8 Unquantifiable Things Every College Girl Needs More Of In Life

8 Unquantifiable Things Every College Girl Needs More Of In Life

I'm in a sorority, have all of the best clothes and the best friends, but I'm still missing something.

Maybe you thought this article would be a list of all of the essential clothing items that college girls should be adding to their closets.

It actually is something even better, if that's even possible. Here are a few things I believe every college girl could use a little more of:

1. Faith

College is the first time when you get to make the decision for yourself about how much of a role you want your faith to play in your life. For a lot of us, it's a time where we fall off our "once committed" track of following Jesus, because if we're honest, it's easy to do. Little do we know, life in college could be so much more bearable if we spent a little more time having faith and a lot less time in doubt.

2. Patience

We, at this stage of our lives, have become so impatient. We want things to happen how we want them to happen and when we want them to happen. When it doesn't work out that way, we grow frustrated and often give up. If we only believed in God's ability to make things work in His timing, we would be far better off and could spend a lot less time worrying about what lies ahead.

3. Love

It's easy to love your best friends that you spend all of your time with in college, but what about those who are hard to love? Those who constantly seek conflict and drama or those who are significantly different than us? The world would be such a more pleasant place to live, work, and go to school if we all loved each other the way God created us.

4. Trust

Remember when you used to believe that God had a plan for each of us and that everything would work out the way it was meant to be? Well, guess what? That didn't change when you failed that biology test or got denied from your top grad school or got your heart broken by the boy you thought would love you forever. In those moments we need to have a little less panic and a whole lot more trust. It isn't easy, but God wrote the plans out for our lives before we took our first breath, so any tragedy you are currently facing can only pale in comparison to the joy you will face in the future according to God's plan.

5. Confidence

I don't know about you, but my self-confidence took a huge blow when I started college. I didn't realize it was possible to have so many beautiful, athletic, smart, Christian women in one place. College is a time for many of us where our self-confidence is at an all-time low, but it doesn't have to be that way. College should be a time where you truly find out who you are and who you were created to be, rather than living in constant comparison to those around you. God created you fearfully and wonderfully.

6. Passion

It is too often that I hear girls say that they picked a major because they "know that they will be successful" or "will make a lot of money". Of course those things are important, but if you can barely sit through a business economics lecture for 50 minutes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, what makes you think that you can get out of bed excited to pursue that career for the rest of your working life? God wants us to find a major and career in which we can fulfill our purpose, thus something we are passionate about. We should wake up every day (maybe with the exception of days with 8 a.m.'s) feeling excited to learn and become better at what it is we want to do with our lives.

7. Perseverance

College is hard. There are going to be days when you beg your mom to let you drop out and pursue a job that doesn't require a degree, but it's important not to give up. It's important to remember that God doesn't give you more than you can handle and everything He puts in your path is for your best interest.

8. Joy

Life is short and college is even shorter. Enjoy your time at college–it's such a great place to learn and grow and be shaped into the person God created you to be.

So, can we all agree to live our college lives with a little less judgment, anxiety, fear, hate, and lack of faith, and a whole lot more joy, passion, confidence, and unwavering faith?

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.

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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When the Miracle Doesn't Happen

Why is it that some people are healed and delivered through miracles and others are seemingly left in the dust to work things out on their own?

God is a God of miracles, there is no doubt about it. We've heard of healing that can't be explained by the doctors nor was expected, the spiritual healing that comes and changes a family for the better, and the delivering of people from their mental illnesses. My heart worships God for these things. Only he is able to do these miracles by his power alone. But for some, the miracle doesn't ever show up.

Why is it that some people are healed and delivered through miracles and others are seemingly left in the dust to work things out on their own?

I had this question my senior year of high school. I was going through something that I did not understand and that the miracle was too late for. I wanted so much to give up hope on God but I knew that the only way to get through my unbelief was to believe, believe that God knew what he was doing even though I did not understand or even agree with it.

Some people in the Bible also did not get the miracles that they needed/asked for. One example is Paul. He said, "even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). We see that Paul had asked God to deliver him three times yet God chose not too. God seems to not deliver him to show his grace, his power, and to keep Paul humble. While we do not know what Paul's thorn was, we do know he struggled with it. In our lives, we each have things that we have begged God to fix. Questions to ask when the miracle does not happen for you are, "How is God's grace shown through this? How is his power revealed? Is he trying to humble me?"

David is another example of a miracle not happening. In 2 Samuel 12, David and Bathsheba's first child died as a result of their affair. He fasted and prayed but God did not save his child (verse 16). He is seen worshipping God after hearing that his child died (verse 20). He knew that he could not do anything about his child's death now except look forward to seeing him again in heaven (verse 23). By worshipping God in the midst of his pain David shows his love and commitment to God. David also glorifies God by showing the people around him that God is still God and knows best even when we think we know better. A question you may want to ask in a similar circumstance is, "How can I glorify God within my pain?"

Lazarus is an example of a miracle happening but in an unexpected way. In John 11 Mary and Martha send word to Jesus that Lazarus is sick. Jesus finishes up what he is doing and goes to them but by the time he gets there Lazarus is already dead. Verse 21 says, "Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died." Martha knew the miracles Jesus could perform but she did not understand why he was not there to perform them. She was looking for a miracle of healing but Jesus performed a miracle in a different way. He rose Lazarus from the dead so he might be glorified and people might believe (verses 40-44). A question you may want to ask when something doesn't end up the way you thought it would is, "How can I share my story with people so others may believe?"

Miracles don't always happen. Miracles may come in a way you thought they wouldn't. The Bible has a ton of examples of miracles that we love talking about such as Abraham, Jonah, and Daniel. They show God's love, favor, and power. But Bible stories don't necessarily always end up in a "happy" way. It may seem that we are left in the dust, but God is an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). He is always there for us and in tough times we should press into him just as David did. It's tough to understand God's purpose and the meaning in the hard times but that doesn't mean we should shy away from them and let them defeat us. Gods love is big and so are his plans. Our human minds cant fully wrap around God because we are sinful. While that is true, we should always strive to be more like Christ and do his will, even when that means praising him in our storms.

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