this has been a hard week. :(
I had two tests this week, separate from my finals. I got a 79 and 82. I studied so much, (seriously though, started my review a week before.) I have never felt so discouraged about school before, especially considering I got both grades back within twelve hours. Anyone else feeling like this? I am right there with ya!
SO... With that being said, here is some decent encouragement:
At age 23, Tina Fey was working at a YMCA.
At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job.
At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer.
At age 27, Vincent Van Goghdecided to go to art school.
At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare.
At age 28, Wayne Coyne (from The Flaming Lips) was a fry cook.
At age 30, Harrison Ford was a carpenter.
At age 30, Martha Stewart was a stockbroker.
At age 37, Ang Lee was a stay-at-home-dad working odd jobs.
Julia Child released her first cookbook at age 39, and got her own cooking show at age 51.
Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, didn’t get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue, and designed her first dress at age 40.
Alan Rickman gave up his graphic design career to pursue acting at age 42.
Samuel L. Jackson didn’t get his first movie role until he was 46.
Morgan Freeman landed his first MAJOR movie role at age 52.
Makes me feel a little better.
Why I (kind of) hate my phone:
Confession: I am on my phone WAY too much so sometimes I purposefully forget it just to be 'present'. I always hate when I am spending time with friends and I look up from my glaring screen to see everyone else glued to their iphone. I recently watched a video 'To break your phone addiction, turn your screen grey'. So interesting! Would you try it? Watch the video here, where he explains how it works.
Studying distractions worth your time:)
1. The Power of Vulnerability. (I teared up!)
2. Four men, four numbers. Four men with four very different incomes open up about the life they lead. From a father on the poverty line to a CEO millionaire. So fascinating.
3. 8.4 Million New Yorkers suddenly realize the city is a horrible place to live.
4. 10 Things that require zero talent.
5. I wore a one-piece swimsuit last year, and I LOVE them. Checkout Forever 21, Asos,Revolve, Cupshe (Mostly bikinis but so cute), and even Amazon! p.s you can get knock-off 'Kiini' Knit swimsuits off of Amazon as well.
How much we REALLY need God:
From - She Reads Truth
We must have been terrified as newborns. Thank goodness none of us remember that stage in our own journey, crying and frightened and wondering why on earth everyone keeps making noises at us. In the midst of these first months, the only thing we know is to cry out. Our needs are basic: comfort, food, sleep. Most of the time those are on repeat, over and over until we are ready to take on something new and challenging.
Would you believe that God wants us to be that baby? He wants the wailing, the screams, the incessant longing to be held and rocked and fed. He wants us to rely as desperately on Him as an infant for its mother.
When we read today’s scripture, we see Peter encouraging believers, “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation" – 1 Peter 2:2 He relates us to a baby, knowing that newborns are completely dependent on their parents for nourishment.
In our lives, we need to arrive at a point where we cry out for our God and His Word, where we feel empty and alone if we stray from Him. As we study the Bible and commune with each other, there should be a greater need for that in our souls. If we allow our spiritual nourishment to cease or lack, the other things Peter mentions begin to creep in.
These become easier to fall into when we are separated from our Father and the nourishing truth of His Word. Sin feeds on what we think we need instead of what we actually need: God. Sin makes us sick, but God knows exactly what we need, down to the depths of our souls.
The Word of our Lord gives life. Do you crave it, long for it? As you taste and find “the Lord to be good” (1 Peter 2:3), does your soul ache for more than just milk? Are you willing to move from the fumbling, crying stages into maturity? Whatever our spiritual age, we can turn to Scripture for life-giving sustenance and find it, again and again. Praise God that He is always there waiting for us, no matter what stage we are in.
Over the Summer!
Our heavenly Father pursues us endlessly, and He wants to spend time with us daily. Here are some resources I have used this semester to find little snippets for this email:
1. She Reads Truth. My favorite. They are currently going through a series on Proverbs, and it is a short, yet powerful message geared towards women. They even have an app!
2. Desiring God
3. I am Second
4. The Porch, Watermark Church (I listen to these in the car, perfect for driving home this week!)
I hope everyone has an amazing summer! I will be working at camp, and then back home to work for my Dad. Can't wait to see everyone back for recruitment! I will be continuing Bite of Burger next fall. It was so much fun sending these, and if you see anything worth sharing over the summer, text it to me!