Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and council. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
A PI Girl in the Girl Talk chat forum asked about how to deal with feeling overwhelmed or stressed about projects and homework. Want to read the full post? Click here!
How do we deal with homework due dates, the pressure to fit in, the demands of the week and other circumstances that arise? As Christians and Christ followers, we trust God. We trust that Jesus intercedes for us (Romans 8:34) and that God has our back. In the Bible, in the book of Jeremiah 29, verse 11, it says:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
We may go through tough times, or feel overloaded with projects, assignments, midterms, essays, homework or even extracurricular activities, but remember…GOD IS FOR YOU! (Romans 8) He loves you so much, and no matter what is going on, He is right here with you. He says, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
God has planned great things for your life, and He will bring you through it. I read a quote one time that said, “IF GOD BROUGHT YOU TO IT, HE WILL BRING YOU THROUGH IT!” Write this down on a piece of cute notepaper and stick it on your dresser or mirror, girls! It’s a fantastic reminder when we feel the waves and storms of life crashing in.
When we go through rough seasons or even just a week with a heavy workload, and we focus on how much we have to do, or when we take our eyes off of Jesus, we begin to sink. (Matthew 14:22-32) This happened to someone similarly in the Bible, when Peter saw Jesus on the water when he was with the disciples, and he called to the Lord to see if it was Him. Peter was scared, but Jesus told Peter to come out onto the water and to TRUST HIM. That is like what God wants us to do…to TRUST HIM.
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, lean not on your own understanding; in ALL your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” —Proverbs 3:5
Christi’s Simple Tips to Overcome Fear and Focus on Faith
1. Know God has a plan! (Jeremiah 29:11)
2. Know God is FOR you! (Romans 8:31)
3. Know God will bring you through your situation! (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
4. Know that God wants you to fix your eyes on Jesus and trust Him! (Hebrews 12:2)
5. Know God’s track record and his faithfulness! (Lamentations 3:23)
Remember, girls, the second we start looking at how hard, scary or impossible it seems, or even when we start to fear, we begin to sink…and doubt rushes in. We need to combat pressure and stress with FAITH, and believe no matter what happens, we can do “ALL things through Christ.” (Philippians 4:13) This is one of my favorite scriptures, girls! When things get tough, just say this out loud and pray!
“I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.” —Philippians 4:13
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