by Ruth Hallstead
Christmas may be the last thing on your mind at the moment (or maybe the only thing on your mind, in which case you should probably go study). With projects and essays and tests piling up, you may be feeling more no no no than ho ho ho. Worries of losing a scholarship, failing a class, or simply facing your parents might seem paralyzing as you frantically read (and re-read), study, and type. Even if this isn’t the case for you, right now is probably a little more stressful than usual. It’s time to take a step back. Take a deep breath and remember who you are and who He is. Whatever threatens to overwhelm you, whatever you need this week, lift it up to the Lord. Take a break from studying to ask for patience, for inspiration, for focus, or simply for peace. You’ve got a lot on your plate this week, and there is absolutely no reason to try and carry it all by yourself. Work in a few minutes throughout the day to pause and remember that you are never alone. Read some scripture (Not sure where to go? Try John 10, Ephesians, Philippians especially 4:13, and Psalm 23 are all good options). Listen to or sing a song (“My Lighthouse” by Rend Collective, “Press On” by Building 429, and “Hello, My Name is” by Matthew West are all full of motivation). Most of all, pray. You should probably get back to the books now, so I’ll leave you with a simple prayer for the day.
Heavenly Father, I know you are with me and for me. But sometimes I forget and try to go it alone. Lord, be with me this week as I prepare for insert concern here, remind me to give it all to You. Take my stress, take my worry and give me peace, and the strength to face today. Thank you for the promise of your love and grace no matter what. Amen
P.S. Don’t forget to eat. You may think you don’t have time to, but your brain needs fuel just as much as your body does.