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    abandonment

    I received an interesting article in my latest weekly CPYU email update that I received today. It’s about why students leave the faith after high school, but it high lights a passage written by William Wilberforce over 200 years ago. I just think it’s incredible that in 200+ years, it hasn’t changed. Young people were leaving the church back then for the same reasons they are now. So, we still don’t know what to do about it? Why is it so puzzling? Why is it so hard to change? Here’s the link:http://www.cpyu.org/Page.aspx?id=361896

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    friends

    I never thought it would be this hard to transition from college friends to real world friends. But I am a firm believer that college does not prepare you socially for the real world…Do you agree? Although, I have many friends that have established their own group on their own…why can’t I? I know it takes time, but after a year and a half on my own I am ready for some good friends that I can be myself around. Why is it so hard? I know that God knows what he is doing in my life, but sometimes its hard to deal with the variables.

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    i remember…

    I remember The sun shining down On his bronzed and dirty face He worked in his garden Caring for God’s creation I remember A warm breeze lightly ran across my skin I watched him intently He looked tired But he never wavered in his steps I remember Feeling so free and relaxed Forgetting insignificant details That plagued my life They didn’t seem to matter I remember He bought us his favorite candy That catchy television ad played in my head “Gimme a break, gimme a break” As he broke off a piece for each of us I remember He complained It was too hot, or the mosquitoes were a bother…

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    economic crisis

    This article is written for college students, but I think it provides some good tips and Scriptural references to remind us that God provides what we need when we need it, even in the midst of uncertainty. http://www.trueu.org/dorms/stulounge/A000000961.cfm

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    retreat

    Here are the 2nd and 3rd definition for the word “retreat” found on merriam-webster.com: 2: a place of privacy or safety : refuge3: a period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study, or instruction under a director Both fit the retreat I attended on Thursday and Friday, but for me I think the best definition was: a time to reflect and reenergize. It was indeed a getaway…one that I wish had lasted longer. It was great to be out in the woods, breathing in the brisk fall air and sitting by the lake. I think we should all “retreat” more often.

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    equal?

    Why does it seem like busy = stressed? Just because I am busy, doesn’t mean I’m stressed out. Right? Why do we associate one with another? I chose this lifestyle. I like being busy. There is stress, but that’s part of life. I know I would rather be busy than bored. So, if I say I’m busy, don’t assume, that therefore I must be stressed. I’m not. (:

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    busy

    This month is very busy. I know every month is busy for church workers, but this one is especially busy. I am not complaining, because I hate to complain, I just needed some place to vent my thoughts on the issue. How did life get so busy? I like to be busy, but sometimes I get so caught up in life that I forget the actual living part. I went to a wedding this past weekend and it was wonderful to see a h.s. friend get married. She was SO HAPPY. It’s moments like those that stop you in all the busyness and help you remember that life is to…

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    truth about teenage girls

    I recently saw a segment on the Today show about dealing with boys. I also saw a discussion about it on an email list serve. Then, I came across this article related to the problem we are facing today with teenage girls and sex. Check it out:http://http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1840556-2,00.html I had heard most of this before, but there were a few new interesting insights, not all that I agreed with, but still something to consider. Now I wonder…Do our teenage girls really think about sex more often today than in the past?Are we dumbing down teenage girls based on media stereotypes and assumptions?How do we deal with this issue as educators, church…

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    remembering

    Today began just like this day seven years ago. A cool, crisp fall day with blue skies and not a cloud to be seen for miles. But this time around, it didn’t seem as painful to make it through the day. I acknowledged the moment of silence, like I have every year since that day…but I wondered how many others did? One news show just went on with its regular programming. I mean, I know we have moved on, but shouldn’t we also remember and honor the past? I continued on with the rest of my day. I read a few articles online about memorials and such, but there’s fewer…