Monday, September 7, 2009

A Message For The Girls

Lately I have been working on one of my speaking topics called Learning To Be Me and Loving It. It is a session geared towards helping teen girls learn how to be happy with who they are, see themselves through Gods eyes, and realize that their life, and their happiness in their life can be found in Christ, and not through approval of others.

I am teaching this session in Bloomfield, Connecticut next month and would appreciate your prayers as I prepare for it, and also for the hundreds of teen girls that will be hearing this message. For some reason, I feel God really tugging at my heart about the content of this session, and I feel an overwhelming responsibility to share a message that will impact their lives.

As I was searching for applicable and supporting information to include in my presentation, and praying for God to guide me regarding what path the message should follow, I came across a powerful video that held me captive for nearly five minutes. It is a video showing not only how teens can take charge of their own lives, but how they can also change the lives of others by standing up for Christ.

This video was apparently made by a small drama team of youth in Maryland, and put to the song This Is Your Life, by the group called Switchfoot. After seeing it, and watching it several times, I intend to show this video at the end of my session, in the hopes that there will be at least one teen, maybe many, whose hearts can be pierced and opened to Gods love by not only hearing what I have to say, but hearing what God has to say through me, and the youth on this video.

I searched other videos about this song, but this one seemed to be the most moving. Real kids, real problems, real truths.

It was so moving, that I wanted to share it with you. If you have a teen in your life/house/church/community/neighborhood, that is struggling with who they are, and/or who they want to be, please share this with them.

God has called us to build the next generation for Christ. If His people dont do it, who will?

If you want to learn more about the conference I will be speaking at, please visit New England Womens Conference.

I would love to get some discussion going about topics that may interest the teens in your life. Think about this - if your teen or pre-teen were going to a conference, what topics do you think would engage them; motivate them; be applicable to their lives; help them in their walk with Christ; encourage them to be set apart; assist them with struggles they are facing; etc.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for me, I would love to hear about them!

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Wendy Blight said...

Lauren and I watched this video together this morning. Thanks for sharing this. We love Switchfoot. I will be praying for this event, Tracie. I know God will use you in a powerful way.

Looking forward to our lunch.



Danielle said...

Tracie, that was an awesome video! Thanks so much for sharing it. There's one called Everything, which the song is sung by Lighthouse. Wow! It's very powerful. I think alot of people have seen it already, but I'll give you the link just in case you haven't. Everything by Lighthouse

I wish I could be in the area because I'd love to hear you speak with the teens. My daughter is only 9 now, but teens is right around the corner!

I pray God just blesses the whole weekend and by you being obediant to Him, hearts would be opened and lives would be changed. In Jesus name!

Anonymous said...

Hi Tracie,
God Bless you!! For what you feel he has placed upon your heart for helping teen girls learn how to be happy with who they are.

This question just popped into my thoughts..."Why are there so many teen girls trying to discover there approval from others?" Is it a stage we go through? or

Family....comes to mind for me. I think there are too many broken families...Too many parents both working...Our Children have noone to look up to. Noone to encourage them. To let them know they are valuable.

I wonder alot if we could get to the root of the problem...Just a suggestion....Maybe we need to be talking to the parents instead of our children.

A couple of thoughts to Ponder:
The work of our Lifetime...
The family is the great catechism God has given the world. The work of our lifetime is to learn how to read it and then study it prayerfully.
From: Love in the Little Things
by Mike Aquirlina
tales of family life

Holy Family Life...
God entered history through a family in order to make family life holy and show us how to live in our homes.
From: Love in the Little Things

God Bless Tracie...and yes This is our Life may we as parents...start being parents...only then will our children become respectful and mercyful of who they are.

I have you in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I haven't yet watched the video, but I must confess that my first thoughts were selfish - do you have a speaking topic like this for adult women? It sometimes seems like we aren't very good at liking ourselves as adults either. :) I pray for your event and that He speaks through you to build up these women of the future. :)

Joyful said...

Tracie, my son and I watched this video together. Thank you for posting it.

Danielle, thank you for including your link. POWERFUL!!!! The "Everything" video has left me sobbing. My nephew (a grown man) has recently walked out on his wife, children, family and God. He is embracing all the things that have lured him away. This has not been a sudden abandoning. He has allowed satan's seduction of money, power, possession, lust, happiness blind him to truth. I have forwarded this video to him. He claims Christ is still ruling in his heart, but there is no evidence of this to be true.

Praying he will just turn and look for God...He will come running and close the gap that separates.

Holding on to hope,