“The nails couldn’t keep you down. The grave couldn’t keep you in. Hell couldn’t keep you out. You reign! You reign!”

Posted on: September 12, 2011

High School. A time for change, a time for motivation, a time for decisions.

Starting high school this year was a big change in my life. A new level of stress that I didn’t know existed. Now that I look back on my years of middle school, it seems as easy as 1-2-3. High school is definitely a different story.

I breezed through the eighth grade with who I thought would remain my best friends for the remainder of my life. Little did I know, as soon as high school started, I would be set out on a new hunt for friends after being abandoned. After my “friends” decided that they didn’t need me anymore, I took a step back and thought to myself “they were never really my friends. A true friend would never push me to the side like this” and I realized that I needed God’s help to put me in with the right friends rather than who I had been hanging around with the previous year. My loving savior backed me up. He was there for me when I called upon him to me help me out. Now? I have the best friends I’ve ever had and I look forward to seeing them everyday. They challenge me to be the best I can be and they are a great source of encouragement. I don’t know what I wouldn’t have done if I hadn’t had God’s help through this.

Proverbs 17:17
A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

Family was another big issue I had during my transition into high school. Being a teenage girl, my relationships with my family grew apart because I’d much rather spend more time alone than I would with my family. I felt like nothing I did ever made anyone happy, so I started spending most of my free time, alone. I realize that this isn’t right and it NEEDS to be fixed. It took a whole lot of prayers, but God helped me realize that I need to spend more time with my family. I wasn’t getting enough family time into my schedule. The transition of my whole entire family becoming Christian really helped me out a lot, but there’s still that necessary “alone time” that everyone needs that takes place quite often, but I’ll take as much family time as I can. You never know if the current conversation you are having with somebody might be your last, so live each moment like it’s your last.

Proverbs 11:29

He who brings trouble on his family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.

In middle school (especially eighth grade), I felt like I was being overwhelmed with work & projects. Little did I know, once high school began, I’d be up until 11 PM every night doing homework in YES, every subject. Stressed out doesn’t even begin to describe how I’ve been feeling lately. I’ve been gaining wait because I’m so stressed and no matter what I do to try to work it off, IT DOESN’T COME OFF -_- (that was so off topic). Having so much more responsibility is much harder on me than it was set off to be, but with responsibility comes freedom. I love not having to be in perfectly straight lines and walking directly down the right side of the hall, silently. It makes me feel like for once, the teachers don’t control my life. God controls my life. How I decide to use this newly found freedom isn’t up to me. It’s up to God.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Being a Christian in a public high school isn’t easy. The temptations are plentiful. Cussing? Stealing? Lying? Pornography? Smoking? Drinking? Having sex? All temptations that are unfortunately bountiful at my school. Is this really what we want Indian Land High to be remembered as? Every high schooler (including myself) is guilty of at least one of these sins. Don’t sugar coat it. You know that no matter when or where, you have done it. How does doing things like these make you feel? Fulfilled? Successful? Joyful? Pleasured? How do you thing it makes God feel? Depressed? Upset? Disappointed? How are you going to fix the way God is currently looking at your life and what are your next steps you need to take to get there?

John 8:12

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”

Honestly, I could go on for hours about this topic (but to save us both some time, I’ll stop myself from doing that). For me, high school was a huge adjustment. But with the help of Christ, I’m confident that I’ll make it through.

Keep in mind: If today was your last day, what would people currently remember you as? Don’t like it? Do something to fix it.
“Nails couldn’t keep you down. The grave couldn’t keep you in. Hell couldn’t keep you out. You reign, you reign!”

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3 Responses to "“The nails couldn’t keep you down. The grave couldn’t keep you in. Hell couldn’t keep you out. You reign! You reign!”"

Hello, I want you to know that God sometimes removes things from our lives because they have no place in the future He has for us. They can be friends, family or things. And if they do not belong in your future He removes them from your present.

Make sure that you are healthy and not working too hard. If you have to drop some extra curricular activities to lighten the load than that is something to pray about. Jesus’ burden is light and His burden is easy.

Ask the Lord to show you how much He loves you and you will begin to have a healthy and solid self image. Not that you struggle with that now.

Check out the Fathers Love Letter video. A letter written just for you.


That means so much to me. Thank you. That video definitely had tears running down my face. It means alot that you care so much! Thanks! Keep up the encouragement. Others probably need it just as much, if not more than I do. Bless you, kind sir.

Megan I love you so much and I’m so inspired and very proud of you and your relationship with Christ 🙂 – Slowpoke

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