Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Girls Ministry Questionnaire

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Monday, April 9, 2012

A word from our Girls' Intern, Emily Lavender!

I am excited to have our girls intern, Emily Lavender as this week's Guest Blogger! Emily is from Lexington, KY and is currently a freshman at Lee University. She is sharing about what God has been showing and teaching her through His Word and I am so honored to have her post and dor this great reminder of how constant our God is - especially within a very chaotic world! She is such a sweet servant of our King and I encourage all girls to get to know her as you can! :)   
Hi Girls!! I wanted to take some time and share with you a little about what God has been teaching me. 
There are two things I just love to do: Read books and talk to friends. I find great enjoyment in both of these. And, who knew the Lord could teach me something great through the things that I love. 

Like I said, I love to read. I have been reading several books lately on nutrition (yes, I am a health freak!). Last week, I finally threw my hands up! I am so confused. I read one book that says wheat is good for you. I read another that says wheat is bad and terrible for our bodies. What in the world?! How can one source say one thing and another say something completely opposite? I find this to be really annoying. 

I also love to talk with friends. There is nothing better than meeting a friend for lunch, catching up on life, and laughing our heads off! It is great. But, what’s not great is when you are chatting with your friend, they tell you something and the next day you hear something totally different than what your friend had previously told you.  

Who do we believe? What do we believe? This makes me want to SCREAM! Yes, I like my nutrition books and I love my friends, but they are going to fail us at times. 

After being beyond frustrated last week, I was reminded that the Lord is not like this at all. The Lord and His Word are constant, never-changing truth. At the end of the day we can set aside all of our worries, issues, and cares, open the Word of God and KNOW that it is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. God is the only firm foundation. We can rest in the arms of a God who will never leave us or forsake us. We can rely upon the gracious Lord and the promises and truths that He has for us. That brings so much relief, comfort, and joy!  

Psalm 119:142 says, “Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true.” Hebrews 13:5 says, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” ALL of these verses are TRUE, CONSTANT, and NEVER-CHANGING! Rest in these verses today and throughout this week, knowing that the Lord is our firm foundation. He will not fail us. 


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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Reflecting on Silence & Solitude

At the end of our Silence and Solitude we took some time to share about our experience of praying for three straight hours. Today I was reading over some of the "nuggets" from that time and want to share them with you. Sonia's post last week along with these quotes should encourage you not only to join us next time an opportunity like this is presented, but just in the power of prayer in general! You don't need an organized time like this to just stop and meet with your Father. Write down some areas, people, struggles, questions, passions, etc. that have been on your heart and just go for it! You'll be surprised where this time will take you and for how long.

“God answered questions during the first 30 minutes. I loved the version of the first verse. I answered each question it asked. I learned that I need to stop doing it my way.” 

“‘Live Freely’ stood out to me. I am so blessed to have great girls surrounded around me.”

“I loved the time in the room by yourself. It covered a lot of ground for me. It was a time of repentance and a time to lay down my pride. Also, I took that time to thank God for my family and friends. I loved the washing of the feet too! So humbling to have adult ladies in my life do that for me.”

“The first prayer time was good for me. I loved breaking down that verse and what it looks like in my own life. God takes the burden, I have to follow and stay true to Him.” 

“I loved the first prayer time. I went into our Sunday School room and I was trying to see all the things that I am thankful for in my life. I sat by the window and looked at my favorite tree. The tree had blown away from a recent storm. It just reminded me that God still owns it. God owns it all and even in the midst of chaos. This reminded me of my  own life and how much brokenness there is in it. The tree is never going to look the same- but it will be ok. Now the tree has a testimony.”

“I learned not to turn on a light where there is already light. I am not going to the dark places where I am called. I need to step it up.”

“I find myself putting my trust in other things or other people, not God. The 15 questions really challenged me. All I could do was sing the sweet hymn, “In Christ Alone”. God really challenged me with the question, “Are you putting your WHOLE trust in me or other things?” This was a great, refreshing, and challenging time spent with Lord that I needed so desperately.”

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
Matthew 11:28-30, MSG
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