Monthly Archives: May 2020

Healing in Hope

This week’s devotional thought comes to us from PUC’s SA RVP, Noah Ofisa.

“And let us not be weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to a household of faith” -Galatians 6:9,10 

Today, we are facing one of the most stressful times. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, there were already diseases and deaths sweeping across our nation and the world. Now there is panic running rampant across the world. According to the news, there have been thousands of deaths in Italy, Spain, China, and the U.S. since the beginning of the spread of this “CoronaVirus” so far. So how does this affect us as Christians today? How should we respond when dealing with things such as social distancing in this time? 

Jesus says He is the light of the world (John 8:12). But He also calls us the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). As God’s beloved chosen people, we have one of the greatest opportunities to share the everlasting hope of Jesus Christ (John 3:16). We must continue to speak life and hope to those around us. We must encourage people that there is an eternal home beyond this perishing world where death, disease, and sadness are pervasive. His word declares He “will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). Moreover, Paul encourages God’s beloved to not grow weary in well doing because we shall reap if we faint not. This is our call to continue to bring comfort and healing especially to those in our homes and even through social media. One powerful thing that is happening now is that God’s people across the world are uniting in prayer for healing and His kingdom. May God’s love continue to be shared in this crucial time and may His peace and promises comfort you today.

Here is my prayer today: 

Father, thank you for your infinite love and mercy upon us. Thank you for your eternal promises that lift our eyes above the storms we face here on Earth. Thank you for your presence with those across the world that are in need of your healing hands. We ask for an outpouring of your Holy Spirit. Help us Lord to continue to bring healing and comfort to our families and loved ones. Help us to continue to share your message of hope wherever we are. Lead us, God, in your love for the kingdom. We love you, Jesus!

In Jesus Name, Amen. 

 

Shelter-In-Place Weekend Activities

By: Ally Romanes

Hey everyone, it’s Ally! I, like you, suddenly find myself at home spending a lot of time sitting around. School is online, my go-to-entertainment (sports games) aren’t on, and I’m not being able to hang out with friends in person. We are living in ‘unprecedented times’ as we keep hearing, where we are literally being begged to stay indoors. Have you been trying to figure out how to pass time or how to stay occupied during self-isolation? Here are some things you can do to make your weekends more interesting at home.

Facetime Friends & Family 

Check-up on your friends and family to make sure they’re doing well. Seeing the faces of those we love can make it seem like we’re right there with each other. So thankful for technology!

Complete A Puzzle 

What could be more time-consuming than working on a puzzle? The more pieces, the better!

Catch-Up On Movies & Shows

Thankfully we have streaming sites to get us through. All those long movies or shows you said you’d watch later, well later is now. Spend your weekends checking off movies and shows from your list.

Need ideas on what to watch? Look-up movies and shows that have won awards or ask your friends for recommendations.

Throw A Netflix Party 

Have a Netflix Party with your friends. Since you can’t be together in the dorm or your friend’s homes, Netflix Party lets everyone synchronize the movie or show you’re watching. Tell your friends, set a time, and enjoy a Netflix Party!

Self-Care

You not only need to check-in on your friends and family, but you also need to check-in on yourself. Treat yourself by indulging in dessert or having a spa night. Of course, both can include watching a show or movie.

Get Fresh Air 

We are all aware we shouldn’t be going out, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting some fresh air. It’s perfectly ok to take a walk, run, or bike ride around your neighborhood. Don’t coop yourself inside all day. Go outside and get some fresh air.

Play Board Games 

Dig out your board games from the back of the closet and relive your childhood. Want to play games with your family and friends from afar? Download the app Houseparty where you can play games with whoever you want, no matter how far.

Finally Read That Book 

If you have a book you’ve been meaning to read but never got the chance too, now is the time. Stop avoiding that book. Dust it off and start reading!

Clean & Organize

This may not be fun for some, but it’s a task many procrastinate on. Go through your clothes and other things, and get rid of what you don’t need or want. Doing some cleaning will help you stay productive and will also help you get rid of stuff. You got this!

Learn A New Skill 

Ever wanted to learn how to cook or draw? Google some recipes and see what you can with the ingredients you have at home. YouTube drawing tutorials to learn the skill of sketching and drawing. What better time to learn a new skill than now.

Bake Those Goods 

Pass the time while getting messy in the kitchen as you make cookies, brownies, or even a cake. The work will be worth it once your baked goods are done and you can enjoy your dessert!

Do At-Home Workouts 

You may not have all the equipment you need to work out, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting a workout in. Common household items like a gallon of water or a backpack full of books can help you with your workout.

If you need at-home workout ideas, go to Google. There are endless articles and videos online.

Have A Zoom Party 

Do you or your friends have birthdays coming up? Bring your snacks and have a Zoom party with your friends.

Update Your Resume or Portfolio

It may not be the best time to find a job, but it shouldn’t stop you from updating your resume. You’ll be saving yourself time for when you actually need to apply for a job.

Go Through Your Photos 

Do you have hundreds, maybe even thousands of photos on your phone? Go through them and see which photos you want to keep. I’m sure you have some old screenshots you don’t need anymore that are just taking up space on your phone.

Make A List of Post-Isolation Activities

On the first day of self-isolation, I already started making a list of places I wanted to go once I could. I wrote down restaurants I couldn’t wait to indulge in again, the places I missed going too, and replanned the trips I was supposed to take this year.

Nap 

After a week of school and work, you deserve to nap on the weekends. Spend your weekend relaxing in bed to recharge for a new day.

It may be hard staying home all day, every day, but hopefully, some of these ideas will keep you occupied.

 

A Day In The Life of A Remote-Learner: Lewis Govea 

“I’m Lewis Govea, a voice/pre-pharmacy major and Student Association social vice president. This makes me the authority on absolutely nothing during this quarantine! I was asked to share my experience with remote learning and so far, this is what I have come to realize: life is literally whatever you want it to be. Something I’ve noticed is that I consistently eat breakfast, but the other two meals can happen quite literally at any time or not at all. Riveting, right?

But seriously, I believe the biggest challenge of this shelter-at-home order is staying organized. Eat when? Whenever I’m hungry. When is class? I don’t remember. When is this due? Gotta check canvas for the umpteenth time. Exercise? Nah.

It’s not easy being an online student doing virtual school, but the best thing we can all do for ourselves is to figure out what works for each of us as an individual. For me, that means scheduling out each day so I can figure out what I have to do for the day instead of binge-watching YouTube. What can I say? I try.

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7:00 a.m. – Start my day by my baby niece barging into my room and waking me up.

8:00 a.m. – Eat breakfast

9:00 a.m. – Watch a morning lecture, History of Western Art with Carstens. It’s a pre-recorded lecture but I try to keep up with regular class times.

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Pretty big break for homework. Maybe an asynchronous class meeting here or there.

1:00 p.m. – I always have a virtual meeting at this time, but it differs day-to-day.

2:00 p.m. – Same thing here, but these classes are more discussion-based.

3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – I try to be productive and go through each class and pick out what’s due next. Not much of a routine here, but I hope to stay on top of everything. My biggest fear is missing something just because I didn’t see it. 

 

 

Rejoice In The Lord Always

Stephen Staff graduated from PUC with a degree in communication in 2010. He went on to receive his masters in student life and development in 2018 and is now the boy’s dean and athletics director at Dakota Adventist Academy. Stephen loves PUC and was happy to share a devotional thought with all of his fellow Pioneers.

These are troubling times. We have people getting sick at alarming rates. Countries are closing borders, people are being asked not to leave their homes, and schools are closing. You might be feeling anxious or worried about this. You may know a person that has been directly affected by this, or you might be affected in some way. So what should we do? Do we worry and give in to fear and make sure we have enough toilet paper to last through the apocalypse? In times like this, we need a firm foundation to stand on.

In the book of Daniel Chapter six, we find Daniel in an interesting situation. He has been taken as a captive when Babylon conquered Jerusalem. He served under two different kings, and both saw the power of God through Daniel. Then the Medes and Persians conquered the Babylonians, and Daniel was serving under a new king. This king liked Daniel, but the other officials did not. So they conspired against Daniel. They had the king sign a declaration if anyone made a petition or prayed to anyone other than the king they should be thrown into the lions den. Daniel heard about this declaration, and continued to pray to God just as he had before the declaration. The other officials brought this before the king, and the king was distraught. He followed through with the law and before he sealed it shut he told Daniel he hoped God would protect him from the lions. The king spent a restless night anxiously waiting to find out what had happened to Daniel. When they checked on him in the morning, Daniel was unharmed.

No matter what challenge we are facing, we can have faith that God is always going to be there with us. He is always faithful. Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” Just like Daniel in the lions den, we have faith we can trust this to God and know  He will deliver us.