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Immerse: Poets - Week 13
by Angela Hastings on May 4th, 2022
For someone who did reasonably well at school, I’m really bad at tasks which involve memorization. That’s not to say I can’t remember things; I just can’t remember certain things consistently. When I was in school, it meant figuring out a lot of workarounds if I was going to be successful. One of those tricks was becoming a master at mnemonics. A lot of teachers would use acronyms to help us learn...  Read More
Immerse: Poets - Week 8
by Angela Hastings on March 21st, 2022
Choose the VegetablesEach weeknight our family has a fun little thing we do. Once we’ve all sat down and started eating, we ask Alexa to play Jeopardy on the Echo device which sits on our table. Every weeknight there are 6 new questions we work together to answer. We really get into it, especially when we get them all right, and there’s always fist bumps and high fives when one of us answers a par...  Read More
Immerse: Poets - Week 3
by Angela Hastings on February 15th, 2022
I never had what you would call a “childhood home.” When my mom left Virginia, she made the drive to Florida with a few essentials and her 4 year old daughter. It was the first of many moves we’d make together over the next few years. I gained a few siblings along the way, but just like that first move, there were others which had us getting out with not much more than what she could throw in the ...  Read More
Missions: Better
by Angela Hastings on January 10th, 2022
When I was growing up, we never left the house without my mom giving us a “talking to.” We always knew exactly what behaviors she expected to see from us while we were out. It was basically a rundown of the rules/etiquette we needed to follow. One of her biggest rules was that we clean up after ourselves when we’re a guest at someone’s house. She always made sure we knew we were never to leave a m...  Read More
Immerse: Chronicles Week 8
by Angela Hastings on December 6th, 2021
After this week’s reading for Immerse: Chronicles, I realized something. I had never read the book of Daniel from start to finish. Sure, I’ve read all the stories on their own, but somehow, I had never actually taken the time to read it as one cohesive book. My knowledge of Daniel as a person of faith read more like a kid’s story Bible instead of an Encyclopedia Britannica of Bible history. So whe...  Read More
Immerse: Chronicles Week 3
by Angela Hastings on November 1st, 2021
Anyone that knows me, knows I love reading, which is why it should come as no surprise one of my favorite classes in school was English. I loved analyzing the literature and learning about different ways the author would communicate with the reader.  One day we were reading short stories and discussing examples of foreshadowing. Wikipedia defines it as, “…a literary device in which a writer gives ...  Read More
Immerse: Kingdoms - Week 6
by Angela Hastings on September 27th, 2021
When I was in third grade, my teacher introduced us to a series of books called Choose Your Own Adventure. I wasn’t that happy about it, because I never really enjoyed listening to other people read books. I didn’t have the patience for it. But this book was different. It’s whole purpose was to draw the reader into the action. You see, at various places in the story you were required to make a cho...  Read More
by Angela Hastings on August 17th, 2021
There are many things about me my husband would call “quirky.” One which really stands out is the a/c settings in my car. It is almost always on full blast, and it has to be blowing directly into my face. Over the years, we’ve had more than our fair share of squabbles over this. He hates air in his face, and I dislike re-setting my vents when he drives my car. Eventually we came to an understandin...  Read More
Training Grounds
by Angela Hastings on June 7th, 2021
During my four years of high school, I played clarinet in the marching band. Every summer we needed to attend a week of band camp to get a jump start on our season. It was especially important for the “rookies” because it was where they were able to learn the basics. They already knew how to play, but many of them had never marched more than a parade or two in middle school. As each day went by, w...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 15
by Angela Hastings on May 10th, 2021
Many of our favorite movies have a conflict that revolves around a major choice the protagonist must make. In the Disney version of Hercules, the main character had to decide between being mortal vs. immortal. In the Little Rascals Alfalfa had to decide between his fellow “he man woman haters” and Darla. But one of the most famous of them all is the battle between the dark and light side which alm...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 10
by Angela Hastings on April 6th, 2021
My family is from a very small town in southwest Virginia, just over the state line of eastern Tennessee. Everyone from that neck of the woods has a very distinct southern accent. Whenever I hear someone with a particular drawl, I immediately know they’re one of “my people.” Surprisingly though, most people I meet would never guess where I was born. I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but over ...  Read More
Immerse: Beginnings, Week 5
by Angela Hastings on March 2nd, 2021
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received as a parent is that many of your everyday struggles can be avoided by giving your child an opportunity to choose. Kids like to feel like they have some kind of control over their lives, and by presenting two options you’re able to give them that, while also making sure the choices are appropriate. This parenting trick led to one of those “stories...  Read More
Hopeful Perspective
by Angela Hastings on January 6th, 2021
One of the things I’ve missed the most during this past year is going to the movies. Without fail, my family would all pile in the car and head to the theater to see the newest Disney film every June and November. It’s a tradition we all enjoy, so when it was announced that Soul would be available on Christmas day we knew we just had to watch it. It was so nice to be able to relax with my family a...  Read More
Immerse: Messiah - Week 15
by Angela Hastings on December 1st, 2020
“Please,” “Thank you,” “I’m sorry,” and “I love you;” all are words we often use as part of our daily routine. You could probably add some of your own common phrases to this list. They are as ingrained in you as breathing, and while they do have meaning, more often than not that meaning gets diminished over time. They are said in passing to strangers and during some of the most important moments w...  Read More
Immerse: Messiah - Week 10, Day 48
by Angela Hastings on October 27th, 2020
Being the mom of three very independently minded children, I have become very adept at translating “bicker-ese” (and yes, I did just make up that word). I can usually tell when an argument has gotten past the point of no return. If you’re a sibling yourself, you’re probably just as good at recognizing this same limit. One minute they’re merely airing their grievances, and the next it’s an all-out ...  Read More
Immerse: Messiah, Week 5, Day 22
by Angela Hastings on September 22nd, 2020
Some very powerful words struck me as I was going through the reading for this week’s Immerse: Messiah blog.  It talks about our foundation, and not just the materials we use, but the importance of how we choose to build. We are given this warning on page 130 as we read through 1 Corinthians, “But on the judgement day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done.” It reminded me of th...  Read More
Core 52 - Chapter 49 - Humility
by Angela Hastings on July 28th, 2020
If you’ve ever visited a water park, you can easily picture the absolute joy they can bring. From a relaxing float down the lazy river, to the stomach dropping thrills of a water slide, there is nothing quite like it. When my kids were little we spent a lot of time in the splash pad. One of their absolute favorite things to do was to stand under the giant bucket that would slowly fill with water. ...  Read More


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