Isaiah 41:10

Well, I finally picked my verse/quote of the month. And I know what you are thinking- it’s already like halfway through the month. Why did you just now pick a verse of the month?

Here’s the thing- I hadn’t really thought about it until now. But I start school next week, so I’m finally filling out my planner, putting in dates for August, etc. And in the top corner of my monthly calendar is a small box for “Quote of the Month”. And at first, I figured I was just going to put a quote in it. But then I remembered it was a small box, I have quite large handwriting, and above all else, nothing is going to be able to encourage me more than the Bible. So I looked up encouraging Bible verses- and bookmarked the page because I am sureeee that I am going to have to come back to it several times in the coming months- and scrolled down a little. Isaiah 41:10 caught my eye pretty quickly. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

I am pretty nervous for this semester- the next 7 semesters, actually, but specifically this one. I’m starting actual college for the first time- I’ve taken a lot of college classes before, but never this many, and never solely college classes. I’m taking two in-person classes (and I’ve never taken any in-person classes before). I’m leaving behind senior summer. I’m stopping the four jobs that I worked this summer. I’m potentially starting work at the college. I won’t have my big sister to help me through all of it. It’s a lot of change that I am incredibly nervous for.

And as has already been evidenced through some of my previous posts, I do not do well with change.

But here are the things that I can be thankful for and can rest in: God is still good. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. I am still living at home, so I will have most of my family to support me. I have a couple really great friends who will be right- almost physically, for most of them- by my side through all of it. I am not alone.

And obviously, I have God’s promise from Isaiah 41 that He will be with me in every moment, and that He will strengthen me, and He will help me in the moments where I am weak and where I cannot do it myself. I don’t have to freak out about what this semester will bring, because I know who holds both me, and this semester.

“Be thou my vision, and Lord of my heart”. I am praying everyday that God will be my vision and that he will be the Lord of my heart. That I will surrender to Him and trust Him. That I will lean on Him in the difficult times to strengthen me, rather than leaning on myself. I am not someone who goes to other people very often. I internalize things- probably for bad reasons, but that isn’t the point- so I lean on myself. And while leaning on other people before God wouldn’t be great either, leaning on myself and going it alone is pretty bad. I am not perfect. I am farrrr from it, actually. I struggle with anxiety, and I struggle with fear. I don’t want to hide that. It is not something that I am ashamed of- but it is something that I am working on. It is something that I am asking God to fix in me.

I know that I’m still going to struggle this semester. I know that there are still going to be moments that I falter. I thank God that He gives me grace in those moments. And I will continually be reminding myself of the strength that I have in Jesus. And I’ll be praying that you all find the same in Him 🙂

I am compiling a list of verses that I find encouraging so if you are in need of encouragement, please feel free to reach out through either DM on Instagram or comment on here or Instagram!

Good luck this semester, everyone 🙂