Well it is finally that time of year every college student looks forward to: the few months that we get a mental break from the constant grind of classes. I have a feeling that I am not alone in saying that making the transition into the summer is a blessing and struggle at the same time. I think the underrated part of college is the consistency of your schedule. Each day you know where you need to be almost down to the minute. You know exactly how much time you have to grab lunch and you know how far back you can push studying to leave just enough time to cram before a test.Read More
Matthew 4:4 “Jesus answered, “It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.‘“ I can still remember the day the Lord told me IUPUI was the exact place He wanted me to spend the next few years of my life. In all my unnecessary restlessness about making the “right” decision on where I was going to college, I was overcome by the peace of Christ once I regularly made it a habit to sit quietly and fully take advantage of the guidance that our Heavenly Father so generously gives us. I was able to wholeheartedly commit to IUPUI and make the decision to continue God’s will for my life.Read More
Several years ago I was asked to sing with my mom and sister at a wedding for a family member of ours. We are a very musically inclined family, so this was an exciting experience for us to share. She gave us the song, “It Takes Three”, which I had never even heard of before reading the lyrics. I googled the song to listen to how it’s supposed to sound and the first link said “THE BEST WEDDING SONG!!!” So after listening to it for the first time, it sounded a lot like a cheesy 90s love ballad mixed with an old school Baptist hymn sang by the choir. I can still remember the words today…Read More
For almost four years now I have worked at the same Starbucks right off I-65 across from Traders Point Church. At first, I was one of two Christians but now I’m happy to say that more of us have begun a ministry there. At Starbucks, I’ve had many interesting conversations with my coworkers about current events and their worldviews. What I found to be the most common was that God has always opened doors. A conversation that happened about a month ago is one that has struck me the most in our culture today: equality.Read More
In our own lives there are things that we are trying to do in our walk with God, whether it be being consistent with reading the Bible or a sin we are trying to stop. But as humans, and I know this is something that I struggle with personally, is asking a fellow believer for help. As Christians we are all trying to serve God to our best abilities, but we end up trying to do it ourselves. I found myself asking, “why am I trying to do this myself?” I have God to help and I have fellow Christians to keep me accountable.Read More
College has always been a time of change. You graduate high school feeling on top of the world and then all of a sudden you are thrust back into unknown, unfamiliar territory. For some, this transition is overwhelming and can induce a downward spiral. For others, it is the perfect opportunity to grow in God’s image. While the choice seems obvious, it is often not. For me, college proved to be an unlikely time to find my faith.Read More
FINALLY. The semester is over, we can breathe, and we’re away from all things that give us stress.
Or are we?
Throughout the semester, we studied the life of David through the writings of Samuel. We heard the good, bad, and ugly – stories of developing valuable friendships, giving in to temptations, and covering up mistakes with lies and desperate attempts to save face.Read More
I came home from my first day of college, my head throbbing with ache and my mind whirling as it tried to process the new environment I was diving into headfirst.
What I had been aware of for years and had been told time and time again was finally sinking in and becoming concrete reality. You’ve probably heard it, too: being a Christian in a secular school is not easy.
I was well aware that there would be challenges going into school at IUPUI. I had received many warnings that my faith would be tested and that I would have to stand strong. I thought I was ready -- I have a strong relationship with my church family, I currently live at home with my immediate family there for support and I had made a point of looking into Christian organizations at IUPUI.Read More
I vividly remember it; waking up to the first day without school. I had just finished my sophomore year of high school and I had big goals for my summer. A stack of books beside my bed represented my academic aspirations, the jump rope and chin-up bar showed my desire to earn the starting power forward spot and the phone was my key to endless hours of fun with friends. It was going to be an AMAZING summer.Read More
In my first post that was published on March 26, I explained how making organization a priority and finding a support group will help you reach your goals in college. I’ll now describe two more habits that have helped me succeed not only in this semester but throughout my entire time in college.Read More
I’m almost there. Praise God, I’m almost there! After years of reading textbooks, taking tests, writing essays, listening to lectures, talking with advisors, and interacting with students from all over the world, I’ll finally be able to experience the joy of graduating from college. It’s been a long journey. I began my part-time college education at Ivy Tech in the fall semester of 2007 and then transferred to IUPUI spring 2014. Through my years of schooling, I’ve developed simple strategies that have helped me excel in college, and I want to share four of them with you. I call these ‘habits’ because they’re actions you must get used to repeating in every course.Read More
As we were going through James 2: 14-26, we talked a lot about faith and good deeds. This topic comes up a lot across all denominations and faiths. It is what often times differentiates us into these subgroups that typically keep us all divided. Some groups believe that, in order to get into Heaven, you have to act out the part. Others believe that all you need is faith and belief in Jesus Christ. In this passage, we see that both are required pieces to the puzzle. With this information, the question goes from “Do good deeds save?” to “How do good deeds and my faith intertwine?” Now, I want to focus on that last verse- “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” (James 2:26, NIV).Read More
It’s Valentine’s Day and tis the season of love, right? That word “love” is misused so often in our generation. It’s tossed back and forth to describe certain bursts of emotions in an instant, rather than describing the actions of our lives. Love is not a noun, it’s a verb. It’s an action that we may or may not always understand. The greatest act of love that I will never fully comprehend is when Jesus died for me.
John 15:13 (NLT) says…
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”Read More
Ah, a new year. A new schedule. A new, refreshed, rejuvenated, rejoicing version of you!
It seems that this “new year, new me” mantra may not necessarily resonate with us as much as we’d like it to. After three weeks of class, we feel like we’re on week thirty-seven.
Maybe you feel like you’re on the wrong path. Maybe you’ve become disheartened with the state of society, the academic stress, the relationships you have.
Maybe, like me, you struggle to let God in at times when you need Him most.Read More
Growing up, my parents have always been strong believers. But I on the other hand chose to do otherwise. I always hated church because why should I believe something I cannot even see?
John 20:29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
I thought everyone in church was ridiculous and what I saw was that Christianity was just a set a rules that we had to follow. I was the one that was pushed to go to church and I would just stand and wait for the service to end; I even fell asleep in many of them.Read More
I was asked to write a blog post for Impact and I believe this was partly because everyone knows I am not good at saying no to things, but this was something that I felt like God was calling me to do. I have an extreme hatred towards any writing of any kind and I knew my time was coming to be asked to write a post, but I am happy that I was given the nudge I needed to put my faith down on paper. I was unsure what to write about, going back and forth between the topics of what life groups are all about and how intramurals are a great way to have fun and get connected with fellow Christians, but I finally felt like God was calling me to just write my testimony and my story over my time in college. While it has only been three semesters, I have gained a new appreciation for the people God has surrounded me with and how they have helped me with my faith.Read More
I’ve spent my whole life in the church. My Dad was a youth volunteer at our church, so I spent every Saturday and Sunday there. Serving was something that I felt was just expected of me. I volunteered with the preschool ministry and various church events during the week. However, I never really knew why Jesus calls us, as His followers, to serve others. It wasn’t until I became involved with some youth ministries again in college that I began to see the importance of service.Read More
College is here! We’re supposed to have fun, find ourselves, and “broaden our horizons.”
However, being a Christian freshmen can be difficult. Spiritually and physically with the load of work and responsibility. Personally, I am majoring in Business and playing on the IUPUI golf team. I am doing fifteen credit hours and practicing six out of seven days of the week.Read More
Life at times can make you feel as if you’re drowning. As if you’re all by yourself, alone. Especially at the beginning of a new school semester. You walk into your new classes with the potential of not knowing another human being there. You’ve got the chance to get some whack professor that drives you nuts. Both human nature and society tell us that we have to fight the loneliness on our own. It’s a dog eat dog world out there and from birth we are trained to fight to get to the top, no matter what it costs our relationships.Read More