1. You are never alone.
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“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
Often the most difficult part of leaving home, family, and all that’s familiar is the incredible loneliness we may feel at times. It’s normal to have to give some time to adjust to the differences and new location; we may miss a lot of things from home. But wherever we are in life, at college, in a new city, or at a workplace in the future, one thing is certain – God is with us, always. He promises His protection and care over us, and He is forever faithful. He is the one constant in our lives, He alone is our Rock and Refuge. Keep looking up to Him to find your strength for every day.
2. You are loved and accepted.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)
A reminder to our hearts at every stage of life, but especially in these teen/college years: You are held by a mighty God who is crazy about you! You are loved. You are accepted. Period. You never have to earn His love; it’s not based on what you could ever do for Him. God reminds us over and over in His Word how He chases after us with His goodness, how He loves us with an everlasting love. It’s strong, it’s supportive, it’s secure, it’s forever. In a fleeting world that bases so much attention on what we do or look like, God’s acceptance of us just for who we are brings peace and renewed strength on the inside. Never forget who you belong to. You are His child, you are a light in a world that needs hope, you are destined for great things.
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