How Do I Grow in My Faith When I'm Not From a Christian Home?
1 John 4:4-6; Romans 5:1-5; Psalm 146:1-5
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Stand Strong by Moriah Peters
(After you've read the verses at the top of this post, answer these questions. You can write them down in your Little Faith Book if you'd like!)
- What are these verses saying?
- What verse really stood out to you? Feel free to doodle it!
- What should we do when we have troubles or trials (Romans 5:3)?
- Who should we put our hope in (Psalm 146:5)?
If you're from a non-Christian home and yet you're trying to follow Jesus, you are one of the bravest girls out there. You're a warrior. Some days you may feel like you're alone in this fight, but you never are; God is always right by your side!
And this isn't just for those in non-Christian homes, either—your school can also be a battlefield. I know that many of you are the only Christian girls in your class, and it's really, really hard. You're daily pressured to do things that God's not okay with, and if you don't do them, you're looked down on.
So whether you're from a non-Christian family or your school is a war zone, this goes out to you!
1. Have courage.
If you've seen the new Cinderella live-action film, you probably know where I'm going with this. Yep. Have courage and be kind. These five words carried Cinderella through her weary days of being mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. Whatever your situation is, have courage! Ask God for courage and strength every morning. You're in a daily battle, but God provides the armor you need to face each day! The "armor" you should equip yourself with is found in Ephesians 6:10-18. And just like Cinderella, God has a wonderful future in store for you!
2. Be kind.
Cinderella's ever gentle and kind spirit must have been baffling to her stepmother and stepsisters. It's the same way when we're patient and kind with unbelievers, even when they mistreat us. (If you're in an environment where you're being physically abused, this doesn't mean you should put up with it. You should get away immediately.) When you're kind to others even when they don't deserve it, you're shining Jesus' light! Even though your home or school life may be rough, you have the opportunity to shine that light on your family, friends and classmates—and you might be the only light they'll ever see!
Tips to grow in your faith.
Here are just a few ways you can grow in your faith (and these can apply to all people, not just those from non-Christian homes).
- Read the Bible every day. You need this spiritual food just like you need physical food. Don't starve yourself spiritually!
- Pray. Talk to God about anything throughout the day. Ask Him for courage and kindness.
- Join a Bible-believing church with a youth program. It's so important to fellowship with other believers! (You can often go to a church's website and read their statement of faith to see whether they're Biblical or not.) Don't be discouraged if you have to try out a few different churches before you find one that fits you. (Like Cinderella's glass slipper.) If a church you're visiting does anything against the Bible, look for a new one. Youth groups are such a fun way to meet other Christian kids and learn more about God! Many of the teens may care less about growing spiritually, so try to find friends who truly have a desire to follow Jesus.
- Get involved in that church! Join the worship team, volunteer to work with kids, help out with the dishes. I can't stress enough how serving the Lord through different ministries has helped strengthen my faith!
- Listen to Christian music. I don't know about you, but music is a huge part of my life. Is what you're listening to pleasing to God? I truly believe that listening to Christian music brings me closer to the Lord. After all, music was made to worship Him! I notice a negative difference in my day when I don't listen to Christian music. (I love listening to Air1 Radio. Not only do they play Christian music, they have uplifting hosts, Bible speakers and little bits of encouragement throughout the day!)
Don't lose heart! No matter how tough your situation is, you've got a God that's tougher. He'll always be faithful to give you the courage and kindness you need to face each day! Stay strong, soldier!
(Answer as many or as little as you want, and feel free to interact, encourage and discuss your thoughts with other girls. Join the discussion here or on Instagram.)
- Are you from a Christian family or a non-Christian family?
- Is it a battle to live for Jesus at your school?
- What's one way you can be a light in your home or school this week?
- What advice would you give to other girls who are going through a situation like this?