One Year Out

Well, I have now been a SPU alum for one year. Almost exactly a year ago (rounded by a couple hours) I heard my name being called and I walked across the stage to receive my undergraduate diploma. And what a year it has been indeed! If you were to go back in time and tell me everything that was going to happen in the next year, there is no way I would have believed you.

If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, I hope you can see some of the twists and turns my life has taken; the last year has been a roller coaster for sure. But no matter what may have happened, life continued on and I am now where I am. That does not mean I do not have any regrets, cause I may, but I try to learn to live with them. From jobs to dating to school to other decisions it definitely been a full year.

However, through everything I choose to trust in God and that He has a plan for me and my life. While I may not have any idea of that plan, I still choose to trust Him. I look forward to the day that I look back and see how all the pieces have fallen into place…some day.

Well, that is really all I had to say…one year down as an alumni…hopefully many more to come!

Congratulations to the graduation class of 2012. To my friends who graduated from high school, college, and graduate school, please know that I am so proud of you and this momentous occasion. You are now starting a new chapter of your life, I hope and pray you take full advantage of all the opportunities that come your way. Remember the great times you had and look forward to the times in store. It may not be the easiest, but I know you will pull through and will succeed through the strength and perseverance that God can provide.

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National Day of Prayer

Today, as it is the first Thursday of May, is the nationally-recognized National Day of Prayer.

Personally, I am still surprised that our nation, in all its political correctness and attempt to separate church and state, still allows this day to be observed. However, I am not complaigning and am glad that it has continued to be observed. This is truly a special day, one that reminds us to give thanks to God above and continue to seek His guidence and direction in our lives.

So today, on this year’s National Day of Prayer, I urge you to take a moment and spend it in prayer and reflection. Say a prayer for those around you, for our nation, our leaders and anything else you feel called to pray over. No matter your religion (or lack thereof), you can still partake in this day. Take a moment from the noise and business of life…embrase solitude and silence…reflect on life.

I am thankful for this day and will truly give thanks to God today for all that He has given me and what He has in store for me. However, prayer is more than a once a year tradition…I choose to follow the words to the Lord:

 

Body, Mind & Soul.

I’m working on developing a new plan, something to add to my day to help me in a few different areas. I guess you could say that it’s been brought on by some sort of New Year’s Resolution…and in some ways it is, but I’ve been thinking about this since before New Years, now just seemed like a good time to start it off! Basically, I’m developing a plan that’s aim is to help me better myself in three, broad areas: body, mind and soul. I know this seems a bit general, but let me explain a little about each and what I’ll be doing.

Body-This should be fairly straightforward. One of my goals for the year, and items on my bucket list, is to summit Mt. Rainier. In order to do this, I want to get in excellent physical condition and develop habits that I’ll keep, even after I summit. I’ll be changing it up every so often so as to keep improving in different areas. On the list so far are activities such as  running, biking, swimming, boxing, climbing, bouldering and conditioning. This also includes eating and drinking better and more nutritious options.

Mind-Although I am done with college and higher education, for the time being, I want to continue pushing my mind and utilizing it as much as I can. I’ll be implementing a couple different parts to this during each week. I’ll be alternating between learning and practicing instruments, reading for pleasure, researching and writing. I’ve started tossing around a particular topic I want to research and write about, but I’ll also be writing additional material when I feel inspired. I want to keep my mind active and alert.

Soul-Perhaps the most important aspect of all, my spiritual growth. This includes spending time in the Word each and every day, spending time in prayer and communication with God, reading on various theological topics and learning how to better defend and live out my faith.

Well, there ya go. That’s the rough idea of what I’ll be impletenting to help myself be a little better each and everyday. Let me know what you think, or if you’ve done something that works well for you too please let me know. We’ll see where this leads!

Weekend In The ‘Couve.

I just got back from an awesome time down in Vancouver, WA. One of my closest friends from camp, Jeremy, helped me plan the trip and keep it secret from a few other people. I headed down Saturday morning and showed up at his house around 1 PM. I was hoping to surprise my friend Joel, and it worked flawlessly. I was able to hang out with Jeremy and Joel for the afternoon, Eric and Matt joined us too and we went to Big Als. We bowled a few epic games, and had some food and drinks. From there it was into Portland to bring in the New Year!

Sunday was a pretty relaxed day overall. Jeremy left for work and I spent some time exploring Vancouver before heading to the mall and seeing Jeremy at work. I hung out at the mall for a bit before heading into Portland. I met up with Aly for good coffee and great conversations at Stumptown…always a good time! After a couple fun hours it was back to Vancouver to meet up with Jeremy and wait for Kyle and Emily to finish their drive from Seattle. When they got down to Vancouver we headed out for a delicious dinner at P.F. Changs. So much food and such a fun time!

That brings it to today, Sunday. Kyle and Emily stayed at Jeremy’s house with us and we had a nice, lazy morning watching the Rose Bowl Parade and eating yummy home-made breakfast rolls. I then met up with Jake at IKEA for a lunch of meatballs…so good! It’s so strange to think that we never really talking in college, but I’m so thankful we are now friends! After lunch it was back to Jeremy’s house to hang out with the guys one last time before heading home. Kyle rode back with me and it was great to have a chance to talk and catch up on the drive home.

Well, that’s the condensed version of the weekend. Overall I had a great time and it was so refreshing being able to see such great people…I’ve truly been blessed by some of the friends in my life. I’m thankful for the extra day off work that made it easier to drive down to Vancouver and see my friends. To each of you who I saw, thanks for helping make the weekend fun!

It was a great way to start the new year indeed!

To The Future!

Alright, well, it’s officially! 2011 has concluded and 2012 has begun.

While the sun sets on one year, it prepares to rise on another; may the light of a new year illuminate the paths set before us. Boldly step into the future, you never know what may be in store for you!

Let’s make it a great year!

Lessons and Resolutions

I feel, in a way, obligated to write down a few of the main lessons I learned in 2011 and a few of the things I will strive for in 2012. I mean, why not?

Lessons:

  • 1 Corinthians 13:13; Isaiah 40:31; Jeremiah 29:11
  • Our best laid plans will often seem to fall apart right before us, but the plans of the Lord are unchanging and firm.
  • When the going gets tough, trust in the Lord…when the going goes well, trust all the more.
  • Learn from each and every opportunity, every moment is a moment in which God is teaching.
  • You just never know what this crazy life has in store for you…live it.

Resolutions:

  • Get back in to climbing and summit Mt. Rainier before the year is up
  • Read more books of varrying genres/themes…continue learning
  • Write. I’ve got lots of ideas in my head and I want to spend time getting them on paper.
  • Be open to new experiences and opportunities…be more of a “yes man.”
  • Find new ways to give back and service those around me
  • Enjoy life and everything it has to offer… live each moment to the fullest
  • “Live Like You Were Dying”…just go for it