I'm not great at drawing so I love the idea of using stamps, stickers and wash tape to Bible journal. If you don't have a journaling Bible you could just use a notebook.
If you are a Christian - you are saved. Full stop. Your salvation doesn't rely on you being good (thank goodness, because none of us are good enough). We are saved because Jesus paid the price for our sin with his death and resurrection. When I was a young Christian, I felt like I had to earn God's love even though I knew I was saved by grace. I also felt condemned, guilty and ashamed. These are lies are from the evil one. I couldn't understand how God could love me because of my sin. I heard someone say that when God looks at me, he doesn't see my sin, just the blood of Christ. It blew me away!
Prayer: Thank you Father that Jesus died to forgive my sins and that you have forgiven and forgotten them. Help me not to listen to the enemy when he tries to make me feel guilty and ashamed. Thank you that I have been saved by grace. Transform me to be more like Christ. Amen
I watched this movie last week and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's about high school basketball coach, John Harrison, and troubled teen and cross country runner, Hannah Scott. Their stories intersect when the town's major employer shuts down, the basketball team moves away and Coach Harrison is given the task of coaching the cross country team. Both characters struggle with their identity in Christ. The movie is the product of the Kendrick Brothers who also created War Room, Courageous and Fireproof. I find Christian movies a little bit cringe but this is one of the best Christian movies I have seen. It really makes you think about some stuff. You can rent or buy it online or purchase the DVD from your local Christian bookstore.
Psalm 139:14 says, I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way (International Children's Bible).
Here is verse 14 in some different translations.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about (The Living Bible)
Body and soul, I am marvellously made! (The Message paraphrase).
I am fearfully and wonderfully made (New International Versions). Fearfully in this context means that you are in awe of something, not terrified of it.
No matter what version you read it in, the message is the same - God made you in an awesome, amazing, wonderful way. Have you ever thought about how incredible your body is? Here are some amazing facts from National Geographic Kids*:
CHALLENGE: Look up some other amazing facts about your body. Thank God for the amazing and wonderful way you are created.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.