Simple Joy Saturday #20

Simple Joy Saturday #20

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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1. A snow day!

The weathermen predicted “accumulation less than 1 inch.”  The flurries were supposed to start at 3 am on Wednesday and last for a few hours.  Instead, the heavy snow started at 5 am and continued all day.

2. And another snow day!

Since the temperature stayed below freezing point, the roads were still unsafe on Thursday.

3. Sleep

Sometimes it’s underrated 😴

Snowy Patterns

Snowy Patterns

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Local weather forecast for the next three days-

  • Monday: 30 degrees, snow to freezing rain
  • Tuesday: 52 degrees, morning rain
  • Wednesday: 53 degrees, sunny

This is why North Carolina is so great.

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Since this is my third winter on campus, I have taken pictures of most of the buildings and surroundings in snow.  Other than the obligatory pictures of red berries in snow, I tried to focus on capturing unique patterns that the snow created.

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Snowed In

Top Ten Tuesday: Snowed In

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Snowmageddon in Old Salem

Snowmageddon in Old Salem

All of the weathermen said that this would be a snowstorm for the record books.  Personally, it was nothing worse than normal.

Christmas Checklist in Review

Christmas Checklist in Review

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On the first day of December, I made a list of ten things that I wanted to do before Christmas Day.  Here’s how I did:

Ten Things I Plan To Do Before Christmas Day

1. Read Luke 2. – DONE

Re-reading Luke 2 inspired a Top Ten Tuesday post.

2. Wrap presents. – DONE

3. Make Christmas cookies. – DONE
Check out these yummy gingerbread men trees I made!

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4. Watch a Charlie Brown Christmas. – DONE
So… it is virtually impossible to find a full-length version of a Charlie Brown Christmas online.  Thankfully, ABC had it available in their app.  I downloaded the app, watched the movie, and deleted the app.

5. Cut snowflakes. – DONE
I snipped these lovely flakes while watching a Charlie Brown Christmas.

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6. Attend a Christmas concert or play. – DONE
I attended my school’s annual concert known as Candlelight Carols.  I have been 4-5 times now, and I think this year was the best yet.

7. Eat something gingerbread-flavored. – DONE
Here are the tasty gingerbread men ducks that I made.

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8. Give (or at least prepare to give) a homemade present. – DONE
My brother is receiving a handmade gift from me this year, but since he hasn’t opened it yet, I can’t tell you anything about it 🙂

I also gave gingerbread men trees, angels, and stars to my bosses at work.

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(I really need to buy a gingerbread man cookie cutter.  This is the closest thing we have.)

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9. Decorate the Christmas tree. – DONE

10. Listen to all of my favorite Christmas CDs. – DONE

As promised, I started with Let it Snow Baby, Let it Reindeer.  From there, I listened to Christmas CDs by Matthew West, Point of Grace, Steven Curtis Chapman, and many others!

 

Did you finish everything that you set out to do before Christmas?

Positive Negation

Positive Negation

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“Miss Kat, can we go outside today?”

I glance from the deceptively sunny sky to the snowy white parking lot and shake my head.  “Sorry, but no, we can’t.”

According to the weather app, temps have settled below the thirties.  By law, I cannot take the children to the play-lot, despite their hyperactive cabin fever.  The students, of course, are disappointed, longing to run off their energy.  Not understanding that slippery dangers await beyond the windowpane, they assume I am simply a mean adult, trying to ruin their day.

When did “no” become synonymous with “hate?”  I am just as guilty as the children.  I ask the teacher for extra credit and whine when none is offered.  I am upset when a coworker can’t cover for me.  Obviously, the state highway patrol hates me since they won’t let me break the speed limit.

If any New Testament saint had reason to feel unloved, it was Paul.  He cried out to God three times to be relieved of his “thorn in the flesh.”  Nonetheless, God outright said, “No.”  The remarkable fact is found in Second Corinthians 12:7-10, however.  According to these verses, Paul’s malady ended up being an asset; it allowed God’s strength to be made perfect.

When I don’t let the kids go outside, I am protecting them from sliding on the icy steps.  When the authorities admonish me to slow down, they are protecting me from causing a wreck.  Likewise, when God said “no” to Paul, He was protecting Paul from conceit.

When God tells us “no,” He is not being a cruel dictator; He is a sovereign, loving Protector.  As hard as it is, we must trust God’s statement in Isaiah 55:8: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways…For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  He is bringing it all together to make us more like His Son.