I like to think that I am still a “youngin’,” but every time I see new students arrive on campus, I feel a little bit older. Then I go to the gym and share the pool with the water aerobics class, and I realize that my day is coming.
Today’s verses give me hope that God will be faithful throughout my entire life, no matter how long (or short) that may be.
Ten Verses for When You Feel Old
1. I John 2:17
And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
2. Psalm 37:25
A few weeks go, I went for a walk with a new friend. Before this night, our friendship had been surface-level. We both wanted to be friends, but our “water cooler” conversations had not drilled deep.
But this night, our friendship grew rapidly. As we discussed the wonders chocolate milk, we realized that we are (in the words of Anne of Green Gables) “kindred spirits.” The conversation flowed from dairy products to education, to work struggles, and, finally, relationships.
Both of us are single, and we agreed that society can portray single girls as neglected. But the truth we both claim, as cliche as it sounds, is that God does not make mistakes, and His plan is perfect. The Bible is filled with His promise to never neglect us. Time and time again, we read of his never-ending, unbreaking, enduring love.
Ten Verses For When You Feel Neglected
1. Hebrews 2:6
What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
a son of man that you care for him?
I am indecisive. At least, I think I am indecisive. Most likely, I am indecisive. I really can’t decide. Am I indecisive?
I know that my indecisive tendencies are based on fear; I don’t want to make a misguided decision. Thankfully, God gives us clear directions. He doesn’t leave us to wander and wonder.
One of my biggest hopes after graduation was to move out on my own. When I was hired at PIU in September, I had full confidence that I would have an apartment before the end of October.
Spoiler alert: I have worked at PIU nearly nine months, and I didn’t move until three days ago.
In those nine months of waiting on a delayed dream, I often thought of “Harlem,” the iconic poem by Langston Hughes.
As I spent the past year waiting for my dream to be fulfilled, I saw my dream fall into each of Hughes’s scenarios. My dream traveled through the stages of shriveling, festering, rotting, crusting, and sagging.
In case you missed the introduction to my new Top Ten Tuesday series, you can read it in last week’s post.
There are thousands of scenarios that can make us feel unhappy, disappointed, and even depressed. Even in a state of despair, we are not hopeless.
Ten Verses For When You Feel Bummed
It’s been a long time since I have shared a true Top Ten Tuesday post, but the other night an idea sparked in my head for a new Top Ten Tuesday series.
The English language has hundreds of words to describe how we feel. Depending on the moment, we might feel agitated, amused, angry, amazed, or ambivalent, and we often act on whatever emotion we feel in the moment. The Bible does not condemn emotions. Rather, it shows us how to handle these emotions in the light of eternity.
For the next six months, I am going to move alphabetically through a self-compiled list of feelings. I want to share ten verses that speak to each emotion and discuss our proper response as Christians. By the end of October, we will have a repository of 260 verses.
10 Verses for when you feel anxious.
I like formulas. Daily, I manipulate and interpret data to determine the effectiveness of the university. It’s consistent. The sum divided by the count equals the average. Multiply a number by .01 to find the percentage. Formulas never change; they give me what I want.
But there is no formula for life, at least, I haven’t found one. For me, life is a step-by-step experiment.
Sometimes, All the time, I would like some wisdom in this trial and error attempt. Where can I find wisdom?