The way of the Lord is strength for the upright, but destruction will come to the workers of iniquity. Proverbs 10:29

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,” Psalm 1:1-2

Recently, a very kind lady at my church and I have been corresponding through email. She had some wonderful encouragement regarding my sons and their service at our church. Jacob and Michael have been very involved at church since becoming teenagers and especially since the beginning of livestreaming due to covid19. At times, they were questioning their involvement.
God brings people into our lives right at the time we need them. Her words were firm words of affirmation and just what was needed. I like to think of God as my path layer!!! As I take a step, He lays down the next firm stepping stone. We are always stepping out in faith as we seek His will for our lives. As a parent of twin teenager boys, I have taken steps expecting to fall to the bottom of the parenting grand canyon. Yet, God has been so good and gracious guiding my family’s steps of faith and placing people into our lives that have shaped each one of us.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

As this new school year begins, I have teachers, leaders and parents of teenagers on my heart. Dynamics are very different now in our culture and with the major changes that covid19 has brought, we all need prayers and to hear some words of affirmation. The youth that do not know the Lord, they really need to see God’s truth as black and white through the lense of His love. They are getting bombarded with messages from the evil one all around. They need to see how God is their safe haven, that He is real and moves in their lives when they allow Him to.
I will be praying for stamina for each of you and clear direction from God for your paths. The beautiful thing about leading youth is that they need unconditional love and guidance to a relationship with Christ. Parents, teachers, youth leaders, you have been chosen by God to be in this role for a reason. If you are a Christian, your strong faith and walk is what teens need to see and unconditional love to receive. If they already have Him as their Savior, they need guidance to a deeper relationship with Christ. They need to understand how to seek Him daily and that if they are in His Word daily they are filled, guided and given a peace that surpasses all understanding especially in these trying times.
The older teens, need Christian adults coming along side of them encouraging them into a deeper relationship with Christ too. They also need encouragement to engage with the younger teens to be good role models. They need to be empowered and given the chance to serve and lead at church in various ways. I have been so thankful that Jacob and Michael have had these opportunities. Each of us have different roles and different gifts that can be used to influence the teenagers in our lives. Stand up, be brave and share God’s truth with them. Start with what He has done in your life and see how God will use you in their life!

Be encouraged!

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for focusing my heart today to shape this devotion. I pray that one person is encouraged and reaches out to someone today to affect Your kingdom. It is by you and through you, Lord, that good changes occur. May ears and hearts be open to receiving your Word! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

For further reading: Psalm 1


Published by Tiffany C. Schwander

Tiffany has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University and has been helping families for over 20 years. She and her husband, Mark, are raising their teenage twin sons to be strong in their faith and knowledgeable in the Word to strongly face life’s joys and trials. Tiffany has been Linda Colby’s associate teacher for the past three years in a national women’s ministry leading and guiding women and teens. Tiffany enjoys encouraging, teaching and counseling women and children into a closer relationship with Jesus as they study His Word.

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