Teenagers

Boy Crazy

March 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

By The Whatever Girls I spent the majority of my teens and 20s swooning over countless young men. I was boy-crazy. Perhaps a certain boy is on your mind 24/7. Maybe you believe that having a boyfriend will make you 100% content and satisfied. If so, I pray you’ll consider reading Paula Hendricks new book, Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey fFrom Neediness to Freedom. What follows is a portion of my story and review of the book. By the time I finished reading the fourth paragraph (not the fourth chapter mind you, but literally the fourth paragraph) of this book, I was hooked. On page 18, Paula confesses: “… I wanted off my merry-go-round ride that never stopped its perpetual spinning. It went something like this: Spot a cute boy (we’ll call him Boy A). Dream about Boy A. Do whatever it takes to make Boy A notice me. Even though Boy A doesn’t pursue me, hang onto my dream of Boy A… Mend my broken heart by hating Boy A and finding another cute boy (Boy B). [...]

Questions to Ask Before You Date

February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Ignite your Faith Ever wish you could predict whether or not a dating relationship will work out? Here are some great questions to ask yourself. Questions to Ask Before You Date Ever wish you could predict ahead of time whether or not a dating relationship will work out? It would save a lot of headaches and heartache, wouldn’t it? While you can’t predict the future, you can make choices that will help guide you to relationships that are both exciting and honoring to God. Here’s how. As you think through potential dates, ask yourself these questions: 1. What’s my first impression? “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” That’s how the old saying goes. True, first impressions aren’t totally accurate. But until you get to know a person, you must depend on first impressions. Who do they hang around with? What kind of parties do they go to? Do they drink, smoke, use drugs? This kind of “first impression” information is [...]

The Right Right and Wrong

February 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Josh McDowell Morality isn’t relative, and right and wrong aren’t negotiable. The “Right” Right and Wrong Bible Reading: Proverbs 16:25 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. Proverbs 16:25 “You can’t tell me what’s right and what’s wrong!” Stephanie snapped. ”I’m al­most eighteen. You can’t push your morals off on me. Just because it’s wrong for you doesn’t mean it’s wrong for me!” Stephanie stormed out of that confrontation with her parents to find her own version of “right” and “wrong.” Stephanie has bought the lie that says, “Right and wrong, good and bad-it’s all relative. You need to find what is right for you. You need to define your own moral­ity.” Stephanie isn’t alone, of course. Most students entering college today believe that truth is “relative,” not “absolute.” They think it varies in different places and times. What that means is lots of [...]

When Love Is a One-way Street

February 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Josh McDowell Do you treat people who trash you as kindly as God treats you—even when you reject Him? When Love Is a One-way Street Bible Reading: John 1:10-13 If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself—2 Timothy 2:13. How do you treat people who trash you? Let me guess. Maybe not quite as kindly as God treats us when we reject him? See, God loves us whether we receive that love or not. You probably know that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes…” (John 3:16, NIV). The key word there is whoever. When God gave his Son, he knew that some would believe and others would not. John wrote, “Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted” (John 1: 11). God knew that a sizable chunk of humankind would stomp on his gift of salvation and hoof it away from him. Yet he keeps on loving us. If you ever doubt that God’s love persists even when we snub him, consider how Jesus [...]

Can We Regain Control?

February 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Can We Regain Control? by Ignite Your Faith Although it’s not easy to take a step back from a sexual relationship, it’s possible. Tim Stafford discusses why you should work at building a relationship that first honors God. Can We Regain Control? We haven’t had sex, but we’ve gotten close. Is it possible for us to have a godly relationship again? Q. My boyfriend and I have been going out for about a year, but over the last few months we’ve gotten ourselves into a big mess. Whenever we see each other, we start to feel sexually aroused and, unfortunately, act on our desires. We haven’t had sex, but we’ve gotten close. We know what we’re doing is wrong, but we can’t seem to stop. Our relationship used to be so godly and pure. We know and love the Lord with all our hearts, and have really encouraged each other in our spiritual walk. I don’t know where we went wrong. Is it possible for us to have a godly relationship again? Is this [...]

What’s on Your Wish List?

February 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Josh MNcDowell How happy are you with what you have? Are you letting Christ be your most prized possession? What’s on Your Wish List? Bible Reading: Luke 12:13-21 Beware! Don’t be greedy for what you don’t have. Real life is not measured by how much we own. Luke 12:15 Sixteen-year-old Zachary had it all. When his bedroom-based dot-com started making him money, he dropped out of high school to run a business that gave him a big-buck paycheck. He soon could buy almost anything he wanted. He sloshed through the mud in his own SUV. He whizzed over the snow in his own snowmobile. He sped across the lake in his own speedboat. At first, Zachary’s friends envied him. Then business dried up and Zachary lost it all-the boat, the snowmobile, the SUV. Worse, he didn’t know what to live for any­more. He had been so wrapped up in accumulating stuff that getting more and more of it had become his goal in life. Zachary thought that buying the right things-and having enough [...]

That’s Not Fair

February 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Josh McDowell Help us, Lord, to value others by our just actions. “That’s Not Fair!” A Family Devotional Acting justly protects us from guilt and provides us with clear consciences.  Bible Reading of the Day: Read Proverbs 2:6-11. Verse of the Day: “[God] grants a treasure of good sense to the godly. He is their shield, protecting those who walk with integrity” (Proverbs 2:7). “It’s your turn to do the dishes!” Joel protested to his older sister. “Look,” Kathy said, “Evan’s going to be here any minute to pick me up for our date. I don’t have time to do them.” “Well, I’m not going to do them!” “Yes, you are! When Mom and Dad are gone, I’m in charge. If you don’t do them, they’ll be mad at you, not me.” “But that’s not fair!” Joel’s angry tone had turned to a whine. The doorbell rang. “I don’t have time to argue,” Kathy said over her shoulder as she walked toward the front door. “Just do the dishes!” Kathy [...]

Vision for Purity

February 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

by Redeemed Girl Ministries There is no formula for the definition of purity. This is something you decide between you and the Lord. Vision for Purity I remember it like it was yesterday… Sitting on the couch chit chatting as my boyfriend and I shared a morning cup of coffee. Nothing fancy. But, I knew. I knew this was the moment when I needed to share with Seth the burden God had placed on my heart to honor Him with our relationship. I am confident that there are many different opinions for what “honoring the Lord” in a dating relationship actually means, but I feel very strongly that for ME this means no kissing before marriage. Yep, I said it. I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in. No kissing before we are married. I can only imagine the number of thoughts you may have as you read that (probably because I have most of them myself on a daily basis), but I hope you will continue reading and give me a moment to explain. You need to understand that I have a past… [...]

I Wish I Had Waited

February 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

by Ignite Your Faith Valerie Gotuva shares why she wishes she had waited until her wedding night to have sex. I Wish I Had Waited I couldn’t look her in the eye. “Yes, of course his mom will be there,” I said sarcastically. My mom questioned me like this all the time, and I deserved it. But I couldn’t let her know that. I was going to my boyfriend Kevin’s for dinner and a movie. My Kevin. He played guitar in a band, he wrote poetry and he was incredibly sweet. He said he loved me, so I said I loved him too. Mom drove me over to Kevin’s, just to make sure his mom was there. She was. But that didn’t really matter. I could make my own decisions. And I did … What if? Kevin drove me home that night. After he kissed me goodbye, I stepped inside and went upstairs. I looked at myself in the mirror, and I didn’t like to look into my own eyes. I went into my room, trying not to look at my bookshelf where the words “Teen Study Bible” [...]

You Don’t Go Through Tough Times Alone

February 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Josh McDowell Does it help you to know that Christ has promised you won’t go through your tough times alone? You Don’t Go Through Tough Times Alone Bible Reading: Isaiah 43: 1-7 When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. Isaiah 43:2 Ponder this: If Jesus materialized out of thin air and sat in the seat next to you while your fifth-period teacher droned on, what do you suppose he would say? You know that he’s incredibly interested in a dose, personal friendship with you. So maybe he would say something like this: ”I’m your Friend. Even though you can’t see me, I’m with you all the time. About two thousand years ago Matthew wrote down in chapter 11, verses 28-29, something I said that’s still true today: ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.’ Isn’t that what [...]