Back at school? Don’t worry – summer may be over, but starting school can actually be a positive experience if you do it with faith. This could be the year that God works through you to change someone’s life.
Consider this playlist a spiritual guide to beating the back-to-school blues!
When you need the courage to meet new people
Proverbs 11:25 NLT
The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
Philippians 2:4 TPT
 Abandon every display of selfishness. Possess a greater concern for what matters to others instead of your own interests.
1 John 4:18 NIV
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
When you’re overwhelmed and stressed
Philippians 4:6-7 NLT
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 6:31-33 NLT
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Matthew 11:28 NLT
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Psalm 119:143 NLT
As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.
Psalm 32:3-5 MSG
When I kept it all inside, my bones turned to powder, my words became daylong groans.  The pressure never let up; all the juices of my life dried up.  Then I let it all out; I said, “I’ll make a clean breast of my failures to GOD.” Suddenly the pressure was gone— my guilt dissolved, my sin disappeared.
When you need vision
Acts 1:8 TPT
But I promise you this—the Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will be filled with power. And you will be my messengers to Jerusalem, throughout Judea, the distant provinces— even to the remotest places on earth!”
Acts 17:26-27 ERV
God began by making one man, and from him he made all the different people who live everywhere in the world. He decided exactly when and where they would live.  “God wanted people to look for him, and perhaps in searching all around for him, they would find him. But he is not far from any of us.
Ephesians 2:10 TPT
We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!
When you need help staying focused on what really matters
Luke 10:38,41 MSG
As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.”  The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”
When you need help fighting temptations
1 Peter 2:11-12 ERV
Dear friends, you are like visitors and strangers in this world. So I beg you to keep your lives free from the evil things you want to do, those desires that fight against your true selves.  People who don’t believe are living all around you. They may say that you are doing wrong. So live such good lives that they will see the good you do, and they will give glory to God on the day he comes.
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