When I see a teenager on fire for God it moves me almost to tears. I do not know if it is because I was not that way when I was a teenager, or if it is because I am amazed by their willingness to allow God to work through them. Probably both, actually.
I see a young lady in her teens that is so confident of who she is in Christ. She stands out in school and is not ashamed of it. I see her tell others about her relationship with God. She even says, please pray for ways that I can bring Jesus through the hallways of my school. WOW. That stopped me dead in my tracks. That made me tear up. That made me wish I wanted those things when I was a teenager in school. That made me think, do I wish those things now as an adult?
The truth is I was just the opposite as a teen. I did not like the fact that I stood out from the rest of my “friends” because I went to church, or grew up in a pretty strict home. I tried to fit into being a cool, carefree girl, not having any real opinion or beliefs on God-all I knew about Him at the time was that He was in my heart but I did not know what that meant. I did not stand up for God or try to shine His light, instead I blew it out every morning before school. I didn’t want anyone to think I was weird or different. I did not fully understand what a relationship with God was. I was not about to try to figure it out when I could just be a fun girl with lots of friends.
Then came the day my friends ditched me and I learned what a relationship with God was all about. During this time, I found out that God is my best friend. He loves me, He never leaves my side. Knowing God was my friend comforted me so much. It was then that I felt so sick about being so ashamed of wanting to KNOW GOD MORE. I was so disappointed in myself for not sticking up for God, or being confident in HIM.
Fast-forward several years and I am now so on fire for God! I am embracing my love story with HIM! Over the past 3 years, the Lord has just given me such a passion and desire to help EVERY SINGLE TEENAGE GIRL FIGURE OUT GOD’S LOVE ALL FOR THEMSELVES. All of the things I wish I would have known/ done/ felt as a teen, I want to share with teens now. I want to encourage, support, love, and be there for teens, because I know how tough it is.
I want to keep being inspired by all of the teens that I see who stand up for God and embrace their relationship with God. I am a huge fan of them.
I am BEYOND BLESSED to be apart of a ministry in which I can be just that, and I can see all of those teens living their life for CHRIST ALONE! GCH: decaf is the ministry. and the girls who make it up, along with God, is one of my favorite things:) I cannot begin to describe to you JUST HOW excited I am to start this journey with God and all of the decafers.
If you would like information on this ministry, PLEASE LET ME KNOW:) The study we will be doing “A Daughter’s Worth” will be starting October 1st, see you there:)
Here is the website for more information as well:): www.girlfriendscoffeehour.com I share my heart with these girls on the blog every Monday!