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CBCC'S college students have adopted their theme for 2014.  They are "Keeping the Fruits Fresh in their Spirits."
The students want to share how they will apply and have applied the fruit of the spirits to help them overcome
any potential  and challenging obstacles in their daily college lives.  
As a senior at Jackson State University, I’ve endured so much throughout my journey. Through it all, my hardships have
made me a better and stronger person. Graduating from high school was one of the greatest moments in my life. I was even
blessed to receive a full scholarship to Jackson State University. I came with many friends but I left with just a few. I’ve
always been taught to keep God first and remain humble no matter what. My teachings from my church as well as Pastor
Hubbard helped paved the way. I learned about the fruits of the spirit  rather early in my life. However, I never stop to
realize that I was utilizing them in my everyday life. It wasn’t until I first attended college where I was faced with ultimate
challenges that tested my character, faith, and me as a person. I was outside my element, and this forced me to come to
terms with life. I really had to learn how to go to God on my own and really take my Christian life more serious. I always
knew I wanted to go to college, but I never thought of it as being what really brought me close to God.

I moved from home August 2010 to Alexander Dorm. Of course,  I was looking forward to leaving home, but I never knew it
would be so bittersweet. Imagine moving away three plus hours away from home, no friends, nor family there every day like
always. It really didn’t hit that I was alone until I seen my mother drove off and instantly she called me crying. Quickly, I had
to utilize the fruit of the spirit PATIENCE (LONGSUFFERING). It was one of the saddest episodes of homesickness. It had
got to the point where I wanted to transfer to a school closer to home. I called my mother and everything. She often
reminded me what I was risking (full ride, all expenses paid at JSU). She told me to keep praying and everything will work
out on its own. I asked God to increase my patience and strengthen me not to run away from my problems. I found a
comfort going home every weekend to family. As weeks passed, I met a very great friend, Asiajamiaca. I thank God for
placing her in my life. She got me through the toughest time at JSU. I even managed to get a roommate, Asia, she was
pretty cool.

Eventually, the college life got better for me. However, I was worried  about my school work. No matter how good I thought
my English Composition papers were, I always got a C. It was like my work was never good enough. The fruits of the spirit
PATIENCE and FAITHFULLNESS came into play. I also encountered problems with intermediate algebra. It felt as if I was
going through a lot of changes, until the point where I became overwhelmed with everything. I instantly called my mother
and she called Pastor Hubbard. That phone conversation with Pastor Hubbard changed my life. We had a motivating
conversation that ended with the most powerful prayer I’ve received in my life. She also told me to keep pressing on and
remain PATIENT and FAITHFUL. She gave me spiritual guidance on how to build my relationship with God. This prayer
came just in time before finals. I took my finals and I actually did better than I thought.
                                                                                                                  Jerrica
                                                                                                                  JSU Graduating Senior
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance...

                                                          Galatians  5:22-23
This year graduate school has been a challenge for me.  Not only the schoolwork,  but dealing with unbearable
headaches that I have been having since I was 8 years old. It’s very frustrating and tiresome at times; I can barely
concentrate in class. But the person that I am, I still remain humble and know That God is indeed able to turn things
around for me.  I just have to trust his timing.  Nevertheless,  JOY must be the fruit  that I am applying to my everyday
college life.

Even though the doctors don’t know what is causing my headaches, and the headaches are challenging my memory
and vision, l still have JOY. There are times that I can barely sit in class without having to leave early II can't focus---
but I still have JOY.   I have to cry myself to sleep many nights, but I still have JOY.  I am frustrated at times because it
seems like graduate school more difficult, but I still have JOY. I pray daily asking God to give me strength to endure it,
and strength to make it. However in the midst of everything I have faced in life and still am facing in life,  I still have
JOY!!!  My life isn't perfect, but I'm thankful for everything I have. Always have and always will be! Some may say "you
live a happy go lucky life".  Truth is, that is not the case at all. You may not see it,  but I face my share of issues,
trials,  & obstacles in life. As you mature in Christ,  you began to understand that your situations should NOT dictate
your JOY and PEACE. Your joy and peace comes from deep within rather than from physical circumstances. When
you see me calm,  it's because I know God is pushing me to grow stronger and to have self control (TEMPERANCE).  
When the enemy fights, he's not fighting you because you are weak,  he is fighting you because you are strong.  
Don't walk around complaining, depressed, or angry like God haven't done anything for you.  So just keep the FAITH
throughout all your experiences.

                                                                                                  
   Shastan
                                                                                                     ASU Graduate student  
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CLEAR YOUR MIND OF CAN'T.
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."    Philippians  4:13