Devotion to share with Pre teen parents

I was chosen to welcome the 8th grade parents this year to our homeschool group. I am supposed to have a mini devotion for them to get them excited for the new school year.

Here is what I have so far.

 

8th grade devotion
Impart Grace

Proverbs 18:21
Death and Life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits
Proverbs 13:3
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life, he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
Ephesians 4:29
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give GRACE to those who hear.

 

I think 8th grade is a special and difficult time in our children’s lives. They are becoming young women and men but are still immature and overly hormonal. This is the time when you can hopefully still cuddle with them before they are to “cool” for that. Pre-teens are awesome!! Maybe sullen, introverted and all knowing, but wonderful!! Love on them as much as possible while you have the opportunity. They will be off on their own before you can blink.

My experience has been that this is a season of change and trials. This is the last year before high school stresses begin. They will be looking at colleges and making choices on how to achieve life dreams. This is the year when the friends start becoming so important and we start getting left out. That is ok. We are giving them a good biblical base for these choices they are starting to make, and we need to remember to give them lots of GRACE.. Some of us will be blessed with only having to impart small amounts on our children, but the rest of us…we will be showering buckets of grace on our precious blessings from the Lord. Either way, we need to remember that this is our season of granting that grace. Let our words to our children be that grace this year. We need to build our children up in the Lord and be there to LISTEN to them. We need to remember to thank God for these tough moments and bad days with our little loves, for we will have those days as well as the good ones. Let our children hear these prayers of thanks too, for Jesus will use those days!! Remember how some of your greatest lessons came form some of our own worst days, right?

 

So again here is the verse Ephesians 4:29
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give GRACE to those who hear.

A little encouragement will go a long way! We need to be sure that we are sharing this with our kids. I know the stresses of our daily lives can be so time consuming that we forget those little moments to say things like “ Sally, you did such an amazing job on your science today!! I really love that you could do it all on your own now!!” or “Hey Jeff, thank you for taking the stinky trash out so I could finish reading with your little brother.”

Also don’t assume your kiddos know how you feel about them. They are coming to the age of “oh poor me” and depression are easy to fall into. When you love someone tell them!!! Tell them Often!! Tell them why you love them. Why they mean something to you. Your 8th grader needs to hear it!! If they made a mistake, let it go. I am not saying don’t punish. I mean, just let them be reminded that you think your munchkin is still the most fabulous kiddo who just happened to make a poor choice and you know they will choose better next time!! Grace. Jesus, Praise God< gives us grace every day, after every crazy mistake we make, big or small. We need to impart this on our children as well.. I am so glad Jesus gives me grace every day!!

 

Let me leave you with this scripture, that I pray for you and your family.

Romans 15:5-6
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen.

 

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