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Homecoming Weekend!

October 21, 2015

It’s homecoming weekend!

There are so many exciting activities taking place across campus this weekend. Today, the weekend began with the Student Homecoming Kickoff. There was free Dunkin' Donuts coffee and donuts, free pennants, games, and food! I stopped by after Convocation to check out the event and learn about the other events happening this weekend.

There’s nothing a college student likes more than to hear that there’s free coffee and donuts!

Students were prepared to show their school spirit this weekend with these pennants!


Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening:


Thursday, October 22nd

- The weekend is starting out with the REDvolution Tour, featuring Red, Tedashii, Capital Kings, and Wolves at the Gate. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and is taking place in the LaHaye Event Space.

- Thursday is also the last College Night at Scaremare! Students can get terrified by chainsaw-wielding clowns for a discounted rate of $3!


Friday, October 23rd

- Jefferson Bethke is speaking during Convocation! He’s a worldwide speaker, spoken word poet, and author.

- From 6-9 p.m., there will be a carnival and food trucks for registered Homecoming attendees behind the Hancock Welcome Center!

- Liberty Flames Hockey will play their home opener against Davenport University at 7 p.m. in the new LaHaye Ice Center.

- At 8 p.m., Gillville begins! As always, come out to stay the night before the big game with s’mores, games, and giveaways!


Saturday, October 24th

- Get up early and head over to the Deep Hollow Marathon and 5k at Camp Hydaway! Check out more information about the race here.

- The Basketball Fan Fest begins at 12 p.m. in the Vines Center. The Men’s team will be having an open practice and a scrimmage, while the Women’s team will sign autographs.

- At 4 p.m., stay near University Blvd. for the Homecoming Parade!

- And by 7 p.m., head over to the Williams Football Stadium for the Liberty Flames Football game against Kennesaw State.

Check out more information about all the Homecoming activities here!

Have some fun this weekend and take advantage of all the festivities!


Songs for the Stressed

October 21, 2015

There are days when the stress is overwhelming. It’s a daily fight to remember the truth that my God is in control and that He is working for His glory and my good. But there are days when it feels like my fears, insecurities, and doubts are winning. There are days when my feelings play tricks on me. They tell me I’ve ruined everything, that nothing will ever be good again, and that I’m a worthless failure. But those are the days when I have to tell myself the truth. I often know the truth in my head but can’t believe it in my heart.

 It’s not easy to tell yourself the truth. Sometimes it feels weirdly satisfying to wallow in your own insecurities and believe your own lies. So sometimes, when it’s hardest to remember the truth, I turn to some of my favorite music. Today, I was so frustrated and stressed and overwhelmed. I needed to tell myself the truth – the mountains aren’t immovable and my God is bigger than my mistakes and failures. Here are some of my favorite songs that helped me tell myself the truth today.


1. “No Longer Slaves,” Bethel Music (Jonathan David, Melissa Helser)

From: We Will Not Be Shaken, Bethel Music

Favorite part:

You unravel me, with a melody

You surround me with a song

Of deliverance, from my enemies

Till all my fears are gone

I’m no longer a slave to fear

I am a child of God


2. “City of Hope,” Amanda Cook

From: Brave New World, Amanda Cook

Favorite part:

Adoption is our heritage

Chosen from the orphanage

The Father's great inheritance

Bestowed upon us all

You are mending the broken-hearted

You are making all things new

You're rebuilding out of the ruins

A city of hope with the ones You love


3. “Captain,” Hillsong United

From: Empires, Hillsong United

Favorite Part:

Lost in the shallows amidst fear and fog

Your truth is the compass that points me back north


My Captain

My soul's trusted Lord

All my allegiance is rightfully Yours


4. “Clear the Stage,” Jimmy Needham

From: Clear the Stage, Jimmy Needham

Favorite part:

Then seek the Lord and wait for what he has in store

And know that great is your reward so just be hopeful

'Cause you can sing all you want to

Yes, you can sing all you want to

You can sing all you want to

And still get it wrong; worship is more than a song


5. “You Will Never Run,” Rend Collective

From: As Family We Go, Rend Collective

Favorite part:

Love wide as galaxies

Love deeper than the sea

Countless as all infinity

Love like a shooting star

Tearing apart the dark

Shining for all eternity


6. “Called Me Higher,” All Sons and Daughters

From: The Longing EP, All Sons and Daughters

Favorite part:

I could hold on

I could hold on to who I am and never let You

Change me from the inside

And I could be safe

I could be safe here in Your arms and never leave home

Never let these walls down

But You have called me higher

You have called me deeper

And I'll go where You will lead me Lord


7. “From the Day,” I Am They

From: I Am They, I Am They

Favorite part:

From the day You saved my soul

'Til the very moment that I come home

I'll sing, I'll dance

My heart will overflow

From the day You saved my soul


8. “Multiplied,” Needtobreathe

From: Rivers in the Wasteland, Needtobreathe

Favorite part:

God of mercy sweet love of mine

I have surrendered to Your design

May this offering stretch across the skies

And these Hallelujahs be multiplied


9. “Ever Be,” Kalley Heiligenthal, Bethel Music

From: We Will Not Be Shaken, Bethel Music

Favorite part:

You father the orphan

Your kindness makes us whole

You shoulder our weakness

And Your strength becomes our own

You’re making me like you

Clothing me in white

Bringing beauty from ashes

For You will have Your bride

Free of all her guilt and rid of all her shame

And known by her true name and it’s why I sing


10. “Pieces,” Amanda Cook

From: Brave New World, Amanda Cook

Favorite part:

Uncontrolled, uncontained

Your love is a fire

Burning bright for me

It's not just a spark

It's not just a flame

Your love is a light

That all the world will see


I hope some of these songs can bring you some peace and comfort in times of stress! 


Student Day in the Life

October 16, 2015

Every student's day looks a little different (and mine look different every day!), but today I thought I'd give you a glimpse into what today looked like for me!


Time to wake up!

It’s never an easy thing for me, but I also am the most productive in the morning, so I’ve learned to get to bed earlier at night and set my alarm far enough away that I have to get out of bed to turn it off.


Leave for work!

The nicest part of the morning is my quiet walk to the Marketing office. Usually, the route is totally empty, there’s a cool breeze, and it’s quiet and peaceful. I like to listen to music and start catching up on social media.


Starting work!

I’ll work on a blog, check up on Liberty’s Facebook and Twitter, or work on specific projects. Probably the best part is hearing  fellow Social Media worker Meredith’s ridiculous stories.

This is what work looks like for me — a coffee and a bunch of social media sites open at once!

Meredith working hard!


Leave work and head to class!

I give myself a lot of time between work and class so that I don’t have to rush back to DeMoss, and I can get ready for class: getting my books, printing out assignments, or (if necessary) grabbing a coffee.


My only Tuesday/Thursday class starts!

It’s ENGL 417, Writing as Cultural Engagement, taught by Dr. Karen Swallow Prior. It’s easily my favorite class. I wanted to spend this year building up my writing work and submitting pieces to magazines and blogs, but with debate and work, I knew that was going to be difficult, so this class is a gift from God! Not only do we get to learn from an accomplished author, but our assignments are all the things I wanted to spend this year working on! Today we workshopped our latest assignment, a short blog post we had earlier pitched to an established blog as a guest writer. My group ended up discussing the biblical allusions in video games, the importance of forgiveness, political debates, and Hamlet – quite the variety!


Meet with a younger debater to discuss debate theory.

As exhausting and time-consuming as debate can be, one of my favorite things about making it all the way to my senior year is the opportunities I have to teach younger debaters! Today, I worked with a first-year debater on some debate theory she hadn’t been taught in high school.


Debate meeting!

The debate team meets every Tuesday and Thursday to prepare for upcoming tournaments, have practice debates, and pray for each other. This meeting, we prepared for an upcoming tournament at West Point and discussed our strategies for that weekend.


Dinner with roommate!

My roommate Claire and I grabbed a quick dinner at the dining hall in between debate and studying!



I have a big test tomorrow, so I’m spending all evening studying in the library with my roommate! 

Working hard

Starbucks and pretty pens make it a little easier. (You might have noticed a coffee pattern....it's a problem.)


Go to sleep.

Even though I haven’t finished studying, I’m waiting until the morning to keep working – I need my sleep if I’m going to ace this test! 


Quiet Time at College

October 6, 2015

College can be the most exciting, stressful, and above all, busy time of your life. You often get very little sleep (or sleep at weird hours), you probably work a job, take a bunch of classes, and do as many resume-boosting extracurriculars as possible. Add to that the fact that you’re so rarely alone, and you get a mix that causes many a college student to slowly give up on doing personal devotions. It’s hard to find time, let alone quiet for a “quiet time.” We all know it’s important – spending time studying the Word (not for class), praying, and just spending time alone with Jesus are integral parts of a life devoted to following Him. But prioritizing this habit can get harder and harder in college – even if you’re going to the largest Christian university in the world! Here are some ideas for fighting the trend towards giving up on daily devotions.


1. Prioritize it.

It’s simple, but it’s not easy. What is easy is to buy into the lie that homework, your job, or your social life takes priority in this moment. Sure, it doesn’t take ultimate priority, but today is too busy to make time for a devotion. It’s a lie – it’s when you’re busiest that you need to take the time to spend with your Savior. He will give you the peace and wisdom to get through your busiest seasons.


2. Find a space where you can be alone.

This might be the hardest part about living in a dorm – finding time to be by yourself! Pick a time your dorm is usually empty, or find a place that is usually unoccupied. Either way, finding time to be by yourself is important. Too often, students think that going to Convocation three times a week checks off the box of spending time with God, without realizing how important it is to spend time alone with Him. Being in community with other believers is essential, but so is spending time alone cultivating your personal relationship with our Savior.


3. Unplug.

There are so many devotional apps, online churches, and sermon podcasts out there that it can be tempting to just snuggle up and mindlessly listen to someone else talk about God instead of talking to Him. Don’t get me wrong – those things can be great tools, but they shouldn’t replace an unplugged time with Him. Use a physical Bible that you can write in the margins and flip through the pages; write in a real journal that you can hang on to for the rest of your life; and at least every once in a while, read and pray in total silence – no headphones or speakers necessary.


Hopefully some of these ideas will inspire you!


Making a Dorm a Home

September 28, 2015

It’s a scene that repeats itself over and over again in freshmen dorms across the country: an excited freshman bursts into their new dorm room, filled with exuberance and expectation, only to be halted at the door by the sight of white and empty walls. Living in a dorm is a great experience: you get to live with all your friends, meet new people, and have a constant support system around you. But making a dorm a cute and comfy place isn’t always easy. You have one or two roommates to coordinate with and you don’t want to break the bank on pricey décor. As someone on her fourth year of living in a dorm (the joys of scholarships!), I have a lot of tips and tricks to making your dorm room a home.


1. Talk to your roommates!

If you can get in contact with them before the school year starts or you knew them before becoming roommates, talk about what you want your room to look like and what everyone is bringing with them back to school. (You don’t want three microwaves!) My freshman year, one of my roommates wanted tons of different colors in our room and the other one wanted all neutrals. We had to compromise. Everything doesn’t have to match, but you should talk about what will work best together.

2 Get crafty!

You don’t have to buy expensive decorations to dress up your room. Get some inexpensive canvases at a craft store, check out Pinterest for inspiration, and get crafty!

These are my roommate Claire's homemade decorations: her initials pained on little signs hanging on the wall.

A canvas I painted with Needtobreathe lyrics from the song "Multiplied."

Another canvas that displays Psalm 31:24. 

And you don’t even have to use canvases! I spent a night doodling Pinterest-inspired lettering on little pieces of paper that made great decorations around my desk or above my bed.

3. Use space creatively!

You don’t have a lot of space in a dorm room, especially when you’re sharing it with two people. So use the space as wisely as possible.

Use wall space to hang items for storage or organization.

I used a cork board and push pins to hang up necklaces on a wall in my closet!

Loft or bunk your beds for extra space!

This year, I lofted my bed and put a comfy chair and my desk underneath.

Tip for bunk/loft bed sleepers: If AT ALL possible, put your alarm under your bed. Getting out of bed in the morning is hard enough without having to climb down from bed. The only way you’re actually going to get out of bed is to make your alarm so far out of reach that you have to climb down or risk infuriating your roommate.

4. Designate different spaces for different purposes.

My space under my bed is split into two areas: (1) a comfy chair that’s for hanging out, scrolling through Instagram, or reading a book and (2) a desk and nice desk chair for studying. Keeping these two areas separate helps me get in the “studying” mindset when I need to get work done and turn it off and relax when I’m done.

This is my study space - a lamp for working late at night, pens and pencils at easy reach, and a clean desktop to do work on.

This is my relaxing spot - I've got a little light to read by, comfy pillows, a warm blanket, and lots of pictures and quotes surrounding me. 

5. Use things you love to decorate a space you’ll love.

Pictures, cards, ticket stubs, anything that reminds you of people you love and fun times you had.

This is my picture wall - I've got a couple canvases decorating the top, and then I filled in the bottom with a bunch of pictures I printed out of family, friends, and fun times. 

Under my bed, I've got a lot more eclectic pieces filling up the walls - a sign my quad-mates made me, a painting from Haiti a good friend brought me, birthday and Valentine's day cards, and notes from the camp I worked at this summer. All these things remind me of great experiences I've had and people I love.


Whatever you do with your space, make sure it’s something you can use and that you love!