How to Die In School Honorably. :P

How to die in school honorably

My fellow citizens, today (for most public schoolers, at least) is the first day of the dreaded plague known as school. For the rest of us,( because it seems homeschoolers are everywhere in WordPress XD) school has started YEARS ago. Precisely last week.

Anyhoo, I figured that there are tips we can take to be crushed with VALOR! And hey, maybe you can crush school, who knows? So, although it’s 4pm and we’re all settling into homework, listen up!

  1. Listen up. 😛

This is so simple, it’s ridiculous. But lemme explain. If you’re a dvd homeschooler, like I am, it is the hardest thing to pay attention. One, because the teacher is on a screen, not live and talking to you in person, and two, because you can always replay. And same if you’re online homeschooling. And public schoolers, man sometimes that teacher is so boring. I feel ya.

But honestly, sometimes your teacher will give info that’s not in your books. That you’ll be tested on. WHAT.WHERE. WHY.  So yeah, actually listen, folks. And sometimes, you’ll actually learn interesting stuff. What kinda stuff? You’ll never know if you don’t listen.

(like that dude who became the leader of the Mongols simply by rescuing his kidnapped wife, how cereal was invented, and that the first computer case was made out of Legos.)

Listening is the first step to dying honorably. *nods*

2. Eat breakfast.

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Okay, you may be rushing to complete an assignment, or have a big test in the morning, or you slept in and you’re late. But go and eat breakfast. It’s healthy for you. It’s scientifically proven to aide you in your studies. And by breakfast I mean something healthy, and sustaining, and not a Coke or some crackers or a Larabar. *cough cough*  At least eat a piece of fruit or something.

*shows you picture of fruit*

Except, seriously, if you’re gonna die why try to live? Cause you might get an A while you’re at it, that’s why!

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3. Put some color in there!

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Black ink gets boring fast. Very fast.

Who wants to read notes in varying shades of black, anyway? Not me.

Therefore, go make your school stuff more lively. *grins* Go get some neat pens in bright colors! Buy notebooks with different designs. Or color on your notebooks.. Or my personal favorite, mark each notebook with a different sticker. Very useful. History is Kylo Ren time, Literature is Finn, and I get to hang out with Rey in Geography. Do what you gotta do! If you’re the creative type, draw ATCs or something for flash cards. Don’t let your creativity get buried under all that homework!

4. Get a planner. Stick to it. 

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We’re busy kids. We’re bloggers, we’re writers, we’re photographers, Bible Bee-ers, artists, athletes,  musicians, wannabe voice actors, runaways from the circus, and mad scientists, you get the picture.

Some of us are all of the above.

How do we do it? Time just keeps racing forward and refusing to let us catch up.

Planners let us snatch some of that time. We write down what we have to do when and hopefully we actually do it. XD Using my planner has kinda helped me a little, so who knows what it can do for you? Try a bujo spread if you’re not into planners. At least your days are numbered artistically.

5. Snooze the notifs.

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I know, I know, I’m a hypocrite. But I actually did snooze notifs, and I was able to knock out a lout of work by not checking the screen every 2 minutes. Of course, if you’re a public schooler, you’re kinda not supposed to be using your phone in class, but it applies to homework too. So unless you’re doing a study sprint, or texting your long lost grandma, or doing homework online, you should probably mute the notifs.

And plus you’ll get on your mom’s good side and that means dying in school honorably so that’s good. *nods*

6. Google Docs can help you with that. 

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Oh joy I just showed you major snippies you just go and enjoy for now.

For a lot of assignments and projects, Google Docs can help you save a ton of stuff. Plus you can collab with somebody else doing the same assignment and work together on the doc. It’s great. Go check it out.

7. Get outta there!

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Sometimes sitting at the same old desk every day for a week is a killer. Your homework looks like the boring-est thing ever conceived of. At the rate you’re working, they’ll find your skeleton on your desk chair.

Simple fix? Scram, kiddo!

Go outside, go to another part of the house, or go out on the porch, the swing, a tree.

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Go do something! Go do cartwheels, pushups, jump, get moving. Or practice an instrument. Sometimes you have to kickstart your brain to get the creative juices flowing. Get outta your desk!!

And heh, for us homeschoolers, we study anywhere. The car, the table, on top of a tree, 100 feet in the air (no, seriously, I do), so use that to your advantage.

8. R E A D.

Oh, this is simple.

Go read. You have to read your textbooks anyway, and there’s a LOT of info in them textbooks.

Tell you what though. You can read stuff for fun, too.

yep, for fun. Don’t get me started on that loooooong list of amazing books out there that you can read. It helps your comprehension, y’know, and that can make a difference when you’re answering textbook questions. Lord Of The Rings, Narnia, The Wingfeather Saga, Little Men, Anne Of Green Gables, How To Kill a Mockingbird, Kiera, the books go on and on. Reading is a treasure, and ust becase you have to read for school doesn’t mean you can’t read for fun. (It helps with the SAT and ACT tests, too. Just saying.)

Plus you’re practically doing Literature, so score!

Okay. I think that’s it. Using these tips, one can limp their way from the start of the semester to the end and die in peace. Don’t be like me, who put off all her homework and is now buried in papers. Oh, and is missing a folder. Two folders. GO CRUSH IT, Y’ALL.

Oh wait, I’m not done. GO LISTEN TO ADVENTURES IN ODYSSEY CAUSE IT’S AWESOME!!! And you’re training your ears to listen. *thumbs up* Seriously, though, Eugene taught me my grammar and what a hypotenuse is. Win-win!

Now, if you’ll excuse me while I go get my blue coffin.

 

 

 

 

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Hard Stuff: Prayer Problems

Hard Stuff_ Prayer Problems

WARNING: If you don’t care for things of Christ, STOP FOLLOWING. NOW. Because I do. 

Okay, first off, I’m not saying prayer is a problem.

Second off, please don’t kill me!

Okay, we good? I don’t wanna offend anybody, but, this is something maybe we should talk about.

And it’s prayer. Prayer isn’t a problem. It’s how we approach prayer.

Okay, first off, what is prayer?

To simplify, prayer is talking to God. That’s it in a nutshell.

And this is our first problem: we don’t realize what a privilege and precious gift we have in prayer. We’re approaching God. We get to be with the Maker, with the Lord, with the King, with Jesus.

1 John 5:14 ~ This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

Guys, we’ve never even met Queen Elizabeth. We’ll never meet Queen Elizabeth. Or any of the Royals. But we can talk to the King of life and creation and everything daily. Let that sink into your heads.

It’s lost on us. The fact that because of Jesus’s death and resurrection, we get to talk to God and He will hear us is pretty much lost on us. People. Men have killed, set up sacrifices, waded into war, and even appointed other people, just to talk to God. (I ain’t making this stuff up. Go search it.) We don’t have to do any of that. We can talk to the Maker of life anywhere, anytime. There’s countless verses in the Bible that talk about this.

Jeremiah 29:12 ~ Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

Job 22:27 ~ You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.

James 5:13 ~ Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.

But prayer right now? “Dear God, bless everybody and help everyone. Thank you.”

I’m not saying that’s bad. I’m saying it’s bad that that’s all we pray. Nothing more.  In the words of James, “This ought not to be!” Wait, lemme pull up the reference.

James 3:10b  10 My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

And because we don’t recognize how precious prayer is, we don’t give respect or honor when we pray.

God’s our Friend and Father yes. But He’s also a King. The Lord. And it’s infuriating that Christians are so lazy in how they pray. Get yo act together, guys!

Rehearsed prayers. 

Matthew 6:7 ~ And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

Nuff said. This is a huge problem, so many of us just go through the motions, just say the same prayer again and again. We’re so used to saying it our hearts aren’t in it. If you’re just reciting a prayer to God, maybe your heart needs to be connected with God again. Because y’know, if God is your Friend, and your Father, what are you doing spitting out the same thing day after day?

And y’know, I’m talking to myself when I write these words down. I’m guilty of each and every single problem and there were times when prayer was the most rote thing I did.

And yet God heard me.

And yet God hears me. Every single time. And He hears every single prayer that not only I’ve, but you and who knows how many Christians. Even those who just say it at dinnertime.

Guys, I hope it’s not just dinnertime when you say a prayer. I know I’m one to talk, but you have a relationship with the Lord of Life.

Are you gonna talk to Him? He’s waiting.

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I woulda deleted a post like that, because I didn’t want to be preachy. But here it is.

Drive hard, y’all.

 

 

 

101 FOLLOWERS. AHHHH

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It’s just your normal September Saturday, folks. I was just eating unhealthy cinnamon toast for breakfast, and trying to strum a song. That’s all I expected.

Instead I logged on here and — I have 100 people reading what I put up here. Granted, I bet only many a quarter of everyone really reads everything. But.. wow.

Thank you so much for giving me a follow, and actually reading my stuff. I didn’t really expect to have so many, or that or that life through these lens would be so.. read, or that I’d be blogging in the first place. Thank you for putting up with my random, ranting, hard to follow self. I know people in the past have had difficulty keeping up with me 😛 so the fact the you guys are still around makes me feel better.

Piece of advice. Don’t go into the archives. I was and am still very awkward, and weird and.. yah, you can stick with the present awkwardness.

*still very stunned*

I’ll be honest, today isn’t one of my better days. But this is one of those things that make it good. Thank y’all’s, very much.

See ya around!