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Walking Through Midterms

Exams, assignments, and other obligations continue to pile up as the middle of the semester is quickly approaching. This can bring stress and naturally change your priorities and consume your attention. While this can be stressful, God is with you every step of the way. You are defined by the Lord, not by school or your peers. Here are a few things to keep in mind during these stressful days:

Most importantly we should strive to find joy and happiness during these stressful times. Philippians 4:4 states Always be full of Joy in the Lord. I say it again- rejoice! Many times we are just waiting for the joy we feel once we finish our exam. However, I challenge you to feel joy in the moment. We cannot let exams steal our joy that the Lord brings us. Joy is a fruit of the spirit. Joy and happiness can easily be confused, however joy comes from within. It is not dependent on the situation around you like happiness is. Embrace each moment and the challenge that exams and assignments may bring. It is a temporary time that one day you will reflect and look back on.

It is also important to always remember where your purpose is found. Our purpose and worth is not found in good or bad grades. Relying on school and good grades to provide your purpose can unintentionally create pride. The bible discusses the importance of remaining humble and not being prideful in James 4:6 God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Similarly, we are not defined by a bad grade. Psalm 57:2 states I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. In other words, God will fulfill his plan that he has for you. This may look differently than what we may want or what we have planned, but it is God’s will and purpose for us. Always remember that this is all a part of the plan that God has in store for you.

Remember that God gives you the strength to walk through these trying times. Psalm 121:1-2 says I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from the mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains. How powerful is that! Your strength was made with the same love and intention that heaven, earth, and mountains were given. God gave you the power to get through all situations with him. You have strength to navigate these times through God. Make sure to dedicate time to the Lord each and every day, even when you feel overwhelmed. Thank him for his strength and dedication to help you.

Exams and assignments can be tough, but you are stronger. Stay humble through your accomplishments and do not be ashamed during the troughs. This process is all in God’s plan. Good luck during these difficult next few weeks. I will be praying for each and every one of you.

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