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Category: Weekly Devotionals
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By Ally Richmond
Professional Writing Majors, Honors College

“Pray continually.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

If you grew up in a Christian home, one of the first things your parents probably instilled in you about your faith was the importance of prayer. They probably made you close your eyes, fold your hands and bow your head, right?

But what is prayer really? Do we have to close our eyes and fold our hands? When should we pray and what should we be praying for? The Bible has a lot to say about prayer and what role it should play in the lives of Christians.

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By Ally Richmond
Professional Writing Major, Honors College

“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

In college it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Classes, jobs and life responsibilities really pile up and sometimes it feels like more than we can handle. When we are feeling in over our heads, we often try to fix things on our own, when what we really need to do is turn to God.

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’” – Isaiah 41:13

Picture this: You wake up, do your morning routine, grab your coffee and run out the door to your first class. After being reminded that you have an essay due at the end of the week you get to your next class and take a test that you stayed up all last night studying for. Your feet then take you to a club meeting and then back to another class where you get paired up for a project due by the end of the week. After your last class, you head to work and then after work, back to school for sports. By the time you get home, you are tired and exhausted but have to work on your project and essay.

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By Ally Richmond
Professional Writing Major, Honors College

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

When is it easiest to be thankful? When things are going good, right? While it might be easier to praise God when you are most happy and comfortable, it is just as important, if not more important, to thank Him in the midst of trials.

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By Ally Richmond
Professional Writing Major, Honors College

“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

When you are writing a resume, going in for an interview or even just meeting someone for the first time, you are likely to emphasize your strengths over your weaknesses. Right? You wouldn’t go into a job interview and say, “I think I would be good at this job because I procrastinate things all the time and I am never on time.” That would be ridiculous! We go into interviews confidently, and tell those meeting us for the first time all the positive things about us. It is counterintuitive to talk about our weaknesses. In fact, we usually try to hide them.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” (Proverbs 10:9)

Despite their common interchangeability, having good morals and having integrity are two separate things. Anyone can agree that stealing, lying and murdering are wrong and immoral. People can even agree that gossip, unkindness and lust are not “good morals” or standards to live by, but do you actually keep yourself from engaging in any of those things? That’s what integrity is. It’s an honest way of living, being exactly who you say you are and living by the standards that you hold others to.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” (Proverbs 14:30)

Envy is a heartbreaking emotion. It’s hurt, insecurity and loneliness disguised as anger, bitterness and resentment. Becoming envious causes loneliness and isolation for everyone involved – the one experiencing the envy firsthand, as well as the one that someone is envious of. Envy invites comparison of relationships, success, status or image and can make you feel unknown and uncared for, even by those you once were close to.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2, NIV)

It’s hard to imagine your future when you feel like you can just barely maintain your life in the here and now. There are so many things we do to contribute to and help craft our future lives, like going to school or saving money. And because most of us have no idea what our futures hold, the preparation of it can be difficult and discouraging.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything that you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23)

As humans, we like to compartmentalize. We like to be productive, and in turn, don’t appreciate the things that hold us back or that stand in our way, even if the very things that interrupt our schedules, lives or personal relationships are us.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

When life gets chaotic or hard or just messy, I wish God would break through the clouds and tell me what to do. I don’t even care what it is that He tells me to do or where to go, I just want confirmation that I am doing what’s right and what God wants.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.” (2 Corinthians 1:12)

We are all called to a simple, even child-like, faith. But how is that attainable when our lives feel anything but simple and when we are faced with so many un-child-like things, such as careers, debt, relationships, etc.? A simple faith feels impossible, frustrating and even insulting to all of the responsibilities we have.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)

Conflict never feels good. No matter how calm, cool and collected we like to play it, conflict makes us feel unsettled and misunderstood. And what’s usually worse than the conflict itself, is our response to it. There are typically two end-of-the-pendulum responses when it comes to conflict. We either isolate ourselves and hide from it, feeling ashamed and confused, or we charge toward the issue with anger and pride, believing that if we shout loud enough, people may listen to our complaints and injustices.

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