Sunday, December 14, 2003

Whew... I finally had a chance to take a breath and post again. I'm in the middle of my last weekend before finals. Friday was our last day of class (Lord willing, that was the LAST biochemistry class I'll ever sit through- leap for joy, sing out loud, clap hands... etc). I studied all day today, and except for a break in the morning to go to church I'll be doing the same tomorrow... this is by far the hardest I've ever studied for exams. We have three final exams next week, one on monday, tuesday, and wednesday. Should be interesting... I think I'm almost prepared.

Some friends of mine and I got together tonight to study renal physiology, that was a good idea... hard topics seem to always be easier when studied with friends. We had an interesting discussion towards the end of our session... we were sitting staring at the dry erase board where we had just finished drawing the renin-aldosterone- angiotensin II system for the regulation of sodium and water flux in the nephron. I looked over at my friend James and said "and this all just happened by chance you know" (sarcastically, of course ;^) ). He and our friend Ann laughed and we spent the next fifteen minutes or so talking with each other about how amazing the animal system is and what a wonderful God we serve... it was great... it's little moments like that one that are such a blessing. I am so grateful to God for the friends He's given me over the years... even here at vet school He brought me in contact with other believers to encourage me and lift me up.

I want to encourage you this Christmas season to take time to reflect on all God has done for us, to thank Him for the little things He does everyday, the blessings he richly showers us with... Emmanuel... GOD is with us. How profound and simple and wonderful.

Blessings, grace and peace to you...
Ben

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endureth forever

- Psalm 107:1
Just as soon as I finish this post I will be motoring my way across the midwest as I travel home to North Dakota for the Thanksgiving holiday. I won't be back for about a week, so don't worry if you don't hear from me :^). May you all have a wonderful, meaningful, blessed Thanksgiving as we give praise to our God for his faithfulness through yet another year! Grace and peace,
Ben

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Hey there,
I'm waiting for my sheets to dry... Deja Vu'.
I have good news though- my website is back up and running, though only from the last update. The site is now located at www.stegmanonline.com. I guess my friend's server up and quit without telling him or any of their other clients... isn't that considerate of them. His website is also back up, at www.dhpersonal.com

I was saddened, though not suprised to hear that Alabama's Judge Moore was removed from the bench... I've become rather disgusted with our system these last few months. Our country has seen some attacks on Christianity before, but I don't remember a more organized onslaught happening in my short lifetime. It's a good thing we can be sure that God is in charge- it's very comforting to realize that I can have absolute faith in His ability to work all things together for our good.

I'm sure looking forward to my Thanksgiving break coming up- I'm ready to think about something other than school for a while... only 5 days till I'm taking off (sure feels good to say that!). I guess thats about all for now- sheets are done :^).
Grace and peace,
Ben

Sunday, November 02, 2003

Well, I'm not sure what happened- but as any of you who've attempted to access my website will attest, my space on the web is for some reason inaccessible. I got an email from David (wait... Why did I link to that... His site is my parent site... Both are down. Sigh.), my web designing guru friend, communicating to me that he doesn't know what's going on with the server either. Hmm.

I was browsing through my blog posts and was struck by how many times I am posting extremely late at night. I've noticed a severe switch in my peak energy levels since I entered college nearly four years ago (boy it sounds weird to say that- heh). When I was young I was such a morning person it was almost scary... I was like that all through my adolescent years. For some reason when I entered university I somehow became much more of a night person and much less of a morning person. I find that some of my most productive hours are the ones referred to as "wee". I am trying to change that though... The profession and branch thereof I have chosen to enter is far more likely to require early mornings than late nights... Who am I kidding- it'll be late nights too :^P.

I realized last week how little time I have left till Thanksgiving break... Officially 19 days as of today. This is phenomenally encouraging to me... I really am looking forward to the holiday season this year. They say absence makes the heart fonder and boy am I ever finding that to be true! I'm finding myself missing things that I never thought I'd miss... Little things, like the feeling of warmth and familiarity I used to experience when walking into my favorite Chinese restaurant with my friend, the happy satisfaction I used to feel after putting in a full day plus a couple hours staying late to help with an emergency at the vet clinic. It's things like walking into my brothers and my apartment and going out to get pizza because we were both too tired to cook, the feeling of freedom I used to feel pulling out onto the interstate to head north to home every Friday after class. If there's one thing I think I've slowly started to understand, it's what my mom was talking about when she used to tell me to slow down and enjoy every stage of my life. Change hurts sometimes... Familiarity is comfortable... I've noticed that this past semester more than I ever have in my entire life I think. I'm trying hard to be more aware of the things I will look back fondly on in ten years... It's a hard habit to get into, but a worthwhile one it seems. How true it is that Godliness with contentment is great gain- it is so easy to fall into the trap of always looking ten years, five years, even one semester in the future- longing for the things that will all to soon be upon us. There seems to be much blessing to be experienced by just trusting God, and living, loving, and learngin one day at a time. Thankful for my many blessings and wishing you all the more, I am,
Ben

Sunday, October 26, 2003

"Mine is not to question why, mine is but to do or die"

- some unidentified wiseguy by way of Dr. Fleeker (Ben's undergrad biochemistry professor).

Physiological chemistry can do strange things to your brain. At this point I feel like I've ceased to fill my head and have begun to pressurize. Studying for this class is about as much fun as I remembered from undergrad... Will be glad when we're done with it. (I'm sorry, but enzyme kinetics, oxidative phosphorylation, and gluconeogenesis just don't excite me like they used to- don't worry... That was sarcasm ;^) ).
I have discovered the answer to late night studying blues... God bless the wonderful people at Perkins!! I don't know how I ever could have missed the fact that you can spend all night at that venerable establishment drinking 75 cent bottomless java mugs.
I have to work at 5:30 tomorrow... I think I should be sleeping. Yes.

Isn't it wonderful how inspired you can feel on a coffee buzz? Blarg... It's time for bed.

Thank you God for these little things that make life so much fun.

zzzz
~Ben

Friday, October 24, 2003

Its morning isn't it...? This early morning business is starting to get to me I think. I worked this morning at my large animal care technician job- starting at 5:30 am. There are few things that feel worse than having the alarm go off at 4:45, it being about 30 degrees outside and having to leave a nice warm bed. Discipline. Yes. Maybe I should take less hours... then again, maybe I should get a clue and just go to bed earlier. Regardless... It's time for class. Thank God it's friday. ;^) Ben

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Good evening! I'm waiting for my sheets to finish drying (nothing worse than damp sheets- they're the cotton "t shirt" style, sooo nice when they're warm and dry ;^) ) and figured I'd make good use of the time and post something. I worked today- I'm doing inventory right now for a professor in my department, lots of fun (heh). I wanted to pass on a verse that I found to be a special blessing today.

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath..."

-James 1:19

This one strikes especially close to home... grin. I am getting better at listening I think- I'm glad the Lord is still working on me, molding me to my predestined conformation to the image of Jesus Christ. God is good. I'm so excited... I just noticed that there is a possibility of snow this weekend... I'm such a north dakotan ;^). Good night friends. ~Ben

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Hi there everybody- welcome to my blog! Here you will find up to the minute (or whenever I get on here lol) musings, news, and other interesting information written by me. I had a long day today- was in the anatomy lab until about 7pm- class started at 8am. Mondays and tuesdays are always the most difficult days this semester it seems. As soon as they're out of the way it's smooth sailing :^) . Had a good visit with my new friend Kevin tonight- you should check out his website- it can be viewed at

www.faithfulyoungmen.com.

Great articles, a discussion forum, awesome photography, the list goes on.

Thats about enough today for today... time for sleep. zzzzzzzzz

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Woa..... now to just figure out how to resize pictures. Heh heh heh.
This is how I think I can post pictures

This is a picture I took while I was out driving through the Des Moines River valley, out by Boone Iowa.

This is kind of a test post- I'm just seeing how this works. Hopefully I'll be able to do this easier and more often. ~Ben