1. Rachel, your words remind me of the importance of our churches functioning as a safe place for questions. And our dining room tables as well.

    Praying for you and all involved in the upcoming retreat.

  2. I grew up with that as well. I knew people who didn’t want to get pizza because they served beer, I asked them if they went to the grocery story. People are going to think what they want anyway or gossip. Personally, I think it is better to be filled with the Spirit as most people can’t handle alcohol and there are lots of ways young people or anyone can can get drawn into sinful things but I walked right up to the bar of local restaurant and asked for dinner gift certificates, there was a time i could not have done that. Be blessed and safe, the Holy Spirit will guide young people, you can have fun, stay a Christian, and not get into trouble. Thanks, Rachel.

  3. Love this message to resolve before something comes along to tempt us. Makes me think of my wellness choices also! I actually had a post on this today to plan ahead or resolve to make better wellness choices before the holiday temptations arise. Great word today!

  4. So, first. The beginning of this post could have been my story. Word for word. Second, this is something I’m working on with my boys now. I can’t remember where I heard this idea of deciding before you’re questioned. But you nailed the principle here. I wish I’d worked things out in my heart with God before I was challenged by the world. I pray I can coach our kids to do decide early with God. Blessings!

  5. Good, good stuff! Thank you for this post. No matter what goes on around me, I purpose in my heart to follow God!!

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