STS Sundays: Keeping Your Faith in College

It's finally time to go back to school and begin second semester, and as much as I love my friends and family at home... I'm so ready to get back to TCU. I've been counting down the days since... well, since I left school back in December. If that doesn't say "I love my school" then I don't know what does. Since it's Sunday, and it's about time everyone heads back to school, I thought I'd post this little Seeking the South Sunday edition about keeping your faith in college. I know a lot of people make New Years resolutions about being more focused on their faith and really making more of an effort, so I really hope this post helps some of y'all out!

Keeping Your Faith in College - Seekingthesouthblog.blogspot.com

I don't know if it's because I go to a Christian school, or if it's because I live in Texas (where it's primarily Christian) or maybe I just got lucky, but I've found so many opportunities to stay connected to God since I've been in college. I, however, realize that at other schools, it may not be so easy. I never want to see anyone lose faith during their college years, especially because these are the most important years to send your prayers to the big man!

But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. -1 Samuel 12:24

  • Read your Bible. This may be tough for some people, I know it's tough for me. We're so busy with our hectic college lives, but the Word is the center of all things. It's hard to have a complete relationship with God if you're not reading your Bible.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. -2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • Go to Church. This also might a little tough for various reasons. I know for me, I don't have a car at school, so sometimes I don't have an option, but there are many walkable churches near campus, and luckily I've made friends with people that are always willing to drive me to church on Sundays! Going to church is not only a great way to strengthen your relationship with Jesus, but it's a great way to people who share the same ideas and faith as you! Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. -Colossians 3:16
  • Join a Bible Study. At TCU, it's almost impossible to not hear about a great bible study going on, whether it be through your Greek organization, a residence hall, a certain denomination, or even a whole-campus Bible study. Like church, this is a great way to make friends with people that have the same mindset as you! (And sometimes they have free food!!) So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. -Isaiah 55:11
  • Sign Up for an Online Bible Study. I've talked a little bit about my favorite online Bible study, She Reads Truth. They have a few different options for studies, including an App and a daily email, with verses and a little description. This is very helpful if you have a hard time reminding yourself to set aside time for God. Pray without ceasing. -1 Thessalonians 5:17
I'm praying that you all keep your faith in college! If you make it a habit (i.e. go to church every Sunday or do a Bible study once a week), it becomes easier to do and a constant part of your life, which is what He wants! How do/did you keep the faith in college? Comment below!

24 comments:

  1. I went to a Christian college AND did everything on your list and I still found it difficult to keep the faith in college...college is just a really difficult time in one's life, I think. You sound like you are rocking it and I'm glad you have a place where you can feel strong in your faith! :)

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  2. So many good and important reminders here for the college folk..and really ALL people. We all need to be immersed in the Word daily to ensure God is guiding our steps, and we need the fellowship, instruction, and encouragement that comes from consistently meeting w/ brethren. Great post!

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  3. I joined a Bible study my first week in college, and kept going until over a year after graduation when I moved away from my college town. It was just what I needed during that rough time and I met some of the best friends I've ever had there (including my husband).

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    1. That's great, I love meeting people that way!!

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  4. Have Christian Community while in college will make a great difference especially where there is accountability. I went to a Christian College but thank God daily that there were those at the time that had great wisdom than I did to help steer me along in those dry periods of faith. It is so important.

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  5. Very inspring. I went to a state college where my faith was challenged. It was so long ago. We did not even have the Internet then. My Baptist Student Union was important in my maintaining my walk with Him. I realy enjoyed all the programming they provided. Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I will put you on my prayer list!

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    1. Thank you! It definitely helps when you have a group that has the same beliefs as you do!

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  6. These are such great tips college students and for all Christians. I've seen so many kids go off to college and completely lose sight of their faith.

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    1. I completely agree, it's hard to stay faithful when there are so many other things going on at the same time!

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  7. Since I saw She Reads Truth on your blog, I've really enjoyed scripture study! It's literally one of the best parts of my day now. Thank you so much for posting about it!

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    1. Yay that makes me so happy!! So glad you've checked it out!

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  8. Great tips even for people who aren't in college. I live in Arlington and we are a TCU family. I love everything the school has to offer for it's students.

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    1. Aw yay I love meeting other horned frog fans!!

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  9. I went to a really liberal university here in the Philippines. Being discipled and building relationships was the best way for me to grow in my faith. I wanted to run away at times and not show up in our small group meeting, but it's always refreshing and challenging when I spend time with other godly ladies.

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    1. I definitely agree, having others to hold you accountable is a big part of it!

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  10. I am a senior in high school and have to make the decision on where I want to go to college soon! Right now, it is between TCU and Baylor. I am really worried about keeping up my faith during college, and all of these tips are amazing! Thank you so much!

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    1. Both TCU and Baylor are great for anyone, especially if you're looking to grow in your faith! Good luck with your decision!

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  11. Your post is very nice.I think we have the same faith.I'm a born again christian.You're not just lucky,but blessed.You came to know God and you are beautiful.Nothing beats that hehe")

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  12. I didn't become a Christian until I was in college, and it was so great having the accountability of my fellow believers/friends.

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