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TeenConnect: Up Front


Stress-free—right now

By Jenny Sawyer with Kaily Johnson
June 1, 2018

Are you counting down? Most teens I know, at least here in the United States, are. Counting down the days until “I can stop feeling stressed,” as one of my friends put it. “Only one essay, one project, and five finals to go.”

That’s a pretty common refrain no matter where you are in the school year—that stress goes away only after you’ve handed in all your papers and taken all your tests. But what if you could feel that release from stress even before you take the test?

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Is suicide the path to peace? 

By Deborah Huebsch

Two celebrity suicides in one week. A global suicide rate on the rise. What’s going on? When I thought about this question, I remembered a time in my life when suicide seemed to be the only option. 

An escalating addiction to drugs; meaningful relationships either dead in the water or dead, period; flunking out of college; and feeling completely cut off from my family—all this made me believe there was nothing to live for.

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Beating the graduation blues 

By Karina Olsen

When I graduated from college, I felt like everything I had known was completely uprooted. The daily structure of school was over. I moved to a new city and started a new job, and many meaningful relationships in my life changed. I desperately wished that none of it had to happen. Even though I told myself it was the natural, inevitable progression of “growing up,” it seemed impossible to feel as happy as I had just months earlier in college.

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TeenConnect: That's Classic

That's Classic

Stormy waters could not shake me

By Tom Sebring

When a summer kayaking trip turned dangerous, this camp counselor relied on prayer to beat the waves in the water—and the waves of fear that threatened to pull him under.



From this week's Sentinel

Trusting God—and finding the perfect fit

By Haley Martin

At her high school, this teen felt like the puzzle piece that didn't fit. But while she kept getting what felt like a nudge from God to try a different school, she still had to learn how to trust that divine leading—and follow it.


Your Healings

Hypnotized? Not me.
By Allie Roberts

“Hypnotism” might not sound like something you have to worry about. But this teen discovered that understanding and addressing hypnotism is actually the key to effective and quick healing.

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‘I don't know how to pray'
By Deborah Huebsch

Feeling in a rut with prayer, or maybe like you don’t even know how to pray? Check out this article for a variety of practical ideas to get you going. After all, says this author, “Prayer is the most wonderful adventure ever.” You won’t want to miss out.

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Your Healings

I didn’t buy that app
By Sullivan Grant

Anything that seems bad about us, or wrong with us, is really just a distorted view. That’s what this teenager learned, thanks to a little help from an app on his phone … and a spiritual insight.

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Daily Lift

Every day is our Father's day

Tom McElroy, CS, from Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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