Strengthening Your Hand in God-11th and 12th Grade Camp-Hopetown Highlight #1

(This is something you could share in a family devotional or with the kids in your life.  We’d highly suggest you watch the movie Wonder together first!)

In the movie Wonder, the mom says to Auggie, “Your face shows where you’ve been and your heart shows where you’re going.”  This week at camp, we talked about the same kind of idea…but with hands, rather than faces…

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What Do We Do With Summer?

What do we do with the summer?  I want my daughter to have an old-fashioned summer, where she’s spending more time outside and in real relationships than on screen and in virtual ones.

“My daughter does better with structure.”  I hear this sentence constantly in my counseling office.  But, I also hear girls who talk about feeling overwhelmed, over-stressed and over-scheduled.  So, what’s the balance?  How do you help your daughter find enough time to play and grow her imagination...

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What Is Your Teenager Doing This Summer?

“I have a new philosophy.  There’s just no point.  There’s no purpose to anything.  So I might as well make things count when I’m young.  Enjoy myself while I can.  That kind of thing.”

The young woman who said these words to me went on to say, “I mean, Christians would say the purpose of life is to ‘Advance the Gospel.’ (She has obviously heard those words several times before).  And I’m a Christian still…sort of.  But that kind of purpose sounds boring to me.”

This 16 year-old was counting down the days till school ended.  She was ready for the summer.  And I was more than concerned about her summer.  More than concerned about her, actually, in general.  As Melissa has told our staff for years, the kids who we need to worry about the most are the kids who don’t believe that their lives matter.  It’s not the ones who are angry so much as the ones who are just nothing.  They don’t feel anything and don’t want to feel anything.  The ones who don’t know purpose.READ MORE

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