8 Uplifting Bible Verses for the Struggling Teenager

8 Uplifting Bible Verses for the Struggling Teenager

God will never leave us nor forsake us
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Life is hard. There is no surprise there. It’s confusing and scary and hectic, but there are some amazing qualities, too. Sometimes you feel alone and don’t know what to do. School gets in the way of what you want to do or you’re dropping friends you thought you trusted. Everyone has their moments. Everyone has felt in the lowest place and couldn’t find strength to get back up. But I want to help with that. Here are 10 Bible verses I hope will brighten your day, or at least make you feel stronger and happier.

Jeremiah 29:11

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.’”

It is hard to know what will happen in our life and sometimes it’s scary to think about how we lack that knowledge. But God has said He has great plans for us. He knows what will happen and it is our job to trust and obey Him.

Hebrews 6:19

“We have this anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

Faith can be a tricky thing. “Do I really believe in this? I can’t see God. Is He really there?” These thoughts pass through everyone’s minds at least one point in time. Faith is a huge jump. But the outcome is amazing. Faith can move mountains. We just need to challenge it and figure out what we truly believe.

Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

I think it’s easier to say we all get a little fearful in life. Not everything goes as planned and it shakes us up. But it’s important to remember who we’re living for and why. If we’re too afraid to do what God has commanded us to do, we might not get to this place where He needs us to be. He won’t fail us. He won’t leave us. Instead of focusing on fear, try to focus on trusting Him. I know it’s hard, but trusting Him brings us one step closer to Him and where we need to be. And in the end, it will lead to a remarkable gift.

Exodus 14:14

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

God will never leave us nor forsake us. He is there for us in every little moment of every day. He cares for us and loves us and wants us. It’s always difficult to sit still and let God do His work, especially in a really tough time where we think we can handle things. But the truth is, we can’t. Not without Him.

Luke 1:45

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

This is an amazing reminder to be still and trust in God. He has blessed us and sometimes we take it for granted without realizing it. We need to trust that He will fulfill the promises He has given us. If we take a step back and look at the whole picture, we will realize He has been there for every little thing. He is there and wants us to hear Him. If we believe with all our heart that God will forever and always be there for us, then we will be able to trust Him. What is a better gift there than God? Let go and let God.

Psalm 61:2

“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

We all grow weak and weary. We need rest and faith that whatever we are going through, God will guide us. When we’re overwhelmed, it’s easy to shut our emotions off. But instead, we should give it to God. That doesn’t mean give it to Him and forget about it and think it is no longer our problem. Give it to Him and continually pray for it. Ask Him to guide us to that rock and help us defeat this trial.

Matthew 6:34

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

It is easy to worry and focus on the things going wrong rather than the things going right. When we worry, we are draining ourselves, leaving us tired and weary. And that is exactly what the devil wants. He whispers in our ears all the negative aspects of a day, which can easily lead to anxiety and worry. Be strong and try to focus on the positive things. It’s better to focus on at least one positive thought amongst a thousand negative ones instead of focusing wholly on the negative.

2 Corinthians 5:7

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Faith is built on trust and love, even if we can’t see anything. In some cases, we might not think God is there simply because we can’t see Him. But He is there. We just need help looking at the bigger picture. Having faith isn’t something we say to try and convince ourselves that God is real and alive. It means we are taking a leap into this world, His world, even if we don’t know all the information. It’s okay to doubt sometimes, just as long as it doesn’t keep you from believing in our Savior. Faith is a heart thing. Why say we have a faith when deep down we know we don’t? We need to take that leap and remember that God will be there to catch us. He always has and always will.

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And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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Calling People Hateful Is Not A Productive Dialogue

Universities have become a breeding ground for intolerance.

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The political climate is rough. I don't enjoy commenting on it because of how controversial it has become. Every once in a while, however, I come across something that rubs me the wrong way.

As I was walking through campus the other day, chalked on the side of a cement wall was a phrase claiming the College Republican club on campus was a hate group. I don't know anything about the person who wrote this statement or anything about the College Republican group on campus, but I do know one thing: this statement is false.

Universities have become a breeding ground for intolerance.

Just because someone has a different opinion from you doesn't mean they are hateful. There is room for disagreement.

A psychology professor of mine once said something that impacted my perspective toward both political parties: "Both sides think they're right, but both sides can't be right." Both sides make decisions based on what they think is right. A person's opinion is not "wrong" if it differs from yours. It's just different.

It's important to recognize that people won't always agree with you, and that's okay. That doesn't give you the right to call them mean or hateful. It allows an entrance into discussion. Besides, if you want to persuade someone that your belief is more accurate, name calling won't get you anywhere. It will only cause the other person to view you as inconsiderate and unwilling to understand.

How can you convince someone to believe you when you won't listen to their perspective? How can you expect people to listen to you when you won't do the same in return? Not only is it important to recognize a person's beliefs, it's important to understand why they believe what they do.

In order for people to engage in productive dialogue, both sides need to listen to each other and respect each other. Tossing labels around progresses nowhere and doesn't benefit anyone.

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