Personally, I think Satan wants us to believe the lie that change is bad so that we'll despair. Because when we despair about the changes ahead of us—and the changes currently in our midst—we give up. But oh, dear friends, we can’t give into despair.
Maybe Thanksgiving is going to be especially hard this year. Perhaps you’re going through something really difficult and don’t feel like being thankful. But God’s unchanging nature and His promise to sustain the righteous are two reasons that we can—and should—still be thankful to Him. Even if you’re experiencing frequent life changes or facing adulthood, like me.
In reality, it doesn’t matter what major I pick. It doesn’t matter whether I take 19 credits or 12 credits. It doesn’t matter whether I have 20 friends or 5 friends. It simply matters that I seek Christ. Above a college degree. Above a well-paying job. Above a lot of blog followers. Above a book contract. Above a certain number of friends.
As I write this post, I am preparing to go back to college. I had a lovely break of doing absolutely no homework. I spent time with my family, attended my church, and hung out with my friends. I cooked meals in my own kitchen, showered in my own shower, and slept in my own bed. I enjoyed being home. But now I must return to my home away from home—the far-away land called College. And I’m not ready.
This is the third and final post in the Thriving at College blog series! I sincerely hope you have found the tips beneficial and can implement them into your life. Most importantly, I hope you can realize that God is with you through this semester--as it says in Tip #7 of this post. God bless and happy reading!
This is the second post in the Thriving at College blog series. I hope you learn a few more tips and are encouraged to trust the Lord during this semester of college--or wherever you are in life!
This post is the first in the three-part Thriving at College series. I hope you enjoy it and are encouraged by it!
My favorite chapter in the Bible is Proverbs 16. Even though the purpose of Proverbs is to share wisdom (rather than God’s promises), it is still full of truth and hope for our lives. I especially cling to these verses from chapter 16...
After spending 12 days at camp (which is the longest amount of time I’ve ever been away from home), I realized something. I am not cut out for college.
I wish I could stay in high school forever with my family, friends, and church family. Instead, I can prepare for college life—meeting new people, experiencing new things, and learning to juggle a new schedule. As I’ve mentioned multiple times on my blog, these upcoming experiences freak me out. A tiny part of me is excited, but the other part of me would rather crawl in a hole than go off to college.
The truth is that Christmas is still Christmas, and we still need to celebrate for the right reasons. That fact has never changed. Jesus came to earth as a baby to save us from our sins. Nothing has changed there. The manger was uncomfortable. The stable was lonely. The mother was afraid. The father was unsure. But Jesus was here. He was finally here. And He brought peace. He gave us Christmas.