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How advice from Jesus helped me in dealing with my teenage daughter


I love having rotis for breakfast.

Freshly made, rounded flat bread made of whole wheat.
They are tasty and loaded with carbohydrates, fiber, essential vitamins, and minerals that give you sustained energy and can keep you satiated for hours.
Keeping that in mind I have been trying to convince my teenage daughter that she too should eat rotis for breakfast.
She simply refuses and would mostly opt for some other, maybe not-so-healthy stuff.

If you’re a parent to a teenager, you know what I’m talking about.
‘Give me anything but roti’, was her usual response.
The rest of our family enjoys eating roti for breakfast and for just one person I had to think of other options and that too when something healthy and nutritious is prepared at home every day.
That frustrated me and the not so nutritious eating habit of my teenager worried me.
What did I do?
Look at what the Bible says to do when you need something done or when you’re stressing over some issue.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6

Teenager Eating Habits

Present your requests to God?
Even when your teenage daughter acts fussy with food?
Yes! That too.
So, I prayed in accordance with the Word and asked Jesus to intervene and help me out.

One day I happened to visit the supermarket with my daughter, and she showed me a pack of tortillas and asked if I could make those. She wanted to try tortillas.
I decided to experiment and prepare my own version of the tortillas.
Now rotis look very similar in shape to the tortillas but are very different in texture and flavour. So, I prepared a dough mixture combining whole wheat flour and refined flour together. Then similar to tortillas, I prepared circular discs and cooked them over a hot tava and served them to my daughter.
To my surprise and excitement, my girl was okay with that.
Then one day, once she started getting used to this hybrid version of the tortilla and roti combo, I offered her just roti and she was okay with that too.

In fact, she enjoyed it just as much.
From there on her breakfast became 100% roti, like the rest of us.

My work became easy and my need for a healthy breakfast for the family was met.

Isn’t it amazing how Jesus and His Word contain such powerful success secrets?
Valuable, real-life lessons that can be drawn out from the Bible that teach us how to fulfill our roles and responsibilities with Grace.
That taught me once again that when we involve Jesus and look to the Bible and ask Him for help, He makes it so very easy, no matter what.
I am so very grateful that Jesus is mindful of the smallest of my issues and helps me out with all my requests.
Left me wondering all over again ‘Dear Jesus, how do you do it?’
What about you?
Is there any issue or challenge you are facing?
Maybe in fulfilling your role as a mother, a father, a spouse, a boss, an employee, or anything else?
Take time and present your requests, your concerns, your issues to Jesus.

Like it happened with me, the peace of God will give you grace, wisdom and insight to turn your situation around.
Be Blessed.


10 comments on “How advice from Jesus helped me in dealing with my teenage daughter

  1. lbjoiner
    September 1, 2022

    Amen! Isnt it great to have şuch powerful God anno will communicate with us at every practical area of concern in our lives?

    I have instructed you today — even you — so that your confidence may be in the Lord.
    Proverbs 22:19 CSB

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    • Sophia Lorena Benjamin
      September 2, 2022

      Amen and yes our God is truly awesome to remember us and how much we need His Grace for day to day living.


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  3. Manu
    September 1, 2022

    A wonderful word of encouragement to take it to the Lord. Sometimes in the daily things we forget and try to handle it in our own. Thank you Sophia.

    Liked by 2 people

    November 9, 2022

    Thank You, Sophia. Uplifting, encouraging posts. Give us this day our daily Bread. Jesus is our daily bread. He is the Word of God, the Living bread, the Bread of Life, the Living Manna, from heaven to earth.

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