5. Does your teen know who God says they are? Let them hear it from you.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1).
Sometimes as Christian parents, we take for granted if our teens fully understand their identity according to God’s Word. We assume because we took them to Sunday school, they remember that God created them in His image. Or because we volunteered in children’s church, they know the depth of God’s love. However, in this world of information overload with differing viewpoints at their fingertips, these memories may have faded.
No matter their age, our kids are never too grown to hear the Truth about who they are in Christ. Teens are bombarded with criticism, pressure, and negativity at a crucial time in their lives. It’s easy for them to fall into doubt about themselves if they sense it from us. Let’s help them develop confidence in the person God created by speaking affirming words. Let’s allow them to hear us proclaiming God’s goodness over them. Our praise and positivity can be life-changing.
We cannot make our teens choices for them, and it’s not our job to do so. Our part is to be the godly example God intended. God has given us the greatest gift in allowing us to pray for our teens. Thank the Lord for this gift!
Let’s resolve to move beyond simply surviving life with teens. We will embrace the precious years we have with them when we learn to believe and not doubt as we pray. God only wants the best for them. Today let’s trade frustration for peace and doubt for belief as we continue in prayer for our teens.
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Kristine Brown is a communicator at heart, sharing insight with her readers in relatable ways. Her life experiences serve as a backdrop for her lessons that highlight God’s powerful Word and redemptive grace. She is the author of the book, Over It. Conquering Comparison to Live Out God’s Plan, and founder of the non-profit organization, More Than Yourself, Inc. Read Kristine’s weekly devotions at kristinebrown.net.