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November 20, 2008

   My son, Brian, called to tell me that he was feeling a little stressed as he was getting ready for his exams. He’s a third-year college student, and his college classes are getting tougher and are requiring more of his time. We talked on the phone at length about how he needed to make sure that he was using his time wisely, eating lots of “brain food,” getting proper rest, and most important, praying for God to help him concentrate and to recall to memory what he’s learned. 

    On Monday I knew what time his exams were. I stopped working at those times and prayed that God would help Brian relax and that He would bring back to memory what Brian had studied and learned in class. I did it because prayer is powerful, and God will help us in all situations. 

    The holidays are coming, and many high school and college students are getting ready to take either mid-term exams or college semester finals. If you’re one of those students, remember that God wants you to succeed. If you ask Him to, He will help you do your best. Then it’s up to you to trust that He will see you through your exams. Brian called me yesterday when he’d finished two of his hardest exams, accounting and calculus. He said, “I feel good about them. I know I did my best, and Christ will have to do the rest.” 

    He felt more at peace and a lot less stressed. He also said he can’t wait to come home for Thanksgiving to have me give him a little TLC (tender loving care) and some good home cooking. And I can’t wait for him to come home so I can take care of him! 

    So when you’re feeling stressed-out about your exams, get out your Bible and claim some of God’s promises. Here are two of my favorite scriptures that I want to share with you as you prepare for your exams: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7, 8, NIV).* “I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 17:6, 8, NIV). 

    I hope you do well on your exams, and I pray that God will comfort you and help you through them. I hope you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving! 

* Texts credited to NIV are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.  Copyright ã 1973, 1978, 1984, International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.


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