College is a stressful time. For many of you it is the first time you are responsible for taking care of yourself. No one telling you what to do, where to go, who to see or when to do something. You finally have the chance to create a life that you want, which is so exciting. With all of the new found freedoms that college life brings spending time with God becomes less and less of a priority. With exams, quizzes, papers, projects, social life, work, and organization functions it is a gift to get more than 5 hours of sleep!
As someone who stood (and is currently standing) in your place, trying to balance time with God can be tricky so, below are a few ways you can incorporate God into your life.
- Wake up and read a verse from the bible, and pray before starting your day.
If you are not a morning person this may be a bit difficult to do, but I promise you it is beyond worth it. Spending time with God in the mornings instead of checking my phone has always left me feeling energized, excited, and ready to take on the day. My heart is full of love to give, and my soul feels calm as the day goes on. I highly recommend waking up to God first than to your phone or going back to sleep for an extra 10 minutes. Try it out for a week, and I know you will feel and difference.
- Note cards with verses on them to mix in while studying for exams or quizzes.
This is something that I have done before during really stressful exam weeks. It’s an easy way to be reminded that no matter what, you are loved, taken care of, and cherished. It always calms me down when I’m in the middle of studying and then a God’s word pops up in the midst of the stressful moment.
- Pray/ talk to God while walking to class.
Sometimes I will just put my earphones in, and play music quietly and just talk to God. I’ll pray to Him what I am stressed about an upcoming exam, pray for the person walking by me, or even just ramble and express how grateful I am for the sun, the trees, the air in my lungs, and the people in my life. It is amazing how just this simple habit has changed my life most drastically, and how I’m not as stressed about classes. This simple step has made me more kindhearted, friendly, open, and loving towards everyone I see and not just meet. Try it and see how positively it effects you.
- Read devotionals, bible verses, or listening to sermons while walking to class or waiting for class to start.
This is another fantastic way to have God’s word seep into your heart while in between classes. Reading a short devotional, listening to a sermon during lunch, and reading bible verses between classes helps me stay connected to God while in college.
- Listening to sermons while exercising.
This was something that I thought would be difficult to do because I love listening to music, ESPECIALLY while working out. But oddly enough I am able to work out longer and feel more empowered to take on the world when I listen to a sermon or devotional podcast of some sort. Try it out and see it has the same effect on you!
- Reading 1 verse and pray before going to sleep.
When it has been a chaotic day (one of those where you barely have time to breathe), I will always read at least one bible verse and then say a prayer. Again, it keeps me connected to God, and helps clear my mind from the stresses and worries of classes/life in general.
- Download The Bible App, Read Scripture App, and She Reads Truth App.
The Bible App is a fantastic app to use for strictly bible verses and reading. You can bookmark, highlight, and even read a couple devotionals. Read Scripture App is one of my absolute favorite apps to use. They have these cool videos that draw what each book of the bible is about and describes the key concepts. Then it has a breaks up the bible into easy to read sections for the day! Finally, She Reads Truth is a great app for devotionals, and you can even purchase physical devotional workbooks from them that go along with each app devotional.
We all know college can be quite hectic and dismal at times. With the amount of class work assigned, working, volunteering, and extra curricular activities it can be difficult finding time to spend with God. I hope these 8 tips will help you grow your relationship with God and help ease the stresses of figuring out life!
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