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Daily Coffee Break with God

By Brook Ault

Finding Rest in Christ

We all have our expectations of college- crazy adventures with new friends, educational and academic success, exciting internship opportunities, a new sense of freedom, lifelong relationships; the list goes on and on. But, if you’ve had an experience similar to mine, you’ve probably discovered that college isn’t always easy. As a freshman here at Olivet, I’ve experienced how incredibly difficult it can be to move away from home, adjust to a completely new environment, keep up with an enormous amount of course work while running on about zero hours of sleep, deal with awkward roommate conflict, resist the urge to venture to Culvers’ every night for a large cookie dough mixer, budget your very, very, small amount of spending money, find a job, manage a social life, and drag yourself to your 8:00 a.m. in the mornings when all you really want to do is hit the snooze button and stay in bed all day. The fact of it is, college can be exhausting. However, in the midst of the stressful times in our lives, we can find peace and rest in knowing that the same God who created the moon and stars is walking along side us every day.

Exodus 33:14 says ‘The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”’ These words of truth remind us that, even when we experience stress or doubt, we can find a sense of peace in the fact that God is working in our lives. This truth is incredibly important to remember and can carry us through even the most exhausting times in our life.

Whatever it be, whether you’re running late to class, drowning in homework, overwhelmed with anxiety due to relationship conflict, struggling to plan your future, running on less than three hours of sleep, or busting your tail just to pass a class, the perfect cure could be to stop, take a breath, and allow peace to wash over your body, remembering that we can always find rest in the fact that our God is alive and with us.

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Spark your faith today…

By Katherine White

With pure intentions, a strong will, and -most importantly- faith that is alive inside, anything is possible. To be able to obey God’s callings, which seem impossible and defy the ordinary in this world, we must live in and believe in our faith.
If we do not have the faith that God is fighting through us, that it is His strength inside of us, we will not realize the power we hold as Christians. He is right here with us, wanting only for us to succeed in all we choose to do for Him. In the end, we know love will win- we are on the winning side when we fight for God. All it takes it faith! To be able to go to the dark places that God requires us to save others from, where He needs us the most, we must know He is there.
The first time God spoke to me, I was stricken by stage fright and opened my Bible for some confidence. I opened it to Jeremiah 1:6-8, which tells us:
“’Alas, Sovereign LORD,’ I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am too young.’
But the LORD said to me,
‘Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the LORD.”

God is alive, and His work is not finished. Through us, though our faith, God can do miraculous things. Always test your faith to make sure you are living genuinely for Him. It is the winning way and the only true source of strength in the end: faith.

A Testimony of Powerful Faith
I hope you are loving Spark’s newest song: Head Above Water by Avril Lavigne. This is her most recent song in five years, and it is quite the comeback.
The first time I listened to this song, it gave me chills. This powerful message is a testimony of Lavigne’s faith in God.
Lavigne, age 33, was bedridden for five months, deathly ill with Lyme disease. She shared the following statements with People Magazine in an article published by Maura Hohman September 19, 2018:
“One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die.”
“My mom laid with me in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning.”
“Under my breath, I prayed ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’ In that moment, the song writing of this album began,” she continued in the statement. “It was like I tapped into something. It was a very spiritual experience. Lyrics flooded through me from that point on.”

“God, keep my head above water. Don’t let me drown, it gets harder. I’ll meet you there at the altar”, Avril Lavigne’s powerful lyrics from her newest song in five years will give you chills. Her inspiring faith through facing the hardship of nearly dying from Lyme disease has landed her song to Spark radio. Listen, enjoy, and keep your faith alive!