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UUUUUUUpdate. January 27, 2010

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So, tonight I am at my grandmothers. She broke her hip by falling before Christmas. She came home from the hospital recently and needs 24/7 care. So I am helping out and doing my part by spending the night. We’re watching Julie and Julia while I write this. She seems to love it!
While she does that, here’s a little update.

I start school Monday. I have still been working this week, but had off school for this week between my mini-semester class (speech) and the rest of school starting up. It’s been nice to catch up on some of my favorite TV shows, sleep in, and hang out with friends. It’s been a rough few days, quite honestly. But it’s been good. I’m learning through it.

I missed church Sunday and I felt kind of bad. I woke up at 10:05. Church starts at 10:00. But, I’ve been going and going and I really need that sleep.ย  I set my alarm the night before but never turned it on. So I had church in my bedroom–complete with worship led by Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, and Aaron Shust. Then I listened to a message online by Joshua Harris. It was really good. I later listened to the message from church since we were planning on talking about it at care group this week. We never did really get around to that part, haha. Speaking of care group, that was pretty good this week. I had to get home right after though because my mom has been at my grandmothers so much and that night they had bible study at some one else’s house so I had to get home for the kids. Hmm, what else? Well, I’m about to start school, on Monday! I guess I’m excited! Most college students have been off school for a long time and are ready to go back. I have only been off a couple of days, so I’m not at all ready yet!ย  I still have to clear out/decide what I want to save of last years textbooks, tests, etc. I have to sell my old textbooks and buy my new ones. I have to get this semester’s books and stuff. I also have to get my notebooks and stuff that I’ll need for school. Not only that, but I also have to get my UMBC application finished and sent in, my taxes filed, figure out if I want to join the honor’s society at my community college, send in my form to join the Phi Theta Kappa honor’s society at my school, continue fund raising for China, and by they way–I have a huge pile of laundry sitting in the corner of my room. It’s just a busy season!

Oh, and here’s the list of classes I’ll be taking. I’m excited about most of them, but definitely not all of them!

Math–online
Addiction Counseling–Online
Cultural geography–Tuesday/Thursday
Anthropology–Tuesday/Thursday
Psychology–Tuesday/Thursday
Political Science–Tuesday/Thursday

As you can see, I only have to go to school 2 days a week. I still work four days a week (assuming I don’t babysit at all that week-HA! Riiiight), and I work two times on Monday’s because I go right from work to babysitting. So, I’ll still be keeping really busy! I am also taking two online classes, so that will take up my time. I couldn’t stand getting up at 6AM five days a week and going to school and then to work all week. It was too much for a girl my age. So yeah, I’m just trying to do what I think is best for myself. I felt my bells palsy coming back this week. My doctor warned me, but of course I did not listen. I was so stressed out and overwhelmed this past weekend that I think I sparked it back. My ear started hurting and I was suspicious. I then noticed that my left eyebrow wasn’t working normally and…yeah. It’s just still a little, but that’s how it all started last time. But anyway, that wouldn’t be good. Soo, yeah.

Well, Gram should be going to bed now, so I will be heading to bed soon also. Have a great week ending!

 

Small update! January 23, 2010

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Oh, how I wish I could give you a nice, long update. However, I don’t have time at the moment and I’m not honestly in the mood. However, I have something to tell you . . .

I’M GOING TO CHINA!! I’m sooo excited! It was a hard decision, but the Lord clearly told me on Monday morning what I was supposed to do this coming summer! I am now working on fund-raising and things like that. I know I have to prepare my heart also. Since this is my second across-seas missions trip, I know the things that I wish I had done differently to prepare and the mistakes that I felt I made last trip. India changed my life and God changed many children’s lives through me. I just pray for the same thing this year, especially being older. India was a lot to handle as a 15 year old. I change so much and in these two years I have grown up a lot, I think. So I’m excited to see how I process this trip. The dates are July 9-21st and the cost is $2,500. I’m not worried because I know that if I’m supposed to go, and I believe that I am, that God will help me raise the funds and all I need to do is be faithful to Him!ย  For India we had to raise about the same amount, so I don’t have any doubt in my mind that God will provide again! So far, since Monday, I have about $150. I just sent out my support letters on Thursday and most people received them on Friday. I’m so excited. I feel more at peace now and I just can’t wait. I got to skype with Christina and tell her. She seemed excited. I’m excited to see her too. I think I’m also going to start sponsoring a child. Mr. Dan (the leader of the trip) was talking about that and the more he talked about it the more I felt a tug on my heart to start sponsoring a child. I am financially capable to do that right now and how cool would it be to start sponsoring a child and then maybe also get to see them when I visited!? Anyway, that was my big news of the week ๐Ÿ˜€ I loved knowing I was also being prayed for by so many people-friends and family. So, if you were one of them, thank you so much!

I have off school next week so hopefully I’ll be able to catch up on my blog!!

 

2 quick things January 13, 2010

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A quick post before heading to school. Just two quick things.

1.If you happen to be reading this on the morning of the 13th, please be praying. I had a run-in with a concrete curb yesterday at work. it got my pretty badly on the hands and left knee. I was in a lot of pain last night in my hands, as they took the brunt of the fall for me. When I woke up I was in even more pain than yesterday. I have 7 band-aids on my hands and one on my knee. I know that this seems trivial. I would be if I didn’t have a demonstration speech today in which I need to use my hands A LOT. So that will hurt a ton. I pray for grace from my teacher. I don’t mind doing the speech, but I just need a little bit more time to do each step because my hands hurt so much. It’s always something, right?

2. I again plead with you to pray for me. I am more at peace about my summer decision. No, I haven’t even come close to deciding. I am on the middle of the fence if there ever was one! Sometimes I hop from side to side, but at the end of the day I’m always in the middle. Because I have a deadline though, I am not too concerned. I know, seems crazy. But God knows I have a deadline. I am fully confident that he will direct me, open or close doors, or give me a peace about which summer option I should pursue. I am now wrestling with the question of which will bring God more glory-China or Beachmont. I’m never going to figure it out on my own, so I’m pleading with him to somehow, anyway, show me, tell me, which I should do. My life’s purpose and goal is to infinitely bring God glory. So ultimately, I need to do what will bring God the most glory with my life this summer. Please keep praying and thanks for the prayers so far, I know they’re there and that’s a huge comfort.
Now, off to school to make a card in class ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Update! January 12, 2010

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Update: I’ve been in school for the past two weeks. It’s been going so well and my Christian teacher, Carl Fruendel, is really awesome. It is a three and halfย  hour class, so yes it gets boring at time, but it’s good! I have my first of the three speeches due tomorrow. So, that should be interesting. I’ts about how to make a greeting card! Speaking of cards and things, Christina finally got her Christmas gift, but hasn’t yet received this card, signed by 23 people!

Take a look:

I can’t wait for her to get that! I also sent a letter Megan had made for Christina ๐Ÿ™‚ I know she will LOVE it!

She sent me pictures from China and Christmas, so that was exciting. I miss her terribly.

I have been feeling-grown up lately. So that’s cool-I guess.

Caregroup is starting back up soon, and that’s exciting too. I’m slightly excited about this semester of small group. I finally set up a time when me and my accountability partner. That’s good, something I’ve been meaning to do.

I’ve been babysitting a lot and that’s exciting. It helps me have a tiny bit of spending money and be able to afford gas, lol.

The biggest thing right now is my summer choice. I have basically until a week from tomorrow (next Wednesday) to decide about my summer. I could go to China for two weeks or I could work at Beachmont again. Both are good choices and and I know both would be life changing. I’m excited about what to choose, but so incredibly torn. I ask you to join in prayer with me about this. I want to do God’s will. I know both will bring glory to God and I know that both are ministries, which makes it so hard! So, it’s just hard. I also want to make sure I go or stay for the right reasons. I could go because Christina is there. My friend JP is also going to be there all summer, and I know I will miss her too. I don’t want to go for those reasons. I know it would be hard if I stay but my friends got to see the two of them. I don’t want to go because of that either. However, if I do decide to go, I know that I will have to find a different job. It will also be hard for Beachmont to find someone to fill my place. I don’t want to go because it would be easier money and planning wise. So anyway, it’s just SO hard. I don’t know what to do and everyone seems to have different ideas of what they think is right and stuff. So yeah. I ask you to join me in praying that God would give me a peace about which choice I should do and everything. Thank you! I wish I had the faith to “lay out wool” like they did in Judges 6. Hopefully, I will be able to make a choice, be confident about it, and know that God will use me no matter what. The good thing about this is that it’s kind of a win-win situation, but it is kind of a win-win-lose, lol. So please pray ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s my life for now!

Oh, and I went to New York but I don’t feel like posting pictures, sorry, haha.

 

Date Night

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Date night with Megan and Leah and Jami! Tonight, the movie is Up! It’s exciting. I love these girls and haven’t hung out with Megan and Leah since I took them to the park a while back. Here is a picture of me with Leah:

The movie is so cute/good!

Anyway, update coming soon!

 

So happy January 5, 2010

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Can I just say my speech class gets even better each day!!!

 

Speeeeech January 4, 2010

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So I had to write a speech for my speech winterm. It had to be two minutes or around there- he doesn’t time us he said. We had to write about ourselves. It could be anything- our likes or dislikes or our favorite things or our hopes and dreams or about our family or animals or about our future or past or an influential experience- basically, anything. So I kinda like my speech and thought I would share it. Btw the “my name is _____ and my name is all I have” came from someone he quoted in class. Also, my teacher is a strong Christian and quoted Gregg Harris and I thought that was so cool! Makes the environment a lot more enjoyable for me and relaxed knowing that my teacher and share the same beliefs and general values!!!! This speech moght seem kinda weird but inwas trying to add in all the things he mentioned about speaking in our class today (like you have important things to say, you have a calling, let yourself be jnown and heard, etc). Anyway, here is my speech: by the way I typed this from my iPod so excuse and mistakes!
My name is Maggie Grant and my name is all I have, but not all that I am. While I am broken and sinful by nature, I have been gifted with a compassionate and encouraging spirit. I have a strong calling on life to use that compassion and encouragement to change the world. One of my life goals is to change the world, or at least one persons life. I feel called to change the world with my abilities by working in the field of social work. I am only blessed to live on the Earth for a limited amount of time and it is my desire to use each moment for good and to treat it as the gift that it is. In my journey towards becoming a social worker I have faced many challenges as well as had many successes. For example, I knew that it was imperative for me to get my masters if I wanted to be a social worker. Because of that i had to work extra hard in highschool because I wanted to graduate early so I would still be in my early twenties when I finished grad school. While this was incredibly hard, I was granted success because of all the hard work I put into this goal. I have also had to face the challenge of defending my calling to become a social worker to my friends and family who have discouraged me from pursuing this career because it can be so mentally and emotionally taxing and does not pay well in most cases. This challenge was particularly difficult, however, through time and perseverance, I gained full support and respect from my friends and family. I know that I have a long journey ahead (at least four and a half more years of schooling) until I can reach my goal of becoming a social worker, i know it will be achieved one day and that all my hard work will be rewarded. Until then, I keep working hard and pressing through the challenges. While most people would say “the end” or “thanks for listening” or even “that’s all I have to say” I will instead end with “this is not my end. I have a long journey ahead and y story is far from over and I have yet to say all that I have to say. This is not the last that you will see or hear of me.” my name is Maggie Grant and my name is all I have but not all that I am and will be.