Sure, God may care what’s on the inside, but the world is different. What we wear becomes social shorthand, a way to discern and judge and often misjudge the people we meet. An oil-stained shirt and pair of overalls tells us something. An Armani suit says something else. An emblazoned T-shirt might trigger a chuckle or a school suspension. We cover ourselves in cotton and cashmere and designer labels, and there’s a danger that we can lose ourselves underneath it all.
For years, Tony Stark has been defined by his suit—not a cotton or wool or silk number, but a blend made from exotic metals and embedded computers and super-powerful mini-engines. Sure, he may still be a genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist underneath it all. And yet, strip the iron from Iron Man and you have, merely… Click here to read more.
During the summer it is so easy to say, “I have nothing to do! I’m so bored.”
So check out this list for some good ideas! Add your own–or have a few friends over and create your own list.
- Gather up a few friends and have a picnic in your backyard.
- Find a place to take a hike and get some cool pics.
- Buy some fashion magazines, pick out a couple of really cute outfits, and try to recreate them for less!
- Bead some bracelets and jewelry.
- Volunteer at the local animal or homeless shelter.
- Clean and ORGANIZE your room?
- Bake some cupcakes and deliver them to friends and family.
- Play some childhood BOARD games like “Sorry,” “Candy-land,” or “Monopoly.”
- Take your dog for a walk.
- Write a letter on stationary to a friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile.
- Do 25 jumping jacks!
- Look through old family scrapbooks, photo books, and yearbooks.
- Make a root beer float.
- Go to the movies with your siblings.
- Go window-shopping with a friend.
- Write a poem.
- Make fresh, homemade lemonade.
- Give your dog a bath.
- Make dinner for your family.
- Baby-sit for a neighbor for free.
- Have a sleepover party and watch scary movies.
- Plan a vacation you want to take next summer.
- Plant flowers in your yard.
- Sign up for a class about something you may like to do one day.
- Have a bubble bath.
- Make a playlist of your favorite songs and title it “The soundtrack of my life.”
- Learn a new sport.
- Splash around in a plastic kiddy pool.
- Buy some crayons and a coloring book.
- Read a book based on a movie you have seen.
- Make a scrapbook of your baby pictures.
- Get a job or an internship.
- Start a diary and write in it everyday.
- Spend the day at the library.
- Draw a self-portrait.
- Make a collage out of old magazines.
- Run around in the sprinklers.
- Go to a museum.
- Go out for lunch with one of your parents.
- Jump in the pool with your clothes on.
- Eat last night’s leftovers for breakfast.
- Learn to sew or knit.
- Invite friends over and have a tea party.
- Swing on the swings at the park.
- Tie-Dye a t-shirt or bed sheets with Kool-Aid!
- Make a smoothie.
- Learn how to define and spell 25 new words from the dictionary.
- Make popsicles in your freezer.
- Put on your headsets and dance.
- Go camping in your backyard!
Meet Danielle Dodge, our End of Summer 20.11 winner! Not only did she win first place, she did so by submitting her essay on her passion for writing. Often, stories of summer’s highlights involve outdoor adventures, fantastic trips, family reunions, or some other new adventure. Danielle took her love for writing and discovered she not only loves writing, but she truly has a calling to cultivate her craft and serve God and his people through story.
Congratulations, Danielle! Have fun spending your $20.11 on Amazon and we would love to see you write more for iBeGat.com!
Click HERE to read Danielle’s devo!
Here are some good reminders of summer safety in the sunny, hot days!
Have fun–and be safe!
Dehydration among teens playing sports is common, especially in the hot summer months, but may go unnoticed in its milder forms, Leonard says. Younger children are more prone to
dehydration because their bodies produce more heat while sweating less. Teens recovering from a recent illness, especially one that caused vomiting or diarrhea, may be more prone to dehydration. To ensure hydration, water is the best choice. Any activity that lasts less than 60 minutes doesn’t require electrolytes, so you can safely skip electrolyte-enriched sports drinks.
To avoid dehydration:
- Before exercise, drink 4 to 8 ounces
- During activity, drink 4 ounces every 15 minutes
- After exercise, drink 16 to 24 ounces per every pound lost
Symptoms of dehydration include muscle cramps, dry mouth and severe thirst, reduced sweating and urination, headache and dizziness.
Your body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating just isn’t enough. Your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels and you can develop a heat illness. Most heat illnesses occur from staying out in the heat too long. Exercising too much for your age and physical condition are also factors. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are most at risk. Drinking fluids, replenishing salt and minerals and limiting time in the heat can help.
Heat-related illnesses include
- Heatstroke – a life-threatening illness in which body temperature may rise above 106° F in minutes; symptoms include dry skin, rapid, strong pulse and dizziness
- Heat exhaustion – an illness that can precede heatstroke; symptoms include heavy sweating, rapid breathing and a fast, weak pulse
- Heat cramps – muscle pains or spasms that happen during heavy exercise
- Heat rash – skin irritation from excessive sweating
Now this may sound greedy, but let’s be honest: we all want money, we all like walking around with some spending money in our pockets. But summer is for fun not work, at least in my mind it is. So I’ve come up with a solution: jobs we like to do!
In school when picking electives, teachers advise me to pick classes that relate to what I want to grow up to be and major in while in college, but I think that we should have the same attitudes about the jobs we hold. If flipping burgers is your only work option then hey- if opportunity knocks don’t turn it away. But say you like to work with people, then perhaps apply for a retail job or a position as a restaurant host.
It’s been said that as teenagers we can’t be too picky about the jobs we get, we’re notorious for asking: Read the rest of this article at Real Teen Faith!
by Staff Writer Stephany Mendia
I watched my hometown below me shrink as the plane took flight. A tear rolled down my face as I thought, nine weeks is a really long time to be this far away from home all by myself. I knew God had led me to this summer internship in Nicaragua, but I was still a little nervous.
The following weeks flew by way so fast that I didn’t want to leave. I was so blessed to be a part of projects that changed my life and I also met some of the most beautiful people I have ever known. I came to love my Nicaraguan brothers and sisters in Christ and through them, God taught me how big and wonderful the body of Christ really is.
The best part about living in Nicaragua this summer was waking up every day with one agenda; to love, serve, and encourage in the name of Jesus. That was my job description, my goal, and my everyday mission. Instead of asking, what do I have to do today? I constantly asked myself, how can I love others and serve Jesus today? When I lived that way, my eyes were opened to see God working all around me. When I poured out love to the people of Nicaragua, God poured it right back into my lap.
But we don’t have to be on a mission trip to live that way. Wherever we go, our only focus every day should be to pour out the love of Christ, to serve, and to share the greatness of our God. When we give wholeheartedly, God returns it to us in a measure that is pressed down, shaken, and running over the brim.
For more stories about my summer in Nicaragua, visit my blog at: http://www.seesomethingmore.blogspot.com
Ashli Roussel, a nineteen-year-old sophomore at Harding University, is passionate about sharing the truth and love of the Lord through writing. She loves camping, running, playing the piano, and participating in missions. Most of all, she is passionate about knowing, following, and serving her Lord and Savior. Without Him, her stories would mean nothing.
Ashli has battled and overcome an eating disorder, which God used to teach her great truths about who He is and how He is involved in our struggles. Now she desires to comfort others with the comfort that she has received from God. Keep an eye out for Ashli’s regular articles on iBegat.com! (read more…)
“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:38 NIV)
Agua. H20. Water. You can call it whatever you want as long as you drink lots of it. Water is one of the best beauty secrets in the world. Did you know that water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat? In other words, water helps you lose weight. So, drink up!
Weight loss is just one of the benefits of drinking water. There are more reasons to drink H20 such as: water carries needed nutrients through the body and carries unwanted waste out of the body. In other words, water helps cleanse your body. Need more convincing? Continue reading “Drink Up!” »
Summer is awesome and I enjoy the basics. What about you? FUN and FASHION…well, shopping. Check out Ally’s post on fashion.
Boating: The hot summer sun will fade, but the memories will last forever. I absolutely have a blast on the mighty Ohio, and let me tell you why! Nothing is better then a day full of exciting water sports, like tubing, skiing, wake boarding, and knee boarding. My personal fav is water tubing. The thrill excitement of coming off the water and not knowing if I am gonna be able to stay on for the ride, or if I’m destined to belly flop into the water, makes it all the more fun. My family has been boating for tons of years. They tell me I had my first boat ride when I was 6 months old. Wow, then I must be a true water baby at heart. Enjoy as much fun in the sun with your family as you can, because it is truly a blast!
Shopping: Alright, I can actually admit I enjoy shopping! You know that line, “shop until you drop.” well that’s me! I love to keep up with fashion and maintain all the newest trends. Shopping just comes natural with me! Shopping is not all about the buying, it is also about spending quality time with all my best friends… not to mention all the good food that comes along with a shopping spree! My girlfriends and I, literally laugh until we cry, we have such a good time, that we never want the day to end.
Words of encouragement: Love your friends, family, & God with your entire being, they are the most important part of your life.
Compassionate,motivated and energetic are a few words to describe this 14 year old from Southern Indiana!
Brenna was recently confirmed and is is very much involved as a member in her church. Highly involved with the youth program and in her community; makes regular visits to the elderly and area nursing homes.
This incoming freshman is very active at her school. She is involved in basketball, track, student council, choir, Jazz choir, and will be a Varsity cheerleader. She tells us,”I enjoy making people smile, it makes me feel good. Never frown, because you never know who is falling in love with your smile!”
Brenna has one older brother who is in his third year of college.
Beautiful in every sense of the word, Brenna has a great love for Christ and she’s not afraid to tell you about His love and amazing friendship. Brenna says, “I want to see teens know and understand that God is nothing to be ashamed of.” She’s ready to leap into high school with a passion for life, Christ and high goals and ambitions. (read more…)
Meet Brenna Arnold iBegat.com’s “SheGat” – our teen gal’s editor and iBegat Radio co-host.