Friday, September 23, 2011

It's Friday...Friday..

Ok. Won't go there :-)

I have one class before it's officially the weekend. I am ready.

I've been really tired this week and I know its because I've been thinking a lot. Call me crazy but I can't just turn my brain off when it's time to go to bed. I know; it's weird.

I'm thinking after this class is done that a nap sounds swell.

I am ready for Fall Break...which is 26 days away. It seems like so far away!!

My plans for this weekend? Homework, sleep, homework, maybe watch movie, church, homework. sleep.

Have an awesome First Day of FALL!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

You know

sometimes when your day just isn't so great?

that's today for me.

today, this is my hope.

"And you will seek me and find Me, when you search for me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13

"With Men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26

"If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there- and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17:20

Honestly? God amazes me. I opened up my Bible reading for today and these verses were awaiting me. Every day is a learning experience, molding me to be a better person and stronger in my walk with the Lord. I struggle... I question... I worry... I cry.... But with God as my focus, my outlook is better. It's where it needs to be. I need constant reminders, and He's been so faithful in helping me.

today isn't that great.... but it is.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Today, I'm missing my sweet family.
I love that my mom called me this morning and we had a nice chat.
My parents are on a little day-date today and I think its the sweetest thing ever.
My sister is a busy beaver with her baby-sitting jobs.
I am in OK just listening to tornado sirens (which I think went off 3 minutes too long today), doing laundry, watching The Pioneer Woman on Food Network, and doing homework.
I miss weekends with my family the most. I am looking forward to fall break... which is 31.9 days away.... still 4 weeks and a few days.... when I can head home and hang out with my favorite people for a few days.
Until then, homework, homework, homework....
Happy Saturday!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Exodus 14:14

Tonight in my quiet time, I came across this very in Exodus. Instantly I stopped and read it again. While the content is talking about Moses, Pharaoh and the Israelites, I very much believe that this verse applies to our every day life.

The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

(New Living Translation)

I know in my day to day life, I get anxious, upset, and frustrated over really little things--sometimes big things to me. This verse just simply says to stay calm and know that the Lord will take care of every situation. I find myself sometimes thinking I can handle things on my own, and if God would just let me have the outcome be what I would like, that everything will work out in the end. It is almost inevitable that I stop in my tracks and realize what is happening and what I'm doing. I know that God has everything worked out already, but the control freak that I am wants to do things my way. This year, in school especially, I have learned that my way is NOT the way. I am much more relaxed and I know it is because I gave every part of this year to God.
This year started out differently than last year. I pulled up into SNU the first day and prayed in my car. I let everything that I knew would worry me, everything and everyone that I knew would frustrate me, not getting the grades I wanted, professors and their opinions, and everything else involving the school year.... go into God's hands. Now, that's not to say that everything is fine and dandy and I don't have a care in the world about school anymore, but I do have so much peace about this year. I know that whatever happens, will be what is in God's will and plan for my life. I still struggle with giving even the simplest things to God in my daily walk... so everything isn't perfect, but I know the divine peace about letting God have things in my life.

The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

(English Standard Version)

Because, honestly, it gets really tiring having to worry about the simple things. It is hard to try to control everything. It's difficult to have to feel like if something doesn't go according to plan that things won't work out for the rest of one's life. I love the peace and feeling of knowing that things aren't my worry. I struggle with staying calm. I do. But I am working on it. I have seen God do great things in my life and show me tons of new things already. I'm so thankful. If I did things my way, everything would be a failure. It's freeing. God will, and does, fight for His children. What an awesome God we serve!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the cooler weather (even if Oklahoma is going to be full of hot temperatures again soon), the changing leaves, the I-can-go-outside-without-sweating-for-a-second concept, and so much more. I love heading outside to enjoy the beauty that seems so evident along with the cooler weather.

One thing I really miss about Wisconsin is the bonfires that we had with our neighbors, or even just on random nights with my family. Strange, but I really enjoyed them and found the warmth of the fire really relaxing. Because we are having a severe drought in Texas, and I'm in Oklahoma, bonfires are not realistic. Sigh, that is one thing that just screams Fall to me. I miss them.

I can't wait to have a mug of hot apple cider and enjoy the early morning breeze on my way to classes. I will not miss sweating just walking across campus! Fall break is something that I'm totally looking forward to also!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Good thing today

I found my long lost journals journals that I thought I left at home this past weekend. They were buried under my pjs in a drawer.
It wasn't a huge deal, since I could get them at fall break... and I have gone 40 days without writing in them before, but since I've been back at school...I've written in them every day. I have one journal that is specifically for prayer requests and scriptures that I find. The other one is my daily happenings.

So, we've been reunited and as silly as it is, I'm really happy I didn't lose them!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


I had a wonderful time at home. It was nice to sleep in my bed, shower without shoes, cut my finger, eat some real food, and spend time with my amazing family. Ok. So maybe the cutting my finger thing was an accident and not so fun, but still!

I left home yesterday about 10ish and I was expecting to sit in traffic for a while. Last Labor Day, the normal 6 hour drive back to school took me 11. I made it back to OKC however, in 6 hours! What a surprise.

I already have my next countdown ready to go---for when I can go home. 42.5 days until Fall Break!

I am not in the school mood today. It is a nice day outside, I have a lot of reading to do, quizzes to study for and classes to attend.... chapel too! I better get moving!

There are wild fires all around Texas and OK. My mom said there was a pretty bad one about 7-8 miles from our house last night. There are so many people who are now homeless because their homes were destroyed by the fires. Texas needs rain so badly!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Guess Who is HOME?!

I made it home this afternoon and have had such an amazing afternoon. There really is no place like home. So thankful that I'm able to come home for the long weekend. I've only been at school for like 12 days, but I'm looking forward to sleeping in my bed more than you know.
I've had an eventful past week; including being stuck in an elevator for a while with 13 other people. One thing that will go down in my "experiences-jenna-had-while-in-college"-- I feel like I could write a book!
I am now two weeks into my classes. I really am enjoying them, so I feel like that is a huge blessing. My living space is so nice too! I can tell it's going to be a much better year.
Feeling extremely blessed tonight to be home. While the dorm life is better this semester, home is so nice! Very thankful for Labor Day off of school! Praying the traffic isn't horrible for my drive back on Monday!
Have a happy weekend!