Encouraging Word for the Week from LeAnna Batson: Taking a Look At Our Theme Bible Verse

Psalm 19:32 says, “God is the one who gives me strength. He clears the path I need to take.”


Psalm 19:32 is our theme verse for this school year. This school year, so far, has been a year of many fresh starts: block schedule, new freshman class, new senior class, encounter groups, clubs, new students and faculty, etc. All of these things are great, but its very easy to get overwhelmed because of all of these new additions. Let’s be real, most students have been stressed at some point. Maybe some students have even shed a few tears over a paper for Mrs. Harper or that APUSH quiz you didn’t study for. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the new year, that we fail to realize where our strength actually comes from. Our strength does not come from us, but from God. He knows the paths each of our amazing NCS students are going to take in their lives, He will clear the path, but we have to let Him.

One of my favorite Bible verses is, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5 This verse reminds me to trust in God, not in myself. His ways and thoughts are higher than anything we could ever come up with ourselves. This verse also goes along with our theme verse. God directs are paths if we will give Him everything in our lives. He has a plan far greater than ours.

So, if your grade in Biology is not where you want it to be, you’re struggling with time management, or you just can’t figure out that one math concept, put it in God’s hands. He gives wisdom far beyond what we know. Remember where your strength comes from this year, and trust that God is clearing the path for amazing plans!

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