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Being a Christian Teen Girl today can be tough. Join UncommonTEEN founder and author of the Dare to Be Devotional, Jamie Kirschner each week as she helps teen girls like you discover your true identity in Christ, overcome insecurities and step into your God-given purpose. We'll be talking about things like how to develop great friendships, how to deal with girl drama, and so much more.

UncommonTEEN: The Podcast for Christian Teen Girls Jamie Kirschner

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    • 4.8 • 139 Ratings

Being a Christian Teen Girl today can be tough. Join UncommonTEEN founder and author of the Dare to Be Devotional, Jamie Kirschner each week as she helps teen girls like you discover your true identity in Christ, overcome insecurities and step into your God-given purpose. We'll be talking about things like how to develop great friendships, how to deal with girl drama, and so much more.

    45. How to Make Friends When You're Shy...and Even When You're Not!

    45. How to Make Friends When You're Shy...and Even When You're Not!

    How do you make friends when you’re shy?
     One of you wonderful ladies asked me this question a couple weeks ago and then not too long after that, I had several more of you ask similar questions. 
     As someone who grew up extremely shy and still have my moments even to this day…put me in a room with a big crowd and it’s not always the prettiest thing to watch…haha!
     But as someone who grew up extremely shy, I struggled with making friends even through my adult years. 
     I remember a couple years ago, I was talking to this lady who was extremely outgoing and it seemed like she could make friends anywhere she went. I remember asking her the question, “How do you make friends? It just seems so hard, but you make it look easy.”
     I wish I could say that she gave me amazing advice and it absolutely changed my life…honestly, I don’t even remember what her advice was, but that conversation did change my life. I remember at the moment I asked her that question, something in my brain clicked and I knew that the only way that I was going to be able to make new friends was to get out there any make new friends! I had to step out of my comfort zone, so that I could step into my purpose!
     Now, you may be asking, “Well, what about me? I’m not shy. I’m actually extremely outgoing, but it’s still not easy for me to make friends. Will this work for me as well?” Yes, it will! The tips I’m going to share with you in this podcast episode will help anyone and everyone if you take action and do them!
     Today’s episode is going to be a little bit different, but I am going to give you 10 tips on how you can start making friends today!


    Pray about it.Love and accept who God made you to be.Smile and be friendlyLaughHelp others and Anticipate needsStep out of your comfort zoneAsk questionsRelate with themEncourage themTalk to those sitting off by themselves.Connect with Us!

    Website: UncommonTEEN.com
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    Join us LIVE on Instagram on Friday evenings at 9pm Central for a Live Q&A with Coach Jamie!

    • 17 min
    44. Thanksgiving Challenge

    44. Thanksgiving Challenge

    If you are in the United States, you know that this week is Thanksgiving week. As with any holiday, this can be a time of joy, it can be a time of sadness if you’re navigating it this year without a loved one, or if you were like my family growing up, it can be a time of chaos. With us, any time we get extended family together, you just never know what to expect. 

    However, whether you are in the United States celebrating thanksgiving or even if you’re not, I want to encourage you this week to take time to do two things…one, take time to breathe. So many times we are running nonstop that we forget to take time to breathe…to pull back and just be with God. Turn on some praise music and just worship. Our God is so good. 

    The second thing I want to encourage you to do this week is to find things you can be thankful for. I was talking to a couple of my friends not too long ago about why people get discouraged or why they even turn their backs on God and this is one of the biggest things we discovered, that they forgot to be thankful. 

     In a culture that seems to be bent so much on being negative…like you won’t fit in unless your sarcastic or negative…sometimes it’s hard to choose to be thankful. 

     Think about it, if I asked you to name 10 things that annoy you. How easy would it be for you to come up with them? Most of you could probably come up with all 10 in less than 60 seconds…some of you maybe even less that 30 seconds. 

     Now, if I asked you to name 10 things that you are thankful for, how easy would it be to come up with them. For many of you, you may come up with about 3 things in 60 seconds. 

     Why is that….it’s because we have gotten so used to hearing people complain…and maybe we’ve gotten used to complaining ourselves. 

     I read about a research study that was done recently that said that when we choose to focus on complaining, we actually rewire our brains to continue to thing negatively. It also said that people who complain are more frustrated, more anxious, more depressed and deal with more anger issues than those who don’t complain. Ouch!

    That’s why it can be a habit that is super hard to break! But it’s not impossible! The same is true for the opposite, choosing to be thankful. When we intentionally choose to be thankful, even for the small things…especially for the small things…we then rewire our brain to think more positively. Then guess what…the frustration, the anxiety, the depression, the anger doesn’t want to stick around anymore because we aren’t feeding it what it wants.

     It’s not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy.
    Connect with Us!

    Website: UncommonTEEN.com
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    Join us LIVE on Instagram on Friday evenings at 9pm Central for a Live Q&A with Coach Jamie!

    • 17 min
    43. The Power of Your No with Leigh Mackenzie Part 2

    43. The Power of Your No with Leigh Mackenzie Part 2

    This week on the UncommonTEEN Podcast, we are talking about the Integrity of Your, "No."

    This is a little more sensitive in topic, but there is nothing inappropriate or bad in this episode. However, we are talking about the integrity of your no when it comes to authority figures and boyfriends/guys you like.

    Is it okay to say, "No?" The answer is, "Yes!"

    Connect with Leigh Mackenzie here:

    Website: LeighMackenzie.com
    Podcast: She Seems So Normal
    Book: She Seems So Normal
    Instagram: xoxo_leighmackenzie
    Connect with Us!

    Website: UncommonTEEN.com
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    Join us LIVE on Instagram on Friday evenings at 9pm Central for a Live Q&A with Coach Jamie!

    • 19 min
    42. The Power of Your, "No" Part 1 with Leigh Mackenzie

    42. The Power of Your, "No" Part 1 with Leigh Mackenzie

    We have our very special guest, Leigh Mackenzie joining us this week!

    Leigh is an author, a podcaster, and has a huge heart for teen girls.

    This week on the UncommonTEEN Podcast, we are talking about the power of your, "No!"

    From a  very young age, Leigh's "no" was often ignored leaving her to be hurt and abused by several people. That is why she is passionate about sharing this message with you today.

    So many times, as Christians, we feel like we don't have a "no" that we can use, because we need to be good and nice and sweet...which is good...however, as Leigh shares, "sometimes there's a no that needs to go with that."

    On this week's episode, we talk about the power of your no and how you can use it to stand up for yourself or someone else, when it specifically comes to bullying.

    On next week's episode, we will talk about friendships and relationships and the integrity of your, "no."

    CONNECT WITH LEIGH:

    Website: https://leighmackenzie.com/
    Instagram: @xoxo_leighmackenzie

    Podcast and Book are Geared Toward Older Teens and Adults
    Podcast: She Seems So Normal
    Book: She Seems So Normal
    Connect with Us!

    Website: UncommonTEEN.com
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    Join us LIVE on Instagram on Friday evenings at 9pm Central for a Live Q&A with Coach Jamie!

    • 17 min
    41. I Don't Have to Be Overwhelmed?

    41. I Don't Have to Be Overwhelmed?

    Do you ever feel like your world is spinning so fast and you just aren’t quite sure how to get off this roller coaster called life? It’s like…how did I even get here in the first place.
     The teen years can be full of school, homework, jobs, sports, afterschool activities, church, family, friends…it’s honestly not surprising that we sometimes…or all the time…feel overwhelmed, stressed out, anxious…and yes, a lack of motivation.
     Too much can lead us to a not so fun place called overwhelm where we don’t even want to get out of bed anymore. You just want to throw the blankets over your head and go back to sleep for days. We lack motivation to do even the simplest of tasks.
     I remember hitting a time like this in my life. My life was spinning so fast that it seemed like every time I turned a corner something big was changing in my life. I finally hit a point where I didn’t even know what side was up. I remember singing Big Daddy Weave’s song, “Overwhelmed” all the time. Now, when Big Daddy Weave wrote that song, he was talking about how he was overwhelmed by how amazing our God is…for me…I would change the lyrics and sing it about my life. One lyric in the song says, “I’m overwhelmed. I’m overwhelmed by you.” Yep…that was me. I had hit major overwhelm and praise God, he helped me to overcome and step into real freedom.
     Do I still have a lot going on in my life…yes. However, I am no longer overwhelmed like I was before. Now, do I fight off the feeling of overwhelm from time to time, yes. I would be lying if I said I didn’t. But now, I find that if I am fighting overwhelm, I know that it no longer has power over my life. 
     There will be times in your life when there will be a lot going on. That may be your life right now. So, with all that’s going on, how do we keep from hitting that place called overwhelm?
     And let me say this, too, maybe your schedule isn’t super busy, but there are some big things that maybe you and or your family are walking through and it’s causing you to be in a place of overwhelm, these things can help you as well.
     Psalm 61:1-4 talks about a time where King David hit that place of overwhelm...maybe you’ve been in a similar place. He’s crying out to God and saying, “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint…or overwhelmed.” Then he says, “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge (or my hiding place), a strong tower against my enemy."
     One thing David understands is that when he’s feeling overwhelmed, all he has to do is get with God and he knows that God will guide him out of that place.
     I love verse 2 where it says, “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Have you ever been to the mountains and you were standing at the bottom of a cliff. You look up and all you see is this massive mountain that’s in front of you. There is no telling what’s on the other side of that mountain. When we turn to God in that place of overwhelm, it’s like God picks us up and places us on the peak of that mountain…I hope you aren’t afraid of heights…and now we can see with a much clearer perspective what is on the other side. That’s what God wants to do for you.
     So practically speaking, what does that look like when it seems like our world is spinning so fast. How do we step out of that place of overwhelm. 

    Check out this week's episode of the UncommonTEEN Podcast!
    Connect with Us!

    Website: UncommonTEEN.com
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    Join us LIVE on Instagram on Friday evenings at 9pm Central for a Live Q&A with Coach Jamie!

    • 14 min
    40. There is Hope

    40. There is Hope

    God is an expert at making a way even when there seems to be no way.
    Almost half of teens today say that they struggle with feelings of hopelessness. 
     Isaiah 43:16-19-Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea and a path through the mighty waters, who brings forth the chariot and the horse, the army and the power (they shall lie down together, they shall not rise; they are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick): do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. 

    Do not remember the former things…what are the former things?
    The former things are the past mistakes that we bring up.All of the times that we thought we failed and has held us back.Those thoughts that you are nothing.Those thoughts that you will never be anything.Those thoughts that nothing will ever get better.Those thoughts that you will always struggle. Get rid of those thoughts…do not remember them any longer! Nor consider the things of old! 

    It is time to change our thoughts. It’s time to renew our mind to what God says instead of giving up or giving in because of what we’re currently walking through.

    It's time to get your hopes up!

    But how do we get to that place of where we are no longer hopeless? Check out this week's episode to learn more!
    Connect with Us!

    Website: UncommonTEEN.com
    Instagram: @uncommon.teen
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    Join us LIVE on Instagram on Friday evenings at 9pm Central for a Live Q&A with Coach Jamie!

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
139 Ratings

139 Ratings

Love, Cass ,

So relatable!

I am also very shy, like Jamie, so I feel like she understands me. She talks about things that I can relate to, and then gives Biblical advice and encouragement! Definitely recommend for teen girls!

12321.09890 ,

Great podcast!

This podcast is great! I love how things are explained, I also love what the episodes are about. I’m so glad that something like this exists. You’re doing great, keep doing what you’re doing ✝️

27laroccoe ,

Favorite podcast

Thank you sooooo much! I have been a Christian for as long as I can remember and I was always that uncommon girl in pubic school. I got bullied from second grade from fifth grade and it was the worst experience in my life. This podcast has been a true light In the darkness. And I have struggled with everything that you have talked about on this podcast. You have helped me grow my faith and understand that I shouldn’t have to hide my faith from others because I am fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s eyes and I finally see that. So thank you so much for that.

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