Where’d ya go?

Okay! Okay! Guilty as charged. I haven’t been writing blog posts recently. You caught me! But here’s why I haven’t been around.

You see lately, I have been at college. I stated attending a university that I’ve always dreamt of going to. I’ve made some new friends and I’ve tried some new things in life.

I’ll do my best to continue writing, but for now I must focus on balancing classes, activities, and growing in my relationship with the Lord. All of that comes before I write.

With that said, I hope to continue posting and writing blogs once I get my time figured out.

Alright! Thank you to everyone for reading this!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

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Books for Soldiers

What’s up, guys? It is The Myriad here and today I introduce you to something very cool: Books for Soldiers.

Books for Soldiers was started by a man named Storm Williams. Williams had witnessed his friends, who were deployed in the Persian Gulf in 1991, suffer from the loneliness and isolation that comes with being in the midst of war. To support them, Williams began shipping cartoons to his friends so that they would have a source of encouragement or comic relief during the fighting.

Around twelve years later in 2003 when American troops were sent to Iraq and Afghanistan, he started the website “booksforsoldiers.com.” This website allows people to send books to soldiers that have requested them.

Since Williams started this website, he has received many letters from soldiers thanking him for his willingness to send books. Williams stated in an interview with People magazine:

“Some of these guys have had eight or nine deployments while we’re at home in air conditioning. We find the books they want-Stephen King and Tom Clancy are favorites-write letters, throw in cookies, candy, or pencils and create a care package. It doesn’t cost much.”
I encourage everyone to click the link in the first paragraph. The website is simple, but it is straightforward and easy to navigate. Therefore, it is pretty easy to find out ways that you can get involved if you wish. I’ll link some different tabs, that are on the website, below so that you can find out the information from the source.

That is it! I hope everyone has a great day! Check back in a few days for a new post!

FAQ page
Getting Started
Donate To The Troops
About Us

Heartsong

Yo, guys! It’s is The Myriad as usual. First of all, I would like to thank everyone for their support. It has been pretty awesome to see this blog grow. Enjoy!

I really like music. I enjoy listening to EVERY kind of music and playing EVERY kind of music as well. That’s why today I’m pretty excited to talk to you about a band called “Heartsong”. If you’ve never heard of Heartsong, that is okay. I don’t think anyone west of Ohio has probably heard of them. Heartsong is a collection of musicians who seek to glorify God through song worship. Now don’t leave just yet! This is not your typical contemporary worship band.

Heartsong is a band that was started at Cedarville University. The “band” is actually just a name with four different bands under that name that are separated by a team color. So you have:

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2015-2016 teams.

Together these teams make up Heartsong! (2015-2016 teams) I’m going to be honest, I don’t know when Heartsong was started. But, what I do know is that they’re are some amazing people within this group.

All of the men and women that are a part of Heatsong are students at Cedarville. The way it works is that if someone wants to be a member of the band, you have to sign up for auditions within the instrument you play (that includes voices as well). From what I’ve heard, auditions can be hard. The staff that is in charge of managing the band want to select people who are competent with their talents and who long to serve God. Once a person has sparked an interest in the leaders, they will call them for an interview. If they are liked, then they get the gig more or less.

It is a ton of hard work though. The students involved have to balance school work with band practice and rehearsal which can be very demanding. Not to mention that the band does a small tour almost every weekend where they play at conferences, camps, churches and other places. They have a time during the summer where they tour for ten weeks straight! So yeah, “lot a hard work”. But most of the members would say that it is more than worth it.

The best thing about Heartsong is this: the people on stage are not seeking to glorify themselves. When the band exits the stage, you can find them socializing among teens and adults eager to meet people and more than willing to serve. For example, I went to a camp this past summer where Heartsong happened to be playing and for five whole days they played and participated right alongside everyone else. It was very reassuring to witness these musicians wanting to spend time with us.

Heartsong puts out albums yearly and they are pretty good. Remember that these are college students that are doing this. Not completely seasoned professionals. As of now, they are preparing to release a new album called “Ascribe”. When it comes out in like a week, you should check it out!

That is it! See you back on Monday hopefully!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

Heartsong website

Heartsong Teams

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

What’s up, guys!? It’s The Myriad here and today I’m going to be bringing everyone something special. But first, I need to tell a short story.

Back in mid-January, I was on a plane headed for home. I had just finished up some skiing with my grandfather in the beautiful mountains of Salt Lake City, Utah. While I was on this trip I brought along a book to read. The book was written by TobyMac and was entitled “City on our Knees.”

This book is a compilation of true stories that tell of ordinary people stepping out and doing something courageous. A few of these stories are incredible while others are a bit smaller in scope. But how magnificent or petite the stories may seem, every one of them started with one person taking a step across a line. Choosing to think about others, showing kindness to the person that hates them, peacefully protesting racial segregation, etc. An entry that I found at the beginning of the book was about Alexandra Scott. A young girl whose life inspired me to start this blog. I hope you enjoy her story.


Before the mere age of one, Alexandra Scott was already facing a struggle that has cracked the mind and body of an adult. You see, Alexandra had been diagnosed with cancer named Neuroblastoma. To have this cancer removed, Alexandra spent twelve hours in a surgery that hoped to remove the literal death from her body. Unfortunately, the surgery left her paralyzed from the chest down. The doctors said that she wouldn’t even be able to crawl when she came of age.

But not too long after the surgery, Alex was able to move her legs and by the age of two, she was crawling around as any toddler would. She even acquired knee braces to help her stand up, and of course, she eventually didn’t even need those. The problem began when her cancerous cells started growing again. In just three months, she had three surgeries to try and stop the cancer. By age four, she was receiving heavy doses of chemotherapy in an attempt to combat the cancer.

Alex’s mind, on the other hand, was alive and well. While all of the treatments were going on, Alexandra had an idea: What if she started a summer lemonade stand? Most people have done this to earn some money when they are kids, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But Alex wanted any money she earned to go to her doctors so that they could find a cure for others who had Neuroblastoma. So that summer, she and her family set up (on their front lawn) Alex’s Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer. At the end of that summer, she had raised $2,000.

For the next few years, Alex raised more and more money. Her venture was even featured on many television channels and news networks. In 2002, she raised $12,000. In 2003, she raised $18,000. Finally, in 2004, she was able to raise approximately 1.4 million dollars. People worldwide had found out about Alex’s Lemonade Stand’s and were encouraged to make a difference right where they were at. Everyone, from senior citizens to kids, to teenagers’s and young adults, and even homeless people, became inspired to take part in what Alex was doing and make a difference.

As with many stories that are real, happy endings are hard to come by. On August 1st, 2004, Alex passed away. Alex accomplished more in eight years than most people do in a single lifetime. However, she simply took one step forward and tried something new. She was held back by the cancer, but she didn’t choose to allow it to hold her down.

What was once a young girls’ summer idea, has since then flourished into a fundraising (and annual summer) event for cancer research. As of now, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, or ALSF, has raised over 120 million dollars for research in cancer. The money collected, is distributed to children who are seriously ill. The organization continues to grow, with over a hundred hospitals being supplied with the funds raised by ALSF. You know? I think if Alexandra was alive today, she would disagree with the idea that the end had come. For her, maybe…but for what she left behind, it was only the beginning.

I believe that everyone can make an impact is some way or another every day. Learn from Alex. Don’t let life slip away. Alex only lived eight years. Did you know, eight years ago I was ten? Did you know that eight years ago was 2008 and the U.S. went through a recession? Did you know that eight years ago, our country received a new president? The core value is: So much can happen in just eight years. Don’t waste your life. Sure, you may never be recognized like Alex was, but that doesn’t matter. What matter’s is making a positive impact in people’s lives. As you go, remember Alex. She was just four years old when she made her first lemonade stand. She didn’t set out to be famous or create an organization, she simply wanted to help other kids who were suffering from cancer.

I hope this story inspires you the same way it did for me. Like, comment,  and follow the blog (if you want) and I will hopefully be around in the next one if the Lord wills. Be sure to check out ALSF! That is it!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

To Alex

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Tangent Time V7

Helllooo!! It’s The Myriad here. I didn’t post over the weekend because of all of the celebration of Easter. I hope everyone had a wonderful time with family or friends. Today I wanted to share with you guys what I do on Easter.

Okay, so in the past when I was younger, I didn’t really understand what Easter was about. I mean, I heard about Jesus dying for mankind and then rising again, but I didn’t completely understand how significant it was. Probably because I was too distracted with chocolate, candy, and Easter egg hunts.

Speaking of which, on Sunday afternoons, my family and I would go to my grandparents house to spend time with family, eat a lot of course, and hunt eggs. Usually, how it worked was the adults would take me, my brother, and my cousin and make us go into a spare bedroom so that we wouldn’t see where the eggs were. Then, once the eggs were hidden, we’d rush out onto the lawn and start scrambling around trying find as many eggs as we could carry.

My grandma always had a mix of candy and money eggs for us to find. Including an egg that is molded into a rabbit which always carries the ultimate prize of five dollars. I did manage to find this egg one or two times, but my cousin and brother are both quite a bit older than I so yeah…”I found the prize egg!!!” SLAM!! That was the sound of my brother forcibly taking the egg from me.

As I’ve grown up, I don’t do this anymore. I’m kind of glad and sad at the same time. It was a different, simpler time. A time where I didn’t have to worry about what college I was going to or having to stay up late doing homework. But growing up has been somewhat fun as well…somewhat fun yeah…

That is it, guys! Let me know what you guys do for or have done for Easter in the comments. Thanks!!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

Ray Comfort: 180 Movie

Hey, guys! It’s The Myriad here. I am very tired and I was having a bit of writer’s block with this post. But then this story came to my mind and I knew I just had to write it. Enjoy!

So Ray Comfort released a thirty-three-minute movie back in 2011 that talked about an incredibly serious issue. I will not spoil it for anyone, as I know that there are plenty of people who have not watched it yet.

Okay, so the title of the movie is 180, and rightfully so because this movie pulled a-180-like-nobodies-business. I mean, I’ve seen plot twists in movies like Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” or “Now You See Me”. But nothing prepared me for what this movie did. This movie rocked my world. What it did was basically took a situation and circumstance that most people know about and compared it with a problem that well, frankly, most people don’t consider an issue, and showed how they were the same.

It might sound boring, but I couldn’t take my eyes away from it. Seriously, you need to watch this video!!! I cannot recommend it enough.

But a problem that this movie touches on is just how broken the way of thinking is. Mostly in regards to the matter in question which could be summed up as ethics and morality. The movie does not delve into this directly, but in my opinion, it doesn’t even need too. The film exposes the corrupted way of thinking, particularly in America, and it is so sad to see some of the ways in which people think.

Anyway, it really is an interesting movie that everyone should see. I hope everyone who reads this watches the movie. That is it!

The 180 Movie

Sincerely,

The Myriad

 

The Bro-Am

What’s up, guys? It’s The Myriad here. I am busy as always, but I am still loving blogging ya know. Let me ask a question: have you ever heard of The Bro-Am?

The Bro-Am was started back in 2005 by the band Switchfoot which, by the way, is one of my favorite artists. Yes, they started this event back around when they released their “Nothing is Sound” record. So what is The Bro-Am?

The mission of The Bro-Am is:

To give back to the San Diego community through music, surfing & youth development programs.

It’s that simple. But as simple as it is, it’s something that is very dear to Switchfoot’s heart as well as the community of San Diego.

So, The Bro-Am is split into two different events. The first event happens the night before The Bro-Am. This is where people participate in a pre-event auction. As of July 11, 2015, The Bro-Am allows people worldwide to partake in the auction.

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The second, of course, is the actual occurrence where thousands of youth take to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas for a day of music, surfing, and fundraising.

All of the proceeds earned go to the city of San Diego for youth development programs. The actual cash is earned from the pre-event auction and the sponsors and vendors that are at the beach that day. Just to let you know, The Bro-Am has some huge sponsors behind it. Guys like Hurley, iHeartMedia, and even Coca-Cola are all active sponsors of the event.

That is about it. Check out The Bro-Am. If you go to their social media page, you can get up-to-date news about the event itself. That is it!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

The Bro-Am

New Life Clinic

Hello, folks! It is The Myriad here. I hope everyone is having a fantastic day. I’m drowning in school work. Yay! There ya go! Now how about the New Life Clinic?

Well, let’s get one thing straight. I am talking about the New Life Clinic that is located in Wilmington, Ohio. I am aware that there are a few other organizations called New Life or New Life Clinic Lc. But these having nothing in common with the New Life Clinic that is located in Ohio.

Okay, so, the New Life Clinic was founded in Wilmington, Ohio and what they do is pretty amazing, to say the least. They are a crisis pregnancy center that helps young women (as well as couples) find their way if they happen to be facing an unexpected pregnancy. In a culture where it is now custom to simply kill the baby if it was not planned, the New Life Clinic is a breath of fresh air into the starved lungs of those who want more than to take the quick and easy way out of crisis pregnancy.

Their Mission Statement is as follows:

New Life Clinic is a Christ centered ministry committed to upholding the sanctity of human life by ministering to the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of those involved in pregnancy related circumstances. The Clinic proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ and promotes Godly standards to the community and those who seek our services.

The New Life Clinic helps women and men all of the time, and they do this for free. They can perform pregnancy testing, peer counseling, and ultrasounds. They offer to train in parenting and they have a resource center available to people if they want to know more about abortion, pregnancy, etc. They even have baby clothes available for anyone who may have a baby who needs them

People can come in anywhere from 10:00 A.M. to 2.00 P.M. Monday through Friday and even on every last Saturday of the month from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. They’re location is at 815 S. South St., Wilmington Ohio.

Something that is stressed with the NLC is the nature of confidentiality. The people involved are not there to embarrass, harass, cast judgment upon or seek to dramatically change the hurting who step through their doors. Instead, they are there to provide an example of what you can do when you are facing an unexpected pregnancy as well as an example of the different roads that lead away from abortion  and back to recovery. Everything that a client says is never given out. Personal information, situation difficulties, nothing is ever given out or granted access to regarding who comes in and what they are dealing with.

For some time now, the NLC has been looking to move into a new building. They have held a variety of fundraisers in the form of banquets and card game contests. They even had one where a person was allowed to be in this fake jail cell and people could add money to bail the individual out. As far as I’m aware of they have not reached their goal yet, but they are close I believe. If you would like to donate money, check out their Go-Fund-Me website.

Anyways, you should really look into the New Life Clinic. All of the employees love the Lord and wish to remind those who are going through a crisis pregnancy that they have choices beyond abortion. They seek to further the sanctity of human life and show those who walk through their doors that there is a way out of the situation no matter how dark it may seem. They care for both you and your baby. You won’t find an abortion clinic that does that.

Alright guys, thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day. Be sure to check back this coming Monday for volume 3 of Tangent Time. That is it!

Facebook Page for NLC

Tangent Time V1

 

Hey, guys, it’s The Myriad here. So a personal update, I am actually in a very special place right now. I cannot say exactly where, but I’m currently looking at a college I’m thinking about attending. It’s going pretty well so far. Where I’m at is bitterly cold. We’re talking like -10 degrees Fahrenheit and below. It is ridiculous!

 

So as you start a new week, I want you to take note of something: Do you know anyone who always seems to be alone?

This may not seem very obvious at first. But there are people everywhere who are alone. All it takes is a look into a café, a local restaurant, library, or even a school to see many people sitting off by themselves alone. Now, of course, just because someone  is sitting alone does not immediately mean that they are “alone”. But if you see that same person day in and day out sitting or standing by themselves, it is quite possible that they are indeed truly alone.

For myself, I’ve discovered that there are quite a few of these “lone wolfs” at my own community college. So I started to reach out and talk to some of these people. As it turns out, most of them are great. Why no one bothers to talk to them is beyond me. For example, I reached out to a girl that I always noticed was off by herself. So, little by little, I started attempting conversation with her. That was about a year ago. Now, while she is not suddenly super social, she seems to be a lot more out of her shell than when I first met her.

The bottom line is: look for these people, and when you meet them, talk to them. You may get turned away, yes. But you might remind someone that there are people out there who care about them. Being alone all of the time can take a nasty toll on a person. So reach out! Encourage! Be friendly and make someone’s day. There are plenty of people out there who need and want you to come along side of them. If you find yourself alone and in the corner, try to reach out to someone who may feel the same. What else could you do?

Before I go I will say this: Yes, I have found myself more than once very alone. I do not have that many true friends. I have a lot of people that I know, but very few friends. But because of this, I understand what it is like to feel alone. I can relate to people who say, “I don’t really have anybody.”

Be alert out there! Keep your eyes open this week for these people. That is it!

Sincerely,

The Myriad

Operation Heal Our Patriots

What’s up, guys! It is The Myriad here. I am having a bit of a rough week, but I hope all of you are doing well. Today we are going to be examining Operation Heal Our Patriots sponsored by Samaritans Purse.

Operation Heal Our Patriots was started up to help wounded soldiers recover after coming back from tours in the Middle East. The goal of the project is to bring together military veterans with families. Though it may seem quite obvious, being in a war can have disastrous effects on the mind and body. It can also take a toll on those who have been left home alone for a long period of time. People can find it very hard to connect again after they have been separated for such an expanse of time. This is what Operation Heal Our Patriots seeks to mend.

The actual retreat takes place in Hardenburg Bay, which is located in the southwestern part of Lake Clark National Park. Samaritan Lodge Alaska (the lodge where the couples stay) is on the shores of one of the deepest lakes in Alaska, Lake Clark. As a result of this, the couples can relax, go fishing, canoeing (or kayaking), hiking, or even boating. But the soul purpose of this trip is to allow war-torn couples to reconnect to God and each other.

The trip itself is bought and paid for by Samaritans Purse and lasts from the first week of June to mid-September. After the trip is concluded, Samaritans Purse keeps track of the families and makes sure that they are in a proper church and are stable in their relationship with each other and the Lord.

Before I wrap up I will say this: I really like what Samaritans Purse is doing. We need more “operations” like this one. There are so many soldiers coming back home with the horrors of war stuck in their minds. They are coming home to find that life has gone on without them. Maybe as a result of the tragedy of war, many have lost their faith in God. More than likely, both of the spouses have grown apart in some way. Through Operation Heal Our Patriots, these men and women can reconnect with the ones they love and learn and grow in the love God has for them.

Hey, guess what?! That concludes this post! What!??? A short post? What is this madness!? Anyways, I hope everyone checks out Operation Heal Our Patriots and Samaritans Purse. There is a myriad of recovery programs out there, but this is one of the few that goes all out and focuses on faith, marriage, and recovery. Check them out! That is it!

Sincerely,

The Myriad