There comes a time in every college freshmen’s first year when the assignments, friends, and/or distance from home becomes almost too much to handle. If you’re like me, it takes you awhile to finally break down and admit that it’s too much for you. But when I break down, I BREAK down. This utter breaking point is when I realize that I need God more than ever, and you probably feel the same way. Maybe you pray every day or have forgotten to talk to God since you moved-in; nonetheless, in our low points, all it may take is the written word of God to remind us that He would not put us through anything we could not handle. Here are a few of my favorite verses that I go to when I need to remind myself of God’s everlasting presence beside me throughout everything my freshman year brings.

Psalm 46:5

Personally, this is the verse that I live upon. It serves as a reminder that no matter what challenge I take on, if I fill myself with God, I can withstand any blow I may receive. With this, I feel ready to take on any quiz, student government campaign, or final exam. I know that no matter how it turns out, God will make sure I am standing taller than ever afterwards.

Deuteronomy 31:6

You may be right down the road or hundreds of miles away from home; either way, the loneliness that the college freshmen experience brings is a common feeling all share. Believe it or not, everyone gets lonely or sad sometimes, even those that seem like their adjustment period took all of five seconds. So when you are feeling far from home in this alien place called college, remind yourself that God walks in front of you, clearing your path, beside you, holding your hand, and behind you, watching your back.

Colossians 3:2

College makes the little things seem big and the actually important things seem small. Upon first exposure to college life, it is easy to get caught up in the material things, the indulgence in Earthly pleasures, and the pressure to change views or morals in order to “fit in.” This verse reminds me to wake up and realize what things in life truly matter. When we focus our eyes on God, it is amazing how trivial everything else becomes. Remind yourself to look up every once in a while and I promise you that when you look back down at the Earth you’ll see everything differently.

Philippians 4:6

I’m a worrier. I will worry about everything from bringing a jacket to a five-point quiz that probably has no effect on my overall grade but would absolutely burn down my world if it doesn’t go well. Upon recognizing this, my mother shared this verse with me. Why should we worry about things when our God is protecting us? Give Him you worries, give Him your fears and anxieties, and you will be surprised at how fast peace will wash over you.

Exodus 14:14

This is another verse I remind myself of in times of worry. We must remind ourselves that even when we are unable to see the path before us, if we remain steadfast and solid, God will show us the path in time.We must also remind ourselves that God’s timing is perfect. Whether you feel out of place in this new world or are unsure of your major, reminding ourselves that God will show us the way when the time is right will bring you all the peace you need.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

In all your trials and tribulations, remind yourself that God has brought you to where you are. He has always followed, guided, and supported you. Don’t just thank God for all your highs, but thank Him for sustaining you in your lows. In all times, give thanks.

All of these verses have found em in a time of need, even now as I adjust to this new place called college. If one of these verses touched you like they have me, I encourage you to set it as your lock screen. You’ll be surprised at how many times that constant reminder will find you exactly when you need it.

Emily K