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I can’t believe that we are already getting into September!! I’m not really sure where the Summer went, but I do know that many of you are heading back to school soon or have kids back in school.

During my school years, from about 6th grade to 12th grade, I struggled with a lot of different circumstances, emotions, decisions, and peer pressure. Although much of my experiences have led me to who I am now, I want to be able to encourage, help, and offer advice to you (or your daughters) as you travel through those formative years.

My weekly devotional (each Sunday) is meant to be an encouraging source for you as you experience heartbreak, school struggles, relationship issues, friendship misunderstandings, fallouts, insecurities, adversity, hurt and and the never ending drama of being a teenager. I want to emphasize God’s love and will in your life each and every week. If you don’t believe in God, please don’t let that stop you from taking in the weekly inspiration as you may relate to many of the stories being shared.

This devotional has been on my heart for quite awhile now so I’m extremely excited to get to share life with you through the lessons I’ve learned. Each week will include a message, verse, question, and action to keep at the forefront of your mind and get you through the week on an uplifted note.

Let’s get started!!

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It is the end of summer and the beginning of a new chapter with new classes to take. Which classes will be best? Will my friends be in them? Will I be good at these classes? Will I like the teacher?

There are so many questions and scenarios that start to fill your mind. Which classes you decide to take is a very important decision. It should be thought out fully before confusion sets in and makes it harder to decide. Take a step back and survey your options.

Think about what you want for your future and the classes that will get you to those goals. Try not to focus on what your friends are taking because their path is not always going to be your path. If you are uncertain about what you need to do to fulfill your future dreams then take the time to pray about each subject and see where God leads you. Also, keep in mind that what you have planned for yourself right now may not always be what He has in store for you so trust in Him to guide your decisions.

Confusion does not come from the Lord. Pray over your thoughts so the answers can become more clear.

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QUESTION: 

Am I confused by any decision in my life right now? Have I prayed about it to see where I feel lead?

ACTION:

Write down the pros and cons of each decision you have to make, as well as your future goals. See if the pros will get you to your goal; if not then you may want to rethink the classes or decisions till they line up with what you want to achieve.

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  • Amy

    This is awesome! Thank you, Des. It’s been so helpful to pray about things in my life this week with this in mind, and God has given me courage and peace. Amen! I hope your readers in their teens take this to heart, too.