Do You (As A Leader) Create Great Choices

~Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

~Joshua 24:22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the Lord, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.

I have grown to love starting my day off early in the morning with a quiet house. When I lived on the coast, the sound of the roaring ocean in the distance reminded me that God is powerful, He was my Creator, and He was right there with me. I’d wonder what my day would have in store for me? What surprises would lie waiting? What choices would I have to make?

It’s the same every morning 🙂 As I sip my coffee and fuel myself on God’s Word, I find within its precious pages what to do when those choices are presented to me. Because of what Christ did on the cross for me, I have a choice on what I’m going to do with my day! I can choose to live it sold out for the Lord or I can choose to be defeated. What do you choose today, teen girl?

Choices … we face them every day! We choose what brand of cereal to eat. We choose what clothes to wear. We choose to stay in a bad mood because it suits the circumstances. We also choose to sin or not to sin. But as we struggle with sin and whether or not to give in to temptation, we must be reminded that God loves us; so much so, that He provides a way for us to escape from that temptation:

~I Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Teen girl, as you mature in Christ and become more like Him, you should be able to help, to show and to teach your friends how they, too, can overcome temptation. All of our life’s lessons can be stored up to use as future lessons! What a blessing it is to watch someone grow in the Lord because of something we taught them from God’s Word! Of all the gifts you can give a friend after leading them to the Lord, the best gift is to teach them how to overcome temptation. They need to learn that God has not left them alone to figure things out. God has given us the ability to have victory over our sin because of His precious work on the cross! They do not need to give in sin.

~I John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Being a good, saved Christian friend is such an awesome responsibility.  Use your experiences and knowledge of God’s Word to help your friends overcome the world. 🙂

~James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Where to Begin

Matthew 6:9-13 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

As I started my day in Bible reading, meditation and prayer, my thoughts fell on the “manner” which Christ taught us to pray. Jesus said, “After this “manner” therefore pray ye. He didn’t say repeat this prayer word-for-word like some mindless robot. He instructed us to pray “after this manner.” He is showing us, teen girl, that we can come to Him for all of our needs, both spiritually and physically. How we grow in this area of prayer will directly affect the power we have as Christians. Pray little, have little power. Pray much, have much power. I know that we all need the Holy Spirit’s power to overcome temptation and sin! If my day has not started with the essentials of reading, meditating and prayer, I’m a gonner. I’ve set myself up for spiritual defeat even before getting started! 😦 I really didn’t know what I was missing out on until I started my day with this pattern.

Give us this day our daily bread – I see this as a two-fold prayer request. (1) Any physical needs that I have, I can place before my Father and He will provide. Psalm 37:25 tells us that God does not forsake His child and, therefore, I will never be begging bread. (2) My spiritual food is a priority, (Luke 4:4) and I need to hear from God through His word daily to arm me for the day. Both of these give strength to the body; for what is my flesh without my spirit, and vice-versa? What can I accomplish in my day if I have not fed my body? I won’t have the calories to give my body energy and I will conk out early in the day. The same goes with my spiritual health. If I don’t feed myself in God’s word, I won’t have the strength to ward off Satan’s darts.

Your friends need to be able to witness your devotional life so they can learn for themselves. Do they see you reading my Bible? Have they ever seen or heard you praying? Do they observe God’s power through your walk? When prayers are answered, do you share them with your friends so they can see the results (James 5:16)? Just as you need daily food to sustain your life, teen girl, you need spiritual food to keep yourself strong for Christ.

So, are you read to eat? 🙂

Mind Control

Matthew 23:25-26 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

James 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Training yourself to have a good “thought life” takes diligent work, teen girl. Can one actually control one’s mind? I believe we can! Temptation itself is not sin and God provides (I Corinthians 10:13) us with a way out when we are tempted. Therefore, controlling our thoughts, our actions, must be a possibility or this verse wouldn’t be in our bible! If we cannot train ourselves, then how can we as mothers train our children?

“Nurturing” sin in our thoughts and dwelling on them will cause us to sin. Therefore, it’s so important to train ourselves to push those thoughts out of our heads.

Psalms 66:18-20 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: 19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. 20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

As Noah Webster defines the word “regard,” one could read Psalm 66:18 as: If I love and esteem iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me! That’s exactly what we do when we “nurture” those sins in our thoughts! Do we or don’t we want our prayers to be answered? Do we want to be able to teach our children how to have control over their youthful lusts? How can we if we cannot even do this ourselves? Our children need to learn this – they need to know how to control their thoughts before they reach their teenage years. I can’t teach another to crochet if I don’t know how myself! I can’t teach another to bake a cake if I don’t know how myself!

Learn to live by Romans 8:5 and Philippians 4:8 – memorize it and turn to them when you are tempted to stray in your thought life. Fix your thoughts on the Lord, Jesus Christ. Think on those good things that He has blessed you with. When an evil thought crosses your mind, quickly change your thoughts to Jesus Christ! I Corinthians 10:13 is being applied when we do this!

When we can conquer this area, we can teach our children to do likewise 🙂

Don’t give up!

~Psalm 102:1-2 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee. (1) Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily. (2)

Praise the Lord that you are able to go to our Heavenly Father and cry to Him, teen girl! He stands ready to reach out to you, forgive you if that’s what is needed, and comfort you.

~Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

We have a compassionate Heavenly Father who desires close fellowship with us. He did not just create us to leave us to our own lives. He created us so we could have a relationship with Him – He knows us intimately, like our own earthly parents.

~Psalm 103:13-17 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. (13) For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. (14) As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. (15) For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. (16) But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; (17)

There are times that there’s nothing we can do about our situation except turn it over to the Lord. No amount of worry – no amount of effort on our part will change what’s happening. However, our Father knows all the details and is able to bring us comfort – even if the situation doesn’t change. Our circumstances may not change but our heart does.

~Psalm 121 A Song of degrees. (1) I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. (2) My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. (3) He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. (4) Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. (5) The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. (6) The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. (7) The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. (8) The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

It may feel as though we are all alone in the midst of our trial, but you can rest assured that the same God of these verses today is there for you!


Psalm 103 A Psalm of David. 1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. 14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. 17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; 18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. 19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. 20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. 22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.

This beautiful song is filled with encouragement! I see a list of blessings which the Lord has given. Each of these blessings applies to you as well, teen girl. I thought this would make a great check list for you and encourage you. I’ve listed the blessings below – just write down your own thoughts next to each one and how the benefit applies to you personally.

  1. Forgave my iniquities
  2. Healed my diseases
  3. Redeemed my life
  4. Crowned me with lovingkindness and tender mercies
  5. Satisfied my mouth with good things
  6. Executes righteousness and judgment
  7. Is merciful and gracious
  8. Is slow to anger
  9. Is plenteous in mercy
  10. He won’t stay angry forever
  11. He has not dealt with me according to my sins
  12. He has not rewarded me according to my sins
  13. His mercy toward me is as high as Heaven
  14. He has removed my sins from me as far as the east is from the west
  15. He pities me
  16. His mercy is everlasting
  17. He has prepared His throne in Heaven and His kingdom rules over all

Is it any wonder that the Psalmist is blessing the Lord? He started the Psalm blessing the Lord and ends it in the same way! Should you not be doing exactly the same thing after reading all these blessings and how they are applied to you personally? Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!

Praising God!

Psalm 8 1 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. 2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: 7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; 8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

I can see the Psalmist, David, now – he’s laying in an open field at night and gazing at the skies! How can one do that without seeing God’s greatness in the heavens? Creation in its entirety reflects the nature of God! David recognized this and felt insignificant compared to what his eyes beheld! Haven’t you felt like that when you looked up at the night sky, teen girl? How can a wonderful and powerful Creator take time to be with me? How can He be interested in me? The Lord is interested even in the tiny baby! So much so, He has given us all of His creation to enjoy!

When I gaze into the skies at night, I feel what David felt at the moment he wrote this Psalm. I feel so small compared to all that is out there! It is a humbling feeling indeed! It keeps my thoughts focused on just who God is! I am so weak but He is so great. How can One so great take time to fellowship with me? This psalm puts me in my place before a mighty and Holy God! However, this psalm also shows me that as great as God is, He has time to be concerned for even the tiniest of babes!

Then David ends it all by praising the Lord! So, teen girl, sing with David:

O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!


Psalm 63 Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. 1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; 2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. 3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. 4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. 5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: 6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. 7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. 8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. 9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth. 10 They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes. 11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

Have you ever been so thirsty that you just couldn’t stand it? The inside of your mouth felt like a desert land! Or if you ate something that was too salty, you couldn’t get enough water to drink! Today’s Scriptures led me beside the still waters (Psalm 23) and fed my soul!

Can you imagine thirsting after God’s Word as much as thirsting after a salty meal? Salt has so many uses, not just for flavoring food! Salt was even used in Jesus’ teachings.

~Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

As a Christian, teen girl, you are to be like salt to the unsaved world. What can you glean from this? After eating a handful of potato chips, the first thing you need is a good drink of water, right? Too much salt causes one to be thirsty! The heart that is prepared is thirsting for a Christian to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel seed has been planted into that heart and the Water of Life received from that Christian will cause salvation to spring forth. Unbelievers should see your life and hear your testimony and thirst after what you have, teen girl. Do they?

~John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Salt can also have healing powers. When it’s sprinkled on a small wound, it burns like the dickens but it helps the wound to heal. When an unbeliever hears the Gospel and is drawn by the Holy Spirit, he becomes convicted of his sin. His sin grieves him and he is led to repentance. Just as salt stings on a wound, God’s Word stings the heart and conscience and draws one to repentance. The water of the Words of Life cleans the heart.

~Psalm 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

Salt is also a preservative. In early America, before refrigeration, meats were salted to keep them from spoiling. The new believer who thirsts after salvation and repents of his sins now has a salvation which is preserved for all eternity.

~John 3:16-18, 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

So next time you pick up the salt shaker, think about what Christ was trying to teach you. 🙂

God’s Word

What does God’s Word do for you, teen girl? God’s Word saved you from eternal life in the Lake of Fire:

~1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

God’s Word should increase your faith:

~Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

God’s Word cleanses you as you mature in Christ.  By this, I mean that His Word challenges you to live more righteously with each passing day:

~John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

God’s Word sanctifies you for His use. Through His Word, you are cleansed and regenerated by being born again. Christ’s righteousness now covers you and all the Father sees is His precious Son’s righteousness over you. That is the only way you can be found holy and without blemish because we are all sinners (Romans 3:10) in need of salvation.

~Ephesians 5:26-7 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

God’s Word is so important! It is necessary for salvation. It is necessary for the believer to grow more Christ like. It is necessary to encourage you, the believer, as you walk on your journey! Thank You, Lord, for Your Word!!!


Are You Faithful?

~Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

Faithfulness – today’s definition of this word is so diluted compared to what Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary states:

1. Fidelity; loyalty; firm adherence to allegiance and duty; as the faithfulness of a subject.

Faithfulness’ definition depends on the lifestyle of the person to whom it is directed.  For example, you may be a faithful employee at your job, teen girl, but be unfaithful to church.  You cannot apply the true definition of faithfulness to your life.  In my lifetime, I have seen faithfulness dwindling.  People use to be faithful in going to church, in reading their Bibles, in telling others about Christ, etc.

True faithfulness is rare.  However, there are many who will boast of their faithfulness.  Being raised a religious catholic, I was one of those who boasted of my faithfulness.  However, when I was made new in Christ, I discovered that true faithfulness produces humility.  God knows if we are truly faithful or not.  If we are, it is evident in our actions – we do not need to boast of it.

~Proverbs 25:27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.

Just how faithful are we as children of the King of Kings?  Do we give up easily when the tough situations of life arise?

1 Corinthians 4:2  Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

Our faithfulness can be achieved because God is faithful!  Knowing that God is faithful brings peace to the believer, teen girl.  There is no need for worry, no need for concern, no need to think on things that have yet to happen.  God wishes to fulfill His plan through you.

~Deuteronomy 7:9  Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

Knowing God’s faithfulness helps the believer to rest assured that you can proceed in the path that He has set before you without concern.  All you have to do is be found faithful!  You are not to be faithful in your works leaving your relationship with the Lord to suffer.  This is not the same thing.  Works are good but not at the expense of your relationship with God.  I hope that makes sense to you.  As a “faithful catholic,” I did good works believing that this would enhance my relationship with God.  However, I did so at the expense of my relationship with Him.

Examine yourself, teen girl – why are you doing good deeds?  If you are truly born again and are a child of the King, it will be automatic – no need for boasting here.  However, if you are doing good deeds because that is what is commanded of you by your parents or your church, then you will not be found faithful by the Judge of all.  You will find yourself lacking when you stand before Him at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Five More Minutes

While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground.

“That’s my son over there,” she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide.

“He’s a fine looking boy,” the man said. “That’s my daughter on the bike in the white dress.”

Then, looking at his watch, he called to his daughter. “What do you say we go, Melissa?”

Melissa pleaded, “Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes!”

The man nodded and Melissa continued to ride her bike to her heart’s content. Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his daughter. “Time to go now?”

Again Melissa pleaded, “Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes!”

The man smiled and said, “OK.”

“My, you certainly are a patient father!” the woman responded.

The man smiled and then said, “Her older brother Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I’d give anything for just five more minutes with him. I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake with Melissa.

She thinks she has five more minutes to ride her bike. The truth is, I get five more minutes to watch her play.”

~Author Unknown

Life is all about making priorities, what are your priorities, teen girl? Your parents and siblings may not be there tomorrow. Give someone you love 5 more minutes of your time today!