New Layout!!

YAY!! So, I finally got a new layout on here! I am soo excited about it too! It's Australia! :P I would like to thank Steph, one of my friends who told me about the layouts!!! :)

I haven't posted for a few days! So, I have been pretty busy! My room at home is officially packed full of boxes... I still have more stuff at my apartment to move out. The countdown now begins-- I have 5 days till I move out (tomorrow will be 4 to go!) Crazy. After staying some place for a while, you get used to it! I get into my little comfort zone and it's like living in a little pink bubble where everything is cozy and fine... but, then God interrupts the little bubble saying stuff like, "Devin, I have an adventure for you." makes me think, really? Me??
And of course, God's answer was like, "ah, yeah!"
"but, Lord... I am all comfy and i know everyone here, I am close to my friends and family!"

"Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.' "-Mark 8:34

It makes me laugh with how much we get set in our little bubble of comfort!
The only way to grow is to get out of one's comfort zone, even though it may not be comfy-- at least at first.

Packing up these boxes and moving them home has made me think about all this. Last time my room at home was full of boxes was when i was off to MSUM for my first college experience--dorm life. And let's just say that that was a big move for me. Even though my family only lives an hour from Fargo. So, now there is a new experience in front of me. One that I am extremely excited about but also sort of nervous-- mainly about what i will find when i step off that airplane on the other side of the world. I know it will be good.

As my pastor from Assembly told me, "Devin, when you think you will be nervous, just say 'I am excited', God is going to grow you from this, He will lead you to other believers. There is also a very strong church community there. God will be with you each step of the way."

I totally agree with Pastor Bob and I know God will be there each step of the way: For one, He has been there each step of the way for as long as i can remember. And since He said, "Go" I shall! :)

Other than packing, I have also been crazily working on "New Branch of the Journey" which is a literary/arts magazine I am publishing for a class I am in. Totally excited to see how it turns out!! :D

What is your comfort bubble like? Is there something that God wants you to break out of your comfort zone for?

...Footprints on the sands of time...

What kind of a mark do you want to leave on the world?
In my American Literature class, (It seems I am always quoting it) We were reading Longfellow and In his poem "A Psalm of Life" he said:

"Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait."

This really made me truly think about what kind of a legacy I want to leave... It's crazy how all of these interesting and famous people who came before us thought about the same things... Almost as though these are like letters from the past...from a grandpa type of man who would be sitting on an overstuffed chair with a pipe in his right hand- with a long white beard kindly smiling as writing a letter to a grandchild.

Earlier in Longfellow's poem he said:

"Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not it's goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
was not spoken of the soul."

I just love that how he writes you know that He knows of an afterlife and of a Loving Fatherly God!

It just makes me think more tenderly about this whole matter of what kind of footprints am i leaving behind? Am I walking too close to the ocean where my footprints will be to soonly swept away after time and they will not be seen any longer? Or am i on the right path where each step will be recorded in the sands of time! I totally want to make a difference in the sands of time- like Longfellow and all of the past amazing writers, artists, and of course the Creator (who created all of the people in the universe!)

What kind of footprints are you leaving?

Writing and Life

Hello All,

How is life treating you all? It's kinda been a little while since my last post and i am procrastinating right now from writing my story so I thought I would update this blog! It seems that when i procrastinate from a thing I love doing i end up doing it in another sense. But I try and try do anything else but work on what i need to and then it gets to be late and then finally I start working on it. I am a night owl, so I find I get my best stuff done later in the night.

"The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing."
— Alan Dean Foster

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."
— Mark Twain

" It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. "
— Leonardo da Vinci

I find it amazing that I am not the only one who has felt this way! Even amazing and talented people such at Twain or da Vinci!! Makes me feel 100 times better!

I smile while writing this, because you all probably are thinking-- Man, why can't Devin write about anything else but her writing/procrastinating/craziness. I have no Idea who all reads this, but I have just been writing what I know... and that is plainly what i know at this moment! I know that sometimes when i talk about writing to people who are not writers about writing their eyes get slightly glazed over and tend to drift past my head! so, hopefully this blog never puts yall to sleep! :P lol... As that would be to bad! But, hey!! If ya get a nap out of it- I guess that is good! lol...

I hope that all of you had a great Easter, as did I!

In Him,

Devin Berglund