Delighting in Jesus

It was great to see everyone again this week.

We talked about God’s will for our lives and looked at Psalm 37:4 and Romans 12:1. We compared it to a loving parent who delights in sacrificing for their child. We don’t often equate suffering for Jesus with delighting in Him, but we willingly sacrifice our resources for the people and things we delight in.

I challenged all the students to find a way to delight in their time with the Lord rather than treating it like it’s a chore. I can’t wait to hear about how this impacts everyone’s time with the Lord this Sunday. 

Chatting With Purpose

Hey ladies! Thank you for spending your Sunday morning with me! If you missed it and are reading this to catch up, we missed you and we hope you will be able to join us this Sunday for the Q&A session!

During first service we all took time to read Philemon which lead to a great discussion that covered a multitude of topics such as slavery, forgiveness, salvation, and ancient laws. We were able to put into practice what a quiet time should look like: prayer, reading, reflecting, discussing, and application.

During second service, we took turns talking about what we are currently reading in our quiet times. We read from Genesis and talked about God’s wonderful creation, Ephesians and God’s great love for us and the beautiful picture of marriage, and Romans and the importance of faith. I loved hearing about what you are all learning as you read and spend time with God. 

This coming Sunday, come ready to ask questions that have been on your mind. We will turn to The Bible to find our answers! Daisy asked a question last Sunday that we will talk about this Sunday…Where is the Garden of Eden located? You don’t want to miss it! 

Have a great week!

Kelsey

P.S. Don’t forget to keep up with the challenges: 1) pray for your impossibles, 2) listen to Christian music when you can control what is being played, and 3) spend time with God every day!

Trust Jesus Through Trials

This week we discussed James 1:2-4. We will all have hard times and loss in this life, but the question is, will we hold fast to Jesus through them?

When we blame Jesus or turn our back on Him, we rob Jesus the ability to prove Himself faithful to us. Similar to a student running away from home and blaming their future hardships on their parents after the student ran from the care and protection.

We need to stick close to Jesus and see that He is faithful so that we can become even more trusting and steadfast in Him. I am looking forward to seeing all of the students again this week and hearing from them.

Fresh Start

During week 1 of this session’s Strength and Beauty, I talked about my quiet time and read a few verses from my quiet time on Sunday morning. We read and talked about Titus 3:1-2: “Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.”

We discussed the importance of prayers as well and went over the ACTS acronym for prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication and that our prayers should contain each aspect.

For this session, I have challenged the girls to 1) come up with 6 impossible things to pray about and we read Ephesians 3:20-21 to go along with that, 2) listen to Christian music for the next 3 weeks when possible, and of course 3) have a daily quiet time.

I look forward to seeing you all again on Wednesday night and Sunday morning. Come ready to talk about what you learned while spending time with God!

What is a knorkoon?

The students asked questions either from their quiet times or about quiet time.  One question that stood out was how to be consistent.  The girls all agreed they struggled with staying consistent.  They also shared ideas with each other about how to stay consistent. 

We talked about the enemy’s desire to distract us which led to a question about God knowing that Satan would tempt Eve and that they would eat the fruit.  I showed the students what I would do to answer a question like that biblically.  I would look up an article that had several scripture references.  Then I would study those scriptures in order to seek the answer.  With deep questions like that one, it takes time to find the answer.  I sent to article to the students and encouraged them to read the article with their parents and study scripture. 

Some of the students and I made up a word and challenged the students to figure it out by Feb. 4th, just for some fun.  You will have to wait until then to find out what it means! 😉

Overcoming Quiet Time Obstacles

The girls discussed their quiet times and what stood out to them.  The girls opened up about how busy life can be and how easy it is to get distracted.  We talked about setting an alarm on our phones to help remind us to have our Jesus time.  All of the girls liked that idea and set reminders on their phones.  We talked about how praying God’s Word went in their quiet times (most of the girls were not there the week before).  The girls that were there admitted they had forgotten to try it.  So we took about 10 minutes and I let the girls each look up a scripture and read it.  Then I asked the girls how they might pray that scripture.  The girls had really good feedback on how to pray each scripture that was given.  

Praying God’s Word

We talked about how not all time spent with Jesus or “quiet times” look the same.  This is a relationship and should be enjoyable. 

I like to use colorful pens when I journal.  I recently found faith stickers at Hobby Lobby and was so excited to use them in my journaling.  We discussed how some people like structure with their quiet times but what works for one may not work for another.  We can embrace our differences and accept that quiet times are different for everyone. 

I like to change it up and sometimes be adventurous.  A quiet time by the lake or at a park can be very refreshing (when it’s not 20 degrees!).  The girls shared their different preferences for a quiet time.  Some liked journaling and some did not. 

I shared the book I’m reading, Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word. That’s the challenge for the next three weeks for the girls.  They will try out praying God’s words as they read and meditate on them.  If they don’t know where to start, I gave them 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 or Ephesians 6:10-18. 

To close, I encouraged each young lady to build an intimate relationship with their Father who loves them deeply.  I point out that He has chosen them and set them apart for a purpose that I can’t wait for them to discover which will happen as they draw near to Him!