Issue: I want to be good, but I have trouble doing the right thing. I'm always grounded and can't have any fun. How can I stop getting into trouble?
Insight: One reason you might have for getting in trouble would be to get your parents attention. If this is the case, you should try to start a game with them or ask them if you can sit down and talk to them. Try spending positive time with them.
Another reason you might have for getting in trouble all the time is that maybe the rules are too strict or are very difficult to uphold. If this is the case the best thing for you to do is sit down with your parents and tell them how you feel about the rule and see if you can come up with a compromise that works for both of you. For example, if the rule you are always breaking is not doing your chores, you may want to ask your parent to hang up a schedule of chores to be done or remind you of the chores or both.
My last thought is try to think as the parent. If you were Mom or Dad, how would it make you feel if you set up rules and your children did not follow them? Your parents probably feel the same way. As you start to follow the rules your relationship with your parents will improve.
Issue: I am a Christian but there have been a lot of time when I feel alone. I know God is supposed to always be there but then why do I feel so alone?
Insight: First of all, I want to let you know that you are truly never alone, however there are times when we push God away and don't realize that we need to invite him back.
I was angry with God myself at one time. I buried it and year after year went past and I would pray and read the Bible but I still felt like God was distant from me. One day I was talking to someone and I expressed that I was angry with God. I traced it back to the source and asked for God to forgive me for pushing Him away and then invited Him back and I no longer have that feeling of distance. God is a gentleman who will not force Himself into your life. He will only be around when we really want Him there. God loves us even while we have pushed Him away, just like in the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), the father did not stop loving his son.
Romans 8:38-39 says, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." No matter what has happened or what you are facing He loves you and is waiting for you. It is time for you to invite him back in.
Issue: I'm scared my life isn't going to work out right. It seems like once something great happens, it gets worse like a week later.
Insight: I know everything is going to be ok! The only thing is sometimes we make plans for ourselves and when they don't work out we think our lives are falling apart. God may just have a better plan so sometimes he has to let us fail in our plans for us to follow his plan for us. I'm sorry things are not going so good, but as long as you keep being you and trust God, you will always find your way back to the right path. The only way to fail at life is to give up.
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