Thankful or Needy?


~Psalm 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is fitting to focus on a thankful heart. Are you one of those teen girls who is thankful for everything her parents have provided for her? Or are you one of those teen girls who is never satisfied with what she has? Today’s Bible verse encourages us to come before God with a thankful heart and to sin praises (psalms) to Him.

I love Noah Webster’s definition of the word psalm:

A sacred song or hymn; a song composed on a divine subject and in praise of God. The most remarkable psalms are those composed by David and other Jewish saints, a collection of one hundred and fifty of which constitutes a canonical book of the Old Testament, called Psalms, or the book of Psalms. The word is also applied to sacred songs composed by modern poets, being versifications of the scriptural psalms, or of these with other parts of Scripture, composed for the use of churches; as the Psalms of Tate and Brady, of Watts, etc.

Can you imagine how our Heavenly Father feels when a teen girl comes before Him when she prays with this kind of grateful and thankful prayer? Can you imagine what it would be like if all of God’s children would make this joyful noise to Him with this kind of sacred psalm? I have chill bumps just thinking about it.

I know how blessed I am when my children are thankful for their blessings in life and say so. Do you tell your parents how thankful you are for what they have done for you? Why not try it? You may give them a heart attack 😉 Seriously, though, you should tell them as often as possible just how thankful you are that the Lord has given you such great parents 🙂

How much more does your Heavenly Father love it when you come to Him and give thanks!!! All blessings come from Him. God enjoys blessing His children just as your parents enjoy blessing you, teen girl. Do you think your parents like it when you are ungrateful? Of course not. Nor should you be ungrateful to your precious Heavenly Father. After all, He sent His only Son to take your punishment for sin so that you may inherit eternal life! There is no better reason to be thankful!

Share with me today as we start preparing our hearts for one of the best holidays this country has. Yes, the world has turned it into a money-making holiday. Remember, teen girl, why we are thankful and sing sacred psalms to the One who has provided for us. I can think of many reasons why I am thankful – not just at Thanksgiving but every day: my salvation, my husband, my family, my Pastor, my dear friends, my church family, my health, and the list goes on. When I focus on being thankful, I am not thinking about my problems and trials.

If you are one of those teen girls who thinks life revolves around you, repent and pray to your Heavenly Father, seeking forgiveness for being selfish. Ask Him to help you be a grateful and thankful young lady. Then put action to those words and start telling your parents how thankful you are. Start telling the Lord how grateful you are for the blessings He has bestowed upon you. Once you develop a thankful and grateful heart, you won’t be concentrating on what you don’t have but on what you do have 🙂

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You and God’s Word


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

God’s Word is the only thing in life that comes with a promise such as this, teenager! Do you know of anything or anyone who can promise that if you read and hide their product in your mind and heart, it will keep you from sin? Nothing can do this. No one can do this, but God! God’s compassion is so great that He provided His Word to strengthen you in your time of weakness.

Not only did your Heavenly Father give you His Word to grow by so that you wouldn’t sin, but He also provided His Word so that you could be cleansed should you fall into sin.

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

The Word will cleanse you and keep you from sin, teen girl! So why don’t you spend more time in the Word? I believe that ole slew foot has managed to keep the Christian today from the Bible by way of distractions and excuses. Today’s distractions are many – you have your cell phone, you iPad, your friends, your school activities, homework, etc. Everyone has distractions. If you’re not in the Word daily and gleaning from it, then you have too many distractions. Unless reading your Bible is an everyday thing, you will continuously struggle with sin, teen girl! It’s a guarantee!

The fact of the matter is this: the believer who does not read the Word is plain lazy. Are you lazy? Would you deprive your body from food and nourishment? Of course not! When you are not in the Word, you not only allow sin to come into your life, but you cause sin to come into your life. Your siblings will see it and will follow in your footsteps. So when you do fall into temptation and sin, you have no one to blame but yourself. It isn’t God’s fault, but your own.

~1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

If we fall, we fall because we choose to fall. The more you spend time in the Word, the less time you will have to devote to sin.

~Psalm 119:105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

A Wise Teen Girl


Proverbs 11:29 “He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.”

Where can you find a teenager with wisdom? You can find her reading her Bible and obeying what God teachers her. She thinks of others rather than herself. She is out there 🙂

Unfortunately, most teen girls are absorbed with music, boys and clothing, not necessarily in that order. This teen girl troubleth her own house. She is self-centered and only wants her way. So just what does “troubleth his own house” mean?

Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary’s definitions shed light and give much more meaning to what we are reading than modern-day dictionaries. His definition of “troubleth” is:

1. To agitate; to disturb; to put into confused motion.

Are you the type of teen girl who “brings trouble” to her house? Do you bring agitation and disturbance into your home? Do you bring confusion into your home?

The fool does all these things. I found it quite interesting that Solomon would add the rest of the verse – “shall inherit the wind”! Have you ever seen the cartoon where someone turned on an occilating fan in an classroom where the desks were filled with paper? What a catastrophe that produced! It’s like a hurricane hit the room! I believe this is what Solomon was trying to portray here. I think of the teen girl who is never happy with her circumstances and is always complaining. She “troubleth her own house” and creates a whirl wind of trouble. She reaps what she sows.

On the other hand, the Christian teen girl who is wise is quite the opposite. The wise person’s home is peaceful. True peace can only be had when we are truly born-again and are displaying the fruit of the Spirit. Noah’s definition of wise is:

1. Properly, having knowledge; hence, having the power of discerning and judging correctly, or of discriminating between what is true and what is false; between what is fit and proper, and what is improper; as a wise prince; a wise magistrate. Solomon was deemed the wisest man. But a man may be speculatively and not practically wise. Hence,2. Discrete and judicious in the use or applications of knowledge; choosing laudable ends, and the best means to accomplish them. This is to be practically wise. Gen 41.

Does the foolish teen girl display such wisdom? Of course not. The foolish teen girl is busy doing the opposite and turning on that occilating fan at home which produces nothing but chaos. There’s no peace in that home. It is not to say that a born-again Christian cannot be a fool. We have all done foolish things at one time or another. But the believer should be growing – moving forward in the Lord – seeking to better herself and becoming more Christ-like.

Are you the foolish Christian teen girl today or the wise Christian? Better yet, are you the unsaved fool? The Word says that the unsaved fool who will not listen to the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be likened to the Christian witness casting his pearls (the Gospel) to swine (the unsaved). Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. (Mat 7:6 ) Instead, the unsaved fool thinks she is spiritually OK – the unsaved fool goes to church, knows the scriptures, does the motions but her actions speak louder than words. She is one of the hypocrites that Jesus speaks of.

Are you causing chaos at home, teen girl? First off, are you truly born again? If you are, ask the Lord to forgive you then go to your parents and ask their forgiveness as well. Make things right with those who live in your home. Then, with the Holy Spirit’s help, read your Bible and practice what God teaches you in His Word.

 

A Merry Heart


 

 

 

Prov. 17:22 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”

Have you ever been around a Christian teenager who just simply was a pleasure to be around? Her laugh was contagious, her smile brightened your day and her whole demeanor glorified the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Don’t you always like being around someone like this? It seems that all your problems temporarily disappear and, for a time, you’ve entered her field of joy. No wonder Solomon stated that this merry person was like a good medicine. So many times I have visited a brother or sister in Christ with the sole purpose of encouraging them. Yet, it was I who was encouraged by spending time with that dear, merry saint!

Neh. 8:10b says that the joy of the LORD is our strength. In the world’s eyes, this dear saint’s circumstances were glum at best, but the Lord provides joy and peace to that merry heart. How? Through His Word! And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phi. 4:7 ) The teen girl whose heart and mind is focused on Christ, won’t be worrying – won’t be depressed – won’t be anxious. Instead, this teen girl knows that the Lord will take care of all the details no matter what. That kind of faith brings such peace – and peace brings joy. There’s nothing better than to know that a problem is being taken care of and you no longer have to fret over it.

Solomon was also quick to point out in the same sentence that the person with a “broken spirit” dries the bones. This teen girl wears her emotions on her face. Her “countenance” clearly tells you what is wrong in her life. The sorrows of the mind “drieth the bones” – in other words, her demeanor consumes the very marrow of her being. It’s not superficial but goes way down deep into her heart. She does not have a merry heart – she is joyless. I see this her walking with stooped shoulders as though the weight of the world is upon her. She has no confidence or faith in her God. She does not seek to find the solution to her problem but she wallows in self pity. Rather than remove herself from the fires around her, she sticks around. Rather than go to the Source where healing can be found,s he remains in her circumstances.

So, are we as quick to be around such a person? Many times, this joyless person blames her circumstances on everyone else but herself – never searching God’s Word for encouragement, let alone for healing.

I would rather be known as a Christian who has helped cheer another and brought healing into their lives than a Christian who has brought a frown upon people’s faces by the look on my face and actions.

Whose Way?


Prov. 12:15-16 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.”

Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s my way or the highway!”? The fool sees her way as the only way. She does not and will not listen to reason or the possibility that she may be wrong. This fool sees all the problems in her life with a warped view. It couldn’t possibly be something the fool has done wrong. In fact, this person truly believes that it is someone else’s fault. It is sad that one gets to the point that she cannot be taught of God. Her heart has hardened to the point where the Holy Spirit cannot pierce it. Are you like that, teen girl? Do you have to have your way or else?

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (Joh 14:26)

A foolish person does not need a request to speak her mind because she speaks it quickly and loudly. You hear much more than hrt two cents’ worth! Solomon says in verse 16 that the fool’s wrath is presently known. This person does not take time to think about what she is going to say. She does not weigh the consequences that her words will have on her life. Instead, she speaks now! Speaking too hastily is like a tube of toothpaste. Once you squeeze it and the toothpaste comes out, there’s no way to put it back in. The words out of a fool’s mouth are quick and it’s too late to do damage control as the damage has been done.

The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. (Ecc 9:17)

I love Solomon’s style of writing. He gives you the consequences which come as a result of the bad and the good. The wise person listens to counsel, whether from parents, a godly friend or the Pastor. The prudent teen girl keeps herself from blowing her temper and losing her testimony. She guards her mouth carefully. The believer’s testimony speaks the loudest about how she walks with the Lord. She can blab all she wants, but her actions will reflect whose fruit she is displaying – the fruit of the Holy Spirit or the fruit of the world (the devil’s fruit). The Word says that temperance (self control) is one of the Spirit’s fruit according (Gal. 5:22-23).

The more a Christian is in the Word and applying it to her life, the more she will exercise that muscle of self control. It does not come over night – it comes with much practice. The world thinks that it’s good for you to speak your mind. However, the Lord thinks differently. You can be sure that if the world thinks that speaking your mind is right, then God will say differently.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. (Isa 55:8 )

Have You Strayed from God?


As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place. Proverbs 27:8 

The chick thinks he can leave the nest for a moment to check out the world around him. Mother’s not in sight, here’s his big chance. He looks around – everything looks safe. He takes one small step outside the nest, pauses and looks around for predators. Still safe. So he takes a few more steps. Suddenly, a hawk swoops down from above and snatches him! The chick’s adventure cost him his life.

I love that the Lord picked a bird to convey a message to us. God wants us to think of these illustrations as we read His Word. He put them in there for a reason. There is always a good lesson to be learned by an illustration. We see this evidence in the parables Christ shared with His disciples. We know that this bird had to be a chick because of the wordwandereth. The adult bird does not wander because he is quite aware of the dangers lurking about. He has learned to be careful. The nest is his haven. Not only is it his resting place but it protects him.

The Lord warns us that it is just as bad for a man to wander from his place as well. What place could that be? Surely, God does not mean that we should not wander from our homes. We must go out to work, to church, and carry on with life. I believe the Lord is telling us not to wander from our place by His side. When we do, we subject ourselves to the predator of this world, the devil.

What can we find at His side? Well, Jesus is our Shepherd. He rules over the devil and all his fallen angels. They are afraid of Him. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (Jam 2:19) Their knee shall bow to Him. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (Phi 2:10) They have no control over us and our lives unless we allow it. What are some ways a Christian allows the devil to control us?

  • By not reading our Bibles and feeding our spirits. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psa 119:11)
  • By not praying. I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. (1 Ti 2:8 )
  • By allowing unconfessed sin in our lives. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1Jo 1:9)
  • By not being faithful in the things of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. (1  Co 4:2)

Each time we wander from our haven at the Saviour’s side, we toy with temptation. Wandering away a little more allows temptation to turn to sin. It is our choice, my friend. We don’t need to wander. But if we do, our Shepherd is so faithful that He even provides a way for us to come back. 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. (1 Co 10:13)

Let’s learn from this little bird. As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place. ( Pro 27:8 )