Stressed Out, Snowed In

Have you ever been so stressed out you never thought you would survive the week?  That was me this week, with three exams to study for, two major projects due, and some different study materials for a leadership community I’m involved in.  All I could think about was school; I’m pretty sure I only got about six hours of good sleep throughout the first three days of school.

Everything hit me hard all at the same time.  I was stressed and freaking out; nothing would help, not even a long nap…which always helps!   I crammed and shoved as much information as much as I could into my already full mind.  I wasn’t going to let my stress get the best of me, so I tried to make the best of a terrible situation.

After a week like I had, I wasn’t really looking forward to going to community groups on Tuesday.  It’s always loud and full of people, and I wasn’t feeling it.  I absolutely love going there, don’t get me wrong; I just didn’t feel like putting on a façade…I was going to have to act like I was totally okay, even when I just needed a nap and to finish my project due the next day.  Getting there and sitting down with some delicious tacos, I actually felt my stress melt away.  We watched some Youtube videos, laughed, and had a great time…and that was only dinner.

Getting into the study, though, I felt the stress come back.  I hadn’t caught up from the readings (which we were reading through 1 Samuel…I totally recommend it! [Okay, side note: over]).   Then, we started by going around and describing how we were feeling mentally, physically, and spiritually in one word each.  I said mentally exhausted, physically tired, and spiritually behind.  I seriously thought I would be the only one who felt that way.  To my acute surprise, nearly everyone felt something along the lines of what I had.  I was so nice to know I wasn’t alone.  Then, we listened to this amazing song that I totally needed to listen to: Slow Me Down by Robbie Seay Band…listen here: http://youtu.be/edlAfkVh-5I

If you can tell me that this doesn’t hit you somewhere, listen to it again…and again…and again.

A few of us ended up staying after and playing Taboo and Ping Pong, and it was so nice.  Even though I had a project due the next day, it was totally worth staying after and just hanging out.  I wasn’t worrying about what I was going to do for the project; I was just worrying about how to get my teammates to guess the words I was trying to have them guess!

Thursday morning at 6:49 a.m., I got the most glorious text a person in my fragile mental state could get: class was cancelled!  I almost did a happy dance, but I was so tired I went back to sleep! Well, first I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I did a sweet devotional (which I totally needed), and THEN proceeded to fall asleep.  I spent all day with one of my roommates, playing Mario, watching Harry Potter, and eating pancakes…all whilst lying around in our sweats.  It was awesome.

That night, I went to the BSU and got to worship with a fantastic group of people.  I even helped lay snow mortar for a wicked sweet snow fort.  That night, I received the second most glorious text: class was cancelled…again!  Man, I was getting lucky.  These thirteen inches of snow was a blessing in disguise!

Well, feel free to leave me what you did with your snow days if you had any!  I really am blessed by you guys, and I pray for you so often.

God bless,

Paige

Isaiah 41:10-“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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You Jealous?

Well, today is my birthday! I’ve been so blessed this past year, especially being in college.  I’ve been in this Bible study on Tuesdays with a group of great girls.

This week we talked about jealously, which was a super interesting concept on the take of Saul and David.  Saul was so jealous of David, which eventually led to Saul’s demise and David’s reign as king.  There are so many other stories in the Bible that revolve around jealousy.  Cain and Abel (Genesis 4), Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 37), and even the parable of the prodigal son and his brother (Luke 15:11-32).

To cope with jealousy (because we are all jealous at one point in time), remember that God is love and just and for us, not against us.  We need to be in the world and not of it (John 1:15).  Jealousy isn’t something that should burn inside of us because if we let it take hold of us it will destroy us.  Staying jealous keeps us feeling terrible.  We’re supposed to love our enemies as ourselves (Luke 6).

Stay humble and leave jealousy at the door and I’ll keep working on having grace about jealousy!

God bless,

Paige

Proverbs 27:4-“Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?”