Spiritual Practice


Tynea Lewis

Dear Adult Me,

Tough times will come your way. You are going to face things that test your faith and your strength (1 Peter 1:6-7). Stand firm, for God will never leave you (Deuteronomy 31:6). Your strength comes from God (Isaiah 12:2). At times you won’t know what to do. Turn to God, who gives wisdom to all who ask (James 1:5).

Living your life is not about pleasing the people around you; it’s about pleasing God. So don’t be discouraged when you are questioned and mocked. Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33), and God will take care of you (1 Peter 5:7). During those tough times, don’t turn away from God. Instead, lean in.

God has incredible dreams for your life (Jeremiah 29:11). God loves you (Romans 5:8) and has placed within you gifts that will transform this world in ways you can’t even imagine (Ephesians 2:10). Don’t squander those gifts. Using them is an act of worship and gratitude. Living your faith will draw more people to Christ. Seek God, trust God, live for God—it is totally worth it!

Teenage Me


WRITE A LETTER to your 25-year-old self. What do you know and value now that you don’t want to lose or forget?

The Lord gives wisdom.
Proverbs 2:6 (NRSV)

—from devozine (January/February 2020). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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