21 Bible Verses To Get You Through The Semester

21 Bible Verses To Get You Through The Semester

Stay steadfast in your faith and God will provide.

As we begin each new semester, we have the constant worry about what the coming months will bring. We enter into the cycle of excitement about being back at school, setting goals for the semester and then being instilled with constant panic about how we are going to be able to juggle all of the work.

As a big test gets closer, we second-guess what we have been learning throughout the semester. If we have four papers due the same day, our anxiety skyrockets as we pull a couple all-nighters.

All of that is normal, but in our times of stress and our times of dismay, we need to fix our eyes on the man upstairs. It’s so easy to lose sight of God when it seems like you have no time to finish everything assigned, but the truth is that God has His hand on us the entire way. In the time of stress and in the time of chaos, He is begging us to look to Him because He knows He can give us peace. Although it may seem like the world is ending because you have a lot going on, it’s not. God has a perfect plan for you and will not lead you astray, but it’s your job to calm yourself in those moments and trust in Him. Here are some verses that can help during those times.

1.) Philippians 4:19

“I pray that God will take care of all your needs with the wonderful blessings that come from Christ Jesus.”

2.) 1 Corinthians 10:13

“You are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted. But God can be trusted not to let you be tempted beyond your ability and he will show you how to escape from your temptations.”

3.) Psalm 34:19

“The Lord’s people may suffer a lot, but He will always bring them safely through.”

4.) Exodus 14:13-14

Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid! Be brave, and you will see the Lord will save you today. The Lord will fight for you, and you won’t have to do a thing.”

5.) Job 2:10

“Don’t talk like a fool! If we accept blessings from God, we must accept trouble as well.”

6.) Job 4:2-6

“Please be patient and listen to what I have to say. Remember how your words have guided and encouraged many in need. But now you feel discouraged when struck by trouble. You respect God and live right, so don’t lose hope!”

7.) Isaiah 41:9-10

“From far across the earth I brought you here and said, you are my chosen servant. I haven’t forgotten you. Don’t be afraid I am with you. Do not tremble in fear, I am your God. I will make you strong, as I protect you with my arm and give you victories.”

8.) Romans 5:3-5

"But that’s not all! We gladly suffer because we know that suffering helps us to endure. And endurance builds character, which gives us hope that will never disappoint us. All of this happens because God has given us the Holy Spirit, who fills our hearts with his love.”

9.) 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

“We often suffer, but are never crushed. Even when we don’t know what to do, we never give up. In times of trouble, God is with us, and when we are knocked down, we get up again.”

10.) Isaiah 41:13

“I am the Lord your God. I am holding you hand, so don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.”

11.) Philippians 4:6

“Do not worry about anything, instead pray about everything. “

12.) 1 John 4:15

“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God."

13.) 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

“These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing. Things that are seen don’t last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That’s why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen.”

14.) Romans 8:18

“I consider that our present sufferings do not compare to the glory God will reveal within us.”

15.) John 13:7

“You don’t really know what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

16.) John 14:27

“I give you peace, the kind of peace only I can give. It isn’t like the peace that this world can give. So do not be worried or afraid.”

17.) Matthew 6:34

“Don’t worry about tomorrow. For tomorrow will take care of itself. You have enough to worry about today.”

18.) Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

19.) Matthew 11:28

"If you are tired of carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.”

20.) Isaiah 48:17

“I am the holy Lord God, the one who rescues you. For your own good, I teach you and I lead you along the right path.”

21.) Philippians 4:13

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

As you enter into this new semester, I encourage you to seek God in both times of praise and in times of worry. Remember that God does not abandon, but we abandon Him. His plan is always perfect and He cares about us where we are. Even when life seems impossible, God is able to work miracles. Take the time to thank God for where He has placed you and trust in Him. May God be with you this semester.

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If God Didn’t Intend For Women To Be Equals, Why Did She Make Us So Incredible?

Yeah, I said She.


An article that absolutely infuriates me has gone viral. As a feminist, as a writer, and simply as a woman, it drives me up a wall to see another woman proclaiming that God's plan for women was to "submit to their husbands."

I don't know where to start with all the issues I found in reading the piece, so I'll start with what a feminist is. It's a subjective term and its connotation varies from person to person.

But to me, feminism is being empowered and expressive individuals with open minds and open hearts. They are activists for change and equality. They have concerns about the environment and global warming. They acknowledge issues within sexism and racism and then try to figure out how to solve them. They see that the world isn't perfect.

Feminists are the reason we can vote. They're the reason birth control is an option for us. They're why we're allowed to wear pants. They're why we have careers. The female pioneers paved the way for anything we're allowed to do, and they are why we celebrate the power of women every March.

But instead, the woman who wrote "I'm A Christian And I'm Not A Feminist, Because God Did Not Intend For Women To Be Equals," used our month of pride for clout. And took justification from The Bible to do it.

The Bible is not an instruction manual. It was written over many, many years by hordes of sexist men whose existence we have minimal proof of. And over the last thousand years, it's been translated and reinterpreted more times than anyone could ever keep track of. That's not to say it doesn't have some good lessons, but lessons are all they are.

Thinking your worth and capabilities were planned for you thousands of years in advance is ignorant. Religion and The Bible and God are as subjective as feminism. Everything is open-ended. One person's view of who or what God is not going to be the same as the last.

Commonly, God is seen as a man at the center of the universe who holds all existence in his hands. He is the reason why anyone does anything. He is the rule maker. And He is judging us and waiting for our every mistake.

But as a proud feminist, I've chosen to have my own idea of this holy being. I wasn't brought up in church, but I decided to believe in something much greater than myself or anything I've ever seen just because I wanted to. I want to believe that faith has to come from somewhere, and I didn't want a book making the rules for me.

Just by watching life move through time, I happen to believe God is the good in all of us. Not one being, but he beginning and the end of everything. The push and the pull. The conscious and subconscious. And considering that God is the creator, I've concluded God must be a woman because women are the creators.

And in my experience, women have proved themselves to be much stronger and more capable than any man.

As for what She creates, I think She makes no mistakes. I think She tests our patience and beliefs by giving us what we don't expect. There's intent and love in everything She gives us. I think every woman was made to be relentless, imperfect, fearless, and even a little rebellious.

And if we're saying Adam and Eve were the start of it all, then God proved that right off the bat. God saved the best for last, and then made her a badass. Yes, the first woman came into this world as a rule breaker. She questioned authority. And since the beginning of time, authority has been a snake. The world is our forbidden fruit to bite.

The sole purpose of a woman isn't to submit to anyone. A woman can do whatever she damn well pleases, just as any man. A woman's worth isn't tied to what kind of wife or mother she is and how closely she follows the rules. I was raised by the most incredible mom and wife. She did happen to stay at home with me and be the traditional woman. But while she was home, she taught me how great it is to be a woman. She made sure I knew I could be whoever I wanted and would pay no consequences for that.

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As a feminist, I will not judge those who haven't accepted all the honors of being female. I can just tell everyone how wonderful it is to stand for something. I can set an example so that more women will go forward.

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