When Your Teen is Struggling With Their Faith

when your teen is struggling with their faith

“If our kids never struggle with their faith, they will have borrowed convictions.” –Josh McDowell

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I was raised in a Christian home. My mom was a children’s pastor.  I felt like I was always at church.  But when I got to high school, I started having doubts about my faith.  I was no longer interested in taking everything my parents said at face value.  I had to figure it out for myself.  More importantly, I needed the Holy Spirit to help me…to change my heart.  I could no longer rely on my parent’s faith.  It had to be my own.

I’ve heard it said; “there are no grandkids in God’s family.

Later, in college, I came to have a more personal relationship with Jesus.  It became something of my own, something I had wrestled with and worked through.  I’ve continued to grow in my faith since that time.  I can say, now, that there’s nothing I value more than my relationship with Christ.  He’s the center of my life.

I was a Christian from an early age.  I was five years old when I prayed the first time, asking Jesus to forgive my sins- and I committed my life to him.  But if I’m being perfectly honest, there was something of a parent pleasing aspect to that first prayer.  Nevertheless, it was what I was capable of at the time- and I believe God honored that prayer, making me His own, from that moment on.

Now that I’m a parent of a teen, myself, I can sympathize with my own parents, and how scary that must have been for them, seeing their daughter struggle with her faith during those teen years.   As a Christian parent, there’s nothing more important than the aim of our children coming to know Christ in a personal way.

I’m here to tell you that @@it’s not only normal, for kids raised in Christian homes to struggle with their faith, but it’s important.@@

when your teen is struggling with their faith

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magazine giveaway

On a similar topic, if you're looking for a great resource for younger girls, I wanted to tell you about a couple of magazines: Shine Brightly (grades 4-8) and Sparkle (grades 1-3).  These magazines were sent to me for review.  They're both published by the Gems Girls Club, which is an organization whose mission, "is to bring girls everywhere into a living, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ." 

The magazines are a fun and engaging (and their website is great, too).  The illustrations and graphics are charming and the photography is high quality.  They have activities, Q&A's, stories, and advice.  They focus on topics that are both appealing to girls and that honor God.  I would have loved to have been able to subscribe to these magazines when my daughter was younger.  

@@Enter to win a year-long subscription to Shine Brightly or Sparkle magazine@@

I'm excited to be able to offer one of you a year long subscription to one of these magazines, courtesy of the Gems organization.  If you would like a chance to win, please leave a comment, telling me so, at the end of this post (make sure you leave your contact info) and I will draw a random name and announce it on Friday, July 29th.  

Finally, here are some books about the Christian faith that both my teen and I appreciated.  10 Best Books About Trusting God- for teens

**Update** Congratulations Tara on winning the magazine giveaway!