So God Made An Ag Student

So God Made An Ag Student

To the student in all of us.
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And on the ninth day God looked down on his fields and pastures and said “I need someone to trust with the future.” So God made an AG student.

God said “I need someone to wake up before the dawn to do chores and only stop for breakfast when they have time then spend all day in class then go to work, come home just to work more and study until after dark.” So God made an AG student.

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“I need someone with quick enough steps to make it across campus and back on time for class yet patient enough to stop and hold the door for the person behind them because that’s just what you do. Somebody to plug in numbers, take measurements, study weather patterns, sell a product and still have time to make it to church on Sunday - willingly and happily.” So God made an AG student.

God said “I need somebody to stay up late until well after the sun sets studying the same material over and over again until they simply can’t any longer and if they aren’t happy with the grade they get back they'll say 'I'll try harder next time.' I need someone to take notes, listen to their teachers, ask questions and go the extra mile just for knowledge." So God made an AG student.

God needed someone who would pass up on going out on Friday night because there were chores that needed done early tomorrow and a paper due Monday, but someone who would drop everything the moment someone was in trouble. So God made an AG student.

God said "I need someone brave enough to stand their ground against those who slander the industry that they love but kind enough to make room for their niece or nephew in the big tractor that they love riding in so much." So God made an AG student.

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It had to be someone passionate and dedicated who'd never take the easy way out or sell Grandpas farm. Somebody to educate the public and combat the disconnection from those who simply don't know. Someone who genuinely wants to spend their life 'Doing what Dad does.' So God made an AG student.

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15 Bible Verses To Calm An Anxious Mind

Finding peace in the midst of turmoil.
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Anxiety hits us from all directions. Whether it be school stress, work stress, a stressful family situation, or anything else in life that causes us to feel unsettled, tired, and afraid of the future; anxiety can feel like it's taking over our lives.

As someone who constantly struggles with anxiety, I know how hard it is to find peace in the midst of a stressful situation. When we feel anxious about something, we generally try to do all that is in our power to control the situation. When we can't control it, we become even more anxious. So how do we stop this downward spiral of anxious turmoil?

We must turn to the one who is in control of all things. God holds all of our lives in his hands and is the only one who can calm our anxious minds. When we frantically struggle to put the pieces of our life together on our own, we will fail.

The only way to gain peace in the midst of anxiety is to turn to God, trusting in His perfect will and His power to hold us in His hands. The best way to remember this truth is to look to the Bible. Here are some verses to help us remember God's provision in the midst of anxiety.

1. Philippians 4:6

We don't have to be anxious when we can freely talk with God about our needs. We can cry out to Him for help and He will hear us.

2. John 14:27

Peace is a wonderful thing. Notice how it says, "I do not give it as the world does." We have to remember that worldly peace is only temporary, but God's peace is forever.

3. Isaiah 41:10

Not only will God give us peace, but He will also strengthen us. The image of God "upholding us with His righteous right hand" is pretty powerful and very comforting.

4. Psalm 94:19

Anxiety can make us sad and upset, but knowing that God is with us can bring so much joy in the face of desolation.

5. Psalm 34:4

Freedom from fear is so empowering! Imagine God setting us free from all the fear that holds us back. Oftentimes fear can make us feel trapped, but God can set us free.

6. 1 Peter 5:7

God cares about us so much, that He allows us to cast all of our worries on His shoulders.

7. 2 Corinthians 12:10

Human capacity is limited. We can by no means do everything, in fact, we can't do anything without the help of God.

8. Philippians 4:13

Nothing can hold us back or scare us when we have the strength of God.

9. Proverbs 3:5

We always try to lean on our own understanding, but it will never be enough. We try to control everything, but it will always fall through. It is because of this that we need to trust in the Lord for everything.

10. Matthew 6:25-34

This passage, while somewhat lengthy, is such a great reminder that God is truly in control of everything. We don't need to worry about a thing because He has it all planned out. We stress out about things that were never ours to worry about in the first place.

11. 2 Timothy 1:7

We were not created to be afraid, but to be empowered and loved by God.

12. Isaiah 26:3

If we simply keep God in the forefront of our minds, we will have perfect peace. Trust in Him brings the greatest peace.

13. Matthew 11:28-30

How comforting is this? Anxiety causes a lot of weariness but knowing that we can rest in God is amazing.

14. Jeremiah 29:11

God has a plan for us, so we don't need to worry about it. His plan is always good and always exactly what we need. His plans will always be better than anything we try to control ourselves.

15. Isaiah 41:13

When we feel anxious and afraid we can take comfort in knowing that God is reaching out His hand to us to help us trust Him and walk with Him.

While anxiety can feel overpowering or terrifying, we should not fear, but rather trust in the perfect and never-changing love and peace of God.

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Your will is my purpose

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Jesus, I love you.

Even though I sometimes fail

To express my gratitude for you

Half the time I have no clue of your plans

Yet, you still sustain me and gave in to my requests

Knowing what I need rather than what I want

Life is hard and not so hard when I realize you are present with me

I ask that you help me be patient as you worked on your will for me

I just need to remind myself that with you, all things are possible

But when death comes.

I get a little emotional

The "Why" question comes up

But I still trust in you and I love you

Thank you for creating me

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