A Music Playlist For The Stressed, Faithful Student

A Music Playlist For The Stressed, Faithful Student

When you need a reminder that you are not alone.
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If you are like me, you are in the midst of your semester and having trouble balancing so many things. Between homework, jobs, activities, and a social life, it can get tough. I know that when I am stressed or worried about anything, I like to relax and listen to music. And these are some songs that I listen to that remind me that no matter what I am going through, God is always on my side, cheering me on, and holding my hand:

1. Trust in You by Lauren Daigle

"Your ways are always higher, your plans are always good, there’s not a place where I’ll go, you’ve not already stood."

2. Tell Your Heart to Beat Again by Danny Gokey

"In this moment heaven's working everything for your good."

3. Greater by MercyMe

"There'll be days I lose the battle, grace says that it doesn't matter, 'cause the cross already won the war."

4. Blessings by Laura Story

"What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy."

5. Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns

"I will soar with the wings of eagles when I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus singing over me."

6. All This Time by Britt Nicole

"I hear these people asking me, how do I know what I believe? Well, I'm not the same me, and that's all the proof I need. I felt love, I felt Your grace. You stole my heart that day."

7. Help Me Find It by the Sidewalk Prophets

"I will trust in You, You’ve never failed before."

8. He Knows My Name by Francesca Battistelli

"He calls me chosen, free forgiven, wanted, child of the King, His forever, held in treasure...I am loved."

9. I Am by Nicole Nordeman

"You let the angels dance around the throne, who can say when, but they’ll dance again, when I am free and finally headed home."

10. Through All of It by Colton Dixon

"But in those unclear moments You were the one keeping me strong. This is how my story's always gone."

So, my fellow lost but still faithful college student, when you are feeling especially lonely, confused, or anything in between, I promise that listening to these songs will remind you that everything will be OK.

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3 Reasons Why Step Dads Are Super Dads

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I often hear a lot of people complaining about their step-parents and wondering why they think that they have any authority over them. Although I know that everyone has different situations, I will be the first to admit that I am beyond blessed to have a step dad. Yep, I said it. My life wouldn't be the same that it is not without him in it. Let me tell you why I think step dads are the greatest things since sliced bread.

1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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The Notre Dame Cathedral–Such A Loss Of History And Beauty, But What A Gift It Was To Experience It

Reid shares her story as she is saddened for Paris and the church.

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After the massive fire that devastated large parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the 850-year-old cathedral's spire fell. French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation to share in the nation's sorrow but gave hope for the future. This includes the rebuilding of the cathedral together and making it more beautiful than ever. "The fire of Notre Dame reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can also be touched," Macron said.

Tyler Reid

Among many others, Tyler Reid is saddened for Paris and the church. Although, she counts herself blessed to have seen it such a short time before it was destroyed. Reid, who was lucky enough to visit the amazing structure this past spring break, remarked:

My trip was filled with so many wonderful sites. Although, because Notre Dame carries the title of most-visited monument in Europe, my expectations were high. When I first walked up, there isn't one specific feeling I got; instead, it was more of a million thoughts running though my head. Once inside, looking at the massive stained glass windows combined with all the details in every crevice, it was hard for me to imagine people actually building this without the technology we have today. This hand crafted masterpiece really is so influential considering people still went there to worship, even after so much time has past and so many other cathedrals had been built. This proves how special the Notre Dame Cathedral really is. Due to my experience here, hearing about the fire hurt my heart, especially thinking about how some of the irreplaceable artworks and all of this history may be gone. This place truly influenced people, including me, and for it to be gone is a true tragedy.

Like Macron, Reid shares in the sorrow; although, for her, it was just from one visit. This proves the amazing impact the Notre Dame Cathedral had and hopefully will continue to have even after this devastation.

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