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Welcome to Weekends #5

By Sarah Breinig

1) Eat a grilled cheese sandwich

Today (Friday) is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, so eat a grilled cheese sandwich and live it up. Why not add some licorice to you meal? Today is also National Licorice Day, so snack on some!

2) Learn 10 phrases in another language

It is always a good idea to be familiar with other languages, so why not get started and try learning a few common phrases like “where is the bathroom?” or “my name is… what is your name?” Try discovering what your favorite color is or how to order your favorite meal. Pick a language and go for it!

3) Classic Movie Night

Grab some friends and stay inside this weekend and watch some old school movies. Check out these movies streaming on Netflix right now.
• West Side Story
• Jaws
• Raiders of the Lost Ark
• Pretty in Pink
• Heathers
• Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail
For more classics on Netflix go to https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/g25646011/best-classic-movies-on-netflix/.

4) U-Pull-It

Do you like fixing cars, but never know where to go for parts? Why not go to U-Pull-It? After paying a $2 admittance fee, you can walk through aisle after aisle of cars and pull and purchase the parts you want from them. Even if you are not into cars, this can be an interesting place to spend so time. Go to http://www.auroraupullit.com/ for more information.

5) Visit the Skydeck

Want to experience Chicago in a fun new way? Want to face fear right in the eye? If your answer was yes to either of these questions, visit the Chicago Skydeck on the Willis Tower (it is spelled “Willis,” but any Chicago native will tell you it is pronounced “Sears”). Located on the 103rd floor, the Skydecks are enclosed balconies with glass floors hanging off one of the world’s tallest buildings, giving visitors a view unlike any other. Although tickets cost $25, this is a unique way to experience Chicago. To order your tickets go to https://tickets.theskydeck.com/e-commerce/ItemList.aspx

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Daily Coffee Break With God #5

By Brook Ault

Speak Life

Lets just be super honest with ourselves for a second, we’ve all slipped and said a thing or two we shouldn’t have. Whether we stubbed on our toe on a piece of furniture and accidently let a very colorful word slip out or found ourselves talking negatively about someone behind their backs, the truth of it is, were human and humans mess up.

God does call us to speak purely and represent him with the words that we say. His hope is that when we speak, people will recognize the love of Christ through our words and feel closer to him. This puts a huge amount of pressure on us, and, when we live in a world where it’s becoming increasingly common to speak negatively, it can be a very daunting task.

I am probably the poster child for letting my mouth get the best of me when I’m angry, and, frankly, this happens more often than I’d like to admit. When I get really upset, and I’m talking knees shaking, muscles tightening, heart pounding angry, it takes everything I have and then some to keep myself from chewing out the poor victim who set me off. But afterwards, when the harsh words have spilled out of mouth too quick for me to even acknowledge what they were, I don’t feel any better. In fact, I feel even worse.

We’re not perfect. We’re going to slip up and, yes, God will love us unconditionally through our mistakes. However, when we speak negatively about someone who God created, we are failing to glorifying him and represent Christ to those who do not know him.

I am just as guilty as anyone else when it comes to this and It’s something I’d really like to change about myself. Running off and talking bad about a friend when I’m upset doesn’t make me feel any better and it doesn’t fix that relationship. Lately, I’ve been trying a new thing where, when I feel like bashing someone or speaking negatively, I mentally remind myself that negative thoughts and actions only distance myself from the one thing that brings me real, sincere joy, my relationship with Christ. I then try to combat my negative thoughts and feelings with positive ones.

We’re human. We make mistakes and sometimes were going to slip up. However, I encourage you today to ask God to purify your heart and give you the strength and guidance to positively represent him with the words you say.

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Daily Coffee Break With God #4

By Brook Ault

Rejoice Always

Sometimes, when life has us down, joy seems pretty far away and rejoicing in the Lord, although we know he is worthy of our praise, can be pretty exhausting. However, when it comes to our relationship with Christ, rejoicing can impact the vibe of our entire day. Reserving time to praise God in the morning reminds us of his unexplainable love for us. When we take the time to stop, reminisce, and bask in the presence of the lord, we are reminded of the amazing things he has done in our lives. In times of struggle, turmoil, confusion, or just plain exhaustion, rejoicing in the Lord reminds us that, even in these exasperating times, we stand in victory when we have Christ by our side.

With second semester coming to an end, this has been a huge struggle for me. Call me crazy but, when I’m knee deep in research papers, running on 3 hours of sleep, and cram studying for a huge test I have in just an hour, my first thought in the morning isn’t always to rejoice. However, being so consumed with worry and waking up every morning with no objective other than to check off a never ending to-do list isn’t honoring the father and it definitely isn’t benefitting me.

Colossians 1:11-14 says, “And with joy give thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to have your share of what God has reserved for his people in the kingdom of light.”

Like me, maybe you’re struggling to find the motivation to rejoice in God’s glory. This week, I encourage you to take little steps to make this a priority in your day. Whether it’s waking up in the morning and saying a prayer of thanks or just simply basking in the glory of the Lord, I encourage you to rejoice in him, remembering that he is worthy. Start each day reminding yourself that you are a child of the one true king, and see how this effects your mentality and intimacy with Christ!

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Welcome to Weekends #4

By Sarah Breinig

1) Visit the Field Museum

The Field Museum is offering free days April 5-7 for all Illinois residents. Make sure you bring a state ID. (ONU students- you can bring a piece of mail with your campus address, but it is not always accepted.) Make sure to check out Sue (the most complete T-Rex skeleton ever found), the Ancient Egypt exhibit, and the Hall of Gems. For more information on exhibits and the Field, go to https://www.fieldmuseum.org/.

2) See SHAZAM!

DC Comics’ newest film features Zachary Levi as the title character, a young boy who revives the superpowers of history’s strongest heroes and uses those gifts to fight crime on a hilarious adventure.

3) Go to the Chicago Riverwalk

As the weather is warming up, take a walk up and down the Riverwalk and see the stunning Chicago River. If walking is not your speed, rent a Divy Bike (https://www.divvybikes.com/) and bike the path instead. For more information and a map of the Riverwalk, visit https://www.chicagoriverwalk.us/.

4) Visit the Garfield Park Conservatory

If the weather is not quite warm enough for you to hang outside, enjoy nature in the indoors at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Visit the Tickled Pink gallery and see all of the other galleries alongside it. Visit https://garfieldconservatory.org/ for more information.

5) Attend a Concert at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Enjoy a nice convert at the CSO with student discount rates. To purchase tickets and see the concert lists, go to https://cso.org/ticketsandevents/student-tickets/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw1pblBRDSARIsACfUG111vy8ChApJje0VJ4iAKAoizVhahUjPSBeFvuvj1BMUhvM3JGt8N1caAn8rEALw_wcB.

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Daily Coffee Break With God #3

By Brook Ault

Worrying God Away

If I’m being completely honest, this past week has not been the easiest. From juggling what feels like 900 courses, frantically running from meeting to meeting, struggling to fit in even an hour of study time, planning for next semester, and figuring out what direction I want to take with my life, I feel beyond overwhelmed and want nothing more than to curl up in my bed at a reasonable time of night with the peace that passes all understanding.

As a college freshman, I luckily have many years to toy around with what I want to do with my life. However, for someone who takes 20 minutes to decide what cereal I want to eat in the morning, even registering for classes and determining if I should stick with my major can be a monstrous decision. It’s at times like these that I feel such an overwhelming anxiety that turning to God can seem as taxing as running a marathon.

God’s unconditional love for us is proof that he will never leave us. However, sometimes we push him so far away, that it seems like he is nowhere to be found. Why do we do this? Why do we create so much distance between us and the lord when all he wants to do is give us peace? Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty guilty of this myself. Sometimes it’s so easy to blame God for the chaos happening in our lives, rather than lean on him for comfort and strength. It’s even easier to become so consumed with the worldly chaos around us that we completely forget to turn our attention to Christ.

Casting our cares unto our father is such a hard concept for us to grasp simply because we are so hard headed! Trust me, I’m speaking for myself when I say we love to have control. Many of us worry about things like what we will wear, what we will eat, and how are we going to pass that chemistry class is totally kicking us in the rump, or what our future will hold. It’s scary to wander what life outside of home or college will look like. We always want to know what’s next, what’s in store for us.

Sure, it can be unsettling and scary to go through life without an idea of where we will end up. However, when we surrender our lives and hand all control over to Christ, our lives become an amazing example of what God can do. I never imagined in a million years that I’d be here at Olivet studying communications. And if you told me I’d attend a Christian college, write a devotional blog, and actually enjoy mandatory chapel, I would’ve really laughed in your face. However, God has a funny way of putting us exactly where we need to be, if we allow him to. Today, I encourage you to take the worry you have, whatever it may be, and hand it over to God. Watch him work miracles in your life.