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Dear Graduate

Dear Graduate

Dear Graduate,

As you continue your adventures on this earth, please remember to carry the promises of God with you. Amid all of life’s uncertainty, His Word alone is always true, always reliable. Believe in Him. Study His Word. Live His will. And be confident that someday you’ll graduate from this life into a new, perfect one in Heaven. ~ Jack Countryman

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love. — 2 John 3


What to Do When You Need Guidance

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. — James 1:5–6
I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth. —  Psalm 121:1–2
The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. — Deuteronomy 31:8
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way. — Psalm 25:9
“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.” — John 16:13
The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him. — Psalm 37:23
Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps. — Jeremiah 10:23
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” — Isaiah 30:21
May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. — 2 Thessalonians 3:5

What the Bible Has to Say About Work

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. —  Colossians 3:17
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. — Ephesians 4:28
To make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. — 1 Thessalonians 4:11–12
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us — yes, establish the work of our hands. — Psalm 90:17
Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what
is good.
— 2 Thessalonians 3:12–13
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. — 1 Corinthians 10:31
Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives. — Titus 3:14
Whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it — not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it — they will be blessed in what they do. — James 1:25

Excerpted with permission from God’s Promises for Graduates 2022 by Jack Countryman, copyright Jack Countryman. 

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Your Turn

Congratulations to our 2022 graduates! We are praying for you! Come share your prayers for the coming season. We want to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily

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