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For those of us who revolve our lives around the school calendar, this month, May, is notorious for being the worst.  It’s full of all the heavy stuff like AP exams, finals, essays, grading, graduation, technical errors and, more often than not, paying the piper for all the procrastinating we’ve done throughout the year.

(It does pile up, doesn’t it?)

But today let’s consider something else May is also about.

As the semester nears its close, it is important to note that final exams are coming. While for some the thought of taking a final exam may be quite stressful, there are steps you can take now to help prepare you for a smooth finals week. 

The biggest, most obvious thing you can do to prepare yourself for final exams is study. Create a schedule of your upcoming exams and the days you will take each exam. Set aside some time each week to review and study course material from the semester. This may be found in your book and in your online class. Also, keep an eye out as your teacher may have a final exam study guide for you.

Have you ever been asked to “share your testimony”?  Does that spark enthusiasm in you?  Or terror?  Or nothing?  Do you feel like you know what you would say or would you need some more time before you could answer?

What do you think of when you hear the word “testimony”?

Perhaps you’ve heard people share radical conversion stories about how much their life changed after they became a disciple of Jesus.  These stories usually include three acts modeled after the prodigal son story: 1) Lost 2) Found 3) Celebration.  And much like the prodigal son story, these personal experiences are moving to hear and compel us into deeper understandings of God’s grace, power, and mercy.

Yet as compelling as these particular testimonies are, I always appreciate when faith communities look to include more kinds of stories in the mix of experiences they discuss together.  As members of the Jesus-life we actually have many stories (small and large) about how God is inviting us deeper and deeper into his Spirit. 

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