Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mission trip fears

Dear Caitlin,
My mom wants me to go on a mission trip with my church when im 16,but i dont want to go to Honduras because #1.I dont want to get 50million shots #2.I cant bear to see all those starving,naked,sick little kids #3 Im not a very good missionary.Im already struggeling at home as it is.But she wont give in.How can I convince her to let me stay at home?

Dear “Hopeless,”
Wow, that’s a tough one. I would think that if you seriously do NOT want to go, she wouldn’t want to force you. Maybe you need to bring in a third person to help you make your point. Do you have a youth pastor or someone who can understand and respect your fear and hesitation? It’s my experience that if God wants you to do something like that (where you’re really laying down your life for others) he gives you the desire to want it too. It’s like being a cheerful giver. If you can’t serve in Honduras with a happy heart, why go? It wouldn’t be a very sincere witness anyway.

I like a geek and he likes me

Dear Caitlin,
I like a geek, kinda a geek, and he likes me to, but he's not ready for a girlfriend like me, I'm the captain of the cheerleading squad, and of the volley ball team, and i dont mean to brag, but I am more popular than him, and I cant get it through to him that I REALLY like him, he thinks it would hurt my "status" at school or something, how can I talk to him
from, E.H..

Dear EH,
I think that’s very cool that you like a “geek” although that’s pretty hard to define, isn’t it. I mean you can obviously see some cool things about this guy. Why not just be his friend and see if you can win his trust. Some “geeks” have been hurt (often by “popular” kids) and they might be a little “gun shy” if you know what I mean.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Dear Caitlin,i have been really encouraged by your books and the whole not dating thing(i think i will wait till i and out of high school, but i am not really counting the days ) and i was just woundering if things gets harder as time goes on ? for me i has i feel that god pushing great guys into my life right now and am having a hard time keeping to my post. do you have any question i can ask my self that will narrow down wheater a guy is "great"? or any tips that will help me ? oh i also wanted to know how you knew jeremy had fellings for chloe? hey could you tell that josh still had fellings for you after you rejected his request the first time ?
from, B

Dear B,
The guy and dating thing is complicated. All I can say is that it’s just a daily thing between you and God. And like so many things, you never know what’s around the next corner, but you’re always in good shape if you’re obeying your loving father. He only wants to bring good things into your life. Including the right guy—at the right time. Just trust him!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Dear Caitlin,hey im a 14teen yearold mother to be and the father just brokeupp with me last night. The babys due date is sept.26. how do I deal with the pain?
from, N

Dear N,
You’re in a tough place! And my heart goes out to you. The best way I know to deal with pain is to take it directly to God. Remember that he’s your loving father—and will also be your baby’s loving father. He cares deeply for you and wants you to cry your tears on his shoulders. I pray that he watches over you this month, bringing surprise blessings into your life—and I pray that he leads you with his never-ending loving kindness and grace.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Dear Caitlin, my best friend since second grade has decided to play hot patato. 'Cept I'm the potato. She's started hanging out with Daria and Ashley, the snobs of the grade. I know I shouldn't judge people, but they've made my life a living torture. We were talking the other day, and I said, "Yeah I'm a-", then Ashley walked in and she walked away from me!
I know she could have a reason for her snobbiness, but she doesn't! If she does, it isn't an excuse to be rude, is it?
from, V

Dear V,
I don’t know why some teen girls are so mean, but it seems to be a fact of life. But at least you get to choose your friends. Maybe you need to start looking for someone who’s not into being a snob. And if you want to read about a friendship that goes sideways when one girl dumps another to join the “snob group” try Dark Blue in the TrueColors series. I think you’ll relate to Kara.