Does Your Teen Feel Like Having A Relationship With God Is Too Many Rules?

Jun 16, 2021
 

During these past weeks I’ve been having conversations with our Girl Truth girls and we were talking about our identity in Christ and how that affects our behavior. A lot of times when we’re trying to talk to teenagers about Christianity or the things of God, sometimes it comes off like a lot of rules. Christians do this, they don’t do that. It can sometimes come off legalistic or religious. Now, we know there are boundaries. There are things that we do and there are things that we don’t do, but the reason WHY we do or don’t do things is because of WHO WE ARE. It comes out from an overflow of who we are in Christ.

 

So we were discussing this reality from Colossians 3:3, that who we truly are is hidden with Christ in God. I had the girls come up with some visuals of what that looks like for them. For me, I think of it like a cocoon. Me and Jesus are up in the cocoon, in God. Some of the girls thought of a wing or a kangaroo pouch. As we talked...

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Why Is It So Hard To Get My Teen Enthusiastic About Things?

Mar 11, 2021
 

Have you ever wondered why it is so hard to get your teen enthusiastic about anything? Yes, I know like me you have heard those dreaded words like, "I'm bored," even though there's tons of things to do in their room. Here's the reason why. Teenagers naturally have a lower amount of dopamine in their brains. They actually have less than adults. 

 

So what is dopamine? Dopamine is a little neurotransmitter that is responsible for all our pleasure and our reward responses. Anytime we do something fun, novel, exciting or we eat food that's really good, dopamine is released and it says, "Oh, I want to do that again!"

 

Well teenagers have very little of this. They actually do not have a lot of dopamine and that is why they are constantly chasing thrill-seeking, exciting or really high highs. It's because their dopamine levels are so low everyday and mundane things do not excite them. It's like they need an overload just to get the normal amount of reward response inside of...

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