Fighting “Back to School Blues”

“I have always had school sickness, as others have seasickness. I cried when it was time to go back to School long after i was old enough to be ashamed of such behavior”

-Jacques Derrida

Many feel the same way the French Philosopher feels about school. Going back to school can be a difficult transition. Going from the relaxing and fun summer months to the grind of school can really shock the system. Going back to deal with insecurities, bullies, popularity contests, beauty contests, peer pressures, and homework can feel daunting. In dealing with the back to school blues, here are 5 uplifting scriptures and 5 practicals to set your mind on.

Proverbs 3:5-6

 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
Practical: Spend time with God privately every day building trust! When things aren’t looking so great, trust God will work it out. Don’t let anyone steal your light. Keep trusting and shinning no matter what happens.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Practical: Write down your goals and dreams for this year. If there is a person in your school who could use some encouragement, if there is someone who you would like to share your faith with, a bible talk you would like to start, or just working harder and getting all your work done on time, God can strengthen you!

Ephesians 6:18

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. 

Practical: PRAY. You can pray about anything and everything at anytime! God wants to help you out no matter what situations you are facing. Pray for help to get your work done, pray to be more confident and secure, pray for that bully to leave you alone, pray to be an example to your friends, pray to not idolize popularity and don’t forget to pray in the moment! Prayers can be outside of our Quiet times as well.

 For the Young Women:
Proverbs 3:30
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Practical: Young Women, don’t put your trust in the external. Your beauty is defined by God not by man. Take a stand this year on not giving into trying to compete in the unspoken beauty contests. Don’t worry about catching that guy’s eye! Focus on catching God’s eye.

For the Young Men:
Psalm 119:9
“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.”
Practical: Young Men, The school is sure to be a purity war zone. Knowing that you are going to be at war, be prepared for battle every morning. Immerse yourselves in Gods word, love his word, cherish his word and you will begin to see the world through a lense of purity. Put your armor on every day to withstand Satan’s schemes.

1 Peter 5:9

Resist him [the devil], standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Practical: Satan will try to knock you off course this year, but you can resist! Resist the peer pressures that will come, resist trying to fit in! Your were meant to shine! Remember that so many others are facing the same battles as you going back to school and the challenges ahead! You are not alone. Be open about your struggles in school no matter how embarrassing they may be. Help each other out, lift each other up, and encourage each other throughout this school year.

The beginning of school can bring many challenges, but it can also present so many victories! Believe that God will make this school year for you one of your best ever as you continue to trust in him and put him first in your life! God wants to work miracles in your life and he will!
Check out this awesome poem: Deepest Fear
Here is to a God filled year!

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