12 Months Of Faith: A Devotional Journal for Teens

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Teens have a lot of questions about God and faith, such as, Is God really there? Does He really care about my life? How should I pray? How can I know if God is listening or if He has anything to say to me? How do I know what plans He has for my life? This interactive journal is designed to help teens answer those questions and connect with our heavenly Father every day to gain a deeper understanding of what ...

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Overview

Teens have a lot of questions about God and faith, such as, Is God really there? Does He really care about my life? How should I pray? How can I know if God is listening or if He has anything to say to me? How do I know what plans He has for my life? This interactive journal is designed to help teens answer those questions and connect with our heavenly Father every day to gain a deeper understanding of what His Word says to them.

12 Months of Faith will teach teens these truths and more:

  • How God's grace and promises apply to their lives 24/7
  • How to make God-directed decisions
  • How to recognize sin and its deception in their lives
  • The power of repentance and forgiveness
  • How to bring God into their relationships
  • Why we must sometimes experience sorrow and suffering
  • How to make a godly impact on the world

Based on twelve principles examined in each month of the year, 12 Months of Faith will guide teens through their own writing, daily prayer and scripture reflection, to a deeper relationship with God and discovery of who they really are.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757301216
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,133,202
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bettie B. Youngs, Ph.D., Ed.D., has authored twenty-six books published in thirty-one languages. She is a former Teacher-of-the-Year, university professor and an acknowledged expert on teens. She is coauthor (along with daughter Jennifer) of the runaway best-selling series, Taste Berries for Teens. Bettie has appeared frequently on CNN, NBC Nightly News and Oprah.

Jennifer Youngs is a speaker and workshop presenter for teens and parents nationwide. She is also the author of Feeling Great, Looking Hot & Loving Yourself: Health, Fitness and Beauty for Teens.

Debbie Thurman has been actively involved in Christian ministry for more than twenty years. She is the author of From Depression to Wholeness and Hold My Heart: A Teen's Journal for Healing and Personal Growth. In addition to her writing and speaking, Debbie mentors teens and families in crisis and works in Christian mental-health advocacy.

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Month 1
Communication:
Meeting with God Daily

God wants us to know Him. He wants a special and personal relationship with each of us. He wants us to seek His wisdom and instruction on a daily basis through prayer and reflection on His Word, the Bible. As we seek Him daily, He will help us to see more clearly and to know Him more completely. This is God's promise—that He will walk with us every moment of our lives. What an awesome knowing! Our Heavenly Father is always there, always ready to guide, guard, comfort and direct us, always ready to provide clarity when life gets complicated, painful and especially tough. Do you talk to our Heavenly Father on a daily basis?

Questions to Guide This Month's Devotions

  • Is God always there for me?
  • Is there a "best" way to talk to God—and how will I know when He's talking to me?
  • Does God want to change everything about me?
  • What signs can I look for that show me God is working in my life?

Week 1
Is God Always There for Me?
Scripture for Reflection

The Lord will keep you from all harm—He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Ps. 121:7–8

In this world of uncertainty, it is comforting to know that one thing remains constant: the love of God. The creator of the universe who always was and always will be is still the God of all comfort. He can intervene in the affairs of kings and nations one moment, and speak words of love and encouragement to us in His characteristic inner, quiet voice the next. God is totally awesome! He is everywhere at once. But what about all the pain, sorrow and suffering in the world—why would such a loving God allow it? God knows that every day brings the possibility of pain and hardship; after all, He gave us free will, and so we sometimes mess up, even hurt one another.

God has written His law on our hearts so that we might know how to live. He has given us His promises and "sealed" us for eternity with Him if we love Him and keep His commandments. In this, there is great hope and assurance. Yes, God is there for us 24/7. We can count on it. Can He count on us?

Questions to Think About and Journal On This Week

Have I questioned God's presence or love for me? If so, what happened to make me doubt?

Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? . . . It is I myself! Touch me and see.
Luke 24:38, 39

Do I do daily devotions or Bible reading? If so, what results do I see? If not, am I willing to learn about faith and how it can be more powerful in my life?

Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.
Ps. 119:98–99

Am I dealing with something confusing or painful at this moment? What would I like to tell God about it?

O you who hear prayer, to you all men will come. . . . Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts!
Ps. 65: 2, 4a

Have I ever seen or experienced something I might call a miracle? If so, what made me think it was God at work?

Then the Lord said, "I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world."
Exod. 34:10

Have I ever felt comforted when I cried out for help to God? How did that make me feel about Him?

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.
Ps. 28:7

Would I be willing to commit to just one month of daily devotions and prayer and see what God can do with that?
What is the one thing I really want Him to do in my life during this month?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Phil. 4:6–7

Read Psalm 121. When the psalmist said, "The Lord will keep you from all harm," did he mean that I would never have trouble if I trust God or that God would bring me through difficult times?
Why does God allow me to experience pain and sorrow sometimes?

I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and Earth.

Ps. 121:1–2


¬2003. All rights reserved. Reprinted from 12 Months of Faith by Bettie B. Youngs, Ph.D., Jennifer Leigh Youngs, Debbie Thurman. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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