When I was younger, I memorized a powerful Bible verse in Deuteronomy. Right before Moses sends Joshua into new territory beyond the Jordan, he summons the new leader and encourages him with this promise:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you”(Deuteronomy 31:6).
Whenever it was time to move into new territory (middle school, high school, college, grad school, new careers, new neighborhoods), I always whispered this verse and remembered the great command to be strong and courageous because I have a God who is with me.
As my oldest begins middle school, she’s excited but also fearful. With this verse in her mind–and so many others that point to God’s faithful care–I pray she remembers this:
When fears abound, I know God is with me. I am strong and courageous because God will never leave me or forsake me.
With so many imagined fears, I love to remember this promise to Joshua.