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Archive for January, 2012

I’ll never forget the first time I laid eyes upon you.  It was like my world suddenly stopped, like time was frozen for an instant.  I touched your tiny fingers and toes with my big hands and kissed your little face.  I couldn’t believe you were a part of me, and the weight of responsibility of raising you settled on my shoulders.

The love a parent has for a child is indescribable.  I would give you the world if I could.  As you grew and I looked at your expectant face, I wanted to say “Yes” to everything.  Saying “No” had to be a part of my vocabulary for your safety, health, growth, and instruction, but it was never easy.  The older you get the harder it gets… because I love you.

No matter what you do or say or how many times you mess up I will still love you.  When you hurt, I hurt.   When you are angry, my heart breaks.  When you are happy, my heart soars.  I love you so much that it is hard to put into words.

Still, this is nothing compared to how much God loves you and takes care of you.  After all, He knew you even before I did…

Psalm 139:15-16

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

God knows EVERYTHING about you.  He knows your thoughts, He knows what you do in secret, He knows every sin and every mistake, yet He still loves you.  He also sees all the wonderful things you do – the kindness, the compassion, the caring, the sensitivity to others – and I think it makes Him smile.  He knows how fun you are and what you like or dislike.

Psalm 139:7-10

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me; your right hand will hold me fast.

It’s hard to explain how amazing God’s love is for us and that all He wants from us is to love Him in return.  What you need to know is that He will always love you no matter what.  It isn’t a human kind of love, it never ends.

We all hear the word “love” thrown around all the time.  We have a hard time really grasping its meaning.  People talk about things that they love and it plays down the true meaning of love.  As a teenager, you might even toss the word, “love” out there like it is nothing.  When this happens, it becomes meaningless.  Save this expression for the one who truly captures your love.

The result of living in this kind of a society is that we don’t understand the concept of love… so how can we believe it when someone tells us that God loves us?  What does that truly mean?  Well, it means that even in our sin He was willing to come to earth to save us.  It also means that Jesus was willing to suffer and die for us.  It means that even though we hurt Him all the time by turning our backs on Him, He still cares about us and wants the best for us.

The purpose of this devotional is for you to ALWAYS remember that kind of love.  It is more than what a parent has for a child, but is what a CREATOR has for his creation.

INTERACTION:

  1. Parent:  Tell your teen how you first felt when seeing them for the first time.
  2. Teen:  What do you think the word love means?  How do you know that someone loves you?

PARENTS:  Here are some additional scriptures for you & your teen to look up & discuss throughout the week:

Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 119:73; Romans 8:38-39; Romans 5:7-8; John 15:13; John 3:16; John 10:11

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