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