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Small Town Girl

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,” (Isaiah 40:1)

November 21, 2017

Dear Julie:

I’m 19 years old and so stressed out–dealing with college and trying so hard to find a job. it’s been 5 months that I have been unemployed and even though I live under my parents’ roof, I still feel as if I’m a waste of space here.

My boyfriend helps me when I feel down, he’s my go to. I’ve been with him for 6 months now. I just want to know why am I enduring so much suffering? I don’t feel happy with myself, even though I don’t have any bills to pay or anything, I still feel worthless. I cry almost every night because I can’t take the feelings I’ve been feeling. Can you help me with a prayer please?—Small Town Girl
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Dear Small Town Girl:

I’ll be honored to pray for you. First, let me give you a word of encouragement from a Bible verse that was written to encourage suffering believers long ago. “…count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:3).

In other words, suffering has its own rewards, one of which is patience. Be patient while you wait for God to work things out and, while you are waiting, ask God for wisdom to help you understand what’s going on.

Remember, too, that hormones often play a part in making us feel unsettled in life and relationships. Guard your heart and your body, especially while you are feeling so emotional. Can you share these feelings with your mother? You may find your parents more understanding than you think especially if you show them your love by helping all you can at home.

“Father God, I ask you to bless my young friend with patience. Give her wisdom to understand how much you love her. Help her to find a job and to feel better about herself and life in general. Help her to rejoice in the fact that you loved her enough to send Jesus to earth to die for our sins, that you’d have done that even if she were the only one on the face of the earth. Help her to discover her true worth is found in belonging to you. If she doesn’t yet belong to you, please help her find her way. Thank you, Father. I ask these things in Jesus’ precious name. Amen”

God bless you. You are going through a very stressful time. I remember my college days as some of the most stressful of my entire life. Julie

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Remember, friends, as challenges come our way, we can face them head-on through Christ who strengthens us!

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