FOSA Students

Aaron Patterson

Youth Minister



FOSA Youth – 

Hey Y'all!

I hope you are all having a great start to the week.  The last week before Thanksgiving break!!  Oh YEAH!!

This week we had Chandler Merritt, a former FOSA Youth Alum, share with us what God is doing in her life.  What a scary thing for her to do, right?  She shared her heart.  Her fears, her anxiety, and her isolation of all that had happened in her life since graduating from High School in 2013.  

She shared that all of the things that she was really depending on, her grades, her school, her friends, even her church friends, her fiancee, her family that moved across the country.  All of those things that she had grown to be her rock, they all faltered in one way or another.  They let her down.  Not because they were set out to be mean, but because life happens.  

All of that happening caused her to feel doubt.  To feel uneasy about her steps, and she said she felt so alone.  She then shared her favorite passage of scripture, Psalm 23.

1     The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3     he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

She said her favorite name for God is My Refuge.  God is the only rock, the rock of ages, to cling to.  To build upon.  God is faithful.  He is walking her back to not feeling alone.  To knowing that He loves her.  She asked us what our favorite name for God is.  We will look at that more this week in our daily devos.  She has found rest in the Most High, Our Redeemer, and our Strength.  Our Refuge.

I am praying for all of y'all to have a wonderful last week before Thanksgiving break and to finish the week strong.  You are not alone.  God loves you and your are prayed for.  Love y'all!  Have a wonderful week!!

Love and Prayers,




The FOSA Youth Ministry is dedicated to building discipled followers of Jesus Christ.  We strive to foster understanding, love and humility in our students so that they may serve the Lord to the best of their abilities.

By giving our students the tools to understand God's word for themselves and providing them with opportunities to serve their community and world at large, we hope to equip them for a life-long relationship with their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to demonstrate His love to everyone they meet.




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