Parent’s Progress 9.5.13

It’s not all gloom and doom when it comes to parenting teenagers, as this article point out. So be encouraged. Unless you’re living in a dream world, chances are you have your moments, arguments and busy weeks. But keep in mind that the teen you’re sometimes struggling to understand is a child you love, a child that God loves. Even just by reading this post, you show your desire to be a great parent and help direct your teen through this season so they may be mature and fully capable for all that adulthood throws at us.

But all is not well. Check out these articles, both for things to pray about and also things to educate your teens about.

 



Bad Dreams?

by Rick Nier

My daughter comes to my bed in the middle of the night. Not to me, of course. She knows better than that. She sidles up on her mother’s side and curls up fast asleep before my wife knows what’s going on. I wish I had a dollar for every time Jennifer has said to me, “Yeah, I woke up and saw we had a friend. I wonder when she joined us.”

Sigh.


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Thanks To God For His Mercy

In last month’s TEC edition, I left off where we were serving as pastor at the Vancouver, Washington Free Methodist Church and pursuing graduate studies in the Master of Divinity program at Western Evangelical Seminary in southeast Portland, Oregon.  I mentioned how it was a small, struggling church that had recently been through some hard times.


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He Is With You Always

Billy Graham

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I am with you always, even to the end of the age. — Matthew 28:20

When David Livingstone returned to his native Scotland after sixteen difficult years as a missionary and explorer in Africa, his body was emaciated by the ravages of some twenty-seven fevers that had coursed through his veins during the years of his service. His left arm hung useless at his side, the result of his being mangled by a lion.

Speaking to the students at Glasgow University, he said, “Shall I tell you what sustained me during the hardship and loneliness of my exile? It was Christ’s promise, ‘Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’”

That promise is ours as well.

No matter what trials we face, Christ never leaves us. He is with us every step of the way!

Keep that promise before you today—and always.



El Roi: The God Who Sees Me

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The first person to call God by the name El Roi was Hagar. A woman used. Abused. Tossed away. Driven away. Running away. She was all that and more…

Hagar was a slave who had been sexually used and verbally abused. Hagar was a woman amazed that God heard her cries and saw her misery, that He took note of her condition and actually spoke to her.

Falling on her face, Hager gave God the name El Roi, the God Who Sees. “I have now seen the One who sees me,” she cried (verse 13). She had heard God. She had seen God. More important, God had seen Hagar. God had heard Hagar…

Today, remember. Remember who God is and that He will do what He said He will do. He is El Roi, the God who sees me. He is the God who sees you.

Excerpted from Knowing God by Name by Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland (coming Aug. 6th)



Parent’s Progress 8.29.13

Here is an article we found over at Crosswalk.com on leaving your trademark on your children’s hearts.

 

How to Leave Your Trademark on Your Kid’s Heart

Pam and Bill Farrel

According to authors Stan and Brenna Jones, “The closer the child says his or her relationship is with parents, the less likely the child is to be having sex. A close relationship between parent and child appears to instill in the child the desire to want to live out the values and moral beliefs of the parent.” In a national survey more than nine of ten teens agreed that among the benefits of waiting to have sex is enjoying the respect of parents.


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Hope During Unemployment

Kathe Wunnenberg

Jeremiah 29:11

I lost my job!

I was jolted by my husband’s words.

Later that morning when he arrived home, I hugged him, then listened to him share the details of this unexpected happening. His position was eliminated due to budget cuts in defense spending.


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God Has Overcome the World

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Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me. — Psalm 17:8-9

While being persecuted by King Saul, David wrote this psalm as a plea for justice in the face of false accusations. David offered up this entreaty with the confidence of someone who knows that his prayer will be answered and that he is praying to the One who can protect him and hide him.

Christians throughout the centuries have encountered harsh opposition. Yet they have prevailed because of their confidence in the One who has overcome the world and who has promised a secure future to all who trust in Him.

We see this unassailable faith in a portion of the second-century Letter to Diognetus.


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Can You Keep a Secret?

This was posted for youth workers and it comes as I am preparing for the fall season of youth ministry. But the truths are for all in the church, as we seek to welcome people in all age groups. 

by Neely McQueen

I had a secret for most of my teen years. In fact, I kept this secret until I was 25 years old. Even now I hold this little piece of information about myself safe and only when I am certain that it is safe do I share it. I didn’t want people to judge me, look at me differently, or pity me. I had watched it happen with others…even been a part of it myself. I would watch someone allow themselves to be vulnerable, they shared a secret, and that secret became a sword. I was not going to allow that to happen to myself. So I waited years and kept a part of who I was hidden…and really I was in need of healing.


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Tuesday’s Child

ICCM Director Linda Adams

This visit to Haiti, my eleventh, was filled with audits and meetings—not as fun as visiting schools, which are in summer recess.  But in the middle of my visit, I got a huge dose of 100% inspiration by spending 24 hours at Haiti Providence University.  This amazing new institution defies every stereotype.  A few years ago, three visionary Haitian men purchased 75 acres of land with their own funds.  With the help of Haitian, American and Canadian friends, they have built the first two buildings and in January 2012 opened their doors to students.  They now serve 150 students—70 residential and 80 at night school at a satellite campus in Port-au-Prince.

President Jean Marc Zamor (on my left in the opening picture, with 12 students who were sponsored by ICCM as children) casts a clear vision for transforming Haiti through an excellent Christian university.  Students experience academic, professional and spiritual preparation to live out Kingdom values throughout Haiti and beyond—motivated by the Great Commandment and Great Commission of Jesus.  I had the privilege of preaching in chapel, a time of passionate, beautiful worship and hearty affirmation of my message about the children of the world.

I met the four young women pictured here, who have been selected for our Emerging Leaders Scholarships.

Only $2500 a year entirely covers tuition, room and board for one  student—a most strategic investment!  Two are studying Nursing—a poignant fact since a whole generation of nursing students perished in the earthquake of 2010.  The largest nursing school in the country and several others collapsed in the quake exactly while the hopeful young students were writing their exams.  Another is studying Business Administration, and the fourth, Education Administration.  We talked together about ways that each can give back to ICCM schools upon graduation.

And now for a delightful surprise:  All three of the school’s founders and the student body itself are going to sponsor children in other countries!  Four children from various places are about to gain sponsors from a land that is known as a major recipient of the world’s generosity and aid.

 But Haiti Providence University is another kind of place!  An outpost of the Kingdom of God, where people understand God’s call to bless and protect the children, wherever they are in the world.  Jean Marc, himself an ICCM sponsored child, now leads the way for others to look beyond their own poverty and become channels of God’s resources for the rest of the world.  Praise God!