decided for her 21st birthday this year, rather than to receive gifts, to ask her friends/family to give money to the organization My Charity Water. People can either anonymously, or not, give donations in any sum which will then go towards drinking water to people in places like Uganda, who have NO drinking water available! Such an amazing cause, and she has inspired me to take on this challenge during the christmas season. Keep posted on my blog and at the end of November (or mid-november), thanks to Julie :) I’ve decided that I would rather give drinking water to people in Africa (and other parts of the world where drinking water is not as easy-access as in North America), than to receive whatNots and gadgets that don’t help anyone! Hopefully MY story, inspired by that of another, will inspire YOU guys to go out and do the same. "We will not stop until every single person has safe drinking water" - Scott Harrison (founder of My Charity Water) kb.
ahhh, i know i havent updated the world recently on tumblr. it has been so freakin hectic in this little university dorm room of mine the past week or few days. However, today I successfully wrote my first REAL-life university mid-term!! :) and, thanks to the last-minute cram sesh yesterday (literally ALL DAY.) with my bff danielle, I can happily say I think I did pretty well on that thaaang! got ‘er right done.
So, back to good ol’ B402 for some more studying to be done …. german tomorrow, communication studies wednesday, and my fav…. political science on thursday (gag me). university is oh so fun!
i can throw my hands up in the air right now in happiness that i just accomplished two great things in one small night :) number 1: psych midterm. CHECK! although i cannot say how well i think i did on this… my fingers are crossed for the outcome! i DID study lots though, so hopefully that all paid off.
number 2: Comm. studies Essay. CHECCCCCK! this has been looming over me since the first day of tutorials when the leader told me it was due October 20th. Which felt like lightyears away at the time. Well folks, tomorrow is that day. and the freshly printed Essay titled originally ‘The American Shadow’ is sitting next to me on my desk, eagerly awaiting to venture off into my professors hands tomorrow morning at 12:30pm.
so there ya go. all thats left is the celebratory fun and games :) kb.
i know this is the truth.. but why does it so often seem that on His earth, as His children, we are left so unloved by so many of HIS people, if His intentions are simply ….. love. just a thought…. kb.
Reading Fiction with Dr. Hron has been one of the most eventful parts of my day thus far.
Sitting here with my two besties, I have pretty much been paying attention for 2% of this class. Yes, we are being fed these exciting and interesting facts about ‘The Detective Genre’ … who wouldn’t love it. But for us, looking through pictures of hilarious cats and various tumblr photos, is much more entertaining… besides listening to Dr. Hron’s hilarious and creepy little voice every now and then (or learning the Ten Commandments by Robert Knox?? (this just appeared on the screen).
Just thought I should update the world on the last hour of my life which has provided me with some good, fun laughs. :)
the video posted below that i found on a tumblr blog, has unequivocally inspired me. Just as i was sitting here in my family room at home, taking a short break from typing out word after word and page after page of notes for my upcoming Psychology mid-term, a thought came into my mind. I want to help people. This is not a new thought, but a thought that has caused me to think outside the box, and question myself, asking how i could help people around the world, in an out of the ordinary way. not necessarily giving them money, or sending them clothing and food (which i would still love to do, don’t get me wrong). Just making them smile . Giving them the chance to think of those things that are bigger than us.. out of this world, to simply inspire.
so. as i sit here on my parents blue couch. in they’re house in the suburbs i realize while watching this video something that would make my heart jump so high that it would reach heaven. and this is it; to make videos. not necessarily right now. not necessarily Hollywood hits. but movies, talking to people from around the world. asking them questions that would make both them, and me think, feel and just be. maybe this doesnt make sense right now.. maybe its not supposed to. but this little thought has entered my head just now, and i cannot seem to rid myself of it. this is one of those thoughts that i will store in my brain, for the day when im wondering how i can help people… and maybe then i will carry this out . hope you’ve been inspir.d; to think. kb.
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."
Okay. So, just got back from an amaaaaazing coffee/dinner with two great girls, and it just reminds me every time i’m surrounded with awesome christian people, how important it is, and how crazy in love with God it makes me! We got on the topic (well, it was pretty much the ONLY topic of our conversation), of our faith, and christianity as a whole.. and started talking about HOW people manage to live their day to day lives without a greater hope, or at least a tiny glimmer of knowledge of the amazingness that is to come our way once our souls leave this earth, and we get to go join our Creator in HEAVEN! I mean, I wake up every morning, and just thank God for the new day he’s given me, I can’t even imagine waking up and just looking out my window, and thinking, cool…. new day, who am I really living it for? It makes me that much more confident in my faith, and in the fact that I am a follower of Jesus Christ, no matter how crazy, or ridiculous people seem to think I am because of it.
God has made us all with a purpose, and a reason to just BE. This fact is really just starting to hit me now, and with it, I’m also realizing that I want to devote my entire life to Him, and His people, to the best of my ability. kb.
YESTERDAY, at our more eventful evening with the other side of my family (not shown below), we went to Brockville. About a four hour drive from where we live, to visit my Dad’s brother, his wife, and our grosspapa, along with some other friends. Their house was gigantic. This giant old “manor” that was one of the most beautiful houses i’ve ever seen in my life. The backyard was probably the size of a couple football fields.. no big deal. and perfectly placed right outside their country home, was a beautiful little hill, nicely made for bombing down on a longboard. So, my brothers and sister and I took mine out and took turns cruising down Perth street, with beautiful orange and red leaves falling at our feet! that is what I call a successful Thanksgiving :) kb.
“Please, get out of that padded box called religion! Step out! Take his hand! Walk on water! Calm storms! Feed 5,000! Are you still peeking out of a crack in that box? Going through the choreographed ways you’ve always known? You know what u have. Go use it! I did see the sticker WWJD on ur window, right? Where religiousity dies, Jesus lives.”—(via ledtothecross)
i was just sitting here thinking WHY it is actually considered a sin that I have a tattoo, so I decided to go directly to the Bible for answers
Yes, Leviticus 19:28 says “You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or TATTOO yourselves: I am the Lord.”, BUT, one verse before this it is written “You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard” (meaning, do not trim your head, or your beard pretty much). Back then these customs were associated with pagan rites and rituals..today they are not. I think the bigger question when getting a tattoo (or at least for me it was the biggest question), is whether or not it will be glorifying to God (or main goal on earth). Am I seeking to glorify God, or simply draw attention to myself? Will my tattoo cause someone who is weak in their faith to falter? These are all sorts of questions i considered when thinking about whether or not I would actually get “inked”.
Looking down at my arm right now, where engraved into my skin with black ink is written the three words “Seine Liebe überwindet” (translates to: His Love overcomes), I can whole-heartedly, and honestly say that this tattoo, although often DOES draw attention to myself, immediately gives me the opportunity to switch the attention right over to God, and also has given me countless opportunities to spread His Love, and Truth, which i would never have been strong enough to do otherwise. Romans 14:23(b) says “For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” …. so, can I say that my tattoo proceeds from faith? Absolutely. Has it given me the opportunity to spread God’s love in ways I never would have thought imaginable? HECK YA it has. SO, maybe God does say thou shalt not tattoo.. but sin is a sin is a sin. and if i’m telling so many other people about God by writing about His amazing love on me, I am still a child of God just the same.. and it does not mean i love Him any less. kb.