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26 Nov 2014 JaclynHenegar

100 Reasons for Gratitude

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Regent University - gratitudeAs Thanksgiving approaches, I thought it appropriate to write this week’s post on the spiritual discipline of gratitude. Now before you write this off as just another Thanksgiving promotional post, let me tell you that this is not a typical preparatory message—at least it wasn’t for me when the Lord was speaking. I want to talk about how to be thankful when the situation doesn’t seem to warrant gratitude.

According to every sitcom in the world and nearly everyone I’ve ever spoken to about the holiday, Thanksgiving is often the day we’re the least thankful. Many of us have crazy relatives in the house (maybe even spending the night in your house) especially if you’re one of those unfortunate souls whose family stays overnight, and sometimes the last thing you feel like doing is implementing the spiritual discipline of gratitude. Read more

24 Nov 2014 ErinCofield

The Struggle is Real–Or Is It?

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At least once a week, I hear this phrase: “I’m just really struggling with… (fill in the blank).”  And I typically respond with, “Are you?  Really?”

Don’t get me wrong.  I know there are times in our walks with God when we are really and truly struggling with sin or doubt. But I wonder if sometimes we’re using the word “struggle” incorrectly.

See, “struggling” indicates a fight of some sort. In order to “struggle” with something, you must be actively involved in trying to get out or away from the thing that you’re struggling with. If I told you I struggled with a bobcat, you’d expect to see some scratches on me.  When the police say there were “no signs of a struggle,” you know no one fought off an attacker.

We use the phrase “struggling with sin and doubt” as though we’re actually fighting against it. So I have to ask again…Are you? Read more

20 Nov 2014 JaclynHenegar

The Small Voice of Solitude

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Regent University - SolitudeWhen it comes to extroverts, I am an extreme example. Even when I’m not with people, I’m doing something to occupy my mind and surroundings with someone or something else—TV shows, social media, books, the list goes on and on. I recently discovered that I am actually terrified of solitude. As depressing as it sounds, I hate myself when it’s quiet. I hate the overwhelming echoes of who I am and who I’m not, of all the things I do wrong and all the things I don’t have the courage to do at all—silence resounds with all the ways I don’t measure up.

But solitude is not meant to be this at all. It’s a beautiful way for the Lord to speak, and for us to hear Him in ways we’ve never allowed him or desired him to do before. We associate solitude with loneliness and scary silence, but the Lord speaks in the stillness more than anything else. Read more

16 Oct 2014 BrianTaylor

It Only Takes a Moment

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Regent University - praise and worshipIt is probably one of the least thought of things to do for some people, and invariably, it is quite likely the most powerful thing that can change things in the life of a person. What is it? Devotion. We often know that it is something that will strengthen our relationship with God throughout our daily walk, but to see it implemented and incorporated as a teachable moment in the classroom can be one of the most radical and life altering things that a person can ever experience.

I’ve been in several classes throughout my time at Regent University, and the one thing that I can guarantee is that even beyond the opportunity to share your own devotional reflections in a classroom setting, which gives you such insight into how others view God and their relationship with Him, it also gives you insight to your own relationship and how close or even how far you are from what you thought your relationship with Him is. Read more

13 Oct 2014 ErinCofield

4 Lessons I Learned From Unfriending Facebook

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Regent University - devicesOur society is addicted to the “update.” Facebook asks, “What’s on your mind?” and we are happy to answer. What’s on our mind, our plates and our calendars. Twitter asks us to make it concise– 140 characters or less, please– and we edit our experiences down, re-tweeting and hash-tagging accordingly. As soon as we take a picture on our smart phones, we upload it to Instagram, smack a filter on that bad boy, and share it with the world. Whether we are in a meeting, a museum, or a mosque, we are never out of reach from the rest of the world. So what happens when the “convenience” becomes… inconvenient? Read more

09 Oct 2014 BrianTaylor

Community

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Regent University - professor and studentWe can laugh about it now, but as children many of us watched shows like Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and Sesame Street. We were enamored by the interactions that took place between the different characters. Whether it was Ernie and Bert, Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus, or Mr. Rogers and all of the people in the Land of Make Believe, we all saw what it meant to be in community. On Sesame Street in particular, you’d often see the importance in getting to know the people in your community by singing the song “Who are the People in Your Neighborhood?” Read more

12 Sep 2014 ErinCofield

School Year’s Resolutions

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Regent University - School  YearHere 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. Read more

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

15 Aug 2014 BrianTaylor

In Times Like This

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Regent University - sunsetThis week was not an easy one for me and my family. We spent the week in mourning as my grandmother made her transition to her eternal home in Heaven. While I can honestly say that I nor my family grieve as others might grieve who have no hope, it is no less disheartening knowing that the presence of my grandmother is no longer with us physically. In traveling back to my home in Baltimore, Maryland, I took note of the many changes that had taken place, not only in the geography, but also in many of the people that I have known over the years. Read more

07 Aug 2014 ElizabethMorrison

Mission Trips: Let’s Try Something New

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Regent University - sponsor childHey readers! I hope your summer is going swimmingly (pun intended)! This summer, I’m focusing largely on this blog and my personal blog, along with gaining support and sponsors for the charity I am involved with. Every summer I find myself stuck in the house with nothing to do, having surrendered to the oppressive heat outside. I thought it was time to actually do something productive!

I am a child ambassador for World Vision International. We provide kids and communities in poverty with the resources to start building a decent infrastructure in their area. I’ve been sponsoring a child in Costa Rica since last April. She’s six years old and is entering the 1st grade. Her dad is a farm laborer and doesn’t make enough to send her or her sisters to school. Having learned this, I stepped in. A few months later, I applied to be an ambassador. I was accepted and given the task of finding sponsors for 10 kids a year. At first, I thought this would be the easiest thing I’ve ever done! However, I was so wrong. Read more