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“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”

-2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV)

It’s exam day, you studied hard and long for the past few days,

and you still have butterflies and doubt stuck in your gut.

What if I missed something? You wonder, What if I suddenly

forget important pieces right before the test? What about

those “trick” questions? What if I somehow studied the wrong

material and missed a subject? What words do I use to explain

the topic asked in the short answer problems? And so on, so forth.

There are so many “what ifs” in life alone, and tests… oh tests they set a lot of people in a “worry trace.”  Just like you, I worry too; tests, pop-quizzes, and quizzes make me nervous and put me sometimes at the edge of my seat, especially pop-quizzes. I like to make sure everything is just right; I’m a perfectionist with OCD, and in an imperfect world, it’s hard to perfect precisely. With pop quizzes – and sometimes tests – I start racking through my brain trying to replay image of the things I’ve learned, trying to recall how to explain or define. Well, and I’m sure you can relate when you knew something and then forgot it. You first get up set and angered with yourself, and then the wave of panic comes through!

But do this: just stop. Stop worrying for a moment. Breath – in out, in out, in out, in out- and listen for a second. Remember that God is in control of everything. Pray to Him for peace and for a working mindset when you’re in those scenarios. Also, remember that you worked hard – at least I hope you did, for your sake – and did your best possible to know everything you were told or wisely predicted to study. As long as ou gave your best effort, that’s what counts.

Remember the verse above, it says “may the Lord of peace himself give you peace.” Peace is peace; calmness and a clear state of mind; comfort. The Lord, who created everything – feelings, thoughts, emotions – and is “the Lord of peace himself” is able to help you in all ways. So if he can do that, the I assure you that he can comfort you when your nerves are at the edge of a cliff.

Prayer is the strongest tool God has given us, it’s the (or a) way we can communicate to our Father. And just like you would tell your mom or dad the feelings your feel, tell God too, just the way you’d tell your earthly parents. I find when I pray and tell God my troubles and request help or peace, I can almost immediately feel God’s presence and peace. Now, it doesn’t happen, or it won’t happen all the time, but God is there, he’s always there; omnipresent. And he cares very, very much for you.

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