Monday, December 20, 2010

SPRING 2011 GIRLS MINISTRY CALENDAR!

Click on the image to enlarge the calendar! Can't wait to see all you girls at each of these events! It's gonna be awesome! :)

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Are You......NORMAL??

Recently I caught an episode of a popular talk show on TV while flipping channels. The subject was "Are You Normal?" It intrigued me, so I stayed tuned in! The show revealed statistics for a plethora of topics from how often the average person brushes their teeth and washes their hands, to drinking the last couple of sips in a coke can. It made me think of some of my own unique tendencies...

1) Sometimes when I can't sleep, I turn and sleep at the opposite end of my bed...and I am able to sleep!

2) I have never been able to put mascara on my eyelashes without getting it all over my eyes like a raccoon!

3) My Starbucks coffee order is so complicated it barely fits on the cup!

Ha. I'm sure some of this might put me in the weird category...and I'm ok with that! But! The cool thing is that I have actually met other people that have share at least one of these odd tendencies with me! So...I'm not alone! I have friends!

Seriously though, that's what I love about friendships. C.S. Lewis sums it up best:

"Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another:
'What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.'"
I couldn't agree more! Friendship IS doing life with those that are like-minded as you! It's a Sisterhood! Who you hangout with says a lot about what you enjoy, what you believe, what you prioritize....and that can be a good thing or a not so good thing.

This is why I am SO excited about our L.Y.L.A.S. 'Sisterhood' Lock-in that happening this Friday Night...ALL NIGHT! It's going to be a great opportunity to meet other girls who think the same as you, enjoy doing the same things, and help you on your walk with Jesus Christ! We were made for community. To walk with one another, trusting and being trustworthy. I hope you will join us for this fun night!

Proverbs 27:17 says, "As iron sharpens iron, so one friends sharpens another."

Join us as we build a tighter sisterhood of girl friendships, learn about the importance of accountability and mentorship relationships...and of course, HAVE A BLAST!

For fun...comment below on some of your unusual tendencies! You never know who is just like you! :)

Oh! And PS: Check out this Commercial Video our Girl Student Senate Leaders did for the Lock-in...as if you needed yet another reason to come?!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Flash Mob Awesomeness!

This is so cool! I must say, I have always wanted to see or better yet participate in a flash mob moment like this or the dancing ones. But this one in particular kinda brought tears to my eyes just watching it and imaging a moment like this where you are just living life routinely and then *BANG* a moment of Christ exaltation just takes over everything! I live and pray for a moment like this...not necessarily a flash mob, but for Christ and His glory to take over our community...our world in such a way that all of our lives are lived to praise and worship Him. That it has become our way of life.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Give Thanks!

Hi Girls!

This past weekend I was honored to celebrate the marriage of one of my closest friends! During the weekend, a friend and I were talking about Thanksgiving plans and as usual the conversation turned to that of dialect and how we southerners pronounce things differently than those from the north. My friend mentioned that he's noticed that southerners give more emphasis to "thanks" while northerners give more emphasis on the "giving". Both lovely.

But as the true Southerners that we are here in Cleveland, TN let us stop and think of all that we are to be thankful for! I know that I am overwhelmed with the faithful provision I have received from the Lord and have experienced my entire life! I am thankful that I get the privilege to led the Girls Ministry here at First Baptist, that you allow me into your lives and walk with me in pursuit of glorifying Christ more each day! I am thankful for the little things too, the details of life that make it all the more unique and fun! But without doubt I am thankful that I trust my Lord and that He is my Lord, I love knowing that the things I do worry about from time to time are not outside of Him. I am His.
"I will praise God's name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving." - Psalm 69:30

"All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God." - 2 Corinthians 4:15

What are you thankful for? Please comment! It would be a blessing! :)

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Girls Like Football Too!

Girls For HIS Glory had a GREAT day this past Saturday at our Father/Daughter Flag Football game! We had 100 players and volunteers show up at the Family Life Center fields to make this a really special day for Dads and their girls!

It was a perfect Fall morning for football with the 35 degree weather and steamy hot chocolate to get us going! We broke the group up between three fields and had games going for the super competitive folks over to the "just for fun" pairings. Each game played two twenty-minute halves with a short break in between for orange slices and Gatorade. The laughter, cheers and occasional thud as someone hit the ground hard were heard throughout the morning and really made it for a fun day! Note to Cleveland: We have some TOUGH girls and they can throw a football!

Upon the conclusion of our active morning, the Men's Ministry of FBC graciously provided a hamburger/hot dog cookout for all the girls and their dads/father-figures. The Men's ministry
was excited to see dads and daughters getting together and wanted to show their encouragement with this yummy treat!

Each family was also given a booklet that not only listed flag football rules and definitions for football related terms but also conversation starters for dads to use on a future daddy/daughter date. We even attached a buy one, get one free coupon to Smoothie King for their next date.

If you missed out, plan to jump in on our next Girls Ministry event (click on the calendar tab to the right!) and especially our next parent/daughter relationship building event. In the meantime plan your own date with your daughter. Here are the conversation starters given in the football booklet and would be great for you to start with:

1) If you could spend $100, how would you spend it?
2) How would you describe yourself in three words?
3) What is one thing you are most proud about in the other person?
4) What is your favorite thing you do as a family or together as parent/daughter?
5) Is there anything you wish you did differently as a family?
6) Is there any issue/hurt that you need to ask forgiveness for?
7) What change could the other person make to make themselves more Christ-like?

Remember, if you are a parent then you are your child's primary role model and character shaper. Dig in and plan some one-on-one time together...it will never be wasted time!

Praying for you!

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PS: Want to see more Father/Daughter Flag Football pictures?! Check out the FBC Girls Ministry Fan Page on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/FBCGirlsMinistry







Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Woman Who Fears the Lord Is To Be Praised

I have been thinking about this “fear” of the Lord for a couple of weeks now; this reverent, “in awe” kind of fear. Ever since Pastor Lockerman preached on fearing the Lord, this subject has stirred my heart and has been shown to me in almost every one of my Quiet Times for awhile now.

Pastor said that to fear the Lord is to 1) Know that the Lord is who He says He is and 2) He will do what He says He will do.

These are both frightful and freeing truths. In light of our sin, this can be either beautiful, or down right ugly and painful. Knowing that God will do what He says He will do means that He will judge our sin like He says. The truth is, we all sin, and apart from God we will have to pay for it (Romans 6:23). But Hallelujah! He has said more! “If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). That is not only being saved from paying the punishment of your sin, but also getting to know the Lord personally, have Him reside in you, and walk with Him daily. The Lord! Who is who He says He is…with you daily! Now that’s an “in awe” awesome fear!

Further, God doesn’t stop there! Pastor Lockerman has also been talking about our ‘Christ Story’ on Sunday mornings. God is and has been at work in us to fulfill purposes for His Kingdom! Your story may look different from my story (or I should say stories, because we have MUCH to do for the Kingdom) but our pursuit and purpose should be the same – to make much of Him! We must cling closely to and be “confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

But how does this affect your life? Your words? Your actions? Do you live “in awe” of the Lord? Do you fearfully and wonderfully praise God for who He is? Do you fearfully and wonderfully obey His Word? This is what it means to glorify the One who IS who He says He is and WILL do what He says He will do. He is the great I AM (Exodus 3:14), the Creator of all things, including time as we know it (Genesis 1) and He is the ONLY One worthy of our praise and our whole hearted attempt to obey Him and serve Him. And though we don’t deserve it, He honors us and glorifies us to celebrate Him for eternity. This is a beautiful fear! Indeed, “a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30b).

Praise God that He does what He says He will do! He has given us His Word!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”
John 1:1-2

Meditate on John 1. I’d love for you to comment on how the Lord speaks to you as you do. Click the ‘Comments’ button below and share it or any other thoughts you may have on the fear of the Lord.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Hello Girls!

WOW is an understatement! It has been such a whirlwind of emotions for many FBC folks as we have marched (literally) from the downtown property to our new facility on Stuart Road. The 4.5 mile walk was like an adrenaline rush as the excitement continued to build. From a week of 24/7 reading through the Bible (a couple of times even!) and continuous prayer to our first Wednesday Night Youth service and our first Sunday morning service just yesterday, it has been a historical time in the life of this church family. I am SO honored to be here and I hope you are too! Don't keep this joy and glory and praise experience to yourself - invite your friends! God is doing A-MAZING things here and we to exalt His work by sharing it with everyone we can!

Just take a look at what the walk was like! It was great to see so many of our youth involved! In fact, I would LOVE it if you would comment below and share what has impacted you the most over the past week - through the walk, the reading/praying, first services...share your thoughts!






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PS: Thanks so much to Gina Allison for the AWESOME pictures :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Stepping Forward with Grace and Hope

Hello Precious Girls!

So, I have been thinking a lot about this walk to the new church on Sunday...and I have to tell you - I am REALLY excited! If you haven't signed up I want to encourage you to do so ASAP!

Have you ever experienced times when people that are older...or err, more seasoned than you....and they like to tell you stories from when they were younger? Like how they had to walk to school up hills both ways, gas was only 10 cents a gallon, or they watched on a color-less television when man first walked on the moon. I am personally excited to be able to say that I remember when Pluto was considered a planet. Haha! But seriously, this Sunday's walk is a monumental moment not only in the life of First Baptist, but in YOUR life! Walks like this don't happen often. YOU are the next generation of this church. It is crazy to think about it, but it won't be too long until you will get to tell your kids that you remember walking the four and half miles from the previous building to the building they will grow up in...grow up learning God's Word, worshiping Him, and fellowshipping with Christ's Church...just like you have in this downtown property. What a special moment!

I have been on staff with FBC for almost 2 years...just over 21 months to be exact...and it amazes me that when I first came here there was nothing but a pile of dirt on the lot where a beautiful new building now sits. What a testimony of the Lord at work in people's lives to see it to fruition! I am reminded of these verses in Philippians 1:5-6 which says:
"because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Verse 4 says too that "I always pray with joy" because of this. And I echo Paul in this because this is just an exciting and joyful time. I hope you won't take this opportunity lightly. Pack your lunch, pull out a red t-shirt and take part in what the Lord is doing here and now! As I too pull out my walking shoes I can't help but think of 1 Corinthians 12 when Paul speaks about the church being one body made of many different parts. To pull out a few of the verses, he says:
"The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. (vs 12)" and so on..."If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. (vs 15). "The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you! (vs 21)." "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (vs 27)."
Now, I know this is speaking of spiritual gifts and the talents that each of us have to offer to the body...the church. But it also paints a precious picture of each of us (of different ages, backgrounds, testimonies) being apart of one body....verse 27: "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." I love it! So, I urge you - be apart of the body this Sunday...the walking feet if you will!

I look forward to walking with you, worshiping along side you! See you Sunday!

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

FALL 2010 CALENDAR!

Double Click on the Calendar to enlarge it!

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

GIRLS MINISTRY KICK-OFF PARTY - THIS WEDNESDAY!

Hello Girls!

I hope you are getting just as excited as I am for the Girls Ministry Kick-Off Party THIS Wednesday, September 1st at 6:30 PM (doors open at 6:00)! We will have great snacks and even greater door prizes but more importantly we will be talking about why we even have a Girls Ministry here at FBC and we will walk through our rockin' Fall Calendar.

This event is for ALL Girls in Middle School or High School....and please invite your Mom, Aunt, and all your besties from school! Everyone is going to want to learn about all the fun stuff planned for this year!

We are even bringing in Georgie Wilkins from Athens, GA to lead us in worship! This night is to celebrate being girls that worship our King, so help spread the word and make every effort to be there by or before 6:30 pm! Start your homework tonight! Also, check out the sound clip below of Georgie singing "Saved My Soul". She's awesome! I am excited for y'all to meet her!

Can't wait to see you! And who knows...you could be sportin' a new pair of TOMS, earrings, a scarf or a whole lot more cuteness after Wednesday night!

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Girls with Gumption...Are You One??

Hello Sweet Girls!

It has been a crazy busy summer and I have loved every minute of it and the relationships that were strengthened with many of you! But I will be honest, I am excited too that school has started back this week as it allows us all to get back into a little more of a routine (though in youth ministry you never have too much routine).

In a couple of months we will be kicking off our SECOND official year of Girls Ministry at FBC with a party! It will be a night of worship, vision sharing, food, fellowship...and of course some fun giveaways. A night you won't want to miss as we will be walking through our Fall calendar and detailing some new events for you! Moms and daughters of all MS and HS girls (and their friends!) are strongly encouraged to join us on Sept 1st at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall. Help spread the word!

As I have been finalizing plans for our Girls Ministry this year I have continually gone back to our core value of first and foremost glorifying God and using this central theme to evaluate our calendar for the year. This is my heart behind this ministry and focus of everything that comes from it! I want to continually point each of you to understanding the gospel, it's depth and magnitude, to knowing Christ and the Word so that you CAN be girls that glorify God in all you say and do!

I was reading the blog of my friends in girls ministry (www.girlsministry.net) and loved how she furthered this calling to be girls that glorify God by also challenging girls to make a stand for this lifestyle...to be girls with gumption! You are not just following rules but yet living your life in such a way that you are making a stand for Christ! Here's a bit of what Kristen Carr has to say about Girls with Gumption, which also echoes my heart for our girls and this ministry here at FBC (you can read the entire post on the website, day July 27):

"As tempting as it can be as Girls Ministry Leaders to focus our efforts on helping girls save sex till marriage, wear modest clothing and stop backbiting with one another, I don't think these things can be the "back bone" of our ministries. Why? Because it is the person of Jesus Christ that we want these girls to declaratively follow, not the rule book that makes them look like "good Christians." If, then, we set up our ministries to facilitate their growth in knowledge and understanding of who Jesus is, the unfailing love He is pouring out on them, the life He is inviting them to, and the adventure and calling He has already ordained for their lives, I think we create space for our Savior to raise up a generation of girls with gumption. Girls with gumption grounded in the truth and faithfulness of their trustworthy Savior. Girls with gumption enough to say not only with their mouths, but with their lives "I have decided to follow Jesus and even if none go with me, I still will follow. No turning back, No turning back." Girls with gumption based on their decision to follow the person of Jesus Christ, not just a bunch of rules."

Girls I hope that as you mature in your walk with Christ your desire to be a girl with gumption will only grow stronger! I am praying for you as you begin a new school year...I pray that God is preparing to use you in mighty ways to impact your school and community! He will if you will just follow Him.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

BY HIS GRACE, FOR HIS GLORY!

Whew!

I just got back from two weeks amongst the awesomeness that we call Camp Cherokee. There really just isn’t adequate words to describe the wonder of this place. Maybe that’s why our camp cheer, “BOBO” is made up of made up words? ha! Who knows. On one hand it is a place to go and be still before the Lord because we are free from the hustle and bustle of our every day schedules, emails, facebooks and to-do lists, but at the same time it is a place of schedule and disciplined time before the Lord. Which is sometime we all need regardless of our consistency to meet with the Lord on our own....it’s just different at Camp Cherokee. The scenery of historic oak trees and glass-like lake water nestled within a bear preserve is just so beautiful that it allows your soul to take a deep breath like maybe it hasn’t in a long while. Yes, there’s bees, biting flies, spiders and mosquitos galore, and yes it’s like thousand degrees and so hot that there’s never really even a single moment that you aren’t completely drenched in sweat...but honestly I think this only enhances the experience.

I come away from these two weeks amazed at how the Lord chooses to move at this place. Sometimes I get fearful of places or experiences like Camp Cherokee...places that everyone KNOWS the Lord the will be at work. I get nervous that we can put too much stock in the PLACE rather than our GOD that is at work. He can work ANYWHERE just like He does and has at Camp Cherokee. But regardless of where the Lord CAN work, He DOES work at Camp Cherokee. While I attribute this more to the “retreat from distractions” I am thankful that we have been so blessed to have such an amazing place to retreat to. I thank God for Camp Cherokee!

Dan DeWitt from Southern Seminary (and author of theolatte.com) did an AWESOME job leading us and teaching us through Galatians both weeks. His main take-away point was for us to know that “God saved us BY His grace and FOR His glory”. Our salvation is rooted in the first half of this statement (by His grace) and our reaction and livelihood is rooted in the second half (for His glory). I think so often people are ready to admit they are sinners and walk the aisle for forgiveness but they miss grasping the magnitude of how it all happens! By His grace means He did all the work...yes! Work we couldn’t do...yes! But the work was INTENSE! He took ON our sin and our judgement! He paid the price so that we are no longer condemned! This understanding should change us! We should be different, we should act different, we should speak different - we should want to praise Him in all things and in all ways! Yes, all for His glory!

Ah, what solid truth! What life-changing, life-surrendering, life-offering truth! Yes, I thank God for time to retreat from distractions, to come and be uncomfortable in the quietness before the Lord so that we could hear (maybe for the first time) the power and freedom that is ours in Christ! Now that you’ve heard, now that you know...choose to live differently. Don’t let it just be an experience at a beautiful place, but instead react to the God that ignited your heart and called you to Himself. React by living a life set apart.

REACT!

BY HIS GRACE, FOR HIS GLORY!

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PS - If you missed camp, you also missed this AWESOME video Dan DeWitt created for Southern Seminary, "What is the Gospel"...view it below and pass it along!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

BLOG SERIES || PART 3 of 3 || HOW HOT IS TOO HOTT?

Hello, Hello!

Today we will wrap our 3-part series on the Do’s and Don’ts of Photography and Photo Sharing! Be sure to look back at the past two posts if this is your first visit to the blog within this series. I hope this has been an eye opening walk-through for you and has caused you to seriously re-evaluate some areas in your life, or even (and I hope this most of all) it has encouraged you that you are seeking to glorify God “in all things”.

The fact is, when you post something on the internet or you text a picture, you don’t have control of what other people might do with it or how it could be used elsewhere. Once they are posted online, you are giving full rights to your image to anyone, even a creeper! I know this seems gross, but it’s the truth.

The reality is many guys and men struggle with the area of lustful thoughts (which is stimulated by what they see) so we cannot afford to be ignorant about how we, as girls, present ourselves or dress in public. Further, we have gotten too casual with what we are sharing on social networking sites and we can no longer be so lazy in our pursuit of holiness and praise to the Lord. We must take responsibility for how we present ourselves, just as much as guys need to be disciplined in their thoughts.

SO, How Hot is Too Hott?

“Sexy” according to Webster’s dictionary, is “something that is sexually suggestive or stimulating.” Sounds a lot like what pornography does.

With summer time upon us we need to pay special attention to bathing suit pictures. I just posted a blog post challenging you to think differently about the cut of your bathing suit. I challenged you to desire to live the same way when you have to and when you don't "have" to...at church and away from church. You will never be somewhere were you are not a witness for Christ, you are an ambassador! Remember: 2 Corinthians 5:20! Think about this…if guys struggle with lustful thoughts…do you think wearing a bikini would help with that thought process? Do you think a bikini looks like lingerie/undergarments? I do! So if you are posting pictures of yourself (and friends) in your bathing suits, then you have literally just created an online “look book” of lingerie-type pictures….or in reality a form of pornography. Trust me, a guys mind does NOT say…”oh that’s just a bathing suit...not lingerie, so I’m not as affected by this picture showing off a girls body.”

Girls, don’t believe this lie. We must rally together to do what we can do to protect our brothers in Christ!

So, what to post on Facebook or send through Text?

      • No Sexy pictures. PERIOD. Remember Sexy is something that is sexually suggestive or stimulating. So stray from posting pictures in your bathing suit, in a low-cut shirt, short skirt, inappropriate postures or angles! Instead, P.R.A.I.S.E God through your pictures!
      • Also, I would strongly suggest never posting pictures you take of yourself by yourself. Having an entire album of arm shot pictures of yourself is just not necessary. This goes back to the question of motive!
    • Who should see our pictures?
      • Consider if this is a fun memory for you or for everyone?
        • Not EVERY picture you take needs to be uploaded online. Some pictures need to be kept as a private memory. Others might not look at each of your pictures the same way you do.
      • As for texting? My rule: Only text pictures of a group of people or a scene shot describing where you are. Not just of yourself….and NEVER at anyone’s request for a picture of yourself!

At the end of the day what you post on social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace is often times how people get to know you. Employers, friends, your friend’s parents…your Girls’ Minister (haha)! What are you sharing with others? How do you think you are being perceived? I challenge you to stop right now and take a look through your online photo albums and re-evaluate what you are sharing with the world. My guess is you might need a photo-album makeover and delete a few!

You are beautiful and your King is enthralled by you! So don't let the culture define you any longer! Instead choose a position of Gospel influence and holiness. BE SET APART!

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PS: If you want to see more fun group shots from the event with Ami & Alison Photography then >> click here <<.

Monday, June 7, 2010

BLOG SERIES || PART 2 of 3 || THE DO'S & DON'TS

Hi Girls!

This is part two on the Do’s and Don’ts of Photography and Photo Sharing! Last post I discussed the purpose behind us being mindful of what we share with others through photography (to glorify Christ!!) and in this post I am going to give you some helpful tips to accomplish this!

Psalm 139:14 praises God and reminds us that you were fearfully and wonderfully made! And Psalm 45:11 says “The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.” At the photo shoot I gave the girls lots of questions for them to ask themselves next time they are taking a picture, and ESPECIALLY if they are posting or sending a picture online or through text. Remember this: you want to P.R.A.I.S.E God in your photo sharing, so check the following before you post!

POSTURE:

    • Posture is important! This includes how you sit, stand, and position your body for a picture. It’s important also to make sure you’re not leaning over too much, that your skirt isn’t too short or your shirt too low. Rule of thumb: always sit like a lady.

RIGHT MOTIVE:

    • Why are you taking the picture?
      • Are you capturing a memory, a stage of your life, are you celebrating something? These are good reasons to take pictures!
      • Or are you self-promoting yourself, wanting others to notice you and your fine looks. Remember, the KING is enthralled by your beauty, who else do you need to tell you how beautiful you are?

ANGLE:

    • Angle is everything! Trust me, the right angle can help in positive ways…I know this secret for sure. But some angles are not honoring to God – such as giving suggestive looks (the pouty face!) and suggestive posturing. Pictures taken of yourself by yourself with the camera lifted high above you and pointing downward can often focus on your chest and not on your face. This can cause guys to stumble so it’s important to focus on your face only in pictures!

I-WITNESSES:

    • It’s important check who your audience is as well!
      • Who is seeing the picture?
        • Sometimes we take pictures when we are being silly and hanging out with “the girls,” but that doesn’t mean these pictures need to be posted where boys can see them too. One example would be pictures taken at a slumber party in your pjs.
        • Before you post/send a picture ask yourself: ‘Would you show this to your grandma? Your pastor? Your brother?’
      • Who is taking the picture? Do you trust the photographer to only post appropriate pictures? Be aware of this before a photo session begins!
      • Who is asking for the picture and why are they asking for it?
        • It’s never ok for a guy to ask you to send him a picture of yourself. The motive is usually not right, especially if he asks you to be dressed a certain way for the picture (like in your bathing suit)…or not dressed at all. There is really never a reason to send a guy a picture of yourself. Ever.

SURROUNDINGS:

    • Where are you when you are taking pictures? Is it somewhere you shouldn’t be? (ie: not at school when you should be, at a party, driving a car while taking picture, etc.? Even if you weren’t partaking in things you shouldn’t, a picture can make it seem as if you were. You will be guilty by association. Be sure to ask yourself if you are with people or items you want to be associated with?)
    • Is it somewhere that can lead others minds to impure thoughts? (ie: your bedroom, lying on your bed, in the bathroom, etc.) Remember a picture is worth a 1000 words and your surroundings say a lot!

EXTRA CARE:

    • What else is in your picture? Be sure to look out for the “little things”:
      • Bra strap showing?
      • Light through your skirt?
      • Undergarments lying in the background?
      • Are you revealing more than you want to reveal?

These guidelines will not only help you when you take your next picture or post your next album, but they will also help you look back through your current pictures and reevaluate what you are sharing with the world. Take a moment now and see if you are offering God PRAISE through your pictures. Thursday, I’ll be addressing the question, “How hot is too hott?” I would love to read some feedback as you walk through this blog series. Please comment in the comment section below!

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PS: If you want to see more fun group shots from the event then >> click here <<.


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

PHOTOGRAPHY DO'S & DON'TS BLOG SERIES || PART 1 of 3

Hi Girls!

A couple of weeks ago we had a WONDERFUL time at the Peter’s home for our Girls Photo Shoot. Ami and Alison Photography came and captured gorgeous headshots of each of the girls! If you were at the photo shoot and have not received instructions on how to get your pictures, then please e-mail me as soon as possible. If you want to see more fun group shots from the event then >> click here <<. Since everyone was so cute and dressed up we had a "tea party" style lunch and then all gathered for a talk on the do’s and don’ts of photo taking and photo sharing (online and through text).

It is my hope to recap that lesson here for you through a series of three blog posts. I hope that you will not only use this as a tool for discernment on what you should share online, but also as a resource when sharing your heart on this matter with your friends. We must rally around this together in order to see change and bring God glory in this area!

Today, I want to discuss why we need to be mindful of how our pictures look and what we share with others. In the next post I will walk through a list of questions to ask before you even take a picture or post a picture. The final post in this series will wrap everything up by asking the question, “How hot is too hott?” I hope you will check out each one!

As you know, our purpose as God’s creation (and the heartbeat of this ministry) is to glorify God first and foremost and in all things. 1 Peter 4:11 says:

“If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

Sometimes we can forget that “in all things” actually means ALL things. Glorifying Him in church and in service projects seems like a no brainer. We’ve also talked about honoring Him with your clothing choices, with boys, and how you treat others…but do you think to glorify Christ in your every day tasks like texting, facebook, and through your photo albums?

Check back on Monday for some practical ways in which you can seek to glorify God in theses areas.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"IT JUST MIGHT BE THE BEST WEEK OF YOUR LIFE"

Hi Girls!!

We’ve been super busy in the Youth Ministry office at church getting ready for CAMP CHEROKEE 2010! Camp is an AMAZING time of fun with friends, non-stop activities, and most importantly recharging you walk with the Lord. From tons of sports, water tubing, and some of the BEST food ever to camp fires, worship services, and tribal talks, there is never a dull moment. Whether your goal is to win a Bubble Bee or have your tribe be the Camp Champs, you don’t want to miss out! But the BEST thing about camp is retreating from the hustle and bustle of life and giving yourself time to be still before the Lord.

But don’t take my word for it! Check out what some of our FBC Girls have to say about camp! Here’s what I asked them…

1. What do you love most about camp?

2. What are you most excited about for camp THIS summer?

3. Why should others come to camp?


Hannah Wilds (rising 12th grader) said…

“My favorite thing about camp is making new friends and camp food! I am most excited this year about learning a lot and meeting new friends. EVERYONE should come to camp to have the funnest week ever!”

Annelise King (rising 8th grader) said…

1. Campfire and all the great worship services

2. EVERYTHING! Especially the interaction with other Christians.

3. You will have a lot of fun and make some wonderful memories.

Devon Vaughn (rising 12th grader) said…

“I love camp food! It is amazing... especially dirt cake. The people are amazing, too. I am most excited about the food, in case you couldn’t tell. I am also super excited about worship sessions and brother/sister tribe time. People should come to camp for the food, fellowship, and amazing time on the lake.”

Mary Martha Maddox (rising 8th grader) said….

1. I really like the quiet time and the worship services and tubing and the iceburg! :)

2. I won’t be at camp this year because I am traveling. :(

3. People should come to camp because its a blast, all your friends go, and you worship God for almost a week!

Michelle Peters (recent HS graduate) said…

1. The food! and the sunshine show (quiet times). The sports!

2. Fellowship, and a fresh touch from God

3. It is a unique time to have fun, fellowship, and meet with the Lord

Eryn Clark (rising 9th grader) said…

1. Food!

2. Seeing all my friends, and food!

3. To get closer to God and meet new people

Gabby Earby (rising 12th grader) said…

“My favorite part of Camp Cherokee is worshiping every night. I love every part of camp, but that is definitely my favorite part. I love being with my friends, and making new friends. I learn so much that week. I grow so close to God, and I really get into His word. Camp Cherokee is one of the highlights of my year.”

Lainey Goodwill (rising 8th grader) said…

1. The feeling of safeness and security of being with people who love the Lord.

2. We (Annelise & I) got a big group of people from school to come.

3. It just might be the best week of your life.

Kristen Pickett (rising 12th grader) said…

1. I love camp because I love being able to spend a whole week with God and my peers.

2. I am really excited about being able to fellowship with all of my friends, and leave reality. (& food)

3. Others should come to experience a one on one relationship with God.


Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! What great feedback! Doesn’t it make you want to go? It sure does get me more excited that camp is less than a month away!! Wanna hear from more girls? Stayed tuned! So many of our girls responded with why they love camp so much that I will post more next week! I would love to hear from you too! Tell me why YOU love camp so much in the comment section below!

If YOU aren’t signed up for camp then do so now!!! You can fill out a form at church or register and pay online at www.fbsmonline.com. Hope to see you at camp! I’ll be there!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Guest Blogger! "The Church Girl Stereotype"

Hello Girls!

I am SO excited to introduce to you our first guest blogger on Girls for HIS Glory! Lainey Goodwill, a 7th grader in our Girls Ministry took the initiative to write a devotional and I just loved it! Her heart is to be a teen that is reaching teens and I think she did an excellent job of bringing encouragement for you! Please feel free to leave a comment in the comment section! I hope to have Lainey post again soon…and I think you will too!!

The Church Girl Stereotype: WORLD vs. WORD

“The Church Girl”. Who is she? Well, I’m going to give two view points: 1)Who the world says she is, and 2)who God says she is. In the end it’s really all about whose opinion matters most to you (World’s or God’s) as well as asking ourselves, What’s more important to me?

THE WORLD SAYS:

church-girl (church-gIrl) def. A girl who is stereotyped as someone who is socially awkward because of her religious background, which often alters the way she dresses, dates/courts, behaves and thinks. It is common that this person is unpopular and disliked because of this stereotype. It is assumed that she will make the person she is talking too feel uncomfortable or guilty.

THE WORD SAYS:

Being “the church girl” is something to be proud of! When people see you, they see that you are God’s child! In Philippians 2:14-16, Paul says

“Do all things without complaining and disputing that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights of the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”

See? As Christians, it’s our job to be the light of the world, and to show people what you believe. Do not be ashamed of it! To put things into perspective, think about this: Do you really think being the only one not going to that party is really going to matter a year from now? How about 3 years? What about eternity? We all know that at some point we will sin. We might download a certain song we know we shouldn’t be listening to, we might go to see a movie we know we shouldn’t see, and we might say things we wish we hadn’t said. But, we will regret doing these things in the long run. We’re supposed to be honoring God here, right? Whatever happened to being the light of the world? Is that job only left for Sundays?

Absolutely not. We need to be lights of the world on the days we feel like giving up. We need to be lights of the world when everyone else is turning away. That’s when it counts. Being a child of God is not a part time job. When 5 o’clock comes around, we can’t take off our little “church girl” badge, throw in the towel, and promptly go against everything we believe. That would mean that all of our work meant nothing.

So, let’s not waste our lives doing things we know won’t matter in the end. We really don’t have much time. James 4:14 says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? It is a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” The time I spend here on earth is precious and I am going to spend it being a church girl.

Will you join me?

By: Lainey Goodwill, 7th grade, First Baptist Student Ministries

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

WORDS TO LIVE BY :: MAY'S DIG QUESTIONS!

Hello, Hello!

May DIG Questions are below! Remember: 1) These come from this week’s quiet time material (Week 34: Proverbs 19-20). 2) The first THREE girls to respond with the correct answers win a “date” with me for free ice cream, lunch, dinner, coffee…whatever! (within reason, of course). This has been lots of fun, so if you haven’t gotten to have a date with me yet, don’t miss out! Comment today! 3) Not only is it fun to win, but these questions are here to help you get the most out of your Bible study time!

1) Proverbs 19 states that “it is not good to have zeal without _________”?

2) What is a quarrelsome wife like?

3) Restate Proverbs 19:18 in your own words as it would relate today.

4) What must you do in order to end up wise? (hint: 19:20)

5) “The fear of the LORD leads to life…” what does this result in (hint: see the next verse)?

6) Proverbs 20 states “every fool is quick to ________”?

7) Restate 20:4 in your own words. How can you apply this to your life today?

8) What does Proverbs 20 say is a rare jewel?

9) What does the lamp of the Lord search?

10) What keeps a king safe and his throne secure?

Awesome! I hope you enjoyed reading through Proverbs 19 & 20 and were blessed from taking an extra minute to really savor its words. These are sweet, sweet words to live by and to help keep ourselves in check. Glory to God first and foremost!

I will have a surprise next week on the blog, so be sure to check back here next Wednesday!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mission Possible: Swimsuit Challenge!

Hi Girls!

I have posted the Mission Possible video below! As mentioned in Youth Group, you have been challenaged to count up how many one-piece swimsuits Anna and I showed you in the video. Comment on this blog post with the swimsuit number and your full name and you will be entered to win a $40 gift card at Target to get your own uber cute swimsuit for the summer!

So, why am I doing this? Two reasons. First, so many of you have told me that it's IMPOSSIBLE to find a cute one-piece bathing suit around here, and I wanted to prove you wrong (haha!). It was definitely a Mission POSSIBLE. Second, I want to challenage you to reconsider your mindset on summer modesty. Our rules for camp dress are not in place to annoy you and make you have to buy different clothes, but to set an example in modeling modesty. I want to challenage you to desire to live the same way when you have to and when you don't "have" to...at church and away from church. You will never be somewhere were you are not a witness for Christ, you are an ambassador! "We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us" (2 Corinthians 5:20). How awesome is that! Further, as Christ's ambassadors, you have been made holy, which we know means "to be set apart." Often that will mean doing something different than what everyone/the culture is doing. Indeed, this is a BIG decision to make in the life of a teenager, but just like Esther, perhaps YOU have been put in this position for such a time as this. (Esther 4:14).

Check out this passage in 2 Timothy 4:1-5:

"I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his Kingdom: Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you."

Girls, you have been given a mighty awesome opportunity! To be an ambassador of Christ! To live out the Gospel! To encourage others in their faith! To endure hardships in order to do the work of an evangelist! Claim these truths when you choose what to wear, how to act and what to speak to your peers. Don't be swayed by our culture, desiring what suits you and what tickles your ears. Instead choose a position of Gospel influence and holiness.

So, check out this fun and goofy video Anna and I put together for you! Count up the many uber cute suits we found, post and enter to win!


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