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Hey everyone. So, how was your valentine day and what was so special about it?
Valentine, a day filled with gifts, candy, and love. But is it the love we should be having. E.G.White stated in Messages to Young People," Love is a precious gift, which we receive from Jesus. Pure and holy affection is not a feeling, but a principle." So you see, Love is what binds us humans to the Creator. How much of us said,"Thank You Jesus for your love, thank you for giving me the ultimate gift- your life." None, instead we filled the day, with selfishness, and for some, it was a day of immoral love.
Let us not forget our true"Valentine," Jesus.He gave us a gift that can't be replaced. Let us remember, it's not the candy, or the gifts, or getting intimate with another. It is the Love of God that brings joy. Gifts can be broken, candy be eaten. But Gods love will never fail. Let us not wait once a year to tell a person how we feel. But let us not let a day go by that we tell God we love Him. For he first loved us. All we need to do is give him our heart, and he will work with us.
I was reading online some thoughts other youths had put on the web. I came across this one and I liked it. It is from a person named Steve. So don't think it is mine. Remember, I would love to read what other youths have to say about Christ, and their experience with being a youth. Send us an email.....
Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?” Then the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. The LORD said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the LORD said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. “This,” said the LORD, “is so that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers- the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob- has appeared to you.” Exodus 4:1-5 (NIV)
Living out God's will in our life can be scary sometimes. Sometimes God asks us to do things that we are afraid to do. As we grow in trust, respect, and love for God, we are able to perform increasingly bolder tasks for Him.
In this scripture God is trying to convince Moses to go to Egypt to free the Israelites. Moses doesn't want to go. God begins to perform miracles for Moses so he would believe and trust in Him. One of the miracles God performs is that He turns Moses' staff into a snake when Moses throws it on the ground.
This is one area of scripture I totally understand. When the snake appears, Moses runs away from it. I would have too. But God tells Moses to grab the snake by the tail so it will turn back into a staff. Honestly, I would be more afraid of touching the snake than I would be of going to Egypt. God would have to do some pretty good convincing in order for me to touch that snake. But Moses trustingly touches the snake and it turns back into a staff. Then God leads him to do bigger and more important things.
There are things in this world that can be scary for us to do. But if God calls us to do them, it's important that we obey. Many people are too afraid of rejection to talk to others about Jesus. They can also be too afraid of looking stupid by standing up for Him or by doing the "right" thing when everyone else is trying to get us to do the "wrong" thing. But it's only by being courageous in these moments that we grow in power and in our relationship with God. They are more necessary than they are tough.
As scared as I am of snakes, I would probably grab its tail if God told me to even though I would have wanted Him to turn it back before I touched it. As you find yourself in difficult or scary situations, listen to the guidance of God and follow what He tells you to do. If you do, you will find yourself doing increasingly scarier and more important things. It's all a part of the growth process and every step is needed. Today, if God is asking to you grab a snake by the tail, I want to encourage you to do it. There is a reason for it and God will bless you as you follow Him in faith, even if you never sleep with the staff by your bed ever again.
Here is a story i hope you benefit from. Drugs is not the way to go. No matter what the situation is, it always ends up bad. Let God lead your life, and trust in Him. As Youth, we are called to teach and lead, and keep our "Temple" clean. Don't get discourage, and DON'T DO DRUGS.
She didn’t start out that way. When she was in eighth grade she and her friends were given marijuana to try. Most of the kids didn’t like it, because it either tasted terrible or they didn’t like the feeling they got when the effects kicked in. But it agreed with Darcy, who also began to raid the family liquor cabinet when she couldn’t buy grass.
One day, when she was just past her 14th birthday, she discovered some pain killers in her mother’s medicine cabinet. Her mom had a back surgery and was prescribed OxyContin, but only took a couple of them, leaving a nearly full prescription in the bathroom.
Even 14 year-old people can research on the internet and soon she learned that by grinding the drug and snorting it, the high was intense. The chances for addiction were also intense and it didn’t take long before Darcy was seeking that euphoric experience over and over.
It was the only time she felt good. She solicited her friends to steal drugs from their parents. Any kind of pain killer would do, but Vicodin and Oxy were preferred, and because they are prescribed so often, getting a supply wasn’t all that difficult. She also became rather cleaver, as each time she visited the house of a new “friend” she would secretly check out the medicine cabinets. Darcy soon realized that OxyContin was expensive, but heroin on the street was about a quarter the price, so see looked for suppliers. She didn’t have to search long.
Quitting heroin cold turkey is isn’t easy. Treatment centers will help addicts through the process often times by prescribing drugs like buprenorphine, which is FDA-approved for medical detox. Subutex or Suboxone are other drugs with smaller amounts of buprenorphine, and those are used to help the addict gradually descrease their physical dependence.
Clonidine is another drug used to treat the symptoms of withdrawal and may be prescribed rather than the buprenorphine. Methadone treatment is also common, but these are specific centers that use the drug, and the dosage of methadone is gradually reduced over time to help the addict’s body adjust. Unlike the other drugs, methadone treatment may be long-term.
The fact that a young girl can become addicted to opiates should not be a surprise. Take a look at the population in general. It is estimated that as many as 10% of Americans have at one time or another abused opiates. It could be as innocent an act as merely taking one too many pills, or taking your pills too often, but that is still abuse. Even when people follow their doctor’s prescription to the tee, their bodies can build up a tolerance to the drugs.
Even when the original injury is healed and there should not no further need for pain management, the body still thinks it needs the analgesic. Even people who were given pain meds in the hospital may experience withdrawal when they get home.
Darcy’s father had read someplace that some withdrawal treatment programs offered faster results. Rapid opiate detox involves putting the patient under anesthesia and injecting opiate-blocking drugs. The idea is that this treatment will speed the system to normal function, but there are cases in which the treatment actually made the withdrawal symptoms worse, or even caused deaths when the treatment was administered outside a hospital setting.
Darcy was hospitalized due to intense withdrawal and was receiving the best care. It was decided that she would not go under, mainly because opiate withdrawal causes vomiting, and that would increase the chances of death. Any rapid detox was ruled out in her case.
Her father stood there, feeling completely helpless. A nurse suggested he contact Narcotics Anonymous, or SMART Recovery, in an effort to learn how he can best help his daughter.
Moving forward, once she was released, and out of treatment, a support group would be a lifeline to help her rebuild her life and return to a healthy lifestyle. Some material from NA helped him understand that opiate withdrawal is painful, but not necessarily fatal.
While Darcy was receiving exceptional care, the biggest problem that she would face in the future, as her father learned, was relapse. Once the drug was out of her system, a return to the old dosage could be fatal. Over time her body built up a tolerance, so more and more drug was needed, but after detox and treatment, her body was getting back to normal.
The old amount was way too much and most overdoes occur right after treatment. She was going to need long-term treatment, so the group would be an important component to that. She would also need some additional medical testing, to check for depression or some other form of mental illness. Darcy may need the benefit of an antidepressant Darcy was lucky. Treatment is more effective when the heroin addiction is identified early and having a father who was willing to be taught how to help his daughter was a plus.
As a teen, i feel burden many of times. Now that the economy is bad, my parents try hard to get money, jobs, and food for us kids. Its not just my parents, but almost every parent. Lot of times, i feel the stress they feel, i worry what i can do to help. With the burden of the family, plus school, and even relationships, i tend to loose focus. Focus of what God wants us to do. That is why Philippians 4:13 is my favorite vs. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." things may not go as you plan, as teens, and youths we know that. May be you get discouraged because kids pick on you at school. Or may be you just got out of a relationship and it had a bad affect on you. It could even be our home, school etc. But don't give in, God will not give you a trial you cant handle. With Him, it is all possible. Let us not loose our true job as youths. Let us be Youth Reaching out to Youths for Christ.
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My name is Abner Cienfuegos and I am 14 years old. I believe that each and every one of us are called to glorify God and to bless others. In Ecclesiastes 12:1 It says, :Remember now they Creator in the days of they youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when I shalt say, I have no pleasure in them." God is calling us youth to finish his work in these last days. And there is no better time than now. That is why our church has provided this web page, "Youth Reaching Youth for Christ" for us youth.
We welcome your comments and thoughts and let us know how God is blessing you as you reach out to others.