Sunday, September 13, 2009

Love Life

Life certainly is tough. Whenever things seem to be going just right, a problem arises that creates a myriad of problems. Yet we never stop loving life. Why is that?

I think it is because life is full of promise. There's always a surprise just around the corner. God seems to know when we need a little bit of a boost in life. Of courase, there are times when He seems to continually be testing us, but I think He can see when we need some sweet surprise in life. Sometimes, just when I'm going through a tough emotional time, someone will send me an e-mail, a text, or even a card that says that he or she is praying for me. Those little things light up my entire day because I feel as if I'm still cared about by both God and my friends. These, of course, are when I'm going though tough times and am in desperate need of those reminders.

Little surprises like those make life worth living. People come up with so many four-letter words to describe life when things are difficult. But there are so many better "four-letter words" to describe life: love, hope, kind, dear, home, and free. Each of these better describes life than any of the infamous four-letter words.

Monday, September 7, 2009

College decisions

I have written about college before, but that was a month ago, and I am still having college woes. I actually started filling out applications the other day. So far, Biola University, Westmont, and Point Loma Nazarene University are on my list. I think I'm going to check out Azusa Pacific as well. I now have essays to write, SATs to retake (even though my first attempt wasn't too shabby with well over 600s in every category. But when Frank Thiessen is your college counselor, be expected to work your heart out.) I also have to fill out the FAFSA, find scholarships, get teacher reccommendations, find some way to pay for room and board, take the ACT...just thinking about all of this gives me a headache. Of course, my four AP classes at my high school cannot suffer during this season either. And debate season officially opens this weekend and will last, Lord willing, until June.
But I am thoroughly convinced that I can handle all this. After all, the trying times are the times when I discover what I am really made of. I have survived Mrs. Walker's AP English Language class, so I am convinced I can survive the college search chaos and college itself.
I am sorry to bore anyone with this college stuff, but it has been on my mind recently. Anyone else have college stresses to share?