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Welcome to the Get Lost Online Love Feast designed to help you feast on the love of God for ten days in an effort to overcome the angst of craving a guy!
Each day I'll post worship music to focus your heart, a key Bible verse, and a prayer to pray just prior to a short devotional that'll bring your heart to the banqueting table of God for a fulfilling and relevant teaching on what your heart truly craves! (Each of these is an excerpt from a love feast chapter in Get Lost: A Girl's Guide To True Love where you can have the full experience. )
I hope you're feeling a fuller sense of God's love as we're nine days through! It's time to begin to invite others into this sweet intimacy. Here's how...
Have you been feeling like you need a little bit of refresh when it comes to your faith? Have you noticed yourself spending more time focused on boys or dreaming of a relationship than on having a relationship with God? You’re not alone! For the next ten days, we’re going to walk with you as you learn to feast on the love of God instead of craving the love of someone else.
Each day I’ll post worship music to focus your heart, a key Bible verse, and a prayer to pray just prior to a short devotional that’ll bring your heart to the banqueting table of God for a fulfilling and relevant teaching on what your heart truly craves! (Each of these is an excerpt from a love feast chapter in Get Lost: A Girl’s Guide To True Love where you can have the full experience.)
Today we’re going to get lost in His Presence! Recently author Francis Chan has called him the “forgotten God.” He is the Holy Spirit. Have you ever felt like he passed you up and gave all the “bells and whistles” to some other girl? Do you struggle to hear him speak to you? Lean in for a moment and feel your heart drawing near as I guide you to His Presence.
BFFs and frenemies are one of the best...and worst...things about being a teen. What you might not realize is that they're also possibly one of the highest risks you'll ever face. Why? Because it may seem like those never-ending text conversations and tweets back and forth are trivial rumblings, but new research reveals that they're influencing everything from mental health, to career paths, to how you approach relationships with guys. Do your friends draw you closer to Jesus? Or closer to the boy-crazy train? Let me be honest with you, there is no middle ground. Here are three things you need to ask yourself about your friendships if you value sexual purity.
Dear girl whose dreams have been crushed, This is not the end. It may feel like it. The grief may come in waves so deep that you can't catch your breath at times. Breathe. Breathe. This is not the end. That fractured pelvis that robbed you of your athletic dreams is not the end. Those so-called friends who betrayed you and have left you lonely are not the end. The rejection letter isn't the end. The divorce is not the end. The funeral was not the end. Not for God's girl. I have some hope and you need it. So, let's spend a few minutes together filling your heart with something more powerful than that hopelessness.
I know what it's like to feel lonely. Oh, I didn't look lonely. Active in a small group, a leader in Vacation Bible School and the youth group, I never missed a church service. And Bob and I were always hosting church parties in my home complete with a legendary baked bean and coleslaw food fight that some poor woman is still probably cleaning out of the corners of that old kitchen. My life looked fun. But I was sad, and my body could not contain it anymore. Research reveals a startling negative impact of loneliness on physical health. Chronic sinus infections, migraines, and stomach problems led me to a breaking point: I found myself in a doctor's office with a prescription for anti-depressants in hand. That was fifteen years ago. I found my way out, and it wasn't those pills. (Though I am thankful I had them for a short season.) Today I fellowship in a circle of authentic friendship that's difficult to describe, but when I have someone visit they always say something like, "I really crave what you have here" or "I've never been in a group of authentic fellowship like this ever." There is hope for a life of authentic intimacy and friendship in the body of Christ. Let me show you the way out.
What would you do? The child you know and love—and was raised as a boy before you met and the adoption was official—wants to be raised as a girl. The catch: doctor's cannot really say for certain if this child is a girl or a boy. This child has a medical condition known as intersex. About 1 in 2,000 babies are born with conflicting physical sexual organs in which a sex development specialist is brought in to consult. In many cases, closer examination and blood tests reveal that they are biologically male or female. But for some, no clear biological sex is evident. Such was the case of "Laurie," whose adoptive Christian parents were seeking answers when they came knocking on my door. What her mom told me about the Christian community's response broke my heart.
"I feel like I am giving God the finger," a young mother wrote to me recently. Her struggle was birth control. She was using it, and had a sense in her spirit that she was telling God she didn't trust him and that He was not in control of her life. She's not alone. Many Christian young women begin considering birth control as early as their college years, not because they are sexually active but because the evangelical world is re-thinking its opinion of The Pill. Did the Catholics have this birth control thing right?
When you think about it, was the mail order bride service our forefather's used that different from eHarmony or Christian Mingle? Ok, ok! I know I just stepped on some feminists toes and I get that. There weren't, as far as we know, mail-order husbands. So, let's just get to the point of my brain's meandering today and level the playing field while we look for some top quality husband-material for you. Let me start with a question: what single quality most attracts you to a guy? (No really. Answer the question before you read on.)
Once when I was speaking at a campus event at a Big Ten University, a couple approached me. He was a football player—all but worshipped in a town where the blood runs the same color as the team uniforms. Proud as could be, he stood beside his girlfriend to tell me that they were using his “celebrity” status to encourage purity on the sex-saturated campus. “Whenever we get the chance we share our philosophy?” he beamed…with a little too much pride, I might add. Noticing a look of distinct shame on her face, I felt the need to clarify. “What is your philosophy?” I asked. “We just stick to oral sex,” he said. She burst into tears. Let’s shoot straight. There’s a lot of sex going on out there. And depending on where you go to college, it's going to be harder or easier to live out your sexual convictions whatever they may be. Here are three things every college-bound high school student—and their parents—need to consider.