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I recently changed my major to Nursing, and praise to God, I was accepted into the program to start this fall term. Most of my friends are nursing majors, and at the end of this school year, they will have finished their first year in the program. From them I got an inside look at what it was like. I was excited with this field of study but I have to say I was very intimidated as well. All the memorization for classes like Anatomy and Physiology and the many skills that must be applied—it scared me to think I could possibly fail.

Nursing is going to be my career. To be afraid of my future is disheartening. I should be going in with all the confidence in the world. Yet, I’m sitting here pondering the fact that in a couple of months I will be in a hospital with actual patients. Exciting and scary! I want to do well, and excel, but right now I don't feel like I can do that. So I’ve started relying on a Scripture verse that’s very well known and has really helped me keep my calm over the past couple of weeks.

Philippians 4:13 states, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." We’ve all heard this verse, maybe even had to memorize it when we were kids for our Sabbath school class. It’s amazing. Christ can help us do anything; He can help us through our fears, our trials, and our tribulations. The only thing we have to do is trust Him.

As humans, trusting is not in our nature. I’ve struggled with putting my full 100% trust in the Lord. I know that all things that come from Him are only for my good. But that kind of trust is hard. Yet, He promises to give me the confidence I need to face what I believe I cannot do on my own. And that confidence is heavenly, never-failing. I just have to ask.

You can also have this confidence. All you have to do is ask Him to give you strength, and He will bless you with a confidence you did not know was inside you.

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