Thursday, March 1, 2012

Not Just Moved...but CHANGED for His Glory!

This past weekend was our now annual LifeWay Girls Leadership Conference. Such an amazing time of growth and concentration on seeking Christ and His righteousness with 41 of our FBC girls and leaders! LifeWay really does SUCH a great job on this Christ-centered, exalting event. My absolute favorite time of each Girls Ministry Retreat that we do is the "share time" towards the end of the trip. We did this last year after this conference and the testimonies confirmed two major facts for me. 1) This conference was worth it and we will do it again. And most importantly this share times reaffirmed yet again that 2) Girls Ministry is essential. Girls act differently, focus differently, listen differently, share/open up differently, and are ultimately more receptive when it's just the girls. It was encouragement that those in ministry need to see from time to time and I am so thankful for yet another glimpse at this. 

Like last year, I want to share with you some of the testimonies that were shared on the dark bus ride home on Saturday. With the whistling wind swooshing around the bus, each girls had to be so very girl in order to hear, and likewise the speak had to almost yell. But oh, was it worth it! Check out what was the Lord encouraged by this and pray with me that lives were not just moved by another conference but yet CHANGED for the glory fo God. 
  • “God showed me how to deal with drama. The past few months have been hard at school. He reminded me He is always there for me and that I am never alone.” -7th grade girl 
  • “I have been struggling for a few months. God showed me a new direction and opened my heart to missions this week.” -12th grade girl 
  • “I got lost at the conference, so I went to the closest breakout session. It was on World View. God showed me how to trust Him and His plans, despite what I was expecting.” -7th grade girl 
  • “I enjoyed the session on relationships. I learned that you should not teach the same way over and over again. Try to stick to one main thought. Try to give personal experience. The hands on exercises were powerful!” -Adult Leader  
  • “I went to the 'Modest is Hottest' session. I learned about how we are hurting our brothers in Christ by not being modest.” -7th grade girl 
  • “I loved Erin Davis’ breakout on 'how not to be a diva'.” -8th grade girl 
  • “I re-accepted God in my heart. I was touched by God during the 'Obsessions' talk.” -7th grade girl  
  • “My favorite breakout session was on social media! My second favorite was the 'Modest is Hottest' session. They both gave me lots of practical advice on keeping each other accountable.” -7th grade girl  
  • “I realized how much I need God in my life. Being with friends helps so much. It is such a blessing. God spoke to me in all sessions. I am so thankful.”  -12 grade girl 
  • “I am a senior dealing with stress about being a college freshman and being away from family. I liked the 'Essentials for Life After High School' session. God has blessed me with godly friends. If you stay true to God, you won’t lose yourself as a freshman in college.”  -12 grade girl 
  • “Life is a hard ride. Some people don’t know what to do in spiritual life and are struggling. No matter what goes on, go to the Bible, pray, and never give up. It can change your life. God really spoke to me.”  -10th grade girl 
  • “I have had a hard year. I have felt so loved at First Baptist Church. Erin Davis’ talk on 'Sisterhood' was powerful. You need girlfriends!” -8th grade girl 
  • “I liked Erin Davis’ talk on 'Sisterhood'. We all have mean friends. God told me to forgive friends and family.” -6th grade girl 
  • “I enjoyed the session on drama. I didn’t think I had drama in my life. I checked three fourths of the page and was very convicted! I want to be a follower of Christ, not a drama filled teen girl.”  -12th grade girl 
  • “I liked the 'God Goes Shopping' session. There was a girl that looked familiar at that session. When they had to choose partners, I chose her. It turned out, I had met her last year at this same conference. I feel I am not as outspoken with my testimony as she was. I learned I need to not be afraid to share my story.” -10th grade girl
  • “I have been so disobedient in not getting up early for a quiet time. I know God wants me to do it. I am starting to understand missions more. I went to the 'Sweet Sleep' session. I wanted God to show me ways to help in missions and He did. Proverbs 3:24. Sleep will be sweet.”  -Adult Leader 
  • “I loved the music and worship. I did not grow up Baptist. I grew up in a very traditional Catholic Church. Erin Davis was so easy to understand. Thanks Suzanne for taking us on this trip.” -8th grade girl 
  • “I enjoyed the 'Modest is Hottest' session. They talked about makeup and how society’s image of beauty is different from God’s. If you don’t fit it, you are not beautiful. But the King of King’s thinks you are beautiful and that is all we need.”  -7th grade girl 
  • “Share time is my favorite part of the trip. Such a blessing!”  -Adult Leader 
  • “I love hearing how God spoke to others during share time”  -10th grade girl
  • “I am new to Cleveland. I am struggling to find new friends. God showed me to trust Him and lean on Him.” -12th grade girl 
  • “I enjoyed the first workshop. We talked about being better teachers and not being so predictable because it causes disconnect. I was inspired to be more creative and make the lessons more exciting. The session on discipleship and mentoring inspired me. Maybe next year we can do discipling in the mornings. I learned that Satan wants to disqualify godly leaders. He wants to destroy faith and take a lot more with it. Never put your shield down.”   -Adult Leader 

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