I'm getting ready to head out with my good buddy Lisle on a 6th Grade Retreat this weekend. The theme of our retreat is CHANGE. That one word pretty much encompasses what's going on in the lives of kids at this age. Lots of changes, inside and out! Zits, Braces, and hair in weird places! What an awkward time. Wanting to be liked. Wanting to fit in. All of these changes can lead to confusion and frustration. That's why we need a change of the heart first. And when we become a new creature the change process has only begun. Justified by grace and then sanctified by grace until we reach glory. Please pray for this weekend. And yes, that's me as a 6th grader on the left. One book Lisle and I recommend for parents during these awkward years is The Space Between by Walt Mueller.