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It’s our human nature to question the unbelievable, especially if we have not experienced or seen it with our own eyes. Why is it so hard for us to believe in God that we cannot see? He gives us simple examples everyday of his unbelievable greatness. For instance, have you ever seen the wind? We see the effects of the wind, but not the wind itself. Or what about gravity? We know it’s there because our feet are planted solidly on the ground, but we don’t see it.
The truth is, we do see Christ daily. We see Him through the lives of others…their words of kindness, touch of compassion and the unexpected helping hands. He’s there everywhere we look.
Take today to look around and see Christ. He’s there, all around you. Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those have not seen and yet have believed.” -John 20:29.
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We live in a world where technology has become who we are. Look around. Everyone is looking down at their cell phones checking out what everyone is doing and posting. We’re not talking to each other anymore. We’re not touching each other anymore. We’re not reaching out to each other anymore except through our posts. And I’m as guilty as the next person. I love technology. I’ve learned how to create websites, blogs, mobile apps, change codes and if I can’t figure things out, I google it.
Social networks have given us the ability to connect with old friends, make with new friends and follow those around the world. But the Lord put this thought on my heart the other day -Who do you follow? As I thought about those words, my heart began to ache. Lord, I follow you. But as I continued to ponder and pray about it, I realized that I was letting the noise of this world distract me from His love and guidance. It doesn’t matter how many followers you have or who you follow as long as you follow the One who loves you most and knows you best.
This is my journey. This is day one – to let go of the noise so I can talk more, touch more and to reach out to others so they will know the Lord that I follow.
Cutting is a form of intentional self injury that includes scratching or cutting the skin using items such as razor blades, knifes, or any sharp instrument to alleviate suffering. It is estimated that one out of eight girls engage in some form of self-injury.
To me, it’s difficult to understand cutting, but explanations for those who do cut; it’s a feeling of control and a distraction of personal pain. It’s important to remember that each teen is different and may cut for different reasons. So if you suspect that your teen daughter or granddaughter is cutting, it’s important to seek professional help. Identify the troubled areas in your teen’s life that would cause her to cut.
So what do you look for? Here are a few risk factors.
• Most cutters do not have a healthy way of dealing with stress or emotional pain. Has your teen lost a friend or family member? Does she have a low body image or low self-esteem? Does she have difficulty in expressing her feelings?
• Is she wearing long sleeves even in warm weather?
• Is she wearing thick wristbands that hide her marks?
• Does she have unexplained marks or scars on her body?
• Are there missing items like knives, scissors, safety pins, and razors?
• Is she spending long periods of time alone?
This is a difficult issue to handle, but Jesus says – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 NIV
Seek Him as you begin to help your teen. Pray for God’s wisdom and direction. Sometimes we have to put aside our own pain to help others with theirs.
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Alex Diaz is the “new kid” who’s been sent to live with her grandparents in Edgewood, where she hides her homesickness from everyone but her new best friend, Morgan. Alex feels judged and out of place, and she responds by judging the other girls. Add a neighbor coming and going at all hours of the night, he and his creepy son become instant targets of suspicion.
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