“When I Say I Do”- Matthew West

I LOVE THIS SONG. I was searching for a good song to go along with my latest post, and this one showed up on youtube. I never heard it before, but once I read the lyrics, I fell in love with the song.

So here are the lyrics (they are BEAUTIFUL)-

There must be a God, I believe its true.
Cause I can see His love, when I look at you.
And he must have a plan for this crazy life.
Because He brought you here and placed you by my side.

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Christian Dating Interview

Dating in the 21st century can be tough, especially for Christians. We live in a world that endorses fast, physical relationships, and not focusing on communication, trust, or building a relationship that will last.

Anna Sykes, an engaged 24 year old, is a staff worker for InterVarsity, a Christian Fellowship organizations for colleges all across the nation. She has great insight on how to build a strong relationship when you have a special someone or when you are looking for a future spouse.

Anna and her fiancee, Nathan Lacy, set clear objectives and rules as soon as they started dating. Sykes said the overall tone for their physical limits was that “whoever is more conservative wins, just out of respect for one another.” The two are saving their first kiss for their wedding day.

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Importance of Fellowship

Every Wednesday at Hood College, InterVarsity meets in the chapel at 7 p.m.

The group is comprised of Christians all in different stages of their walk with Christ. There are some students who have only been saved for a few years, and then there are others who have grown up in Christian homes all their lives.

But every Wednesday, we all gather together as children of God and grow in the Word. I love everyone in the group, and I have such joy because they are my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Before I came to Hood, I was heavily involved with a bible study at my church for college age students. And when I was no longer to attend because of distance and schedule conflicts, I was devastated. I didn’t know any Christians at Hood, and I felt horribly alone for the first few weeks.

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Steven Curtis Chapman- “God Is God”

I absolutely adore this song, and if you have never listened to it, I highly recommend it.

The song is about realizing that God is all powerful and has your whole future in his hand. You do not need to worry about your future, even though it can look hopeless and confusing now.

The lyrics are:

And the pain falls like a curtain
On the things I once called certain
And I have to say the words I fear the most
I just don’t know

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Being Patient…

I always like to think of myself as a patient person, but when I have to actually be patient about something, I am definitely not.

As college students, we are constantly waiting and having to be patient. We have to be patient making it through our years of schooling, waiting to turn 21 like all our friends, and waiting for romance to enter our lives like a Disney movie.

A lot of us struggle with being patient, especially since we live in a world of instant gratification. If I want a cookie, then by gosh I will go buy one. If I want to see that new movie, I can just download it and watch it in my room.

I do not like having to be patient. I do not like having to wait for God’s timing on things, even though I know he has a perfect plan. Like Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”

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Jonny Diaz- “More Beautiful You”

This song has held a special place in my heart ever since it was released. The lyrics are so beautiful and true, and it always gives me encouragement when the world says I am not good enough.

I think this song goes well with my latest post about being content with God’s love, and not the worldly definition of love.

The lyrics are:

“Little girl fourteen flipping through a magazine
Says she wants to look that way
But her hair isn’t straight, her body isn’t fake
And she’s always felt overweight

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Being Content

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and our friends are either very excited, or ready to strangle Cupid. Today’s post is mostly for my ladies out there, but I think guys can take something away from this as well.

I remember when I was younger, I loved reading Song of Songs, because it was so romantic! But now that I am older, I am able to take more away from the book.

The verse that has always stuck out to me actually appears three times in the book. “Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires” Song of Songs 2:7, 3:5, 8:4. I personally have had to say this verse to myself more times than I can count.

College is a weird time, because we have friends who are starting to pair off, and some are even getting married. And it is hard to believe that we are getting to the age where we may have already met our future spouse, which scares the Dickens out of me.

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Fee- “Everything Falls”

I love this song, and when it came on pandora this morning, I thought how perfectly it goes along with my last post about going to Go for comfort when you are sad.

The lyrics are:

You said
You’d never leave or forsake me
When you said
This life is gonna shake me
You said
This world is gonna bring trouble on my soul
This I know

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Casting Crowns- “Praise You In This Storm”

This song has always brought comfort to me. My first few weeks at Hood College were the hardest days of my life, and I often played and sang this song for comfort. The lyrics are so inspirational, and I hope it can give you hope like it does for me.

I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say “Amen”, and it’s still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

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When you are sad

Now I know in my last post, I said I would be talking about growing in Christ, but today God laid on my heart to talk about what the Bible says when you are upset and need comfort.

People who know me are aware that I do not like talking about my feelings or showing them. Whenever I am upset about something, I am a professional at hiding it and tucking away my feelings. I know I cannot be the only one who does this.

So I decided to turn to the Bible for advice on what to do when I am sad, upset, or when I need comfort. Often we feel that when we are sad, God seems so far away and we are alone.

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