Encouragement for Teens

Teen Tuesday—How to Be a Happier You

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I’ve been experimenting for years with what I call my “attitude helpers.” They help me get my work done with a happy heart—even the things I don’t like doing!!!

  1. Prayer always helps — Pray about your attitude toward your chores, the people you serve at home, and your schoolwork. Ask God for His help and His attitude. He can definitely turn your heart into a fountain of joy.
  2. Use Scripture for a pep talk — Make a list of verses right out of God’s Word that encourage you while you take care of your responsibilities. My favorite is Psalm 118:24—“This is the day the Lord has made; [I] will rejoice and be glad in it.”
  3. Do your work “as to the Lord” — When things seem unbearable or impossible, Colossians 3:23 comes to the rescue: “Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” This reminder pours fresh joy into an empty heart.
  4. Tackle your tasks wholeheartedly — As you face tasks (even homework!), make a conscious decision to tackle it energetically and joyfully. A halfhearted attitude will produce halfhearted results—and you sure don’t need that!
  5. Tackle your tasks energetically — Whatever chore or school project you face, take on the challenge. Roll up your sleeves, “do it with your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10), and finish fully. You, girl, are on a mission!
  6. Tackle your tasks creatively — To help make each task exciting, ask yourself, “How can I do this differently? What would make this more fun, more enjoyable?” And my favorite? “How can I beat the clock—do this faster, finish sooner, zip through it?” Do whatever you can to make a game out of your work.
  7. Tackle your tasks joyfully — The key to joy is to look at your responsibilities at home and school with anticipation rather than dread. See your tasks as challenges rather than drudgery. Look at each demanding job and decide to do it, to do it well, to do it as to the Lord, and to enjoy doing it. Oh, what a difference joy makes!

Beautiful in God’s Eyes for Young Women surrounds you with inspiring Bible verses and Elizabeth’s encouraging guidance. You’ll discover purpose and confidence you’ve only dreamed of having.

Teen Tuesday—Guarding Your Purity

 

Purity

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace,
along with 
those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
(2 Timothy 2:22)

It’s crystal clear in the Bible that God wants His women—young, old, and all ages—to be pure. Titus 2:3-5 tells the older women in the church to teach and serve as role models to the younger women. It’s amazing that there are only six topics listed for these ladies to teach to those who are younger. And guess what? Purity is one of them: They are to teach and “encourage the young women to…[be] pure” (NASB).

Purity does not come naturally! That’s because of our sin nature, which means the opposite of purity is what comes naturally! So you must choose to avoid people, places, and practices that might tempt you toward wrong and impure thoughts and deeds.

What else can you do? A daily dose of the Bible will have a powerful purifying effect on your heart and mind. Reading the Word will lead you to a purer life, and it will expose you to scriptures that give good advice to young adults—like Psalm 119:9: “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.”

Another step you can and must take on the road to purity is confession (1 John 1:9). To confess your sin means to agree with God when you have failed to live according to His standard of purity. When you think an impure thought, confess it. If you hear something impure, confess it. When you see something impure, confess it. If you say something impure, confess it. Jesus, the one who died for your sins, is ready to forgive you!

When it comes to purity, you want to guard your …

… physical purity. This will guide how you behave.

mental purity. This will dictate what you think.

… spiritual purity. This will determine the depth of your devotion and worship.

Like all the areas of your life, God expects you to manage your purity. He has entrusted you with this most precious possession. Guard it well!

Surround yourself with inspiring Bible verses and encouraging guidance to discover purpose and confidence you’ve only dreamed of having with Beautiful In God’s Eyes for Young Women. If you want to see something really beautiful ― take a look at the incredible young woman God made you to be.

 

Everyday Beauty

 

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It’s true. Beauty on the inside counts with God! However, there are a few additional steps we can take to represent Jesus Christ well so that what others see in us honors Him (Titus 2:5).

Dress up—Queen Esther, chose to wear her royal robes into the presence of her husband, the king (Esther 5:1). The Proverbs 31 woman wore silk and purple (Proverbs 31:22). These women dressed with a touch of class, wearing what was right for the occasion and proper in her day and time.

Fix up—You can make an effort to create a pleasing appearance. Think about the people who fill your day. What will they see? Fresh face, hair, and makeup? Clean, wrinkle-free, spot-free, odor-free clothes? A bright smile and a little color here and there?

Clean up—You’ve heard that cleanliness is next to godliness. Plus Proverbs teaches that “ointment and perfume delight the heart” (27:9). Both are pleasant and heartwarming and indicate that someone has gone to the trouble to spruce up.

Look up—Throughout your day look up to the Lord. Pray to Him, think on Him, serve Him, worship Him, do all unto Him, obey Him, and love Him with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind (Luke 10:27). As you are consciously aware of His presence, His beauty will shine through your efforts. And then He is glorified (Matthew 5:16)!

In Beautiful in God’s EyesElizabeth George guides women through the popular Bible verses in Proverbs 31 to show how God defines beauty and reveals His plan for a woman’s success.

Teen Tuesday—Being Friendly Like Jesus

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Being friendly and approachable is a Jesus quality. You may think, Of course anyone could talk to me or ask something of me. But you may also be sending a message that says you already have enough friends, thank you very much, or you’re too busy to be bothered. Or maybe you’re sending the message that you don’t want any friends.

Stop and think about Jesus’ friendliness. Jesus meant it when He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Are you sure you are friendly and approachable? To your family at home? To the people at school, at church, or next door? Is your heart tuned in to those who are new, lonely, not a part of the in crowd—the outsiders?

Ask God to look into your heart. Pray for an approachable spirit that will reflect the heart of Jesus. Be like the One who never refused the cries of anyone who needed a friend and help … including you.

Lord Jesus, thank You that You are always available to me when I’m alone or lonely. I know how good it feels to have a friend like You. I want to reflect Your heart and be a Jesus kind of friend to others. Help me be open and available to others who need Your help through me. Amen.

A Young Woman’s Guide to Making Right Choices takes teens through the step–by–step process of making decisions that are life-affirming, godly, and wise in areas that include improving relationships.

Teen Tuesday—The Best Way to Make Decisions

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Decisions. How many times have you said “Yes!” to something or someone and later wondered, “What was I thinking? Why did I do that?” Was it peer pressure? Or to please others? Maybe to be seen with a special group? Were you afraid to say, “Let me check with my parents” or “I’ll let you know tomorrow”? Did you not have the nerve to say “No”?

We’ve all been there and done that. But God comes to our rescue with examples of how others in the Bible made decisions—the right way and for the right reasons!

  • King Solomon prayed for wisdom … and rose up from prayer to become the wisest man who ever lived (1 Kings 3:5-12).
  • Nehemiah spent time praying “before the God of heaven” after hearing some very bad news … and rose up knowing exactly what action to take (Nehemiah 1:4-11).
  • Queen Esther fasted three days and nights to prepare to follow God’s will in a life-threatening situation (Esther 4:16… and rose up to do the right thing and boldly made her request to the king.
  • The Lord Jesus sought His Father’s direction as He prayed all night … and rose up and chose the twelve disciples (Luke 6:12-13).

Why not make a new prayer commitment? “From now on, No decision made without prayer!” This prayer principle will guide your life and help you find God’s will for every decision you must make. Prepare yourself each day—and before each decision—so that you, too, rise up and do what’s right and what’s wise.

In A Young Woman’s Guide to Making Right Choices, Elizabeth takes teens through the step–by–step process of making decisions that are life–affirming, godly, and wise. Learn more here.

Teen Tuesday—2 Ways to Create Time to Pray

As a growing young woman, you need your rest! But you also need to pray. Two simple acts will help you move forward in beating laziness …and creating time to pray.

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  1. “Head for bed.” As soon as dinner is over start thinking about getting ready for bed. Finish your work—and homework. Wash your face and brush your teeth. Decide what you’ll wear tomorrow. Get into your pjs and set out your prayer notebook and Bible. Then set your alarm. As a young woman after God’s own heart you are on a mission—to get to bed so you can get up in the morning and meet with God for some precious minutes with Him in prayer—before your super-busy day begins.
  2. “Something is better than nothing.” Yes, the old beloved hymn speaks of the “sweet hour of prayer.” But for you, try for something more realistic. Start with “a sweet five minutes of prayer.” Then, in time, as you began to relish your time spent with your loving heavenly Father in prayer, you will naturally graduate, little by little, to greater lengths of time spent with Him.

Take all your problems to God when you pray—your exams, papers, and schoolwork. Pray about your friends or the lack of friends, your worries about your looks, your relationship with your parents and brothers and sisters—and boys, your dreams for your future. Through prayer, place all things in God’s lap. Ask Him for His help and guidance. Then live your day to the hilt!

A Young Woman’s Guide to Prayer gives step-by-step guidance for experiencing an enthusiastic prayer life.

How You Can be Confident in Christ

Are you confident in Christ? Are you placing your full trust in Jesus or have you lost sight of your identity with Christ? Are you confidently serving your family, raising your children, ministering your spiritual gifts, and being a bold witness with the authority of Christ? There is absolutely no reason for self-doubt or timidity.

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Direct your focus on Jesus. You can be confident in His absolute and unlimited authority. He is all you need for a bold, confident life. Why? Because, as He explained to the disciples after His resurrection, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). Go with confidence!

Thank You, Lord Jesus, that You protect, sustain, and empower me for my many roles and responsibilities. Thank You that I can live and serve with confidence, knowing You are with me. Great are You, Lord, and greatly to be praised! Amen.

One-Minute Inspirations for Women is full of uplifting devotions with practical everyday wisdom to give busy women …

  • The courage to face every circumstance.
  • Biblical guidelines for setting goals and making important decisions.
  • Experience the reward of a close walk with God.

Teen Tuesday—Handling Anger

Handling Anger

Has anyone ever said you have a short fuse? God’s power and strength will help you hold back your anger and emotions. There are ways to develop your muscles of patience, to lengthen your fuse.

  • Don’t give in to venting your anger. Instead pray on the spot and ask God to give you His patience.
  • Avoid conflicts as much as possible. When things heat up, excuse yourself and walk away.
  • Don’t be the cause of an argument. Think before you speak your responses and react to others.
  • Follow Jesus’ example. First Peter 2:22-23 tells us that Jesus “‘committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.’ When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.”

God will help you respond like Jesus. When you’re injured by others or flat out annoyed by them, turn your bad temper and your hurt feelings heavenward. With God’s help you’ll have the power of patience. Memorize this verse to help you along:

A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
(Proverbs 19:11)

Dear Lord, lead me away from my first response when people are slow, unfair, unjust, or unkind. I need your help to be more like Jesus. Amen.

A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart is an exciting and practical book that will help young women walk in Jesus’ footsteps by cultivating godly attitudes and conduct, following Jesus and His example with confidence, and counting on God’s strength as they grow in Christlike character.

Teen Tuesday—Stop Worrying, Start Praying

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Question: What do we worry about most? Answer: About our relationships with our parents, brothers and sisters, friends and acquaintances. And we can’t stop there! Oh no, we’ve also got to worry about relationships with our enemies, about the mean girls—and about knowing what to do and how to handle problem people.

And as if that’s not enough, we worry about what others think of us, what we look like—if we are too fat or too thin, if we are pretty enough. And don’t leave out worrying about boyfriends, dating, the future … nicely topped off with worrying about our school­work and grades, about getting up in front of others, about an upcoming social event.

 So how do you stop worrying? You start praying!

Present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, 
which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

Present your requests to God. Pray from your heart … and with all your heart! Pray, pray, pray! Keep nothing back, great or small. God wants to hear your every concern! So present them to Him. Leave them in the lap of the Almighty. Let Him wrap you up in the comforting truth that He cares for you and will take care of you..

Check out A Young Woman’s Guide to Prayer for help to stop worrying and start praying!

Teen Tuesday: 12 Encouraging Reasons To Go To Church

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
(Psalm 27:4)

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David—the man who wrote these words—was a man of extreme passion. He loved God. He loved God’s Word. He loved praying to God. And he loved praising God. And he had still another profound passion: going to “the house of the Lord.” In fact, he longed to worship God.

I’m sure your life it filled and overflowing with activities and responsibilities. You’ve got friends to see and talk (or text!) with, places to go, and things galore to do. But, like David, you should want to worship, to go to church, to be with God’s people. It’s a natural response for anyone who loves the Lord with all their heart (Luke 10:27). Weekly worship and fellowship with other believers can—and should—be the highlight of all your activities throughout any week. Think about it—when you go to church, you…

… hear God’s Word—taught and explained
… grow—in your knowledge of the key truths of the Christian faith
… join—together with others in corporate prayer
… worship—God through music
… focus—on others as you pray for those in need around the world
… interact—with other believers
… participate—in something that is 100 percent pure and good
… bond—with others who belong to the Lord
… establish—friendships based on a mutual love for the Lord Jesus
… study God’s Word—for better understanding
… receive wisdom—for the decisions you must make and any problems you face
… learn—how to apply the Word of God to the everyday issues of your life

Where else can you receive all of this… and more? And think about this: Being a young person committed to worship serves as an example to others. When you go to church, your commitment to Christ shows. It’s right out there for your friends and family and everyone to see… and they will be influenced for Christ by it. What a witness!

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