Friday, October 17, 2008

Still in There...

Know what's been on my mind a lot lately?


Teenagers. For a couple of reasons:


The past few weeks I've reconnected with some friends from highschool through the previously mentioned wonders of Facebook. It's got me thinking about how fast time has flown by.


In a couple of months I will be 31 years old, but the words of this post, ring as true as ever. (you should go read it, because I wrote it back when I had about 5 people reading my blog, there's a good chance you didn't read it already...trust me.)


I have matured...for sure. But much of that same dorky quirkiness is still living inside of this body. And ya know what...I heart that silly 15 year old...she's the one that get's excited about the little things. Gives people the benefit of the doubt...remembers to give some grace...isn't afraid to ask why or ask hard questions, and easily admits she stands in awe before a Holy God, whom she can't wrap her tiny brain around.


The second reason I've got teenagers on the brain is that I'm going to start teaching a high school Sunday School class...which will consist of myself and 2 girls that are foreign exchange students. I'm already praying for them, because seriously, it's hard enough for people who speak English as their first language to follow my randomness...poor girls...I'm pretty sure the Holy Spirit will be doing some divine interpreting for them ;)


Anyways, last night I went and got a Revolve Devotional Bible for teenage girls (it's a gift to my inner 15 year old;) and the study we're gonna do, which is Experiencing the Heart of Jesus student edition by Max Lucado. When Ben was in seminary we worked with the teens...I didn't realize how much I missed it until I was standing in the bookstore looking at all the different resources.


Fun stuff.


There's more:

  1. Picked up this CD for this song...it's my current fave...and life theme.
  2. My parents are coming tonight to help Ben install my new light from IKEA. Happy Day! Pics tomorrow.

Phew! This was a long one.

16 comments:

  1. I bet you'll have some funny teen stories! I just found my diary awhile back...can't believe how many boys I loved! haha! Mike wasn't feeling so special after I read it aloud!

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  2. Teenagers are always fun. I miss working with the youth of our church but now I'm in the kids' department. Like I don't see kids' enough. BTW, Chris Sligh is from our town. He is so cool and we wanted him to win AI so bad but he is definitely doing the right thing now.

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  3. I love your heart! Thank God you are committed to His call on your life! :)

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  4. What are you talking about? You are 15, right? You wear mountain dew t-shirts so you must be a teenager.

    Those teenagers, they are a lot of fun. Love em.

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  5. Sometimes I spend a whole day walking through the activities like they're all very foreign adult things I should not be doing.

    Because that kid inside won't let me believe I could possibly have a grown-up life. Sometimes I don't like her for that.

    But you just reminded me that I can still embrace her and be a grown-up at the same time. I'm slow to learn these things. You'd think at 33 I'd have learned I don't have to be one or the other. I can be both! I really do like a lot of things about that inner Heather kid. She dresses REALLY cool for one...

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  6. I work with the teenage girls at our church extensively and I can say in the same breath they are one of my greatest joys and one of my biggest headaches. It is definitely a challenging but fun ministry, and I know you will be awesome! :)

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  7. I LOVE that song too! What I love the most is watching Emma in my rearview mirror while she sings it. She totally goes to town!

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  8. Fasten your seatbelt! I know you'll do great!

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  9. With 2 teenagers at my house, life is never dull!! They certainly keep you on your toes :}

    Hugs!

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  10. I am SO BEHIND on my blog commenting this week, but I couldn't resist popping in here (out of order, which makes my OCD cringe a little) to I know one of the girls who wrote the devotionals for the Revolve Bible. She was one of my girls back when I was in youth ministry. Today, she's just one of my best friends. (She's also almost your age, which makes me feel old.)

    For a while, her name was even listed first under the author list at Amazon. (They've since changed it to the publisher.) You better believe I gave her all kinds of grief about writing the Bible according to Amazon.

    Somehow, I felt like my comment would somehow bring the whole teen / youth ministry thing full circle.

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  11. Wednesday night I worked with a group of "Goth" kids. Interesting. Sad. Sweet. Challening.

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  12. My favorite song right now is "Give Me Your Eyes", but I don't remember who it's by. I am excited about the class! i didn't know you were doing it! Thank You! Still super excited about 52 kids!!! The in laws arrived at 2 AM, so help is here. PHEW!! I may even have time to blog later!!!

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  13. Thanks for posting. I a 17 & 18 year old daughter and have been youth pastor for many years. It has been a joy and passion to pass on a positive legacy of a fun and passionate relationship with Christ to this generation. Keep up the great work you are doing!

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  14. We go to Max's church! AWESOME! And HUGE!
    Working with teen's is a BLAST! Have fun!

    Blessings,
    Carla

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  15. Have fun with the exchange students! We hosted a student from Japan a year ago and there were lots of discussions about Jesus. I am not sure where your students are from, but if they are Asian there are a few good web sites that have the creation story and other bible stories in chinese, japanese and english. It had asian writing/symbols and also english! It made bible study time a little easier and I am sure helped the holy spirit when working with me!!!! ;)

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  16. Thanks for posting the link to Empty Me - I hadn't heard it before. And, if you don't mind, I plan to make it my new life theme as well. It has definitely spoken to both me and my husband. By the way, how is the rest of the album - worth getting the whole thing?

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