7 Bible Verses To Get Me Centered Again

7 Bible Verses To Get Me Centered Again

Because sometimes the world is just too much for me.

Lately, I have been stressed, overwhelmed and wanting nothing to do with the world around me. I try to show a happy face and get through the day but it is not enough. I will be honest, I am a Christian, but I could do more. Some days are harder than others for me and I forget my Lord. As I am approaching these past couple of weeks for midterms, projects and assignments, I would lay on my bed and look up at the fairy lights hanging over and think. It must get better, I cannot feel this empty and stressed. I have not picked up my Bible in a while so when I walked over to my desk and pulled it out, I was sad because I could not remember the last time I opened it.

I skimmed through some pages and remembered that my mom used to read some scriptures to me and luckily those were tagged in my copy so I read them. A lot were comforting, but there were some that just hit right home on how I felt and how I needed to be strong. Some quotes that stood out to me were:

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

I stress all the time, and with that it can really put a toll on my heart. Knowing that God can give me peace rather than something that the world can give really put some thought bubbles in my mind.

Proverbs 16:13

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

I always thought this way, but seeing it in writing made me feel more secure. Since I was a little girl, I believed that committing to Him and trusting him would help me follow the path that I am supposed to follow. Even if at that moment I do not think that is the path I should be taking. I think of the saying, “Everything happens for a reason.”

Luke 21:19

Stand firm, and you will win life.

I just thought this was a strong verse that I may or may not make a poster of it and hang it in my room later on. Confidence is something that can bring reassurance to us. I, myself, struggle with finding confidence or courage in myself and I tend to get timid. But you cannot win in life, or better yet your life unless you plant your ground.

Psalm 118:6

The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

This one made me say “retweet” out loud in my room. Everyone and everything on this Earth is temporary. That is just fact. So when I come across a situation when I feel doubtful of myself or if I feel like someone will do something bad to me or judge me, I have to remember that the Almighty God has me and will not give me anything he knows I cannot truly handle. Even if at that time, I feel like I cannot.

Romans 8:6

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

I feel like, especially in Today’s time, we are materialistic. We are obsessed with getting things. We focus so much on what is on our phones, or what is the latest clothes or the fastest car that it clutters our minds. Whenever I “renew” myself by talking to Christ, I feel better, I really do; and I am not saying if you do not believe in God that your a bad person or anything. In honesty, I think everyone should just believe in something. Something that can be like a North Star for your life and point us in the right direction.

Luke 21:34

Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.

Unfortunately, this is me almost on the daily. My anxiety controls my life. I hate to admit it, but it does. Whether I am in classrooms, in movie theatres, even talking to my closest friends. I let so much into my life and my spirit that it almost does not know what to do with it, which makes me fizz out by the end of the day.

Psalm 16:8

I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

The Lord is my best friend. Sadly, I have neglected Him time and time again. My life feels more centered when I pay attention to Him and I feel like my life is falling all around me when I know He is there for me. My world will not collapse, no matter how crappy it may seem and boy does it get crappy some days.

I guess the point of it all is, it took me all this stress, all my late night crying and panic attacks to say out loud, “trust." I have been so busy with everything and everyone around me, I stopped breathing, I stopped going to my center and the world started falling apart around me. Whether you believe in God or not, I hope you were able to take something out of this pile of cluttered thoughts that I dumped on the world. I think the world needs to believe in something more and maybe it will help us understand better. *cue throwing fairy dust in the night sky*
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5 Things To Do When Your Professors Challenge Your Beliefs As A Christian

As long as you know God is FOR you, it doesn't matter who is AGAINST you.


Being a Christian in our world today is very, very challenging. There are many misconceptions about our beliefs and our morals, as well as people who believe we don't practice what we preach.

As a college student, I've come across many professors who enjoy challenging my beliefs due to the "lack of evidence" or the "impossibility" of the circumstances. While it frustrates me to no end, I've had to learn that arguing and debating with people who don't believe in God is pointless. They aren't going to change their mind and there's no way a college student is going to change that.

Arguing will get you nowhere, people are going to believe what they want to believe and we can't change that. Instead of trying to debate with your professors, do these five things instead. I assure you, you'll get much more out of them than an argument.

1. Pray


Pray to God to help you and your belief remain strong, but also pray that the Holy Spirit finds them and touches their heart. A heart that isn't filled with God is an awfully sad one.

2. Acknowledge that people don't always agree with your beliefs


If someone tried to convince you that God isn't real, you're not going to listen to their points or anything else that they have to say. Acknowledge that people think differently and sometimes you can't change that. Only God can.

3. Drop the class


This is really a last resort, but it's also understandable. I would hate to have to sit in a class where I felt personally attacked for over an hour each day. If you find yourself in this position, get OUT.

4. When things get too difficult-- bathroom break


Sometimes all you really need is a breather. When the lecture gets too tough, ask to go to the bathroom, get some water, and say a prayer.

5. Read your Bible


This is the most important one. Your bible has all of the answers, no matter the circumstance. If you find yourself unable to cope with the challenges the professor presents to you, open the bible and start reading. God will fill your heart and put your mind at ease.

It's hard enough feeling out of place in today's society, just because of your beliefs. Then to have someone constantly challenging everything you base your life off of? That's even more difficult!

But instead of arguing, choose one of these five things to do. It will be a much better use of your time and you'll feel much better about it than you would by arguing with someone.

Who knows, maybe one day God will touch their heart and things will be different. God's pretty powerful and can change things in an instant. Trust him.

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Poetry On Odyssey: The Farmer

I wrote this poem in the midst of first semester freshman year. Even as I was struggling, God was showing His faithfulness and love to me in abundance.


The Farmer:

The Farmer plows the soil,
Breaks it open with His toil.
He plows furrows in my heart.
The plow's cuts are deep,
Bitter, and tart.
The ground does not know why it is broken,
Is ignorant of any good reason for hopin'.

Planting season proceeds each harvest.
So the year, some days are for waiting.
Persevering and trusting, plowing and breaking
Come before light, jubilation, and feast.

All the earth proclaims the truth
Of what happens in our hearts

Right now the seed,
Planted deep in the earth.
Cannot see light,
Doesn't know of new birth.

But the hour the seed thinks it's dead and forgotten,
The Farmer is patiently waiting for cotton.

But, take note, He doesn't just wait.
The One who scatters us
Waters His plants,
And cares for their state.

At last, comes harvest and jubilation,
Out of the valley and into God's nation.
Never forgotten, never forsaken,
Continual births as the blind do awaken.

Death proceeds birth,
Birth into new life.
From toiling and sin,
The world and its strife.

From a hole in the ground,
To sunrise and morning.
Sweeter the sunlight,
When darker the mourning.

When we are in sorrow,
Perpetual night.
The spring is a' coming
To pierce ALL with light.

NEVER was there a Farmer
More patient, more loving.

He sustained me, and He can sustain you through any trial. As Corrie ten Boom said, "There is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still." The pain you endure is not meaningless and does not have to be fruitless. Suffering can bring joy if it draws you closer to God. The Farmer's hands do not sit in silent judgment and stillness while His people suffer. He loves us and is working among us, even when we feel that He is far.

"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
And saves those who are crushed in spirit." — Psalm 34:18

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