Teen Penned from the Heart needs Christian devotions, photographs, and illustrations from teen for a non-denominational devotional for teens by teens.
Here are two examples of devotions for Teen Penned from the Heart submitted by Ria Schlachter.
Comparisons in the Snow
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.
Psalm 19:7-9 (ESV)
Winter can be such a beautiful time of the year especially when it snows turning the world white. Have you ever noticed how things you thought were white never look quite as white in contrast with the snow? My dog, Dottie, has a pretty white coat, but whenever she is outside in the snow it looks almost yellow. God’s law is like the snow. It is so perfect, pure and righteous that our works in comparison, works that would look good normally, are shown to be black and ugly. Seeing how unattainable God’s perfect standards are shows us our dire need for a Savior who did meet His perfect standards.
I know that I am a sinner and could never obey Your law perfectly. Thank you that you that you sent your son to live the perfect life so I don’t have to,
In Jesus’ name,
Questions and Plans
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:26-28 (ESV)
While visiting our house, my young cousin once asked, “Is God in the Basement?”
To which my Mom replied, “Of course, God is everywhere.”
“Good,” she said. “Because I’ve got to ask Him a question!”
We may laugh at this but do we not often wish that we could talk directly to God? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could go to our basement and ask God about His will for our lives? These verses tell us that we can talk to God. His Spirit intercedes for us and God hears all of our prayers. He does have a plan for our lives and will work everything out for the good of those who love him. If we trust in God he doesn’t have to tell us his plan because we know that no matter how crazy life gets God is sovereign and in control.
Thank you God that I can pray
I will do it every day
And I know You have a plan for me
Even though I can’t always see
For the Bible tells me of your love
My good is being worked out by my Father above
©Ria Schlachter 2014 age 15