Around the Word in 60 Seconds: The Ultimate Tween Devotional

Around the Word in 60 Seconds: The Ultimate Tween Devotional

by Mary E. DeMuth, Bema Media, LLC

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The teen years can be exciting, challenging, and unpredictable—and so can the journey of getting to know Jesus! Around the Word in 60 Seconds is the perfect road map for both of those adventures. This devotional encourages readers to walk closely with God and learn how to handle tough situations with spiritual strength.

The perfect gift for the teen or tween in your life, Around the Word in 60 Seconds contains 52 weeks of stories illustrating the things that guys and girls encounter every day (like love, family, friends, money, temptation, school, and many more). An activity, prayer, and verses help it hit home. Through short, daily interactions with God, readers will learn what it means to truly follow Jesus with changed hearts and lives.

Written by popular author Mary DeMuth in partnership with the influential youth ministry iShine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781414377698
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 08/31/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 8 - 14 Years

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the ultimate tween devotional

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2012 Mary E. DeMuth and Bema Media, LLC
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-6392-9

Chapter One

WEEK ONE Grumbling


"Build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God's love." Jude 1:20-21

For Weeks before the elections, Tia boasted that she'd make a great eighth-grade class president and set out to prove it. During the campaign, every one of Tia's opponents gave speeches about the crowded hallways, the cafeteria food, and the need for vending machines. But Tia had a different approach. At an assembly for the candidates, she stood at the podium with two of the meanest boys in school on either side of her and yelled into the microphone, "Stand up!" Her two henchmen gestured wildly with their arms. One by one, everyone got to their feet. Tia shook her fist, then told the audience to clap. They did. Tia looked over the crowd. "Now that's power," she yelled. "If you want a powerful president, vote for me."

The class elected Tia, but she didn't make a great president. She wanted only the power and prestige of the office; she had no intention of serving the students. She complained and grumbled, but did nothing to fix any of the problems. She favored thugs and lost the respect of her classmates.

The Tias in the world—bullies who brag and get what they want by pretending to be your friend—are selfish and whiny. But as a follower of Jesus, you can choose to live differently. How? Read the second part of the Scripture passage above:

Build up others. Take time to encourage a friend. Look beyond your own problems for the day and try to shoulder a friend's stress.

Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit. How do you do that? Tell God your worries and fears. Ask Him to help you with the problems in your life and in the lives of your friends.

Await God's mercy. Think about Jesus' act of extreme mercy when He gave His life on the cross. He died in your place. He left His position of power and majesty in heaven to come to this crazy earth and die for you and the Tias of this world. That's a big reason to thank Him!

Do you see what happens when you do all of these things? Jude concludes with these hopeful words: "In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God's love." Sometimes we think being safe means acting like Tia—pushing people to do what we want, getting our own way so we're happy. But being safe is resting in God's love and letting Him be the powerful one.

Take Action

Take a few minutes to think of someone in your life right now (friend, parent, brother, sister, relative) who could use some encouragement. Send that person a message via texting, Facebook, e-mail, or voice mail, or handwrite a note and drop it in the mail.

Connect with Jesus

Jesus, I don't want to be like Tia, manipulating people to get my way or using power to hurt others. Help me encourage my hurting friends. Teach me to pray all day long so I feel close to You, even at school. And would You show me this week that You love me in a very specific me-shaped way? Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Around the Word this Week

Each day this week, read a verse and respond to it however you want. Think about it. Write it down on an index card that you can carry with you. Journal about it. Share it with a friend. Pray that the verse will impact you and you will obey it. It's your choice. To get you started thinking about how the Scripture relates to your life, consider the question that follows it.


"Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people." Philippians 2:14-15

Who do you know who complains? Why do you think the person does that?


"These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want." Jude 1:16

When was the last time you bragged about something to get attention?


"Don't grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look—the Judge is standing at the door!" James 5:9

What is the silliest complaint about someone that you've ever made or heard someone else say?


"Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful." Colossians 3:13-15

Who do you need to forgive right now? Why?

Over the Weekend

"You are my God, and I will praise you! You are my God, and I will exalt you! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever." Psalm 118:28-29

How has God shown His faithful love to you this week?


Excerpted from AROUND the WORD in 60 SECONDS by MARY E. DeMUTH Copyright © 2012 by Mary E. DeMuth and Bema Media, LLC. Excerpted by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Week 1 Grumbling 1

Week 2 Weak 9

Week 3 New 17

Week 4 Fully Committed 25

Week 5 Sin and Pain 33

Week 6 Holy God 41

Week 7 Filthy Lips 49

Week 8 Just Do It 57

Week 9 The Sheltering God 65

Week 10 Serve like a Dog 73

Week 11 Pull-Away Prayer 81

Week 12 Liar, Liar 89

Week 13 Outrageous Love 97

Week 14 BFF 105

Week 15 Betrayal 113

Week 16 Stuff 121

Week 17 Power 129

Week 18 Brag 137

Week 19 Persecuted 145

Week 20 Home Life 153

Week 21 Grrrr 161

Week 22 Truth 169

Week 23 What to Wear 177

Week 24 Stressed Out 185

Week 25 Insults 193

Week 26 Love Song 201

Week 27 Search 209

Week 28 Fraidy Cat 217

Week 29 Grateful 225

Week 30 Turn Up Your Music 233

Week 31 Bad Influence 241

Week 32 Belief 249

Week 33 Hypocrite 257

Week 34 Finish Well 265

Week 35 No Other God 273

Week 36 Watered 281

Week 37 Word 289

Week 38 Forget 297

Week 39 Brave 305

Week 40 Love Mercy 313

Week 41 Even Though 321

Week 42 Money 329

Week 43 Go 337

Week 44 Forgive 345

Week 45 Impossible 353

Week 46 The Golden Rule 361

Week 47 Assurance 369

Week 48 People-Pleasing 377

Week 49 Online Sin 385

Week 50 For Good 393

Week 51 Practice Sinning 401

Week 52 Victory 409

About the Author 417

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