Bible Verses for Graduates

18 Bible Verses for Graduates

Never forget that you are a child of God.

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When I was younger, my days seemed short and a year seemed like such a long time. As an adult, my years now seem short and my days seem to drag on. Where does the time go? As Ferris Bueller once said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." It seems like in a blink of an eye, my little sister has become an adult and has now graduated from high school.

I wanted to remind you, little sister, and all graduates as you head to college that you are a child of God. No one expects you to be perfect, but know that you are perfect in God's eyes. My college experience has taught me that life isn't perfect and helped me to realize the importance of relying on God. I pray that you also grow closer in your relationship with God. Take this time in college to truly get to know God and yourself.

To help get you started, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite Bible quotes that have helped motivate me and remind me of who I am as a child of God.

1. Jeremiah 29:11

2. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know."

3. Deuteronomy 31:6

"Be strong and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the Lord, your God who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you."

4. Colossians 3:23

"Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others"

5. Philippians 4:13

6. 1 Timothy 4:12

"Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity."

7. Isaiah 6:8

8. Job 23:10

"Yet he knows my way; if he tested me, I should come forth like gold."

9. Isaiah 45:2-3

"I will go before you and level the mountains... I will give you treasures of darkness, riches hidden away, That you may know I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by name."

10. Isaiah 43:19

"See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? In the wilderness I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers."

11. 2 Corinthians 5:7

12. Esther 4:14

"Who knows-perhaps it was for a time like this that you became queen?"

13. Proverbs 19:20-21

"Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise. Many are the plans of the human heart, but it is the decision of the Lord that endures."

14. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

"There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to give birth, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant."

15. Proverbs 31:25

16. 2 Chronicles 15:7

"But as for you, be strong and do not slack off, for there shall be a reward for what you do."

17. Luke 1:38

"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."

18. Joshua 1:9

"I command you: be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go."

I pray that you fully realize and remember that you are a beloved child of God. I pray that college will be an enriching experience for you and that God will guide you and show you the plans He has for you. I can't wait to see what life has in store for you!

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Album Review: WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO

My honest review of Billie Eilish's debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO.

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Billie Eilish just released her debut album and I have not been able to stop listening. I had never listened to Eilish's music before, somewhat refusing to conform to the norms. But I thought I'd give her a chance, and now I'm hooked. Take a look at my thoughts on this innovative album.

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This is an...interesting introduction, to say the least. I like that Eilish is able to open up her very vulnerable album with some humor and personality. The 13 second audio clip shares Eilish taking out her Invisalign, something most people do before bed; this is another reference to the album title.

bad guy

Opening up the album, this villainous tune grabs your attention immediately. It keeps a pretty steady, bass-heavy beat until the breakdown. The outro drives home the scary and villain persona Eilish creates with this track.

xanny

This is a complete left turn from the previous track. Eilish's vocals are so airy and haunting that getting goosebumps is inevitable. This track has some of the best production I have ever heard. It mimics a high of the drugs she talks about in the song with its crawl and unexpected beats.

you should see me in a crown

Eilish took all of her angst and threw it into this song. It literally sounds like the song that plays in the movies when a character is getting their revenge by setting fire to a car or bashing in windows or something. Definitely going to be the anthem for a lot of people's break ups.

all the good girls go to hell

The juxtaposition in this track is crazy. It is definitely one of the more upbeat ones on the album, but the concept is dark. It fulfills everyone's pop punk cravings. I can't help but think this is a stance against religion. Yet, Eilish confirmed that it is about climate change...definitely did not get that message.

wish you were gay

There was a ton of controversy around the message of this song, but it's a lot simpler than people think. Eilish can't accept not being someone's type and not get the same amount of attention she gives, so she wishes this guy was gay to spare her pride. It's the perfect "it's not you, it's me."

when the party's over

This track swirls sadness and anger, amplified by the melancholy tone and booming chorus. You can hear the pain in Eilish's voice and the disappointment in her lyrics. This is definitely one of the more mellow tracks, but the message is extremely relatable and well-thought.

8

Want to know a genius marketing strategy? Track number eight is titled "8." This track sounds like it could have been recorded when Eilish was 8 years old with its higher pitch and ukulele backing. However, the lyrics are extremely sad. It's difficult what the message of this song is with the juxtaposition of tones.

my strange addiction

Yeah, so she put clips of my favorite episode of The Office, Threat Level Midnight, so obviously I love this song. The beat mimics that of the music backing Michael Scott's "Do The Scarn" song. Eilish is definitely comparing her love to an addiction, so I'm not really sure why she included The Office, but it definitely gets people talking.

bury a friend

This track keeps you on your toes. Its extremely haunting message coupled with the layered harmonies here and there is something else. Sounds travel from ear to ear to create this isolation and trapped feeling. Eilish created a full experience with this song.

ilomilo

Based off of Eilish's favorite childhood game, this song is by far my favorite. The beat sounds exactly like a video game adventure; you can hear the journey, like that of the "ilomilo" game. The techno bits make it much different than all of the other tracks.

listen before i go

Stripped down to vocals and piano, this song amps up the vulnerability of this album. Eilish seems to start disappearing, but, with some faint storm and street noises in the background, some life is brought to this chilling track.

i love you

Another stripped down track, Eilish finally hits a sweet spot in her album. You can hear her struggle to escape these emotions, but she is eventually overcome when she hears "I love you."

goodbye

With clips from every song, Eilish creates the perfect finish line for this rollercoaster of an album. Going from end to the beginning, she reminds us that this is not the end.

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7 Things College Kids Do To Procrastinate On Studying

As finals week approaches, the urge to procrastinate and binge-watch Netflix grows every day.

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If there were a college major in procrastination, I think most college kids would have one. College comes with a much greater amount of freedom than high school, but that freedom does not come without its own challenges. Work can pile up quickly without us noticing, and before we know it, we are drowning in forgotten assignments and projects.

Despite that, procrastination can sometimes feel nearly impossible to stop. Us college kids have become masterful at finding ways to avoid doing our work, so I decided I would share some. Here are 7 things college kids do to procrastinate on studying.

1. Being REALLY thorough with the dishes

This is a great one because it still makes you feel productive even though you're deliberately avoiding the work you're supposed to be doing.

2. Baking for friends/family

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This is another great one because you get that wonderful altruistic feeling when you do something nice for someone else. That way, you know that you're a good person even if you fail your finals.

3. Browsing Netflix/HBO Go/Amazon Video

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This is probably the most common form of procrastination. After all, what is better than curling up on the couch and discovering an awesome new show?

4. Checking emails again. And again. And again.

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Checking emails is a great way to feel like you're working without actually doing any work.

5. Calling family members to catch up

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Why study when you could call your mom's sister's husband's uncle? Family comes first, after all.

6. Planning your future summer vacation

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Summer is almost upon us, so we should probably start planning now. Therefore, it is completely fine to spend time coordinating our trips on travelocity instead of studying.

7. Scanning the job market

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This is a great way to try to find motivation for studying. When you find your dream job, maybe it will make schoolwork seem a little less horrible.

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