10 Bible Verses You Need To Read If You're In College

10 Bible Verses You Need To Read If You're In College

College is the best four years of your life, but also the most trying.
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College is four of the best years of your life, yet they are the most trying as well. Each day we face life decisions, and we don't always know how to make them on our own.

A good place to find answers on everyday life choices and just good reference for any situation is God's word. This is where we find our hope and keep our faith grounded. Without the Bible, we may not ever be able to make the right decisions. Here are 10 verses for every college student to read when going through these choices, or just everyday life.

1. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13

"So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."

This verse gives a promise that God will always be there to pick us up in hard times and help us through these tough temptations we may face. You have to stand firm, but also be sure to not fall. After all, it's easier to fall when you don't stand for anything at all.

2. Philippians 1:6

"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."

It is so hard to stay on track sometimes. Every now and then we get thoughts that we can't finish or the workload will never end... but let's be honest it won't. There are days that are tough and it's hard to see the end. But thankfully, God gave us this promise in that He will help us to complete these works. Once you start something, don't just quit when times get tough, stick it out. It's all going to pay off in the end.

3. Joshua 1:9

"…Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

Going away from home is hard to do. Although, whether you are at home or in a dorm room, God is there with you. He has promised to never leave us. You may start to feel alone sometimes at college, but rest assured you are never alone. God is with you 24/7 and that's a promise.

4. Philippians 2:3-4

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."

It's so easy to get caught up in a "Me, me, me" attitude in college. All too often we focus more on ourselves and not on each other. It's easier to be selfish than to be humble in college. It's time to stop thinking about me and start thinking of others, after all, we are all going through these tough four years together. There is no "I" in "college student."

5. Psalm 16:8

"I have set the Lord continually before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken."

We need to make God the forefront of everything in our lives. If He is at the front, nothing can knock you off course.

6. Matthew 11:28-30

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

We need to lay all of our cares before the Lord and everything will be taken care of. God knows your every want and need. He knows everything. If we just go to Him and ask for help, He will supply. He never lets His children go without.

7. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

We need to remember that God did not create us to be shy or to worry. He created us to be strong and powerful to be able to fulfill His plans for us. If we were to be made weak, then His plans wouldn't be so great right? But His plans are more than we could ever imagine, so He needed to make His people strong enough to fulfill them, therefore, you are strong enough to write that essay!

8. Proverbs 17:22

"A cheerful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."

Some days it just seems easier to curl up on your futon and cry than to go out and actually go to class. But, I can promise you that you will get more out of your day if you just go to class and get through it all. It's more fulfilling to go out than to stay in.

9. Matthew 6:34

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it's own."

College students are always focused on a deadline. "This paper is due next Friday, my homework is due tomorrow, my history test is next week." We never focus on the here and now, it's just not easy to do that with professors throwing due dates at us left and right. But, we have to remember that we need to work on today, and tomorrow will come when it's ready.

10. Psalm 27:1

"The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?"

There is nothing to fear when Jesus Christ is in your life. With Him, you have no professor, no paper, no due date to be afraid of. With God by your side, you cannot fail. This is a promise.

All of these verses help us with pain, suffering, anxiety, stress, and fear. These emotions are all normal for college students. The next time you're feeling any of these, read these verses and hopefully, you will find the comfort that I have in them. God is always with you, never forget it.

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I remember the first time I saw you like it was yesterday.

You guys were squealing and jumping all around, because you were going home with a new dog. Dad, I can still feel your strong hands lifting me from the crate where the rest of my puppy brothers and sisters were snuggled around my warm, comforting puppy Momma. You held me up so that my chunky belly and floppy wrinkles squished my face together, and looked me right in the eyes, grinning, “She's the one."

I was so nervous on the way to my new home, I really didn't know what to expect.

But now, 12 years later as I sit in the sun on the front porch, trying to keep my wise, old eyes open, I am so grateful for you. We have been through it all together.

Twelve “First Days of School." Losing your first teeth. Watching Mom hang great tests on the refrigerator. Letting you guys use my fur as a tissue for your tears. Sneaking Halloween candy from your pillowcases.

Keeping quiet while Santa put your gifts under the tree each year. Never telling Mom and Dad when everyone started sneaking around. Being at the door to greet you no matter how long you were gone. Getting to be in senior pictures. Waking you up with big, sloppy kisses despite the sun not even being up.

Always going to the basement first, to make sure there wasn't anything scary. Catching your first fish. First dates. Every birthday. Prom pictures. Happily watching dad as he taught the boys how to throw every kind of ball. Chasing the sticks you threw, even though it got harder over the years.

Cuddling every time any of you weren't feeling well. Running in the sprinkler all summer long. Claiming the title “Shotgun Rider" when you guys finally learned how to drive. Watching you cry in mom and dads arms before your graduation. Feeling lost every time you went on vacation without me.

Witnessing the awkward years that you magically all overcame. Hearing my siblings learn to read. Comforting you when you lost grandma and grandpa. Listening to your phone conversations. Celebrating new jobs. Licking your scraped knees when you would fall.

Hearing your shower singing. Sidewalk chalk and bubbles in the sun. New pets. Family reunions. Sleepovers. Watching you wave goodbye to me as the jam-packed car sped up the driveway to drop you off at college. So many memories in what feels like so little time.

When the time comes today, we will all be crying. We won't want to say goodbye. My eyes might look glossy, but just know that I feel your love and I see you hugging each other. I love that, I love when we are all together.

I want you to remember the times we shared, every milestone that I got to be a part of.

I won't be waiting for you at the door anymore and my fur will slowly stop covering your clothes. It will be different, and the house will feel empty. But I will be there in spirit.

No matter how bad of a game you played, how terrible your work day was, how ugly your outfit is, how bad you smell, how much money you have, I could go on; I will always love you just the way you are. You cared for me and I cared for you. We are companions, partners in crime.

To you, I was simply a part of your life, but to me, you were my entire life.

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