Spring Break is quickly approaching! A time to relax, catch up on sleep, and mentally prepare for the end of the semester…or at least that’s what I thought I would be doing earlier this semester . All my plans changed one late night after UnChapel at the local International House of Pancakes. My friend told me she wanted to go on the Campus Ministries spring break mission trip to New York City. I was excited for her and congratulated her on the decision, but was utterly unprepared when she requested that I go with her. Read more
Globalization is a touchy subject for some people, and understandably so. On the extreme end, talk about and movement towards a one-world government, currency and economic system often arouses concerns of tyranny, deculturalization and the fusing of many “faiths” into one so-called religious system. Many of the associated ideas of globalization do attempt to challenge the teachings and sovereignty of God’s Word, and it is upon us as Christians to hold firm to our Biblical foundations in spite of the popular global socio-political, economic and psuedo-religious movements. There is, however, an aspect of globalization that we as Christians need to understand and embrace. Read more
“Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Recently, I was speaking with my friends from home in West Virginia and we started talking about how we were raised and what we believe and why we believe it.
During this conversation, I became so appreciative for the way my mother raised me. I don’t know where I would be today if it weren’t for God leading her and showing her how to do things and at all times, giving her the strength to do so.
Walking around Regent University, I realize that without God directing my mother, I wouldn’t be here. Read more
I know the phrase “power of positive thinking” is a cliché, like one of those self-help seminar slogans, but when we renew our mind in Christ we need to harness the power of positive thinking. This is not an easy task. The enemy preys where he knows we are the weakest. Our mind and heart are our weakest links. If we can harness the power of positive thinking into every situation by allowing the Holy Spirit to be our guide, our lives can change, tremendously. With the Holy Spirit as our Guide, we can change in a permanent manner.
The secret weapon is practice. Practice can become perfect when we ask the Holy Spirit to assist us. With God’s help, I have started taking the steps to positive thinking on a daily basis: Read more
I went skiing for the first time in my life over Christmas break. It was a humbling experience; falling down and getting tangled up while six-year-olds zoomed past certainly deflated my ego a bit. I was truly fortunate in having my fiancé, Nate, with me the whole time. He was beyond patient with me. He smiled when I glared up from my powdery mess, helped me up, and gently corrected my posture, ski positions, and movement.
I realized that whether you are skiing for the first time or sitting in a college classroom, a good teacher will act with patience, humility, and a bit of good-humor.
A good teacher shows more patience than he feels, but there are some things he won’t let slide. Read more
I love seeing my church family on Sunday mornings. The opportunity to worship God with my church family blesses me each week. Each Sunday, the early morning praise team gathers to briefly run over the service order, the songs, and to pray together. After we prepare for the service, there’s about 15 minutes of precious time when we can walk around the sanctuary to meet and greet guests and members before our service begins. On two particular Sundays, I had the pleasure of speaking to two little girls who happily witnessed the act of discipleship and connected me to His joy. Read more
Hi everyone! Here is a quick tour of my room in the Regent Commons. In this video I show you my desk, favorite posters and room items, and of course, the Ramen noodle stash.
With Valentine’s Day coming up soon, there has been a lot of talk in my house of gifts. Our girls have already learned to drop hints, but we also talk about what to get our friends. My oldest daughter is even considering what to give her boyfriend. The other day, I heard a radio spot that really made me think about what I give (or don’t give) on a regular basis: the gift of listening. Read more
The closest thing to soaring like a bird is riding on a longboard. In this video blog, I featured one of the groups on campus that contribute to the unique culture at Regent- the longboarders.
Online education has experienced dramatic expansion and growth. Institutions of higher learning continue to increase online course offerings in an effort to satisfy student demand. This exponential growth is possible at all educational levels with the advancement of internet technology, since learning can occur anytime, anywhere. While this promise is impressive, it is not without unintended negative consequences.
The article, “Feelings of Alienation and Community A
mong Higher Education Students in a Virtual Classroom,” by Alfred Rovai and Mervyn Wighting, identifies that some online students feel an absence of social support and/or social connection, inability to focus for an extensive amount of time, or may give up when encountered by failure. In addition, students who are not technologically prepared for online courses can experience a negative impact on their confidence to complete the degree program and may become frustrated when they require assistance beyond what an instructor or help desk can provide.
I was a traditional classroom student who commuted from work to school (and vice-versa), and I was stressed the majority of the time. Living in a major metropolitan city, I had to figure out different routes for traffic to make it to school on time because some professors counted students absent if they shut the door, and it was embarrassing because the whole class would stare at the students for being late. Therefore, when I enrolled in Regent University’s online program, it gave me the flexibility to create my own work and school schedule, and I knew when my assignments were due.
Regent University’s online support system–such as the writing lab, online community support and mentorship, adjunct professors, and professional staff–want you to succeed in your professional career and in your spiritual relationship with God and man. To be honest, my first year and a half was challenging as an online student because I realized that I was a horrible writer. . Regent University’s writing center assisted me with the tools to make writing enjoyable and fun.
If you are struggling to hold things together between family, work and school, and you feel overwhelmed and want to withdraw, take a moment to inhale and exhale deeply. Find peace within your soul and simply ask God the Father (Mat. 7:8; 21:22) to give you wisdom, knowledge, competence, strength, focus, and drive to succeed with Regent’s online learning program. Allow Him to guide you through the program so that you can graduate from a position of rest.