To The Person That Feels Out Of Place

To The Person That Feels Out Of Place

Sometimes, God uses miracles to show you that you're exactly where you're supposed to be.

There are going to be moments when you question why you are at a certain place in your life.

I don't have the answer to your question, but I can tell you that I've asked myself that question before and many others have too.

If you feel out of place, I want to share with you a true story of my friend's struggle with that very question.

Over the last few semesters, my friend really did not understand why God had guided her to attend the university she is at today. She was not enjoying the overall university culture at all, and even with the amount of financial aid she was receiving, she still had to pay much of the tuition out of her own pocket. As frustration and stress began to overwhelm her, she started to find all sorts of different ways to attend a different school.

This was when she began exploring different universities in the area, meeting up with her counselor to try to get her units transferred, but nothing was working out. In fact, on the day of the application deadline for one of the universities she was planning on transferring to, a series of unfortunate events caused her to be unable to submit her application in on time. The university refused to extend the deadline and she found herself at a dead end.

Desperate, she asked God what was His will in this situation. While at school, she's walking and she happens to glance down on the floor where a student had written in chalk: "God wants you exactly where you need to be."

That was too coincidental to be a coincidence — clearly, she knew God was trying to tell her to just trust in Him and not transfer.

But as time went on, my friend grew frustrated and overwhelmed again. Her school loans were piling up, and she was already working multiple jobs to make sure she could pay for school herself without burdening her parents.

However, when she received a notice from her university stating she needed to pay $1600 so that her account would not be put on hold, she realized she could not possibly come up with the money in time, and that she would not be able to sign up for her next semester's classes.

She could not sleep that night, and for the first time in several years, she prayed to God. She told Him she was angry because nothing was working out for her. She told Him she was worried about school and how she needed $1600 in a week and that she had nowhere to get that from.

My friend woke up the next morning feeling comforted, but still there was no answer from God - no sign that He had heard her.

Hours later, my friend went to work, and it was then she received an email from her school saying:

"Good news! ... A $1650 award will be added to your account for Fall 2016. You may register for Fall courses in March."

Needless to say, my friend's mind was blown. She knew God was really telling her she was exactly where she is supposed to be.

If you're feeling out of place, confused, lost, just plain unhappy with where you are at in your life and you need peace about whether or not you should stay put or move on to someplace else, ask God.

"Knowing that God has a plan for your life is very important.

Putting your faith in God allows you to trust that the events in your life are meant to be. It helps you to make choices that must be made and realize things are not really out of control - they are under His control.

There is a peace that can be found knowing that His plan is playing out in our lives. God is in control. Trust Him. He loves you."

- Rick Norman

I am here to tell you and encourage you and tell you that you have a God who wants to help you live the most fulfilling, blessed, and freedom-filled life ever. Submit all your plans, everything you want to do and everything you want to be to Him. Talk to Him about it.

Instead of being restless, worried, and unhappy, ask Him to show you if you are exactly where you're supposed to be or if He wants you to move on to a different, better place.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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