A Prayer for Life with Teenagers
I have a simple rule for life with teenagers. When a kid starts getting argumentative or difficult, I pray.
It’s always the same prayer: Holy Spirit, give me the words.
I pray it before I speak. Holy Spirit, give me the words. Sometimes I need it each time I open my mouth: Holy Spirit, give me the words.
At times I hear wise things coming out of my lips, calm observations that I know were not in my head even a split second before. Other times nothing comes to mind, and I know to be silent.
Holy Spirit, give me the words.
When your inner voice is screaming, something better is waiting beyond the noise.
In times of pain and confusion, Jesus offered a routine to keep us going.