Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December DIG Questions & More!

Hello, hello!

I hope you are doing well and have a full tummy from Thanksgiving! What a great time of the year to stop and think about all that you have to be thankful for! No matter what your circumstances are, there is always something to be thankful for...I would love for you to post something you are thankful for on the comment section too!

Ok...first things first, December's Dig Questions. If this is your first time, chick >>here<< to see our first DIG post and more about this opportunity. All of the questions surround the birth of Christ. As it is the season in which we celebrate His birth, I encourage you to read/re-read through Matthew 1 & 2 and Luke 1 & 2.

The 10 Dig Questions:

1.) Who was Jesus' great-great grandfather? (Matthew 1)

2.) What town was Jesus born in? (Matthew 2)

3.) Who was the King at the time of Jesus' birth? (Matthew 2)

4.) How many times is the birth of Jesus told within the four Gospels?

5.) What did the baby (John the Baptist) do inside his mother, Elizabeth's womb when Mary (Jesus' mother) greeted Elizabeth? (Luke 1)

6.) What does Luke 1:45 say?

7.) How long did Mary stay with Elizabeth before returning home? (Luke 1)

8.) What ruler issued that a census be taken? (Luke 2)

9.) What sign were the shepherds told to look for by the angel? (Luke 2)

10.) What had been revealed to Simeon by the Holy Spirit that would happen before he died? (Luke 2)


And now for the..."& More!" :)

The past few weeks have been jam packed with fun Girls Ministry happenings (which is probably why I got a little behind in my blogging...opps!). Pictures are my fave, so enjoy!



Tammy and Mike Holt organized a sweet two-night backpacking trip to Savage Gulf for some of our toughest girls! The girls enjoyed time out in the wilderness and covered over 10 miles of hiking with 30+ pound backpacks. A couple of them even led the group in Bible study and worship. I'm sure this was a weekend they'll never forget!




We had our first Girls Ministry Dine, Dig, & Drama which was loads of fun! The girls all brought clothes, purses and accessories they were tired of wearing but that were still in good condition and did an exchange! Everyone left with lots of goodies and learned what it meant to be a good steward with the things we have. We don't always have to buy brand new! We watched a fun "chick flick" and had a blast eating lots of yummy treats and hanging with the girls!




We also took more than 50 middle schoolers on a hike to Benton Falls after a Firehouse Sub lunch in the Illumination Room! What perfect timing...the Lord blessed us with a beautiful fall afternoon full of gorgeous fall colors and a crisp air.



This past Monday night was our final Middle School Monday Night Makeover before Christmas. We had a precious time at Mrs. Tammy Holt's home fellowshipping over some amazing treats and then digging into God's Word as we learned about how to handle those mean girls in our lives as well as making sure we aren't the mean girl to others. Mrs. Gina Allison showed up with her sewing machines and taught us all how to make winter hats (beanies, toboggan hats)! They are so cute! Don't you agree!

High School Girls, Get Ready! Your chance to make cute winter hats, fellowship, and learn about handling mean girls God's way is THIS Sunday, Dec. 6 from 4-6 at Mrs. Debbie Creech's home.

Whew! What an absolutely FUN November! There are more pictures posted on the FBC Girls Ministry Fan Page on Facebook, so check that out too!

Now...get to diggin' for the DIG Questions!!! :)

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Love That Surpasses Knowledge

Hi Girls!

I hope you are having a great week! If you are looking for the November DIG Questions, that is on the previous post…you can click here to go to it and answer the questions…there’s still time to win!


A week or so ago we were reading from Ephesians 3 in our quiet time books. Ephesians is such a sweet book because it talks about our oneness in Christ and the power that is found in Him. Within Ephesians 3 you will find such mighty promises; like that in Christ “and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” There can be no self-esteem issues there! There is our confidence and our freedom! Man oh man, if we were to only put our selfish mindset aside and instead seek “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Girls! Let’s claim this and be filled!


In my last post, I mentioned wanting to share with you part of an e-mail I received from Gina Allison last week. What a sweet experience she had with our Lord. I hope you will be encouraged as I was. Continue pressing on, girls! Continue meeting with our Lord through His Word and through prayer so that you may know “this love that surpasses knowledge” and be filled with the fullness of God.

“Sunday…highlight of my Fall (other than the Girls Retreat), we hiked/climbed Chimney Tops in the Smokies. I have wanted to do this for some time so I was thrilled. So we start out, it is cold, and wet and really foggy. We were really disappointed. The hike was steep, rugged and muddy. To work this hard and not see any views is really a bummer. But we decided to keep on to say we did it. We finally reach near the top, and the fog is so dense, you can barely see 15 feet. The “trail” quit being a hike and became a climb, like going up a ladder, but only a slick rocky surface…A person was up at the top coaching us along and said, “Good thing it is foggy, you can’t see how sheared off these cliffs are on either side.” It was like climbing into a cloud. I was really let down that we just climbed an amazing pinnacle and could see nothing.

Early in the morning, waiting for the ladies to arrive, I reread Ephesians chapter 3. Do I really believe that God can do immeasurably more than we can ever ask or imagine? So as I pondered sitting on Chimney Top, I prayerfully asked. “God I know you can do this, would you so bless us and unveil your majestic creation before us? I just want to see your glory.”

Shortly after that within 5 minutes of sitting there I noticed something. A shadow. Shadows require light. I looked and ever so faint there was a hazy glow of the sun. Then the amazing happened. It was as if the white curtain was falling and dark islands popped up in this ocean of white puffy clouds. The panorama of mountains were unveiled and the sun shown bright and clear. It was spectacular. I just kept saying, Thank you…what a gift! You are awesome God! It was as if God on His throne parted the sky with His own hands saying “It is My pleasure to reveal my glory to my child”. The beauty lasted about 30 to 40 minutes, and then closed up as fast as it opened. We climbed down in dense fog again, but filled, blessed and in awe that we were given such a priceless gift. Our God can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.”

Amen! Amen! I would LOVE for you to share with me, as well, the sweet things that the Lord opens your heart to through your quiet times, prayer life and just your daily walk with the Lord. Use the comment section to share.

Love you!

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Here's some pictures from Gina. You can see how foggy it was, how it cleared and how the fog returned. What a gracious God we serve!




Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November DIG Questions!

Hello Girls!

Below are November's DIG Questions! Remember: the first THREE FBC MS or HS girls to respond in the comment section on this blog (must be on this blog site, not facebook, etc.) with all 10 correct answers will then win a "date" with me, and must schedule it before the end of the month. We will have a DIG opportunity once a month, so always check the site for the next posting (usually the first Wednesday of every month)!

1. Which two cities were destroyed by God in Genesis?

2. How much time did Jonah spend in the belly of a whale?

3. What substance was used to caulk Noah’s ark and to seal the basket in which the infant Moses was set adrift on the Nile?

4. According to 1 Samuel, what weapons was Goliath carrying when he was slain by David?

5. What does John 15:16 say?

6. It is written that Enoch walked with God. It is also written in Genesis that one other person walked with God. Who is that person? (hint: look in chapters 5 and 6)

7. How many books of the Bible are named for women?

8. In Ephesians 5:8, what is the writer comparing Christians to?

9. In the parable of the lost sheep, how many sheep were lost

10. Give the Scripture reference of: "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers." (NIV)


*Stay tuned for another fun post soon regarding our quiet times and an awesome story from one of our Sunday School teachers on how the Lord used the Ephesians Quiet Time readings last week! Have YOU been in awe of God lately as well?? I would LOVE to hear about it! Post a comment below and share!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Girls Retreat 2009....YEE-HAW!!

Howdy Girls!

We're finally settled from the ROCKIN' Girls Retreat '09! I wanted to give you a recap and reassure you that you DO NOT want to miss a Girls Retreat again. Lucky for you, we still have plenty-o-fun planned between now and next year's retreat...click here to check it out!

This year's theme was on Pure Relationships. We talked about how to love one another and focused on Ephesians 4:32, "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." We studied God's Word on what it means to love others: friends, parents, and our brothers in Christ out of an overflow of our desire to glorify Christ, our Savior. If we really grasp what we have been saved from and the magnitude of how great our God is, we should want to honor Him in the way we treat others.

We were blessed with some amazing speakers from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY (my alma mater). Professor Jaye Martin brought a team of four seminary girls down to help lead the retreat.

Kelli Martin spoke on having a pure attitude, especially in dealing with friends and situations like gossip. She walked us through "Heart Talk" in that we can hope in a future that is good and prosperous (Jeremiah 29:11-13) for those that believe in Christ (John 3:16) and turn from their sin (Acts 3). It is by the Gospel alone that we are able to love others, and as believers we need to love others!

Caitlin Shakely and Diana London together spoke on having pure respect for our parents. While Caitlin hammered in on our call to honor our parents and honor God who placed them in our authority, Diana reminded us on the eternal outcome that could result from such obedience, especially if our parent(s) were non-believers.

Joy Harris brought a refreshing approach to the subject of boundaries...both in general and with boys (especially in respect to how we, as girls, dress). She walked through the 10 commandments and gave a voice to how these commandments are set to keep us on track with honoring God. We don't have to wonder what the boundaries we should set look like because God has told us how we can glorify Him with our life. Our task is simple: STAY FOCUSED.

I followed with our final session that summarized all of these points as ways that we can choose to honor God with our life. Before each action and each word, we have a choice: to either glorify God with our words and actions...or not to. Who/what are you serving?

We also had a very AWESOME Modest Fashion Show lead by a fantastic team of Juniors and Seniors. I was so proud to watch them throughout the entire retreat as they lead and encouraged all of our girls. Indeed, Modest IS Hottest!

Now....what you are really excited about....PICTURES!! After all, they are worth more than a 1000 words. Thanks to Mrs. Gina Allison you can >>click here<< for an album full of great shots and play-by-play recaps of the weekend.

Be on the look out next TUESDAY for our November DIG Questions and your chance to win a "date" with me! Coffee...ice cream...CFA?? Yay! Also mark your calendars: High School Girls Fellowship on Nov. 8th at Mrs. Megan Simpson's house from 6:30-8 PM and on Nov. 14th we are having a Dine, Dig, and Drama Event for all girls! Can't wait!!

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

DIG WINNERS!

Hello, Hello!

We are back from an AMAZING Girls Retreat! I am SO excited and pumped to get pictures in and recap the weekend for you! But for now I wanted to announce our 3 DIG Winners for October!!

*Ashley Heald*

*Savannah Savage*

*Michelle Peters*

Congrats Girls! Let's plan our "date" ASAP, before the end of October!

Everyone else, be on the look out at the beginning of November for our next round of DIG questions! I want to spend time with all of you so enter to win!! :)

Bye for now...

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

OCTOBER DIG! ... and other fun

Hello, hello!

The time has finally come for me to announce our first DIG opportunity!! First, let me remind you about what this is. DIG is a monthly opportunity to answer 10 Bible Question for a chance to win lunch, coffee, or ice cream with ME! These questions will challenge you to DIG through the Bible to find answers. The first THREE Cleveland MS or HS girls to respond in the comment section on this blog (must be on this blog site, not facebook, etc.) with all 10 correct answers will then win a "date" with me, and must schedule it before the end of the month. We will have a DIG opportunity once a month, so always check the site for the next posting!

October's DIG:

1) Of the 10 commandments, what is the 3rd commandment?

2) What did God appoint to destroy the plant that was giving shade to Jonah when he left Nineveh?

3) Give the Scriptural reference for this verse: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

4) What does Isaiah 26:4 say?

5) When Ruth and Naomi arrived in Bethlehem, what did Naomi ask the people to call her instead of her name and why?

6) In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25) what did the one who was given only one talent do with it?

7) In that same parable (Matthew 25) what did the master say to those who had gained additional talents from what they had been given?

8) What verses tells us that “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

9) Name all 9 of the fruits of the Spirit.

10) Name the Scripture reference in the book of James that refers to us as “just a vapor (or mist) that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”

Happy Searching! :)

Now...for a couple more fun tid-bits...

1) You have one week left to sign up for the girls retreat! Please help us plan the BEST retreat for you by signing up this week. Lots of planning goes into a retreat, so the sooner we know to count on YOU, the better! I so hope you can join us! It's going to be so much fun!

2) We had SUCH a fun first round of MNM nights with the Middle School girls last night! We met at Ms. Pandy's home and learned about Biblical femininity in the home. Ms. Pandy taught from Proverbs 31 and really emphasized verse 30, "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." It is also my prayer that our girls seeks to have pure hearts that are in awe of our Lord before their concern for theirs looks and wit. Ms. Pandy along with some of our other great moms then taught all 20 girls how to make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies (um, YUM) and how to sew on a button! Such valuable life lessons! The girls had a great time and cannot wait for our next meeting on November 30th at Ms. Tammy's home!

**High School girls...have no fear you will be learning and doing all this fun stuff at your Sunday Night Makeover at Ms. Megan's home. November 8th from 4-6 PM.

3) Last but not least, I had promised picture from our Girls Ministry Launch. Man, what a great night we had! Enjoy the pictures and leave a comment about what you are most excited for in Girls Ministry this year!












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