Taking a Pause Due to Covid

I’m sorry to have to pause for now. I have tested positive for Covid and it’s been awful. I would appreciate prayer. Thank you! I will return to writing as soon as I feel better. Thank you for understanding!

What Does God Expect From You?

Good morning 🙂 Do you ever wonder what God wants from you? You’re no different than any other Christian teen girl or even Christian woman! We all want to have that answer. But can it be answered with just one answer? I don’t believe so. But one thing is for sure, there is one thing you can do (in fact, all of us) which will allow everything else to fall into place! What is that, you wonder?

We are to fear, love and worship Jesus above everything in our lives. If we do this, He will take care of all the issues that concern you. The Bible says:

Ecclesiastes 12:13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

The whole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments. So are we to be afraid of God? Absolutely not. The word fear here means

The fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun every thing that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience.

Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

So this reverential awe of God is to realize who He is and to understand that our duty is to love Him and His Word. When you are doing this in your life, you are fulfilling what is required of you as a Christian teen girl.

Mic 6:8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

God has shown you what is good through the Scriptures. He wants you to do live honestly and fairly with integrity. He wants you to love mercy and to walk humbly with Him. Do you love mercy? The opposite of one showing mercy is one who is judgmental. It’s easy to pass judgment on someone that doesn’t agree with you or live the way you do. To show mercy to someone who talked behind your back or who wrote unkind things about you on social media is hard but it’s what God wants you to do. Jesus scolded the scribes and Pharisees and called them hypocrites because they followed all the Jewish rules but they didn’t practice mercy.

Matthew 23:23  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

So, teen girl, if your desire is to be the best Christian possible, follow this simple advice: love God and desire to do His will each and every day. Think about His will each time you are about to make a decision or talk to someone. This will solve many problems in life. If you’re having problems with your parents, read your Bible and ask the Lord to guide and direct you in how you are to deal with the problem.

For the Christian, each problem we have in life can be solved by search the Scriptures and talking to God about it. If you’re not 100% sure that you are a Christian, it is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!

Do You Stand Out?

As adults, we all want to be unique in some way. It’s no different as a teenager. Do you want to “see” what different looks like? In today’s world, one just has to sit outside a high school and watch as students exit the building to see how different students are. The hair styles are different or maybe they have a unique back pack that makes them stand out in the crowd.

1 Pe 2:11-12  Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;  (12)  Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Notice how Peter addresses the crowd in these verses. He addresses them as strangers and pilgrims. Even though you live in this world, it is not your home. You are simply passing through and your job is to influence as many unbelievers as possible. People don’t know that you are a Christian at first glance. They must hear you talk or watch how you act. That is why Peter encourages us to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against your soul.

Just what are fleshly lusts? It is when you desire something so badly that it distracts you from walking a Godly life. For example, your friends have all dyed strands of their hair a different color. Should you? Is that how you want to be remembered by them when they go home at the end of a school day? Or would you prefer that they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are a Christian? The answer to this question will reveal where your heart truly lies.

Notice verse 12: Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. The Gentiles are a reference to unbelievers and Peter points out that when unbelievers watch you, they should see someone who does the works of God. In other words, there’s no mistaking that you are a believer. They know that by your actions (good works) and the way you talk that you love the Lord and live by His Word.

So what’s the point of being different? Being different from the world means that you are turning away from sin. Being different according to the Scriptures brings glory to God. How can you be different in school? A good rule of thumb is to act differently than the unsaved students. If they criticize your teachers, then you should show your teachers respect and obey them. If the unsaved students reject doing homework, you should do yours and do it to the best of your abilities. If the unsaved students lie to their parents and mock them, you should honor your parents and be truthful to them. You can know what you should do as a Christian teen girl by reading and obeying God’s Word. In so doing, you are actually doing the opposite of what the world views in most situations. Amen?

If you’re struggling with your faith and are reading this blog, it is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!

Living Your Faith?

It has been a while since I’ve last written on this blog. I do apologize for the delay! I will strive to do better! 😀 Today’s devotional is on “living your faith.” I pray that the Lord will speak to your heart as you read on.

How hard is it to practice what you think should be a part of your Christian walk? Do you go to church on Sundays and Wednesdays and hear the preaching? Do you read the Scriptures along with the preacher but it stops right there at your eyes? Does anything change in your life once you get home? These are all questions you should ask yourself each time you open your Bible and read God’s Word, teen girl.

Granted, you are faced with situations in your life that I never faced as a teenager. However, these new situations presented today do not catch God by surprise, amen? Today’s teenager has access to the internet, social media, cable television, podcasts, etc. All of these were not present when I was young. Your challenges are way more than I ever experienced. So you will need to arm yourself and the best way to do that is with God’s Word. Jesus should be your example. Remember, He was 12 years old in these verses:

Luk 2:48-52  And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.  (49)  And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?  (50)  And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.  (51)  And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.  (52)  And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

So how can you be more like Jesus? How can you change your walk in such a way as to please Him? I brought up a few challenges above that you face each day. Your eyes and ears are the “gate” that either brings in light or darkness into your spiritual life. The one that you feed the most will have rule over you. Jesus spoke of this below:

Mat 6:22-23  The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.  (23)  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Jesus explains that what you see will determine your spiritual growth. If you let your eyes look at things that are ungodly, your heart will become dark. But if you let your eyes look upon godly things (Scriptures, wholesome reading, wholesome television viewing), your heart will be full of God’s light. This is how you practice living your faith. Take inventory of what your eyes see every day and write it down. Ask your parents to help you if you have Christian parents. If you don’t, seek out someone in your church who can be your mentor. Once you’ve written down what must be removed, write down its opposite: eliminate what’s not godly and add godly routines. For example, if you spend way too much time on social media, decrease that time and add it to your list of godly routines.

Some ideas for godly routines to name a few:

  1. Reading your Bible
  2. Helping your mother with chores – I’m sure there’s a project she has been dying to do in the house and would be happy to turn it over to you.
  3. Spend more time in praying for others
  4. Get comfortable with sharing the Gospel with people God puts in your circle of friends
  5. Spend extra time in studying your Bible – there are countless studies out there

If you are truly born-again, the Holy Spirit will bring conviction to your heart. If you aren’t sure that you are, it is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!

How’s Your Testimony?

Talking to others about the Lord is not the easiest thing to do, is it? It is especially hard when your testimony isn’t the greatest. People will look at you and think you’re a hypocrite because you “don’t practice what you preach.” The unsaved world cannot see Jesus in the church today because of this very reason. They see “believers” act the same way as the unsaved so why should they want our Jesus? I can’t say as I blame them, can you?

Eph 4:29  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

The Apostle Paul tell us that we should speak good things so those around us would hear about God’s grace. It is only by the grace of God that any of us are saved, amen?

What’s your testimony like to those teens you see at school? Are you acting like them? Are you judgmental because they are not saved? Do you look at the lost with the same eyes that Jesus had?

Col 3:17  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

You may not think so, but your time on earth is short. You may think that you have all the time in the world to be a good testimony and tell others about Jesus. But when do you think Jesus will come back to rapture His church? It could happen at any moment, teen girl. Don’t wait to tell others about Christ’s saving grace. Attract the unsaved teens around you by your testimony. Cause them to want to know Jesus because of what they see in you!

Lord, let me reflect the light of Your love to those who cross my path today, because I know you planned for our lives to touch.

What’s So Bad About Jealousy?

1 Samuel 18:7-8 KJV - And the women answered one another as they played,  and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.

Jealousy can ruin your life if you are not centered in God’s word. Just look at what happened to King Saul when women sang about David’s accomplishments being greater than King Saul’s. One would think that a king would be the envy of everyone. But that old green-eyed monster, jealousy, settled in Saul’s heart and that was the beginning of the end of Saul.

What happens once jealousy takes a hold of your heart, teen girl? The bible says:

Pro 14:30  A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

Rottenness of the bones – hmmmmm, one wonders exactly what that means?! If you are so wrapped up in being jealous or envious of someone else, you are bound for a life of unhappiness. God does not want that for us. The Proverb above says that a sound heart is the life of the flesh. In other words, this sound heart brings with it peace. You don’t have a desire for someone else’s good fortune or the “things” they have. Why should you? You have eternal life and your time here on earth is short compared to an eternity with the Lord and one of beauty. The bible says:

1 Co 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

So dear Christian teen girl, don’t envy or be jealous of the girls in school who appear to have everything going for them. Unless they are saved, they do not have the peace that God gives His children.

Php 4:7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Their only “heaven” is what they experience here on earth. Their eternity is filled with burning and darkness without God’s presence. But your heaven is a real place and God has prepared a place for us that our heart, eyes or ears can possibly imagine!

So don’t be jealous or envious of those who have more than you do. Instead do as Paul encourages us in the next verses:

Php 4:8-9  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  (9)  Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Am I Lazy?

Proverbs 20:4 KJV - The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold;

Laziness is a habit that was formed very early in life and not corrected. Sometimes parents find it’s just easier to do a task themselves instead of arguing with their child to get the chore finished. That is definitely not doing their child any good at all. Are you such a child, teen girl? Has your complaining whenever your parents ask you to do something gotten you out of doing the task? You may think you’ve “won,” but you’ve actually lost. Today’s verse explains the consequences of laziness.

However, the root of the problem is actually a sin that you have to confess. The bible teaches children to obey and honor their parents. So if your Mom asked you to do something, did you obey? If you think that your whining will get you out of doing something, you’re right – but only for a while. Continuing down that path will cause you problems later in life. Teenagers live for the moment – they don’t really care what happens in the future. But God teaches differently. He wants you to obey your parents and to honor them: why? So that it may be well with you.

Eph 6:1-3  Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.  (2)  Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) (3) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 

God desires obedience. In fact, He says that obedience is better than offering sacrifices. What exactly does this mean? Nothing is more pleasing to God than obedience. Man can offer sacrifices or do good works but if man doesn’t obey God and His word, his works mean nothing.

1 Sa 15:22  And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

Therefore, teen girl, if your parents give you chores, it is because they are trying to help you to grow spiritually and to be a fruitful adult. You don’t want to be the kind of adult who is too lazy to work then you can’t achieve anything. A good example is cleaning your room. Your mother may constantly remind you to clean your room. However, if you are too lazy to clean your room, it will only get more cluttered and dirty. When you do finally decide to clean your room, it will take much longer because it’s gotten so bad. Don’t you find it discouraging to even start that task now? Instead, by being obedient to your Mom and obeying Eph. 6:1, your room is picked up and cleaned frequently and it only takes a few minutes. Each time you walk into your room, you won’t be discouraged at the mess nor will it nag you to see it so dirty. 🙂

The end result is that you will be an adult that stays on top of tasks instead of letting them get so insurmountable that you get discouraged.

Teens Are Under A Lot Of Stress

Life as a teenager can be very stressful; especially in today’s world. Teens are challenged spiritually by kids they come in contact with every day. They are also challenged spiritually by television shows, movies, school and school activities, etc. Today’s teenager has a lot more to deal with than teenagers in the nineteenth century. Back then, there wasn’t television, phones, or radios. Stress can make you feel overwhelmed at times. How should you handle stress?

To the born-again teenage girl, however, there is help and encouragement in the scriptures. The unsaved teenager has only her friends or parents to turn to in time of need. But you have the Lord and His word! The scriptures contain the truth that you need when you’re looking for answers. God wants you to turn to Him and unload your burdens.

Mat 11:28-30  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  (29)  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  (30)  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

God never lies and His word says He is our shield, our comforter, and helper.

Num 23:19  God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

What a blessing it is to know that no matter what stress you encounter, you can turn to Him and His word to get help? God has also given you parents and hopefully you have saved friends you can share your troubles with. But if your friends are not saved and are the cause of your stress, you will need to make changes. This kind of stress can be difficult and if you don’t take care of it early, you may find yourself compromising your faith.

Sometimes being too busy can bring on stress. School work and school activities occupy a lot of time. A balance is necessary in everyone’s life. For example, if you make too many plans with your friends and neglect you duties at home, you will have the added stress of disobeying your parents. Think and plan your days so you can relieve yourself of some of that stress. You also need time to yourself so you can spend time with the Lord or for rest.

Think on these things and see where you can make changes. Ask your parents for help in discerning what’s absolutely necessary. Once you’ve eliminated what isn’t absolutely needed, you will find a balance in your life. 🙂

Devotional Time

Mark 1:35 KJV - And in the morning, rising up a great while

Devotional time, it’s a habit that not many teenagers have. They tend to find it a waste of time, after all, don’t they get enough “bible” at church? But to the truly born-again, blood bought child of the King, devotional time is essential to your day! It’s a time set aside to fuel your spirit and prepare yourself for the day.

Do you have a time that you have set aside to pray and spend time with the Lord? Let’s see what the bible says about this time. In today’s verse, we see that if Jesus set aside a time to pray to His Father, how much more do you need a time to pray? Jesus is God, after all. He knew that He needed close communication with His Father if He was to successfully complete the tasks ahead.

If you knew the day you were going to die, wouldn’t you prepare yourself? Teenagers and young adults do not realize that they could die any day. There’s an expiration date on all of us. We just don’t know when. So again, would you better prepare yourself if you knew when your expiration date was? Of course you would!

Let’s discuss this a bit. What kind of place should you go to so you can pray?

Mat 6:5-6  And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  (6)  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Most teen girls have their own room. So share with your parents that you want to start doing your devotions each morning at a certain time. If your parents are saved, they will be help you achieve this goal. If your parents are not saved, it will be up to you to take care of this on your own. God never gives you more than you can handle, so you can do this! Yes, that will mean setting your alarm early so you can incorporate prayer/devotional time before you head for school. If you have a desk in your room, prepare it the night before with your bible and a notebook to record whatever the Lord impresses upon your mind. When morning comes, go to your desk and pretend that the Lord is sitting in a chair right beside you. Talk to Him and seek His guidance on what you have on your heart. Approach Him with a humble heart and confess whatever sin He reveals.

Psa 119:11  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

If you have a favorite devotional, pull up that day’s and read it. Look up the bible verses listed and ponder them – think on them asking the Lord to speak to you through those verses. These verses will stick with you throughout your day and will help you. It won’t be a coincidence when you come across a time where you have to make a choice between what’s right and what’s worldly.

The more you know God’s word, the more success you will have in your spiritual walk. Commit to memory one of the verses that you read. Memorizing God’s word has helped me through some difficult times and decisions. There is a verse for every area of life, teen girl. Knowing them by memory, or at least where to turn in your bible to find the verse, will help you tremendously. 🙂