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Daily Coffee Break With God #2

By Brook Ault

Forgiving Ourselves

Let’s face it, we all mess up and fall short of God’s glory. Trust me, I know exactly what this looks like. Maybe we’ve let someone we care about down or stayed out too late with friends and slept through a super important group presentation. Or maybe we talked negatively about someone behind their back or threw somebody under the bus to save our own reputation. No matter what it may be, the truth is, we aren’t perfect.

Although God is calling us to resemble him and encourages us to be kind and loving individuals, we are also human. God doesn’t love us because we deserve his love or because we are loyal servants. He does not love for who we are or what we have done but rather because of who he is. Think back to a time when you did something that infuriated your parents. Growing up, I unfortunately had a lot of these little moments. When I was younger and bed time was still a very real concept, I would always tip toe to the tv area in the middle of the night where my brother and I would stay up until midnight binge watching Scooby Doo, mindlessly munching on hot Cheetos, and drinking an unhealthy amount of cherry coke. It was all fun and games until my parents found my brother and I sprayed on the cotch couch at 6 o’clock in the morning, covered in Cheeto dust and surrounded by enough empty coke cans for 5 people.

Boy, were my parents furious that we had disobeyed the bedtime rules! The remote was hidden and out went the coke and Cheetos. (This was a very rough time for 12 year old Brook). However, even though they were pretty disappointed with my brother and I’s actions, my parents continued to love us unconditionally and eventually, we were forgiven and regained our privileges.

Just like our parents, God loves us unconditionally. He won’t turn away from us or disown us when we trip up. Instead, God forgives us and calls us to forgive others. Colossians 3:13 says “Bear with Each other and forgive one another if you have a grievance against someone. Forgive as the lord forgave you.”

Sometimes, it can be hard to get past the things we’ve done or the things that have been done to us in the past. Unfortunately, I’ve made bigger mistakes in my life than sacrificing sleep for hot Cheetos. And for the longest time, these mistakes hindered my relationship with Christ because I wasn’t convinced that God would want anything to do with me. However, God is reminding me the importance of forgiving myself every day.
When we make mistakes, we can often be tempted to lose courage and turn away from our faith, however, if you are feeling that way today, I encourage you to repent, forgive yourself, and turn to God for strength and motivation to stay on the right path.

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Daily Coffee Break with God

By Brook Ault

Finding Rest in Christ

We all have our expectations of college- crazy adventures with new friends, educational and academic success, exciting internship opportunities, a new sense of freedom, lifelong relationships; the list goes on and on. But, if you’ve had an experience similar to mine, you’ve probably discovered that college isn’t always easy. As a freshman here at Olivet, I’ve experienced how incredibly difficult it can be to move away from home, adjust to a completely new environment, keep up with an enormous amount of course work while running on about zero hours of sleep, deal with awkward roommate conflict, resist the urge to venture to Culvers’ every night for a large cookie dough mixer, budget your very, very, small amount of spending money, find a job, manage a social life, and drag yourself to your 8:00 a.m. in the mornings when all you really want to do is hit the snooze button and stay in bed all day. The fact of it is, college can be exhausting. However, in the midst of the stressful times in our lives, we can find peace and rest in knowing that the same God who created the moon and stars is walking along side us every day.

Exodus 33:14 says ‘The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”’ These words of truth remind us that, even when we experience stress or doubt, we can find a sense of peace in the fact that God is working in our lives. This truth is incredibly important to remember and can carry us through even the most exhausting times in our life.

Whatever it be, whether you’re running late to class, drowning in homework, overwhelmed with anxiety due to relationship conflict, struggling to plan your future, running on less than three hours of sleep, or busting your tail just to pass a class, the perfect cure could be to stop, take a breath, and allow peace to wash over your body, remembering that we can always find rest in the fact that our God is alive and with us.

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Welcome to Weekends #3

By Sarah Breinig

1) Watch Unplanned

Get ready feel all the feels while watching this film as a former Planned Parenthood director begins to question the morality of abortion opening this Friday, March 29.

2) See Dumbo

Disney is doing another remake, this time with the beloved film Dumbo. Join Dumbo the elephant as he becomes the circus’ hit attraction as the world’s only flying elephant. Relive the classic film with a modern rendition.

3) Browse The Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities

Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities is an antique where you can find all sorts of interesting merchandise. Located at 1513 W. Foster Ave. Chicago, IL, Woolly Mammoth is great for anyone interested in looking at something different. For more information, visit https://www.woollymammothchicago.com/

4) Shopping at the Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile is Chicago’s largest shopping district. Whether you are searching for shopping, dining, or some historical architecture, there is something for you to do. Featuring shops like Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, the Apple Store, and the Disney Store, no matter what your shopping taste is there is something for you. For more information on the Mag Mile, check out https://www.themagnificentmile.com/

5) Check out the Hull House

Visit the home turned museum of Jane Addams Hull, the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. With a suggested donation of $5, learning about her amazing accomplishments in very affordable. To get the most out of the experience come at 1pm on Sundays for a free tour. For more information visit https://www.hullhousemuseum.org/

Weekend

Welcome to Weekends #2

By Sarah Breinig

1) Lincoln Park Zoo

The Lincoln Park Zoo offers free admission to all visitors. Before that weather warms up, visit the Zoo and see how the animals act in colder weather. Often animals are more active in cooler weather and right now is a great time to see it.

2) See Five Feet Apart

The Film Five Feet Apart came out on March 15th. See the thrilling tale of two teens who must remain five feet away from each other due to illness begin to fall for each other.

3) Shopping at the Water Tower Place

Located at 835 N. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, visit Chicago’s Water Tower Place. This mall contains over 100 stores, including Macy’s, Hollister, and Aéropostale. There are also several dining options scattered through the eight story tall shopping center. For a full list of shopping and eating options visit https://www.shopwatertower.com/en.html to find out more.

4) The Chicago Botanical Garden Orchid Show

Last chance to visit the Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanical Gardens closing on March 24. General admission to the gardens is free, but parking is $25 per car (make sure you ride up with friends and split the fee to save a few bucks). Tickets for the Orchid Show cost $10-$12 per person, but this is a ton to see in the gardens even if you do not go to the Orchid Show. For more information on the Orchid Show visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/orchid. If you and one friend are going to the Orchid Show check out this deal on parking: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/events/featured_events/orchid_show_two_pack_2019.

5) Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, better know as C2E2, is Chicagoland’s largest comic book convention. But do not be fooled, this event is not just for massive nerds, but nerds will also be right at home. C2E2 is just as much a pop culture convention as it is a comic book convention. To check out if this is for you visit https://www.c2e2.com/. Badges (which serve as tickets to all of the events) cost $55 at the door on Saturday March 23. If you purchase your badge before midnight on March 21 tickets will be discounted. For more information on badge pricing check out https://www.c2e2.com/Badges/Badge-Details/.

Weekend

Welcome To Weekends #1

By Sarah Breinig

1) Ice Skating at Millennium Park
This is your last chance to try out Millennium Park’s outdoor ice skating rinks, which both close on March 10. The McCormick Tribune Rink is a tradition oval shape perfect for beginners. The Ribbon, located at Maggie Daily Park, is a long circular path with level, uphill, and downhill skating for a slightly more experienced skater although beginners are welcome to try. Skates may be rented for $15 a pair, but bring your own, and it’s completely free of charge.

2) Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel hits the big screen this weekend. See how Marvel Comics newest heroine will punch holes in the sky in the final Marvel film before Endgame is released.

3) Window Shop Macy’s Department Store
Located at 111 N State St in the heart of downtown Chicago, this thirteen-story tall store will provide hours of entertainment. No matter what you are looking for, it’s there.

4) Go to Chicago and take the train
If you are unfamiliar with Chicago, try taking the L train through the heart of Chicago. Sitting in a train car, you can see many historical buildings, experience what it’s like to be a Chicagoan, and get where you need to go. Go to https://www.transitchicago.com/ for information regarding train/bus routes, arrival times, and fare rates.

5) Visit the Lake
Check out the lovely Lake Michigan in the colder weather. The beach will look completely different on a cold day than on a warm one. The choppy waves and deep blue color is perfect for getting great photos.