Here are just a few of Lindsee’s truths: God is the author of your story, not you. Beauty really is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. In a world of social networking, we can hide behind our computer, our phones, or our i Pads. Refrain from posting things online that you wouldn’t say to someone in person.That is so much easier said than lived out, but it is the Gospel truth. Passive-aggressiveness (posting something for all to see when you only mean it for one to see) is not attractive. You may not know what the Lord is calling you to do today, and that’s okay. Be friends with those younger than you, older than you and in the same season as you. Make a plan, but keep in mind that you can make all the plans in the world, but the Lord is the one who directs each of our steps. As adults, it can be easy to brush aside the challenges of those teen years, forgetting our own struggles during that time of life.Our kids will be the better for it in the long run!Youth ministry meetings and events provide great opportunities for kids to work on their opposite sex relationships.
They desperately need full emotional tanks in order to feel the security and self-confidence they must have to cope with peer pressure and other demands of adolescent society. My husband is a high school teacher, and he sometimes shares with me the latest "teen drama" happening in his classroom. More like, "Oh yeah, I remember when I was that hormone-driven, angsty person, too.” The brains, emotions and bodies of teenagers are rapidly changing, leaving teens in an awkward place of feeling grown up in some ways but not at all in others.Reflecting on my own teen years, it’s hard not to shake my head at the incredible mistakes I made as I waded through the process of growing up.If you are providing at least some time when kids can hang out and talk, that’s really all you need to do. Still, typically, there will be some students who are shy or haven’t yet developed the social skills necessary to initiate a conversation with a person of the opposite sex.So, from time to time, consider including some structured time for kids of both sexes to talk in small groups or one-on-one.