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Hailey Williamson

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Learning Contentment: The Quiet-Hearted Child

Posted by Hailey Williamson on Feb 29, 2016 8:30:37 AM

 

The following is adapted from a paper I wrote on The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. Jeremiah Burroughs presents the illustration of a quiet-hearted child in one of his chapters and this idea has dramatically affected the way I look at life:


 

Perhaps the greatest struggle in the Christian life is that of discontentment. We are called to be in the world, but not of it – so where do we fit? We long for heaven and eternal rest with God; at the very same moment we wish to feel settled and at rest in this life. Contentment in all things, like that which Paul speaks of in Philippians 4:11, seems elusive. The heart longs for rest but naturally rushes forward in life; it is not content to wait for what it truly wants. It is impatient, hurried, troubled, and restless. Burroughs compares our hearts to a child to help us better understand ourselves: Say there is a child who wants a piece of candy. Unfortunately, he has worked himself into a frenzy in his desire for it and he cannot be calmed down.

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Christ-Centered Community is Marked by Sacrifice

Posted by Hailey Williamson on Feb 10, 2016 8:45:20 AM

 

When I think about my personal experience in the community here at CIU, there are two specific days that stand out in my mind; two moments where I felt loved and cared for in the middle of deep brokenness. What I love about these moments is that they involve a group of friends who I’ve grown close to over the last few years and who know me well.

 

When I was a sophomore, I went through a particularly hard experience. I had been pouring into a friendship that ended unexpectedly and left me grasping for answers that I couldn’t find. I remember coming back to my room one evening and finally breaking down with two of my friends. I don’t know what plans they had for their evening, but I know they gave up their own preferences and “to-do” lists to

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Dive Deep: Encouragement for Building Community

Posted by Hailey Williamson on Jan 27, 2016 8:30:20 AM

 

If I could only give you one piece of advice for college, this is it: dive deep and hard into the community around you.

 

Coming in as a freshman is all sorts of things - terrifying, exciting, new, overwhelming, freeing. There's so much going on and you want to experience it all. Even an 8:00 AM class has some exhilaration to it (at least for the first week before coffee becomes an absolute necessity). There are hall events, the beach trip, Waffle House runs, pranks on your RA, small group conversations. Ways to get involved with the community are placed right in front of you.

 

Freshmen, get involved in these things! Stay out too late sometimes at Waffle House (not past curfew though), go on the beach trip, hang out in your RA's room, and eat chips and salsa past your bed time. These things, especially early on, set you up to

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Welcome to Blue & Gold: a mixture of advice for incoming freshmen, student life highlights, and professors' insights into living with a biblical worldview. In short, everything a CIU student needs to know or a place to inform yourself before you apply!

 

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