Today is the June Hearts at Home Third Thursday blog hop, and the theme is centered around what we wish we knew when we were teenagers. I've spent a LOT of time thinking about this one. The more I think, the more I realize I wish I knew back then! How to narrow it down to one thing?!?!?
As I've watched my daughter JoHanna take on extra, unexpected responsibility at our VBS this week, she's learned so much. Those teen years are such full times for growth, aren't they? Throw in Facebook and texting and rising academic pressures and soaring college costs ... and you have the perfect opportunity to learn to trust God.
So for today I'm choosing one thing that I wish I knew as a teenager: those "promptings," great ideas, ideas I can't shake, needs I notice, and convictions I feel ... those are evidence of the Holy Spirit at work in me. Isn't that exciting? It gives me confidence of my salvation and of God's work in me to guide me and change and use me. Those aren't just "crazy teenager" feelings; that's God at work. Knowing He's working in me gives me freedom and boldness to act on His promptings in my life. If I had realized that sooner, I think I would've made more of a difference and experienced more peace and praise in the process!
"for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure." Phil. 2:13
What would you go back and tell your teenage self?