"Every day that you don't read your Bible is a day that you're trying to live life in your own strength, and it's too hard for you. The Bible is God talking to you! Soak yourself in it." — Karen Jensen
Let’s face it -- teenagers are basically hard-wired to butt heads with their parents. If that’s happening at your house, here’s the good news: you’re normal.
Your teenager is going through a million changes in their body, their mind, and their surroundings. Meanwhile, they’re trying to fire you as a parent, then rehire you later…as a consultant.
But hey, if they weren’t growing and changing, something would be wrong. Is it possible to celebrate their changes and progress, enjoy the process, and emerge from the teenage years with our sanity intact and our kids headed for their divine destiny? I think it is.
Here are four important things you need to know:
1) They’re not trying to drive you crazy. No, really. What they’re trying to do is grow up. They just aren’t very good at it yet (neither were we at their age). So they’re practicing – on you! The beginning of teenagerhood is the beginning of the separation process that we all have to go through to become adults. They’re supposed to have friends outside the family. They’re supposed to challenge the status quo. And some days they show signs of brilliance – they make great decisions and choices -- and some days they don’t. Our goal as parents during these years is to help them learn to make their own right decisions and choices. Because our ultimate goal is to raise them into adults who can function well on their own, make great decisions, be useful members of society, and fulfill their divine destiny. But realize that it’s going to be a two-steps-forward-three-steps-back kind of process. Be patient.
SEPTEMBER 2015 Early this month we headed for the Great Northwest (my homeland). We visited my family and also ministered at New Creation Church in Hillsboro, then spent a day with the wonderful pastors and long-time friends, Rod & Rebecca Sundholm, touring the beautiful Columbia River Gorge (pictured anove). After that we headed for Idaho to visit my son and daughter-in-love, Josh & Jacque Jensen in Twin Falls, and we also got to go to a Boise State football game (pictured right) - and we won!
AUGUST 2015 I was blessed to minister several times at my new home church, Living Word Christian Center, here in Minneapolis this month. I taught a 3 week class on New Testament Realities, and was also the speaker at the August Winner's Luncheon. This is Bob and me at that great event. In addition to getting outdoors and enjoying the beautiful summer in Minnesota, I ministered at the Called Out Conference in Fort Mill, SC. At the end of the month we headed for the Northwest to visit family and friends, and to minister at New Creation Church in Hillsboro, Oregon.
JULY 2015 This month the only traveling Bob & I did was to Washington DC with Living Word Christian Center for the annual CUFI Summit. It was an important time for our nation as we took our concerns for Israel to Capital Hill and the nations leaders. We also took some time for fun before it started by going to Mt. Vernon, the home of George Washington, with our friends Charlie and Stacey Houle. We had a great time!
JUNE 2015 It was a busy month! I went to Nashville to be on TBN with Jason Crabb (watch it here), took a quick trip to visit my folks in Oregon, and went to Florida for another TV interview plus preaching and ICRS. But mid-month Bob and I drove Wisconsin Rapids, WI to attend the wedding of our friends Jonathan & Kelly Vaver, and minister for Pastor Dave & Ruth Mickelson (pictured) at Victory Christian Outreach Center. I always love it when Bob can come with me, and it was a blessing to get to hang out with these great people!
MAY 2015 In addition to traveling to Michigan and preaching at the wonderful Ladies Day Out event at Living Word here in Minneapolis, Bob and I were blessed to be able to make a trip to Tulsa to visit our grand baby Dixie! She is growing and glowing -- such a good baby, always smiling and sweet (we are not at all biased). She is 7 months old this month.
We just finished your DVD series "Parenting with Purpose" and it has changed our lives! My husband and I are implementing and learning new things every day! I’m truly enjoying my children for the first time in a really long time -- a lot of the pressure about being a "perfect parent" has been lifted because no such thing exists. I find comfort in knowing that all the answers I need to help me be a better parent are in God’s word! Thank you for sharing this knowledge with us!
L.L. - Wilmington, Ohio
If you have a testimony to share of how Parenting With a Purpose has helped you, please click "Contact Us" above and let us know!
Click Here to See More!
The Lord is so faithful to provide for our ministry needs so that we can go where He calls us to go at any time. Thank you for following the Lord’s leading to give and to be a blessing to this ministry. We pray that God will return your generosity and cause others to sow into your own life and ministry! Click Here to Donate.
September 25-27Parenting Seminar / Sunday morning serviceA Place of Meeting - Pastor Nathaniel CraneHope, Arkansasapomhope.org
October 1Taping "It's Supernatural" with Sid RothCharlotte, NCsidroth.org
October 2-4Marriage & Parenting Seminar/Sat night/Sun AMLifePointe ChurchMattoon, ILlifepointeforyou.org
October 6Girls of GraceLiving Word Christian ChurchBrooklyn Park, MNlwcc.org
October 10-11College Outreach Life Abundant FellowshipBurlington, VTlacvft.org
October 16,17Teaching OT Survey at RHEMA QuebecDrummondville, Quebec, Canadarhemaquebec.org
October 18Sunday AM ServiceVerbe de la VieMontreal, Quebec Canadaegliseverbedelavie.com
See all events