This semester will be different. There’s no doubt about it.

 

 

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Some of you may have a shorter semester, a lack of long weekends, and a different rush process. Some of you may even be taking most of your classes online. Whether you’re going to be a freshman, sophomore, junior, or a senior– this year will be different than the typical college experience. You may not get to experience get-togethers with your friends or the favorite college bar with your senior friends. That’s upsetting. You can be upset. It is not a sin to be disappointed.

 

 

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The unknown is scary.

 

 

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Colleges have talked about “plans” but nothing feels clear.

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However, I want to remind you that even in the unknown, God is at work. He wants to use you. The different only leads you to your purpose. The different makes you stronger. The different can suck, but with faith it leads you closer to God.

 

 

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Mary was someone in the Bible who gave birth to Jesus, God’s Son. Jesus was human and God in one. She was conceived through the Holy Spirit. When Mary was engaged to her future husband Jospeh, an angel appeared to her and said she would be conceived through the Holy Spirit and bear God’s Son who would save the world. She was a virgin. This role put her at risk for shame, her engagement ending, and even death. Who would believe her that she was conceived by the Holy Spirit? But her response to the angel was “I am the Lord’s servant.”

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Your world was flipped upside down, but so was Mary’s. Granted she was bearing the Lord’s son… that’s different than dorms being stricter, formals being canceled, and maybe having classes online. But Mary’s response showed faith. Her response showed faith in the Lord to be by her side.

 

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Disappointment will happen, but it’s up to you to allow your set-backs to set your mind on what matters. Anxiety happens when there’s unknown but trust that every twist and turn will lead you to where God wants you to be. This semester and year will be different, but God is still the same. My prayer for you is that your response to changes will be similar to Mary’s. Mary was even more confused than you are today… but her faith was greater than her confusion. May you have faith that focus’s on God and not the hurt. May you have understanding that God will never leave you. And may you trust that even in the unknown, hurt, and yes- pandemic , you still get to serve the Lord…and that is a good thing.

 

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So text your college group your fears, keep refreshing your email for the fifth “plan”, and pray for your landlord to be kind next year… but never forget that life is about something more important than college. I hope your years in college are still fun and I hope you learn a lot. You are a group who has had to overcome so many changes. That is something the world can admire. But I hope and pray you are also a group who walks in the unknown with faith.

 

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Read : Luke 1:38

Photo-cred: Delanie Moore, Mimi Jackson, Addie Spence

Also, HI, my name is Grace Valentine, I’m an author, public speaker, blogger, and instagram writer. I wrote and published my book called “Am I Enough?”, and it is available wherever books are sold. My second book is coming out in February 2021, follow me on this blog, my instagram (@thegracevalentine) and/or twitter (@gracev96) to stay updated. I’m passionate about relating to my peers and this generation and helping them understand who Jesus is. I hope we can connect <3 If you want a speaker or to be a stop on my next book tour email management@gracevalentine.org !

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.

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