image_q98fiaStress.  Everyone has it, especially at this time of the year, with school really getting into full swing.  It’s hard not to get caught up in everything, especially as a freshman in a place totally new to me.  Sometimes I just start to feel like I can’t handle it all.

However, just at the times when I don’t know what to do, God has this incredible way of making me take a step back and just chill out!  For example, last weekend, I went with a group of people to Little Rock to pass out sandwiches and visit with homeless people.  I didn’t know it beforehand, but I needed that so bad.  It really put things into perspective.

Here I am, at this amazing school with so many great people, dealing with the struggles of moving away from home for the first time in my life, while there are real people out on the streets, with nowhere to even call home.  It’s easy to stereotype homeless people, but when I actually met some of them and talked with them and got to know them, my feelings changed a lot.  Of course I felt bad for them before, but when I heard them talk about their lives and their families and their experiences, they became real people to me, real people that have real struggles, not just nameless faces on the street.  We hung out there for about two hours and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had since I’ve been at school.  We laughed and joked and sang and just had a good time getting to know each other.

Seeing how much joy it brought these people, just to get a sandwich and visit with us, made me realize I am being ridiculous worrying about the petty things that I face day to day.  I know my life would be so much easier if I spent my time thanking God for all the amazing blessings He has given to me, instead of worrying about how I’m going to finish my homework or what social club I’m going to pledge.

During a Bible study the other day, someone read Proverbs 14:30 that says “A heart at peace gives life to the body.”  If we find that peace of heart that only God offers us, we will have the strength to face anything that life throws at us!  That is such a beautiful thing and I pray that God can help me find that peace more and more every day.  Always thank God in every situation and praise Him who is mighty to save!  Focus on finding peace in our incredible Heavenly Father and everything else will fall into place! (:

About Ashleigh Arthurs 6 Articles
Ashleigh is a student at Harding University and has a love of travel and mission work.

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