Simplistic

We imagine

We dream about

Dwelling in a world

based on luxury

Having everything

Being at a point

where everything

we want

Could be ours

Just by working

For it.

My grandparents

Reminisce

About a time where

Everything was

far less

convoluted.

A time where

people would

talk face to face.

Or have a conversation

with the stranger

sitting next to you.

It was all more

Simplistic.

D.D.

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i guess living

in our sinful culture

happiness

to some is wealth and

getting anything you want

 

before people

lived in a time where

                 jewelry was valued

over everything

     and charity was an

afterthought

     the difference

in classes was

     huge

a chasm too wide

for some to cross

 

i have dreamed

of becoming a star

     bright and glimmering

above everyone else

     living in a big

house

associating with

celebrities and having private

chefs cook for me

 

but you showed

me your love by dying

on the cross so i may

be happy no matter what

my future holds

W.U.

Busy life style, Just take a breath…

He says, know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Too often we forget that are given life by an amazing, gracious, heavenly father. We get caught up in the drama of every day life, forgetting about who created it. Between school, work, 4­-H, and friends, I find myself overwhelmed at the speed of everyday life. When I get stressed I have to remind myself to slow down, take a breath, and remember how incredibly powerful God is. That He has put me in this position to teach me something, and God won’t give us more than we can handle, occasionally I can’t help but wonder if he some how got me confused with a super ninja or something.

Just knowing He has a plan, that this is somehow to my benefit, comforts me. So, next time you are overwhelmed, or stressed. Just take a breath, put on some praise music and remember whatever is going on right now, he’s in control. Start with a breath, just take a breath.

R.R

Defeating Discouragement

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9

Defeating Discouragement and the Struggles of Life

Sometimes things don’t look too bright. Times of turmoil and sadness tend to bring people down and during these times it’s terribly easy to give into discouraging thoughts that can dig very deep holes into your soul then quickly fill back up with even more discouraging thoughts. Being a teenager I often times go through times of disappointment or sadness that eventually weighs down on my mental state of mind. Such times give you thoughts like; Why’d this have to happen? Will things ever get better? How can things improve? There’s no hope for this situation. Thoughts like these somehow manage to sink into our heads at our lowest points and often times take control of us. If you were to ask me what my least favorite year was I’d instantly, “The last half 2013 and the beginning of 2014.” I think almost everyone has that one year that just didn’t turn out the way they wanted. That was the end of the year   and the beginning of the year for me. Those two years were times of friendship struggles. I had always struggled with making friends even at a very young age. Five year old me didn’t want to have to do with anyone let alone go off and make friends. Picture this, someone not wanting to make friends but wanting to make friends. Two completely different sides to the story that just bashed heads for a few years instead of coming up with a resolve. Finally it came to a point where I HAD to make friends. So it took a few months until I actually managed to build good friendships with people that I still know to this day. Things were looking very bright for me until someone asked me, “Why don’t you ever talk about what you’re going through?” I asked her what she meant and she replied, “You just seem sad sometimes but when everyone asks you just say ‘everything is fine’ then smile.” It hit me at that moment that the average human being depended on their friends to talk about things. This was completely unheard of. I didn’t know that I was meant to do that, I didn’t even know how. Discouragement and turmoil had kept me from thinking that maybe I should actually talk about it instead of festering so deeply on whatever was bothering me. These thoughts, these struggles had kept me from thinking about anything else. In times of discouragement you think you are totally alone and that talking to anyone about it is totally out of the question which is entirely false. There’s ALWAYS someone who is more than happy to talk to you and help you through these situations of doubt, fear, discouragement and turmoil. Can’t think of anyone? Parents, close friends, family members, God! There is legitimately always someone so next time you are hit hard with something discouraging or a situation that is rough then depend on someone I named off. In the long run God is always going to be someone to listen and help. Talk about it. Don’t feel alone. There’s always someone to talk to.

Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10

E.J.

Breakthrough Junior Challenge

Calling all budding scientists, mathematicians, and filmmakers from around the world!

From now until October 7, Khan Academy and Breakthrough Prize are seeking video submissions that explain a challenging and important concept or theory in mathematics, life sciences, or physics. If you’re between 13 and 18, and you have a passion for explaining ideas and concepts creatively, you can enter the Breakthrough Junior Challenge!

Not only can you dig into a topic that you’re passionate about, but there are also great prizes to be won, including a $250,000 scholarship for you, a $50,000 award for your teacher, and a state-of-the-art $100,000 science lab for your school. The winner will also be invited to the televised red carpet 2016 Breakthrough Prize ceremony in California, where the prize will be awarded in front of the superstars of science, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood.

If you enter, you’ll view and assess other participants’ videos in a peer-to-peer review process. Submissions will then be assessed by leaders in science, technology, and education selected by Khan Academy and by Breakthrough Prize laureates. The judges will select a winner based on how engaging, illuminating, and creative their video is, and how challenging the concept is to understand.

The deadline for submissions is October 7, so register today at www.breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org. We hope you’ll be inspired to get involved – and share your passion for understanding the world!

My Happy Place

  Pattering on the window drops of rain race towards the sill.  The dreary world surrounds the house wrapped in oblivion. An occasional flash of lightning disturbs the soft glow of the living room light. Crackles come from the fire stirring in the grate. Curled up on a couch I read, lost in the world of the book. More often than not I take a sip from the mug of hot chocolate. My cat snuggles next to me enjoying the warmth.

    A “Boom!” of thunder barely interrupts the events that follow in the book. An adventure, the characters that I’ve grown to know are in peril. Without my help they may never get out. Their decisions hang on the thread of my presence.

   The world I escape to cuts into everyday life. I never just read the book, I live the book. Two very different lives I lead, yet merge into one.

– J.M

A collaborative ode to summer – based on Shakespeare’s “Midsummer night’s dream”

I want my summer back, please!

Just one more day to go…

Mountain biking in dark woods with my little brother close behind.

Kicking uphill on uneven ground,

Worshipping God by singing songs and praying. (J.C.)

Swimming in the lake with my friends on the 4th of July. (M.M)

Paddling along at a fast pace in a green kayak with my sister, enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Feeling the excitement build up as I dribble a soccer ball down the grassy field to score a goal in soccer camp. (K.C.)

Hearing the refreshing rain beat on the tent I lay in a soaked sleeping bag waiting for my family to wake up.  (A.C.)

Just one more day ….

Visiting the grand Hearst castle and swimming in salt water pools (E.L.)

Sailing with my family to Sucia with sleek fast dolphins by our side. (N.D.)

The long family trip to Oregon, reading as I traveled

The excitement of my baptism, as I’m submerged (C.P.)

Watching wild horses buck as the riders hang on at the rodeo,

Laughing with my friends as we jump in the cold water of Lake Whatcom. (J.S.)

Camping in the green forest, roughin’ it in warm sleeping bags

and hanging with my fam’ (G.H.)

I want my summer back!

Looking over the water and watching the sun setting, then the fireworks

lighting up the sky,

Staying in a houseboat, and going out on the lake

in Tennessee to swim in the warm water. (A.J.)

Playing my guitar with joy in every strum while everyone else sings their hearts out, feeling ocean wind weave through my hair on a cold morning at the beach, (E.J.)

Sleeping in the tent, hearing a rustle in the trees;

yellow eyes in the gray light of dawn. (A.L.)

Just one more day colliding into my adversaries in a

knockerball field underneath the sweltering sun. (J.H.)

Hiking to a small lake through the lush, green and golden fields of

West Yellowstone,

Going on a run listening to Zombies chase me using the, “Zombies.  Run!”  application on my android tablet.  (N.J.)

Going paddle boarding in Camano Island (M.K.)

Splashing happily on a slide when my best friend comes over (K.L.)

Snoozing lazily on the fluffy couch at home (E.B.)  

Oh to have my summer back!!

Wistfully thinking of winning blue satin ribbons at the country fair with my dog (R.R.)

Propelling my paddle board forward with peaceful, powerful strokes;

A dance party with my crazy family to even crazier music (A.O.)

Listening to joyous laughter at the waterslides,

Working hard at a two-week long drama camp. (H.L.)

Casting my fishing line into a fresh new day with my grandfather at Silver Lake, (L.R.)

Savoring these moments of peacefulness, the calm before

the storm of school rains upon me.

Summer—you went too fast!!!  Come back!