I’ll Be There for You (Tuesday)

The One Where They Get Thrown in a Fire

by Haley Smith

Daniel chapter 3 has one of my favorite stories in the whole Bible. First of all- the names of the main characters: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, how can you not love those? But then, of course, they are some tough dudes with a whole lot of trust in God. They refused to bow down to the false idol the King was forcing upon the whole nation. Then, because of that, they were ordered to be thrown into a fire “seven times hotter than usual.” Once they were bound and tossed, God came and walked into the fire with them and kept them from any harm. He was quite literally ‘there for them.’ From their boldness, God was proclaimed THE God and His name spread throughout the nation.
So how does this apply to us? You may not hear zithers that summon you to bow to false idols (now you have to go read this chapter to know what that means), but you do have temptations all around leading you from the plan God has for you. However, whenever we are willing to boldly stand for what we believe and what we know to be true through God’s word, he is standing right beside us; ready to fight with us through our temptations.

I’ll Be There For You (Monday)

by Olivia Ledbetter

Jeremiah 17:5-8

This is what the Lord says:

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LordThat person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

“Trust” is the word that I so often wish I could just rip out of the dictionary. It’s a nice idea and all but in reality, trusting is one of my least favorite things to do. To trust is to accept that you are no longer in control, and boy I love being in control. To trust is to have “no worries in a year of drought.” Have you ever lived in a season of drought? Perhaps you’re in one now.  Modern droughts can be everything from a lack of good friends to a dry season in your relationship with God. Good, deep relationships require a great deal of trust. Have you been treating God as an obligation, resource, or relationship? Trust is so hard, but it’s the key to resting in a deeper relationship with Him to thrive in seasons of drought and bounty. If you feel like you can’t do it all… you’re right! You’re not excessively broken, you’re just human. The good news? He can and will hold you and guide you through it all, it just requires some trust.

The Start of Something New (Friday)

by John Austin Higginbotham


Acts 27


Saul, also called Paul, is one of my favorite figures in the Bible. Paul is most widely recognized today as a major founder of the worldwide church. A man with a personal faith that many envy, Paul has continuously provided me with insight on how to further my own path with Christ. What speaks to me the most about this man, however, is the fact that we would consider him to be entirely unworthy and unacceptable as a church leader in today’s society.


Initially a wealthy, educated, and intensely pious Jewish leader, Saul persecuted the early Christians and the Church, bringing death and destruction wherever he came across them. Crimes wholly unbefitting of a man of God were unable to separate him from God’s grace, love, mercy and will. For it was through this man that God’s will was ordained and the message of the Gospel was delivered to the rest of the world– the Gentiles.

Nothing one does can permanently separate them from the love and grace of God. Paul was a killer of Christians, but even he was converted, repented of his sins and was used by God to be a monumental figure of Christian history.

Acts 27 recounts Paul’s journey to testify unto Emperor Caesar in Rome. A prisoner who has refused to renounce his Christian faith, Paul sails under guard with fellow prisoners and soldiers. On the ship, he and the others have entered the stormy season of winter. Paul, knowing what lay ahead, attempted to warn the others that only destruction awaited them at sea, but the others refused to heed his words. Setting sail, the crew and prisoners were beset by tempests, raging winds, and blistering showers of rain, tearing at their clothes, bodies, and minds. They became weak and battered as they struggled to survive the storm. All hope had seemed utterly lost. Yet miraculously, God visited Paul and urged the others that the end was almost near, for soon the storms would relent. Encouraged, the shipmates ate their last provisions and awaited for the next day to see if this man Paul’s words could actually be true.

Paul and his companions, both soldiers and prisoners, survived the ordeal without a single loss of life. The most important point that sticks out to me is that even though the others refused to listen to what God had revealed would happen, the Lord still had mercy and love and protected the ship and its crew. Truly, they did not deserve such grace, for only Paul was a believer in Christ and none of these had lived particularly holy lives. Yet, the Lord still chose to watch over them.

If we are honest with ourselves, none of us deserve second chances or His love when we constantly turn our backs, close our eyes, and harden our hearts to God.  Yet the beauty of God and His Grace is that it is freely given; both before, during, and after each and every mistake we make.

This school year I encourage each and everyone to take advantage of their second chance, to love with their whole heart, and to enjoy this school year with God no matter the storms that you shall face in your lives.

The Start of Something New (Thursday)

by Jonathan Seale

Welcome back!

As the season of new beginnings turns another leaf, a new school year falls upon us. As with any beginning, this is a time to reflect and prepare for the tasks that lay ahead. It is human nature to become complacent and comfortable in the daily routine of life. Earthly distractions loom around every corner, which makes keeping our eyes solely on the Lord that much more of a daunting task. However, it is through the Lord we can find the strength and perseverance to worship and praise him even in our darkest times. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” We are not consumed by our past. It is by the blood and grace of Jesus Christ we may repent and all will be made new. We all come from many different walks of life, but we all have a passion to know our Lord better each day. During this new school year, give God everything you have. He wants your whole heart. Lay down your past, lay down your burdens and give them all to Him. We serve a truly perfect God.

The Start of Something New (Wednesday)

by Grayson Wright

“I always put the Lord in front of me; I will not stumble because he is on my right side.”

-Psalm 16:8 CEB

Change can be scary. Being at the dawn of a new season of life, whether starting a semester for the first time or for the final time, can almost feel like standing on the edge of a precipice. There are many unknowns and new experiences that can seem daunting. I know when I first came to the University, I was worried about the friends I would make, if the major I had picked would be what I really wanted to study, and how much my life was going to change in the coming months. It reminded me of the story of Daniel, as he was placed into the Babylonian Empire. This was a complete life change for Daniel, as he was exposed to a great deal of new cultures, ethical philosophies, and influences on his life. All this culture shock could cause someone to waver in their faith, like it did to me. But Daniel, on the other hand, stayed the course and held to God through the journey he had been placed on. Because of this faith, Daniel was able to do and experience great things that formed him into a great pillar of the Christian faith. We all have the same opportunity to grow and develop into the person we have been designed to become through the experiences that face us this year, knowing that we won’t be overwhelmed if we hold to a personal walk with God. Holding to this, and the relationships we make in a community that we can grow with, this new change can be looked on not as a precipice of uncertainty, but rather a new path to explore.


The Start of Something New (Tuesday)

by Chasen Pridgen

Who is ready to be back in school? I know that I am ready to be back with my friends but not so much for the homework and tests!  This is the start of a new school year.  A new school year means new classes and new friends to be made.  All of this can be exciting but can also be overwhelming and stressful.  With all this stress, it can be hard to let God have control and sometimes, it is hard to believe that God is looking out for you.  I can reassure you that he is!  Genesis 1:1 says that “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.”  There are two key takeaways from this verse.  The first one is that God is the maker of all things; you know that he exists and is with you.  The second key is that God created the Earth with a plan, a wonderful plan that continues throughout Genesis.  Very similarly, God has a plan for you!  He created you with a purpose and has put you at the University of Alabama for a reason.  I encourage you to keep your head high and try to make the most out of everyday that the Lord has blessed you with!