Being A Christian In College Isn't Easy, But It Is Worth It

Being A Christian In College Isn't Easy, But It Is Worth It

It's about where you turn when life comes crashing down.

People constantly tell me being a Christian in college is hard. Well, they aren't wrong. Relinquishing control to God is not something that comes naturally to us and it takes a lot of work. I've been in college now for about six weeks, and I have seen the biggest leap in my faith from where I was to where I am now.

I know that a lot of my articles recently have been about my faith and my walk with Christ, but if that's what He's calling me to do...who am I to say no? That has been a lot of what my journey has looked like. It's been a lot of, "whatever you want God" and, "if it's your will, then it's my will."

Let me tell you firsthand, that is not easy. Completely and utterly giving your life to Christ is one of the craziest things you will ever do. We have been brought up with this idea that we need to have control over our own lives. The thought of giving that up is terrifying, yet I have found so much freedom in it.

When all of the exams, projects, and presentations pile up, it's easy to push God to the side and say, "Yeah, I'll read my Bible tomorrow. I don't have time right now." I think one of the most incredible things about being a Christian is that we are covered by grace.

That's kind of my new tagline and it has been my motto over the last week or so. Truly, though, what a concept! We can mess up continually, and we are still covered by the grace of God. He understands that we will focus on earthly things sometimes, and He is ready and waiting, no matter what, to just completely cover us in His grace.

I think one of the most important things about being a Christian in college is learning how to say no. That has always been something I have struggled with, and I never want to upset anyone.

What I've learned is that if your "friends" are trying to get you to do something you don't want to do, they aren't your friends! Never be afraid to stand up for what you believe in and push your faith to the forefront of your mind always.

The overall and most exciting thing that has happened since I've been here at TCU is watching God use me to bring other people to Him. Even just the simple act of bringing someone to church can change the pathway of how they live their lives.

I guess what I'm trying to say here is never be afraid to spread the Good News. Our entire goal here on this planet as Christians is to let people know about God, and I think that is the best way to stay strong in your faith throughout college.

Make friends, read your Bible, and spread the news of the Lord wherever you go!

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.

Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 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."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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8 Things That Brought Me Pure Joy As I Bought My First Home

So... does this mean I am adulting now?

I just bought my first house with my husband, (woah) and quite frankly, I am unsure how to feel.

As we were walking through Lowe's for like the 12th time in three days I caught myself questioning if this is what adulting is. Well, that and spending lots of money we don't have.

With that said, here are the 8 things that have brought me such joy in the three days that I have been in my new house now.

1. Buying a new rug.

I don't like shopping. I can easily admit that, but when we were talking about necessities that we wanted sooner rather than later having a rug was top on our list. We knew it'd make the area nice and that our pups would enjoy it. Somehow spending approximately $200 on a nice rug wasn't like pulling teeth, but I don't plan on purchasing a new one for a very long time.

2. Getting Direct TV and Internet set up.

I don't like sitting around the television 24 hours a day, but after a year of no cable and then three days have zero phone service in a new area having the ability to call my family made it feel like Christmas morning.

3. Watching my dogs run around their fenced in backyard.

This has been one of my favorite, favorite, favorite things. For the past year we have had to walk my two large dogs on leashes around an apartment complex. I couldn't wait for the day I would be able to let them out and play on their own. Now I have one dog who refuses to come inside.

4. Having a garage.

Before moving into a home I shared a one bedroom apartment with my husband. It wasn't just miserable, but having two large dogs and "junk" from two 20 something year old's crowds it a bit. I am so very thankful to have a garage where my husband can store his many tools, random lumber pieces, and our completely full boxes full of stuff.

5. Having a wrap around front porch.

This. Is. The. Greatest. Thing. Ever. So far I have enjoyed my devotional sitting on my porch while my husband drinks his coffee in front of the most beautiful setting. I cannot wait to make millions of memories from this porch.

6. Knowing that UPS can deliver to us.

Hear me out. We live in a house that backs into the woods, and I was unsure if UPS could even get to us. A lot of these homes are cabin-like lake homes that people use as second homes. (I could never imagine having two homes, but hey that's cool). Being in a town with next to nothing those rare moments that I do shop I am now comforted knowing that I can order from online and actually get them!

7. Buying all new light bulbs.

The fact that this excites me astonishes me. I mean who wants to just buy light bulbs for fun? Well, when we moved in this home was filled with orange light bulbs that emitted the weirdest color. Buying light bulbs became a quick priority that made it feel comforting like home once we changed them.

8. Being able to have a home.

Overall this is the biggest factor over my joy. The Lord has blessed us tremendously. He not only with provided my husband with a job after graduation, but also in being able to afford a new home.

Though I dislike change and find myself in pure anxiety leading up to it, I am encouraged by knowing Christ goes before us and never fails us.

I believe wholeheartedly that He has made this pathway for us for the time being and I know He is with me. I am excited to claim and find rest in this change and in my new home. I cannot wait for the memories that will be made here and I am thankful for His hand in this chapter of our lives.

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