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L O V E     G O D

L O V E G O D

A few weekends ago, I had the coolest opportunity to teach in JHM on the verse Deuteronomy 6:4-9, specifically going into what it means to love God. And while I may have been the teacher that weekend, I learned and was reminded of some of God’s greatest qualities.


Deuteronomy 6:4-9 says:

4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

Loving God with all of your strength means to love him with all that you are and it opened my eyes to ways I was hesitant to do so. I struggle with sharing my faith unapologetically and I thought it would be unfitting that I tell others how to do it. It's something that scares me a lot, but through piecing together this message I learned that inviting Jesus into more of my life doesn’t limit me, it actually does the exact opposite.


I don’t feel the anxious weight on my shoulders anymore, because letting God into every nook and cranny of your life doesn't close you off. It brings you freedom.


I feel more confident when sharing my faith because more of God means a stronger foundation.

I feel more excited about bringing God into conversations because sharing my faith doesn’t have to be something that puts walls between people, but can be an opportunity for them to experience His beauty.


It’s still not perfectly easy, but that weekend was a reminder that God isn’t here to make my life harder. He commands me to love Him with all of my strength- with everything that I am and in all that I do- not to punish me in any way but to calm my heart, open doors, and bring me closer to Him in new and wonderfully exciting ways.

-Izzy Murphy

Student Leader

C O M M U N I T Y

C O M M U N I T Y

Have you ever found yourself afraid to share your faith with others? If so, this is the post for YOU!

Humans are built to strive in a community and desire to feel like they belong in their friend groups. A community is a feeling of fellowship with others that share common attitudes, interests, and goals.

Your faith and relationship with God are personal and different from those around you, but it doesn’t have to be kept to yourself. When you start to share your faith with others, you will be able to connect with those are around you. For instance, if you never talked about your faith with your friends, the possibility of sharing that could persuade them to listen about your beliefs and relationship with God.

1 Corinthians 1:10 says: I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.

Here are the steps to show up in YOUR community!

  1. Join clubs or groups on campus that affiliate with your faith! This is a perfect way to find new friends and get to know who in your community has the same faith as YOU! FCA is a great club that is found on a lot of Orange County high schools!

  2. Volunteer in your community by giving back to others! This is another opportunity to find new friends and hear why they decided to volunteer. There are organizations that you can find on your campus, and here at HSM, we have options that you can take part in!

  3. Understanding that God wants you to be vulnerable to sharing your faith with your friends and family. He wants you to feel like you belong in your community and you have those that can support you through the good and bad.

I know that this can be challenging because it takes a lot of courage and vulnerability, but if you are able to share your faith with just a small group of people, it can not only make an impact on you, but also those who are possibly interested to leap into your beliefs.

I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. —Philemon 1:6

-Rose Esfandiari

Student Leader

G I F T S

G I F T S

Spiritual Gifts. We all have one! Whether you’ve discovered it or not, you have a God-given gift that you can use to honor our amazing God. It’s not about talent or aptitude, but using what God has given you to serve and build up the Body of Christ.

 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever.”  

1 Peter 4:10-11

It can be scary when God reveals our spiritual gifts to us. Often times we don’t feel qualified or worthy of what God calls us into. But God would never call you into something if He wasn’t going to be walking right beside you every step of your journey. So lean in. Lean in to what God has for you. There’s going to be challenges and discouragement, but just remember, He knows what He’s doing. 

Another part of it is that God doesn’t compare our gifts. No gift is more important than the other and no one is “more gifted” in one thing than the other. When I felt God calling me into worship, my first thought wasn’t excitement, it was doubt! I felt as if I was not qualified to follow this calling because I compared my gift of worship to others. But God didn’t see it that way! There’s no pedestal because our spiritual gifts are all bringing glory to God. So whether it’s serving, teaching, worship, taking pictures, or making coffee, your gift can be used and it matters! All you gotta do is just trust and lean in!

-Paris Griffith

Student Leader


L O V E

L O V E

Hey everyone!

This past week I got to speak at one of my FCA huddles at school! I wanted to share with you all what I spoke about…

Last Thursday was Valentine’s Day so I thought it would be the perfect week to talk about love. Love is one of the most important parts of our faith. It’s the basis of our beliefs.

“Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” - Matthew 22:37-40 NIV

The two greatest commandments are clearly stated here about love. Pretty much everything we believe in is based off of these two commandments. We are called to love ourselves, love each other and love God. So that’s what I am going to go into in this blog.

Loving yourself:

Personally, this might me the hardest one for me. Throughout High School I have struggled to love myself. It’s easy for me to love others and put my trust in them but it’s sometimes hard for me to do that for myself. Sometimes we think it’s more important to pour everything we have into other people and end up feeling empty. We’re always trying to please others and compare ourselves to them. When was the last time you intentionally told yourself I am proud of what I have done and I am confident in myself. For some of you, you may tell yourself that everyday, but for others it could be a rare occurrence. Even though we are called to love others, God still wants us to love ourselves. And you might be thinking where does it say in those verses to love yourself? It says love your neighbor and love God, but what about me. Well actually, when you love yourself you are honoring God as you are his creation and he delights in you. If the almighty God from heaven can love you, you can love yourself. And going back to my experience, this was a hard thing to realize. Last year I especially felt this weighing on me. My junior year was seemingly going well; I was doing well in school, I got some awards, and was even nominated to go to Boys State (a mock government summer program), but I still didn’t love my accomplishments and wasn’t truly proud of myself. Going into Boys State, I felt inferior to the other people who were nominated. I felt like I didn’t deserve it. I got super nervous leading up to it and the first day was scary. I still didn’t feel like I belonged there. It wasn’t until the second or third day that something changed. I was sitting alone and all of those thoughts about feeling inferior were racing through my head, but God spoke to me in that moment. The speaker said something very simple about being proud of everyone who made it and for some reason it hit me right there. I realized how much God had loved me and how proud he was of me for being there. It didn’t matter how far I got at Boys State or if I was the smartest one there because God was proud of me no matter what. So I want to speak to any of you who feel you are inferior or that you don’t measure up and tell you that you are loved and God loves you no matter what. In the midst of me saying this I still struggle and feel this way pretty often, but I keep pushing to get better. It’s a battle, but it’s a battle worth fighting. And once you can love yourself it becomes easier to love others.


Loving others:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” - John 13:34 NIV


Some of you guys might be thinking that loving others is easy. And sometimes it is, but often we find ourselves loving people conditionally. We find ourselves saying, if this person is nice to me, if this person is a good person, if this person makes me feel happy, if, if , and if. We can’t say we love someone without one of these conditions. But in Matthew 22:37-40 he doesn’t say love your nice neighbors, love your good neighbors, or even love your Christian neighbors. He just says love your neighbor. And there’s a difference between love and like that I’ve learned. Like is conditional. Like is they hurt me and I don’t LIKE them right now. Like is I like that movie, I like that food, I like that sport. But to love people is different. And in our culture the L word is so scary to use. But the truth is we can and should love everyone. That person who you know is going down the wrong path and is doing bad things is someone you are called to love. That person who was mean or annoying to you is someone you were called to love. So go spread love, and don’t hold back. We weren’t meant to give our love to only certain people at certain times. We are meant to love everyone despite times that we may not like them.

Loving God:

Lastly, this is the most important as everything else flows from it, we are called to love God. It’s the first and greatest commandment. So what does loving God mean? Well there are many ways to love God. Obeying his calling, praying to him, devoting your life to following Jesus are a few. But even more than that, when you love others and love yourself, you are loving God as that is what he calls us to do. He set the perfect example of love when he sent his son to die on the cross for our sins. This is unconditional love. And we can only try to follow that example by loving others and ourselves unconditionally.

All of these things together make up what we are called to do as Christians. It’s something that’s kinda simple when you think about it, but we make it so much more complicated. One person I think represents this idea of love really well is Mr. Rogers. I’m not sure if you guys know Mr. Rogers, but this past year I saw this great documentary about him called ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’. Mr. Rogers was a great man who hosted a children’s tv program and helped many young children grapple with serious, real life situations such as loss and divorce. But what many of you don’t know is that he was also an ordained minister. While he didn’t always use his platform to spread the gospel, he did spread love through his actions and everything he did for many children and people. He was once quoted saying “love is at the root of everything, all learning, all relationships, love or the lack of it”. Mr. Rogers showed love to everyone despite race, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities. He loved all those people, and even more, despite anything they’ve done or were doing. And that’s what God wants us to be. He wants us to be people who love others no matter who they are or what they’ve done, and to love ourselves because he loves us. It can sometimes be hard to love in the midst of insecurities, loss, anxiety, and heartache, but God loves us all the time and he calls us to act upon his love and follow his example.

-Zach Lyons

Senior

Student Leader

K E N Y A

K E N Y A

Starting on March 4th, I will be living in Nairobi, Kenya for three months to serve at Mavuno Church in children’s ministry. I will also be teaching English to kids while I am there. As excited as I am to participate in these things, I am most excited to be submerged in another culture and see what life is like for the people in Kenya.

With my adventure only weeks away, it's crazy to look back on how this whole process began back in October. I was doing online school and trying to figure out what to do for my second semester as a senior. I had the option to stay online or go back to a regular high school to graduate. None of these choices appealed to me. It was then that my mom and I discussed the possibility of me graduating a semester early. My parents and I agreed that if I graduated early, I would do something valuable with my time. This was when God placed an extended missions trip on my heart.

My mind flooded with reasons not to. “You’ll miss senior prom! What about your friends? You would miss your family too much! What about Student Leadership and your JHM life group?” Despite all these panicked thoughts, there was a louder voice saying that it would be okay. I felt an extreme sense of peace and confidence that this was what God had for me.

Both my parents are a part of the Kenya team at Mariners, so when I told them I felt called to travel, Nairobi was automatically thrown into the discussion. Through further research and conversations with pastors, God affirmed and reaffirmed that Kenya was where He was calling me.

As plans began and as they continue to take shape, it becomes more real...and scarier. But as my anxieties have grown more prominent, so does God’s voice. His voice continues to tell me that His plans are better than mine, that He already knows what lies ahead. I don’t expect my three months in Kenya to go without trouble. I know there will be hard times, but I also know God will meet me in Kenya in a way that I would have never been able to see if I didn’t step outside my comfort zone.


   “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33 (NIV)


-Katie Nicholas

Senior

Student Leader

Y O U     H A V E     A     S T O R Y

Y O U H A V E A S T O R Y

It’s true! You have a story! Yes, YOU!

A story is a journey that makes you the person you are today, and an ultimate challenge that creates a transformation. You may or may not have faced a great challenge in your short life YET, but you still have a story! You are living a life that is paving way and preparing you for that ultimate challenge, a plan God has for you. Nonetheless, a story is not measured by length of your life or the intensity of your challenges. A story is YOU! But when God says your story is not for you, what does that exactly mean?

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 says: Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

As a culture striving for perfection, we fear weakness. Because of the sin within us, we cannot be separated from this weakness. Our story is birthed through this brokenness, but it is by God’s grace through our faith in Him, we are saved. GOD DELIGHTS IN THESE WEAKNESSES. No, God does not want you to be in pain, but God loves to use Satan’s acts of sin to spark lights of His goodness by grace through faith. In order to see the power of His grace, we must be “insufficient” of His grace through hardship and weakness. God’s grace gifts us with hope and goodness. God’s grace gives us His love when we are angry. God’s grace gave me a best friend that truly understood my never-ending illness because she had lived it herself too. God’s grace gave me a Life Group that loved on me through the grieving of my brother. God’s grace saved me and saved you and has given us an eternal life with Him.

Through boldly boasting of our weakness, our story, we glorify God’s great grace and mercy.

God delights in our weakness because He uses the bad for the good through the power of His grace and mercy. And we can shine His grace and mercy through boasting of His goodness in our stories (weaknesses). Here are ways to boast through your story:

1) Be Vulnerable

Vulnerability is a scary word. Being vulnerable is terrifying in a world of perfection and judgement. But ultimately, VULNERABILITY IS STRENGTH. It takes true courage to let down your walls and show weakness. But For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 2:10) God honors your courage and will open new doors of opportunity.

2) Take Time for Yourself

Being vulnerable can become a great weight and burden. And waiting for an answer and God’s calling for you can become frustrating. Take time to care for yourself and focus on your own needs. Remember that God loves you and wants to pour into you too! Check out Katie’s post on how to find ways to care for yourself.

3) Pray!

Change doesn't happen overnight. It’s hard to trust in a plan you cannot foresee and have hope in His goodness, but THAT IS OKAY. Pray for openness — open your heart to what God is calling you to and how He wants you to use your story.


This is a concept that is so incredibly crazy and amazing, and it’s okay if you don’t get it all! As finite human beings, the plans of an infinite God are sometimes beyond our understanding. God sees things from a perspective of holy goodness while we see things from a broken, sinful, earthly perspective.

Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? —Romans 11:33-34

-Claire Wong

Student Leader

Y O U T H

Y O U T H

If you’ve ever attended a High School Ministry service at Mariners Church, odds are you’ve heard the word “youth...” a lot. For some of you, it is a culture you fully embrace -- the students help run HSM. For others, you might question it.

It’s also likely that you have also heard an excess of negativity towards younger generations in your day to day lives. “They are weaker socially, have everything easy, and aren’t difference-makers,” some say. In reality, young people today are one of the most influential and opinionated generations. Our voices, aided by social media and word of mouth, are louder than ever.

Why not use our voices?

1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

As if you needed any more convincing, the great Whitney Houston echoes this sentiment in her hit song, Greatest Love of All.

I believe the children are our are future , teach them well and let them lead the way ....
Because the greatest
Love of all is happening to me
I found the greatest
Love of all inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

In all seriousness, to succeed, we have to believe in ourselves and lead the way. God will do the rest. Affirmations and outside commentary are important, but we need to be strong ourselves and develop trust in things that are out of our hands.

With a significant platform and God in our hearts, we can be big leaders. Our impact doesn’t have to just be in HSM though; It is our job to be the church OUTSIDE of a church. Our school campuses, workplaces, and homes can all benefit from our youthful leadership and enthusiasm.

As Youth Culture Weekend approaches, it is a perfect time to display our way of living out the word of God. There is so much opportunity to reach the teenagers of Orange County and expand our ministry. We may be young, but that shouldn’t be a limitation.

-Noah Lyons

Student Leader

S E L F     C A R E

S E L F C A R E

Being a student leader in HSM has been one of the most rewarding choices I've made during my time in high school. Student leadership has allowed me to reach outside of my comfort zone and further my relationship with God. However, student leadership has also made me realize the importance of taking care of yourself in order to take care of others.

Last year in HSM was difficult for me as I felt obligated to continue to pour into the people I was serving, despite not feeling poured into; I was driving on an empty tank. As much as I wanted to be a good servant, I couldn’t love others as well as I wanted to because of how exhausted I felt. Serving started to come out of a feeling of commitment rather than out of an overflow of God’s love.

Once I realized this, I began having a lot of anxiety at church. The crowds of people that once seemed like an endless opportunity to show God’s love felt overwhelming and suffocating. It came to the point where going to church no longer sounded appealing to me. That’s when I knew something had to change. I recognized that I needed to focus on being poured into, but that seemed like yet another task I would be responsible to take care of. Being a part of the church, the saying “being poured into” often fills my mind with a to-do list; I should be reading my bible, praying, and attending more church.

I think many people view self-care or being poured into as another thing that takes up time in an already busy schedule. However, self-care shouldn't feel like another constraint; it should be something you can look forward to -- an excuse to take intentional time doing what you enjoy. Being poured into happens when you spend time with God, but this doesn’t just have to be in a church service or reading your Bible. Although these are great ways to be with God, it isn’t the only approach. One of the easiest ways to spend time with God is inviting him into something you enjoy. For me, I love art, especially painting. So when I decide to set time aside for myself, I paint and invite God into that either by listening to calm worship music or painting the nature He created.

There are so many ways to invite God into the activities you find enjoyable. As the first semester of this school year wraps up and as a new  one begins, I would encourage you to schedule time into your week for yourself. Lean into inviting God into your hobbies, whether it's writing, running, or anything in between. God wants to spend time with you and spending time with God is what allows us to be poured into. When you allow yourself to be poured into, it becomes much easier to pour into others as God calls us to do.

- Katie Nicholas

Student Leader



NEW YEAR, NEW POST!

NEW YEAR, NEW POST!

Hey everyone!

Happy New Year!

As we go into the New Year we will be starting a series of blogs from all different students who will be able to discuss a variety of topics. We will have two of these a week so stay updated for more. I wanted to start off this series with a little message about who we are in HSM.

HSM is a place where we go every weekend, it’s a building where we listen to messages, worship, spend time together, and maybe sometimes play a few games, but that’s not really what HSM is about. We go to a building to worship God, but we don’t belong to that building, we belong to God. HSM is part of the global church and that is something far greater than a building. We are this church, or at least we’re a part of it.

Corinthians 12:12 says, “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.”

HSM is only a part of the large body of Christ. And even inside of this part of the body, there are many other parts. Each unique individual in HSM is a significant part of HSM and HSM is a significant part of the humongous body of Christ.

Now that I’ve said all this, you’re probably wondering how you can actively apply this to your life?

Well, I bet that there are some out there that have made the decision to follow Christ and go to church on the weekends, but you don’t feel you have reached any further than that. You feel like there is a wall between your church life and your life outside of church. For those of you who feel that way, I would challenge you to try to bring you’re Christianity outside of the church walls. I challenge you to put your identity in Christ, go to FCA or Christian clubs at your school, invite people to Church, and make it known that you are a follower of Jesus wherever you are. It isn’t something that will be easy to do at first, but we are all called to carry our faith with us even when it may feel uncomfortable.

And to those of you who believe you put your identity in Christ wherever you are, I still challenge you to step out of your bubble. I mentioned before that we are part of a global church which means that the church isn’t just in Irvine, in California, or in America. The church stretches far beyond that. So I challenge you to go beyond whatever your bubble is. There is probably somewhere you haven’t tried to spread your faith or connect with other believers. This could be at school, serving somewhere new, or going far away on a mission trip. The church was not meant to be just HSM, instead, we are the church and we should spread as far and wide as possible.

Psalm 96:3 says, “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among ALL the peoples!”

Youth Culture is a big part of HSM and with Youth Culture Weekend coming up I am reminded of this idea that we are a culture of Jesus followers and we can spread this culture to many. Youth Culture Weekend is a great way to spread this as we can invite people to join us and create a movement.

The church is not the building,

WE are the church.

Blessings,

Zach Lyons

Student Leader

Senior @ Irvine High



I Will Never Be the Same After Haiti

I Will Never Be the Same After Haiti

First and foremost, my trip to Haiti was an amazingly transformative experience that not only shaped my views on God and this world, but also myself. I came away with more questions remaining than questions answered but that was okay. For some reason the fact that I still had unanswered questions reassured me that my time in Haiti was well spent.

I expected my trip to Haiti to be like my mission trip to Mexico I took freshman year, but they weren’t that similar. I wasn’t expecting the trip to have as much of an impact on me as it did. Leading up to the trip, our group of twenty students would meet and discuss what’d we’d be doing there. After a while all that mission trip diction began to blend together and become an audible buzz in the back of my head. I began tuning it out because I heard it so much, I was ready for the real deal. I was ready to stop talking about going and finally go. So, when I actually got to Haiti, I was shocked to realize it wasn’t anything like I had expected. It exceeded all my expectations and blew them out of the water.

God met me in Haiti. He comforted me, He laughed with me, He cried with me (I mean really cried with me), He was with me everyday in a way I don’t usually feel in Irvine. I felt his presence in the stillness of the orphanage and saw his love in the wide smiles of the orphans. God had reminded me that He is God, the ultimate power of this universe, and he’s got my back. God reminded me that He loves me, my fellow student leaders, and those Haitian orphans with a passion. I will never be the same after Haiti. I don’t know when but I know I’m going back. I have to. I need to see the faces of those orphans again. I left Haiti with a hunger to do God’s work and show love to the outcast.

I waited till senior year to apply because I was lazy. Please, I’m begging you, do not be lazy. If you keep putting it off just because you tell yourself “it doesn't feel like the right time” or “I don’t hear God really calling me to go” or “I have so many other things going on” you’ll never apply. When I applied I wasn’t anywhere ready to go on a mission trip across the world, but I put my trust in God and applied. Applying is just the first step, the easiest step. Even if you have the smallest inkling of desire to apply... DO IT! Haiti was a wonderful experience that I will cherish for as long as I live. To pass up an opportunity to go to Haiti would be a mistake. Trust me when I say this, you will 100% not regret signing up for Haiti. You’ll love it.

- Brennan Ernst

Senior

Student Leader

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Worrier vs. Warrior

Worrier vs. Warrior

You have a test tomorrow, and you have been so busy with other homework that you have barely studied for it. It's late, you're tired, and you just don't feel like there is any possible way you could do good on this test. Now you can't stop worrying and stressing yourself out about that test. Flash forward to the next week when you get your test scores back. You find out you got an A. Now you're thinking: Why did I worry so much about this test in the first place? Could I have done just as well without all the worry and stress?

Full disclaimer: I may be writing this devotional about how to help with worry, but I still find myself worrying about things that I didn't need to worry about in the first place. Despite this occasional worry, I don’t identify as a “worrier”. And I’ll admit it, I used to be a worrier. It's funny to look back on freshmen year going up to my junior year and see how the workload and difficulty has increased, yet my worrying and stress has decreased. The thing that has helped me to lower worry and stress is knowing that God is with me no matter what happens, if I fail or if I succeed.

Too often we find ourselves worrying about little things or things that we can't control. We worry about grades, appearances, popularity, and much more. In reality, one bad test won’t ruin our lives, yet some of us treat every test like it determines our future. Worrying is a habit and it's a tough one to break. To fight worry, you must learn how to trust God. We must know that worrying about things is pointless because we have a God who cares for us and won’t let us down. In Matthew 6:26-27, Jesus teaches us that we should trust him instead of worrying:

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”

Matthew 6:26-27

If God can feed helpless birds, we should be able to trust that he will take care of us. We must learn to let go of all fears that something bad will happen and just let God do his thing. God wants to take away our burdens and let us live a stress free life. 

So instead of being a worrier, I call all of you to be a warrior. A warrior deals with a lot of stress and conflict, but a warrior pushes through all of it without worry. If we let God carry our burdens, then we can boldly fight through all of our challenges. And I will tell you that it is not an easy task to accomplish. It's human nature to worry when things get tough. It may be a long journey to go from worrier to warrior, but it is definitely worth it. When times get tough we can always look to God for strength and guidance. 

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13 NLT

This is a great verse to remember when we are going through difficult times. When we are consumed with worry and anxiety, God can give us strength and let us become warriors.

- ZACH LYONS

HSM Student Leader

Junior

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