Marlys’s Declassified School Survival Guide

HI FRIENDS!!! I know, summer is almost over #suchabummer. I grew up dreading those last weeks of summer, but fear not I am here to help ya out peeps! Here are my top ten rules of starting a new school year

1. ENTER WITH A PLAN!
My best school years have happened when I map out my highlights. Now I’m not saying write a day to day detailed schedule (if ya wanna, that’s all cool), but just pull out that fresh planner and write the highlights. Write down your friends birthdays, when the breaks are! Have something to look forward to because when a goal is in place, your mindset is focused!
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” HEBREWS 12:11

2. START EACH DAY WITH POSITIVITY
Guys, I’m just going say what you’re all thinking. Waking up at 6am to get ready for school isn’t the best, I get it. So just some quick suggestions-put a positive quote by your nightstand, set a timer with a new song each day, get ready with praise and worship or hype music, whatever you need to do. I personally used to practice silence in the morning and that helped me prepare my day.

3. END ON A GRATEFUL NOTE
It’s really easy to complain, isn’t it? Honestly, we can spit complaints like nobody’s business, but there is so much for us to be grateful for, so at the end of your week write down 3 things you were grateful for that week. Practicing Gratitude is a great way to close your busy week.

4. STAY AWAY FROM THE DRAMAAAA
New Year, new dirt. Friends, STAY AWAY FROM IT. Drama and gossip not only hurt friendships but it also hurts us as a whole. If you’re tempted to gossip or even ask about the latest dirt, ask yourself “Would I want someone to be doing this to me?”
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.” PROVERBS 9:10-12

5. PRAY FOR THE HATERS
You know, Misery truly loves company, but pray for misery and her/his friends! Just say a quick prayer for that person who’s always looking at the glass half empty.
“I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.” ROMANS 16:17-18

6. THROW KINDNESS AROUND LIKE CONFETTI!
Be genuinely positive! Many believe that positive people are always outwardly happy, that’s not always the case. Positive people know who they are, and they find ways to find the sparkle in dull situations. Make a happy jar and share a quote with a new person a day, find good in those around you even when they can’t find it themselves.
“The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.” PSALM 119:72

7. BE AUTHENTIC!
School can be one of two things, a place where we hide ourselves or a place where we let ourselves shine. I’m going challenge you to let yourself shine this year! Discover something new about yourself. Join a new club, take on a new hobby, talk to a new classmate. In all things, be authentic.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9

8. ENCOUNTER NEW HEIGHTS IN YOUR FAITH
My relationship with Christ became real my Junior year of high school because I encountered him in a new way! What is that way for you? Tell Jesus how you want to encounter him this year. Climb new heights in your faith, there’s so much more!

9. A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY.
So many times we believe that Jesus wants all of our time every day. Jesus wants to talk to you every day. He wants to know how you’re doing. The best relationships are combinations of little day to day things. Talk to him, at least for ten minutes, you won’t regret it.
“We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing”. 2 Thessalonians 1:3

10. THRIVEEEEE
Lastly, live in the moment. I know it’s a cliché, but honestly don’t worry! Enjoy where you are, celebrate where you’ve been and wait in anticipation for what is to come.

I hope you guys have a great first day and please comment and let us know what you think of the blog! Can’t wait to see you all in September!

 

Marlys

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