No One Loves You As Much As The Father

No One Loves You As Much As The Father

Stop looking to the world for love and start looking to your Creator.

This time last year, I found myself reflecting on my first semester of freshman year of college.

It was fun, I'll admit. It was eventful and exciting; I stayed up every night until 3:00 a.m. and was constantly with my friends. However, as I reflected on my semester, I realized that I had spent the past four months searching.

Yes, searching: for acceptance, for attention, and for love. I felt like I had to feel like I had enough friends and enough attention at all times. I spent every Friday and Saturday night downtown because that's where my friends and the cute boys were. I clung to any ounce of interest a boy would show me and would do the craziest things to get the approval of my friends. However, every Sunday morning I would wake up full of regret and feeling empty.

Christmas break came, and I realized that that wasn't the life I wanted to live. I knew that I would only find true satisfaction when I laid my life down to the One who gave me life.

I told myself everything was going to be different. And while I changed my actions, my heart hadn't changed in the slightest.

I found myself going to church and every campus ministry I could fit into my schedule because I wanted people to notice me. I wanted the approval of my Christian peers. I wanted the attention and the glory and the praise. I wanted the acceptance; I was still searching.

However, I'd find myself feeling that same emptiness that I would feel the morning after going out. I was never satisfied. I never felt "loved" or "accepted" enough, no matter how many Christian friends I surrounded myself with.

How stupid was I to think that I could be satisfied by human love and attention? Why didn't I realize that the love of our Heavenly Father is the greatest love of them all?

Friends, I want you to know that you can try everything from partying to bible study, but no matter where you go, the things of this earth will never be able to satisfy our longing to be loved.

We have a Father who loves us more than we could ever imagine -- He sent His ONLY Son to die for us! Yes, us! Us sinful, dirty, greedy human beings.

His love never fails, never gives up, and never runs out on us. It won't leave us out and it won't let us down. It won't leave us with a one night stand and a hangover, and it won't leave us feeling empty.

No human being will be able to show you a fraction of that love.

No human being will be able to satisfy your desire for this kind of love.

This isn't a struggle that's sensitive to people who party and people who don't. This is a struggle that we all face. And if we keep looking to the world to fulfill our desire to be loved, we're going to be consistently left feeling empty.

If you go out because you're looking for attention and acceptance, you're going out for the wrong reasons. If you go to church because you want approval from others, you go to church for the wrong reason. Trust me, I've been there.

So, take a step back and reflect on what you're doing. If the Lord isn't satisfying your desire for love and acceptance, what is? You and I both know that whatever it is, it's doing a crappy job of satisfying your heart.

Dig deeper. Figure out what it is that is taking priority in your heart over the Lord and flee from it. He brings us a love that will never leave us empty and will never run dry. Why wouldn't we run to it? Why wouldn't we search for that and desire it daily?

His love is greater than life-- search for that kind of love, and you'll never be unsatisfied.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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11 Bible Verses To Help When The Anxiety Is About To Get The Best Of You

For times when things get tough


College can be a mixture of excitement, fun, definitely stressful, and full of anxiety. I know there are times when I am stressed and I feel like there is nothing I can do. Stress can be this giant weight that just wears you down no matter how hard you tried to get rid of it. These are a few bible verses that help me whenever I feel stressed or I am filled with anxiety.

1. Isaiah 41:10


"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Whenever we have fear, just know that God is with you. Through him He will give you strength. He will be there to lift us in in our times of fear and your anxiety.

2. Psalms 56:3


"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you."

I feel like this one is pretty self-explanatory. Whenever you feel afraid or are dealing with something that you are not quite sure will work out, then just give it over to God. It will definitely help. It can help take off that weight that you are dealing with.

3. Philippians 4:6


"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."

Whenever you feel anxious about something then give it over to God. A way to give it over to God is through prayer. There is power in the persistence of prayer.

4. John 14:27


"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you."

You cannot find peace in worldly things, but you find peace in God.

5. Psalms 94:19


"When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul."

The world is very good at making people stressed and worried. In this verse, the "cares of my heart are many" is talking about the different worries that people have, but in God, we can still find joy in the midst of all those worries.

6. Proverbs 12:25


"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad."

This verse goes to show that words can drastically effect a person's attitude and mood. Even when a person is going through something, kind words can make them feel better. If you read the Bible, I can guarantee that it will help you through anything. It is amazing what the Word can do.

7. Psalms 23:4

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."

This verse is an excellent reminder that through horrid things, God will be there to watch over you and protect you. There is nothing we cannot do if we have God there with us. We just have to remember that He will never leave us or forsake us.

8. Joshua 1:9


"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

The fact that God is with you seems to be a running theme in these verses. You would think that we would not forget it so easily since God has made it so clear. In God, we can be strong and courageous. We have nothing to worry about.

9. Matthew 6:34


"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

There are definitely things throughout the day that we can all worry about. It could be a test, a project due at work, or even friendship or relationship problems. However, worrying about it is not going to help. There is also no point in worrying about the next day because we will have no control over it. We do not know what the next day will bring so why worry about it? That is what this verse is trying to say.

10. Mark 5:36


"But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, 'Do not fear, only believe.'"

As long as we believe in Jesus then we have no reason to fear. All it takes is for us to believe that He can help us through anything.

11. Deuteronomy 31:6


"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you."

I referenced this verse earlier. It was sort of unintentional, but there is so much truth and power behind it. This verse relates to what it is saying in Joshua 1:9 (verse previously mentioned). That verse asks "Have I not commanded you?" This verse is telling us that we need to be strong.

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