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Stupid Bandwagon

So I\'ve come out of the dark hole called school and finally have time to write something!!! I am so upset and ashamed at myself because I broke down and joined the rest of the college world yesterday.... I am now on facebook. *heavy, ashamed sigh*. I was proud of myself for not giving in to another crazy fad of this world. We all remember the days of side ponytails and big bangs... enough said.... Anyway, my roommate Lacy convinced me into joining facebook so I\'m on there and I have been trying to figure out how to use it which is annoying. I have little patience for technology,but I am pressing on. I am already connected to like 300-something people just through like 4 friends. Thats way too many people! Oh well, if you want to be my friend just look me up, I\'ll probably accept you.

Different topic: School is so much harder that I thought it was going to be this semester!!!! I feel like I am constantly running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I have been talking to God about it, because I don\'t think things are suppose to be this crazy, right? I dunno. All I know is that it has been hard because my heart\'s desire is to spend time with girls in the dorms and build friendships with them and share the gospel, but that hasn\'t been happening the past two weeks because of school work. I was frustrated and threw my hands up to God and just said, \"I don\'t understand. I want my life to count for You and I\'m trying to do that, but I don\'t see school work as glorifying to you. I NEED YOU to show me how this glorifies you.\" Well of course He is so great and faithful that He has been showing me how even in school work I can glorify him. Its not an easy thing, I am constantly having to remind myself and claim Truth. But I am seeing that through my school work God is teaching me that diligence in studying and being responsible with my time are things that glorify God. I am in the midst of learning this right now so I definitely don\'t have it all mastered, but God is stretching me and challenging me in this area, which is good because it means that He loves me and is growing me. God is good especially in refining our hearts. I see that I need to Trust in the Lord and NOT lean on my own understanding because my understanding is faulty and full of lies. God is good.
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I\'m a red bouncy ball...

So yesterday was my first full day of class and it was intense!!! I was on campus from 9am-4 and then again from 6-7. Usually I will be on campus from 9-9, but since it was the first day we lucked out and didn\'t stay the whole time. Anyway, so I was in my Special Topics: Relationships 101 class and the professor had us go around and say our name, year, and an inanimate object that described us in our relationships. Well all I could think of was a red bouncy ball... why you may ask? Well thats easy, I feel like I tend to be everywhere in my relationships with people. I am always bouncing around from topic to topic and all over the place with them, HOWEVER I do and can be all there, deep in the heart and that is my desire for my friendships. Anyway, yeah thats it. I\'m a red bouncy ball, sometimes anyway :).

Tonight was our first meeing of Campus Outreach and I am so excited about all the changes that have been made and what God is and will be doing throughout the year. I just want people to know Jesus, intimately and passionately and I desperately want Christians to live out thier lives, moment by moment, in a way that will impact and count for the Kingdom of God because truly just like Louie said at 722 we are only entering heaven and bowing down at the feet of Jesus for the first time, one time and what are we going to have to bring to Him. I just want to give everything back to Jesus because He has given me more than enough. Praise Him.
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My Name

Monica Dianne

Emotional and artistic you have enormous energy and creativity although a rather serious approach to life . Through your own experiences you have learned to be understanding and compassionate towards others and always willing to help out. You are courageous, independent and strong willed with a desire to use your talents in progressive projects which will benefit mankind.

Pretty cool. Well school is about to start and all the new students have arrived. It has been a crazy past couple of days helping them move in and meeting new girls. I am excited for what God has planned for this semester. I love love love living in the apartment with Katie and Lacy. I feel so blessed and privileged to be living with girls that are chasing after God and living to make thier life count for the Kingdom of God. Thanks God, for real.
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So long, Fare well...

Well, bright and early tomorrow morning I am moving back to Cookeville. I guess that pretty much signifies the end of the summer for me. I have been running around crazy the past two days trying to get everything together, but I think it is finally done. I can\'t believe I am moving into an apartment... so weird. I wasn\'t ready to move out of the dorms yet, but God definitely had bigger plans and I will trust in that. Anyway, this summer has been good and I have learned quite a bit by being home. I had a great time with everyone that I was able to spend time with and get to know. I can\'t wait to come home and see you guys again. Anyway I\'m tired, so goodnight and see ya later. :)
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Fighting For Joy

Fighting for Joy can be one of the hardest things to do. I mean usually if you are fighting for something then it means you are without it. Maybe you lost it, misplaced it, forgot you had it, or maybe never had it, however it happened its gone. This describes my past two days. It started when I woke up yesterday and I was just attacked with all these wrong thoughts and beliefs and I chose to believe them, thereby causing an emo mood ( I got this from Rachael ). While driving to Nashville to meet with my girls Lauren and Whitney, God gently reminded me that I had to fight for joy in times like these. God reminded me that I have a choice to make, I can choose to fight for the Truth in my life or lay down and die. This can be very difficult to do because honestly sometimes it just seems easier to lay down and die, but nothing comes from that. When we choose to believe God\'s Truth it can be so incredible to experience your heart, attitude, perspective, everything change. Its life being breathed into you... like someone just performed CPR on you. I think that is why it is SO important to be in God\'s word and to KNOW God\'s word. I think that is why I love the Psalms because we get see King David\'s walk with God and how he too struggled and didn\'t always continually have joy. I love reading through some of the Psalms because you see a perfect picture of David fighting and choosing to believe the Truth in his life. I think Psalm 62 is a great example of David crying out to God in a time of distress and claiming God\'s truth in that time. Granted David is actually fighting off real people, but the concept is the same.

Psalm 62

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down this leaning wall, this tottering fence? They full intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies. With thier mouths they bless but in thier hearts they curse.

Find rest, O my soul in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my might rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance they are nothing; together they are only a breath. Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.

Just like David, we are fighting battles DAILY so like David we have to CHOOSE to believe God\'s Truth for our lives and this is possible when we KNOW God\'s Truth.

Anyway so that is what I have had to do today... Choose to believe God\'s Truth in my life. And I am STILL consciously having to do this as I write this. I hope you guys have a great night!

Also Eph 6:10-12 is helpful also. :)
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