Be a Light

Today was really a wonderful day. I have so much to fill you in on after being home and then having my “spring break” and living in my tiny apartment with 6-7 other people all week. But I will get to all that at some point, maybe tomorrow or Tuesday. 

I wanted to share a wonderful message from church today that is really sitting on my heart. Today our pastor, Mike Ross, told us all as Christians to be a light for the world. He was talking more specifically about in the work place since many people tend to keep their work relationship and religious relationship separate because that is just how society prefers. I don’t really have a work place yet, but he told us to think about the “dark places” in our lives. He encouraged us to identify those dark places and then do something to bring the light there. We read from Matthew 5:14-16

You are the light of the world- like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Be a light. Show the world your love for Christ. There isn’t a need to be pushy about it, I am a strong believer in being a leader through example. Saying you are going to do something is great, but actually proving your words with your actions is ten times better. I think this is something I really struggle with in my journey with Christ. I am very much a private believer, but I have just had this feeling lately that I need to do something more. I need to put myself out there doing God’s work. It is something I have been praying about a lot lately and I hope God shows me what it is He wants me to do because I know it is time for action.

Anyway, just something I thought was wonderful and very true and wanted to share in my own little part of the blog world. I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather today, I know I certainly did! Have to prepare myself for reality tomorrow and getting back into the groove of things with school. 

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Home for the Holidays

As of today I have completely finished all my exams for the first semester of my Junior year of college.

Can’t believe how quickly it all goes! Things haven’t been all sunshine and roses for me recently and there are things that I wish could have gone differently, but there isn’t much I can do about that now. God doesn’t give you anything you can’t handle and he sometimes has other plans for you that you might not understand yet and thats why He doesn’t give you something you think you really want.

I will be traveling back and forth between home and school for various cheer opportunities within the next few weeks, but I fully intend to enjoy every minute of being at home and celebrating the holidays. After all, it is the best time of year.

I plan on focusing on getting myself healthy, both physically and mentally, before the start of the new year. Hopefully with the help of my family, I can start to feel better.

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and remember the reason for the season.

NCSU vc Wake Forest

Well that Pack finally showed up to play! After quite the embarrassing display of football last weekend against Virginia, it was nice to cheer a game where we were actually scoring points! What a long weekend it has been. Friday, Mere, Kyleigh and I all cheered a Women’s basketball game against Wofford, which the ladies won, and then headed home for some much need down time. Kyleigh and Meredith had to be at the Men’s game that night and I napped all day and then cleaned and got ready for my Momma and brother (who I hadn’t seen since summer and I think he is a foot taller) and Ms. Kendy and Scotty. Once we were all together we headed out to Carolina Ale House, because lets be honest, no family visit is complete without it!

Saturday was a busy one. After the 3rd quarter wrapped up 3 stunts groups from small had to leave to football game to head over to Reynolds coliseum to cheer the women’s basketball game against Auburn. Kind of funny since Chuchi goes to Auburn! The Pack ended up with the win for both sporting events and I am pretty sure I felt a range of every emotion that day! After it was a quick dinner and then straight to bed for this girl.

This morning I got to hang out with Buster and the boys and then enjoy lunch at El Cerro with everyone. We said quick goodbyes and I came home and crawled in bed with Mere so we could get on Pinterest, watch Awkward and Jersey Shore and even take a little power nap. Who needs a boyfriend when you can a best friend who will put up with you crawling in her bed to relax!? Her too sweet boyfriend sent her an edible arrangement of chocolate covered strawberries and apples, which she shared with me because she is the best. He won serious brownie points, one might think it would be difficult to be single and have a best friend with the perfect relationship (although she gets mad when I say that) but it really works out to my advantage sometimes! Especially because its long distance (major props to them) so I always have someone to cuddle with if I’m feeling lonely. I honestly don’t know how the girl puts up with me.

After our power nap we got ready to try out a new church. I’ve been there before, but was overwhelmed with the amount of people there, but we tried out a new time that is directed toward college students. The message was great and very simple, put your trust in God. Even if he doesn’t give you all the answers, if you trust Him completely you will benefit in the end. As a girl who is type A and always has to have a plan and the answers this is something I struggle with every day as a Christian. Putting all my faith in God and knowing that he is going to do with me what he sees fit can seem daunting because I like to be in control over myself and know my next move, but I need to remember that isn’t always the case and if I have faith eventually it will all play out.

Now I am preparing for the week, cleaning up and waiting for dinner to be finished. Tonight is all about doing a little work and watching Revenge and The Walking Dead! I feel like every Sunday I can’t help but sing that Craig Morgan song, What I Love About Sunday. I’m done with exams until finals, so this should be a better week then the last. Hope everyone has enjoyed their day as much as I have!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

-Proverbs 3:5-6

Life Plans

I know I have talked before about how I am a constant planner and I think God really gets a kick out of them and says, “Sydney, when are you going to learn? I make the plans.” So sometimes things don’t work out the way that I wanted to, but I am taking every opportunity to learn from my experiences.

Nothing can bring you peace, but yourself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Its time now to focus on me. These are my 20’s, time for focusing on being the best student, athlete, Christian, daughter, sister, friend, roommate that I can. At the end of the day my strength comes from within and from my faith.

Today is all about relaxing in preparation for tomorrow, we play the Citadel for our military appreciation game! I’m also waiting to hear from Emmy about if she is going to come visit after work, hope she can make it! I have a lot of studying to do also because I have a test in Genetics on Monday. Fingers crossed it goes better than the last one 🙂

Hope everyone has a relaxing Friday!

My thoughts on Church

I grew up in a family of open-minded, strong people. My mother was raised Catholic and my dad was raised without a specific denomination. My mom was forced to go to church by her parents every Sunday. My dad was allowed to choose. Growing up, my parents taught us to be believers, but that it was our own decision what we wanted to do. We weren’t baptized as babies because they wanted us to grow up and make that decision for our own. We attended church on Christmas and Easter, but we didn’t have roots in a specific church. It was difficult to find one to put down roots in because my dad was in the Air Force, which meant we were being moved every 1 to 2 years.

My parents are also not fans of organized religion. Just because you go to church doesn’t make you a better person. They still have morals and pray and believe in God, they just choose to do it in a different way. I am very thankful my parents let me choose the way I live my life. I’ve been all over the place when it comes to my relationship with God, from not really having an opinion, to questioning his existence, to where I am today.

A Christian. A believer. A lover of Jesus. A follower.

It has taken me close to 20 years to reach this point. It took a lot of thinking, praying, reading the bible, asking questions, trying to understand. Would I be more knowledgeable had I been going to church my whole life? Probably. Would my relationship with Christ be the same as it is today? Probably not. See what if I was forced to go every day and then thought of church as a chore instead of a decision I look forward to each week? Church shouldn’t be a chore, a thing you do each weekend, but are thinking the whole time, “I have to get my homework done after and the laundry started, but at least I can check church off the list.”

Church is a place where you can build community, where you can facilitate your relationship with Christ, where you can meet others who are attempting to live a life that is filled with Jesus. I’m not saying you have to go to church to get all those things, goodness knows I don’t go to church every weekend, life gets in the way. But the beautiful thing about it is I’m still…

A Christian. A believer. A lover of Jesus. A follower.

I choose today and everyday to accept Jesus as my Savior and to try and live a life I think he would want me to live. And I know I have the loving support of my family, friends and Jesus to carry me through.

Worry

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes. Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

-Matthew 6:25-27

I need to always remember this. I am a constant worrier. Did I do the right homework, should I have run farther today, did I spend enough time on that assignment, if I wait any longer am I going to get it done, am I going to understand this assignment, will my ankle hurt if I throw one more pass…

My head is seriously constant questions and worrying that what I am doing isn’t the best or perfect. If I don’t make my bed this morning does that mean I’m not perfect? I’m not kidding these are serious thoughts that run through me head. Why must I strive for the unattainable? I know I can’t be perfect, so why do I worry? Most the time when I know something can’t be perfect, I want to just give up, which isn’t the right way at all.

I need to stop the worry. That last line from Matthew 6 says it all,

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life.”

I don’t think that could be any more true. What does all that worry give me at the end of the day? A headache. I need to remember this the next time I am feeling overwhelmed.

my mom used to write me little notes that said this