1. A Confidence-Building Verse to Unravel Fear and Timidity
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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT).
Your tween, along with the rest of humanity, is made in God’s image and entrusted with the guardianship of the entire world (Genesis 1:27-28). This emboldening duty of care reflects God’s trust in mankind’s ability to justly look after for His creations. In addition, our appointed stewardship of the Earth highlights the strength and self-control God instilled in us from the beginning.
Remind your daughter that her God-given spirit of power, love, and self-discipline, along with the frequent study of Scripture, equip her with everything she needs to live by and rest easy in God’s Word. Your tween’s faithfulness, in turn, will give her the confidence to hold her head up high with the knowledge that she walks with God’s blessing and promise of salvation.
2. A Confidence-Building Verse to Bounce Back from Failure
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).
Tweens today are under mounting pressure to excel academically, commit to extracurricular activities, and get their chores done at home, all while making sure to get a good night’s sleep. This overscheduling can lead to drastically unrealistic expectations, causing tweens to unfairly label themselves as “failures” if they don’t ace tests, play a sport every season, and know three languages. Most adults wouldn’t measure up if held to that standard of “success!”
Failure isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, repeated failure in an area is a sign that your child should redirect her efforts to something better-suited to her interests and abilities. The verse, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength,” includes encouraging your tween to have the strength to learn from her failures, change course despite what her friends and classmates may be doing, and take steps toward a new, more enjoyable path.
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