When God Has Other Plans

When God Has Other Plans

It'll Be Okay, I Promise.

When I first embarked on the college application process, I remember this one particular college really spoke to me: it had exactly what I wanted as a major, it was small, private, and it was far away enough that I would have to dorm, but close enough that I could come home for holidays. After touring the school for the first time during an open house, I remember telling myself, “this is where I want to be."

After that day, I was in love with the school. I really did my homework on what it would be like to attend it, and I applied to the school as soon as I could. In fact, the application to that school was the first one I did; ironically, the application for Merrimack was the one that I did last. The day that I got that acceptance letter, I was ecstatic. I told literally everybody who would listen, and I was already imagining myself going there and having the time of my life. Everything seemed right in the world, and I felt like I had my life going the exact way that I wanted it to.

However, I couldn’t afford to go there. Deep in my mind, I knew this, and I just didn’t want to admit it. As previously mentioned, I would need to dorm there for all four years because it's not close enough to commute to, which would be an extra couple grand that I wouldn’t be able to cut. Tuition was already extremely expensive there, and I would be saddled with debt for most likely my whole life if I chose to go there. After a long, depressing talk with my parents, we agreed that I would be financially better off going elsewhere.

It hurt knowing I wouldn't be going to my top school. I loved that school so much, and I truly felt that I would be an alum from there one day. I know now that not going was the right choice for me financially, but at the time it really sucked. Although I was really good at hiding it, I was hurt.

In the end, I committed to Merrimack for a whole host of reasons, including the reasons that I liked the other college, and looking back on it I definitely feel that God wanted me here all along. I absolutely love my college, the friends I’ve made, and I honestly wouldn’t go to my former favorite school if I was given the financial option to.

If God seems to have other plans than what you wanted, don’t worry. Sure, it might suck for a bit, but at the end of the day, he truly has a greater plan for all of us, whether it be academic or personal. Basically, if things don’t go your way, that’s okay. It happens to all of us.

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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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17 Songs To Listen To If You Are Struggling With Your Faith

Remember, YOU have a part in God's plan and He loves you.

Sometimes life just sucks. Sometimes you feel worthless and dirty and just invisible. Sometimes it feels like God isn’t there, that He doesn’t care, and you might even start to doubt if He’s real.

Everyone goes through these moments. Everyone sometimes feels sad, angry, upset, and that’s okay. In those moments of hurt and doubt, these songs have helped me feel better, lighter, and strengthen my faith. Even if I can’t feel Jesus at this moment, He is there and He does care.

Even when I feel dirty or ugly in my eyes, in the eyes of God I am priceless. When I feel worthless, I remember that I matter to the Savior of the world. He died for ME and that no matter what I do or say He will always love me. Music is a way to praise Jesus and show our love to him and to feel his love for us. As Psalm 101:1 says “I will sing of your love and justice; to you, LORD, I will sing praise."

1. Shoulders by For King & Country

This song is perfect for those days where the work is piling up, and I feel like I can't deal with anything. I listen to it and feel calm and empowered through God. Knowing that when I'm down, He will pick me up and when I'm weak He will give me strength.

2. Priceless by For King & Country

This song is perfect for everyone to remember they are priceless in God's eyes. Not only that, but this song represents For King & Country's movement "The Priceless Movement." The main aspect is knowing that women are priceless and should be treated as so.

3. He Knows My Name by Francesca Battistelli

If you are ever struggling with the thought that Jesus doesn't know you and if you ever feel you are invisible to Him and/or the world this song is for you. This is one of many songs on this list to remind you how important and loved you are by Jesus.

4. Never Beyond Repair by Everfound

This song is great to help you remember that even if you do the unthinkable or feel that you are so broken you will never be whole again, you are never beyond repair if you believe in Jesus.

5. You Are More By Tenth Avenue North

This song is for those times when you feel you are only as good as your bad choices and actions. You are so much more than your actions, especially to Jesus.

6. We Believe by Newsboys

This is an uplifting song that is so helpful to listen to if you are just feeling down and doubtful in what you believe.

7. Dare to Believe by Colton Dixon

This song is to help strengthen you in knowing what you believe and standing up for what you believe. Also, it helps you not to be afraid to let the world know that you do believe in Jesus. Nobody can take away your relationship with Jesus.

8. Through It All by Colton Dixon

Jesus is with us through every single thing going on in our life. Even if He feels far away, He is closer than you could ever imagine.

9. Does Anybody Hear Her by Casting Crowns

This song is for when you feel like you are drowning in bad decisions and nobody can hear your cries for help or maybe they can and just don't care. Just know that Jesus always can hear you and is always cheering for you and will always be there for you.

10. Proof of Your Love by For King & Country

This song lifts me up spiritually and warms my heart with the knowledge of just how much Jesus loves me. It also tells us to be like Jesus, love like Jesus, and go out and be like Him.

11. How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle

This song is one that I can relate to 100%. So many times I have felt dirty, that I'm not worthy of Jesus' love and sacrifice for me. God could never love me, so I push myself away from him. This song always helps remind me that, yes I'm not worthy of Jesus' sacrifices, but He loves me anyway. I should run to him with my shame and guilt and pain and never turn away.

12. You Make Me Brave by Amanda Cook & Bethel Music

When the world gets you down in the dumps, let this song help lift you up and realize that with Jesus you can be brave!

13. Never Too Far Gone by Jordan Feliz

No matter what, you have not strayed too far from God.

14. Even If by MercyMe

This song always gets me emotional. I have to believe that everything happens for a reason and even in times of doubt or sorrow, I will trust in and follow Jesus.

15. Matter by For King & Country

When you are told that you don't matter, are wasted space and feel so terrible about yourself you can't even look yourself in the mirror, this song is there to remind you that to the savior you MATTER more than anything.

16. One Thing Remains by Jesus Culture

No matter what has happened in your life and in this world, Jesus' love will always remain. This song will give you chills.

17. Write Your Story by Francesca Battistelli

For me, this song represents that point after the doubt and the struggles when you say I trust in God and his plan for my life and I'm going to let him write his story through me and my actions.

I listen to these songs constantly, and so should you!

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