Early Adolescence: Trust God's Advice
"Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP
Thoughts for Today
God is our primary source of help and advice as we guide our teens through their adolescent years. It is always better to trust His advice rather than the advice of people.
There is a vast supply of parenting material and advice available. Friends are frequently quite ready to give their own advice. Some is godly and some is not. God and His Word should always be our primary source of information and advice. We need to consider and evaluate the books we read, the Websites we see, and the advice of friends in the light of God's Word.
Consider this …
Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. God loves you. He loves your children. And He has promised to love all of you unconditionally--and to guide you through the challenges of life.
Pray for your child continually. Pray with your child. Ask God for wisdom and guidance. "He will direct and make straight and plain your paths."
Father, I sometimes feel so lost in the challenges of parenting. I thank you that I don't have to depend on my own insight and understanding. Thank you that as I trust you and look to you, you will always show me the way. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …
Godly Parenting: Parenting Skills at Each Stage of Growth by N. Elizabeth Holland, M.D. This study addresses parenting skills from the time of conception until the child has reached adulthood. It suggests methods for raising healthy, godly children in an increasingly secular society. Specific emphasis is placed on communication and teaching skills, discipline, protection and sexual issues at each age. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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