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Some Nights I Stay Up Cashing in My Bad Luck

This summer, despite its rough start and rocky times where I was extremely lonely and unhappy (Though had I been focusing on God like I should have, I probably wouldn’t have felt any of that at all) has actually had some amazing times. I’ve had my summer Bible study each Tuesday night and our group from that have hung out every Friday night and it’s been incredible. We’ve had two amazing campfires and play in the river nights where we just hung out on a sandbar, cooked hot dogs and laid out under the stars really just taking in God’s beauty and getting to know each other. During study we’ve all grown closer in God and fellowship with each other and as I’ve written, I personally have gotten a lot out of it and a lot closer to God because of it.
This past weekend, Friday the 5 of us that were available went and got ice cream, played on a playground in a park and then Miranda, Geoff and I went to Miranda’s apartment to watch the Olympics (Which was the first time I’ve actually gotten to sit and watch any amount of them!). We had so much fun watching them together and commenting that Geoff, David (Another guy from Bible study) and I all got together Saturday night to watch them again. I will never not be amazed at how cool it is to watch an event that the whole world is a part of, it’s so awesome!
Last night was the last night of Bible study for me personally for the summer because I’m going home for a week starting tomorrow. It was a bittersweet time for me because I have really grown close to these people and I’ll miss the close-knit times we’ve had but I will definitely make time to get to know them all better. Last night our study was incredible as always, talking about not worrying and really bringing people into the kingdom of God! Afterwards, we sat around and talked for a while, eating chips and guacamole that one of the guys, Josh had brought and then Jake decided we should all go swimming. At first I protested, saying I needed to go to bed, that it was already 9:15 and I’d be tired at work this morning. Fortunately, they talked me out of my objections and though I didn’t swim because I didn’t have my swimsuit with me, Miranda, Jake, Geoff and I all went to the pool. (Jake and Geoff splashed around while Miranda and I sat and talked, it was lovely!) After the pool closed at 10, we all went to Austin and Amanda’s house (a young couple that helps lead our Navigators student ministry that are pretty much the sweetest people ever!) and just hung out talking and catching up. It was a really good night and though I got to bed way later than I usually do it was completely worth it. We laughed, poked fun at each other and giggled as Miranda accidentally fell in the pool and Geoff mocked me for my love of Dr Pepper, telling me it’s bad for me and I needed to run over a mile to work it off. When I objected saying it was the only thing (meaning food item) that I couldn’t give up, he immediately responded with, “YOU’RE WORSHIPING DR PEPPER! God should be the only thing you can’t give up! BIBLED! You’ve just been JESUSED!”
Things like that, ridiculous teasing and times of laughter are the reason this summer has turned out to be amazing. Those times with my new friends and the times I went on my own adventures, biking around, reading my Bible or another book in a coffee shop, sipping on coffee and enjoying my time and all my random photography adventures I went on.
I had my doubts throughout the summer and didn’t get as much out of it as I should have but you know what? As this summer nears the end, I’ve realized that I’ve grown so much in these past months and it has been one of the nicest summers of my life.
God is so good to me.
Hope ♥


Servants of God

Today I was sitting doing this weeks Bible study for my summer Bible study I’ve been attending. It was a good lesson this week, talking about not worrying about earthly things and with being concerned about bringing as many people as possible to the Kingdom of God. This was an especially good study for me I think because though I know I shouldn’t, I’m a worrier. I worry about money, school, my job, my family, my relationships with people and yes, I do often worry about bringing people to Christ. Out of all those things I worry about, only one of those actually matters in the scheme of things. I KNOW without a doubt that God is bigger than me and that He has an AMAZING plan and that I shouldn’t worry because those things will be taken care of. I’ve never been homeless, I’ve never been without food, I’ve always been loved by someone and with God, I’ve never even truly been alone. I know all these things but have a problem worrying anyways. That’s probably my number one struggle honestly, I’ve been working on it for a while but I keep worrying. Anyways, I’m working on that and I thought this study was cool because it was so close to home, bringing people to God is the only thing that matters and though I do strive for that, there is so much more I could be doing. I tell people about my faith when possible and I try to live it out but I know I could do more to go out of my way to let people know. This is eternity we’re talking about anyways, the only thing that matters! The salvation of people.
These are the things that mainly stuck out to me in this study but also, we had to read a passage from 1 Corinthians 9 that I thought was incredible, verses 16 & 17, “For preaching the Good News is not something I can boast about, I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn’t do it! If I were doing this of my own free will, then I would deserve payment. But God has chosen me and given me this sacred trust, I have no choice.” Like how incredible is that? Yes, some people might object to hearing that we’re servants for Christ but there is nothing to complain about, it’s not like we’re poor mistreated slaves, we are the family of God, we were CHOSEN and given God’s sacred trust. He has entrusted us to carry on His good work, to bring people to His Kingdom. He’s chosen US to represent Him, the King, Lord and Creator of everything.
And I think that’s pretty cool. :)
Hope ♥

An Adventure I Didn’t Mean to Have

Ok so after a week of living alone and pretty much hanging out by myself, last night I finally had the opportunity to go to a Bible study for those of us still in our college town for the summer, put on by my student ministry I attend during school. I was pretty excited about this, even though I don’t know any of the people attending, just because it gave me the opportunity to leave my apartment, fellowship with other believers and do something for a change. I looked up the instructions on how to get there and even though I hadn’t been there before decided to go for it and walk there because I don’t have a car. Normally I would have at least ridden my bike but my friend Jiayi, who was on my dorm floor with me this past year and is staying up here for the summer as well instead of going back to his home in China, wanted to go with me and he doesn’t have a bike. That being said, he came over about an hour before Bible study and we decided to go ahead and walk over there, not knowing how long it would take. With the directions to the apartment it was being held at in my phone, we set out, not expecting it to take that long. After 30 minutes of walking and knowing that we were only roughly halfway there, we realized how wrong we were in supposing it would be an easy walk. Fortunately it wasn’t terribly hot out last night, especially for this time of year but we were still a bit exhausted from walking that far, and we weren’t even there yet. About that time we took the next turn that we were supposed to and realized that this stretch of the journey included us walking on the side of the highway (Probably not the safest idea but it happened). We grudgingly trudged on with our journey, desperately wishing that one of us owned a car. A little bit later we saw some apartments, we thought we were finally there but as we looked at the address we realized that alas, we were not there and we now happened to be lost. We sat down for a few minutes to gather some more strength before continuing our trek then finally figured out which way we were supposed to go. By the time we arrived, we had been walking for an hour and a half and were 45 minutes late to the study. Regardless of this, it was still a lovely time and the people there seemed quite nice and friendly and they were all so shocked that we walked that far that we had several offers to give us a ride back. We gratefully accepted the offer and have a promise from one girl that she’ll pick us up every week to avoid ever having to walk that far again.
Hopefully through this study I’ll make some good friends and be able to have more companionship and fellowship in Christ for upcoming weeks.
This trek was definitely more of an adventure than I was expecting but overall, it really wasn’t that bad. Sure, I don’t enjoy being lost and walking for 3 miles is quite trying but since I was with Jiayi and it ended up ok, it wasn’t bad. And hey, now I have a fun story!
Oh, I should also mention that I walked this whole way barefoot. Not because I had to but because honestly I’m much more comfortable without shoes if the weather permits than with, I had my shoes in my purse the whole time in case I needed them but ironically when I arrived at the Bible study and decided to put them on, they promptly broke. 3 miles of walking barefoot then I put my shoes on and they break. So, I’m glad I didn’t need them anyways.
I hope you’re all having a good summer!
Hope ♥

2012 New Years Resolutions

Most people have a habit of making resolutions each year. It’s not something I’ve done often, this year my only resolution was to read through the whole Bible this year which I have actually already completed but other than that I don’t really make them because I usually forget about things like that. This year however I’ve made a list of a few things I want to do in the coming year. I decided to make this list because they’re things I’m already working toward and started trying to do for myself already.

1. Work out at least 3 times a week.
This I had kind of started towards the end of this past semester though I was only going about twice a week usually due to the amount of work I had for my classes. I’m hoping this semester to organize my time so I am able to go 3 times a week for about an hour or so.

2. Lose 15 pounds.
This of course goes along with working out. I’ve never been extremely overweight or anything but I have been quite out of shape for a while and need to be at a healthier weight. Plus, since I’m going to be an FBI agent getting in shape now and continuing that will really help me out in the future.

3. Read my Bible daily.
I did pretty good at this in 2011 but there were some days where I just forgot or put it off to the side. In 2012 I’m going to make my Bible reading a priority. God deserves the number one spot in my life and His love letter to us should be something I not only read often but really study and get stuff out of.

4. Blog 3 times or more a week.
Again I wasn’t terrible at this in 2011 but there were some times when I just felt unmotivated to write or got distracted and forgot. I want to write more this year even if it’s just a random post.

5. Be a better friend.
I care a lot about my friends and I always want to be there for all of them and I hope this year I can really make that known to them and be there whenever they need me.

6. Stand up for myself.
I’ve discussed several times recently how I’m going to finally stand up a bit for myself to my parents. I haven’t quite completely stood up for myself because I’m still working out exactly what I need to say to them that will be both respectful and get my point across but in this next year I really need to work on that. I can’t keep letting them walk all over me.

Well, that’s it for now though I might think of more things I need to do but this is a start. Do any of you have New Years Resolutions? If so what are they?

Hope ♥

This week has been incredible.

I haven’t done anything like uber exciting this week or had some monumental occurrences happen to me but God has just blessed me so much the past week. I wrote a little bit about it in the past two posts but I want to talk some more about how awesome God is, all the time.
As you guys know, I’ve been angsty and impatient and worrying about stupid stuff the past few months and while it hasn’t been like consuming my whole life, it hasn’t been good either. I mean, God says not to worry, He will take care of us and give us everything we need plus more. So recently I’ve been trying to get out of this rut of being impatient and worrying and just trying to put all my faith and hope in God and this week God has just been amazing. Almost everyday last week I got into really good conversations about God and His love for us with some of my friends on my floor and my friend Jared let me borrow an amazing book called “Blue Like Jazz” by Donald Miller. For anyone who hasn’t read it, I absolutely suggest it. It’s a book about the author’s journey of faith and it’s written in a really casual way that I’ve never seen a book written in. I’m not quite done with it because I’ve been busy but it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

“Believing in God is as much falling in love as it is like making a decision.”

“By accepting God’s love for us, we fall in love with Him and onloy then do we have the fuel we need to obey.”

“If I don’t introduce people to Jesus, then I don’t believe Jesus is an important person.”

Also, on Thursday night last week, the Navigators student ministry I attend was absolutely incredible. I mean, it always leaves me with encouragement each week but this week was special. We sang a bunch of old hymns and the speaker was talking about prayer and how we need to focus more on God instead of just using him like a vending machine all the time and something inside me just broke down, I never cry, ever and definitely not in front of people but hearing those songs and feeling God all around me I was just standing there sobbing. It might sound a bit odd or sorta lame but it was like God grabbed me and shook me by the shoulders and was like “Hope, I’m all you need. I have a plan for you, you are mine and I’m yours and I will provide everything for you.” It was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had. One of the verses we read at Navs was Psalm 73:25-26, “Whom have I in heaven but You? I desire You more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak but God remains the strength of my heart, He is mine forever.” Especially the last part of that, the “He is mine forever” just like straight up punched me in the face (in a good way) with conviction on how I should just remember that. The Lord and Savior of the world loves me and says that I am His, that is amazing and definitely something I should remember. It’s so encouraging I just can’t stop talking about how awesome it was. God is truly the love of my life and I want to tell everyone how good He is.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

O to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.

I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.
Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back.

Boys on bikes with bow ties.

Today has been a rather wonderful day! It started with me walking to class (Ok, fine, it started with me getting out of bed, getting dressed and going to breakfast… but the interesting part started on the walk to Acting!) when I saw a random guy riding his bike. What’s special about this you ask? Oh, nothing much, just the fact that he was wearing a tux and a bow tie while doing so. Basically, I want him to be my best friend, because he’s obviously pretty cool. Bow ties are cool. :) After that, in Acting we were just going over different techniques of acting when my teacher said something about how British actors are more technical actors while in the US we use method acting more. Knowing my deep love of Doctor Who, at the mention of British acting, my friend Danny started cracking up. So of course I had to explain my deep love and affection for said TV show. At this point, another guy in my class was like, “Yes! Great show! I have a sonic screwdriver at home!” Needless to say, I will now be talking to this guy a lot more… :)
After Acting, I went to Spanish where I found out I got an A on my last test! It was wonderful. I’m not sure I’ve ever gotten an A on a Spanish test before! I’ve come close, gotten mostly B’s and such but never an A!
The rest of my day was pretty uneventful thus far. I have an advising appointment with my advisor later to figure out what classes I’m taking next semester and a bit of homework I need to do then Bible study tonight. That’s pretty much it.
I hope you’re all having a splendid day!
Hope ♥

Working in the Food Industry

Well, today I had my training for my job (well, most of it! More to come tomorrow!) and it went pretty well. Mostly, they just talked about how to treat the customers and how we should all be fast at fixing food and stuff like that. (For those of you who didn’t know, I’m working at a Dennys “Fresh Express” which is basically Dennys without the sitdown part…) I’m a little nervous about it, I hope I’ll be able to catch on quickly and learn how to make delicious breakfast items! :) The food they showed us certainly looked wonderful! :)

The rest of my day was spent in class and practicing my acting scene for my acting class. Up until supper, I hardly had a chance to breathe all day, it was no fun at all! I hate being so busy! Now however I’m settled down with a nice cup of Vanilla Chai tea, listening to Panic! At the Disco and Charlie McDonnell (Including Chameleon Circuit) songs doing my homework for acting and for my job. Yes, I got homework for my job. Weird, right? I have to look through the Dennys handbook thing to find all the ingredients for all the food and write it all down. This could take a while. Then later tonight I have Bible study which I always look forward to! :) And of course, I’m sure at least one episode of Doctor Who will be watched before the night’s end! ;)

My Playlist for Tonight:
Let’s Kill Tonight – Panic! At the Disco
Hurricane – Panic!
Sarah Smiles – Panic!
Trade Mistakes – Panic!
A Song about Love – Charlie McDonnell
Duet with Myself – Charlie McDonnell
Exterminate Regenerate – Chameleon Circuit
Bittersweet – Panic!
Oh Glory – Panic!

Have a lovely evening everybody!
Hope ♥