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  1. HJacob_ls

    Decisions to make!

    Maybe this should go in prayer requests but I'm a senior soon to graduate. I've been accepted to some colleges and I just pray I make the write decision about going to school. Also, I hope I find some friends that will want to help me share the love of Christ. Any advice or scripture I should reference would be appreciated.
  2. GirlandTheWord

    Dear Young Adult, No One Has It Together.

    If you’re anywhere in your late teens to early thirties, you’ve probably realized that this age range has its own unfortunate struggles. For example, I often spend my days feeling like I’m always on the edge of doing something original and amazing, but I could never seem to get there. Many articles that I’ve read and the friends I’ve talked to expressed the same frustrations. Do you ever feel like most people around you are accomplishing big things, making good money, or traveling the world—basically everything you wish you could be doing—while you rot in your cramped little cubicle or mope around unemployed at home? Personally, I know exactly what that season is like. That feeling of unproductiveness oftentimes leads to the feeling of inadequacy, worthlessness, and meaninglessness—all of which are toxic build-ups to depression. Fortunately, having come out of that pitch-black hole alive, I could testify to you that it does indeed get better. God isn’t one to quit on His children, even if He allows us to wander through the wilderness for a few years. And try to digest this: everyone who pursues a relationship with Jesus will encounter his or her own wilderness season(s). It is actually completely necessary in our personal journeys with Christ to have a season where we are left with almost nothing, except to look up and trust in Him. That is when our relationship with God will deepen—when we’re finally put in the position where we’d have to surrender our ego, self-righteousness, and earthly wisdom, and have no other true options but to just take the next step by faith. The wilderness should not be feared. We usually admit that we’re in the wilderness when we’ve already crashed and burned due to all the different pressures, but the truth is that many times, we’ve been heading towards that direction long before we even realized it. And we’re not alone. Even our Christian brothers and sisters who seem like they “have it all together” most likely experienced their own season of wilderness as well. If not, you can be sure that it will come. Think of the wilderness as a rite of passage, so to speak. Everyone, or at least every believer, should be expected to experience the wilderness at one point or another in their walks of life. However, the wilderness should not be feared because it gives us the opportunity to strengthen our faith in Him, who promises to pull us through. 1 Peter 1:7 says, “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.” When we feel like we are left with nothing, that is when our faith is being tested. It wouldn’t be called “faith” otherwise. If there weren’t any uncertainties involved, how then could we say that we are truly faithful? I hate uncertainty, and I understand that a shaky future could look really hopeless at times, but I encourage you to endure it when your faith is being tested by fire. If your faith could withstand the fire and the trials, then you will be able to shake the dust off your feet and walk away with a more genuine and unshakeable faith in Christ than before. See, that is the nature of our faithfulness—it must be tested so it could be purified, just like gold. The wilderness is God’s divine discipline for his legitimate children. When I looked at myself as God’s daughter rather than just His believer, there was suddenly more purpose behind my painfully tedious waiting season. It was so incredibly comforting and reassuring to know that God chooses to discipline and shape me because he cares about my character, my future, and my faithfulness. Out of his desire for me to have a genuine faith, a meaningful future, and godly character, He thought it would be good to allow me to go through the wilderness season. All of this has been recorded in Scripture. Hebrews 12:7-8 says, “As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn't discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.” This passage gave me a tremendous sense of reassurance when I was going through my season of wilderness because it reminded me, again and again, that God was allowing this “divine discipline” to happen out of His astounding love for me. When we think about the wilderness through the lens of God as our loving and good father, we will grow less and less envious of those who have “more” than us—especially if they don’t love God. Why should we be envious of those who don’t even respect our father? And if the people who don’t even respect God, let alone love God, could lead “successful” lives (at least on the outside), how much more of a fulfilling life would we lead if we continue to trust God? I’m willing to bet that whatever God has planned for each of us is going to be infinitely better than anything we could ever plan for ourselves—even if it means we won’t ever get a 3 million dollar bonus in our lifetimes. Money can’t buy salvation, anyway. If there’s one thing you should take from this article, it’s this: God is not punishing you. He is challenging you to grow in maturity, patience, and faith because he cares about you. He sees you as his legitimate child. For this, I say: Praise and glory be to the One who holds our precious souls in the grasp of His hands—the One who provides for the sparrows and will provide even more for the children of His creation. You don’t need to worry about your next steps because he had paved the entire road for you. Amen. Written by GirlandTheWord
  3. Jesusismyticket

    More prayer haha

    So I am asking you guys to pray for me...again... My financial aid counselor at NNU is taking it to the committee Tuesday to discuss my financial situation and see if he can talk them into giving me any more funds based on needs. Currently I have around 9,000 in tuition I'd have to pay out of pocket, and this isn't even covering the books and supplies I will have to purchase to go there as well. If this fails keep praying, because I'll be applying to the state university and generally, I have never done academics in a public institution before so it is going to step out of my comfort zone. I have no doubt I can find faith based campus goers, I don't know how the teachers will grade an essay with a religious vibe to it.
  4. Jesusismyticket

    pray for me?

    So, after a long discussion with my parents, I decided it would be best for me to take a year wait before I go to college, if I go. In the off time I will do volunteer work and find a job. Probably get my license and a car in the off time. I am hoping I can sort out what I want to do. While I figured business management would be a good option, in the end it isn't truly what I want to do, and it doesn't match who I am, I am really not a ruthless person. I know I love to help people, and I like my graphic design. So it's probably going to end up being graphic arts or some career where I can assist people. I was discussing how I love elderly people, so my mom suggested I consider finding a rest home which will let me volunteer and talk to them. I can see if I'd really enjoy it.
  5. Jesusismyticket

    College Application questions?

    Okay so I can officially apply for fall 2016 for NNU, and I had a few questions I am finishing up Junior year and will be a Senior. I do not have an SAT/ACT score yet. Do I need to wait to apply until I have a score or no? Does it benefit me to apply now? Do I give the CURRENT GPA I have? thanks for any answers
  6. Hey yall, i am wondering what college you guys will be attending. I personally will hopefully be attending Pepperdine University in the fall of 2018.
  7. None of my family ever legitimately viewed a college and went before, so I figured I'd ask you gys. When I was 16 I began looking at college and decided I liked NNU. I receive information from them and have called them many times with questions and received answers. I like the fact it is christian and it is close to home. In the mail today (I have almost finished my Junior year besides Spanish) I received a letter from the undergraduate director of admissions. In summary, she stated by looking at my academics she felt I could excel in the school, I had a creativity beyond most students, and that I represented the four qualities they look for in a student. She said as soon as I can apply she'd love me to do so, because she wants my application to be one of the first she reads. She acknowledged I cannot apply just yet (my time for availability should be soon, as I'd apply for fall 2016.) She wished me a happy summer and hoped to follow me on my journey learning more about my academics and me as a person. Signed her. Do all colleges do this? Or is this something really special like I felt it was when I got it this morning...?
  8. So I signed up to attempt to test out of a college math course. The one problem is that it's definitely over my head. I tend to be a quick study in math, but right now I do not have the study opportunities that I need. The study resource for the course is a textbook at the school library, which can only be studied in the library. Since most of my spare moments are spent at the fire department for clinical time, I don't have a lot of time to spend at the library. Also, I kind of procrastinated and instead of a month to study, I now have a week and a half. So what I'm look for is an online resource, preferably free, that covers the competencies of the course (see post below). Any ideas?
  9. thedividend

    How to Pay off Tuition & Pick a Major

    (No boasting intended) I'm going to a Catholic University. It's fairly expensive, but I've received a scholarship. It's a highly respected school with a good pre-med program. I don't want to wait until I become a doctor to start paying off tuition. My parents are willing to pay for the tuition since I'll be studying pre-med, but it's a lot of money and I don't want to stress them out too much. I wanted to start paying tuition early somehow while maintaining a few extracurriculars and a heavy course load. Since I have decided to dedicate the rest of my life to science, I don't want major in Biology or Chemistry. Moreover, almost 90% of students who apply to med school have a BS in Biology or Biochemistry. I'd like advice on which major to go with (keep in mind I can only choose one): Spanish- learning spanish to help with vast population of Spanish speaking people, and go on mission trips. Plus, I wanted to attend med school in Texas because of the low cost. I know down in Texas they have a huge Hispanic population. Computer Science- in case I don't get into med school....( I know it's a lame excuse), but Computer Science is interesting to me. Philosophy- high level thinking, very marketable, very interesting (to me), helps with the new MCAT which going to be based on how one thinks. Plus, should I get a job? Part-time? Full-time? My parents are opposed to me getting a job. They want to me to study and not worry about money, but how can I? They insist on paying, but I don't want them to go into debt considering once I'm a senior in college my brother will be a freshman. On top of that, I wanted to Study Abroad with the Campus Ministry. Any advice on maintaining money, getting a job, managing time, and etc?
  10. Godismy#1

    Worrying :(

    Hi! I'm a first year Chemical Engineering student and in my school, we're currently having our Midterm exams ... I'm a good student and I get nice grades (no boasting intended) but there are certain subjects(math, in particular) that I, (and all my other classmates too) find hard. My prelim grade on a certain subject I found really hard was a miracle from the Lord. I passed the subject even though I really thought I was going to fail. But now, I'm kinda worried because we just took an exam on that subject recently and I found it really hard. Here's the thing ... I have faith in The Lord. I know He will make everything alright and most of all, I know that He's going to help me pass the subject again ... In fact, I actually have no doubt at all that I'm going to pass the subject in the Finals because I know He will push through. But I just can't help feeling anxious ... no matter how many times I tell myself not to worry, to give everything up to the Lord because He is bigger than any of my exams, bigger than anything in the world, I still feel worried and heavy. I think this is because of guilt. See ... I don't really have the best study habits in the world. I feel really guilty because I have awful study habits but God still blesses me with nice grades on most of my subjects and I'm worried that he'll stop giving me good grades because I rely too much on Him. In between studying, I constantly check Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and all that and I have this nasty habit of cramming! T__T I only study the night before the test because I also have a lot to do the days before the exam and honestly, this usually works for me. I just can't help feeling guilty because I don't think I did everything that I could although to be honest, the many study breaks for social media helped a lot in keeping me awake. But I just feel like it was wrong/I didn't do my best(?) What should I do to get rid of this awful, heavy feeling? T___T