Let Go And Let God

Let Go And Let God

It's time to let God lift some of that weight off your shoulders.

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We, as human beings, worry. We overthink text messages we send and constantly stress about tests or exams we've taken or need to take. And who can forget the ever-present money problem? No matter how tiny or obscure, every day we all experience something that makes us a little anxious.

And that's completely normal.

The problem comes when we let this fear rule our everyday actions and thoughts. I personally have a bad tendency to imagine every possible worst case scenario in any given situation and while I've always chalked that up to being a realist rather than a worrier, I can't help but admit that it is an exhaustive mindset to constantly be stuck in. It's difficult to enjoy things and live in the moment as much as you should when you're constantly worrying about what comes next and what you will do when that happens. It's not bad to do these things and have these thoughts, but when they begin to occupy almost every aspect of your life, it's time for a change.

It's time to let go and let God do His thing.

It's time to let go of your worries about the future, your preconceived notions about people and anything else that is preventing you from appreciating every second that you're alive. Allow God to carry those burdens for you; trust me, He wants to. Philippians 4:6 says: "Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for what He has done." He does not want you to spend your days as a slave to your thoughts; He wants you to enjoy life and all of His creations. We are not able to do all of this with our own human power because we are too weak, but with His strength, we can do all things.

John 14:27 also says: "And I am leaving you with a gift: peace of mind and heart, and the peace that I give is not a gift the world can give, so do not be troubled or afraid."

God wants our hearts and thoughts to be at ease and without worry.

He has a given us the gift of peace and should we choose to accept it, we will be able to live the way God intended for us to - without fear of worry.

Now doesn't that sound awesome?

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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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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5 Sun-Filled Factors Of A Less Stressful Summer

Summer's always been a breeze, but who knew it could be this great.

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It's so much harder to write in the summer than I expected. Usually, I'm able to pull something from my current events and birth a concept from it, but without the bustle of the university this summer I'm left with a small handful of friends who have also decided to stay in town. I still have ample amounts of fun and, if anything, am way less stressed, but nothing too worrisome or groundbreaking appears to be happening.

I can only assume that the lack of stress I find myself in can stem from a handful of things, and after giving it much thought might be able to help you have a less stressful summer or summers to come, too. These are the 5 factors giving me less stress this summer.

1. Living alone

Don't get me wrong, I love my best friends, and I am more than excited to live with them in the fall; however, living alone this summer has given me some serious lessons in discipline. When choosing to live in my college town alone this summer rather than with my parents in Maryland, most of the reasons included wanting to have control over healthy foods in the fridge, control over my schedule and chores, and control over my exercise.

Now living here alone, the only person I have to blame for any lack of that discipline and control is myself. I'm not going to lie to you and say I've already gotten it all under control, because I'm still learning how to practice this new self-discipline; however, I've already come a long way from when I first moved in a month and a half ago (I can't believe June's already over!). At first it was very much frustrating; however, unlike at home I had no one else to place the blame on, and it helped me create discipline in knowing that although I may often not think I do that I do in fact have full control.

Come fall, I am very excited to live with my two roommates who are also very health-conscious and understand the equal burden of responsibility for renting a house together. For now, I can at least throw my dirty clothes wherever I need to when I'm in a hurry.

2. Less people = less drama

Besides this summer, I cannot think of the last time my life was 100% drama free. I've never really had that much drama in my life, to begin with, and I still don't; however, some people just can't help but bring it to the table. I've usually been able to avoid those people, because no one wants to be friends with individuals who create drama; however, in a college town of (I think) 16,000 students, there's always going to be a little drama even if you aren't involved.

Very soon on into living here this summer, I noticed that hanging out and going out with friends was so much less drama-dense. There was no raging tattle-tale and no "you're-talking-to-my-ex" drama queens that it made it so much easier to let loose without watching your surroundings (however, always use safety discretion when it comes to alcohol). I have several friends who live only a backyard away from me, and it's nice to know I'm always welcome to come and hang out and go out with them when I feel like it. There's no drama to talk about, only drinks to be served. Of course, it's no raging house party, but it's nice to kick back for the summer.

3. No class...but just one

I was uncertain as to how exactly I was going to obtain three additional credits this summer to keep my scholarships, whether that be an internship or a class, but as of recently I've begun my online summer class and I'm enjoying it much more than I expected.

Although this class is only half the length of a regular class, which means the material is twice as dense, the stress is minimal because I'm taking no additional classes besides this one this summer. I've always been one of the handful of students who actually enjoys going to class and putting in the work every day, but I'm only human and usually the full workload has me googling answers online by the end of the semester; however, by only taking one class I can place all my attention on the singular class and *hopefully* receive an A.

4. Ample amount of time to earn money

At first, I had no idea how I'd be financing my summer. My family has financed my college career and my parents still will help me out during the school year, but until tuition bills come out next month I'm still on my own. A week after moving in, I was able to receive an internship I applied for and am about to start a second job waitressing. It was stressful at first to not know where my funds were going to come from, but now that the majority of my time is going towards working since I only have a single online class I never have to worry about if I have enough funds to go out. Not only do I have enough, but I should be taking that extra cash I have and time to be having fun because it's the little amount of time I have left over!

5. Last but not least, trying “the new thing”

The best part about all school breaks is the opportunity to try something new and to experiment with ideas and new living concepts. I have additional time in the summer to try new workouts that I may be too overwhelmed with figuring out during the time-constricted schoolyear. I have the surplus income to try new restaurants in town that I've never been to before. I have the time to acclimate to my house and complete my room before the schoolyear begins (article coming soon). And my favorite, I have time to see more of family.

Good luck the rest of this summer!

XoXo Isa

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