Scriptures for Back to School

It’s back to school season and I have to say, this is the first August that I do somewhat miss the excitement of new classes, seeing old friends on campus and clearly the best part of any new school year, new school supplies.

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So for those who are headed back to that school grind, here are some scriptures to meditate on as you delve into new classes and trust the Lord anew every day to meet your needs, from tests to finances to parking spots… a feat not unlike the opening of the Hunger Games. Especially at UCO. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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Knowledge & wisdom

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Ephesians 1:17

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16b

Protection & favor

Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:12

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 90:17

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

Energy

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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. Isaiah 40:29-31

 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being. Ephesians 3:16

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Seasons: Summer of the Soul

I realized I needed to get down to writing my summer post before summer was gone. In working on this post, God brought to mind this scripture from Psalm 34.

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Taste and see that the Lord is good. If you think about it, basically all of summer revolves around taste and sight, from grilling up some amazing BBQ, loading up on fresh fruit and veggies (strawberries and peaches are big hits at our house), to taking road trips to new places and witnessing God’s handiwork.

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You don’t really get to do a lot of those things through the year as weather and school/work schedules limit or prohibit such outings.

But in the summer, you get to dive in deep. Summer lets you cross paths again with family and friends, stay up a little later, and sleep in a little longer. Summer lets you feel deeply: feel the connection to friends and family, the exhilaration of adventure, even the butt-burning heat as you gingerly slide into your car after it’s sat outside all afternoon. Summer lets you taste deeply: the ripest watermelon, the sweetest tea, the tenderest steaks, the juiciest mangoes.

Taste and see.

Sometimes the “on and on-ness” of our regular schedules, sights and sounds dull us to the breathtaking beauty and depth all around us. Sometimes, weeks like last week make us think any beauty and meaning around us is just a mirage and a joke. But is that where the story ends?

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

Even though summer makes it easy, we realize that it’s up to us to choose “to taste and see,” to never stop looking for and thanking God for the beauty, depth, tastes and sights that make up the fabric of our lives.

Summer is the perfect time to soak in all the good taste and beauty we were made for. Let your soul taste and see that the Lord indeed is good.

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Check out my spring post here.

Check out my winter post here.

Seasons: Spring of our Souls

I love spring so much. Balmy weather, sandals, snocone stands opening, sunshine, my birthday…

Spring is most definitely my favorite season. Maybe that’s because I was born right as trees were greening up and flowers were just beginning to bloom. It’s when I started to bloom, too. The fluffy Bradford pear trees and sunny daffodils are like a love letter to each of us from God, promising new life, a fresh start. Only, don’t breathe too deeply around the Bradford pear trees…

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At Odds with Time

Genesis 5. At first glance, this is a chapter to skim. The names and numbers quickly run together, a list really, hardly a narrative. But every time I do read it, I marvel at the life spans of the earliest inhabitants of the earth. Having kids at 500. Living until age 777, 969. My brain can hardly comprehend.

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