Friends Come In Seasons, But God's Love For You Is Everlasting

Friends Come In Seasons, But God's Love For You Is Everlasting

Put your faith in the lord, for he will never abandon you.

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I have definitely had my ups and downs with making friends, but I have finally come to realize that friends tend to come in seasons, especially when you are going through adolescence, and that's okay. You may be best friends with a person or group of people during the school year because you may take the same classes and/or may be around them the majority of the time. But then comes summer, and or maybe a transition from elementary school to middle school, or middle school to high school. Over the summer transitions such as these can cause people to tend to lose communication with one another, and then the following school year they are not as close.

This has always been the case for me at least, except for in my case, I was always the one to reach out to people and they would not reciprocate. Reflecting on my first year in college to now I have definitely had multiple falling outs with friends and people, and the people who I thought were going to be my best friends for life now continue to ignore me whenever I try to reach out to them or simply just act like they are busy whenever I ask them to hang out, yet I always see them together anyways. This is something that has definitely worked my nerves and made me upset, but I am now in a place where I have accepted that our relationship is not going to be like how it used to be, and people make time and prioritize things that they care about.

You should never feel like you are putting all the work into your relationships, and you should never allow yourself to get worked up over things not being the way that they used to be, and people switching up on you. Just like as if you were in a relationship with a hopeful partner, true friendships require work from all parties involved. It can't be just about one person always initiating conversation or coming to the other for advice and to vent about all the things going on in their life, or just a hi and bye, to be somebody's true friend you have to dedicate time to get to know that person, and there should be a balance with each party.

When I have had my doubts about friends and people I have found myself to become very upset and second guess myself. I tend to think, "it must have been something I did", or " why does this always happen to me" and all this has done is put me into a negative headspace. We tend not to think about how things that people do which bother us, most likely are not affecting them at all, and by feeding into that negativity all you are doing is allowing those people to get the best of you.

There is only one thing in this world that I know to be true, which is that God will always have my best interest at heart. This is not just for me, but it is for everyone. No matter who may come and go in your life God will always be with you, and he has already worked up something great for you that you just haven't gotten to yet. Allow yourself to trust him and be patient, because his will is already done, and your battles have already been won. The people featured in the picture above are acquaintances that I have been fortunate to make this school year, but for the first time in my life, I feel like I am not having to force our relationship to exist. I don't know what will become of it but I know that whatever happens God is still with no matter what.

Continue to stay positive despite relationships and people that may be of concern in your life; have faith, and live loved. Your true friends will show themselves eventually, and once you find them you will never look back and dwell on the past.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Bible Verses To Bring You Comfort

When times get tough and are stressful, here are some bible verses that can help.

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As a typical, insanely stressed out college student, I know that it is that point in the year that everything seems to hit you at once. The stress and anxiety from school and other things going on in my personal life sometimes just make me want to curl up in a ball and pretend it will all just solve itself. Unfortunately, this doesn't work. I have found that the only comfort I get during all of this is from God. Reading a bible verse everyday when I am at the point of wanting to quit, brings me peace and helps me continue on.

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you." Isaiah 43:2

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

"When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy." Psalm 94:19

"Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit"

Psalm 34:18

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

I hope that you can read each of these verses and feel comforted by the One that truly loves and cares for you. Pray to God about anything and everything because I promise, He is listening. He is there to take care of everything and His support and love are never ending. He will always be there for you, no matter what. Times might be tough right now but always remember that stress isn't permanent but God is.

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