Advice to the Graduates

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Advice to the Graduates

As a high school counselor, I have the privilege to get to see many students go from intimidated Freshmen to confident graduates who are ready to take on the world. Before they all head out, I would like to offer a bit of advice to the graduates.

When our son, Jacob, graduated from high school, our daughter made him a beautiful scrapbook with pictures and letters from people who loved him. As another school year comes to an end, I would like to share a portion of the letter I wrote to my son with all of the current graduates. I feel like this is what the Lord laid on my heart to share back then as well as now. I have excluded all of the personal parts of the letter.

A Letter to My Son – as a Graduate

From this point on, you will have the same obstacles, challenges, and successes, only at a different level. This is why more than ever, you will need to stay on God’s path. This word is for you!

“By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.”
Exodus 13:21

I want you to keep the wandering Israelites in mind as you make decisions in life. Remember that they were in the desert with extreme heat, a shortage of food and water, and cold conditions at night. This would make 40 years unbearable. However, God was everything they needed.

During the day, He was a cloud to cover them and shield them from the heat. At night, He was a pillar of fire to lighten the darkness and to keep them warm. All of this was only available to them when they stayed on His path.

He also provided food and water while they were on the path. He miraculously had water come gushing from a rock, while bread and quail actually fell from the sky. When it came down to it, it was a matter of common sense. If they had not been where God was sending the food and water, they would not have received it.

As you take steps throughout your life, please remember that God is the same now as He was then. He not only provides protection for you, He IS your Protection. He is also your Provider. Just like us, He only wants what is best for you; He will send it too. Just be sure you are on His path so that you will be able to receive His blessings abundantly!

“What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do.”
Isaiah 46:11b

Songs With Advice to the Graduates

There are so many wonderful songs that give great advice for graduates. I couldn’t just choose one, but I was able to get it narrowed down to three. Listen to these:

“My Wish for You” by Rascal Flatts

“I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack

“Nothing to Prove” by Phillips, Craig, & Dean

Quotes for Graduates

A Gift to Download


I want to offer this E-book download as a free gift in the month of May for anyone who wants it. This is a thank you for supporting “Home with Grace and Joy” this past year. I hope you know someone who will enjoy it.

Advice To All Graduates

As you set out to take on the world, let the Lord lead you every step of the way! Look for the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. Let Him direct your steps, and you will find true success and joy. I wish you all the best!


Related Posts

If you are still looking for ideas for the graduates in your life, see the post I shared after taking a survey with my seniors. You will find it here – What What Do Graduates Really Want?

Becky Jordan has written another great post entitled, “Prayer for Graduates in These Challenging Times.”

Until next week…

Have a Grace & Joy-filled day!



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  1. Wow, what a great gift to give your son and message to share with everyone graduating this time of year, Susan. I think we forget sometimes how scary graduating can be and I know this message of hope and encouragement will be greatly appreciated. I’m going to bookmark it for the days I need a little pep talk too! Hugs,CoCo

    1. You’re so right – it sure is a scary time. They are facing so many unknowns! It’s exciting and scary at the same time. 😃

  2. This is great advice. A verse I like to put on graduation cards is Psalm 16:11:
    You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

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