Thursday, February 7, 2013

For Kids & Teens

I'll be up-front with y'all. I don't know who reads this blog and who doesn't. I know that kids as young (and probably younger!) as third grade are now writing blogs, even in school, as this world of technology keeps getting bigger than this old fashioned writer can keep up with. As much as my beloved spiral notebooks and handwritten writing utensils are becoming more and more obsolete with the youth I work with, I'm thankful that the internet and technology can help us connect and learn from each other in powerful and helpful ways.

A snapshot from my everyday work life would capture conflict and tension for youth. As much as my desire is to see physical and emotional needs met, I know God works in holistic ways and my hope is still to see lives changed in very whole ways.

Disclaimer: I don't have kids right now. I do have background with them and counseling them through difficulties and painful times they may be going through. Still, I understand that I'm not the biggest expert on parenting. God's given me a heart for kids and for the tough issues that come with growing up and finding out who you are, and even more, who he is, in the process.

It is a bit frightening sometimes to consider everything that goes on for youth these days and what many see. I don't have to make a list for you to know. To experience that without also knowing the grace of God burdens me.

I like to share as I come across some different resources in this process of learning more about fascinating and wonderful young people.

Girls of Grace: ministry and conferences for teens to help them learn about identity and security in Christ.

Wonderfully Made : dedicated to helping young people (girls) discover their true value and worth and strengthen who they are in Christ.

11 Tips for Counseling Your Children in Conflict: useful article from Mars Hill Church for families.

kNOw More Orphans : Conference bringing awareness to the needs of orphans and what to do about it. <This is only one..are there any in your local area?>

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen..And Listen So Kids Will Talk: haven't read this book yet, but plan to soon! I've heard good things.

I get asked all the time if I have kids. It usually goes something like this: "How many kids do you want?, as there are kids to the left and right and everywhere beside me.
Me: "A few." (as not to scare them that a few really could mean more than 3).
Them: "A few is 3 or more you know."

I smile.

For this moment though, the kids I share in are all the many running around me.

*** for your Thursday***

“The text says that when the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, _he_ loved her. God was saying, 'I am the real bridegroom. I am the husband of the husbandless. I am the father of the fatherless.' This is the God who saves by grace. The gods of moralistic religions favor the successful and the overachievers. They are the ones who climb the moral ladder up to heaven. But the God of the Bible is the one who comes down into this world to accomplish a salvation and give us a grace we could never attain ourselves.” -Tim Keller

"Remain awake to the beauty in people even when they have forgotten it themselves."
-Marianne Williamson

"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." -e.e. cummings

"Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
-Isaiah 40

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