Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain) -Gary Allan

This song is relatively new, at least to me. And, let me tell you, it speaks to me.

I mean, just look at the title! It’s true, no storm can last forever, someday it will end, if not today.

“Every heartache will fade away.” I find this comforting, if not entirely believable.

“Every dark night will turn into day,” I mean, who hasn’t been awake at an awful time of the night for some reason or other between the serious, the sad, and the bothersome.

This song is nice because it reminds us that whatever we are facing, whatever we must go through on this earth will eventually end. It will eventually go away.

The storm will cease. 

Because, “Every Storm Runs Out of Rain”.

 

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WWMD/WWDD and Teenagers

I like using the question, “What would Jesus Do?” when  I am in a tough spot and have to make a decision. This question can be really helpful as long as I know the right example or verse from the Bible to apply to my situation. Sometimes I do, and other (most) times I have no idea what Jesus or one of his followers would do in a similar or parallel situation.

At this point, I switch it to “What Would Mom/Dad do?” My parents are both people I want to grow up and be like. They are great Christian examples and I probably use WWDD/WWMD a lot more than they think. Sometimes it is subconscious, but I definitely follow their example more than their words.

After reading this, I would think parents are thinking something to the effect of, “That is really sweet but then why did my kid do this? What about that other situation?

I’ll give an example: Teenagers are often known to dye their hair and get tattoos/piercings.

Parents often don’t understand this. At all. Parents wonder why their kids would do all these crazy things to their body.

The angle parents should consider is thus: Sometimes the changes kids make to their appearance are reflective of the changes going on inside of them. Changes such as the fact that they are losing some of the childishness, going through puberty, trying to fit in, making important decisions.

So while teenagers are going through these changes inside them and noticing inevitable ones around them, they may need a way to express themselves. They may need a way to get across to the world that everything is not the same as it used to be.

These changes are probably making the children more like their parents.

So it is possible, in a more potent situation, that a tattoo can mean a child is just one step closer to becoming like their parent. Maybe that piercing means that the child is becoming older. Probably that new hair color is just one of the ways teens are expressing themselves.

All the while, when these changes are being made, the teenagers just might be thinking, “What would my parents do?”

‘Twas the Night Before Finals

‘Twas the night before finals and all throughout campus

The students were studying, and the professors were grading,

For many finals were almost upon them, the grades would soon be due,

But the students simply wanted to leave the studying mayhem,

And go back to their homes with the friends and gifts and family,

But the finals were still to be taken and the studies to be studied,

The stress and satirical feelings of everyone

Characterizing every daughter and son

But there were also the lazy students who were on social media

Sick of all the encyclopedias, and undeniably ready to sing a Christmas song,

‘Twas the night before Finals and the snow was falling and the snowballs launching,

The snow being scrutinized more than ever before

An unhelpful but mesmerizing distraction from work

‘Twas the night before finals and all through the campus

The students were trying to study with all of their might.

Sickness, Stress and Thankfulness!

I am currently sort of sick. I have a tummy ache and feel crappy but haven’t puked. It’s like the awkward stage between being healthy and being sick, except it has lasted for a few days. Using Harry Potter as a way to explain my situation, I managed to splinch myself between sickness and health.

I am also a little stressed from finals. My final load isn’t too bad, but the atmosphere here makes everything worse. Everyone is stressing about finals and it sort of rubs off on me somehow.

Fortunately, these things remind me to be THANKFUL. I am thankful that I am only ‘sort of sick’ and not really sick. I am thankful that the majority of the people I know are healthy. I am thankful that I have finals to stress about, that I got the opportunity to come to college. I am thankful that my parents taught me to strive for good grades which means a little stress is imminent.

I am thankful for the bad things because they remind me of the good things.

 

 

Extracurricular Activities

In High School, I was one of those extracurricular activity gurus. You’ve met a ‘me’ before, one of those kids who is always doing something for a club or sport. By the end of high school, I had participated in numerous activities. I thought I would need them all on my resume RIGHT AWAY for jobs and college.

I didn’t.

So, when I got to college it was like, “NO MORE STUPID CLUBS I DON”T ACTUALLY WANT TO DO”. I decided I would only join fun ones that I really, really wanted to be in. Furthermore, I basically decided I was done volunteering. Who cares about my resume and that warm fuzzy feeling you get from volunteering if I can DO WHAT I WANT?

Then I got to college and joined Hall Council…Disc Golf Club…A Campus Ministry…The Newspaper…

I ended up volunteering through some of my clubs. I felt good about myself. Even better than some of the times I just ‘did what I wanted’.

I wrote a resume to apply for some campus positions and internships. I used SO MUCH of that high school experience in my resume.

Some of the clubs even preferred high school experience. I had it.

That’s when it hit me.

I don’t just join clubs to put them on my resume. I don’t just join clubs because it is something to do. I don’t just join clubs because someone says I should. I join clubs because it’s something I WANT TO DO. They are something that adds to my life, something that helps me with applications.

But most of all, extracurricular activities make me happy.

Say hello to a returned extracurricular guru.