Alice’s Destination

Alice’s Destination

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In Lewis Carol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice asks the Chesire Cat, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

The Cheshire Cat replied, “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”

As I enter my senior year, I keep asking which way I ought to go.  I have been in school for 17 years, and I have always known the next step.  Every May, I go on summer vacation, and every August, I head back to school.  This comfortable rhythm has been my solace.  But once I graduate, that schedule is obsolete. There will be no class rosters with my name in the fall; the cycle will be broken.

So what should I do? Which way should I go from here?

Well, that depends a good deal on where I want to get to.

The sad truth is, I don’t know exactly where I want to go. I have no ten-year plan.  I have no career goals. I don’t even have a dream job. Label me lost.

Although I am aimless concerning my future occupation, I do know that I want to be in the center of God’s will. Thankfully, God’s will is not as difficult to determine as my upcoming adult job.  I Thessalonians 4:3a says, “For this is the will of God…your sanctification.”

According to dictionary.com, to “sanctify” is “to purify or free from sin.”  On a regular basis, I find myself ensnared in the Devil’s lies and the world’s desires.  However, God wants me to be free, and sanctification is the process by which He makes me more like Jesus Christ.

This process is not easy.  In fact, I have found that it is usually painful as God chips away my personal desires.  I often feel lost as He leads me down winding paths and through dark valleys.  Even while I am following Him, I sometimes ask, “Which way should I go from here?”  Nonetheless, following Him is always beneficial.  As He chips away my personal desires, He shapes me to look more like His Son.  While I wander down strange trails, I am forced to trust His leading.  When I ask which way I should go, He gives the needed wisdom (James 1:5).

God’s way is perfect; no matter how strange it seems, it is always beneficial for our spiritual growth (Romans 8:28).

All that is to say, don’t be too alarmed if you don’t know which way to go.  Simply know that your destination is sanctification.  God knows the road to the journey’s end.

 

Cookie Critiques: Firehouse Subs

Cookie Critiques: Firehouse Subs

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It’s been a few months since I taste-tested a new fast food oatmeal cookie.  It’s time to take care of that!

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My latest victim was Firehouse Subs.

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Appearance: 3.5  – The cookie was almost a perfect circle, and it had a beautiful golden color.  It was also easy to see raisins evenly spread throughout the whole cookie.

Texture: 2 – The cookie was deliciously moist and chewy.

Taste: 2.5 – The cookie was far from disgusting, but it was overly sweet, and it tasted fake.

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Total: 8 – Overall, Firehouse Subs’ oatmeal raisin cookie is okay if you are just craving a cookie, but it is nothing special.

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30 Before 30: Messy Twister

30 Before 30: Messy Twister

When the deans asked for suggestions for the semester’s first Friday Night Frenzy, I had an immediate answer: messy Twister.

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I like it when people agree with me!🙂

He’s Still Working On Me

He’s Still Working On Me

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We dumped the plastic bag of duct tape on the kitchen table and began designing our duct tape purses. My best friend/crafting partner and I had a wave of inspiration in a lazy summer afternoon, and we decided to master a new art: duct tape accessories.  We discussed size, shape, and color. We dreamed of embellishments and unique touches.

Within a few minutes, I had started piecing together a bright yellow tote with an orange duck on the front.  I worked quickly, eager to complete the craft.  My friend, on the other hand, was meticulously flattening strips of tape before perfectly positioning the pieces together.  Although we both finished our yellow totes the same day,  it was easy to see who had put more time, care, and diligence into the project.  I wanted the project finished.  She wanted the project finished properly.

As a child, I learned a song that said, “He’s still working on me to make me what I want to be.”  At the time, I thought that I would be finished by adulthood, but God is STILL working on me, and I am thankful that He is not done yet.  I am still a work in progress.  He is putting the necessary care and diligence into sanctifying me, and I must patiently wait for the time of completion.

Time. Care. Diligence.  That is what it takes to complete a perfect project.

“How loving and patient He must be. He’s still working on me.”

Top Ten Tuesday: How to Fail a Class

Top Ten Tuesday: How to Fail a Class

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Today I start my senior year of college.  How bizarre, crazy, and unfathomable is that?!  Since starting school seventeen years ago, I have learned a few things about education, and I would like to impart some wisdom to any new college freshman.

Most people enter college with the goal of graduation.  But who wants to be like everyone else?  Make your own goals!  Blaze your own path!  Aim to drop out!  Here are my ten recommendations for successfully failing  a class.

  1. Ignore the syllabus.  In the syllabus, the professor will list any test, quizzes, papers, and other assignments.  Do not print out the syllabus.  Do not read it.  Do not even access the file on your computer.  Even glancing at a page of the syllabus may lead to passing the class.
  2. Procrastinate.  If you happen to know that an assignment will be due, try to avoid completing the assignment at all costs.  Only students who desire to pass a class actually complete any of the coursework.
  3. Oversleep.  Professors are pleased when students arrive to class on time and fully prepared.  In order to make failing easier, do not set an alarm or prepare anything for class the night before.
  4. Goof off.  Once you do get to class, let your mind wander away from the professor’s lecture.  Instead, scroll through Instagram or watch YouTube videos.  Whatever you do, refrain from listening to what the teacher is saying.
  5. Refuse help.  It is possible that a classmate will offer to give you notes, help you organize your calendar, or tutor you.  Do not accept any of these offers as they may lead to success.
  6. “Wing” the tests. Studying is a sure-fire way to pass an exam.  This could be detrimental to your goal of failure.
  7. Neglect the textbook.  Do not read it, open it, or sleep with it under your pillow.  In fact, it will probably be best if you do not buy it.  Ideally, you won’t even know what the text book is called.
  8. Forget about homework.  If this is not possible, feed homework to your dog.
  9. Skip breakfast.  Eating may provide energy which would increase your likelihood of paying attention and being productive.
  10. Be aimless.  Set no goals other than the goal of failure.

Disclaimer:  Following these ten steps may lead to becoming becoming a college dropout.  In such cases, one might have a sense of inadequacy, failure, and depression.  Consult your parents and mentors before engaging in any failure-driven activities.

Senior Year Dorm Room Tour

Senior Year Dorm Room Tour

I finally finished cleaning, rearranging, and decorating my dorm room just in time for residential students to move in later today.

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I thought I would give y’all a quick tour of my abode for the next nine months…my last nine months of undergrad!

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Every room is furnished to house two students.  Even though I am in a single-occupancy room, I have two dressers, two closets, two desks, and two beds (and therefore, twice the space to hide all of my junk).

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As expected, I have a lot of pictures hanging in my room.  Anyone want to guess how many?

It’s only appropriate that the library was trying to discard this Chris Rice CD.  I have used YouTube (because I am old school) to listen to various songs from it on repeat for the last three years of college.  Now I can quit typing song names in the YouTube search box.

I spent a long time decorating my door, and I am so proud of it!  I would much rather stare at my door than get started on the school work that my syllabi say I have to do, but if I want to graduate in May, I better wrap up this post and get to work!

Let the Little Children Come

Let the Little Children Come

Christy is a teacher-trainer for the Baptist schools in Togo.  Every week, nearly a hundred children pile into her yard to sing, play, and learn about Jesus.