Hello friends! Today I want to talk about something that I have been living in for the past few months. I have been on a journey of trying to find God in the midst of my situation, and being at a Christian school has kind of helped but it has also hindered my journey. Sometimes I find myself becoming bored with “Christianity” because sitting in The Message of the New Testament can become boring, and I know a lot of us students get tired of school. I’m not saying that I am tired of God, but I am tired of professors talking about God as if he isn’t in the room.
Now not all professors are like this and I am very thankful for that, but I also know/have a couple of professors like that. It can get really weird during some classes. My saving grace in this situation has been my morning Quiet Time. The first thing I do in the mornings when I get out of my bed is grab my Bible study things, heading out to the lounge, and sitting down on one of the couches and starting my quiet time. Right now I am finishing up a bible study from The Daily Grace Co. on hymns, and Knowing Jesus from Lifeway. They are both VERY good devotionals/bible studies. After I do those I usually journal for a few minutes. I write about how my day went and some thoughts I may have swirling around in my head.
I am also apart of Delight, which I have talked about in a previous blog post, and I am also apart of the Gathering. I love both my Delight and Gathering family SO MUCH! They help me draw closer to God by lifting me up and being in fellowship.
At my university, we have Tuesday and Thursday chapel service. Some weeks I think of it as something that is required, and it’s almost like a chore or something I have to check off my to-do list. Some weeks it doesn’t feel like that, but a lot of students feel like that every week. We have some really good chapel services, but I feel like we get lost in the sameness of it all. It’s always the same routine, and nothing has changed. This year we have had two African-American women come to speak in chapel, and apparently, that was a huge deal. They were phenomenal speakers, and they had a message that needed to be heard.
Seeking God in this kind of environment is very new to me and I have grown so much because of it. My university as a whole has a heart for God, but it’s the individual people that can discourage me or distract me, and that’s that.
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I will call them my people, who were not my people; and her beloved, who was not beloved. -Romans 9:25
by Noelle Janae