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Are you proud of me yet?

In spite of a multitude of accomplishments, this teenager never felt good enough. Instead, she continued to yearn for—and strive for—her parents’ praise … until she discovered something a whole lot more satisfying.

What I’ve learned about procrastination

After procrastinating on a major project, this high school student had only one night to finish it, and everything seemed to be going wrong. That’s when she learned a spiritual lesson that not only helped her with her project but also changed her attitude about procrastination.

Beating the audition jitters

Standing before a judge, preparing to audition, this viola player felt nervous, and doubtful about her abilities. But as soon as she turned her thoughts toward God, a major shift took place.

Protected from an assault

Alone on a dark street, this young woman seemed to be a prime target for an assault. But right in the moment when she seemed most vulnerable, a clear message from God broke through her fear and helped her find safety.

When my boyfriend crossed the line

After she gave in to her boyfriend’s repeated pressure to go farther than she was comfortable going, this author was desperate for a way out of the guilt and anger. That’s when what she’d learned in the Christian Science Sunday School came to her rescue.

Who am I now?

She’d spent her whole life as a gymnast, so when this high school student decided to end her gymnastics career, she was faced with an uncomfortable question: Who am I now?

Should I sleep with him?

When she ran into a good-looking guy far from home, this author found things moving fast—and she was into it. But right at the moment when they were about to sleep together, something even better happened—something that’s continued to help and bless her even years later. 

No more stage fright

How did this author go from debilitating stage fright to being able to sing freely in front of an audience? Learning more about Christ Jesus’ teachings proved to be the key.

Me? Beautiful?

From the time she was in second grade, this author was bullied for having so many freckles, and she felt the only answer was to change her appearance. But when hiding her freckles didn’t work, she learned she could find more lasting self-worth by understanding beauty and identity in a completely different way: spiritually.

Love—actually

Getting dumped right before Christmas was this author’s definition of the worst Christmas ever. Now what was she supposed to do while everyone else was celebrating? She was surprised to find that the answer began with getting a better understanding of the spiritual significance of Christmas.