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2016 National Bible Bee // A Post for Contestants

The past three posts have been lessons that I have learned through competing in the National Bible Bee, but those lessons apply to all of life. In this post I want to share some lessons with those of you who are still contestants, as you continue participating in the National Bible Bee.

This was my last year to compete and one of my goals was to study without regrets. I wanted to study in such a way that when I thought back over my last year, I wouldn't regret how I studied. I didn't want to look back and regret that I didn't study more, or didn't study this aspect, etc, etc... When you study, keep that in mind. When you feel unmotivated or you want to do something else, but you know you should be reviewing verses, keep pressing on so that when you look back you won't have regrets about wasted time, etc...

When I found out that I had qualified for Nationals, I laid out my schedule for each day - what to study, when to study, when to memorize/review, etc... Througho…

2016 National Bible Bee // Lesson #3

This will be the final lesson that I share from my journey in Bible Bee. While I've only shared three lessons, there were so many more that I learned.

So often I get caught up in the future - what will I be doing, where will I live, etc... In my thinking of the future, I miss the present. Life flies by so quickly, and if I spend time wishing for/dreaming about the future, I will lose the present. I'll "wake up" five years from now and regret the time that I threw away.

Every day there are so many little things that we can enjoy and give thanks for. Yet, I so easily lose sight of the present in dreaming about the future. While in Bible Bee, it was so easy to dream about Nationals that I lost study time and time with my family. Then Nationals would come, it'd be over, and I'd look back and think "why did I spend so much time dreaming about Nationals that I let myself lose study time?"

The present days are so precious. Be content with where you are. Do…

2016 National Bible Bee // Lesson #2

This lesson that I am going to share was another big one from this year. I struggle with it a lot, not just during Bible Bee, but during the off-season as well.

During Bible Bee studying, it's easy to get so caught up in studying and preparing for the test, locally or nationally, that you can forget there are more important things. Yes, studying for the Bible Bee is very important and you want to do your best, but that should not take the place of other important things. The most important is people - your family, your church, your friends.

Throughout my journey as a Bible Bee Contestant, I laid out I was going to study, my schedule, etc... and anytime that I got interrupted I would get frustrated. My little sister would ask me to play with her, and my response would be one of frustration "Can't you see I'm trying to study! Go play by yourself." Or my family would need my help for something and instead of doing it joyfully, I'd do it while thinking the whole …

2016 National Bible Bee // Lesson #1

During my time as a National Bible Bee Contestant, I learned so much - not just through studying the Word, but also through participating. In the following few blog posts, I am going to share a few lessons that I have learned.

The National Bible Bee is a great incentive to memorize and study God's Word. The prize money that is given away each year is a large amount, so it can be very easy to focus on studying in order to do well and hopefully win. During my time as a contestant, I've struggled with doing it for the right reasons. Unless one is careful the prize money can become a snare. The recognition can become a snare. The trip to Nationals can become a snare. Even studying and memorizing to have more knowledge can become a snare. 
A lesson that was key in my studying this year was that I must focus on Christ. He is the true prize. I was studying, yes, to participate in the National Bible Bee, but the main thing was to know Christ better. He is the treasure found in the Bib…

2016 National Bible Bee // Pictures

National Bible Bee 2016 was so amazing, so of course I had to take lots of pictures of the week. Unfortunately, because of our internet, I am unable to upload them all...so, I'm going to post a few on here and then give some links at the bottom of the post.















**WARNING** There are lots of pictures in the following links **WARNING**
Group One Group Two Group Three Group Four


2016 National Bible Bee!

This past week was the 2016 National Bible Bee. This was my sixth year and final year as a contestant in the National Bible Bee. I have now joined the ranks of the Alumni. This post will hopefully be the first in a series about the Bible Bee. This post will be about my experience at Nationals this year. I'm unsure how many posts will be in this series, but I hope to have several where I post about lessons that I have learned from participating/studying, pictures from nationals, tips for other Bible Bee Contestants, thoughts for Alumni, as well as thoughts for those who have not participated in the National Bible Bee.

On November 14 + 15 we drove the 12 hours down to San Antonio, TX. On the evening of the 15th we had pizza with some friends and a study time with several other contestants. On Wednesday, the 16th, the National Bible Bee Competition officially started with Registration and family photos. It was so wonderful seeing the hotel filling with Bible Bee families. As we walke…

An Afternoon at the Lake // Pictures

Graduation

After thirteen years of homeschool (Kindergarten-12), I graduated this year. I finished my school on May 31, but had my graduation party on July 30. Here are some pictures from my graduation open house as well as some of my senior pictures. (Thanks, Lauren and Valerie, for taking my senior pictures!)
It's hard to believe that I'm now out of school. Life will be so much different now, but I'm looking forward to seeing what God has ahead for me. I have different "plans", but God is in control.















We had over 60 people come to my graduation open house. Because I was too busy to take pictures, we didn't get too many pictures from my open house. It was lots of fun, and I really enjoyed it. =) 
What big events happened in your life this year?  Are you still in school or have you already graduated?

Photo Dump

Photography // Roses

Sewing Projects // Historical Outfit

It's always been a dream of mine to own an historical dress. Well, this summer, that became reality, when I sewed myself a Colonial America dress. Yes, it's probably not 100% historically outfit, but I had a great time sewing it, and so enjoy it.




{Sorry, the focus is wrong in this picture}
What projects have y'all been working on lately? 

Five Fall Favorites // Missionary Biographies

Rebekah over at Read Another Page has been hosting a blog party. It's been great hearing of so many new book recommendations. I thought I would post my top five favorite missionary biographies. In no particular orders. 


In the Shadow of the Almighty
This book focuses on the life of missoinary Jim Elliot, who gave his life for the Auca people. 
Through Gates of Splendor


While the aforementioned book focuses on Jim Elliot, this book focuses on all the missionaries who died with Jim Elliot and their work with the Auca's. 
The Triumph of John and Betty Stam
This is the story of a missionary couple who gave their lives in China. 
Missionary Heroism
This book is a compilation of stories about missionaries.

Behind the Ranges


This is the story of another missionary who worked in China.