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Advice for Your Next Adventure: College or Any Encouragement You May Need

May 29, 2020

     Happy May (almost June)! This past month has been a whirlwind of old seasons ending and a settling in of a new season before August rolls around. I am just so grateful for a profound sense of rest, balance, and joy in a such renewed and restored sense in these days. Grateful for graduation, celebrations that did not look as expected, slow mornings with too much coffee, summer heat, movie nights with friends, family time, and everything in between. One thing I love so much about God’s character is this: in the middle of the most chaotic and broken and spinning of times like our world is currently experiencing, there is hope in a greater beauty and restoration to come than we could ever imagine. As a long season of my life closes (my thirteen years at King’s Ridge Christian School), I have found myself eager for encouragement and steadfast truth to envelop my mind and heart, truths to carry with me into the next season. Maybe for you, you are also in the middle of seasons’ transitioning. Whether you find yourself graduating from highschool specifically, or even just starting a new job, losing an old job, graduating college, searching for fresh purpose, desperate for hope, or ready for any type of change, I hope these words are sweet like honey to your heart and soul as they have been for me. They are words spoken over and into me by many people that I love and cherish. They are words breathed through mindful prayer and trusted life experiences, and I am too grateful for them to not now share with you. So here ya go, words from my loved ones to you. May they bring light and love into whatever season you find yourself in!

  1. take advantage of every opportunity 
  2. choose your friends wisely
  3. study abroad 
  4. find a group of believers as a place of encouragement and accountability
  5. go to class
  6. text your parents
  7. take care of yourself, being kind to yourself always 
  8. be a blessing to others
  9. take *insert your name* time
  10. allow yourself to grow in wisdom, far different from just acquiring knowledge 
  11. stay passionate about whatever makes you, YOU
  12. pursue God’s purpose by pursuing God
  13. ask the hard questions, avoiding making assumptions to allow for true understanding
  14. “run at a pace that lets you finish the race” ~John Piper
  15. allow these years to be ones of molding into who God has intended us to become 
  16. community- necessary to fighting the distractions that pull from God
  17. give AND take grace 
  18. don’t doubt yourself when making good choices
  19. never apologize for asking questions- keep an inquisitive spirit
  20. follow your heart first and foremost
  21. do not be too busy to build relationships in life
  22. pray hard and pray often- don’t feel selfish for praying for yourself 
  23. take it one week at a time
  24. remember the 3 parts of your foundation: faith, family, and friends- these are your roots, water them! 
  25. be a student of life 
  26. you will laugh- laugh with your whole body, mind, and spirit. it is good for your soul and those around you
  27. you will cry- don’t be afraid to cry. the ability to show emotion shows your real strength 
  28. college will go by even faster than high school 
  29. take time to celebrate God’s gifts in others
  30. your identity is not found in your college major, social status, successes, or failures 
  31. take the time to say what needs to be said but take more time to listen
  32. it is often more important to be interested rather than interesting
  33. wisdom requires and is the best possible product of pain

*John 16:33

*Proverbs 3:6

*Philippians 4:4-7

*Galatians 6:9

*Isaiah 40:31

*Hebrews 6:10

*Colossians 2:6-7

*Joshua 1:8-9

*Psalm 62:5

*Ephesians 3:20

*Matthew 6:33

*Jeremiah 29:11

*Isaiah 41:10

*2 Corinthians 4:17-18

With love,


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