The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens 7: Sunday Selah

The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens Day 7: Sunday Selah And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:18, ESV) As much as we may not like to hear this, we aren’t perfect parents. Not you. Not me. None of us won’t make mistakes. There is only One parent who is perfect—our heavenly Father. It’s an amazing…

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The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens 6: Weekly Thoughts

The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens Day 6: Weekly Thoughts Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV) This is a well-known Scripture passage, and one we use for many situations in life, as there is so much wisdom packed into it. We are reminded that the Lord’s way is…

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The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens 5: Battling Comparison

The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens Day 5: Battling Comparison For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10, ESV) Scrolling through Instagram left her feeling “less than”—about 20 pounds too heavy and apparently cursed with red hair and pale skin. She never felt…

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The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens 4: Battling Rebellion

The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens Day 4: Battling Rebellion The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures. (Proverbs 30:17, ESV) That’s a rather harsh Scripture reference to open with today, but I think it gives us a very clear picture of how God views a rebellious child and the serious consequences that…

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The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens 3: Battling Boundaries

The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens Day 3: Battling Boundaries The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not…

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The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens 2: Battling Sexual Promiscuity

The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens Day 2: Battling Sexual Promiscuity How can a young man [or young woman] keep his [her] way pure? By guarding it according to your word. (Psalm 119:9, ESV)  Why, as humans, do we intensely desire what’s prohibited? Just as Eve fell for the forbidden fruit, we have followed the same errant sin patterns as our predecessors. As believers, sexual purity should be taught to our youth…

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The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens 1: Battling Social Media

The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens Day 1: Battling Social Media For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the LORD. As long as he lives, he is lent to the LORD. (1 Samuel 1:27-28, ESV)  Maybe you didn’t plan to start a family yet when you found yourself expecting. Maybe, like me, you experienced loss…

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Grieving our Losses 4- Grieving the Past

Grieving Our LossesDay 4- Grieving the PastRuth P. McDonald“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, ESV)“Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22, ESV)The other day, I was thumbing through a stack of old pictures and felt an odd…

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The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens 7: Sunday Selah

The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens Day 7: Sunday Selah And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:18, ESV) As much as we may not like to hear this, we aren’t perfect parents. Not you. Not me. None of us won’t make mistakes. There is only One parent who is perfect—our heavenly Father. It’s an amazing…

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The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens 6: Weekly Thoughts

The Battles of Raising Today’s Teens Day 6: Weekly Thoughts Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV) This is a well-known Scripture passage, and one we use for many situations in life, as there is so much wisdom packed into it. We are reminded that the Lord’s way is…

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