Hello beautiful people!
Welcome to this blogsite dedicated to the ‘HOW’ of loving your teenager. I’m so excited you are here and I want to tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Nina, I’m a Wife of one and Mom of three, I’m a bit sarcastic (I can’t help it...I live in the Eastern Tristate area and it’s in the water..loll!), I like to think I’m funny, coffee is #bae, and I’m absolutely, unashamed, and madly in love with Jesus Christ! Woo! I was a former cheerleader so if it sounds like I’m constantly shouting and using too many exclamation points, this is why. Just so you feel like I know what I’m talking about, here are some creds to help support your decision in visiting this website, in no particular order:
What background do I have?
Founder of www.teensexualpurity.com, an online ministry dedicated to teaching teenagers about the benefits of waiting until marriage to have sex
Associate’s in Criminal Justice
Bachelor’s in Psychology
Currently working on my Master’s in Religion
11 years of youth ministry experience volunteering my time at my church’s Youth Group
4 years of experience in raising a teenager of my very own
Why was this started?
Honestly, this whole ministry was inspired by the Lord in the midst of my devotional time in expressing frustration to my God about how people talk to and treat teenagers. There was an episode that happened the day before which finally triggered something in me where I felt, “There HAS to be a change!” This is what happened…
“I was walking out of the doctor’s office when an older woman commented on my two younger children exclaiming how cute they were. Her response was then, “All girls? Wait until they become teenagers [insert eye roll]!” In my head, I’m like, “First of all (here comes some spice), yes I have all girls and no I’m not cursed because God gave them ALL to me and they’re awesome. Second of all (Is that a thing? Second of all? It is now!), my beautiful amazing teenager can hear you!” As these thoughts were coming out of my head and I’m sure spilling onto my face, I felt my whole body stiffened from the holy anger that took over. I mustered up a smile and then responded, “I love my girls and you’re talking to the wrong person because I absolutely love teenagers. I have an amazing one right here [gestures to the lovely lady standing DIRECTLY to her left].” I feel like she humphed and pffted but I don’t really remember what happened after that because it was at this moment the thought process began of how to start changing the vernacular surrounding the people the Lord had chosen me to work with at that point for about 8 years…”
So here we are! I immediately bought the website name but honestly didn’t do anything with it until now. I’m starting this journey alongside my other website for the very purpose of showing people who have teenagers in their life, in whatever part of their life, whether it’s a parent, Grandparent, Auntie, teacher, Youth Pastor, Youth Workers, whoever, to LOVE them and be their cheerleader! Now unfortunately, I do have to clarify this because it is the Internet so when I say “loving teenagers” I mean in a healthy, Godly, and appropriate way. There are so many teenagers and children sexually exploited and I receive interesting messages due to the name of this website. Although it is annoying it does give me a chance to pray, rebuke, and report some pages and people.
What do I hope you gain?
Anyway, I really pray you will find the blogs and inspirational posts here helpful, life changing for you and your teen, and an overall blessing in your home. Unfortunately, I have also found in just having my Facebook page alone that people may have wanted more of a teen bashing and parent pitying type of blog but this is not it. We are parents and yes it does get challenging but God has given you HIS power over your home and children. I pray you will challenge your thinking and be open to approaching your teenager that is far from the vernacular we are used to hearing. Will there be posts supporting you as a parent? Absolutely! However, it’s time we come to terms with the responsibility we have in raising the future generation for HIS Kingdom. It all starts with what started it all in the beginning and how our eternal damnation ended in response to this one very important thing and that is LOVE. Remember you were a teenager once and many of the decisions we made were based off this one gap in our life, the want and need to be loved. God have us a choice in His choice to die for us and that includes your teen.
So welcome to this family beautiful people. Let’s lock arms and hearts as we stand in the gap, stare the enemy in the face, and refuse to allow him any more access into the lives of our teens. Amen?! You can contact me by clicking here.
“…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Tim. 1:7)
Baskets of Blessings!