed that the only kisses we would share as a dating couple would be atop our heads, and I told him he may kiss my hand in the way a gentleman would a lady. When I was telling one of his best friend’s about our kissing boundaries I said something like, “He can kiss me on the top of my head, because hair is a nice barrier! And he can kiss my hand.” Joe even cared enough to make sure that when I said “hand” meant the back of my hand in a respectful way, because it’s too easy to get sensual if you’re not careful. My dad posted a picture on Facebook awhile ago that pretty accurately sums up my reason for requesting that Davy keep his kisses on my head:
Let me tell you, it is incredible to have a man value purity and respect me so much that he sweetly and tenderly kisses me upon the crown of my head in complete innocence. A kiss such as this doesn’t beg for anything in return… It purely says “I love you, I respect you, and I am content,” it’s the coolest thing ever! And this is kinda silly… but because I’m shorter than him I have less opportunity to kiss his head (it’s kind tricky to go from 5’5 to 6’3 on my tippy toes!) Girls, it makes my decision to kiss Davy’s head that much more special because the opportunities are rare. I absolutely love it! Opportunities to go further than we ought to are not left and right… it’s a sweet and thought out decision each moment that we kiss each other.
I admit, not kissing until you’re married isn’t the right decision for every person, but it has been an incredible decision for me. Whether you’ve experienced your first kiss or not I encourage you to consider boundaries for yourself. You are precious and valuable, whether you’re a male or a female you are worth respect. The decision is yours if you’re going to act like a lady or a gentleman… I know dating and engaged couples who share kisses and walk in purity and self-control, I admire them for it. Consider for yourself the temptation that lies within a kiss… Consider the purpose of a kiss, consider the level of respect that can be shown within self-control. When Davy and I were discussing kissing the other day and I mentioned that it is a challenge to stay true to my commitment he reminded me how sweet it will be that my first kiss will be guilt free. Doesn’t that just sound grand?! A guilt free kiss…
Yeah, it’s tough to resist the desire to plant a kiss on a man’s lips when you love him… but boy is it precious to save that guilt free first kiss for my Mr. Future Husband 🙂 Unlike Drew Barymore I won’t be awaiting my man to arrive on a baseball field in front of hundreds of people to plant one on me… I’ll be approaching the man I’ll spend the rest of my life with, and we’ll share such a pure and beautiful kiss in front of our dearest friends and family; I am sure that will be legendary!
•the state or condition of people who are able to act and speak freely
•the power to do or choose what you want to
Personally when I read this verse I am reminded of how truly free I am because Christ died in my place and I chose to accept His gift of forgiveness. Thinking of all the physical agony and spiritual desperation He went through as He was beaten, mocked, and killed for me places the desire in my heart never to misuse my freedom again.
It is unfortunate that a state of entitlement has become so normal in our culture. We’ve lost sight of the fact that without Christ we are not free. Without Christ involved in our life we are still in bondage to sin, we are held captive to its control.
There is the exciting truth however that with Christ’s gift of salvation we are freed from the power of sin! When I think of liberty, that truth is what I think of. When I read this verse I am reminded that liberty does not entitle me to act poorly. In fact it’s the opposite. Liberty gives us the opportunity to live courageously and righteously!
Friends, please don’t misuse the liberty you have been called to in Christ. Don’t succumb to the works of the flesh. “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21 NKJV
I hope and pray that we all take this scripture to heart as well as take action in our lives. Let’s all serve each other through love.
P.S. If you’re comfortable sharing I would love to hear about ways that you choose to walk in Liberty well versus succumbing to your flesh. Comment below if you’re up for sharing!
Let the journey continue,