Hidden


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~Job 42:2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

My thoughts as an unsaved teen girl were filled with deceit.  I was  constantly trying to do something behind my parents’ backs or trying to get away with something.  I was always afraid of being caught.  I thought I was getting away with so much but I surely wasn’t. I have heard many times that as long as I don’t carry out my thoughts into action, I’m O.K. However, God knows our every thought. Jesus even went so far as to say:

~Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Nothing can be hidden from God, teen girl. Your sin cannot be hidden, even if it is in thought only. Your discouragement and pain cannot be hidden from Him:

~Psalm 69:5 O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.

~Psalm 38:9 Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.

God knows every little part of you, right down to the smallest cell in my body.  Since He knows you to the finest detail, He is able to know your goings as well:

~Psalm 139:15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

~Jeremiah 23:24a Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD.

There is not a place, even in your own thoughts, that you can hide from God. Therefore, keep your thought life in check and centered on the Lord then your actions will follow.

Repentance is to leave
The sin we loved before,
And show that we in earnest grieve
By doing so no more.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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Joy


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~3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Walking in truth requires action for any Christian – including teen girls. We can know the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and accept it – this is forward motion. But to stop there and not continue would be awful! Many teen girls are satisfied with merely crawling in spiritual matters. The Word of God is not a treasure to them and, therefore, they do not feed themselves with its truth on a daily basis.  They are content in having fun with their friends, they are consumed with worldly things and consumed with themselves.

When you first discover something or someone that peaks your interest, your enthusiasm is high and you try to learn as much about it as possible. You do not rest until you have captured everything about your new interest. A good example is a new book by your favorite author. You cannot wait until you get the book home – you curl up on the couch and open to the first page, anxious to get caught up in the story.

The Christian teen girl should have this same enthusiasm with the truth from God’s Word. Unlike a story, each word of the Bible is God breathed. Each page uncovers truth after truth from the God of Creation. The Word of God reveals enough about God’s nature to give us a glimpse of our Creator and man’s need for a Saviour. We will not fully understand His nature until we reach Heaven. However, we have enough information to draw us closer to Him.

God is perfect love and perfect grace and mercy. Experiencing these traits as each page of the Bible unfolds brings joy to the believer. This joy is then shared with the unsaved world. There is no better testimony than that of a Christian teen girl who knows her God because she knows His Word!

Joy is increased by spreading it to others.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne

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! 🙂

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

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!

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.

 

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.