Engaging Teens In Devotional Time

Engaging Teens In Devotional Times

I have a thirteen year old which means my husband and I have just entered the years of learning to parent a teenager. It also means that we have moved pretty much to the bottom of the list on the cool chart. I mean way down. I realize this is a phase that every child goes through as they transition from child to adult, but it’s not easy. The hardest part for me is knowing how to handle my teen’s “too cool for me” attitude. It’s especially hard when it comes to engaging him in devotional times and talking about Jesus. Though I’m still very much in the midst of navigating the water on this, this is what I’ve learned thus far.

1. Don’t freak out. Even though your teen seems too cool to talk all things spiritual, now more than ever, it’s necessary to keep those conversations going. The teen years are so awkward and just weird. It’s a pivotal time to continue to instill Truth into them. They may not seem responsive, but they are listening. The beginning of this year I had a slight freak out over my son not being interested in talking about the things Jesus is doing in his life. God, being the gentleman that He is, reminded me that it simply isn’t the case. This season will pass. My job in the meantime is to continue to weave Jesus into our conversations and let my knees get a little calloused as I fall on them to pray for him.

To read the rest of what I’ve learned, click over to I Believe In Love and PLEASE share your thoughts on what you’ve learned in engaging teens in all things spiritual!

Wife, mother, lover of people, photographer, knitter, blogger and world traveler, Jen Price has traveled to dozens of countries, not merely as a tourist, but rolling her sleeves up and going well off the beaten path so that she might get to know the people, learn the culture, and find the heart of the place. In 2005, Jen co- founded Ten Thousand Homes, an organization dedicated to bringing hope and homes to thousands of children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently she and her family live in South Africa. Jen continues to travel internationally, camera in tow, with more passion than ever to tell the stories of beautiful people the world sometimes forgets. You can check out her stories and photos on her blog, I Believe In Love. Website URL: http://www.jeremynjenprice.blogspot.com

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About Jennifer Price

Wife, mother, lover of people, photographer, knitter, blogger and world traveler, Jen Price has traveled to dozens of countries, not merely as a tourist, but rolling her sleeves up and going well off the beaten path so that she might get to know the people, learn the culture, and find the heart of the place. In 2005, Jen co- founded Ten Thousand Homes, an organization dedicated to bringing hope and homes to thousands of children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently she and her family live in South Africa. Jen continues to travel internationally, camera in tow, with more passion than ever to tell the stories of beautiful people the world sometimes forgets. You can check out her stories and photos on her blog, I Believe In Love. Website URL: http://www.jeremynjenprice.blogspot.com