Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. – 1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV)
1. If you’re a single woman who desires to be in a Christ-centered intentional relationship, take this time in your life to focus on the Lord more than ever before. Even if the guy you’ve been kind of talking to goes to your church. Even he’s a really great guy you go to school with and loves the Lord just like you. Even if it’s someone you’re just texting: continue to keep your focus on the Lord and let Him be the one who strengthens you in every area of your life–including dating.
2. The more you talk to someone and spend time with them, the more you become invested in them. It might not seem like much, but every time you stay up texting each other back and forth, spending your lunch break on the phone with him, going out of your way to make sure you look nice on social media and in real life for them, you are making an investment in showing them that you want to be apart of their life. Even if you’re “just friends,” if you’re not focused on guarding your heart in this process, it’s easier to get caught off guard. It’s easier to start saying “yes” to things in a relationship or in a “friendship” that you know aren’t good for you. So in the same way Apostle Paul encouraged the Corinthian church with the words in today’s verse, let them encourage you too. Be strong in the Lord and don’t just say yes to anything. Even when it comes to relationships.
3. If you’re frustrated because it seems like guys won’t step up to the plate these days, remember there’s a bigger picture. There are men around the world learning what it means to be strong in the Lord too. Don’t be fooled by what you see online or on TV. In the meantime, continue to spend time with the Lord more than you spend time talking to someone who isn’t being intentional about you! It’s okay to show the world you have standards, and it’s a wonderful, rewarding thing to wait on the Lord!
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. – Jer. 33:3
1. Don’t overlook your opportunity to call on the Lord
In Jeremiah 33, Jerusalem is falling to their enemy, and the prophet Jeremiah is actually shackled and imprisoned when God reveals His plan to restore Israel. This verse is a reminder that even when you feel like you’re missing so much in your life, God still wants you to call on HIM because He wants to speak directly to YOU. Sometimes we can get impatient with God and think He isn’t speaking because a certain thing hasn’t been revealed to us yet, but He IS speaking to you, guiding you in this very moment. He wants to you call on Him. So when you’re searching for something more, remember that to the Lord is where you need to go before anywhere else!
2. Worry less about what others are thinking of you, and focus on the what God says!
Have you ever been interested in a guy and wondered if he was thinking about you in the same way? Have you ever wondered why someone gave you that funny look when you did nothing at all? If you’ve ever experienced anything like that, you know what it feels like to momentarily be consumed by the thought of what could be. You’ve spent time analyzing that person’s actions, wondering how it’s going to affect your relationship with them. If that’s ever been you, let this verse be a reminder that even in those moments where we feel imprisoned by the things you can’t stop thinking about, we have the opportunity through Jesus Christ to shift our focus to the One who already knows how this is going to pan out. This week, I challenge you to look at those moments where you find yourself wondering if so-and-so still thinks about you, or if you’ll make a good impression in front of that one person, that you’ll instead go before the Lord in prayer, asking Him to reveal the kind of things you need to focusing on instead. Spend time in His word daily, knowing that He IS going to speak to you through it!
Being a teenage girl in today’s time is far from easy. We just want to share the graphic with every teenage girl out there so that she knows just how beautiful and important she is in the eyes of God and no matter how difficult things get, her relationship with Jesus is what matters and is what will carry her through!
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. – Romans 12:2
My dear sister,
1. Peer pressure and temptation isn’t just something teens face
Often times “peer pressure” is associated with adolescent years. However, it doesn’t matter what age you are, we all deal with peer pressure and temptation. If someone is doing better at work, we might feel less about our own work if it’s not meeting that standard. If guys are always interested in our friends but never us, it can seem like we aren’t as pretty. We can start to feel like we might need to do whatever it takes to keep up, when in reality, we need to be looking to our Father first, asking Him to show us what to do!
2. Being different is a good thing
As women who follow Christ we have to know that being different is a good thing. We are not supposed to be like the world because we have been called to so much more. We have been called to be different than the world so that we will learn to know God’s will for us, which is good and pleasing and perfect. But if we’re always trying to compete with others, constantly lowering our standards to fit the mold, we will start to drift further and further away from the kind of lives God has called us to live! Even when prospects are low, whether it be looking for a new job, or desiring a husband, never lower your standard to meet the mold of this world. Trust God and He WILL provide.
3. It all starts with knowing who you are
While it may seem like a cliche at times, we must remember that we are daughters of the King. 1 Peter 2:9 reminds us that we are apart of God’s royal priesthood! Members of the royal family don’t just live any kind of way. Continue to trust in God when you’re not feeling so much like royalty, because in Him, you still are and there is NO need to settle for the ways of the world, when you have Him to lean on!