Relate to teens: share a healing!

I have two daughters, both living away from home—one in college and one in boarding school. Every day I provide them with a spiritual thought to start their day: an idea from the Bible, the Christian Science Hymnal, or Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Although they are very independent teenagers, my daughters love these gentle reminders of the special, powerful tool they have from God to help themselves: prayer.

I stress the importance of turning their thought to God, acknowledging His presence, thanking God for His care and protection, remembering who they are in prayer when they start each day, when they close each day, before their homework, before a test, when they are exercising or walking somewhere. Jesus had very busy days, and yet we are told that he found time to go to his Father in prayer. The Bible tells us how after a particularly busy day of healing multitudes, Jesus rose up the following morning well before daybreak to seek quiet and solitude and to pray to his Father (see Mark 1:35).

What I have found that truly reinforces my efforts with my daughters is an example from my own life. They listen more carefully and often with keen interest because it is a story about their mom.

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Inside help
June 17, 2013

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