Teen Identity Crisis

Sticks & stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.  I'm sure you remember the saying, in fact, you have probably said it to someone or told your kids to say it, but it is one of the biggest lies ever.  The truth is, words do hurt & the problem with words is that they spin around in your head until you are dizzy with the things people have said to you.   

This is especially true for teenagers.  They are in a time of life where insecurities are worn like jewelry.  I remember once in middle school how a boy told me I chewed like a cow, so I just didn’t eat in front of anyone at lunch for an entire year.  It was ridiculous.  But that’s what accusations from the enemy are & anything hateful that is said to us comes straight from the enemy.{Ephesians 6:12}

My daughter has had a particularly difficult time with a girl at her school over the last several months.  This girl has been a passive aggressive type of bully & if I’m honest with you, everything within my momma bear heart wants to let my claws come out.   But God has bigger plans.  God’s plan includes my daughter & I realizing that we are warriors with divine weapons of power which come directly from the Word of God {2 Corinthians 10:3-5}.  No matter the reason this girl is being mean, she needs Jesus as desperately as we all do.

We all need reminders that we are infinitely loved by God  

So I did something for my daughter.  I made some note cards & put the statements below on one side & the scriptures on the other & tied them together. 

These are truths from God’s Word that have the power to silence the lies of the enemy & I always want her to remember….

You are infinitely loved ~ Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds {Psalm 36:5}

You are human but God’s grace is abundant ~ Out of His fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given {John 1:16}

You will never be alone ~ Be strong & courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you or forsake you {Deuteronomy 31:6}

You are created perfectly ~ God created your inmost being & you are fearfully & wonderfully made; His thoughts toward you are too many to count & they outnumber the grains of the sand {Psalm 139:13-18}

You will succeed because God has big plans for you ~ He is able to do immeasurably more than you could ever ask or think according to His power at work in you {Ephesians 3:20}

You are a chosen daughter of the KING ~ You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light {1 peter 2:9}

You are strong in Christ ~ He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world {1 John 4:4}

You are a conqueror in Christ ~ In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us {Romans 8:37}

You are completely competent in God ~ Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God {2 Corinthians 3:5}

You are safe in Christ ~ The Lord is my strength & my shield; my heart trusted in Him & I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices & with my song I will praise Him {Psalm 28:7}

Maybe you know a girl (or boy) who needs these too.  Maybe you need them.  They are just as true for adults as they are for teens.  Speak them out loud.  Write them on your heart.