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.@@
I'm sharing at Faith Along the Way as part of the Strong Family Project. To read the rest, click here.
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!