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Snow Day Survival

Snow is a’comin for some of us. For others of us, snow has already been here and you wish it would go back home (I feel you). But either way, you must be ready! So whether you are at home with the ‘rents, in a dorm, or have your own pad (lucky you!) below are our Michaela Must-Haves for a stormy, snowy day.

1. Food and Drink
Food is a must for those snowy days. My favorite ‘snow storm’ foods and drinks are soup (potato or chicken tortilla), warm bread, hot chocolate or chai. Basically, I use snow storm days as an excuse to eat my favorite, filling, warm comfort foods. There is no good reason for this, but who needs a reason to drink hot chocolate? So, I’d advise you do the same. However, it is actually important to stock up on non-perishable foods and water on a snow day just in case your electricity goes out.

2. Technology
You must know whether or not this will be a ‘you get to stay at home and nap’ snow day, or if it will be a ‘you need to get up earlier than usual and shovel out your car and go to school/work’ kind of snow day. Thus, you need the Internet or television. Also, you may be having a ‘I need to rescue my silly roommate who drove her car in the ditch’ kind of day (aren’t you so nice?). For this, you will need a cell phone. Finally, if it is the kind of snow day where you get to stay home, then you need entertainment. Nexflix and Hulu are your friends in this case. For those of you who live in terrible cold, rural places where electricity often goes out or who love to be uber prepared, a radio, flashlight and batteries are really helpful things to have.

3. Warm clothes/Blankets/Candles
Keep the warm and cozy coming with clothes that keep you warm and comfy. Leggings and sweats are great if you get to stay home. If you want to take your laziness to the next level, drag your blanket around with you all day. Up the cozy vibe with a couple of scented candles.

4. Games!/Movies/Good Books
If you do share a home with someone, break out the Apples to Apples, Taboo, Scrabble, Dominos and movies and have some fun with your friends or family! Snow days are wonderful times to make incredible (indoor) memories. So, invest in your relationships and play your heart out. If you live at home, break out that cozy mystery and enjoy!

5. A shovel
Eventually, you will need to venture back outside into real life. Bring a shove (and preferably, some help) to clear a way for your car or shoes.

Before the storm:
Stock up on the food/warm clothes/games/movies/etc. Also, remember to make sure you have all your medications up to par, in case you can’t get out of your home. The Federal Emergency Management Agency also recommends that you allow faucets in your home to drip a bit of water to prevent pipes from freezing.

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Prayer for the Week

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:4-7)

I’m a worrywart. I have spent many nights lying awake at night worrying about one thing or another. This only results in me feeling overly tired the next morning (and that leads to me bumping into things, but that’s another story) . But I’m learning that instead of lying awake at night with the world on my shoulders, I can rejoice. I can rejoice in the fact that the Lord has done so much for me and I can rejoice in the fact that He will never leave or forsake me. Even when I feel worried, sad, or stressed, I can rejoice in the fact that God is taking care of me, even when I don’t see it. So this week and always, may we remember to rejoice.


As we begin this new week, we want to thank You for Your faithfulness to us. For getting us through the storms of life, and bringing us to meet this brand new day, we thank You. For filling us with dreams and for taking care of us, we thank You. You are good Lord.

You are good.

In Jesus’ Name,


Question: What has God done for You lately? Take some time today to  remember and worship the Lord for the blessings He has given you.

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In Defense of Awkward

I have many weird traits. One, I love dark, quiet places. So when I feel stressed (particularly during thunderstorms…which is a constantly occurring situation that leaves me feeling stressed), I like to hide in my closet. Yep, my closet. Also, I’m super shy and quiet, and often experience (and am the cause) of the totally-awkward silence in which the other person expects me to say something, but I really just can’t…So yeah…

I have no (absolutely no) sense of direction, so I am constantly going back and retracing my steps to try to figure out where I went wrong. Sometimes I have to retrace my steps several times, probably causing people to wonder about the woman who is wandering around with a confused look on her face.

Finally, I have a tendency to run into things. Particularly in the mornings. Particularly when I’m tired (see: every morning). Usually these ‘things’ I run into are street lights. Yep. While walking (and daydreaming) I have often found myself crashing face first into a street light that I hadn’t previously seen (note to urban developers: Do we really need so many street lights? They are a safety hazard). Thankfully, usually no one sees this. If someone does happen to witness me walking into a streetlight (or sometimes a car door) I quickly start walking the other way, while trying to convince myself that they didn’t really see me.

In short, I’m awkward. I’m a book-loving, clumsy, klutzy awkward woman. The awkwardness hasn’t really gone away as I’ve grown older, but (I believe) I’ve been able to hide it (a little better).

But, I’m beginning to realize that maybe hiding it is the wrong way to go about being awkward. Maybe awkward needs a defender. Because awkward is kind of cool. My awkward is what sets me apart from everyone else. I would be totally normal if it weren’t for my quirks, but who wants to be totally normal anyway? Many people don’t love my awkward traits (I spend countless hours with people who tell me I need to talk more, smile more, be more, do more…). The ‘more’ crowd would love me to be confident, bold, articulate, insightful. The more crowd would love me to always be in style, always know the right words to say, the right things to do. The ‘more’ crowd would love for me to be coordinated, to glide through life like a dancer who is always sure of the right moves.

I’m beginning to realize that the ‘more crowd’ doesn’t really love me.

Instead, I’m loved by those who see the awkward, and who know how to point me in the right direction, or not mention the knot on my forehead (courtesy of my head intimately meeting yet another pole). I’m loved by those who give me books, and those who can laugh with me at my weirdness. My awkward is what separates the people who are real and true from those who I need to stay away from. My awkward is what compels me to write, and read and dream. It’s what causes me to be vulnerable and real, and what compels others to be vulnerable and real with me.

In short, even though I don’t always like my awkward, I love it, and am slowly starting to embrace it. I’d encourage you to do the same. When you begin to embrace the thing (or things) that make you awkward and weird, you begin to see that the same things that make you awkward, are the things that make you special.

In short, be you, the weird, wild, wonderful you.



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Prayer for the Day


As we get ready for another work week, wrap us all in Your arms of protection. Be our guide and our help and help us to always remember you. Give us the wisdom to make good choices and the courage to dream big. May we make lasting memories and have a love that overflows.

You are good.

In Jesus’ Name,

Talk back:  What do you need to pray for this week?

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