I have just returned from a trip to Cambodia to visit our sponsor child and see the work of Transform Cambodia. Transform is a Christian aid organisation that helps children from the poorest slum areas of Phnom Penh. It was my second trip to Cambodia and it probably won't be my last - I love it!
Cambodia is a very poor nation. A lot of the aid work being carried out there is by Christian organisations such as Transform Cambodia. When we help nations like this we identify with Luke 4:18 which was a prophecy by Isaiah about Jesus. We are now Jesus' hands and feet and it's our job to carry out his work on earth.
If I asked you to write a list of things that are important to you, what would you write? You might include things like family, friends, being happy, getting good grades, being good at sport, money, having a boyfriend, your pet dog, music, chocolate... Paul says that everything is nothing compared to knowing Jesus. He's not saying that we can't enjoy those other things, we just need to put Jesus first. He should be everything to us - we should talk to him, worship him, think about him and study his word every day. In the end, none of the other things will matter, just whether we loved Jesus.
CHALLENGE: Are there people or things in your life that are more important to you than Jesus? Pray that he will help you to put him first.
Download our free Rejoice Always poster. This is my verse for 2019.
Rejoice means to be cheerful. As Christians we have so much to be cheerful about.
We can be cheerful that:
This is easier said than done. So how do we rejoice in the Lord?
CHALLENGE: Look back over the last year and think of a time when things went wrong but worked out for good in the end. Thank God for this.
When you feel moody, angry, sad etc - listen to worship music and talk to God.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.