Yes, Bob Dylan, Times Really Are Changing

Yes, Bob Dylan, Times Really Are Changing

Finding a firm foundation in Jesus Christ.
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Living as a daughter of the military taught me that nothing is permanent.

The places we live, the people surrounding us, and the jobs we have will always change. We are always on the move. Like leaves in the fall, we change. We’re nomads.

I generally like change. I like new semesters with harder curriculum and smaller classes. I like new cities and the new habits that form when I experience them. Change is good but change is also frustrating. What about the changes that come after you fall in love?

It’s difficult when you fall in love with the place you live and the job you have, and when the people around you are the greatest you’ve met. Where I live now, the sun shines outside my window every day, if only for an hour or two. The train passes by every other morning. The echo of the tracks wakes the birds, then they wake me. I love that. But I didn’t love this squat, little duplex at first. I didn’t want to be here at all in the beginning.

But change happened. And change happened fast, faster than I could handle, but that’s the thing, circumstances change faster than our minds. It’s hard to keep up with it all but Bob Dylan had a point when he said: “you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone, for the times they are a-changin’”

We can’t control anything in this world, we can’t stop it from changing. Even our minds change, so it’s difficult to even trust yourself. That’s a little discomforting but Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” God doesn’t change like the world does.

Isaiah 28:16 says “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.’” God is the cornerstone. He is the only sure thing in this world. Our faith in Him never needs to waiver because he is the same today as he was yesterday, a thousand years ago, and who he will be tomorrow.

I like change. Even when the change is difficult to get through like when I need to move homes, change my major, or say goodbye to people. I trust that God will be with me through the change. He will never change, He won’t leave, He is the cornerstone of my life. I only need to trust in Him. One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

Change happens. It’s inevitable. But God doesn’t change. That’s His promise. Place your faith in Him because He is the most secure foundation for our lives.







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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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7 Very Plausible Ways The World Might End In The Near Future

The world might have hundreds of ending, but only some of them can be predicted with current events and statistics.

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At some point, we've all wondered how the world would end. With all the reports of strange events and sightings, the doom day may very well be tomorrow, next year, or it might take hundreds of years. Here are five of the most possible ways of how the world might end.


1. Alien invasion

The idea of the existence of aliens has been around for many years now. From sightings of UFOs to movies made on them, the idea is pretty popular. With water traces being found on Mars, the possibility of extraterrestrial creatures is heightened. Who's to say they won't come for us to take over our resources?

2. Flooding

Global warming is an increasing problem in the world. It's creating various extremities such as abnormalities in the weather. The warming is also melting the ice at the poles and low-lying areas. This ice is combing with the oceans to increase the water levels. If the global warming isn't stopped, all the ice will melt completely and the water from the oceans will flood many countries around the world.

3. World War III


The idea of another World War is not completely impossible considering current events around the world. Between the fight for resources, trade wars, rivalries and corruption, war is definitely a possibility. In the case of WWIII, we're all doomed for the nuclear weapons that are sure to be unleashed will wipe out countries.

4. Famines

With the population around the world increasing drastically every year, there is sure to be a food shortage in the future. With the limited water supply in many countries, farmers will have a tough time growing and harvesting crops, which will eventually cause massive famines. Famines in the past had caused many deaths and this time, due to the large population, many more people will die from hunger.

5. Diseases


Diseases, such as pneumonia and ebola, infected and killed millions of people in the past. These outbreaks will worsen and kill more people in the future due to the rapid pace it will spread by contact because of the population increase. Another deadly disease that can end the human race are skin cancers and disorders that will be caused due to the ruptures in the ozone layer. The ozone layer is reported to have holes about many countries. This causes the unfiltered UV rays from the sun to directly hit and affect humans.

6. Robots taking over the world

Since the introduction of robots, many have sided with them while others believed they were evil and will take over the world. Advancements in robot technology have given them the ability to move and even talk. Who knows, maybe robots will eventually want to take over us and rule the world in the future?


7. Death of the Sun

All of us know that the Sun will eventually die. It might take millions of years but it will run of its energy and explode, impacting all the planets near it. If the Sun dies out, life on Earth will not sustain for long. The Sun's energy will be so great when it dies, that it is quite possible that the Earth will also be seriously impacted.

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