Your midterms are stressing you out, your extracurriculars keep asking more from you, your bank account says you only have two dollars, and you can’t seem to get more than four hours of sleep. The last thing you need is one more person asking you what you are going to do when you graduate. School is stressful. School is important. But I am more important. I can give you peace, my child.

All the emotions you are going through are making you stronger. All the struggles you face are opportunities for you to trust me. Every failure, mistake and tear are chances for you to kneel at my feet and hand your problems to me.

In your school setting, you are continually striving to be greater. You want a higher grade on your tests in the subject you hate, you want to make more relationships with your peers, you want to be involved in every way possible, and you want to be “successful enough” so that you can one day have your dream career. You want to support your family of five and afford dance lessons for little Becky and soccer fees for Johnny.

My child, when you are overwhelmed, stressed and feel as if you are never good enough to make even a C in Biology, remember to sit at my feet.

Remember the story with Martha and Mary? Well, maybe you do not remember that story, so let me explain. Martha was busy preparing for my presence. She worked diligently in the house to make everything perfect. She was preparing and working hard, but Mary was sitting at my feet, listening to my every word. She was not distracted by the world or preparations that “needed to be done”. She was focused on me, what I had to say and sitting at my feet. Mary was praised for her ability to not focus on the world, and listen to me.

I know your planner is currently filled and you have many anxieties. I know you are counting down the days until the next break. I know you are worried about how your test week went. But focus on me, my word, and I can give you peace.

School is stressful and life can be too much sometimes. In the midst of your busy day, do not forget to take time to kneel at my feet. I can give you rest.

When you are standing before me at judgement, I won’t ask you if you made an 89 or 90 in Chemistry. I won’t ask you if you were ever the most involved in your Greek organization or if you were involved in any clubs. I will ask you if you loved me, worshiped me, and used your intelligence and leadership roles to make my name known.

Although doing well in school and using your gifts can be an act of worship for Me, don’t focus more on high school or college than you do on your relationship with me. Don’t worship your planner, your busy schedule or your anxieties. Take time to study who I am. I can give you peace, school can’t. I am eternal, school is not.

You have so much ahead. You will use what you are learning now to further my Kingdom. However, you can’t forget to kneel at my feet, and listen to me, my child. I want to talk to you. I want to listen to you talk about your day, your fear and your worries. I want to do life with you.

Sincerely,

Your Savior.

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I, like many, have had a stressful week. I just finished test week, and currently I am in over my head with extracurriculars. I felt God remind me that I need to sit as His feet like Mary did that day 2000 years ago. I am normally a Martha, one who likes to plan and focus on the world more than talking to Jesus. I feel like many of those who are overwhelmed struggle with this too; therefore, my prayer is we forget whatever our planner is saying we need to be and take time to pray. Take time to talk to the Lord and feel His presence. Never let college or high school interfere with your relationship with Christ.

“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”– Luke 10:38-42

photo credits: @mollzballlz

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Written by Grace Valentine

I love Jesus, diet coke and sunflowers. I wish I lived in the mountains, but love the two states I call home--Louisiana and Texas. I can watch Criminal Minds all day and dream of one day owning an ice cream truck for fun. However, my main goal in life is that more girls will realize the worth they have through Christ Jesus--and with Him and Him only we are enough.

15 comments

  1. This is exactly what I needed. I have been so stressed with school, roommate drama, and my sorority and all I seem do is sit in my pity and feel bad for myself. I finally broke down when talking to my mom on the phone today. I believe Jesus knew I needed this today, this week and forever. Thank you for your amazing blogs! Keep up the good work 🙂

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  2. This is amazing! I am only in Highschool and I feel stressed, let alone I haven’t even reached college yet! This really helped, I feel so much better now! Thank you so much, may God bless you Grace Valentine ❤

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  3. Just visiting a post from where my friend had shared; and I am currently struggling with school. Yes, with subjects that I would never want to face and I keep failing and failing. And as I’m talking to my friends and sisters, they go through the similar experiences in school, forgettting what is eternal, what it is like to live life as a follower of Christ.
    Reading the Bible, praying and even going to worship services feel sometimes time-consuming andd I am lacking faith that those will not be any way practical for my studies or exams that are coming in few days….
    these struggles are real. Thanks for the reminder; sharing with my friends and I am humbled and sometimes this despair is a blessing because it allows me to seek God. Thanks for your encouragement. Love, from San Jose, California.

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    1. I am so glad you found truth in this and I am impressed by your wisdom. Seek the Lord when you are overwhelmed, stressed, and struggling with not feeling “enough” for the world and school. I will be praying for you God bless new California friend 🙂

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  4. Sitting in my study hall, stressing over every little thing I take the time to read this. I’m so happy I did, this helped so much. I have testing for the next two weeks, I have track meets and practice everyday after school. Just because its testing week doesn’t mean teachers let up, I have 500 pt projects due in a few weeks and oral presentations to memorize for Spanish. I just need to take time and thank God for all the blessings in my life before stressing over any more of these things.

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  5. I read this post a few months ago and I’m back reading again in the midst of finals. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much peace in all this stress! This was exactly what I needed. So thankful for you and the Lord!! ❤

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