“Only be careful. Keep watch over your life. Or you might forget the things you have seen. Do not let them leave your heart for the rest of your life. But teach them to your children and your grandchildren.” – Deuteronomy 4:9 (NLV)
Sweet sisters, please do not believe the lie that you are irrelevant. Do not listen to people when they say that your teenagers don’t care about your opinion. They DO. More than ever, our teenagers are emotionally unstable and insecure about their purpose in this world. They need us, their parents, championing them, noticing them, loving them, and asking them questions about their life.
God is with you and the time you spend talking and laying a foundation down with your teens can truly be some of the BEST years of your life! However, it can be extremely discouraging to parent teens. Our feelings are wrapped up in them, and all too often they just don’t appreciate us.
I would like to remind you to not freak out when they say something controversial. Remain calm and stay grounded in the Word. Ephesians 3:16-18 are such comforting verses when we feel our strength and hope waning, “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Our teens need parents who firmly believe that!
Their curiosity and questioning what is happening around them is normal and to be expected. Speak the truth into their hearts and plant seeds. They are listening and noticing how we live. Our children are growing up in such an ungodly world and the number one thing we can do is pray for them and love them unconditionally. They need to know that we are safe, and that our strength comes from Christ and Christ alone! The Lord’s kindness and our reflection of that is what will lead our children closer to Him.
Love Rachel Jones