9 Things You Need to Do Before You Graduate High School

To all of my high school seniors,  I just want to say CONGRATS! You’re almost done! But before you walk down the aisle with your caps and gowns, here are some suggestions to make those last days of high school worthwhile.

  1. Post inspirational sticky notes everywhere!

Atpost-it-heart-img_5077 the beginning of my senior year, my friends and I (although we went to different schools) began posting inspirational sticky notes all around the school. From
bathroom stalls, on lockers, under desks, and even on chairs. I have no idea if anyone took the time to truly read them, but I really hoped it blessed someone day.

2. Take Your Own Graduation Pictures with Your BFFs

IMG_1811.JPGAlthough you most likely will have your official graduation pics through your school, it is so much more fun to grab all of your friends and take your own cap and gown pictures!

 

3. Write thank you letters to all of your teachers and staff

No matter if you absolutely adore your teachers or cannot wait to leave their classrooms, but you should take the time to write a thank you note to all of the teachers who you’ve had during your four years in high school. If possible, you could even write thank you notes to teachers who you’ve had in the past such as in elementary and middle school who have made a huge impact on your life. Depending on how big your school is,  you may not be able to write a thank you note to everyone on the school staff in your school, but it would be nice if you could!

4. Invite at least one friend to church or to a church event 

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Although it may seem nerve-racking at first, once you make that step of finally asking your friend to go to church event will make all of the difference! Plus, it’s SUPER fun!

5. Pray for your classmates

No matter how annoying or awesome your classmates may be, it takes love to pray for your classmates especially since they are making the same tough decisions that you are probably facing. Pray that for those who do not know Jesus as their Lord, pray that will find true purpose in their lives, and that will find true joy in God.

6. Volunteer for a Cause You Care About

No, you will not be paid but volunteering will open more doors for you than you can ever
imagine. Do not just volunteer anywhere but for a cause you truly care about. Do you love children? Then volunteer at a Girls and Boys club or any after school program! Are you obsessed with animals? Take the time to volunteer at an animal shelter! Just figure out what you are most passionate about and run with it!

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7. Forgive 

You cannot sojourn on this new journey if you are holding to old baggage from the past. Let go of those angry feelings towards those classmates who have irked you since 9th grade or for the teacher who did not give you the grade you deserved. However, it is just worth it to let go of the past and run towards your
future!

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Shine your light 

This is your last chance to make a lasting impact on your high school before you leave those doors. Do all that you can to shine for Jesus and to share His love to everyone (teachers, students, bus drivers, custodians, lunch ladies/men, and staff).

9. JUST HAVE FUN!

Enjoy your last few days in high school. Spend time with your friends, take pictures with your favorite teachers, and just breathe. You’re almost done, guys!

Congrats, Graduates!

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Ain’t I a Woman?

As you should know, February is the month of Black History month (and my birthday). I wanted to take this time to acknowledge one of my favorite speeches of all time. Over 100 years ago, on May 1851, Sojourner Truth delivered a breathtaking speech at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention. African-Americans were just given their “freedom” but were still bound by racial tensions and it was also during this time where women were not considered as equals as well. Yet Sojourner Truth, a 6 foot tall African American woman stood in the midst of a crowd of mainly white men and gave this speech with such authority that it left the crowd speechless.

Below is a reenactment of Truth’s speech by award-winning actress, Kerry Washington.

Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that ‘twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what’s all this here talking about?

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?

Then they talk about this thing in the head; what’s this they call it? [member of audience whispers, “intellect”] That’s it, honey. What’s that got to do with women’s rights or negroes’ rights? If my cup won’t hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?

Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ’cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain’t got nothing more to say.

Having a Cold Is So Not Fun!

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Lately around campus it seems that EVERYONE is getting sick. I keep hearing the constant barking, sneezing, and sniffing all around me. It gets worse when I see someone coughing without even covering their mouths! Ugh! (I am sorry, I just had to rant about that. I am a germaphobe)

I remember becoming sick before the Christmas break and remembering all of the good times when I was able breathe out of both of my nostrils. Do you know what I mean? At first, being sick  was a good excuse to get out of my morning class (for the first day) but after having a headache and constantly blowing my nose almost every five minutes, I think I would have rather gone to my Latin class instead.

I did feel a little better once I took some medicine at night so that I could finally sleep in peace. During this whole ordeal I was constantly drinking orange juice, trying to rest, and taking  medicine so that my physical body could feel better. I mean who wouldn’t? Now that I look back on that I wonder do I go to the extra mile to make sure that my spirit is well?

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Sometimes we are so distracted by school, work, and with our daily lives that we fail to really focus on our spiritual lives. I have to admit by the end of my last semester that I found myself praying less than I should have because I was so preoccupied with my school and work load. I was spending more time with other things instead of with my heavenly Father. I should have remembered Matthew 6:33. I really love the New Living Translation’s version when it says:

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

We have to remember that we are a spirit living in an earthly suit. Our bodies will not live forever, but our spirits will. So instead of fretting about my to-do list, my spiritual life should be my main priority because that is what truly matters at the end of the day. God will have all that I need taken care of when I place my focus upon Him instead. I actually began to find out that when I begin my mornings with my Heavenly Father that my days feel less hectic and I feel more confident. I can testify that when I place my focus on God that He will take care of you no matter what situation it may be.

When we are physically sick we usually go to the doctor to find out what is wrong with us. However, I found out that when we begin to feel our spiritual lives going down, we don’t seem to go to our Doctor to find a remedy. I believe that sometimes we truly do not want to see how really sick we are spiritually or want to deal with some of our faults. Maybe we think that as Christians that we have to always be perfect. However, although we are striving towards perfection, we are not there yet. We have our faults, our misdemeanors, yet God is more than willing to help us get on the right track when we seem to walk so far from it.

Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV “Do not remember the former things,

Nor consider the things of old.Behold, I will do a new thing,Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

How to Maintain Spiritual Health:

You may have already heard these things before, however, I realized that when I failed to unknowndo one of these that I saw myself losing depths in God than I have should if I stayed faithful. However, it does not matter where you are in your life, you can never be too far that God cannot bring you closer towards Him and make you well!

*1. Pray continuously

God truly knows what we need to be spiritually well. Most of the time when I am praying for one specific thing, God will show me what I need to work on within me. Yet, with His help and strength, we can do all things through Christ who gives us the strength. (Philippians 4:13 KJV). My pastor reminded me that if I don’t do anything else during the day that I should always pray!

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saint.” Ephesians 6:18

*2.  Keep your Head in the Word of God

“How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.” Psalm 119:9 KJV

“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4 NIV

*3. Hang around with other STRONG believers

Hebrews 10:25 NIV “not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

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What helps you maintain your spiritual health? Have you ever found yourself in a spiritual slump? Please comment below! I love to hear from you, guys!

What I Do While Waiting to Say “I Do”

I write numerous posts regarding purity and waiting until marriage, mostly from a girl’s perspective, however I know many of you may wonder if there are actually guys out there who are waiting as well. In this post, I was able to get a guy’s perspective regarding purity and wanted to share it with you all. He is a dear friend of mine and I can personally say that he is man after God’s heart.  

“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.”( Psalms 119:9 KJV)

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What I Do While Waiting to Say “I Do”

Ah, marriage! It’s the most beautiful thing to show your commitment to the one you love. It’s sacred and a goal that everyone dreams of achieving. However, in this new age, marriage seems to be the furthest thing from some minds, most being men. Lately, it’s all about who can get the most girls and sex outside of marriage is becoming normal for young men to do. Fear not! No matter what’s currently happening, there are still men out there who are holding themselves for marriage and keeping themselves for the one woman they want to spend the rest of their lives with. How do I know? This is a fact because I can proudly say that I am one of those men. Here are some timageshings that I do before getting to the ultimate “I Do.”

  1. Develop a relationship with God

There is no way that a relationship with a woman can be pure and true without first having a pure and true relationship with God. Without God, you will always choose the wrong one and end up in an unhappy marriage. He is an awesome teacher about relationships. His Word is filled with many lessons about keeping yourself, how to treat someone, even how to love in the God sense. I’m a firm believer that God will keep you and guide you to the right woman for you.


2. Keep my flesh under control

Guys, it’s perfectly natural to have feelings for the opposite sex. There is nothing wrong with seeing a woman and acknowledging that she’s pretty or you like the way she carries herself. The wrong thing to do is lust after women, meaning to let sexual thoughts enter your mind and then acting on it. That’s satisfying your flesh. If you repeatedly let this happen, holding yourself for marriage is no longer a priority and sex outside marriage will become a common thing to do. Let’s keep the flesh under control by things of those things that are good, pure, true, and of good report (as stated in the Bible)

Philippians 4:8 NIV
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

3. Avoid temptations at all cost!

Joseph, from the Bible, is a perfect example. While working, his owner’s wife came on to him and wanted him to sleep with her, but remembering that it’s an ungodly thing to sleep with another man’s wife, he refused. And guess what? God honored him for that.
It’s awesome to keep yourself for marriage, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be faced with temptations. Don’t let the words of some women trick you. Never trust yourself alone with a girl because, believe it or not, you are not strong enough to do that. Go out on group dates. Don’t give yourself any possible way to fall into temptation. Remember that if you have the relationship with God, He won’t let you fall for it.

Without doing these 3 things, I wouldn’t have been able to uphold my promise to hold myself for marriage to the right woman. I believe that the perfect woman for me is out there, but until God guides me to her, my focus will be on God.

What about you?

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Hi, my name is Davon Reed and believe it or not, I’m 21 years old. I am a college junior studying information systems and I am also an aspiring minister. Most importantly, I LOVE JESUS and He Loves Me! 

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