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Hi y'all! My name is Kaylee! I am a twenty-something-year old midwestern girl by birth, southerner at heart, and life-long traveler! I am a follower of Jesus, wife of Joshua, avid reader, lover of baking & cooking, constant smiler, and pursuer of adventures in all shapes & sizes!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Stand Up!

Hi blog world! :)


Hope you're having a great weekend so far! I was actually productive today and finished my last paper of my sophomore year in college, a 15 page exegetical paper on Proverbs 31! At least I enjoyed what I was writing :) I love looking at that example of a wife of noble character--such a great thing to aspire to be!


This is me pretending to be a hot librarian/teacher? Haha! Wearing my glasses makes me feel smarter, but still fashionable because they're red chanel glasses ;) Obviously I needed a writing break haha!


Anyways, I know not many people are interested in the news or politics, but I wanted to post something that truly concerns me--public schools and what can be allowed. Now before you go thinking I'm dumb or ignorant, let me say I went to public school my whole life up until college. I faced many difficult things in the public school educational system. I only had two Christian friends who weren't afraid to admit it (because lets be real, Christians have it bad in a public school), and knew only one person who agreed with my Conservative politics (Minnesota is almost as liberal as California), openly anyways. Needless to say, it was hard and I rarely spoke up in fear that my teachers and peers would make me wish I hadn't. Now that I've gained some confidence and years, I stand up for my beliefs constantly, regardless of what anyone may think. Which brings me to this article I saw on Fox News this evening.

Before I start, I need to make something clear. I am a Christian who believes that 100% of what the Bible says is truth. I don't pick and choose parts and apply it, I do my best to apply ALL of it, even if it seems old-fashioned or crazy. Even though I believe homosexuality is a sin because of the Bible stating it multiple times in the Old AND New Testament, I still love all people, because I am a sinner too. My sin is not any better or worse than homosexuality. I do not judge, because that's not my place. So don't think that I'm mad at this man because he's gay. That being said, here's what I have to say:

This man the article talks about, Dan Savage, is the founder of an anti-bullying campaign called, "It Gets Better." Which is a nice concept, except for he's not a very nice man in this specific article haha.

Savage is married to another man, which leads his anti-bullying campaign to become a matter that apparently pertains more to homosexuality than anything else. I'm not sure if you watch the news a lot, but if you do, you might see that typically the stories covered about bullying are mostly about students that are homosexuals. However, those of us that take that trip down memory lane can recall that people are bullied for all kinds of reasons--such as being overweight, prone to acne, not as pretty as the "popular" crowd, being too smart, BEING CHRISTIAN, etc. The current administration of our country and media outlets alike have in a sense hijacked the idea of bullying to make it about a matter of sexuality, to make others more sensitive to homosexuals, to make people more keen on allowing gay marriage. Think about it, bullying didn't get half as much news coverage before it became about sexuality. Bullying is ancient, however suddenly it has been making the news frequently.

But here's the thing--bullying is not a political matter. People are bullies because they are mean or insecure about themselves. Maybe you don't agree, but being someone who had been bullied a few times in her high school years and that reads the news, this is what I have discovered in the past few years.

Anyways, Savage was speaking at a National Journalism Conference for high schoolers, and ended up saying the "bull s***" in the Bible can be ignored (referring to the references of homosexuality throughout the Bible). He then continued to take out of context things from the earlier chapters of the Old Testament, including Leviticus and Deuteronomy, to mock the Bible and to try and make the case that we just need to "get over this next hurdle" so gay marriage can be accepted. Many students were laughing along with the speaker about how "ridiculous" the Bible is, but that didn't stop the 100+ students that found what he said to be offensive from leaving the room. Go ahead and watch the video below to see exactly what he said.


Now, I don't know what you all believe politically, religiously, etc. But there is one thing I think we can all agree on--it is not right to have a public speaker at a school bashing the Bible, whether you believe it to be true or not. If a speaker came in and starting bashing the Qur'an, you can bet that CNN, MSNBC, etc. would be ALL over that saying how ignorant and horrible the speaker was. But this man, who has spoken at the white house mind you, can come into a public school and bash on the Bible and make fun of Christians without the same media outlets calling him out on it? I am so tired of the double standards! I have come to see that Christians are the most attacked and ridiculed group of people, maybe after the Jews (that's a wholeeee other topic). But the Bible even says it will not be easy to be a follower of God! But there is hope in committing your life to Jesus--to saying you will seek a life outside of your own desires, outside of living like the rest of the world.  James 1:12 says, 

"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him."

It's not easy, and it won't get any easier--but, it gives purpose and meaning, it gives a life full of love and hope. Don't let people like Dan Savage diminish or lessen the value of our Holy Bible, God-breathed scripture that speaks into our lives even two thousand plus years later. It is just as Holy as it was when God started creating the Earth, and just as Holy as when Jesus was walking around the Earth. Please hang in there, and stay true to your beliefs! You can still show love and compassion to those who do not agree with you, but don't let that or the fear of others keep you from sticking to what you know in your heart. You will be rewarded for persevering and following Jesus! :)

Have a great night,

Kaylee

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Recap!

I have not blogged in FOREVER! I fell off the face of the earth and I have missed it SO much! So I'm returning to blog world because school is winding down and I'm sure I will have lots more time to write about things in the months to come...however I can't promise there will be lots happening haha! Here is a recap of the last month:



1. I'M GOING TO OXFORD!!!! I, Kaylee Hunter, found out YESTERDAY that I will be studying at Oxford University in England next semester. Holy cow. I'm still freaking out about it. You can bet that I'll be blogging constantly there to give friends/family/etc. updates on my life in England as I won't be able to use my American cell phone there! So, keep an eye out in September ;)
                                          
This is the beautiful campus in Oxford!

                                      

                                This is an AMAZING library on campus (one of MANY!)



 
This is where I'll be living!


A bridge in town :)


A castle just outside of town!


I am already planning out my travels for during and after my semester! If you're flying over an ocean, you better be taking full advantage of your time there haha! I have never been anywhere outside of North America and have never done anything so independent! I am so blessed and excited for this adventure to come!

2. I'm going home for the summer!
I'm so excited to soak up all that is Minnesota/my home for what possibly could be the last lengthy time I spend there. I'll be living with my family and working and I know it will be so good. It definitely will be hard not seeing Josh for the summer, and then not for the fall semester as well, but these are things you can only work on one day at a time!

3. My sister is graduating from college on May 5th!
We have been together my whole life (we're only 16 months apart, 2 grade levels apart). Granted, there was the chunk of time in high school when she went to college that we were apart, but that was different haha. She's moving to Seattle with her best friend. I'm so excited for her but also sad that this time is over. I have loved being on campus with my sister/best friend. Running into each other at the library, grabbing dinner on campus quickly, meeting up spontaneously...these are things I will genuinely miss. I don't know what the future holds for Jamie, but I know she will be great in whatever she does! :)

That's about it for my recent excitement! If you have any advice or tips about traveling in Europe, sisters/friends graduating and leaving, long distance relationships, let me know :) Haha have a fabulous day!

-Kaylee