Archive for November, 2011

How To Deal With Lying Teenagers

Posted on: November 12th, 2011 in Character - No Comments

As a parent you would like to trust your children; but teenagers lie and the bond is broken, it puts a strain on the relationship. Once a parent realizes they have been lied to, feelings of anger may surface. While it seems to be a fact that teens and lies are like two peas in a pod, you want to know what steps to take to help your teen stop lying so that trust can be regained somewhere along the way.

Planting the Seeds of God’s Word

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The Parable of the Sower provides a model for approaches to challenging character of our youth:

4 And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” ~Luke 8:4-8 ESV

Kiara (18)

Posted on: November 12th, 2011 in Community - No Comments
W D Tyree Ministries gave me my first opportunity to lead.  My team was participating in a beautification project.  It seemed like busy work at first until others started to notice what a difference we were making and commented, “good job.”  It would have been easy to walk away from doing this outside project.  The weather was extremely hot and humid.  The work was challenging and the adult who assigned us the job had very low expectations of us.  Hearing people say, “it looks good” or “good job” made me realize that you don’t have to be an adult to make a difference.  You don’t need much education or skill to make a difference.  All you need to make a positive contribution is a heart of compassion and an understanding of community.  I learned to put the needs of others ahead of my own and that by working together even unpleasant tasks can be accomplished in a relatively short time.  I also learned that sometimes you have to help others see the significance of their contribution.

Kailah (18)

Posted on: November 12th, 2011 in Compassion - No Comments
The mission experience with W D Tyree Ministries taught me compassion.  I cannot begin to express the tremendous impression it left on my life.  In Kenya, I did a whole lot of growing up.  My relationship with God grew stronger as I learned to live for Christ by serving others.  I remember one time, in particular, when our team distributed clothing at an orphanage.  I had sorted through some of the gently used clothing that was donated, wondering why anyone would want these items.  The expressions on the faces of children who received them were as if Christmas had come early.  It made me cry knowing that a heart of compassion goes a long way.  It made me appreciate things back in America and be more willing to share my blessings.

Teaching Servanthood

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If your kids ever wonder, “What does God look like?” send them to me. I’ve seen His hands. I’ve seen them all my life – on an Iowa couple named George and Ruth. Before I could even read, I watched those hands empty bedpans, prepare sponge baths and feed Ruth’s elderly mother. During my teen years, after a drunk driver demolished our car with my whole family inside, I watched those hands build a mini-hospital in our livingroom. They made meals, washed sheets, scrubbed dishes and administered medications for months.