Just when I thought I had this parenting thing down, my kids became Teenagers. While we might remember those challenges of being a teen, things are different today, and that means we parents could use a little help.
CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast of Jo's interview with Dr. Jim Burns on his book, Understanding Your Teen: Shaping their Character, Facing their Realities.
Does disappointment sometimes take the reigns of your life? When life doesn't turn out the way we thought it would, how can we keep walking and still trust God for our future?
Click HERE to listen to the podcast of Jo's conversation with Crystal Evans Hurst on her book, She's Still There: Rescuing the Girl in You.
It was raining outside, the day I stared out the window of my mentor’s office, hoping our visit would help me determine my next steps. I had witnessed a horrible wrong, done not only to me, but to others like me. Many were suffering, and many more would suffer as news of this wrong spread. I wanted compassion. I wanted a shoulder to cry on. I wanted someone to listen and agree with my reasons for hurt, anger, and fear.
But I did not get my wish. Instead, I received a challenge to take that fear that kept me wrapped in a ball on her couch and toss it aside. “You have access,” she said. “You have a voice that others do not have,” she reasoned. “What if you are the one God has given this experience to so that you will stand up and speak? What if you’ve been placed in your position, in your situation, for such a time as this?”
I had heard those words before. “For such a time as this,” were words echoed to Queen Esther thousands of years ago when her uncle, Mordecai, let her in on a terrible secret—that all of the Jews of Susa were going to be rounded up and killed. That included her uncle, her friends from the village, and her—if anyone ever found out that she was not Persian, like she said she was, but was indeed a Jew.
Esther, like me, had a choice. Would she stand up and be heard? Would she risk embarrassment, ridicule, or death in order to stand up for those whose lives were at stake?
Esther’s road to “Queen-ship” wasn’t typical. She was a teenage girl from a small village who agreed to take place in a beauty pageant of sorts. King Xerxes had recently decreed that all beautiful young women should compete for the King’s favor. He was searching to fill a void created by the quick dismissal of his last Queen, Vashti, when she refused to appear before a group of rowdies, drunk, men at one of the King’s lavish parties (I happen to like Vashti, but that’s a subject for another blog). Esther, a young Jewish girl from outside the palace, gave herself the Persian name, Hadassah, and entered the contest. To her surprise, King Xerxes chose her! But she had not been Queen for long when a crisis occurred. The King’s chief advisor hated the Jews and wanted them eliminated from the land. He convinced the King to sign a decree that would bring death to all Jews.
Has life turned out the way you planned? Maybe the person you've become isn't who you always imagined? God knows the potential and purpose that others haven't seen. He has a dream for you to see it too.
Click HERE to listen to the podcast of Jo's interview with Jo Saxton (I like her name) on her book, The Dream of You: Let go of broken identities and live the life you were made for