Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Monday, January 9, 2017
i finished work a little early on friday. i made some chicken noodle soup, and brenna and i took it over to mandi. we ate soup, hung out in mandi's room, looked at old scrapbooks, and laughed so hard. besides mandi being sick, it was one of my favorite nights.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
I recently came across this article, and I love the message. How often do we pray and pray for something and not realize the answer is right in front of us? Answers don't always come in the ways we expect, but they do come.
Agency is a gift we’ve all been given. It’s our ability to be able to think and reason for ourselves. But it’s not a gift we should take or use lightly.
As Wilford Woodruff once said, “By virtue of this agency you and I and all mankind are made responsible beings, responsible for the course we pursue, the lives we live, the deeds we do in the body.”
Because God gave us this personal and powerful gift to exercise agency for ourselves, we are responsible for our own actions. One of those actions is choosing whether or not you’re going to accept God’s helping hand when He extends it to you.
God lends His help—in the forms of a warm, peaceful feeling to someone close to you saying what you need to hear—whenever you need it. All you have to do is ask for His help and then accept it when it comes, even if the format His help comes in isn’t what you were expecting.
This is exactly what happened to Heather. She spent part of her young adult life living a life of depression. Her family tried to help her, but nothing they said or did was helping. Heather felt ashamed for what she felt. And she’d spent countless times praying and asking Jesus Christ why He wasn’t there and why He wasn’t taking this away from her.
One thing Heather said she never wanted to do was see a doctor or be put on medication to help with her depression. But, one day, she went anyways. And while talking with a doctor, she said, “I feel like the Savior should be able to take this away from me. I feel like my prayers should be answered; that I don’t want this, and that He should take it away.”
And then her doctor looked her straight in her eyes and said, “Whoever said I’m not the answer to your prayer?”
At that moment, Heather finally realized God was extending His helping hand in a way she wasn’t expecting,and she knew she needed to accept it to get better.
Agency is yours. The choices and decisions you make are yours. So as you choose, whether it’s a big life decision like who you should marry or a smaller one like deciding if you should go to that party or not, choose to ask for and accept God’s help in making your decision.
N. Eldon Tanner wisely said, “There exists this eternal law that each human soul, through the choices he makes, will shape his own destiny. Our success or failure, peace or discontent, happiness or misery, depend on the choices we make each day.”
God won’t lead you down the wrong fork in life. He will lead you down the righteous path that will fulfill His successful plans for you. He knows the direction you need to take, and faithfully choosing to accept His help will allow you to make good choices.
So rather than trying to take on this challenging world by yourself, choose each day to ask for and accept God’s helping hand. Choose to progress in a life of joy and happiness rather than living a life of sorrow alone.
Friday, January 6, 2017
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
my regular monday night crew is sick tonight so the format will be a little different this week.
nick definitely remembers liz and seems a little bugged she waited until the show to contact him,
rachel gets the first impression rose
what are your first impressions?
Monday, January 2, 2017
do you pick a word or theme for the year? link up your posts below and let's help each other accomplish our goals this year.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Monday, December 26, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
8 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle
By: Maurine Anderson
Many of us are used to recycling things like newspaper, glass bottles, plastic tubs, and soda cans, but did you know that there are a great many more things that you could be recycling as well? Here is a look at 10 things you didn’t know you could recycle.
Plastic bags and film
You may have known that it’s possible to recycle plastic store bags by bringing them to a designated drop-off location in your area (such as a nearby grocery store), but what you may not have known is that you can recycle other types of plastic bags and plastic film at these as well. In addition to plastic store bags, you can also include zip close food storage bags, plastic cereal box liners, furniture and electronic wrap, plastic shipping envelopes, product wrap (such as on toilet paper), and any film packaging or bag that has the How2Recycle Label shown at right. All plastic bags and film for drop-off must be clean, dry, and free of any receipts or labels.
Many people don’t recycle toiletry and makeup containers simply because they seem to be made of too many materials to recycle. Recycling this makeup packaging, however is easier than you think. Many makeup companies like MAC Cosmetics, LUSH, Origins, and Aveda have their own programs which allow you to take old packaging in for some sort of discount on their products. If your cosmetics company doesn’t offer a recycling program, you can also work through a program like TerraCycle to recycle your makeup packaging responsibly. Alternatively, you can upcycle your old cosmetics containers simply by reusing them for new purposes.
You’ll often find instructions for recycling your old ink cartridges right on the package of your new ink cartridge. In fact, some companies even include packing materials and free postage right in the box in case you want to recycle your old cartridge via mail. Alternatively, you can have your ink cartridge refilled at a retailer like Walgreens or Costco. Office supplies stores like Office Depot also usually run ink cartridge recycling programs, letting you recycle your ink and toner cartridges in-store.
As this article points out, batteries are another often under-recycled product. Alkaline or copper zinc AAA, AA, C, D, 6V, and 9V batteries should be placed in the trash, but most other types of batteries can either be recycled or have regulations concerning proper disposal methods. Batteries you can recycle include rechargeable AA and AAA batteries, lithium batteries, lithium ion batteries, and zinc air batteries. You can also recycle those rechargeable batteries that are found in devices such as cell phones, cameras, laptops, and power tools. (When in doubt, look for the battery recycling seals on recyclable batteries.) To recycle these batteries, visit a site like call2recycle.org to find a battery recycling location near you. If you wish to recycle your old car battery, meanwhile, you can bring it to a waste management center which will eventually recycle it, or you can look for an auto retailer or service center who might buy it back from you.
Computers and electronics
Computers and electronics can be recycled either by bringing them to a local Goodwill or shelter, or by going through a local responsible recycler. (You can go to e-Stewards.org to find a local recycler near you.) Some retailers like Staples and Best Buy may also take your old electronics off your hands for recycling.
If your old appliance still works, you can take it to a local Goodwill so that it can be re-used. Non-working appliances can be recycled through a local appliance recycler. Visit Earth911.com or recycle-steel.org to find a recycler near you.
Fluorescent light bulbs
Yep—fluorescent light bulbs can indeed be recycled. The easiest way to recycle these is to take them to a local IKEA, Home Depot, or Lowe’s.
Christmas trees—real or fake—can be recycled as well. To recycle a real Christmas tree, take advantage of Christmas tree pick up or drop off if your city offers it, as these services will take the trees and grind them into mulch for city parks. If your city doesn’t offer such a service, you can alternatively work through an organization such as Boy Scouts, who might pick up your tree for recycling for a modest fee. To recycle a fake Christmas tree, consider donating it to a thrift store or charity so that it can be reused.