I’m more than a month into my second year at BSSM now, and it seems like just when I got settled into a routine, the routine changed. Isn’t that so often how it works? You feel like you’re actually managing something well, and then it changes and you’re back to flailing. (Is it just me?)
Last week I was feeling overwhelmed when two classes were added to my schedule. To top things off, I also found out that every Second Year student has to preach a sermon this fall, so I now also have the fear of the Lord in me. (How come no one told me?!?)
I’ve been feeling overwhelmed. You too?
Here are some verses to encourage you if you’re in the same boat.
Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through him who gives me strength.
Psalm 62:5: Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Philippians 4:19: And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 23:1-4: The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Isaiah 40:31: But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.
Psalm 18:2: The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Isaiah 35:4: Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”
Ephesians 6:10: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Judges 6:23: But the Lord said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.”
1 John 5:4: For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
Isaiah 55:12: You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Luke 10:19: I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
Romans 12:12: Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Psalm 90:7: May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalm 4:8: In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
1 John 4:4: You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Psalm 29:11: The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Matthew 16:18: And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
Romans 16:20: The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
Psalm 91:1-2: Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Matthew 11:30: For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Psalm 33:20: We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
Isaiah 26:3: You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Romans 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
2 Thessalonians 3:16: Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
Now, as Numbers 6:26 says, may “the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Hang in there! You’ve got this…but more importantly, God’s got you.