Do the Next Thing.

Good afternoon, friends.

Want to see what I’m studying today? It miiiight not interest you, but what the hay. It’s about calculating conditional probability using the Bayes Formula–one part of my chapter four review of statistics.

Yes, you may skip the video if you wish.

I know what you’re thinking. Julia, this is just riveting! How DO you keep your self buckled to the seat of your chair? I often ask myself the same thing.

But its not a simple process friends. It takes a lot of, “get off Facebook, stop texting, and put that nail polish back where it came from!”  Sometimes I need some good ol’ fashioned encouragement to even pick my hand up off of the desk to start typing. Then keep typing. (That’s the real challenge).

Today I have found this poem to be of great encouragement. It’s called,”Do the Next Thing” and it helps soften the fears which prevent us from even starting a project, or from persevering. God’s promises are good, and often lift me up when I need it. I hope this poem blesses you and helps you stay pinned to your desk. Or, you know.

Many a questioning, many a fear, Many a doubt hath its quieting here.

Moment by moment let down from heaven, time opportunity, guidence are given.

Fear not tomorrows child of the King, trust them with Jesus and DO THE NEXT THING.

Do it immediately; do it with prayer; do it reliantly, casting all care; do it with reverence, tracing his Hand.

Who placed it before thee with earnest command.

Stayed on omnipotence, safe ‘neath his wing, leave all resulting. DO THE NEXT THING.

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This Year, I’ll Do It.

With the glorious melting that went on this month, my mind is drawn to thoughts of outdoor activities. The summer brings with it such wonderful opportunities, and I must admit my appreciation of outdoor fitness. Fresh air, shorts and t-shirts, endorphins… sigh.

And this summer is going to be no different!

Oh, wait. I’ve been really bad at keeping any sort of work out schedule, like ever. So this summer I’m going to do it! Don’t believe me? Just watch.

I’m buying a new pair of running shoes as soon as school is done, and I want to borrow someone’s bike. Anyone? I have a hot pink interval timer waiting for me at home, freshly ordered from this website, and I am ready to work until I can’t. work. any. longer. (I usually sound like this 5 minutes in).

My goal is to work out 5 days a week, for at least 30 minutes. Workouts will include (but will not be limited to): biking, yoga, running, swimming, and hiking. I think that’ll keep me busy, and my mind off of how much I miss being at school. (HA!)

What is your favourite way to exercise?

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Happy to Have Been Here. Happy to Have Seen and Did.

University has been (and still is for another week) quite the adventure. A little different than I would have suspected but never the less, a grand way to spend 4 years of my life.

This is how my perspective has changed recently: I’m seeing University not so much as an all-encompassing activity which defines me, but rather as a season or segment of my life which I took part in. Sometimes I feel like it was imposed upon me, as in of course I would go to University. What else would I do? Well. I do think I could have done other things, but I didn’t. I was a student and I am happy to have been.

So much of what I learned, I learned by sheer coincidence. I hadn’t found my niche prior to coming to the big city, and so I was one of those people who just took a little bit out of everything I did. I was (and still am) searching for my niche, and University has provided a great rest stop (though not so restful at times) for me to carve into the world by means of attending lectures, hearing from great minds, conversing with different minded people, pushing myself to be one with the student experience, etc.

Because I pushed myself, I accomplished much. I failed at much too–but it’s all part of the experience. I learned a lot about who I am as a person, namely that school is not the only place that I want to learn. I gained a passion and intrigue for the world’s classroom, which extends beyond the University setting. I learned that it’s okay to be good at something, and it’s okay to be crappy at something. I learned that it’s beneficial not to give up. I learned that there are a lot of view points out there in the world, and that I am only scratching the surface.

So. What now? It’s been a long and challenging season, but exciting and enriching. I know I’ll always be a student of some kind, but this kind of student experience is one of a kind and (thankfully) temporary. I’m glad to have been here. And I’m happy to have seen and did.

Can I go now?

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Blonde and Empowered.

Okay, I know you’re probably going to think I’m totally lame for saying this, but I just watched Legally Blonde 2 and I feel so empowered! Also a little bit driven to buy more shoes and to take time to style my hair in the morning, but that is beside the point.

Elle Woods, fictional or not, is a woman that makes things happen. She doesn’t take no for an answer, and she is passionate about what she believes in. She doesn’t let people tell her what to think and so at the end of the day, job or no job, she rests knowing that she stood up for what she believes in.

I like her–Snap Cup and all. And I want to embrace a little bit of that spunky attitude that makes her so captivating. Why aren’t we spunky and cheerful more often? Why don’t we let presumptuous people and statements roll off our shoulders? And as one person, can we not make a great difference? We totally can.

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The Weekend Again.

Jenny and I have been going to school together for the last 4 years; we’re practically sisters. Actually a better classification that we’ve adopted is “wifeys.” While we are both very much excited to have hubbies of our own, a temporary wifey will have to do for now. We grocery shop together, go to church together and do homework together. We arrive together, leave together, and are asked when when the other isn’t around, “Where is your other half?” I love companionship and so she has made my life here at the university which is only occasionally beautiful, much more bearable.

Anyways, about 3 years ago we started noticing how fast the weeks were going. Friday would arrive in all of its glory and then go as soon as it came. Then before we knew it, it was back again! Homework and life was just flying past us like nobodies business.

One week in particular I make the remark: “It the weekend!” And one week from then I announced again, “Wasn’t it just the weekend? It’s the weekend again!” After 4 or 5 weekends went by, things just got out of hand, “Jenny, do you realize that it was 5 weeks ago that I said its the weekend, again? And now, it’s the weekend AGAIN!?”

Perhaps we are just redonkulous. (As if you couldn’t already tell that from the photo).

But today, it’s the weekend again. And I’m reminded of those days back in second year where I was amazed at how far we had come. Now look at me. At us.

Jenny has a new job working for our church, and I’m getting into teachers college. Oh yeah, side note: just found out that I got accepted this morning!! Now to choose a school. I wrote my second last exam today, and life as I know it is about to change.

It’s the weekend again, people. Enjoy it!

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Joshua 1:9

Where I am.

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Following Through With Faith.

It is a narrow way, scripture tells us, to Jesus (see Matthew 7:14). Scripture also tells us that it is worth it (I don’t even know where to cite, it’s really the ongoing theme). But do I actually believe what I’m reading, or am I just going through the motions? I’ve heard people scoff at the idea of doubting God’s way for even a moment, and I recoil in embarrassment.

At the end of the day I realize that I do trust God and his way and His walk, no matter how hard it gets. And I would shout it from the roof top, that I trust God! I would dance before Him and I would sing of His goodness at church.

But would I tell my friends who don’t believe in God, that they are loosing out? Would I speak up around the dinner table and request that we stop bickering and instead lift our concerns to God in prayer? Would I pray for my classmates, out loud, and in front of a group of them?

Woah. Whole different story.

That would actually involve digging deeper into my faith rather than trusting blindly. That would mean standing behind what I believe. My friends are not going to accept Him on a whim; they are going to need to hear a heartfelt testimony and truth. I assume that they can smell doubt.

Today I had that very opportunity; to share my faith, and to share it boldly. It was a unique and very blessed opportunity that I just couldn’t turn down, and I am so glad that it didn’t just pass me by. I hope you will be encouraged by my story. Continue reading

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