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Guess What?

I declared a major today at MTSU. 

I consulted with an
advisor that was trained to help me figure out what majors would suit
my interests last week.  I told him that I planned on being a music
minister and that I would like to major in something that would help
with a job that I could fall back on (I am minoring in music at MTSU). 
So when we put all of my interests into proven charts and things he
suggested to me the major of

only would a job like this pay me well, but I can also use many of the
techniques that I will learn here in counseling for a church or other
things like that.  That's one of the reasons I picked it. 

really would concentrate more on the HR part of it dealing with
people's motivation and job satisfaction.  It sounds like fun to me. 
This is very tentative however, and I'm gonna try the waters with an
introductory course next semester as I'm finishing up the last of my
core classes.  Wish me luck!

Oh.  And don't worry.  I'm still making Music Ministry my main goal. 
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So I got an incredible gift for Valentine's Day from Steph.  She bought
me a web cam!  It's awesome!  I can sit and talk to Steph or whoever
else has one, as if they were sitting across the room from me.  I've
also been messing around with Windows Movie Maker.  I'm getting the
hang of it and I like it so far.  I might post up some stupid stuff
that I've been working on so far.  We'll see how that goes.  Just
having some fun with effects.  If anyone knows of any free legally
downloadable good video editing software, then let me know.  I'm kinda
having fun with it.  That's about all right now.  I just wanted to say
thanks to my beautiful girlfriend for the awesome gift.

On a more serious note youth group has really been
pushing for revival, and I am lovin every minute of it.  Our youth
group has such a passion for God, and we have just had service after
service of the goodness of the Holy Spirit.  This past Wednesday was
another crazy service, and God did a lot in it.  People were shouting
and flowing in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Lord moved.  It was
kinda weird though.  I felt like I was forcing it.  Like I was trying
to hard to do something that the Lord was supposed to build in me.  I
put myself in check and prayed off in a corner, and at first I thought
that I was just Spiritually flat at the moment and didn't have any more
praise in me, but I've been thinking about it a lot and maybe that's
not it.  The Bible is all about making a joyful noise, and raising your
voice and singing and shouting unto God, but there is also a verse that
I've heard a million times that I've never really thought about
seriously til now, because it's really never applied.  Psalms 46:10
says "Be still, and know that I am God."  Sometimes you don't have to
always be screaming at the top of your lungs to give God praise.  I'm
loud all of the time, so maybe my sacrifice of praise is to just be
quiet.  Correct me if I'm wrong...

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Update on Life

So I'm starting to see that I need a different vehicle.  I am under the
impression that my vehicle will cost too much to repair for it's worth,
and that if I could just buy a used one it would end up being a better
situation.  This will probably take a while seeing as how saving enough
for a car is difficult when you are going to school and working at the
same time.  If anyone knows of a good deal let me know.

That's just a little heads up.  As for life....

Work:  I'm trying to work a lot more hours because of the above
mentioned dilemna.  This however hurts my other activities not in the
area of delving into their time slots, but just reducing the amount of
sleep that I get for them.  I am trying to work on those sleeping
habits though.

School:  School is just really...boring.  I'm not taking any classes
that really interest me right now, because I really need to start
getting rid of all my core classes.  I do enjoy learning about theory
though.  Learning fixed solfege is crazy though. 

Church:  I can honestly say that this is one aspect of my life that is
exciting at the moment.  We have been working on the new youth room and
things are really coming together.  Our first service in there was last
Sunday night and it went really well.  We're really trying to make it
our own and watching it take shape is exciting.  I'm believing we're
gonna start packing it out on Sunday nights...

Steph:  Steph and I are doing really good.  In a little more than a
month (March 8) we will be celebrating our 2nd year of dating.  I'm
still just as crazy about her as I was at the beginning. 

God:  I've been really trying to improve our relationship lately.  It's
actually been quite difficult with all of the things I've just
mentioned being in full swing, but that's what my earlier post was
talking about.  God has to have the #1 priority and everything else
should come second.  I'm working on it, and slowly but surely, I think
I'm improving. 

I'm definately learning that sleep doesn't really exist in the world of a working college student.  ;) 

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That's a word that I would use to describe...
My life
My priorities
My time management
My room ;)

I think it's time for me to advance, grow up, and get to straightening things up. Anyone else going through something similar?
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I don't know if you've seen the movie The Mask, but at the beginning it
shows a guy who is just having a rough day.  He gets ripped off by the
car repair men for unnecessary repair, he gets kicked out of a club,
get's a puddle splashed on him, his rental car breaks down on a bridge,
and then it starts raining.....then he finds the mask.

Now that past couple of days have really not been that great for me.  I
won't go into details, because then this would just be a gloomy blog. 
Instead I want to share with you some blessings that God has done the
past couple of days.

Yesterday I had had a long day, and it was about time for work to
start.  Now recently, because of school and other circumstances, I am
extremely low on cash causing a need for me to make my dinner for
work.  I made a sack lunch, and it honestly just looked terrible.  I
made it quickly, and it really wouldn't have satisfied me.  Well, when
I showed up to work that night, I ended up getting to train someone! 
This means that I not only get a higher hourly pay, but I also get a
free meal!  That was totally a God thing. 

Now today hasn't been the best day either, but one thing that really
had me worried was my theory class.  Today was our first lesson, and
already we are told to begin memorizing fixed solfage where every note
on the piano has it's own syllable (sharps and flats are different). 
This can be done, but since we are required to obtain the textbook by
tomorrow, I was in a real jam, because of the above mentioned pickle. 
I didn't have much money at all, and I was sure the book was
expensive.  Well, I ended up going to the bookstore to see what the
damage would be, and how much money I would need to acquire, and the
book ended up being surprising inexpensive, and I could afford it right

It's funny how we don't notice the little things like that unless it's
in the middle of a bad day.  I want to start counting my blessings a
little more closely now. 
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