For the first nine years of our marriage, Chris and I ministered to teenagers. Some of you are wondering why in the world we’d do that. Others of you know exactly why. We absolutely adored our years as youth pastors. As a young married couple, we were able to pour into their young lives. But, we also learned plenty of lessons ourselves. Even though our sons are not in their teenage years, we feel that we can still share some insight about those blessed years. One of the things I personally learned is that most teenagers just want to be validated. I can’t tell you the number of girls that I talked with who were in love. Now, I know that at 14 and 15 years old they weren’t really in love, but they didn’t. They really thought they were. Why? Because they were feeling something. So, I would listen to them talk, which ended up earning me the right to share truth with them later. Had I just given them the oh, you don’t know what love is speech, I would have certainly lost my opportunity to help them through that season in their life. From a parent who has yet to hit the teenage years with her own children, I encourage all of you parents to remember that you were once a teenager and you once wanted to be heard. One of my goals as the mother of my boys is to make sure I listen to them when they share their hearts with me. Because I love their hearts.