We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.
1. Proverbs 31:25
"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."
2. Psalm 46:5
"God is within her, she will not fall."
3. Luke 1:45
"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."
4. Proverbs 31:17
"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."
5. Psalm 28:7
"The Lord is my strength and my shield."
6. Proverbs 11:16
"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."
7. Joshua 1:9
"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
8. Proverbs 31:30
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."
9. 1 Corinthians 15:10
"By the grace of God, I am what I am."
10. Proverbs 31:26
"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."
11. Psalm 139:14
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
12. 1 Peter 3:3-4
"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."
13. Colossians 2:10
"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."
14. 2 Timothy 1:7
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."
15. Jeremiah 29:11
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"
16. Exodus 14:14
"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."
17. Song of Songs 4:7
"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."
Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.
I was able to go home 2 times during the first semester and my mom and aunt had visited me once as well. This semester's a little different, we only have one break and I am not going home for it. It's going to have been 4 months without seeing my family, that's insane!!
I call my mom almost every night just to tell her about my day and hear about hers. We text occasionally but that call is the main time we're really able to visit each other. Each call is ended by my mom telling me how much she misses me. I even received a little "wish you were here" card from her this week.
My mom and I have both looked at flights for her to come visit, but we were unable to find a good time, so the reunion will have to wait! My dad is actually visiting next week because he's here for work, but we're making sure to plan some fun stuff in his free time.
I wouldn't say I get homesick a lot, but everyone reaches a point in the semester where school is becoming overwhelming, we're more tired than ever, and being at home right now sounds like heaven. What's getting me through midterms is knowing that spring break is just around the corner.
Even though I'm not going home for the break, a break from school will be much appreciated. Another thing also coming up is my birthday! My birthday has never been a huge celebration, I prefer to do to something small for it. But it's going to be my first birthday not at home. I know my mom has a nice care package coming my way which I'm really excited about!
What helps me when I miss home is remembering that my family is just a phone call away! It's amazing how close and connected you can feel to someone while on the phone when in reality you're over 500 miles apart.
Social media is another way I stay connected with my family. We're all connected on Facebook and keep up with each others' posts.
I love attending the College of Charleston and living in this beautiful city but I also look forward to summer where I will be able to spend a lot of time with my family at home.