Financial advisor, Peter Grandich, says he gets his financial guidance from the Bible.
"The writers of the Bible anticipated the problems we would have with money and possessions; there are more than 2,000 references,” he says. “Our whole culture now is built on the premise that we have to have more money and more stuff to feel happy and secure." In an article in Forbes Magazine entitled, Is the Bible the Ultimate Financial Guide?, he gives four pearls of wisdom (I have paraphrased them and applied them to teens):
Sheryl Nace-Nash (2012, May 24). Is the Bible the Ultimate Financial Guide. Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com
Promise rings are big in the USA and symbolise a girl's pledge to remain pure until she marries. In this article in Set Apart Magazine, author, Leslie Ludy explains that making a promise and wearing a ring are not enough. She said, I committed to guarding my thought life, not allowing my mind to fantasise about guys, or obsess over what they thought of me. And I stopped allowing my mind to be influenced by the debased mentalities of pop culture through ungodly romance novels, secular songs, popular magazines and immoral movies. I love her commitment to holiness. Ephesians 5:3 says, But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. You can read Leslie's full article in a free excerpt of the April/May 2018 Set Apart Magazine or you can purchase the online version.
When you are feeling overwhelmed, it's a sure sign that you've been neglecting your God time. To fix this:
In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.
Minted Truth is a great website with free daily devotions. It is bright and colourful and the studies are specifically for teen girls. They are studying Judges at the moment but you can access all their previous studies. Check it out here.
The Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power
I love solar lights - no electricity or batteries required. These ones hang in my studio window. Without the power of the sun though, these lights don't work. Just like Christians need time with God to enable them to do life as he wants us to. Spending time reading God's Word (the Bible) and talking to him (prayer) gives you the power to shine for him. Acts 1:8 says, But the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Then you will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world. That's what he wants us to do, to shine his light and tell the world about his love.
Jenn Phillips has a really good article on fevr.net about life your final year of high school. When you're in the middle of the stress and busyness of year 12, it's easy the neglect other areas of your life, to get your priorities mixed up and to excuse poor behaviour because you're stressed. Even though Jenn was the top of her class, she would do it differently if she had her time again. She has some words of wisdom for upper school students. You can read the full article here.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.