My Path

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~Psalm 139:3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

God knows everything – he is omniscient (that means all knowing). He knows what you are experiencing and what you will encounter along your daily journey, teen girl. He knows because His Spirit resides within you and He is always there, ready to guide.

As I look at this beautiful photograph of the Siuslaw River near Florence, OR (taken by a dear friend, Pam Banegas), I see many types of paths. It reminds me of the different paths I encounter along the way. Some can be a smooth grassy path, comparable to an easy day with no great trial or tribulation.  Another can be hilly, through dense forest, comparable to sickness, problems at home or school, etc.  Yet another can be beside a calm lake, comparable to thirsting after God’s Word and gleaning from its pages.

Either way you look at the different paths, teen girl, the Lord surrounds them all, according to Psalm 139:3.  Our Father knows all your ways and none come to him by surprise.  What great comfort this should bring you! :)

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Start Over

When you’ve trusted Jesus and walked his way
When you’ve felt his hand lead you day by day
But your steps now take you another way,
start over.

When you’ve made your plans and they’ve gone awry
When you’ve tried your best and there’s no more try
When you’ve failed yourself and you don’t know why,
start over.

When you’ve told your friends what you plan to do
When you’ve trusted them and they didn’t come through
And now you’re all alone and it’s up to you,
start over.

When you’ve failed your kids and they’re grown and gone
When you’ve done your best but it’s turned out wrong
And now your grandchildren have come along,
start over.

When you’ve prayed to God so you’ll know his will
When you’ve prayed and prayed and you don’t know still
When you want to stop cause you’ve had your fill,
start over.

When you think you’re finished and want to quit
When you’ve bottomed out in life’s deepest pit
When you’ve tried and tried to get out of it,
start over.

When the year has been long and successes few
When December comes and you’re feeling blue
God gives a January just for you,
start over.

Starting over means “Victories Won”
Starting over means “A Race Well Run”
Starting over means “The Lords’ Will Done”
We need not just sit there … START OVER.

~Author Unknown

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Never Again!

Never again will I say, “I can’t,” for

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).

Never again will I admit lack, for

“My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Never again will I fear,

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Never again will I harbor doubt and lack of faith, for

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1)

Never again will I allow the supremacy of Satan over my life, for

“Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

Never again will I admit defeat, for

“Thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14).

Never again will I lack wisdom, for

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5).

Never again will I be worried and frustrated,

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Never again will I be in bondage, for

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17).

Now isn’t that good news!

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God Hears You

~Psalm 120:1 A Song of degrees. In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.

This verse encourages the believer that despite our weariness, we can know that when we cry out to the Lord, He will hear us!

The Christian teenager is not alone, even in the darkest of situations.

~Psalm 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

No matter how discouraged or weary you get, teen girl, the Lord is always there – He knows what you are going through – He promises to hear your cries and provide you with exactly what you need to make it through your trial. He will lift you up in times when you are overwhelmed by life. At times He will even carry you through.

Some of you are battling cancer; and others are battling broken homes. You are not alone! Do not be weary. Know that your Heavenly Father will never leave you.

~Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

I am always encouraged when I know that I am not alone and that there is someone to share my burden with. The Lord desires to carry our burdens for us – He desires that we turn to Him when we are at the end of our rope.

~Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Our Lord and Saviour promises us rest from our burdens and cares. Teen girl, turn to the only One who can truly help you when you are weary. Don’t give in to Satan’s attempts to drag you down. Don’t give in to his lies that God does not hear you.  God does hear you and He loves you.  He won’t let you down :)

~Psalm 121:1 A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

 

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The Eagle and the Wolf

There is a great battle that rages inside me.

One side is the soaring eagle. Everything the eagle stands for is good and true and beautiful, and it soars above the clouds. Even though it dips down into the valleys, it lays its eggs on the mountaintops.

The other side of me is the howling wolf. And that raging, howling wolf represents the worst that’s in me. He eats upon my downfalls and justifies himself by his presence in the pack.

Who wins this great battle?

The one I feed.

~Unknown

Who do you feed, teen girl?  Do you feed your spirit by feasting in God’s Word every day? Or do you feed yourself with worldly things?  The side that eats the most will be reflected in your testimony.

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Did You Hear God, Today?

Have you heard the Lord’s voice today, teen girl? Have you been listening for it? He speaks to us when we take the time to listen. He speaks to teenagers all the time!  Today’s Christian teenager is bombarded with distractions and misses hearing God’s still small voice. However, God does not only speak to you in your prayer closet.

~Psalm 135:7 He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.

~Psalm 104:16-17 The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted; (16) Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house. (17)

~Job 40:22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.

The Lord speaks to us through His creation. We only need to listen and to look around us.

So when you really need to hear from God, stop for a moment and look around.  :-)

~Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

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The Bible Lives!

Generation follows generation
– yet it lives.

Nations rise and fall
– yet it lives.

Kings, dictators, rulers come and go
– yet it lives.

Torn, condemned, burned
– yet it lives.

Hated, despised, cursed
– yet it lives.

Doubted, suspected, criticized
– yet it lives.

Damned by atheists
– yet it lives.

Scoffed at by scorners
– yet it lives.

Exaggerated by fanatics
– yet it lives.

Misconstrued and misstated
– yet it lives.

Ranted and raved about
– yet it lives.

Its inspiration denied
– yet it lives.

Yet it lives
– as a lamp to our feet.

Yet it lives
– as a light to our paths.

Yet it lives
– as the gate to Heaven.

Yet it lives
– as a standard for childhood.

Yet it lives
– as a guide for youth.

Yet it lives
– as an inspiration for the matured.

Yet it lives
– as a comfort for the aged.

Yet it lives
– as food for the hungry.

Yet it lives
– as water for the thirsty.

Yet it lives
– as rest for the weary.

Yet it lives
– as light for the heathen.

Yet it lives
– as salvation for the sinner.

Yet it lives
– as grace for the believer.

To know it is to love it.
To love it is to accept it.
To accept it means life eternal.

-Written by 0. Woods

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