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Day 15

God’s Description

The prayers of young children show us what they think of God. Here are two I read recently:

“Dear God, what does it mean that You are a ‘jealous’ God? I thought You had everything.”

“I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset You made on Tuesday. That was cool.”

These children are right to think of God as the owner and creator of everything, the One who can paint beautiful sunsets. But how does God describe Himself?

Moses needed an answer to that question when he was about to lead the Israelites into the wilderness. He wanted to be assured of God’s presence and leading, so he asked Him to reveal Himself (Ex. 33:13,18). In response, God came down in a cloud and said: “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, . . . by no means clearing the guilty” (34:5-7). He is good; He is just.

We too can know this God and be assured of His presence. He has revealed Himself in His creation and in His Word. As we ask Him to make Himself known to us, we’ll learn that He is even more than the owner and creator of everything!

Sing praise to God who reigns above, The God of all creation, The God of power, the God of love, The God of our salvation. —Schutz
In a world of superlatives, God is the greatest.
I would describe God as my strength, because without Him I am nothing.
*TheChick*
For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure.
2 Samuel 22:32-33 NIV

The Strengthened Chick

The Weightless Chick

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Day 7
I was browsing Pinterest and saw a pin that said : “Weightless Wednesday! : Weigh yourself, today. It’s the middle of the week, and you should base the rest of the week on how you do on this day!” When I read this it was like a lightbulb turned on, so I weighed myself today. First time since I got the news from DoctorDude, and I have great news! I lost 5 pounds!!
Then came the question, how to reward myself? And Pinterest had the answer!

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Every time you finish a work out, put a dollar in the tips jar and once you get $100 reward yourself with new clothes! What a great idea! I’m so glad I saw this because if I treated myself with fatty foods I probably won’t be able to stop! And I’m not a dog, I’m a chick, the College Christian Chick to be exact!
*TheChick*

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 NIV

The Studious Chick

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How Can You Get Motivated to Study?

If you want a successful college experience, you have to study constantly, but as we all know, it can get a bit boring. More like REALLY boring! I came up with ten tips to help this process become easier. :D

1. Reduce Temptation

Hide your phones! Hide your tablets! Hide your laptops cuz they’re distractin’ everybody out here! Seriously, technology is the number one study killer, so put them things away!

2. Set Goals

It is so easy to get off track when you have no set plan. Setting goals will help you stay on task. It can be as simple as writing a check list, or writing a 5 Day Study Plan, but taking the time to spell out what you have to do will help you keep moving, rather than stalling every time you start studying.

3. Schedule Time to Relax

If you study for too long you’ll just go brain dead. Save yourself the funeral costs and schedule breaks throughout your study plan. Be careful not to schedule things that will distract you, even just sitting there for 10 minutes not doing anything will make a big difference.

4. Alternate Subjects

If you know you hate math, don’t plan to study that subject for 2 hours straight. Alternate subjects to keep your brain interested.

5. Make Studying a Team Effort

Form a regular study group with your classmates to maximize the studying experience. If you study with your friends, make sure to keep on topic and stay focused on the goal.

6. Avoid Procrastination at All Costs

In high school, procrastination is a way of life, but in college, that’s the way to die. Essays can’t be written overnight anymore, so make sure to give yourself enough time to do things correctly and accurately.

7. Work Smart

Do the things you have the most trouble with first, and the things you enjoy last. This will also help keep you motivated to make it all the way to the end.

8. Take Your Time

Don’t expect to get anything out of reading for 30 minutes what should take you an hour. If you don’t take your time to study properly and efficiently it will be a waste because you won’t have enough time to absorb the information. Pace yourself wisely.

9. Organize

Make sure to organize your study area and study materials. You don’t want to run all around the house looking for books, pens, and pencils when you’re supposed to be using this time to study.

10. Reward Yourself!

Now you can get on that table, phone, and laptop. You could even go on a Starbucks run or watch your favorite show. Keep reminding yourself of the end goal, learning, and the end reward to motivate you to study. :)

*The Chick*

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters

Colossians 3:23 NIV

The Happy Chick

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Day Four

Six-Word Testimony

READ: John 9:1-11,24-25

One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see. —John 9:25
Over the past 15 years, Dan Smith’s name and face have appeared on fliers in coffee shops, laundromats, and small businesses across New York City. The six-word slogan on each flier says: Dan Smith Will Teach You Guitar. The result is that Mr. Smith stays as busy as he wants to be, teaching his students how to play the guitar. Many enthusiastic students hang his fliers in new places. It’s their way of saying, “Dan Smith taught me guitar. He can teach you too.”

The pages of the Bible are filled with accounts of people telling what God has done for them. One of the most vivid appears in John 9 where Jesus encountered a man blind from birth and miraculously enabled him to see (vv.1-7). After repeated questioning by skeptical local religious leaders, the man could only say, “One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see” (v.25).

If you had six words to express what Christ has done for you and can do for others, what would you say? Perhaps, “Jesus Christ will forgive your sin,” or “. . . give you hope” or “. . . save your soul.” When Jesus has changed our lives, we affirm His power to do for others what He has done for us.

“I was blind, now I see.” —David McCasland

It is no secret what God can do.
What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you.
With arms wide open, He’ll pardon you.
It is no secret what God can do. —Hamblen

We are Christ’s “letters of recommendation” to all who read our lives.

Our Daily Bread

The fact that I have Christ in my life is the only reason why I smile :)
All alone, found Jesus, Eternal Happiness

*TheChick*

A joyful heart is good medicine, But a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:22

The Motivated Chick

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Day Three

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This is an example of a motivation wall. Yesterday ConfidentChick, a friend from school, basically trashed my entire plan and said that I wouldn’t make my goals. But she got me thinking about motivation and the need to have positive motivation to keep me going. With her words she inspired me to push harder so I could prove to her and others that weight loss is possible. ConfidentChick, I will prove you wrong, just watch!!

Weight loss goal: Weigh 150 in 5 months

*TheChick*

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:7

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The Changing Chick

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Day One

Whoever said change is not easy knew what they were talking about. If there’s one thing I don’t like it’s change, especially the big ones.

Today’s devotional was titled “Forsaken?” How ironic for my situation, I was the one forsaking God. It talks about how David felt alone and abandoned by God. He says: “Why are You so far from helping me?” (Ps. 22:1). I’ve felt that way, especially lately, but things are changing. I love how later David says

But you, Lord, do not be far from me.
You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
Deliver me from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dogs.
Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
save me from the horns of the wild oxen.

Psalm 22:19-21 NIV

David learned that even when he didn’t feel God’s presence, He’s always there. God never leaves us and I glad that He’s still here right beside me, reminding me every day that He loves me, no matter what.

Change is a process, so today I took it a bit easy. I had some chocolate to celebrate the start of my great adventure, and they tasted amazing! One thing I started doing is constantly keeping myself hydrated. On Pinterest, I read that the best way to lose weight is to drink lots of water, it keeps your body’s digestive system going and cleans your system. But this pinner also said that for faster results: add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to every 8 oz glass of water. Can someone say “Ewwww!”?? I know it sounds gross but it works, so I’m going to try it and hope for the best. I’ll keep you posted! :)

There is no diet that will do what eating healthy does, so skip the diet! I looked up healthy snacks online, did you know there’s such a thing as “negative calorie foods,” well I didn’t. Here’s the list:

Asparagus, Apple, Beet, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cranberry, Cantaloupe, Carrot, Celery, Chicory, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Dandelion, Endive, Garden Cress, Garlic, Grapefruit, Green Bean, Honeydew, Hot Chili Peppers, Lemon, Lime, Lettuce, Mango, Onion, Orange, Papaya, Peach, Pineapple, Radish, Raspberries, Spinach, Strawberries, Tomato, Tangerine, Turnip, Watermelon, and Zucchini

The process of eating and digesting these foods actually take more calories to burn than actual calories, awesome! Imagine my delight to see my favorite fruit in the world on that list, Papaya, can’t wait to go shopping!!

*TheChick*

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV