Life on the Inside is a blog designed to give parents and leaders a window into the private world of teenagers.
The Insiders are a Christian group of life-minded teens dedicated to educating, supporting, and equipping adults, peers and their community on matters related to teen issues and the sanctity of human life with the hopes of navigating the heart of their generation toward life. Our Insiders offer honest and revealing insight on issues teens face and practical advice to the adults who love them.
Meet the Insiders:
Joy - Insider
Family: I have a twin sister whom I am very close to. Family time is very important to me and we spend a lot of time together.
Hobbies: I like to read and play tennis.
Three words that describe me: Quiet, kind and helpful
My favorite song currently: Priceless by King and Country
Favorite Quote: “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier” -Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Something I’ve read that made an impression on me: “For Young Women Only” By Shanty Feldhahn
My biggest struggle as a teen: Balancing school and personal life
Advice I’d give a parent of a teen: Give your teen space, but also let them know that you are interested in their lives. I know that this balance between how involved to get in your teen’s life can be difficult to achieve but eventually with practice and a little effort you should be able to find the perfect medium.
Something that specifically shaped my view of abortion and the sanctity of human life is… my family, I’ve been brought up in a Catholic household that has always believed that life is a precious gift. My parents always tell the story about how badly they wanted children and were trying for so long. Then one day God blessed them with twins. I have always known that life is a miracle and that I should cherish it.
Grace - Insider
Family: 2 brothers, 2 sisters
Hobbies: Journalism, music, and photography
Three words that describe me: Compassionate, Independent, and Outgoing
My favorite song currently: Britt Nicole - Gold
Favorite Quote: She is clothed with strength and Dignity, She can laugh at days to come - Proverbs 31:25
Something I’ve read that made an impression on me: Reading the news and everything going on really opens my eyes. It makes my problems seem so small, making me feel truly grateful no matter what situation I'm in.
My biggest struggle as a teen: Staying focuses on what truly matters, and not falling into temptation
Advice I’d give a parent of a teen: It’s okay for teens to mess up sometimes. We are human, no one is perfect. We would rather have your support now and have you help us learn from our mistakes, so we can succeed on our own in the future.
Something that specifically shaped my view of abortion and the sanctity of human life is…I was 13 when my mom had my first sister. There is quite an age difference, which gave me an adult perspective towards my mothers pregnancy. I was able to watch her grow even when she wasn’t born yet. When I saw my sisters face on the monitor, I gained a new respect towards life and how truly precious one is, even when they are still in the womb.
Charity - Insider
Family: I have a wonderful mother, an incredible father, and three older brothers.
Hobbies: I LOVE reading, horseback riding, and listening to music.
Three words that describe me: stubborn, strong-willed, impatient
My favorite song currently: it's a tie between I Fly Away by Albert E. Brumley, and Invincible by Nikki Flores.
Favorite Quote: "There's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo! And it's worth fighting for! - Samwise Gamgee
Something I've read that made an impression on me: I was influenced a lot by an amazing book called Left to Tell, by Immaculee Ilibigiza, which is about the Rwandan Holocaust. It changed my view of the world, and showed me that not everyone had the same view of life as me.
My biggest struggle as a teen: Communicating to my parents, and resisting the temptations of the world.
Advice I'd give a parent: Don't be a know it all. But seriously, don't try and act like you know exactly what your child is going through. So many things have changed since your high school years, and y'all didn't have to deal with half the stuff teenagers have to deal with today. So, when you talk with your child, listen, understand, and then respond, and don't interrupt. The fact that your child is opening up to you about the stuff that they have to go through is big, so don't take it for granted.
Something that specifically shaped my view of abortion and the sanctity of life is: I was talking to my friend in class ( and don't worry, it was an appropriate time to talk), and I told her that I really loved babies, and she told me that she liked them, but she didn't want to have any, and if she got pregnant, she would probably have an abortion. This shocked me and made me really sad. I realized that this was probably the view of all my friends. I wanted to show her that abortion was not a good option, so I decided to really give my heart to this cause, in hopes that I could change some hearts.
Faith - Insider
My Family: I have an older sister who is 20, a younger sister who is 9 and a younger brother who is 2. My family is my whole world.
My Hobbies: I enjoy reading in my free time and being with friends and family.
Three words that describe me: Outgoing, friendly, happy
My favorite song currently: 11 blocks by Wrabel
Favorite Quote: “Love the life you live; Live the life you love”
Something I’ve read that made an impression on me: The Bible.
My biggest struggle as a teen: Juggling school work while still going to work and participating in extra-curricular activities.
Advice I’d give a parent of a teen: Always encourage your child and talk to them every day about how their day went, always have time to listen to them while still giving advice when needed.
Something that specifically shaped my view of abortion and the sanctity of human life is…when I volunteered at Richmond Memorial Hospital during my 10th grade year and was able to listen in on an ultrasound of a young mother. The expression on the mother and fathers face was such an eye opener on how precious the creation of life truly is.
Hope - Insider
Family: I have two amazing parents, two crazy siblings, 3 adorable dogs and an awesome grandma. My parents recently separated and I live with my dad and my siblings, dogs and grandma live with my mom.
Hobbies: I love hanging out with my friends and traveling!
Three words that describe me: Passionate, kind hearted, empathetic
My favorite song currently: I love the song Aloha
Favorite Quote: "Jesus replied, you do not understand what I am doing now but someday you will." John 13:7
Something I've read that made an impression on me: Just reading the news everyday and keeping up with reading current events has really impacted me.
My biggest struggle as a teen: Not being able to fit in and not being good enough.
Advice I'd give a parent of a teen: Be involved in your kids life. Make sure they know they can trust you. It will make them feel like they can share more with you.
Something that specifically shaped my view of abortion and the sanctity of human life is... hearing all of my peers and the people around me giving their opinions on abortion made me want to create my own opinion so I did a lot of research and reading in the Bible and it really made me realize the value of life at any stage.