Something You Need To Know

Something You Need To Know

In the struggles of this life, what are you holding on to?
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We are busy people. We have classes to go to, assignments to do, friends to hang out with, work to go to. Some of us have families to take care of or loved ones to watch after. Typically rushing here and there while we fill up our planners with stuff to do, day after day.

We are hard on ourselves. We tell ourselves we aren't good enough. I have to go to the gym because I need to lose weight. I suck at school. I will never be as good of a (fill in the blank) as he/she is. I need to do better. I need to work harder.

We go through stressful and difficult situations. Loved ones get sick. Loved ones pass away. Managing finances is hard. We don't always get along with our family members or our friends. School work piles up. Trying to find a job is stressful. Moving on from a past relationship is difficult.

We encounter unkind people and at times we, too, are unkind. A driver cuts you off. You blare your horn. A group of girls laugh as a boy trips in the Brickyard on campus. You don't smile at the nice lady at the cash register. People gossip about your current situation. You post an offensive status on social media.

There is a lot of pain and hurt in this world. We see it all over the news; you can't miss it. People are hurting and it hurts us to see it. It makes us angry and frustrated. How could this be the world we live in?

It is easy to become hopeless. It is easy to be discouraged.

But, there is something you need to know.


God loves you so much.

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him (1 John 4:16).


God knows you and cares for you more than anyone else.

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16).

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:27).

Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, you are of more value than many sparrows (Luke 12:7).


You were created to do good.

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).


The God who created you has overcome the world.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).


The God who created you is bigger and more powerful than the pain and struggles of life.

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure (Psalm 147:5).

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes (Deuteronomy 10:17)

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable (Isaiah 40:28).


God sent His son, Jesus, as the payment for our sins.

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2)


This is His love. This is what you need to know.

You are adequate.

You are enough.

You can make a difference.

We have a great hope to put our trust in.


Even if you're not a Christian, God loves and cares for you.

God wants to have a relationship with you and wants you to experience the overwhelming power and joy of His love.

You do not have to earn salvation. God offers eternal life as a gift freely given as long as you believe and choose to accept it.


As a Christian, you know all these things to be true, but often we need to be reminded of the greatness of our God and of the vastness of His love for us. I encourage you that when life becomes difficult and you're overcome by the things of this world, run straight to Jesus and His word. It is so easy to run to other things, whether that be friends, food, gossip, social media, isolation, or something else we're tempted to go to. I often fail to make it a priority to run straight to the feet of Jesus, too. But every time I do run to the Lord, I experience complete satisfaction and reassurance; something I know I will never receive from the things of this world.

If you are not a believer, I'm praying that God will speak to you through what you have just read. I encourage you to ask questions. God created you for so much more in this life. Through Jesus, He offers to you eternal life and fellowship with him. He will change your life for the better. He will be steadfast and faithful to you when the people and things of this world are not. He wants you to know Him today and He is pursuing your heart. You don't have to fix your life before you come to Him. Believe. Know that God loves you and wants to have a personal relationship with you. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). Confess and repent of your sin. We all are by nature, sinners. For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 8:28). Don't try to please God on your own. Realize that salvation through the blood of Jesus is a gift that no one deserves. But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were still sinner, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Trust Him and truly accept his gift. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name (John 1:12). Receiving Jesus is a matter of sincerely asking Him to come into your heart, to forgive your sins, and to become your Lord and Savior over your life. It is an act of sincere faith, true belief, and heart-felt will. Trust in Him. He's the something you need to know today.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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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

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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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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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