This week, I am honored to have Mrs. Amy Pierce as a Guest Blogger on Girls for HIS Glory! Amy and her husband, Blake, head-up our Wednesday Night check-in and first-time guest experience. They do an awesome job of engaging with students and helping them get plugged it. Amy led our Middle School Girls 411 in January on the topic of "Neediness" as we have continued to work through Mary Kassian's book, "Girls Gone Wise - in a World Gone Wild". Amy did such an awesome job, I asked her to recap her lesson here. Enjoy!
"When you hear the word neediness what do you think about? Does it remind you of your friend who constantly wants all the attention, or maybe your sister who can’t stop texting long enough to listen to you? What about the girl down the street who’s always changing her hairstyle? Let’s face it. We are all needy for someone or something.
Where does this neediness come from? It comes from a desire to be satisfied. The Lord put this longing in us so that we would come to Him to be satisfied. If we are not spending time with the Lord we will look to other people or other things to fill us up. Galatians 1:10 states, "Am I trying to please people or God? If I were still trying to please people I would not be a servant of Christ." Let’s ask ourselves this question. Who’s approval am I looking for?
C.S. Lewis wrote, “What does not satisfy when we find it was not the thing we were desiring.” Suppose you have two water fountains in your school. One is brand new with crystal clear water flowing from it. The other fountain is old, rusted and as the water flows out it touches the dirty end of the spout. Which do you prefer to drink from, the new clean fountain or the dirty rusted one? The Lord is like the new fountain. He knows what is best for you and He wants to give you the desires of your heart. Our friends and all the things of this world are like the old fountain. They have been used over and over again. They have the same problems you have. They will never be able to fill your desires or satisfy your longings. Drink from the new fountain, the living water, our Precious Lord! He will fill you every time!
Sure Mrs. Amy, easier said than done, right. You‘re right! Easier said than done. However, it’s just like a bad habit. Replace it with a good habit and before you know it easier done than said.
Here are a few practical ways you can be satisfied by the Lord:
- Spend time alone with God. Open your bibles. Pick out some scripture and talk to Him about it.
- Pray. Tell the Lord about the things that are painful, or hurtful. Tell Him what you are excited about or what confuses you.
- Guard your time. Don’t hand your precious time over to worldliness. Make sure you pay attention to the time you spend getting ready, talking and texting, sharing on the computer, athletics, or just staying busy.
- Find an accountability partner. Someone several years older than you who you can trust. Someone who you know walks with the Lord. Someone who has already been through the things you are going through. Most importantly someone who tells you the truth and asks you the hard questions. Not someone who tells you what you want to hear.