Keeping Your Faith As A Christian In College

Here's What College Christians Do When Coffee Isn't Cutting It Anymore

You know what they say, "caffeine gets me started, Jesus keeps me going…"

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I will be the first to say that there are times when I feel young, motivated, and drawn to achieve and discover what God has in store for me. Heck, you probably feel that surge of motivation to get everything done, to boost your resume, to work ahead, to work hard to get to where He wants you to be. But I will not hesitate to say that there are also times in my life, seemingly more often than I would like to admit, that I am worried, anxious, nervous, and apprehensive about where I am headed. It's the times I realize I'm almost 20 years old, that I'm halfway done with college, that I may never live at home again. It's in the moments that I miss my mom and dad, that I feel like I'm walking with my hands out in front of me, and time is flying by at a hundred miles an hour that I feel like God is a light year away.

But at the same time, it is in these moments that we have to remember to lock our eyes on Him. Please don't look at your phone. Don't look at someone else's Instagram. Don't look at where you've been. Look to Jesus. Let Him hold you, wrap his arms around you. Jesus hugs are the best hugs.

Work toward your degree. Work on your earthly friendships but be sure to do that in His glory and by His word. Chase after the author of love and the one who painted the sunsets, thought up the rules to golf, breathed life into the world, and became man. How are you supposed to figure out your purpose in this temporary world if you don't first follow the one who created your purpose?

Do your best, sweetie. Study for the test. You can hit the gym, do your squats and pull all-nighters, but do so in His name. In our weariness, in our brokenness, and on our days that we are utterly overwhelmed, stressed, and feel defeated by whatever it may be, take a deep breath. Look at where your feet are planted, because they're there for a reason. He has brought you this far, so trust Him to bring you to your next step.

In the meantime, remember that waiting on Jesus doesn't mean waiting around. Spend your time, don't let time take a toll on you. God will, in His time, reveal things to you. But the spirit of God, the Holiest of Spirits, the smile that sparked the sun and the timekeeper of the days, is guiding you through today. Every day is a new opportunity to go bravely about your tasks, embracing each one as though it is your purpose in this place.

Do not approach these tasks with fear, questioning failure, or worth, but rather, ask the Lord how this will serve Him, how He can be put on display through this struggle, through this hard task, or through this moment. There is so much peace found in trusting His plans for your day. He will take care of you, He will show you so much more. There is so much more.

Embrace what He is already doing. Trust Him with your tomorrow. Give Him today.

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10 Outfits Every College Girl Wears To Class At Least Once

You can thank me later.
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It's happened on more than one occasion.

The occasion of being called out more than once for dressing down for class and by "down" I mean some of the haters we hate to love claiming that they can't see the shorts we're wearing under the oversized band tee on our way to class.

Contrary to popular belief, yes I'm not oblivious to how my choice of outfits for class tends to shift on the more comfortable side and yes, I am aware that it looks like I'm not wearing pants, I like it that way.

Every girl in college wears what they feel is comfortable enough to wear in a 2-hour lecture and these are my ideas of comfort.

1. The infamous oversized tee with Nike shorts.

I'll say it right now, I have a variety of assorted Soffee and Nike shorts that I pair with almost every oversized tee I own and it's my go-to for those 8 AM math lectures.

2. Oversized tee with leggings and riding boots.

Once the first red, yellow and orange leaf is found on campus grounds, you know you're about to see a swarm of college girls, like me, sporting riding boots in every shade of brown. Jeans optional.

3. Oversized tee with leggings and rain boots.

Once the first rainfall hits campus, you better believe you'll see this same 'fit paired with Hunter boots in almost every color.

4. The "I'm going to the gym right after class, I SWEAR" look.

Whether or not I have plans to go to the gym after class or not, I'm probably in my gym gear 4 times of the week and I'm not ashamed by it.

5. Jeans.

I've always had a hate/hate relationship with wearing jeans when I absolutely do not have to and here's why: they make my derriere completely disappear. When (and if) you catch me wearing jeans in lecture hall it's probably because someone paid me a large sum of money to do so.

6. Your boyfriend's flannel paired with... you guessed it, your favorite pair of leggings.

This is probably one of the many flannels I've stolen from my boyfriend and certainly not the last one. Paired with another favorite standard black leggings, you can't go wrong with this outfit to snooze in.

7. The baseball hat and quarter zip ensemble.

One of my all times favorites, you can't go wrong with a zipper up 3x too big for your body and a baseball hat you honestly forgot where you got it from. We also can't forget our infamous black leggings.

8. Your "walk of shame" outfit.

Now, this doesn't mean you roll up to Intro to Psychology wearing what you wore to the lacrosse mixer the night before, no. This is more of the outfit you so quickly had to throw on in a span of two minutes because you left so and so's apartment downtown an hour too late.

9. A v-neck.

Another one of my favorites.

10. Dresses (or anything even relatively formal).

Disclaimer: I personally would never come to class wearing this but gigantic kudos to cute a** girls that do decide to wear this because you look good.

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If You Want Proof That God Exists, Just Look Around You At The World He Created

None of it is an accident.

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It has always baffled me that people can truly believe the world was created by accident. It's like saying that Leonardo Di Vinci closed his eyes, tipped over a few cans of paint, and miraculously created the Mona Lisa. Nothing that beautiful is an accident. I believe that the truest and rawest testimony to Christianity is the universe itself. A proclamation of its creator.

When I need to be reminded how great our God is, I simply just look around me.

Romans 1:20 says, "For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God."

The Bible is telling us here that everything has a purpose. The world is not this beautiful by accident. Every purple sunset was intricately designed. Each rise and fall of the tide was crafted by the creator.

Look around you.

The Northern lights are not simply a coincidence. It is no accident that people's hands are gifted with such divine talents to create wonders like the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal. There is a reason that your favorite song has such transcendent and heavenly beauty, as it escaped from the lungs that God created and gifted with talent. It is all of him; it is all from and for him.

He doesn't make mistakes.

There is a reason that we yearn for these beautiful things. That we long to glimpse sunsets and travel the world and hear beautiful music and see beautiful people. It is because we are heavenly creations, and seeing these marks of God's wonder bring us closer to him and remind of our true and divine pace in his kingdom. These beautiful things are little marks of God's divinity, and they remind us where we belong.

They are the reason our hearts constantly ache for something more.

And you are a mark of his beauty as well. The fact that of the billions of trillions of atoms that make up the matter that make up the universe were brought together in an intricate and perfect enough way to create a unique human being who could never be copied are replicated. You are a miracle. And your very body and soul are living proof that God exists. Nothing is an accident. Nothing.

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