Not Without God

Not Without God

I believe in God because He is the only thing that saves me from drowning in the crashing waves of life.
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Why do I believe in God? That's a tough question. I mean none of us lived in Jesus' time, and according to a lot of scientists, there's a long list of explanations of how this place was created that don't include the book of Genesis. So why do we believe?

I'm not trying to push religion on anyone by any means. In some of my darkest days, I'll admit, it's been hard to not question it myself. I mean if there is a God, why would bad things happen right? Why would we have to go through heartbreak, loss, rejection, fear, etc?

I'm not the most Christian person out there. I don't always make it to church on Sunday, I miss a few days here and there on reading my bible, and I sure don't know every story in the Bible by detail. But I do know one thing. For being 20 years old, I sure have been through quite a bit. Now, I know there are plenty of people out there who have had it way worse than I have, and I do know that I am blessed, but I'm not strong. I'm really not.

Not without God.

Because you see, I've tried to do things on my own. I thought I could handle it. But when I find myself crying uncontrollably, God has always been the One to pick me up.

When a boy degrades me and tells me I'm worthless, God shows me my worth.

When a job I loved doesn't work out, God opens another door.

When mean girls try to tear me down to the core, God heals my core by making me believe those things aren't true.

When I'm hurting physically because of a health problem that can't be cured, God gives me hope and healing.

My family is amazing and always there for me, but we don't always agree on everything. Friends come and go, some from distance or a busy life, some from betrayal. My life is ever-changing because right when I think that I have it figured out, something else changes. But He doesn't change. He stays the same. He never loves me less because I mess up. He never gives up on me when I make a mistake. He will never betray me. And He is always there.

So why is there bad in this world when God is supposed to be good? Because if everything was perfect, why would we need Him. He is the light in the darkness. He is the calm after the storm. There has to be darkness so we will see His light and run to it.

So why do I believe in God? Why do I still try to make it to church, read my bible, and pray? Why do I try to keep the faith when everything in my life seems to be falling apart? Because He is the only thing in my life that will never change and will always turn out right. Because I believe in Him, my future is set. My mountains will move. My waves will not make me drown. My fears will be conquered. My mistakes will be forgiven.

If that right there can't give me hope, I don't know of anything in this world that could.

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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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You May Be In A Rush, But God Isn't

It's okay to be still.

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In the world we live in today it seems like being still isn't a thing. Everyone is always on go with slam packed schedules and planners. You go from one thing to the next all day, all week even with little to no break in between all the chaos. We live in a time where if your life isn't like this if you're not constantly doing something from sun up to sun down then you're lazy, unambitious, and not going to make anything of yourself. Okay, I could be slightly over-exaggerating, but people seriously look down on others when they don't fit into the hustle and bustle scheme of life.

It might seem like you always need to be on the go and getting from one thing to the next, but it's okay to take breaks, it's okay to take time to be still. In fact, many times in the Bible God tells us, "be still." In Psalm 46:10 specifically, we're told that God says this, "Be still, and know that I am God." This is short and sweet, but it is a very powerful command that requires trust and a heart for the Lord.

It is so easy to caught up in family and home life situations and financial situations and work or school situations that can cause an unbelievable amount of stress. When you're feeling stressed, exhausted and overworked that's the perfect time for you to be still. Sit in God's presence and remember who He says He is and know that He is exactly that. Bring all that stress and that exhaustion and that worry and frustration and lay it all down in front of Him and be still. Let him carry your burdens like He says He will do for you, his child. It takes trust to just stop and abandon the norm of being a go-getter but the peace of mind and heart that only the Lord can provide is unlike anything in this world and entirely worth it.

When you are always on the go it's so easy to get in a rush because you become so eager to check everything off of your to-do list. Now, I know you just HAVE to get everything done. Don't rush though. Sometimes being still looks like just taking a step back and being completely present in your current moment. Be fully there. Don't constantly be thinking about what's next or what you've missed already. Be still and know that God has gone before you in each and every day. Be still and know that God will fulfill all of his promises to you, even if your to-do list doesn't get completed. Be still and know that there is nothing you can do to sabotage the plan He has set for you.

It's okay to be a busy person. It's okay to get everything on your long to-do list done. It's okay to have late nights and early mornings. It is. But, don't let that consume you. Don't let that be who you are. Be still in God's presence every day, this is our temporary home after all our eternal home is with Him. So trust His plan for you and his timing, know who He says He is, and trust that He will always be that.

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