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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