When I began raising teenagers, I thought because they had so much more than I did in terms of the road map of faith, they would certainly not struggle through those years as I did, without spiritual direction.
I was wrong.
Granted, they have an advantage – the word of God which clearly will not return … empty, but will accomplish what I [God] desire and achieve the purpose for which I [God] sent it.
The seeds are there. Some have sprouted. Some are dormant and will be ready at an another time.
If you have a Christian home, remember they our kids are human and will struggle like we do. Jesus said the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Even though they are better prepared, they are human.
We our impatient in our American culture. We think input-output – results when we want to see them.
The fruit of our investment may not take place until long after we are gone. We may never see it. But we have faith to know God is faithful, always leading and guiding our kids just as He does us.
I came upon a book at a rest stop on the way back from vacation. It was one of those stops for gas, a drink, and a snack. My eyes glanced over and saw this book. Just what I needed this year homeschooling my teenager. Something that would speak to the common insecurities teenagers have, giving direction, comfort, and hope.
I wonder if we are so intent on reaching goals with scripture memorization and mission trips, earning badges and ministry accomplishments, without realizing what goes on inside of a person. In other words, we can be so much about doing and not think about being.
“I Don’t Feel Loved”
“Someone I Know is Sick”
“Teased Because of My Looks”
“My Siblings Drive Me Crazy”
We should be aware of our the tendency for a quick fix without taking time to understand and help our teenagers work through their struggles.
It is also a great book for kids of any age. Even adults.
4 thoughts on “teenagers.”
I had the same thoughts re: raising kids/teens. I cling to those promises, that the seeds planted will sprout, and pray for patience in the process. Thanks for the encouragement this morning!
Oh if we only knew “then” what we know “now”, huh?
Very good reminder of what being a teen has always been like even for us….our own parents. My mother actually quit school in the 8th grade because she was bullied way back in the 40s.
I do pray that our children’s faith grows long after we are gone. That our yesterday’s prayers continue in their lives tomorrow. They will endure trials especially because they are Christians.
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