You made it to Thanksgiving Break! Way to go! As you head home to celebrate with your family, here are a few tips to make the most of your time at home:
1. You are different but probably look the same. Cut your family some slack. They’ll want to treat you like your senior-in-high-school self.
They weren’t there when you cooked your first meal, found your way to your classes, washed your first load of laundry, had amazing encounters with the Lord or met all of your new friends. You’ve changed. You’ve been through so much in the last few months. They want to know about it but may just not get how much you’ve been through. Go easy on them. They want to love you and know you. Give them time to accept the new, college, closer to adult you.
2. Sleep but not too much.
You are probably exhausted and there is nothing like sleeping in the amazingly more comfy bed at your parent’s house. Sleep! Live it up. Just don’t overdo it and miss out on time with your fam.
3. See your high school buddies…if you want.
You most likely can’t wait to see your high school buds. Hang out. Swap stories. Have fun! There is something so sweet about being with people who have known you for years instead of months. Just know, at some point, you may not be as eager to hang out with HS buddies and just know…that’s OK.
4. Engage your family. Ask them about themselves. Prioritize time with them over your friends.
Treat your family the way you’d like to be treated. Serve them. Ask them questions about their lives. Show interest in who they are and what they’ve been up to. These are the folks that will be with you for the long haul.
5. Take some quiet time away with the Lord.
This might be the first time in weeks that no one is knocking on your dorm door or texting you from down the hall asking you to go get coffee. Enjoy the slow down. Use it to reflect on what you’ve been through, what the Lord is teaching you through it. Take time to commit finals to your Savior and ask Him to empower you to finish strong.
I love you, ladies and am praying for you!
*tgiving meme: http://www.complex.com/art-design/2012/11/25-hilarious-thanksgiving-memes/gravy-maybe
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt 6:33
Here you go! Most of you have either already left for school or are leaving in the next week or so. As I was thinking of you this morning, the Lord led me to remind you to SEEK HIM FIRST. Starting college for the first time or going back is so exciting. It’s great to see and meet people, get your dorm or apartment all cuted up and put on your school swag as you head out to the first football game. In the midst of all of this, SEEK JESUS.
Please remember that if you try and find fulfillment in friends, classes, boys, etc. you will always be disappointed. Take some time today, drop to your knees and offer your semester to the King. Ask Him to give you a heart that longs for Him above all things. Ask His Holy Spirit to draw you to Himself. Ask Him to bring you peace that He is taking care of everything so you can rest in Him.
I love you, my girls. I am praying for you today and in the coming days.
Pull up the 40% off code on your phone, head to Hobby Lobby and buy you a CANVAS. They’re cheap and the DIY options are endless. Watch my short video below to see how to use a little fabric and a painted wooden letter to make a super cute piece of wall decor.
Other canvas options: mod podge magazine clippings and phrases, use acrylic paint to write a phrase or make a monogram and cover several canvases with fabric to make great wall art. Here are some of the best ways I’ve seen canvases used:
As you pull the last piece of tape across the top of the final cardboard box and click the last storage tub top into place, you might feel pretty overwhelmed. Do you really have everything you need? It”s no wonder you”re doubting! Every store you”ve been to lately has a dorm room display showcasing all the things you HAVE TO HAVE in order to have the best dorm ever! Some stores even provide you with a typed-up list filled with HUNDREDS of items they believe you need for your freshman dorm room. These lists are pretty ridiculous and to prove it, I wanted to highlight a few from a list I found online that made me chuckle (the items from the list are in bold):
- Dinnerware, flatware, drinkware: Seriously? You need 1 plastic plate, 1 bowl and 1 cup…for real.
- Snack Table: Yes, they listed that one. Puh-lease.
- Electric toothbrush, back brush, shower radio: I went ahead and lumped all that nonsense together. BTW…does anyone under 70 acutally use a “back brush”?
- Paper shredder: Ummm…NO
- Safe: Yes, as in with a combination and everything. Granted, stuff tends to go missing in college dorms but the bottom line is, if you have something really valuable-don”t leave it in your dorm room where it can be easily jacked.
Pretty hilarious, right? As much as I wish I had, I did not make these up!
Enough ragging on the stores and all of the unnecessary items. What are the things you really need for your first year? I got a little help compiling this list from some F15 alums. These are the things they said were either super essential or just really great to have:
- Calendar/Planner: The girls liked having a big calendar to write all due dates and events on and then a smaller agenda or planner to carry with them. (If you get stuck trying to plan, go to the Time Management chapter in The Freshman 15 Bible Study for tips!)
- Organization Items: They recommended “skinny hangers”, bed risers (so you can store stuff under the bed) and skinny shelf towers that you could put stuff and/or baskets of stuff in.
- Techie stuff: Power strips with surge protectors, all the cables that go with your printer, computer, etc. and possibly a wireless router unless your dorm already has one.
- Decor: Bedding (an extra set of sheets recommended), desk lamp (for working late when roomie is snoozing), bulletin board (to post pics, etc.) and a white board (so your pals can leave sweet notes.)
- Up-keep items: Cleaning supplies (a small vacuum and cleaning wipes). Several of the girls recommended keeping a small tool kit in the room. They said there were so many occasions when they needed it and/or someone in their dorm needed it.
- A LAP DESK: This is the one that ALL of the girls loved and highly recommended. You can find “em at places like Target & Bed, Bath & Beyond. They liked to use them to be able to work in their bed, in a comfy chair or on a couch with it.
- THE FRESHMAN 15: And of course, don”t forget to take your F15 Bible Study and frame to help keep at the front of your mind the 15 things we talked about!
I hope this post helps you feel a little less overwhelmed and a lot more prepared to make the best of your new living quarters! I know they are going to be darling and I can”t wait to see pics.
I love you, girls and I am praying for you daily. May you feel the peace that only our God gives as you prepare for this exciting new adventure!
I have been scouring the web to find the cutest, REAL dorm rooms to help inspire your decorating. Pinterest is so fun for this stuff. For my college dorm room. my roommate and I went and bought cute wrapping paper and covered a couple of our walls to add color. I can only imagine what we would have come up with if we had all these fun DIY pins.
**Disclaimer: Please don”t get overwhelmed with all these ideas and the cute stuff you see out there. Pick 2 things you think are great and do them. Clean lines and fun colors in your bedding will go a long way toward making an awesome room.
One of the best ideas I”ve seen is using monograms in your room to help add style and make it personal. You can and attach them right to your wall–above your headboard or on the wall your bed touches. Another cute way to use them is to attach them to canvas; that way you can move it when you move.
Here are some of the cutest monogrammed dorms I found:
Poms! Hang em above your bed, above your desk, in a corner, on a curtain rod over the window, at the end of your bed like a pom partition, the options are endless. Poms are an easy, cheap, fun way to add color and girliness to your otherwise super drab
cell dorm room.
Here’s how you make paper poms:
For maximum pom cuteness:
DO:Make em big & fluffy. Hang them at varying lengths. Use an odd number (5 or 7 should do it). Group them.
DON’T: Make em tiny & wrinkled. Hang them all the same. Put one random guy in each corner. Just do 2 or 4.
Check out these cute pom decor ideas:
To make yarn poms, check out this tutorial.
Now: LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE this post for your chance to win a $10 Hobby Lobby gift card so you can do this or another fun craft.
Announcing the upcoming series from The Freshman 15: DIY Your Dorm. The next 4 posts will show you easy and cheap ways to add style to your dorm.
- MAKE IT MONDAY: A new craft tutorial will be posted. When you see it come up in your FB feed, LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE to win a $10 Hobby Lobby gift card.
- WIN IT WEDNESDAY: I’ll announce the winner of the gift card from those who entered the contest Mon & Tues by LIKE, COMMENT and SHARING.
- FUN FIND FRIDAY: A post with a cute find to help brighten up your dorm room.
I was doomed. Destined for destruction. Bound by sin. Ensured a lifetime of bondage, chains, struggle and pain. But, the grace of God came down, took on flesh and set me free.
The beauty of this truth is that it not only sets me free from bondage to sin but it helps me offer grace to those who are suffering from the consequences of sin.
I counsel friends and college girls who have a myriad of painful struggles. They suffer with the consequences of their flesh-driven choices and need a friend to love them as they grieve over their sin. Every time I hear their stories I am reminded: THERE, BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD, GO I.
It is only by the grace we receive from the sanctifying work of Christ that keeps us from the same painful fate. It is NOTHING of our own doing. There should be no pride, no hateful judgement, no shame cast on others who have fallen short. You and I didn’t achieve our righteousness on our own and therefore, we get NO credit.
Do you know someone who had premarital sex, abuses alcohol or drugs, lives with depression and suicidal thoughts, had an abortion, was unfaithful to their spouse? What are your thoughts toward them? Yes, we reap what we sow; that’s not the point of this post. There is certainly room for godly counsel and accountability in the body of Christ.
My encouragement for you is this: the next time you are confronted with the painful consequences of someone’s sin, please remember that without God’s grace, you would be destined for the same fate.
But THANKS BE TO GOD, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness (emphasis mine).
Photo Credit: http://thomasg1971.blogspot.com
Getting older is harder on the body but so much easier on the soul.
I don’t recover from days of little sleep as easily, I can’t fit back into my “skinny” jeans by just running and eating well for a week, I require two to three cups of coffee instead of just one and a nice, quiet dinner out with the hubs sounds way better than any concert or club.
But, I am totally ok with all of that stuff (well, minus the metabolism shift!). As a trade-off, I am much calmer and much less stressed and anxious. I don’t beat myself up all the time for not being perfect because I have truly come to realize that no one is. I don’t freak out if someone sees me out without make-up on because I just don’t care about their opinion like I used to and I kinda feel like it helps show my girlfriends that I don’t have it all together either. I don’t stress about the future or my career because I have seen how God has directed my path regardless of how much I worried about it.
Most amazingly, I am stunned by how I continue to grow in my relationship with the Lord. I think there was a part of twenty year old me that worried there was nothing more to learn. I had read the whole Bible, memorized a bunch of scripture and been studying, reading and teaching it since I was 14. What more could there be? Stupid twenty year old me had no idea what I was in for. Just in the last year I have come face to face with my own wretchedness and God’s grace-filled, loving-kindness anew. I am in awe of the facets of the gospel I have yet to uncover and look forward to how thirty year old me will be transformed by this new understanding of Grace.
To my twenty year old friends: Don’t fear getting older. It is so wonderful and filled with much more peace and much less angst than your twenties. Try to relax, focus on God’s already given approval instead of that of others and receive peace in knowing HE’S GOT THIS.
Blogs Kate follows
- Home for the Holidays
- Seek FIRST
- DIY Your Dorm: CANVAS
- Bed, Bath & BEYOND UNNECESSARY
- DIY Your Dorm: Photo Swag
- DIY Your Dorm: MONOGRAMS!
- Make it Monday: Poms
- DIY Your Dorm: Ideas & Contest
- There, but for the grace of God, go I…
- What 30 Year Old Me Would Tell 20 Year Old Me
- DON’T SETTLE
- Christian Sororities
- Foul Language
- What I Read in 2012
- Savoring the New Testament in 2012