3 Simple Steps To Keep Your Faith in College

3 Simple Steps To Keep Your Faith in College

Feel Your Faith Slipping? Get Your Rhythm Back.
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Worried that your faith isn’t as strong as it was since coming to college? It happens all the time. The college lifestyle inevitably disrupts your old rhythms, including the ones that kept your faith vibrant. So if you feel like you’re starting to struggle, or would just like to avoid slipping in the first place, the solution is easy. All it takes is to make a new weekly rhythm around three things: worshiping, studying, and sharing.

1. Worship once a week

Every person was made for worship. The need for worship pulses within our psyche. So there is no question of if you’ll worship, but what you’ll worship.

Taking time once a week to worship the only thing worthy of worship – God – will help keep your mind and spirit attuned toward God and away from all the little false gods that vie for our focus and adoration. Little idols like popularity, parties, dating, sports, and yes, even academic success.

Find a local church or campus ministry you can attend once a week that worships God in song and prayer. It doesn’t have to be the most exciting worship. It just needs to be Christ-focused worship.

2. Study once a week

We can only follow God so much as know what kind of God we’re following. If I want to live into God’s plan for my life, I need to know God’s will first.

The sermons you hear in worship may be great, but it’s a general rule that we only remember 20% of what we hear. Yet when we are able to ask questions about what we hear, discuss what we hear, and make a personal plan to apply what we hear – the percentage of what we remember goes up exponentially. By meeting with a small group, bible study, or mentor once a week, we can study who God is and what God wants for us in a way that will really stick with our hearts.

3. Share once a week

We live in a highly compartmentalized culture, where it’s now normal to keep parts of our life completely separate from one another.

Yet God reigns of over all of existence and can’t be sectioned off to just a quiet, private corner of our life. In fact, the more we compartmentalize God – whether its intentionally or by accident – the less real God will feel. One of the best antidotes to compartmentalizing our faith is simply to share our faith. No, this doesn’t (and shouldn’t) mean handing out tracts outside of class or bible-thumping your roommate.

Sharing our faith is just spontaneously bringing God into our daily conversations. Outside of planned worship or study, we talk about how our faith might relate to our lives. Whether applied to relationships, friend groups, academic majors, current events, or politics, God will feel more real and relevant.

When you do this at least once a week, you’ll find that talking about Jesus even with your non-Christian friends isn’t some intimidating showdown, but a seamless and natural expression of your identity.

But how long?

You probably want to know that if you make these three things part of your weekly rhythm, how long it will take to start getting your faith back?

Honestly, you probably can’t get it back to the way it was, nor do you want to. God wants to change and mature your faith, so expect some growing pains to be part of the process too. Still, in my experience with our collegiate worshiping community, any student who sticks to this rhythm for a semester will begin to see God’s Spirit return to you in ways that will not only challenge you, but give you a true and beautiful hope again.

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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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Bible Verses To Bring You Comfort

When times get tough and are stressful, here are some bible verses that can help.

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As a typical, insanely stressed out college student, I know that it is that point in the year that everything seems to hit you at once. The stress and anxiety from school and other things going on in my personal life sometimes just make me want to curl up in a ball and pretend it will all just solve itself. Unfortunately, this doesn't work. I have found that the only comfort I get during all of this is from God. Reading a bible verse everyday when I am at the point of wanting to quit, brings me peace and helps me continue on.

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you." Isaiah 43:2

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

"When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy." Psalm 94:19

"Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit"

Psalm 34:18

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

I hope that you can read each of these verses and feel comforted by the One that truly loves and cares for you. Pray to God about anything and everything because I promise, He is listening. He is there to take care of everything and His support and love are never ending. He will always be there for you, no matter what. Times might be tough right now but always remember that stress isn't permanent but God is.

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