Distribute This Math Equation

College student(Christmas Break + Free Time) = X

Solving for X, we get: Sleeping all day, watching re-runs of vampire shows, and above all, accomplishing NADA. That’s some equation. 

It was my first day of Christmas break today and to be honest, I have no idea where the time went. I woke up at 9am, went back to sleep, woke up at 2pm, listened to music, watched True Blood and now it’s after 6pm. Yeah, I got nothing done. I’m ashamed to say I’m still in my PJs…

I did hop on the scale. I swore I thought I gained the Freshman 15 all over again, but the scale said I gained a little over 2lbs since my last weigh-in in early October. Not bad. Still, I could have LOST 15 pounds since the beginning of the semester. So, I just had a burger (it was small) and fries. Throughout the day I munched on cereal and pizza. Classic college kid. That’s not a compliment… I’m going to watch another episode of True Blood to let this food digest then I’ll workout around 8pm. Then I want to watch a sermon. Also, as I’ve said before, I’m going to consider Churching it out twice on Sundays. Hey, I’ve got the time. I might as well use it wisely instead of sleeping the day away. 

I’ve been waiting on that callback for an interview. I never thought I’d say that I really, and I mean REALLY, want to work at Burger King. If I can get in my first pay check before school reopens then I can pay to get some work done on my mother’s car and then I won’t have to spend $6 a DAY to catch the bus to college! I speak it! 

 

Side Note: Oops. I thought I had already posted this. Well, I finished my workout and now I’m going to shower, grab some hot cocoa and watch a good sermon. G’night all!

XOXO

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Day 6: Feeling DEFEATED – I JUST WANT TO STAY HOME AND SLEEP

Ugh! I’m not even in the mood to type! Expect this to be short. I wanna cry right now, I want to punch a wall, I want to be held…

Firstly, the challenge hasn’t been going successful as Satan done it again. My computer crashed! All of the memory is gone and it set me back majorly. I’m on a borrowed netbook which makes my hands feel so big and manly because it’s so teeny.

On top of that, I had to break up with my boyfriend all because my mother doesn’t like him – family is very important to me. I want to sob and eat bon-bons and curl up in my bed. Earlier, I didn’t want to eat at all but it’s a shame we broke up FOR THAT WOMAN.

That was my first love and I couldn’t even focus to do homework tonight. I just said screw it, screw it all, screw it all to hell.

Sorry, guys, I’m under A LOT of stress. Loads of work needs to be done, I’m gaining weight, and I haven’t been pampered in months… or years. It’s always been about helping other people, helping my family, helping my mother. Help. Help. HELP. God helps me, I know. I’m just waiting for the blessing. So, I’m going to stay home. I’ll probably sleep in an hour or two later then I’ll do some work. So much for the challenge. I will continue it on tuesday. Right now, I just want my bed and some soft music in my ears.

I’m feeling so confused and defeated. God, please stay near as I know You’re already here.

Side note: I went to my friend’s church today. It’s a non-denominational church. I think I will make it a regular thing, which means church times two on Sundays. I need it. I really do. God deserves it. He really does.

Good night.

 

 

XOXO

Philly

My Future Good Habits

If you start reading below and have no clue what I’m talking about then click this link first.
 
WOO-HOO! I’m really pumped about this new challenge we’re doing. Seriously. It’s unhealthy how excited I am. Pretty sure I’m at risk to get a hernia from extreme excitement!
 
Enough kidding. Happy Sunday, everyone! Hope you all enjoyed it. Hope you had a good rest, spent some time with the Lord, and got in a good meal. You all are in my prayers (one of my new habits is to pray more for those I don’t know).
 
Below is my list of new habits I want to acquire by the end of these 3 weeks. When I think about how it would change my whole persona, perspective, personality and everything else, I get jitters. I’m sure God will be pleased by the change.
 
Here is my list:
 
– Prayer time with God every morning for about 10 minutes (just talking and listening)
– Watch a sermon every morning after prayer time
– Drink water after awakening (I hear it works wonders for your health!)
– Workout 5x a week, before school
– ACTUALLY stick to my study schedule
– Facebook only between 6pm and 10pm. (It’s an addiction…)
– *Have a “date night” with Jesus once per week
– Write in my journal nightly
 
I may add on to this depending on how the day goes. I’m very hopeful about this; I can’t wait to gain some new healthy habits!!! Amen?
 
Be sure to follow my other blog on which I will post about my daily habit-makings during this 3 week challenge!
 
*Date night with Jesus is spending quality time with Him – almost like a date. I have never tried this before but I’ve heard good things about it so I will be sure to post about it this weekend!
 
God bless and good night!

Happy Habits – 3 Week Challenge

It’s the busy season for me – FINALS.

Finals are coming up in the first week of December and everything’s boiling down. I have papers, projects, tests, homework and more that will be due in two weeks then around the corner is a group of exams that will knock my socks off! But, hey, I’ve got a God who’s looking out so He showed me some things, whispered some things in my ear.

One word: HABITS.

Two: Good Habits.

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The Bible does not speak about “habits” per se but it does speak about repetitively doing good things, which in itself is the creation of a good habit. In order for us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2) we need to repetitively renew our minds. Sounds simple, right? Surely, it is… and certainly, it’s not. Bad habits are hard to break, and the implementation of good habits takes a considerable amount of time. It takes about 25 to 30 days to form a good habit, and another month to make it become a part of you – your third, very productive arm. So what does this have to do with Christianity?

How many bad habits do you have? From small fingernail biting to a callous temper these habits affect your daily Christian life. They become hindrances, slowly but surely. You may say, “fingernail biting isn’t a big thing.. how could that affect anyone, really?” It may seem small but nail biting can drastically affect your health by making your cuticles more susceptible to infections and can cause dental issues. Your body is a temple, stop gnawing on your pews.

How many good habits do you have? Furthermore, how many more good habits do you want to have? Make a list and join this challenge. No, seriously, get a pen and paper (I’ll snack on an apple while I wait). Write at least 7 good habits you want to have (at most 12). For three weeks starting November 11th, 2013 to December 2nd, 2013 your aim is to do those things listed. Remember, these aren’t goals, these are habits-in-the-making. I predict that by the end of the first week you’ll notice a big improvement in your life!

Psst. Make sure to include some Holy Habits. For example, how nice would it be to create the habit of waking up and having a bible study/ watching a sermon first thing in the am?! That’s definitely a habit I want!

Hey, you won’t be doing this alone. I’ll do it with you. Starting on DAY 1 I will post on my personal blog (it’s new, I couldn’t help it, sue me) recaps on how each “habit day” went. I’m sure the first few days will seem a bit hard, then it will get easier.

Follow this blog as well as my second for motivation.. and possibly some not-funny jokes.

See you soon!

God Bless,

Philly

Time Over God: Fitting Him Into Your Schedule, or Your Schedule Into Him

As a college student, I’ve realized one important thing:

My time management sucks!

Lately, I’ve been running around and around trying to do this and that, all at no avail. I was saying to myself, hopefully, I can get this finished before this due date, or read this before this class starts. Gah! This is the life of a (let’s put this in parentheses prospectively over-achieving) student. I can be pretty stern on myself and contradictorily set myself harsh limits while trying to be limitless. Meaning, I’d take 6 classes, a part-time job, and be overly active in campus activities and clubs while trying to maintain A-status, A-grade, and A-face that everyone must go to for assistance/motivation/academic advice/moral support… you get the idea.

At the end of the week I’m beat! I want to sleep, I want to stuff my face due to a heap of stress, I want to shut myself in my room and sleep for weeks on end. But, I’ve got two papers to write, a budget to create for the Math Club (it’s bitter-sweet being VP), I need to put in more hours at work… so, then, no sleep for me. This only leaves me with one brutal question:

What. About. God?!

Sometimes, I get so caught up in time and worldly goals that I’ve left Him for last, or I just scheduled Him in for a weekend Bible Study meeting or Church on Sunday. I’ve realized that, slowly but surely, I became another “Weekend-Christian.” It hurts. I’ve suddenly felt unworthy, more unworthy than ever. I’ve felt as if I certainly don’t deserve the mercy continuously given to me when I give Him a 30-second prayer because I’m too tired from the day’s work to really talk to my Father, or even continue to make blog posts because it subtracts time I could use to study.

We all must understand that, yes, God wants our love; but He also wants some of our time.

How do you show your spouse or parent that you love them? Sometimes, you may buy them a gift, or lend them a sweet word, or spend quality T.I.M.E. with them. It’s the same way with God – only thing is He is Our GOD and therefore, is much more important than a spouse or even a parent. He is Our Creator. Yet, why do we schedule Him in when our days are too hectic?

Pencil Your Schedule Around God, Not Vice Versa

I’ve started to re-evaluate my life and schedule. Some things need to go. I told my boyfriend we can talk more after 5 weeks, but for now I need to focus on some things. As a Christian, and one of my main supporters, he’s very understanding. I may be forced with my own bills, therefore, I HAVE to work but if I didn’t that would have been the next thing to shrink. As a Christian and a college student I have two main daily priorities: God, and school (in that order). Let’s not forget the other titles I hold: daughter, sister, friend, girlfriend, etc that are seriously taken into consideration as well.

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time” Ephesians 5:15

I freed-up some responsibilities (and mentalities!) so that I could give God my whole day, and not simply pencil Him in. My time must be handled seriously, efficiently, and must be prioritized accordingly. Realize that your day begins with God and ends with Him. Live like that. If God is your day, and your day is God then all other things must be penciled in. So, you wake up to God and praise Him.. then you must pencil in your 9am class… however, during and after class you’re still accompanied by a loving, omnipresent God.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

 

Venting: Personal Blog – Pink Crosses

Tonight was one of those nights.

The house was quiet, the rain had stopped pouring, everyone was asleep… and here I was. Alone. Bored. Moody. Depressed. Frustrated. Impatient. It goes on, trust me, it does.

I started thinking, “what’s wrong with me?” The things which absorb my thoughts, my deepest desires, started to consume me and I wasn’t sure if it was a Godly perspective on my situation. A lady in waiting. She waits for her Prince, her partner in crime, her confidant. There I was thinking on such things, about someone.

In the mere 18, soon to be 19, years of my life I realized that out of all our personal pursuits (occupational, educational, entertainment, pleasure, etc) love is the most crucial, most affecting thirst we all have. It comes in stages; I’m currently at the stage that yearns for God and a mate. I crave Jesus, I love Him so much. I crave God’s Will in my life and I want MORE of Him. I also crave a soul mate.. I’m actually contemplating on having a marriage-worthy relationship. A serious relationship. But, when I start yearning for what I don’t have my emotions reflect on that missing blessing.

So, the only possible way is to feed my spirit and out-pour my emotions. If I can in-take good, I will eject goodness. I’ve started writing letters to my Future Husband, taking my purity more seriously (as purity is not just about refraining from sex), reading a book called I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris, and now I’m introducing a new blog – a personal blog. It’s called Pink Crosses.

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I won’t say what to expect from this new blog. So, don’t set expectations. It’ll be about my innermost desires and struggles. Truly personal. Sometimes, all I need is a release – this blog will be my release. Amen.

L.I.L.I.C. – Being Spirit-filled (With Diagrams for explanation!)

LILIC (Lessons I Learned In Church – The “c” is silent, so it sounds like the lily flower.) are recaps of what I learned from church the prior Sunday.

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Last Sunday the sermon was conducted by Pastor Peter Tan-chi; He spoke about something I have wondered and pondered over: being Spirit-filled. He began the sermon by asking, “are you filled with the Holy Spirit right now?” Honestly, I couldn’t raise my hand – I was unsure.

“Unless you are controlled by the Holy Spirit something will control you.”

Being Spirit-filled simply means to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. He holds to reigns to your life and you follow His guidance. “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). Usually, we take the first part and say, “ok, I won’t get drunk” and be done with that verse. However, in that way we are neglecting the second command – “be filled with the Spirit.” This is a differentiation between morality and Christianity. Morality says ‘don’t get drunk, don’t go to wild parties, don’t curse, etc. because these are wrong,’ Christianity says ‘instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, let the Spirit control you, guide you, and turn to Him for everything all the time.’

Pastor Tan-chi spoke of three types of people, I am so pleased that I found variations of the diagrams he used on Google.com! To further explain, he used verses in 1 Corinthians.

Three types of Men (We are to be the Spirit-filled Man):

THE NATURAL MAN:

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This is how we are naturally, self-centered and with God outside of our lives. We are in charge of our lives (the ‘S’ in the chair) and make our own decisions, ultimately everything is directed to what we want, how we want it. 1 Corinthians 2:14 summarizes this perfectly:

But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.

THE CARNAL MAN:

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The Carnal person is many of us Christians; it’s a good thing God is faithful and just when we confess of our sins. We should have Him leading our lives, sitting on our thrones! We are compared to infants in Christ, worldly and, therefore, we seem no different from those who choose Christ and those who do not. Where is the difference? This should be shown in our lifestyles and who or what we let lead our lives. 1 Corinthians 3: 1-3 explains:

Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

THE SPIRIT-FILLED MAN:

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The Spirit-filled man has God controlling his life, his own desires come last, and his desires are aligned with God’s. On the left are his characteristics, and he has fruits of the Holy Spirit (characteristics on the right). 1 Corinthians 2: 15-16 says:

15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,

“Who has known the mind of the Lord
    so as to instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ.

Being Spirit-filled requires us to rely more on God’s instructions. This is step-by-step and after you’ve done this consciously a few times, it will become effortless. Join in on the three-minute challenge to better achieve this by clicking here.

3-Minute Challenge: You IN?!

3-Minute Challenge: You IN?!

How many times have you caved? How many times have you lost grip? If I were to ask you if you’re filled with the Holy Spirit RIGHT NOW, could you wholeheartedly and honestly say yes? Being filled with the Holy … Continue reading

The Septuagint

The Septuagint

Change up your Bible Study, not by modernization this time, but from a historical perspective!

This is a link to the Septuagint, a historical, pre-Christian translation of the Hebrew Bible for Jews who spoke Koine Greek. Sometimes referred to as the “Greek Old Testament” or “LXX” it comprises of only the Old Testament and some related works. The translation occurred between 300-200 BC. The authors of the New Testament referenced to the Septuagint (it’s non-apocryphal parts.)

Aside from the regular 39 books in the Old Testament there are apocryphal books (ancient Jewish writing). The apocryphal books include: Judith, Tobit, Baruch, Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus), the Wisdom of Solomon, First and Second Maccabees, the two Books of Esther, additions to the Book of Daniel, and the Prayer of Manasseh. Please note: These apocryphal books are not canonical, or inspired by Go.

For early Christians who seek understanding of the Bible, I recommend the New Living Translation. However, as for the rest, use the Septuagint alongside the King James Version. For everyone, I recommend doing an in-depth Bible study occasionally. Take your Bible Study from a historical point-of-view and also study evangelical/difficult questions. You will notice a difference on your Walk!

This link includes the PDF file as well as audio, both can be accessed from the internet or saved to your computer.

Sharing is caring! God Bless you in your studies!