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Category: Weekly Devotionals
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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me.” – Psalm 138:3

Everyone has those moments where they want to fit in with the crowd. We want to be like our peers and do what they are doing. We want to have the same clothes, the same hair, the same cars. We are often afraid of being different and being our own person, instead of being afraid and trying to fit in, we should ask God to help us to be bold, and to stand out.

He Will Answer When You Call

When you are in need, do not be afraid to ask God for help. This goes for any situation. If you are feeling discouraged and pressured to fit in, ask God for help. Ask him for help in being bold and not being afraid to be yourself and to show others who you truly are, if you do this, you will shine his light to others.

Ask Him for Strength

Ask for strength, not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Ask him to help you through every tough situation, relationship and friendship. He is always there to give you strength. We can get so defeated by our emotions in tough situations that we do not think of asking God for help right away. If you make the effort to change this habit, you will see him changing your life for the better.

Have Courage

Do not be afraid to be courageous and be bold because the Bible tells us to do just that, Joshua 1:9 says “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” We are always told to be strong and to have courage. What is holding you back from being your most bold and courageous self? Whatever it is, make the effort to change it to allow your true light to shine.

Grand Canyon University is committed to following the Lord in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.

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

 “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” – Psalm 90:14

Does your morning routine set the stage for how your day will be? Do little changes such as lack of sleep or a bad dream deeply affect the pace of your day? I know it does for me. If I don’t get enough sleep or sleep in for too long, it throws off my game and my day feels off.

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By Lily Cooper
Student, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” – James 4:8

Summer means many things to many people. For some, it means a time of rest and relaxation. Others see it as a time to get as much done as possible. No matter what end of the summer spectrum you are on, it’s important to stay close to God through summer.

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Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God— this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is— his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

– Romans 12:1-2

Throughout our day we have moments that we often forget to praise God. We forget that He is always with us and always protecting us. We do not always give him the praise that He deserves. Here are some things to do throughout the day to spend your time more intentionally with God.

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Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20

When moving to college and being on your own for the first time, it can often be difficult to keep your faith and regularly spend time with God, especially if you are surrounded by people who do not have the same beliefs as you do. Here are some ways to help you keep your faith in college.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” – Proverbs 19:21.

It can be very difficult to figure out what you want to do in life and what your purpose is. We were all put on this earth for a reason and to make a difference. We often have a hard time finding our purpose, but God has one for each and every one of us. Here are some ways to find your purpose and to trust that the Lord has a plan for your life.

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Theology

“Let your speech always be gracious.” – Colossians 4:6

Words have the power to change the world. Everywhere you go, words are being shouted at us. Whether it’s on a billboard, in the music we listen to, the books we read and who we communicate with, we are always reading, listening and ingesting words that are then stored inside our brain and projected out into our life.

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

“So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate always at the king’s table. Now he was lame in both his feet.” – 2 Samuel 9:13

An interesting book in the Bible is 2 Samuel which talks about the life of David. After taking the throne through God’s will, he asked if there was any other relatives of Saul, the previous king who, in jealousy, had tried to murder him. David wanted to show Saul’s family kindness becasue of his bond with Saul’s son, Jonathan, who had died in war.

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