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If God is good, why do bad things happen?            To answer this question, we have to first ask ourselves...is God really a good God?My answer...without a shadow of a doubt, yes!! We can also see in the Bible, God's character...and let me tell you, He is good!1 Chronicles 16:34 says, "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!"Psalm 145:9 says that the Lord is good to all!James 1:17-Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. He is good all the time! He doesn't change!So, if God is good, then we have to ask ourselves the question...why do bad things happen?Check out this week's episode to learn more about why bad things happen...why God doesn't stop them...and so much more!Connect with Us!Website: www.UncommonTEEN.comInstagram: @uncommon.teenApp: UncommonTEENapp.com***JOIN US ON INSTAGRAM!!***MONDAY-FRIDAY MORNINGS @8am Central for our daily Bible Study.FRIDAY NIGHTS @9pm Central for our next live Q&A with Coach Jamie
35. You are Beautiful

35. You are Beautiful

2022-09-1912:54

What is beauty? What makes it so enticing? I mean, some people will do anything just to discover beauty: from surgeries, to endless video tutorials online, to spending money they don’t have shopping for clothes that they think will make them beautiful.Is beauty defined by the culture or those around us?Is beauty only skin deep, or does it go much deeper than that? If we are looking to outward appearances only, culture and media are usually the ones who decide what beauty is. Look around you…what do you see on tv shows? Movies? In magazines? What are the newest fashion trends? Without even saying it, they determine the way we view beauty. Why do we fall for it? Some of us want to express our artistic nature. Some of us want to stand out in a crowd and become the most beautiful person around. Some of us want to just fit in…we don’t want to stand out in a crowd. We want to feel like we belong, so we use fashion to cover up the fear of being an outcast.In the day of technology, when we post pics on Instagram, we use filters and airbrushing to make ourselves look better. If you ever see a model in a magazine, you will see someone who looks so flawless, but that’s not reality. But what does God say about our beauty? Who does He say we are?Check out this week's episode to learn more!Connect with Us!Website: www.UncommonTEEN.comInstagram: @uncommon.teenApp: UncommonTEENapp.com***JOIN US ON INSTAGRAM!!***MONDAY-FRIDAY MORNINGS @8am Central for our daily Bible Study.FRIDAY NIGHTS @9pm Central for our next live Q&A with Coach Jamie
34. I Forgive You

34. I Forgive You

2022-09-1216:31

I forgive you…these can be some of the hardest words to say to someone, yet these three simple words are also some of the most powerful words that we could say…they have the ability to bring so much freedom into your life.  What is forgiveness…many times when we think of the word forgiveness, we associate it with our emotions and our feelings…how we feel about someone and what they did to us, but did you know that forgiveness has nothing to do with our feelings or our emotions? Forgiveness is a choice. It is extending grace to someone even when they don’t deserve it…and many times, they don’t deserve it. Grace is not getting what we deserve, but getting what Jesus deserves.  When we extend grace to someone, we are basically saying…what you did was wrong, but because Jesus has forgiven me, I will forgive you even though you don’t deserve it.  And this might help you…you don’t have to even like the person who you are forgiving. Just because you forgive someone, doesn’t mean that you have to enter back into a friendship or a relationship with that person. Unforgiveness doesn’t hurt the person that hurt you…it only hurts you. So, how do we forgive? What does that look like? Before we get into that, let’s see what Jesus says about forgiveness. Check out this week's episode of the UncommonTEEN Podcast to learn more about what it looks like to forgive.Connect With Me!Website: www.UncommonTEEN.comInstagram: @uncommon.teenApp: UncommonTEENapp.comJoin me this Friday Night for our Instagram Live Q&A at 9pm CST!
 These week on the UncommonTEEN Podcast, we are talking about Breaking Free from Perfection. Many of us have the tendency to be perfectionistic. I know it's something that I struggled with my whole life and I talk to so many teen girls who struggle with it as well. Perfectionism can feel like it's suffocating us. It wears away your peace and robs you of joy. Perfectionism also keeps you from being the best version of you. When we focus so much on ourselves and the need to be perfect, we push God away and basically are saying that we don’t need Him, because we have this on our own.Perfection leads to anxiety and frustration, but God wants you free.Perfection leads you to feeling like you aren’t valuable or that you don’t measure up when you mess us. God tells us that we are valuable, not based on what we have or haven’t done, but based on what Jesus has done for us.Perfectionism is rooted in fear.Fear of rejectionFear of acceptanceFear of getting something wrongFear of someone seeing the real youCheck out this week's podcast episode to learn how you can break free from perfection!Connect with UsWebsite: www.UncommonTEEN.comInstagram: @uncommon.teenApp: UncommonTEENapp.com**GOOD NEWS THIS WEEK**Join me Friday evening at 9PM Central for our next Instagram Live Q&A! Submit your questions through the UncommonTEEN app or bring them with you as I answer them live!If you are in the Nashville, TN or surrounding area, I would love to personally invite you to join me for the Godfidence Conference in Murfreesboro, TN on Saturday, October 1st! I would love to meet you live and in person! Learn more here: Godfidenceteens.com
I am super excited about this week's guest for a couple reasons:1. Shannon is absolutely incredible!2. She is the first teen that I have ever interviewed on the UncommonTEEN Podcast!What I love about 16-year-old Shannon is her heart for the Lord. She has such a heart to make a positive impact on your generation and the generations to come. Shannon has so much compassion and great love for people and wants more than anything to be a light in this dark world.I'm super excited for you to meet her!Learn more about Shannon's story here:CLICK HERE FOR SHANNON'S STORYConnect with Shannon:Website: ShannonMonet.comInstagram: @shannonmonet_Youtube: Shannon MonetConnect with UsWebsite: www.UncommonTEEN.comInstagram: @uncommon.teenYoutube: UncommonTEENApp: UncommonTEENapp.comSCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK:Instagram Bible Study: Monday through Friday 8AM centralJoin us as we go through the book of Philippians.Instagram Live Q&A: Friday 9PM centralJoin us and bring your questions as Coach Jamie answers them LIVE for you!
31. Overcomer Part 2

31. Overcomer Part 2

2022-08-2217:54

So many ladies have emailed me over the past couple weeks about dealing with addictions or relationships that aren't honoring God. Many times they aren't sure who to talk to, where to go, or what to do. It seems like there's no hope.This week, I am specifically to these ladies. Maybe there is pain you're holding onto, addictions or a relationship that's not honoring God, this is for you.Now, If you are listening to this and it's not you, listen anyway!What you learn, you can use to help someone else out. These principles can keep you free from any struggles or addictions.There will be principles you can take from this message and apply to your life.Ladies, there is always hope! With God, you can overcome! However, change doesn't happen until you make a decision to change!f you have given your life to Jesus, you have been made a new creation. You are no longer identified by the things that are holding you back.  If you’re ever going to change your life, you have to first change how you see yourself on the inside. God wants you to be healed. He wants you to overcome whatever you’re currently struggling with. The choice is up to you! In order to make that choice, though, you have to begin to picture yourself as an overcomer! Transformation happens from the inside out. Learn the 8 Steps that you can take today to become an overcomer for good!Connect with Us!Website: www.UncommonTEEN.comInstagram: @uncommon.teenApp: UncommonTEENapp.comJOIN US EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT on Instagram for OUR LIVE Q&A!!9pm Central!Submit your questions for the Q&A through the UncommonTEEN App on the tab that says, "Questions for IG Q&A.:
30. Overcomer

30. Overcomer

2022-08-1516:43

So many ladies have emailed me over the past couple weeks about dealing with addictions or relationships that aren't honoring God. Many times they aren't sure who to talk to, where to go, or what to do. It seems like there's no hope.This week, I am specifically to these ladies. Maybe there is pain you're holding onto, addictions or a relationship that's not honoring God, this is for you.Now, If you are listening to this and it's not you, listen anyway!What you learn, you can use to help someone else out. These principles can keep you free from any struggles or addictions.There will be principles you can take from this message and apply to your life.Ladies, there is always hope! With God, you can overcome! However, change doesn't happen until you make a decision to change!When I think of overcomers in the Bible, one person comes to mind.John 5:1-7- From Galilee, Jesus returned to Jerusalem to observe one of the Jewish feasts. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, there is a pool called in Hebrew, “Bethesda,” surrounded by five covered porches—the paralyzed, the blind, and the crippled—all of them waiting for their healing. For an angel of God periodically descended into the pool to stir the waters, and the first one who stepped into the pool after the waters swirled would instantly be healed. Among the sick people lying there was a man who had been disabled for thirty-eight years.When Jesus saw him lying there, He knew that the man had been crippled for a long time. Jesus said to him, “Do you truly want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, there’s no way I can get healed, for I have no one to lower me into the water when the angel comes. As soon as I try to crawl to the edge of the pool, someone else jumps in ahead of me.”The man saw himself as crippled and that there was no hope. He stayed stuck in his sickness, because of the excuses that he was making.  However, when Jesus met him, now the man was finally ready to get rid of His excuses and Jesus was able to heal Him completely.For me, my teen years were some of the darkest years of my life. I didn’t feel loved or accepted. I hated who I was. I carried around so much pain. No matter where I looked, I couldn't find the one thing I was missing in life…love.  It wasn’t until I met Jesus when I was 18 that I finally had a glimpse of hope.I wish I could say that in an instant, that things got better after I gave my life to the Lord, but they didn’t. It wasn’t until a couple years later that I began to realize that since I had given my life to Jesus, I was a new creation. I was no longer identified by my past. I could move forward.  And the same thing goes for you. If you have given your life to Jesus, you have been made a new creation. You are no longer identified by the things that are holding you back.  If you’re ever going to change your life, you have to first change how you see yourself on the inside. God wants you to be healed. He wants you to overcome whatever you’re currently struggling with. The choice is up to you! In order to make that choice, though, you have to begin to picture yourself as an overcomer! Transformation happens from the inside out. Connect with Us!Website: www.UncommonTEEN.comInstagram: @uncommon.teenApp: UncommonTEENapp.comJOIN US EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT on Instagram for OUR LIVE Q&A!!9pm Central!Submit your questions for the Q&A through the UncommonTEEN App on the tab that says, "Questions for IG Q&A.:
29. It Takes Courage!

29. It Takes Courage!

2022-08-0816:40

I love how God can take common things and make them uncommon. I love how He can take ordinary things and make the extraordinary.  Acts 4:13 says, "Now when they (the crowd) saw the boldness of Peter and John and saw that they were unlearned and untrained in the schools, they were common men with no educational advantages, the crowd marveled; and they recognized that Peter and John had been with Jesus!"Ladies, it doesn’t matter what grades you get. It doesn’t matter what other people think about you. God can use you!  See, Peter and John were just common men, but because they spent time with Jesus, they were no longer common, now they were uncommon! I love that word uncommon…it means not common; rare; above the ordinary; exceptional; and remarkable! Ladies, that is you!!God has called you to be a light to this world. He has called you to be a light in your youth ministry. He has called you to be a light in your community. He has called you to be a light in your school. What it’s going to take in order to be that light, though, is spending time with Jesus and it’s also going to take courage.In order to fulfill God’s plan for your life, it’s going to take courage. The root word for courage comes from the French word, “Coeur” which means heart. It takes courage…it takes heart in order to fulfill God’s plan for you.To learn more, check out this week's episode!Connect with JamieWebsite: www.UncommonTEEN.comApp: UncommonTEENapp.comInstagram: @uncommon.teen**Join us this Friday Night at 9pm Central for our Live Q&A! Don't forget to submit your questions through the tab on the UncommonTEEN App!
Two of the biggest questions we all have in life are: Why am I here? And what is my purpose?  We hear verses like Jeremiah 29:11, where God tells us that He has plans for our lives of good and not evil to give us a future and a hope. And Ephesians 2:10 where it says that we are God’s masterpiece, recreated in Christ Jesus for good works that were planned for us even before the world was formed.  But how do we discover that purpose? How do we find out why we are here?Check out this week's podcast episode to learn how!Connect with Jamie!Website: www.UncommonTEEN.comInstagram: @uncommon.teenApp: UncommonTEENapp.com***SPECIAL NEWS***DOORS are NOW OPEN for our next Group Coaching Program!If you have never been in one of our group coaching programs, you don't want to miss it! CLICK HERE to learn more!
This week on the UncommonTEEN Podcast, I get the incredible honor of having Sara Barratt join me again!This is the second time that Sara has been on the UncommonTEEN Podcast, and ladies...let me tell you, there's a reason she's back!Sara has such a huge heart for Jesus and for reaching teens for the Lord.  On this week's episode, Sara shares with you the message behind her new book, Stand Up, Stand Strong. In this book, she addresses the questions that are often causing confusion among Christian teens today:How do I navigate the LGBT+ issues as a Christian?How can I know who I am in such a "be yourself" world?How should I think about things like Critical Race Theory? Abortion? Transgenderism? Media?How can I apply biblical truth to the hot-button issues of today and remain faithful to God...even in an anti-Christian world?Connect with SaraInstagram @SarabarrattauthorWebsite: sarabarratt.comFind her new book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ChristianBook.com and more!Connect with UncommonTEENInstagram: @uncommon.teenWebsite: www.UncommonTEEN.comApp: UncommonTEENapp.comJoin us this Friday night on Instagram for our Live Q&A! Submit your questions on the "Questions for IG Q&A" tab inside the app!
Hey ladies! We are on part 2 of our series on boundaries! When most people hear the word boundaries, they automatically think of something that is restrictive…it keeps them bound. It separates them from others. We think of them in a negative light. However, boundaries do more than keeping you in and keeping others out. Boundaries help others see who it is that you really are and what it is that you believe. Boundaries are not a negative thing. They are a good thing. Boundaries are a blessing! They give you security. They help you take responsibility for your life…your thoughts, your words, your actions…and you don’t have to take responsibility for others. That’s on them.Know that when God wants to bless someone, He uses people. When the enemy wants to hurt someone…he uses people. And let me tell you, there will be many opportunities he will use people to try to get you to do things you don’t want to do or become someone you don’t want to be. When we have boundaries in place, those people that the enemy uses, can’t shake us. Today, we are going to talk about 3 areas that as Christians we need to set boundaries in: In our friendships, in our relationships and in our social media.Connect with Us!Website: UncommonTEEN.comInstagram: @uncommon.teen App: UncommonTEENapp.comJoin us for our Instagram Live Q&A at 9pm CST on Friday nights!!**No Live Q&A this week!**
When most people hear the term boundaries, their automatic thought goes to an imaginary line that separates you from someone else…kind of like a boundary on a map between two states or two countries. However, boundaries do more than keeping you in and keeping others out. Boundaries help others see who it is that you really are and what it is that you believe.  When boundaries are set well, they can keep you from falling into a place where you resent those around you, where you are angry all the time, where you are fighting with the feelings of guilt and shame. None of us want to be in that place. We want to enjoy our lives. We want to enjoy those around us, we want to live in peace knowing that we are standing strong in who God created us to be.  When we don’t set healthy boundaries, it can lead us to taking our best friend’s struggles and hardships on as our own, weighing us down with a sense of heaviness and anxiety and stress. I’m not saying that you can’t be there for your friends and you can’t help them, but it isn’t your responsibility to carry that load for them.  Without healthy boundaries, people will take advantage of us. My husband used to be this way where he felt like he had to say yes to everyone and do everything for everyone, but he was struggling emotionally, because he couldn’t be everything for everyone. God never designed him to be that way and God didn’t design you that way either. Without healthy boundaries, it can lead you to being a people-pleaser, where you are constantly changing who you are depending on who you are around. When we become people pleasers for long enough, eventually, we will lose who it is that God created us to be in the first place and that can be a very lonely and dark place to be. I know, I have been there! Without healthy boundaries, it can lead you to a place where you are trying to get your acceptance and your validation from those around you. The problem with that is when you try to gain your acceptance and your validation from those around you, when something happens…like they reject you…it crushes you…and it will happen, because they are only human, they aren’t perfect. So, let’s talk a little more about healthy boundaries, what areas you should set healthy boundaries in, what they look like and how do you actually set them. There are three common areas we need to set boundaries:Our thoughts Our emotionsOur bodies or our personal spaceThis week we will talk about what it means to set healthy boundaries in our thoughts and in our emotions and then next week, we are going to talk more about setting healthy boundaries when it comes to our bodies or our personal space, especially in the area of our friendships, our relationships and social media. So, you don’t want to miss out on next week’s episode!Connect with Us!Website: www.UncommonTEEN.comInstagram: @uncommon.teenApp: UncommonTEENapp.comJoin Us this Friday evening at 9:00pm Central for our next Instagram Live Q&A! 
As I was studying freedom this week in the Bible, I came across some verses that really stood out to me in a way that I hadn’t seen them before.  Most of us have heard these verses that are mentioned several times in the Bible, however, we’re going to read them out of Matthew 22:37-39-Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Okay, so you may be thinking, what does this have to do with freedom? Oh my goodness, so much! Galatians 5:1 tells us to stand fast therefore in the freedom by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage…that means do not move from the freedom that Jesus has given you! Don’t go back to the bondage that had previously held you back from being all that God created you to be.  Ladies, there is a bondage that has held several of us back for so long and it’s time to step in the freedom that God has given you…once and for all! What is that bondage that has held us back…that has enslaved us. Well, let’s keep reading in Galatians and find out. Still in Galatians 5, we’re going to skip down to verse 13. It says, “For you have been called to freedom.” Ladies! God doesn’t want you stuck in bondage. He doesn’t want you held back by anything. He has a plan and a purpose for your life and He wants to use you to make a huge difference for Him! However, continuing in verse 13, it says not to use that freedom that Jesus has given us as an opportunity for the flesh…meaning, don’t use it for selfish reasons, but through love serve one another. The way we treat others…the way we serve others…those should be done with love…that should be the outcome of the freedom God has given us…not using our freedom for selfish gain.That word love is agape. This is the kind of love that God has for us and God has given us to love others with. Romans 5:5- Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Agape love is not a feeling, but it’s something that we choose. It’s an action. This kind of love always seeks the highest good of the other person, no matter what they do or don’t do. This kind of love gives freely without asking for anything in return. It does not consider what we think the person’s worth is that we are coming in contact with. Again, it’s the same kind of love God has for you.So true freedom means to serve others in love.  Then Galatians 5:14 goes on to say, “For the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  How do we serve others in love…it starts here. If we don’t love ourselves…and I’m not saying make yourself a shrine or an idol. Don’t put yourself in a position that says, “I’m better than you.” It doesn’t mean selfish love.  But how do we love ourselves with the kind of love God has for us?Check out this week's episode to learn more!Connect with Jamie!Website: UncommonTEEN.comInstagram: @uncommon.teenUncommonTEEN App: UncommonTEENapp.comJoin us each Friday evening at 8pm Central for a Live Q&A session with Coach Jamie! Come with your questions in hand!
This week I get the honor of interviewing Megan Whatley. She is a life coach and certified counselor and the owner of "The Beautiful Movement" Subscription Box for Christian teen girls!On this week's episode, Megan and I talk about:+How you are God's masterpiece!+How you don't need anyone to complete you, because in Christ you are already complete.and+How Megan walked through a season in her life that left her questioning whether or not God was real and how she was able to see that God is not only real, but He loves her and you beyond a shadow of a doubt!Learn More About Megan:IG: @the_beautiful_movementWebsite: jointhebeautifulmovement.comConnect with UncommonTEENIG: @uncommont.teenWebsite: www.uncommonTEEN.comApp: www.uncommonTEENapp.comLife Coaching: www.uncommonteen.com/coachingJoin us every Friday night at 8PM Central for a Live Q&A!
It doesn’t take much to look around us and see all of the craziness going on in this world. I mean, if you just watch the news for 5 minutes…which I don’t suggest...it can cause you (if you’re anything like me) to fight off anxiety and fear. It can lead us to feeling like we don’t ever want to leave our house. But ladies, 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind…or a mind at peace.With all that’s going on in the world, how can we trade that fear for what God says He’s given us…His power (miraculous power!), His love (that has no limits…no boundaries…no strings attached), and His peace.In John 14:27, Jesus tells us that He has given us His peace. It’s not a peace like the world has to offer, but a peace that can only come from God. Therefore, we don’t have to let our hearts be troubled nor let them be afraid.How do we receive that peace, though. How can we walk in a way that we know 100%, without a shadow of a doubt that we are protected and kept safe? The key to walking in God’s protection for your life is to spend time with Him. Get to know what His Word says about your protection. When you mess up, don’t be afraid to go to God and talk to Him about it. He knows the moment that you mess up and He’s there waiting for you with His arms of love wide open for you.Then, as you learn what God’s Word says about your protection, begin to speak it over your life and choose to trust God that His Word is the truth!Today, we’re going to walk through Psalm chapter 91, that talks all about God’s protection over our lives. As we walk through this, my heart is to show you what God says you have protection from and to help you begin to stand strong on the Truth of God’s Word and see that protection in your life!***Important***Hey ladies! I want to apologize. There was some difficulties with some of you trying to sign up for the free Bible Study this summer. The link is now fixed! It's not too late to join us. Just go to the UncommonTEEN app (download the app here: www.UncommonTEENapp.com) and click on the tab that says Bible Study! We would love to have you join us!***Connect with Us!***Website: www.UncommonTEEN.comInstagram: @uncommon.teenJoin us live each week on Instagram at 8:00pm Central time for a fun Question and Answer Session! 
I have had many teen girls come to me over the years asking me what devotional is a good devotional for them to read. It’s a great question. I would venture to say that most everyone who listens to this podcast probably has read some kind of devotional in their life, right? I know I have. However, do you want to know which devotional I think is the best devotional to read? My answer is usually none. I don’t care for devotionals at all and can I tell you why?Most of the time, when we read devotionals, we are using those devotionals as our Bible Studies instead of reading the Word of God. Most devotionals start with a Bible verses or a couple verses, then it goes on to describe what the author believes about those verses and you’re done. However, when we study devotionals that way, we are not actually getting into the Bible for ourselves. Ladies, John 8:31-32 tells us that when we abide in God and His Word abides in us. Then, we are His disciples and then the truth that we know will make us free. The key to freedom in every area of our life is getting into the Word of God for ourselves. Now, you may be asking, okay, Jamie, that makes sense and all, but don’t you have a devotional that you wrote. Yes, yes I do. However, if you have read my devotional, you will see that I don’t want you to just blindly believe what I’m saying, I really do want you to get into the Word and see what God is saying directly to you!Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between the soul and the spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Today, I want to talk about how to study the Bible so that, one, so that you can actually understand what you’re reading, but two so that your time with God isn’t boring. So, how do you read the Bible in a way that it is working effectively in your life?Check out this week's podcast episode!**IMPORTANT**Want to join Coach Jamie this summer and learn how to study your Bible in a way that you can understand it? In a way that doesn't make it boring? And in a way that you can apply it to your life? Check out the Stand Strong Bible Study starting June 20th!Go to the UncommonTEEN app and click on the tab that says, "Bible Study."Connect With Us!Website: UncommonTEEN.comInstagram: @uncommon.teenJoin us for our Live Q&A on Instagram every Friday evening at 8pm Central (6pm Pacific, 7pm Mountain, and 9pm Eastern)!
Grace McCready is a twenty-something and the author of Real Recovery: What Eating Disorder Recovery Actually Looks Like. "Grace McCready was a thin, beautiful girl; but when she looked in the mirror, all she saw was fat and ugly. What started out as her trying to lose a little weight by slowly changing her diet led to her telling endless lies, starving herself, and exercising herself nearly to death. [Grace] kept believing lies about who she was instead of believing the truth about who God created her to be. But with the support help of her family, doctors, counselors, and God, Grace discovered what real recovery looks like."In this week's podcast episode, Grace talks to us about how she was able to recover from the eating disorder she struggled with and the challenging road that she had to go down to really recover. Even if you are not overcoming an eating disorder, the principles that we talk about in this week's episode, apply to any area of our life that we find ourselves struggling to overcome. Connect With GraceBlog: Tizzie's Tidbits of TruthBook: Real Recovery: What Eating Disorder Recovery Actually Looks LikeConnect with Jamie and UncommonTEENWebsite: UncommonTEEN.comInstagram: @uncommon.teenJoin Me Live on Instagram! Fridays at 9pm CentralUncommonTEEN App: www.UncommonTEENapp.comLooking for A Devotional?Dare to Be Devotional for Teen Girls
I was talking to another teen girl recently and she told me something that made me sad. She said, “I don’t expect good things to happen anymore. I find out that when I don’t expect them to happen, I don’t get disappointed and if someone good was to happen, then it makes me just that much more excited.  That sounds great and all, but it makes my heart sad, because when we live life expecting disappointments, we are going to live our lives discouraged.  God doesn’t want us to live a life of discouragement or disappointment. He wants us to live a life of expecting good things to happen, because He is always looking for ways He can get good things to you! Many of us know the verse, Jeremiah 29:11, but I want you to really think about this and ask yourself, do I really believe it? It says, “for I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans of peace and NOT evil, plans to give you a future and a hope!” God is saying…you don’t need to expect bad things to happen all the time, you can expect good, because He is good. Now, I’m not saying that bad things will never happen, the storms of life come to every home, but they don’t have to touch you. They don’t have to hurt you. They don’t have to shake you.You don’t have to live your life defeated and discouraged, because you have God on your side. To learn more about how to defeat discouragement, check out this week's episode of the UncommonTEEN Podcast.**IMPORTANT**Tomorrow, May 31st is the last day to get on a call with me and sign up for the Summer Coaching Program! We would love to personally invite you to join us! To learn more, have your parents go to the UncommonTEEN app (download at uncommonteenapp.com) and click on the tab that says, "Summer Coaching Program."Connect with Us!Website: https://uncommonteen.comInstagram:  https://www.instagram.com/uncommon.teenUncommonTEEN App: https://www.uncommonteenapp.comJoin us on Instagram...Fridays at 9pm Central for a Live Q&A with me!
Have you ever played the game, Two Truths and a Lie? If not, this is a game where you list 3 things about yourself. Two of them are true and one is not. Then the other people that you’re playing with are supposed to guess which one of the 3 things is the lie. Now, I’m not condoning lying, so please don’t hear that. Everything that we say should always be truth.  However, I bring up this game, because I believe that this game is similar to the game that the devil and because of the help of the devil, this culture is playing with us today. What the enemy does is he will tell you the truth, but in the same matter slip in a lie. If we aren’t careful, we will believe it all as the truth. You have probably heard the phrases, “My truth is…” or “that’s just their truth.” Or “know your truth.” The problem with “my truth” is that the people who are saying this phrase don’t really even know what truth is. Truth is not relative. If truth was relative, meaning that it changes based on the individual, then it wouldn’t be truth…it would just be an opinion or the way that someone perceives something. It there would be no such thing as truth. It wouldn’t exist. The culture tells you, “do what makes you feel good!” You deserve it! Just because something feels good, doesn’t mean it is good. Just because it feels right, doesn’t mean it is right. We are letting our feelings determine our truth. To learn more about "My Truth vs. The Truth" check out this week's podcast episode!IMPORTANTWe are closing our doors to the Summer Coaching Program on Tuesday, May 31st! We still have several spots left. If you are a teen girl who wants to meet other teen girls who love God and are on this journey with you...if you want to grow in your relationship with God this summer...if you want to go back to school in the fall with confidence in who God has made you to be...this program is for you!What you need to do:Tell your parents how excited you are about the program and what you are most excited about.Have your parents go to the UncommonTEEN app (https://www.uncommonteenapp.com) and click on the tab that says, "Summer Coaching Program."Then have them click the tab to sign up for a 15 minute call with me! I would love to get to meet both you and your parents. CONNECT WITH USInstagram: @uncommon.teenWebsite: UncommonTEEN.com
Have you ever been blindfolded before? Or maybe the electricity went off in your house at night and you were trying to navigate your way through in the dark? You know that in either of these situations, it’s extremely hard to see when you have no idea where you are or what’s in front of you.  Yesterday, I walked into my room and because it was dark, I tripped over the vacuum cleaner that someone did not put away…okay, that I did not put away. Then as I righted myself, declaring I would never leave the vacuum there again, I walked into my bathroom…still no lights on, tripped over a sandal that my husband left on the floor and about face planted the wall.  After that…I finally got the bright idea…maybe I should turn the light on! Sometimes in life, we find ourselves in positions like this…not that we are physically walking in the dark and need some sort of light, but maybe we are doing something that we have never done before and we have no idea what to do, where to go and it feels like we are walking in the dark…stumbling trying to find our way. Maybe it’s simply that you know that God created you for a purpose, but you have no idea what that purpose is. Or maybe it’s, you know what God is asking you to do, but you’re not sure how to do it. Maybe God is calling you to start a ministry encouraging younger teen girls, but you have no idea where to start. Maybe God is calling you to start a club at your school, but you have no idea what to do. Or…maybe you know what to do, but you are holding yourself back from doing it, because it’s scary. Ladies, God never intended for us to do life alone. That’s why the Bible talks so much about friendships and gives so many examples of someone coming alongside someone else to help guide them as they are on their journey.  For example, Samuel had Eli, Elijah had Elisha, Moses had Jethro, Esther had Mordechai, the 12 disciples had Jesus.  We all need people to come alongside of us to encourage us, especially during the teen years. You are facing things that you have never faced before in life and some of them can be quite challenging. To learn more, check out this week's episode of the UncommonTEEN Podcast.In this episode I talk about what a Christian Teen Life Coach is and how the Summer Coaching Program can be a benefit to you this summer. We are now Enrolling for our Summer Coaching Program for Christian Teen Girls!There are only 12 spots available and they are starting to fill up! You can find out more information and sign up for a call with Coach Jamie through the UncommonTEEN app by clicking on the "Summer Coaching Program" tab or by clicking here: UncommonTEEN Coaching Program.Connect with Us:Instagram: @uncommon.teenYouTube (coming soon): @UncommonTEENWebsite: www.UncommonTEEN.comUncommonTEEN App: UncommonTEENapp.com
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