Posts By Victoria Hedman

20 Oct 2014 VictoriaHedman

Reflections on Fellowship

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Regent University - fellowshipThe amount of fellowship I see among students is one thing that I’ve always appreciated about Regent. It’s amazing what brings people together. It’s even more remarkable that these sorts of gatherings happen regularly. Despite busy class schedules, extracurricular activities, and homework, students always find the time to meet together. Events such as prayer meetings, sharing food, or watching a favorite T.V. show draw students into groups like birds to a feeder.

I enjoy cooking and the end result is often enjoyed by more than just myself. In the three years that I’ve been a part of the Regent community I’ve been a witness to the strength of the love that members of this community have for each other in different forms.

To say that the community fostered at Regent is a support system would be over -simplifying the relationships between students. For example, last year I saw a group of students come together to raise money for a plane ticket home for an exchange student. That goes beyond offering support and sympathy—that’s taking action and meeting a need. I think that is a big part of having fellowship with others. It’s a lifestyle modeled by both Jesus and the apostles in Scripture:

“And they continued steadfastly in the Apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in prayers…And they, continuing daily with one accord in the Temple, and breaking bread from house to house did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people…” (Acts 2:42, 46,47a).

Regent University - cooking

Salmon–cooked by me and shared with others.

Getting together and shooting the breeze is great. However, friendship and fellowship is also about taking the initiative to be engaged in the lives of others on multiple levels. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been given hugs, been prayed for, and shared meals with others over the past few years. These are practical ways that people show that they care and I’ve been encouraged more than words can say by those small expressions.

These actions are a reflection of the attitude of service and love that dominated the early church, actions that should be a norm among believers. The love that God has given us for one another is a practical sort. It requires action. So, I encourage you to reach out to those around you. It doesn’t have to be big deal. Just take the time to engage someone. The effects are greater than you know.

10 Sep 2014 VictoriaHedman

Reflections on a Boring, Yet Necessary Task

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Here we are again at the beginning of another school year. An old Staples commercial used the Christmas song, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” to describe how parents feel about this season of supply lists, schedules, and sports tryouts. While I am not careening through the aisles gleefully, I will admit to a certain excitement about the start of the new school year-- but not for the reason you may think. While I always look forward to getting back to the “routine” of concrete bedtimes, homework, and yes, less junk food, the real reason I love the start of the school year is this: It’s the perfect time for New Year’s Resolutions. You might be thinking I’m about 8 months late on this. So if it helps, we’ll call this “School Year’s Resolution” instead.  This is my oldest child’s senior year. I know that it will fly by, for him and for me. This is the last first day of school he will have in grade school. And on that first day, as I have every year for 12 years, I will ask him about his goals for this year. Every year we set a goal, hoping that by June it is a reality.  Whether it is to make better grades, be more organized, or just simply to pass the class, setting a goal seems to cement the idea that this year will be different than the last.    For the past two years, the kids in my family aren’t the only ones making School Year’s Resolutions in August. My husband and I both went back to school last year and so now we, too, are setting goals, along with making sure we have several sharpened pencils and notebooks for every class.  What about you? What’s your School Year’s Resolution? Perhaps this is the year you complete every assignment on time. Or this could be the year you improve your GPA by 1 point (or more).  But along with our academic goals, what if we evaluated our spiritual state, as well? What if God has something more in store for you? Maybe it’s not the books in your backpack that need to be dusted off, but the Bible on your nightstand. Maybe having a sharpened pencil isn’t as important for you as having a friend who sharpens you (Proverbs 27:17). What is God asking you to do this school year?  Set a goal for yourself this year spiritually and academically. And then make that goal a reality.The end of summer is fast approaching. It feels like I was just getting off the plane in Anchorage, ready to start the summer off and now I’m preparing to return to Virginia Beach and Regent for my senior year of college. The anticipation builds. I don’t know what the new year will bring. It’s as if I’m waiting for a roller coaster to lurch forward–there is a knowledge of what will come, but knowing what the ride is like and actually going on it are two different things. Read more

30 Jul 2014 VictoriaHedman

Counting Freedom’s Cost

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Regent University - Forget Me NotThe Fourth of July is a day of commemoration, as well as celebration. It’s the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed, making us a nation separate from England. It is also a day where many take the time to honor and remember those people who have served and died to protect our nation and our freedom as Americans.

Several people in my family have volunteered themselves to military service and have instilled into the younger generations an appreciation for that sacrifice. But as I was reflecting on this holiday that we know as Independence Day, I found myself going a little deeper than the top layer of patriotism, fireworks, and good food and focused instead on a more… spiritual meaning behind the day. Read more

17 Jun 2014 VictoriaHedman

Standing On The Promises

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Regent University - treesOne of the things I enjoy most about being home is being able to attend the church I grew up in, which my father also happens to pastor. The congregation is small enough that it has become more like extended family. I’ve learned quite a few lessons from sermons that have been given from that pulpit and challenged to actually apply them throughout the following week. Sometimes, I am simply reminded of God’s never-ending care for His people, mostly through the words of others during testimonies. Read more

16 May 2014 VictoriaHedman

Changes on the Home Front

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Regent University - Divinity BuildingMay. That lovely month where college students all across the nation make their way home. The hassle of packing, finishing finals, and traveling are all a part of the university experience and home becomes that light at the end of the tunnel for many of us. For the past two years, I have made the trek from Regent University all the way back to my hometown of Valdez, Alaska, for the summer break. My excitement is focused on seeing my family again, so the journey goes by fairly quickly now. Read more