Prayer for teenage girl

Casiday had the opportunity to attend Passion in Atlanta over Christmas break. It was such a great experience for her and it ignited a passion for the Word that she hadn’t had before attending. As much as I love the Bible and would gladly spend almost every waking hour, my girl? Not so much.

{And I could spend a whole lot of time beating myself up over the fact that somehow she is almost 17 and it took going to a huge conference in the Georgia Dome to get her interested in  God’s Word when for her WHOLE LIFE I’ve been telling her the value of Scripture and spending time in the Word with her and using the Bible to guide her …. but, you know what, I’m just so thankful for where she is now I’m choosing to believe I’d planted and watered the seeds that Louie Giglio and crew got to see push through and bud. And, really, the point isn’t what ignited her, it’s WHO she is ignited about, right?}

So back to why we’re here, right? You, like me, have this deep desire to see your daughter understand how precious the Word of God is and to want to engage with Scripture every day. I have lost count of how many people have asked me if there is a devotional app for teenage girls. And, until recently I had to say I didn’t know of one. I gave moms other options that were good, like the First 5 app from Proverbs 31, but they weren’t designed for our daughters.

But guess what?

prayer for teenage girl

Thou Art Exalted Ministries just launched a brand new app —

just for teenage girls. And it is amazing!

Every day your daughter can read a short Scripture-driven devotion followed by a prayer, journaling prompts, and an invitation to dig deeper into the Word. {It really reminds me a lot of the First 5 app.} There are great images your daughter can share on social media to encourage her friends as well as beautiful lock screens, art ideas, and a ton of other resources — all intended to meet your daughter right where she is. 

Here’s the thing, the older our girls get, the harder it can be to connect with them. I totally understand {for real!}. We just want them to love the Word of God and realize how precious it is and how much God loves them right? But I’m learning something else, sometimes connecting through the Word with our girls looks less like a Bible study and more like an app. And that is really and truly okay!!

prayer for teenage girl

Don’t get discouraged, all you moms of teenage girls (or tweens!) who are wondering if your daughter will ever really understand how much God  loves her … and how much you love her. She will! You know how I know? Because if we were sitting in a room together right now, we’d be able to look back and see the ways our moms were loving us when we were the crazy, hormonal teenagers … and we can trace the lines of God’s never-failing love and care in our lives.

So download the app — on your phone and on hers. And if she’s willing, talk with her about she’s reading. But even on the days when she isn’t, know this — you are doing a great job!!

Looking for a devotional app for your teenage daughter? We love this one from @anniepajcic. #prayersforgirls Click To Tweet


Teri Lynne

P.S. Earlier this week I listened to a great podcast episode from Family Life Today. An interview with Brian and Angela Haynes, authors of Relentless Parenting: The Crucial Pursuit of Your Teen’s Heart. Y’all, it was so good and eye-opening. Because the truth is, no matter how much we want to, we’re going to get some of this parenting thing wrong but we’re also going to get a lot right. The Haynes have three daughters and so much wisdom to share. I highly recommend listening to this 30-minute interview — Pursuing the Heart of Your Teen.

Teri Lynne Underwood

Word lover & idea slinger || Scott’s wife, Casiday’s mom || Loves busy women, girl moms, and really good coffee || Prayers for Girls founder and ringleader

I’ll never forget my high school days. 

I remember walking down those huge halls, surrounded by the buzz of morning chatter and the gossip of the weekend. I can almost still hear the sound of the slamming lockers, and smell the faint odor of cafeteria food looming in the air.

Walking down those halls was never an easy task. I always felt like I was on display…like there some sort of a spotlight shining on me, every…where…I…went. It was like constantly being under a magnifying glass- with every flaw being projected to the world in HD.

If I’m honest, I struggled a lot with my self-esteem as a teenager, and succumbed to the pressure of my peers probably one too many times.

Let’s not beat around the bush– the teenage years are straight up difficult. It’s hard to navigate the right and wrongs, to think ahead, and to know what’s good for you. It’s hard to feel beautiful, valuable, and strong when you’re constantly comparing yourself to the world around you.

SEE ALSO: On Loving Those Teenage Girls

There are so many things I know now, that I wish I could have known then. Here are 10 things I wish every teenage girl could hear:

1. You are valuable standing alone! I wasted so much time during my teen years focusing on guys! I felt insignificant and alone without their attention. I wish I would have known that my value is something that I choose to believe in– not something someone gives me. Girls, you are amazing, beautiful, and special right here, right now, just as you are. Don’t ever give in to the pressure to use your body, your words, or your actions in a compromising way just to get his attention. You are enough. Learn to believe that now, because that truth will change your entire life!

2. How you dress will attract a certain kind of guy. I know you get it girls- we all want to catch their eye don’t we? But what we don’t always realize is that when you catch a guy with your body, you’ll have to keep him with your body. There is so much more about who you are than the size of your boobs or the size of your waist. Learn to respect yourself, and accentuate the beauty of your heart, your mind, and your spirit. Because those are exactly the kind of things that will snag a really good man.

3. Your parents might not always get it, but they usually know what’s good for you. I know it’s hard to believe now, because it seems like they are so far removed from what you’re going through, but one thing I wish I would have done during my teen years is actually pay more attention to what my parents were saying. They knew me and loved me better than I even knew and loved myself, and the limits they set were almost always for my good. Now that I have children, I see that more than I ever could have imagined. I wish I would have trusted them more.

SEE ALSO: 10 Truths for the Teenage Girl

4. Hang in there; no matter how bad it feels right now, it will pass. If you thought the last lesson was hard to believe, this one’s even harder. I get it –that breakup, those betraying friends, the gossip that’s going around about you– can feel like the most devastating things in the moment. But as hard as they are, and as bad as you may feel, believe me: IT WILL PASS. Don’t be afraid to cry out for help, to talk to someone you love, and to reach out. But always remember that you are strong, you are capable, and you will get through this. Don’t give it the power to ruin your life.

5. You teach people how they are allowed to treat you. I have to admit, I’m still learning this one at times. But the truth is, you have more control than you could even imagine. You are allowed to walk away, to distance yourself, and to put a stop to those people who are treating you poorly. Teach people how they can treat you, by setting your standards high. You owe it to yourself.

6. Don’t care so much about what people think. It’s easy to place our value in what people think of us, but we’ll find ourselves on a never-ending emotional roller coaster when we realize we will never, ever make everyone happy. Love life, make good choices, do the right thing, and always live for an audience of One.

7. The road less traveled is usually the right one. I remember saying NO to so many things that everyone else seemed to be saying YES to. I can’t even tell you how hard that was at times, and how much I wanted to give in to that pressure. But now that I’m here, I look back and I can’t even thank God enough for helping me choose the road less traveled, and making good choices even when it was hard. Just because everyone’s doing it, doesn’t mean it’s good. I’m glad I didn’t have to learn that the hard way.

SEE ALSO: Teenage Sex: A Family Affair?

8. Your body doesn’t define you–you define yourself. Teen or not, this is something we wrestle with as girls on and off throughout our lives. But the truth is, we can’t let our bodies define us, because we have the power to define ourselves. Take the time to love yourself, to focus on your strengths, and to be grateful for the body God has given you. And then remember: You are the daughter of A King – live like it!

9. Be yourself, because everyone else is already taken. I remember trying so hard to fit in to places and people that I was never meant to fit. It took a while to find myself after losing myself in the crowd of everyone I was trying to be. But I finally learned to embrace myself, love my personality, and appreciate my quirks. God made you special just the way you are- so be yourself.

10. God has an amazing plan for your life, but it’s up to you to choose it. I think it’s easy to forget that good things can really happen. It’s easy to be filled with fears and worries in the moment, and doubt God’s great plans and purpose for our life. Sometimes we settle for an okay life, because we don’t believe there’s something better. But beautiful girls, you are destined for great things! Believe it, and then live it.

Sometimes I sit and think how these lessons would have saved me so much heartache and pain, because as Maya Angelou says, when you know better, you do better.

SEE ALSO: A Mom’s Letter to her Teenage Son

My prayer for every precious girl reading this is that you would know and believe that you are loved, that you are prayed for, and that you deserve great things. Know better, but more importantly– go out there and do better.

Article ran originally on Used with permission.

Debra Fileta is a Professional Counselor, speaker, and author of the book True Love Dates: Your Indispensable Guide to Finding the Love of Your Life, where she writes candidly about dating, relationships, and how to find true love. She’s also the creator of this True Love Dates Blog! Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter!

Original publication date: July 15, 2014
“Being beautiful in Christ isn’t as easy as slapping on a layer of makeup in the morning or making sure to pick up the right clothes when you’re at the mall–it takes commitment and the help of Christ living within you. It’s not something that you can achieve on your own, but it’s a beauty that surpasses any physical primping you could ever do.”

“Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.” James 5:13 (NASB)

Now that I look back to my teen years, I

“Being beautiful in Christ isn’t as easy as slapping on a layer of makeup in the morning or making sure to pick up the right clothes when you’re at the mall–it takes commitment and the help of Christ living within you. It’s not something that you can achieve on your own, but it’s a beauty that surpasses any physical primping you could ever do.”

“Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.” James 5:13 (NASB)

Now that I look back to my teen years, I feel amazed that I managed to get through that tough period of my life without the fortifying and encouraging material I’ve found in this book. I remember being desperate for something positive in my life. I was being so overwhelmed by attacks, whether they were from the inside or the outside, that I was convinced I must be a truly ugly person. The world works overtime to make us doubt ourselves. Since that’s only scratching the surface of bad influences on our hearts and minds, then it makes sense that we need to be diligent to pour into our minds a counterattack in the form of the truth we find in Scripture. How does God really view us and feel about us?

If you are not sure what you should believe about yourself, this book will help you with that. The authors know what it is like to feel rejection, to experience peer pressure and doubts. They know what it is like to feel uncertain about the future and believe the lies others want you to believe about yourself. They take you through many prayers based on Bible verses that affirm how valuable you are and beautiful in God’s eyes. The prayers bring to our attention character qualities we may not have given any thought to before this. There is encouragement day by day, and prayer by prayer, for us to live out that value in our lives.

I don’t think you need to be a teenager to find this book encouraging. The prayers and verses directed my thoughts toward a loving, accepting God who wants a personal relationship with me. We all need that kind of reassurance and personal relationship. I highly recommend this book for anyone who would benefit from a focused guide that helps build positive thought habits in place of the negative ones we may have unintentional accepted for ourselves.

A complimentary review copy was provided to me by the authors and Body and Soul Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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