Teen-to-Teen 365 Daily Devotions by Teen Girls for Teen Girls and Teen-to-Teen 365 Daily Devotions by Teen Guys for Teen Guys
God allowed me, along with many other teenage girls from all over the US and beyond, to be a contributing writer for B&H Publishing Group’s Teen-to-Teen: 365 Daily Devotions By Teen Girls for Teen Girls. It and the boys’ edition, Teen-to-Teen: 365 Daily Devotions by Teen Guys for Teen Guys, were released in November of 2013 and are available at Amazon.com, Lifeway Christian Stores, Mardel Stores, Barnes & Noble, and most Internet stores as well as other Christian stores. The devotions contain personal stories and reflective thoughts that are inspiring and uplifting. I highly recommend it for girls who enjoy some daily encouragement. So go check them out! If you are touched by the messages in these books please post a review on some of the sites where they can be purchased. Remember, these books make great gifts!
Devotion for the week of 2/3/14-2/9/14
Matthew 20: 1-16 is The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard. The parable tells of a vineyard owner who, throughout the day at different times, hires men to work in his vineyard. At the end of the day he pays the men, starting with those that had just started working about an hour ago. When the men who had worked all day saw how much the other men got paid they were excited because they thought they were going to get paid more since they had worked longer. However, when the vineyard owner paid them, they received just as much as the others. This outraged them, so the vineyard owner said to them “I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius (a typical day’s wage)? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?” I really like this parable because of its meaning. You see, the vineyard is the world, the vineyard owner is God, and the vineyard workers are Christians. It is saying that whether you become a Christian in the beginning (when you are young) or in the end (when you are old), you will still be granted the same gift of eternal life in Heaven. Even though some people have been Christians for longer and have faced prosecution and rejection because of it, in the end all Christians, new or longstanding, will go to Heaven. And you should not expect any special treatment from God just because you’ve been a Christian for a long time. When the men who had been working from the start of the day got angry with the vineyard owner about their pay, he asked them if they were jealous because he was generous. God doesn’t want us to be upset that He treats new Christians the same as longstanding ones. He wants us to be glad that He is so compassionate. So let’s just be glad that we all end up in Heaven to spend eternity with God.
I absolutely love this verse! Through all the business and noise in life, sometimes it’s best to just take a step back and listen for God. Just find a quiet place and ‘be still’ and bask in the presence of the Lord. Know that He is God, and He will take care of you.
Devotion for the week of 1/27/14-2/2/14
A song by a Christian group named Hillsong United entitled “Oceans” is composed of powerful and moving lyrics. Its second title, “Where Feet May Fail”, has great meaning behind it. If you do recall in the book of Matthew chapter 14, the famous story of Jesus calling for Peter to trust Him and walk on the water is tied to this title. I believe that when they say “where feet may fail” they are referring to being out in the depths of the ocean and struggling with your faith and with trusting God so that, in trying to walk on the water, your doubt and fears may cause your feet to fail. Meaning that when your circumstances are rough and it’s hard to trust God, your lack of faith may cause you harm. Your feet may fail out in the middle of the ocean. Throughout the song they sing of how they will keep their faith even in the deepest waters. At one point in the song they sing the lyrics “You’ve never failed and you won’t start now”. That is my favorite part because, when I look back on how my life has been since I became a Christian, I realize that God truly has never failed me. And I rest in the fact that He never will. I like how they word it, “You won’t start now”. They are saying that, no matter what we are going through at the moment, God isn’t going to fail us now since He never has before. I love the touching words in this song! Everytime I hear it I am reminded just how much God loves me and I realize just how much I love Him.
Hello, welcome to my blog!
I plan to post an inspirational and, hopefully, thought-provoking devotion each week. Along with pictures, quotes, and some book and movie reviews. My goal is to reach out to all of you and help bring you closer to the Lord!
A little about me: I have been a Christian for quite a while now and God has blessed me with the gift of writing; and I love it! I recently had 5 devotions published in ‘Teen-to-Teen 365 Daily Devotions By Teen Girls For Teen Girls’. Right now, I am about halfway done writing a Christian fiction book about a young girl who forms a relationship with a guy to help lead him to God.
Now that I’ve begun, I can’t wait to continue blogging!