People say that men can never understand the woman's mind, and that is typically accurate. But most people don't notice how miss understood teenagers are!
The brain of a teenager isn't a balance of phone numbers, and other stupid things. A teenager’s brain is what controls the teenager’s life and more then that, it controls their beliefs.
Teenagers’ brains are not based on foul things, even though they come up very often. The teenage brain actually consists of very intelligent things. Even though many of the "intelligent" thoughts are just the brains equations to figure out common day things and worst things, like a foul thought.
Teenagers are misunderstood!
Did you know that some people don't even trust teenagers because of their geneology or simply because they are teenagers?
Yet they were once teenagers, or is that the reason?
Don't judge teenagers because they are teenagers!
You were once a teenager;
you need to remember
it's not an easy walk!!!
Teenagers: Post 1 positive thing you think about and strive for in your life or a response to this blog
Adults: Post 1 sentence to share some words of wisdom with us teenagers or a response to this blog
Thanks for reading!
A NOTE FROM LISA:
Some of you have yet to meet our guest blogger on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. This is Mags. In addition to writing one fabulous blog, this is my daughter. Her target audience, teens and those wondering what goes on inside a teenager’s brain. I continue to be impressed with the wisdom and insight Mags expresses in her posts and the conversation she generates. She truly has a heart for God, her generation, and the creative arts. I hope you will take a moment to leave her a post in response to her blogs and as an encouragement to her. Thank you.
We have some great teenagers in the world. We are only one blog, song, cheer, dance, or whatever creative venue they exhibit their God-given talents with away from seeing a positive change in the years to come.
It has been a beautiful day in Upstate New York. A few hours spent on the deck with my friend Karen. We enjoyed laughter, a couple teary moments, and some homemade carrot cake. As we caught up with each other’s lives, my heart simply warmed on the inside. Although it seems as if life has us going in different directions and we cannot seem to find a time to get together as much as we would like, once together, it is as if we never lost touch. I so love that!
This is how we should be with God, never losing touch with Him. Yet it seems to be one of the first, if not the first thing removed from the day’s agenda when life gets busy. John Stumbo taught the morning Bible message this past week during the Delta Lake “Family Camp” and his teaching was from the book of Jeremiah. The top of my notes read, “God for a LIFETIME with a lifetime PURSUIT of God!” Amen. We need to be purposeful in our relationship with God.
If Karen would have called this morning to see if we could get together and I didn’t make it a priority to see her, precious moments and conversation would have been missed. God wants our precious moments. He wants your time. He wants my time. Most importantly, He deserves it because without HIM, we are nothing.
As I prepared this blog I wanted to share some of John Stumbo’s powerful message yet with so many notes and thought provoking things to share I have decided to list a few of John Stumbo’s words of wisdom with some Lisa commentary . How does this sound?
“God does some amazing stuff when we’re in the time out chair.” John Stumbo
In case you think he is making this up, check out what the book of Hebrews 12:7, 10-11 NLT tells us:
“As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.”
My thoughts: I have learned in life that I can go and go on adrenaline, lack of sleep, and pure motivation for so long before the Lord tosses me in bed for a few days. Until listening to John Stumbo’s message, I hadn’t thought of this as a time in the “time-out chair” BUT this has helped to give me a new perspective. I was a busy child and liked to be moving so the last thing I wanted was to sit for any extent of time, as an adult, I am no different. So here is my new goal: instead of pushing myself too hard, too long, and too often – I will slow down, take some time, and work in God’s strength and will, not that of Lisa in order to avoid the “time-out chair” or bed as in my case.
“Stop living tomorrow, live today…wherever you are, be there!”
“Cling to God in times of Crisis.”
“Accept today for what it is and battle for a better tomorrow.” once again rooted in the Bible: Jeremiah 29: 11 – 13 NLT “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”
“Our old nature doesn’t get any better, it is what you do with it…when the old self shows itself, rebuke it in the name of Jesus.” (Not verbatim b/c I couldn’t keep up when taking notes, sorry Mr. Stumbo)
“The Sabbath is NOT a law BUT A GIFT OF GRACE!”
“God is in this journey and God can only be good!”
Wow…such strength and devotion in this man of God.
John Stumbo’s amazing story of life in and after the “time-out” chair will bring tears to your eyes and hope to your heart.
To purchase John’s book & read of his amazing journey: http://www.echristianstore.com/inspirations/default.aspx?tabid=19764&Item=33304&scid=1
Oh Happy Day, I am home from a wonderful 2-day writers’ conference. The Upstate New York Writers’ Gathering was once again a success. Although attendance was down a bit, the fellowship and instruction were plenty.
I arrived early Thursday morning in order to participate in the morning worship seminar with Pastor Charles Jones of the Kenmore Alliance Church. His heart for worship is an encouragement. He shared one analogy to emphasis his mental state when he is preparing for each week’s worship. This is a paraphrase, my apologies to Pastor Jones if I don’t get this just right. “As I prepare the worship order I want songs to touch the heart. I look at it as if I am opening the chest cavity of the worshippers and inserting lyrics into their hearts. What message does God have for their heart?”
Can you imagine if all our worship leaders felt the impact of their gift to put together a worship order and bring it to fruition? Worship is about you and God, not you and the worship leader. Pastor Jones understands and exercises this.
“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:19
In addition to the title of church worship pastor and leader, Pastor Jones travels to share his thoughts and methodology of transformational worship.
To play music or determine what songs to play and how to arrange them so it flows is NOT my gifting yet to listen and learn from Pastor Jones taught me to appreciate our worship leaders at church even more. Before learning from Pastor Jones this week during the morning worship seminar I appreciated our worship leaders and others with the gift to put together music but after this week, my APPRECIATION is in all caps and bold.
Will you join me in prayer for the men and women God has called to organize our music? Their heart to draw us closer to God through the worship in music can only heighten our own experiences with God.
A challenge: After Sunday’s service this week thank your worship leaders for their hard work and dedication to draw us all closer to our Heavenly Father. They spend all week in prayer and preparation so we can have a holy experience.
May we all use our gifts to serve God and draw others close to Him ~ I write and speak and others touch our hearts through song and music.
How has God gifted you to serve Him? Will you share in a comment below?
“Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God---this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1-2
Okay, so here is the deal. I have only snapped a few pictures since my arrival at the Delta Lake Bible Conference Center for the annual Upstate New York Christian Writer’s Gathering. Although the camera hasn’t been snapping like it normally does, the relaxation and absorption of God’s beauty is working overtime.
Yesterday morning started with a worship seminar then a message from John Stumbo. Wow. This is all I have to say. I heard him speak last year too yet his story is so powerful it touches the heart each time you hear it. He has one book out, An Honest Look at a Serious Journey with another to follow this September.
To purchase his first book: http://www.echristianstore.com/inspirations/default.aspx?tabid=19764&Item=33304&scid=1
Mr. Stumbo invited everyone to write a metaphor for life on this quartered sheet of paper, and then he collected them all. I love this type of activity yet my mid was so relaxed, it wasn’t ready to work. How great is that! I continued to think about it during the day and before returning the writers’ conference for “Open Mic” passed my metaphor along to him. Maybe I will share it on tomorrow’s blog, but then again, maybe not. As I worked on it the idea of developing it into a children’s book enticed me so you might have to wait. TeeHee
John Stumbo’s Blog: http://www.johnstumbo.org/blog/
As if all of this serene refreshment wasn’t enough, the afternoon was a similar blessing. Lunch was a wonderful time to reconnect with friends made over the past couple years with the writers’ conference directly afterward.
Some of my friends have already posted pictures and blogs about yesterday yet I am a bit behind the eight ball. No worries, there is more to come. I anticipate a few blogs being developed and birthed after only yesterday, I can only imagine the series God has working within.
So for now…have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow.
What is one thing you would like to know about this weekend’s writers’ gathering or one thing about my time at Delta Lake Bible Conference Center?
A WRITERS’ CONFERENCE! Relaxation, rejuvenation and writing are the plan for the next couple of days. Those who have attended a writers’ conference in the past are thinking, “Relaxation? Rejuvenation? Writing? I don’t think so.” HOWEVER, I am serious, all three will happen with some reflection, fellowship, and Bible study included too.
This is my third year to attend the Delta Lake Christian Writer’s Gathering. I look forward to seeing friends I have met in past years and the new friends I have yet to meet. Of course the information, techniques, and networking during the afternoon sessions of the conference are the reason I have the next few days reserved on the calendar BUT it is the spiritual renewal my heart looks forward too.
I was blessed to attend the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Conference last year. It was fun. I learned a lot and experienced so much yet the days and nights were so full there was not time to rest. Meals were a time of networking more than fellowshipping. Of course, this is the reason I invested the money and time to attend this conference. I was there to sell my book and network, so my goals were achieved for the most part. No one has offered a contract for my book yet but a few have requested it because of this conference.
The difference between this week’s conference and the other is the time dedicated to restoring the spiritual depletion of life. There are morning and evening services, mission moments, and seminars to strengthen our relationship with God and Jesus. The Christian Missionary and Alliance church has developed an amazing Bible camp and conference center. It feels as if you are on holy ground, instant peace surrounds me when I arrive.
I look forward to growing as a writer over the next couple of days yet the renewed person I am when I leave is truly a blessing.
Be sure to read Friday’s blog and learn how the first day of the conference went.
About the Book:
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Harper uses personal experiences and biblical principles to place readers on a path to be in connection with God. This life-changing book will help readers to transform their spirit, soul, and body through Jesus Christ, so they can live a life of peace, joy, and fulfillment.
To purchase the book: Click on the cover photo above
About the Author:
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Did you know God’s timing is always perfect? Paulette sent her book nearly two months ago for this review. As much as I wanted to read it, I decided to wait until after school was out and have it be my first summer read. I am so glad I waited until I had more time to absorb, reflect, and apply the blessings within this book.
“Completely Whole” is packed full of life principles with Bible verses to support her thoughts and suggestions. Her ability to infuse and weave the supporting verses into her great antidotes and challenges captured my heart.
Paulette writes as if she is having a conversation with you. I found myself answering her questions aloud and even nodding as I read. My husband’s response, “It must be a good book, you are talking to it.” I love this man.
There were so many points I wanted to highlight yet when I looked at my list, I realized it was a Spark Notes version of the book. Too funny, eh? So you will have to buy the book for yourself to read it all but here are a few (and only a few) quotes that jumped out at me. Understand there is Scripture and commentary to engage you as the reader 110%, so these snip-its are just teasers.
“To understand the seriousness of faithfulness to God in difficulties, we must look at the effects of our actions while in the wilderness.”
“God is doing a new work in our lives, regardless of the mishaps and misadventures that may have occurred.”
3 John 1-2 with her paraphrase and definition of being “Completely Whole”
“Unforgiveness disrupts our union with God and with one another.” Ouch, this is the focus of my next book so this chapter hit home.
“When we look for outside resources to fill the void that only God can fill, our expectations, hopes, and aspirations will go unmet.” Oh my gosh, this is so true. I spent ten years after my sister’s kidnapping trying to fill the void only Jesus could fill. Thank goodness, I realized this.
Paulette’s take on Isaiah 55:1 AMP “God’s intentions are for words to bring hope, healing, deliverance, and wholeness to everyone!” She also has a powerful explanation and breakdown of Psalm 23. Wow!
Powerful illustrations of God’s Word, the Bible applies to today in ways that will touch your heart with baby steps of ways to move forward.
Regardless of the struggles life brings you, Paulette says we need to say “Still I rise!” and this is modeled through a beautiful poem.
We need to love ourselves the way we are. God made us this way!
Paulette defines “purpose” with the disclaimer, “regardless of our definition, “purpose” plays a vital role” in our life. Do we choose God’s purpose or our own?
1 Peter 5:10 AMP We can endure. Too much meat to support this verse, read chapter twelve a few times.
She ends the book with the focus right where it needs to be…on God!
Lord you are…
This is a book I will reread and keep on my “resource” shelf. I was blessed with a PDF version to do this review but this is one I could mark up with a highlighter and sticky notes so a print copy is being ordered. A GREAT READ! HIGHLY SUGGEST!
Joyful are people of integrity,
who follow the instructions of the Lord.
Joyful are those who obey his laws
and search for him with all their hearts.
They do not compromise with evil,
and they walk only in his paths.
You have charged us
to keep your commandments carefully.
Oh, that my actions would consistently
reflect your decrees!
Then I will not be ashamed
when I compare my life with your commands.
As I learn your righteous regulations,
I will thank you by living as I should!
I will obey your decrees.
Please don’t give up on me!
How often do you open the Bible? Do you read to learn? For guidance? Out of obligation? Reading the Bible provides the spiritual nourishment we all need. Just like we need food to survive, we need God's Word to survive.
Shout to the Lord, all the earth;
break out in praise and sing for joy!
Sing your praise to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song,
with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn.
Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King!
Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
Let the earth and all living things join in.
Let the rivers clap their hands in glee!
Let the hills sing out their songs of joy
before the Lord.
What is going on in your life right now? Don't get up and check your calendar. I want you to take a moment and reflect on how life is treating you or how you are treating the life God has given you.
On a scale of 1 to 10, with ten being the highest ~ are you enjoying life? Is it easy for you to shout, sing, praise, join in, and clap out of pure Joy or are you asking, "Is this possible?"
Regardless of how you answered this question...
TODAY IS A NEW DAY AND CAN ONLY GET BETTER!!
If you feel life is already a "10" then guess what, it can only improve when you share this with someone else.
If you are feeling beaten down and as if no one understands or life couldn't get any worse then guess what...IT CAN ONLY GET BETTER.
When our eyes are focused on Jesus and we trust HIM, even the times of struggle and less than a "10" on the scale of life have the potential to burst off the charts in shouts of glorious praises. There is always hope and something better yet to come when we have our eyes and heart open to see and receive.
Will you share your life number today? What is one thing you could shout, sing, or clap to encourage someone else to increase their number? Ten is NOT the highest we can acheive, it is only a starting point.
Enjoy your Sunday!
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323