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Overwhelmed with Homework and Life? Focus on God’s Faithfulness!
Written by Christi Given | November 18, 2013
Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and council. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
A PI Girl in the Girl Talk chat forum asked about how to deal with feeling overwhelmed or stressed about projects and homework. Want to read the full post? Click here!
How do we deal with homework due dates, the pressure to fit in, the demands of the week and other circumstances that arise? As Christians and Christ followers, we trust God. We trust that Jesus intercedes for us (Romans 8:34) and that God has our back. In the Bible, in the book of Jeremiah 29, verse 11, it says:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
We may go through tough times, or feel overloaded with projects, assignments, midterms, essays, homework or even extracurricular activities, but remember…GOD IS FOR YOU! (Romans 8) He loves you so much, and no matter what is going on, He is right here with you. He says, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
God has planned great things for your life, and He will bring you through it. I read a quote one time that said, “IF GOD BROUGHT YOU TO IT, HE WILL BRING YOU THROUGH IT!” Write this down on a piece of cute notepaper and stick it on your dresser or mirror, girls! It’s a fantastic reminder when we feel the waves and storms of life crashing in.
When we go through rough seasons or even just a week with a heavy workload, and we focus on how much we have to do, or when we take our eyes off of Jesus, we begin to sink. (Matthew 14:22-32) This happened to someone similarly in the Bible, when Peter saw Jesus on the water when he was with the disciples, and he called to the Lord to see if it was Him. Peter was scared, but Jesus told Peter to come out onto the water and to TRUST HIM. That is like what God wants us to do…to TRUST HIM.
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, lean not on your own understanding; in ALL your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” —Proverbs 3:5
Christi’s Simple Tips to Overcome Fear and Focus on Faith
1. Know God has a plan! (Jeremiah 29:11)
2. Know God is FOR you! (Romans 8:31)
3. Know God will bring you through your situation! (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
4. Know that God wants you to fix your eyes on Jesus and trust Him! (Hebrews 12:2)
5. Know God’s track record and his faithfulness! (Lamentations 3:23)
Remember, girls, the second we start looking at how hard, scary or impossible it seems, or even when we start to fear, we begin to sink…and doubt rushes in. We need to combat pressure and stress with FAITH, and believe no matter what happens, we can do “ALL things through Christ.” (Philippians 4:13) This is one of my favorite scriptures, girls! When things get tough, just say this out loud and pray!
“I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.” —Philippians 4:13
PI Girls, write down a prayer request in the comment section below! We love you!
Most city-states had an acropolis, which was a collection of temples built on top of a high hill. Acropolis means ‘high city’, and it was a place where the citizens of the city-state could go to for safety if there was an enemy invasion.
Athens was named after Athena, who was the goddess of wisdom. The people who lived in Athens believed that Athena was their patron goddess – this meant that she would protect Athens from the other gods when they got angry.
The Parthenon in Athens is a large temple built to honour Athena. Each city-state had a patron god. Creating a temple for a god meant putting their statue inside it, and maybe even decorating it with the god’s symbols. People went to the temple to pray to the god/goddess and bring offerings, such as treasures or food.
Priests were put in charge of the temples, which meant that they were the ones who communicated with the god or goddess. The priest could interpret what the gods wanted, and make sure they were kept happy.
The Underworld is where the Greeks believed that people went after they died. The Ancient Egyptians also believed in an Underworld, but the ones that the Greeks believed in was a little different.
Hades was in charge of the Underworld, and the god Hermes would guide people along to the River Styx – this separated the world of the living from the world of the dead. It cost money to be ferried across the River Styx, so when people were buried their families would place a coin on their body to make sure they could pay the fare.
Once you crossed the River Styx, you’d join other souls in the afterlife – but nobody stayed around there for too long. The Greeks believed that souls of the dead would be reborn, so you’d only have to stay around the Underworld as long as it took for your soul to wait in the rebirth queue.
This story about the Underworld is part of Greek mythology. References to the different myths can be found in pictures painted on vases, and in Greek literature like the Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer. Each god had certain symbols that would help you tell which was which – for instance, Poseidon (god of the sea) always carried around a trident, and Aphrodite (goddess of love) is usually shown with doves. Artemis is the goddess of hunting, and she’s pictured with a bow and arrow.
Some of the best myths involve heroes – people who did brave and noble things. One of the favourite heroes was Heracles, who was Zeus’ son. He was brave even when he was a little baby – he saved the life of his brother by killing snakes that had been released into their nursery and meant to kill them.
The 12 Olympian gods and goddesses
- Zeus – king of the gods, and god of the sky; his main weapon was thunderbolts
- Hera – wife of Zeus and queen of the gods, and also the goddess of marriage and family
- Hades – brother of Zeus and Poseidon, and god of the Underworld
- Hermes – son of Zeus and messenger of the gods; he’d help deliver people to the River Styx in the Underworld
- Demeter – goddess of agriculture and the seasons
- Poseidon – brother of Zeus and Hades, and god of the sea
- Athena – daughter of Zeus, goddess of wisdom, and patron god of Athens
- Ares – son of Zeus and god of war
- Apollo – twin brother of Artemis, son of Zeus and god of the sun and music
- Artemis – twin sister of Apollo, daughter of Zeus and goddess of hunting and animals
- Aphrodite – daughter of Zeus and goddess of love and beauty
- Dionysus – son of Zeus, god of wine and celebrations, and patron god of the theatre
Other important gods (sometimes included in the 12 Olympians)
- Hestia – goddess of the home
- Hephaistos – husband of Aphrodite, and god of fire and the blacksmith’s forge