Raise your hand if you love to read.
Then you should celebrate World Book Day next Tuesday!
While the obvious way to celebrate World Book Day is to read a book, I do have another option for my more artistic friends.
Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or change as time passes. Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!
1. Village Juice Company and the friends who love it as much as I do
2. The Chronicles of Narnia
Who would have thought that I would get to read children’s fiction in grad school?! Here’s one of my new favorite quotes from The Magician’s Nephew:
“‘But do not be cast down,’ said Aslan, still speaking to the Beasts. ‘Evil will come of that evil, but it is still a long way off, and I will see to it that the worst falls upon myself.”
3. Goggles and a new swimsuit
This week I learned that the right equipment can make all the difference.
This is the bag of a student teacher.
It is capacious, sturdy, colorful, and (like every good school bag) eats school supplies.
You can tell a lot about a person based off of what is in their bag. For example, if you were to look into my bag, you would learn…
But God’s mercy is great, and he loved us very much. Though we were spiritually dead because of the things we did against God, he gave us new life with Christ. You have been saved by God’s grace.-Ephesians 2:4-5
Everyone who loves reading has done it. We stay up well past the time that we should go to bed just so that we can enjoy one more chapter of our current book. Sometimes these books are stealthily hidden beneath blankets and read with flashlights so that parents will not know what we are reading.
This week, the American Library Association is honoring “banned books,” which are books that have been outlawed for various reasons including language, morality, religion, and illustrations. In my opinion, every book worth reading has been banned for some unnecessary reason. Also, banning books only serves to stimulate a child’s curiosity and build their desire to read the book.
Below are my favorite banned books, the reason that they were banned, and why I loved them.
A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein – Silverstein tends to be sarcastic and sassy. One of his poems says, “If you have to dry the dishes, And you drop one on the floor, Maybe they won’t let you Dry the dishes anymore.” Parents saw this as promoting disrespect and disobedience. I happen to love Silverstien’s dry humor.
In Lewis Carol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice asks the Chesire Cat, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
The Cheshire Cat replied, “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
As I enter my senior year, I keep asking which way I ought to go. I have been in school for 17 years, and I have always known the next step. Every May, I go on summer vacation, and every August, I head back to school. This comfortable rhythm has been my solace. But once I graduate, that schedule is obsolete. There will be no class rosters with my name in the fall; the cycle will be broken.
So what should I do? Which way should I go from here?
Well, that depends a good deal on where I want to get to.
The sad truth is, I don’t know exactly where I want to go. I have no ten-year plan. I have no career goals. I don’t even have a dream job. Label me lost.
Although I am aimless concerning my future occupation, I do know that I want to be in the center of God’s will. Thankfully, God’s will is not as difficult to determine as my upcoming adult job. I Thessalonians 4:3a says, “For this is the will of God…your sanctification.”
According to dictionary.com, to “sanctify” is “to purify or free from sin.” On a regular basis, I find myself ensnared in the Devil’s lies and the world’s desires. However, God wants me to be free, and sanctification is the process by which He makes me more like Jesus Christ.
This process is not easy. In fact, I have found that it is usually painful as God chips away my personal desires. I often feel lost as He leads me down winding paths and through dark valleys. Even while I am following Him, I sometimes ask, “Which way should I go from here?” Nonetheless, following Him is always beneficial. As He chips away my personal desires, He shapes me to look more like His Son. While I wander down strange trails, I am forced to trust His leading. When I ask which way I should go, He gives the needed wisdom (James 1:5).
God’s way is perfect; no matter how strange it seems, it is always beneficial for our spiritual growth (Romans 8:28).
All that is to say, don’t be too alarmed if you don’t know which way to go. Simply know that your destination is sanctification. God knows the road to the journey’s end.
“Snowmageddon” hit the East Coast this weekend, and a large portion of the country was struck immobile–college students included. So what does a twenty-something girl do when her only mode of transportation is foot? Here’s a glimpse:
1. Take pictures – When I awoke Friday morning, there was about an inch of fluffy snow. Although I have a plethora of pictures of my school covered in white, I grabbed my camera and headed for the cafeteria. Sadly, my memory card has been giving me problems, and I was not able to take pictures until after breakfast. By the time I had switched memory cards, the snow had turned to sleet and freezing rain. I only got a few shots before I returned to my dorm room to protect my camera.
I went back out on Saturday and took pictures in Old Salem.
2. Study – Snow does not cancel online quizzes.
3. Sled – I walked a couple blocks with friends through the sleet and freezing rain to sled down the steep, short hill and onto the soccer field. It was so wet, so cold, and so much fun!
4. School projects – Lucky for me, my projects were the fun type: creating bulletin boards and painting inspirational posters for health class.
I also wrote a paper, which was not nearly as fun.
5. Watch movies – While I painted the poster, I joined some other girls in the movie room. Admittedly, I did not watch the entire movie. I only stayed until I was done painting.
6. Work – The on-campus coffee shop extended its hours because of the snow, I picked up an extra shift. Then we ran out of milk…
7. Make oatmeal – Not that it needed to snow before I could do this. I eat oatmeal almost daily 🙂
8. Read a book – Technically, reading The Year of Billy Miller was an assignment for my Children’s Literature class, but it was still a cute book.
9. Campus worship – Most churches were closed on Sunday, so we planned a campus worship service with a few songs, a short devotion, and testimonies.
10. Catch up on blog posts – Blogging always gets pushed aside at the beginning of the school year. I tried to catch up, but I am still a little behind.