8 Bible Verses To Inspire You After Finals Week

8 Bible Verses To Inspire You After Finals Week

We all need a little inspiration...especially after finals week.

It’s been a long semester. We’ve worked so hard. And have been stressed out so much. Sometimes we need words of comfort other than, “it’s going to be okay”. Whenever I need words of comfort, I like to look towards bible verses to help lift my mood. And after finals and all the stress we’ve been through, here are some bible verses that bring comfort to me and I hope will bring comfort to you.

1. Jeremiah 29:11

“For I Know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

God always wants what is best for us. And in times of stress or despair sometimes it can be easy to forget this. But we should always know inside our hearts that God truly has great plans for us.

2. Psalms 106:1

Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” (NIV)

God's love for us is forever and it will never change. His love is unfailing and unconditional. God will always be there for us.

3. Psalms 91:4

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart” (NIV)

I always like to remember that God should also be like a friend to us and our friends are supposed to be there for us through our trials of life. God is our refuge and will always protect us, like a friend.

4. Ephesians 4:2

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (NIV)

Love is something that we take for granted, yet at the same time can be so effortless. Love and showing love to others is truly the key to happiness.

5. Luke 1:37

“For nothing will be impossible with God" (ISV)

This is so true and this can relate back to finals week. We made it through because nothing is impossible with God!

6. Ephesians 2:8

"For by Grace you have been saved through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." (NIV)

The mercy and blessings that God gives to us are his gifts. We encounter little blessings every day, what blessing did you encounter this week?

7. Philippians 4: 6-7

" Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all that he has done." (NIV)

This is a scripture that I looked to often during finals week but is also one that can translate easily into our daily lives.

8. Colossians 4:6

" Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. " (NIV)

Sometimes we don't always have the perfect words to say. And we all make mistakes. That's okay because God loves us anyway.

I hope that these scriptures can brighten your day like they do mine. Just remember that God is always there , even in times where it may seem like he's not.

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So Apparently Chuck E. Cheese Lore Is A Thing And I Am HERE For It

Yeah, don't look at me like that, you know you're interested in this.

So apparently Chuck E. Cheese lore is a thing

I stumbled across this beautiful new world in a tweet from Twitter user @friendbow about the fact that Mr. Cheese is canonically an orphan.

RIP Mr. & Mrs. Cheese

Think about this for a second. Of all the possible backstories for an over-sized anthropomorphic mouse robot who works as a lounge singer at a child casino, the person in charge of character development for CEC Entertainment decided his parents being dead was the best option. Captivated by this, I naturally decided to follow the trail and see just how far the lore goes.

Most of it seems to stem from a book called "The Story of Chuck E. Cheese". The book has no author listed but Chuck E. Cheese's itself, as though it were simply the embodiment of the corporation, the enfleshed form of the lore that exists in the minds and hearts of every employee of the pizza and arcade chain.

The plot of this biography- or, more properly, hagiography- is so wondrous, so unique that I cannot but think that it must be a true story. I truly believe that no human writer could create a legend of this caliber.

The story begins with Cheese moving into St. Marinara's Orphanage. We are not told what event necessitates this, or where he moves from, so we can only assume that his parents' fate was so horrific as to be unrecountable.

Cheese loves to sing, particularly the song "Happy Birthday". His penchant for birthdays turns out to be a prominent theme throughout his life, although he does not know his own due to his lack of parents. Perhaps this is merely a cruel irony, mentally torturing him forever and driving him to seek solace in others' birthdays. Or perhaps this ignorance about the beginning of his life is the source of his birthday obsession. Maddened by having been robbed of this fundamental piece of information about himself, alienated even more thoroughly from his family than he already would have been, he is determined to someday solve the mystery, and if not, then he will ensure that no other child suffers the same fate as he.

Apparently, his only other passion is Pong, which he plays so much that he wins a trophy and $50 in a tournament. Cheese uses this $50 to buy a one way ticket to New York, which raises a number of questions about this orphanage. Do they regularly allow their charges to move off on their own? Do they even keep track of their kids? For a second, I thought that perhaps he was simply living in the walls of the orphanage and was not actually a resident on account of being a mouse, but the fact that he was able to win a Pong tournament and buy a bus ticket indicates that he is anthropomorphic enough to have been treated more or less equally with the human orphans. On the other hand, perhaps he was discriminated against due to his species, and that is why no one cared about him taking off on his own. (Wait. Is Chuck E. Cheese otherkin? Oh God.)

In any case, he arrives in New York homeless, so he squats in a pizzeria- right above the kitchen, in fact, which is quite certainly a health code violation. He successfully hides from the chef, Pasqually (who was named, it would seem, by an alien attempting to guess what an Italian name sounds like), until one night he mistakenly assumes the unfortunately named cuisinier to have gone home for the night.

Upon discovering a mouse running around his restaurant, our pizzaiolo is rightfully concerned and chases the rodent with a rolling pin. (This seems to me a rather poorly thought out pest extermination plan, and I know that I would certainly be fired for doing that in the kitchen I work in, but we can show the man some grace for being in a panic).

The would-be exterminator- or murderer, depending on your point of view- has his victim cornered, ready to strike the fatal blow, when all of a sudden, the mouse begins to sing. Freaked out at this frightening development, Pasqually drops his weapon. After the initial shock of a singing mouse wears off (the trauma would take several additional decades to go away), he proclaims (in a definitely accurate and not at all offensive Italian accent) that his establishment has been saved.

The reason, of course, is that he has realized that he can exploit this desperate singing mouse for profit. We had not previously known that his business was in trouble, but it is not terribly surprising given his poor maintenance skills; and besides, capitalism is excellent at creating crises.

Anyways, Cheese nearly destroys the restaurant by freezing up at his first performance, only to be saved by his uncontrollable urge to sing happy birthday. From there, they hire more singing animals and turn the place into a casino bearing his name, eventually expanding across the country to turn children everywhere into jazz club frequenters and gamblers.

So, uh, yeah, remember that when you have kids and want to take them for some family fun. (Don't worry, there might be booze in it for you).

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As A Christian, I Think Our Country Needs To Separate Our Beliefs From Government

It's for the wellbeing of the USA.

of 70% of those individuals claim to be a part of the Christian faith. As a result of having such a giant number of people have said faith a question has risen that many citizens believe should be answered; "Should the United States claim to be a Christian Country?'

Many conservative citizens believe we should, our founding fathers were Christians, and intended for the country to be as well, so why not stick with that mentality? We already have "In God We Trust" on all of our currency and many government buildings. In our pledge to allegiance, we even say "under God."

Unfortunately, I disagree; I believe we should not claim Christianity or any religion. If the United States decided to claim to be a Christian country, we would be isolating the other 30% of our population who either are of a different religion or don't believe in a higher power. The founding fathers also believed in religious freedom, which allows anyone to be a US Citizen and have any faith they choose to without being harmed (which isn't the case at the moment).

I am a Christian, I was raised in church, and was baptized at a young age. I try to go to church as often as I can and I love God will all my heart, but I believe we must separate our religious beliefs from anything to do with our government. We must do this not because we are against God, but we must do this to better represent the millions of our citizens who don't believe in the same faith as we do.

The United States has already taken a great step forward by removing prayer from our public-school systems. Many believe that this is wrong, and we should add prayer back into our schools, but again I must disagree. If the United States adds prayer back into schools, we will have many students singled out when they do not pray with the majority of the class. This will ostracize the population of non-Christians more than they already are in this country.

I believe that we must take things further and remove 'In God We Trust' from our currency, the reason being is not every citizen believes in God; some believe in Buddha or Ganesha. Simply speaking for everyone and saying In God we trust is wrong. We must also take out "under God" from the pledge of allegiance for the same reason. Millions of US Citizens do not believe that God is watching over this country. Having "under God" in our pledge and "in God, We Trust" throughout our government is making us Christians separate ourselves from the other non-Christians, and evening making it seem like we are better than the other 30% of our population.

Although it is up to our political leaders to remove Christianity from our government it is also up to us Christians to stop putting ourselves on a pedestal. We need to stop believing that the United States owes it to us to put these little religious remarks on anything that has to do with our government.

It is our duty as Christians to show love to all people and doing that we must make everyone feel welcome in this country, and we cannot do that when everything that has to do with the United States is slapped with something to do with our God. Therefore, it is our duty to make a difference in this country. We have to separate our religion from this government for the well-being of the entire United States of America, all 325 million of us, and we cannot forget the .7; every single citizen matters.

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