Streams for Teens: Thoughts on Seeking God's Will and Direction

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It's a noisy, confusing, sometimes scary world, and it's not always easy to know which way to turn. For anyone Streams for Teens is a great place to stop for directions. Using poems, reflections, and Scripture, this devotional guide challenges us to listen and watch for God's will for our lives and trust His guidance as we travel new paths and open new doors. Streams is easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to share with others. Open it up. See where it leads.

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It's a noisy, confusing, sometimes scary world, and it's not always easy to know which way to turn. For anyone Streams for Teens is a great place to stop for directions. Using poems, reflections, and Scripture, this devotional guide challenges us to listen and watch for God's will for our lives and trust His guidance as we travel new paths and open new doors. Streams is easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to share with others. Open it up. See where it leads.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780310283119
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

L. B. Cowman worked as a pioneer missionary with her husband in Japan and China from 1901 to 1917, during which time they helped found the Oriental Missionary Society. When Mr. Cowman's poor health forced the couple to return to the United States, Mrs. Cowman turned her attention to caring for her husband until his death six years later. Out of Mrs. Cowman's experiences and heartbreak came her first book, Streams in the Desert, followed by its companion Springs in the Valley. During the next twenty-five years, Mrs. Cowman inspired several nationwide Scripture distribution campaigns and wrote seven more books. Finally, on Easter Sunday in 1960, at the age of ninety, Mrs. Cowman met face-to-face the God she had served so faithfully for nearly a century.

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Streams for Teens

Thoughts on Seeking God's Will and Direction


By L.B. Cowman
Zondervan
Copyright © 2009

Zondervan
All right reserved.



ISBN: 978-0-310-28311-9



Chapter One Your Sovereign God Who Guides

Paul and his companions ... [were] kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. Acts 16:6

It is interesting to study the way God extended His guidance to these early messengers of the Cross. It consisted mainly in prohibiting their movement when they attempted to take a course other than the right one. When they wanted to turn to the left, toward Asia, He stopped them. When they sought to turn to the right, toward Bithynia in Asia Minor, He stopped them again. In his later years, Paul would do some of his greatest work in that very region, yet now the door was closed before him by the Holy Spirit. The time was not yet ripe for the attack on these apparently impregnable bastions of the kingdom of Satan. Apollos needed to go there first to lay the groundwork. Paul and Barnabas were needed more urgently elsewhere and required further training before undertaking this responsible task.

Beloved, whenever you are in doubt as to which way to turn, submit your judgment absolutely to the Spirit of God, asking Him to shut every door but the right one. Say to Him, "Blessed Spirit, I give to You the entire responsibility of closing every road and stopping every step that is not of God. Let me hear Your voice behind me whenever I turn aside to the right or to the left" (Deut. 5:32).

In the meantime, continue along the path you have already been traveling. Persist in your calling until you are clearly told to do something else. O traveler, the Spirit of Jesus is waiting to be to you what He was to Paul. Just be careful to obey even His smallest nudging or warning. Then after you have prayed the prayer of faith and there are no apparent hindrances, go forward with a confident heart. Do not be surprised if your answer comes in doors closing before you. But when doors are shut to the right and left, an open road is sure to lead to Troas. Luke waits for you there, and visions will point the way to where vast opportunities remain open, and faithful friends are waiting. from Paul, by F. B. Meyer.

Is there some problem in your life to solve, Some passage seeming full of mystery? God knows, who brings the hidden things to light. He keeps the key. Is there some door closed by the Father's hand Which widely opened you had hoped to see? Trust God and wait-for when He shuts the door He keeps the key. Is there some earnest prayer unanswered yet, Or answered not as you had thought 'twould be? God will make clear His purpose by and by. He keeps the key. Have patience with your God, your patient God, All wise, all knowing, no long lingerer He, And of the door of all your future life He keeps the key. Unfailing comfort, sweet and blessed rest, To know of every door He keeps the key. That He at last when just He sees is best, Will give it Thee. Anonymous

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Excerpted from Streams for Teens by L.B. Cowman Copyright © 2009 by Zondervan. Excerpted by permission.
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Table of Contents

Contents Introduction....................7
Your Sovereign God Who Guides....................11
Your Sovereign God Who Leads....................15
Your God-The Living God....................19
Willing to Be Great-But Unknown....................23
Setting Sail into the Deep....................27
Being Prepared to See Him....................31
Willing to Wait in Darkness....................35
Maintaining the Proper Balance....................39
Developing Your Gifts....................43
Daring to Follow in Faith....................45
Trusting the Stonecutter's Skill....................49
Abandoned to God's Power and Will....................53
Walking in His Way....................57
The Discipline of Faith....................61
Instant Obedience....................65
Clinging by Faith to God....................67
God's Secret Counsel....................71
Trusting God's Hands-Not Yours....................75
Open and Closed Doors....................79
Living in the Center of God's Will....................83
Believing God Has Answered....................87
Refusing the Shallow Life....................89
Walking onto the Stage of This World....................91
Waiting for God's Confirmation....................95
Getting Ready to Move....................97
Having the Patience to Wait....................101
Committing and Submitting....................105
Obeying by Faith-Not Sight....................109
Finishing Well....................113
Contentment-Even When Waiting....................117
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