Devotions for your Teen Daughter

This summer our family room has been full of so many words.. so... many... words.  We have been hosting a middle school girls bible study ... and oh my there have been so many words, these girls can talk.  The girls have been going through a beautiful devotion book titled, Made to Shine, by Becca Leander Nicholson and Elissa Leander Tipps.  

Each of the five chapters of the book have seven days of devotions on topics ranging from identity to relationships.  In each daily devotion girls look up passages, write out their thoughts, and form next steps to tackling some of teenagers most pressing issues such as:

Write out a list of people you are in the process of forgiving ...
Ask God to reveal and to heal the hurtful experiences that might prevent you from trusting Him...
Take a minute to pray for the relationships in your life that are strained by drama...

Made to Shine
 is a great book to encourage your daughter to use in her personal devotion time, but also to perhaps gather a group of friends to discuss.  Let's be honest, most of our teenage kids are just not very motivated to work on their faith walk.  Add in the carrot of meeting up with friends weekly to discuss a chapter (maybe with some special snacks) and you may get a lot farther with your goals for your daughter.  The social pressure of being expected to talk about a set chapter, will work in your favor for making sure your daughter does her devotions.  Giving your daughter and her friends a safe place, and the structure of their faith, to talk through the inevitable hard issues that arise in teenage friendships is another bonus for gathering a group of girls to work through a devotion book like Made to Shine together.