Avalon Theisen was 9 years old in 2010 when she realized she needed to use her connection with the natural word to help make the world a better place for frogs and the environment. She also wanted to help people by empowering them to reconnect with nature. She has grown her efforts into a non-profit organization called Conserve It Forward, which offers several environmental programs and activities, with a goal of raising awareness and inspiring action that will benefit both the natural world and people. “How the Croak of the Wild Empowered This Child” is the title of her 2013 TEDxYouth@TampaBay talk.
Focus Verse: Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them. (129)
God did not give us His Word to obey because He wanted to keep us from having fun. He did not establish laws to hold us back from the good things of life. Rather, being obedient to God gives us more freedom than we could ever wish for. God’s law is not one of bondage; it is a law of liberty.
Focus Verse: How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. (9)
How can we know right from wrong? How can we choose to do the right thing in every situation? How can we avoid sin and evil? How can we keep ourselves from giving in to temptation? How can we be people of virtue in a world full of vice? By reading God’s Word and applying it to every part of our lives.
Focus Verse: He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord. (9)
God looks out for His people. He is near to the poor and the needy and the despised. He hears their prayers. He sees their tears. One day, he will turn their mourning into laughter and their grief into joy. He will give them all the good things that their hearts desired.
Story Scripture: But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. – 1 Samuel 12:24
Story Saying: Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
Behind the Story: John was faithful to the old king all of his days. As he lay dying, John promised to become foster-father to the old king’s young son and show him all the castle except the room that held the picture of the princess of the golden dwelling. Well, John did not exactly keep this promise. After being repeatedly pressured by the prince to do so, John opened the door to the room that held the princess’ picture and the prince immediately fell in love with her and wanted to marry her. So began their trip to find her.