Seasons. With each new season comes new opportunities, new tasks and new challenges. The change of seasons can be exciting; filled with anticipation and hope for what’s to come. But the change of seasons can also bring feelings of anxiety as we await the unknown of what’s ahead. As one year winds down a new year waits in the shadows, what is your hope for 2019?
Today, we are taking a deeper dive into some of our favorite Bible verses, which we shared on our social channels in November. As we break down each of these truths, think about they can be applied to the year ahead. (All images can be downloaded and used as mobile screensavers!)
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25
What is weighing heavy on your heart? What event, relationship or circumstance is sitting at the forefront of your mind? Anxiety is not only a burden to you, but it is also not of God. He longs to carry the heavy load for you. His Word equips us to shift our attention away from our troubles and focus on Him instead.
Challenge: Write 3 of your favorite verses on notecards and place them in 3 areas you visit the most often. Seeing those reminders of truth throughout the day will help quiet anxious thoughts. Try placing one on your bathroom mirror, one in your school locker and one in your gym bag or school notebook!
God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Though we don’t always recognize it in the moment, God is consistently working all things together for our good and more importantly, His glory. As a Christ follower, you can live with the assurance that God will only lead you down a path that is the absolute best for YOU!
Challenge: Reflect on a time that you witnessed God work through your circumstances to bless you in some way. Journal about it!
So do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble on it’s own. Matthew 6:34
Have you ever noticed that the things we spend time worrying about almost always work out? Have you ever lain awake at night stressing over a test or a competition or a tough conversation with a friend? More often than not, we look back and declare, “that wasn’t that bad!” The lesson here is, God wants us to live in the present moment. Forget the stressors of yesterday and the anticipation of tomorrow. Enjoy where you are today and remain in constant companionship with your heavenly Father. He is trustworthy.
Challenge: Say a prayer asking the Lord for His help in living with intentionality to stay present and always rely on Him for guidance.
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
Wisdom is not something that is only available to our elders. Wisdom is something we can all obtain if we are willing to pursue and ask God for it. Do you have a trusted mentor that you can approach with your questions or concerns?
Challenge: Seek counsel from an accountability partner that is in a season of life ahead of you! Having a mentor to rely on is a game-changer as you work to grow in your faith. In fact, Proverbs 15 tells us that wisdom is found in the counsel of many!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:37
Do you have a lucky item that brings you comfort in times of pressure? Maybe it’s a lucky hat, or a piece of jewelry or even your cell phone. It’s easy to rely on material items to help us feel ready to take on the day–to make us feel confident. That is not the way we were intended to live! With God on our side, we can rely on Him to be our ultimate comfort. His mercies are new each morning. He is our strength and our confidence in every situation.
Challenge: Allow God to work through you and send a comforting message to a friend or family member who is going through a tough time. Remind them that we can put all of our confidence in Him!
Nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37
Have you ever been asked, “What would you try if you knew you could not fail?” If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, nothing is impossible with God!
Challenge: Write down a God-sized goal that you have. Note some steps you will have to take to achieve that goal and establish a timeline for each milestone. Pray over your goal and ask God to give you vision that aligns with His purpose!
The future is something to look forward to, but it is the present that we ought to live in and celebrate! Yesterday is past, tomorrow is far away. Live in the now. Right now, these moments are a gift. That’s why they call it the present.
For more inspiration heading into the new year, check out the video below for three spiritual disciplines that it’s important to practice daily.