Here are the cue’s for the week of Nov 25 – Dec 1 for you and your high school student.
Dealing with doubt is part of growing your faith.
Mark 9:21-24 (NIV)
21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
THIS WEEKS FOCUS
Have you ever doubted God? Been mad at God? Disappointed in God? This week, talk with your teen about one of those times. Hearing you share about your own moments of doubt will help your teen better understand that they’re not alone and that dealing with doubt is a part of growing their faith.
Give your teen tons of grace this week. When you’re tempted to nagthem about the wet towel on the floor or lose your temper becausethey’re late—again—hold your tongue (walk away if you have to) and choose to dish out grace—lots and lots of grace. Make it your goal to send them to school with both of you smiling. (You can address that wet towel after school when emotions aren’t at peak level.)
Let your teen prepare one meal this week. True, it takes more work on your part, as the parent, to let them cook than if you just did it yourself, BUT the feeling of accomplishment and being affirmed for serving others is worth it. Sometimes teens need to experience doing something firsthand before they see the value in it. (And hey, they may appreciate how you serve them daily even more!)
Be on the lookout for any “tough times” your teen may be having this week—hard test, bad attitude, physically sick, or trouble with a friend or teacher. Be ready to text these words of encouragement: “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
Teens tend to open up more about their feelings and what they’re really thinking about late at night. It’s a great time to ask, “Hey, how’s your heart these days? Everything good?” Make sure you have nothing else to do but listen when you ask. And really, all you need to do is just listen.