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!
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!
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.
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!
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! 😉
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.
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!
We read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and someone asked what reproof meant. After discussing the meaning of the word, that lead us into a discussion of the benefits of reading the Bible slowly, thoughtfully, and with the intent of learning something and growing in our Christian walk. If we don’t know for sure what a word means, we should look it up so that we have a full understanding of the scripture. It was great to see that lightbulb moment happen about the thorough examination of scripture in order to get a full understanding of it.
This service went a little different because there were several students are already doing their own quiet time studies. We had some of the students share about their quiet time experiences from the different scriptures they were reading. Then as a large group we discussed what stood out in those different passages. It was such a blessing to see these students living out what we have been talking about for the last month.
After the students spread out and had their quiet times, it seemed that prayer was standing out to several students. We talked about prayer for a while then I had them spread out again and pray for two things. The first thing I had them pray for was the families that don’t have good relationships with each other going into a very family oriented holiday like Christmas. I asked them to be very specific and list out everything they were grateful for. Then I had them pray and give thanks to God for all the many blessings that they have in their lives.
Due to the rain, we moved into the Fusion building to meet. Here the students spread throughout the building with the quiet time guide that I gave them and they got some practice having a quiet time.
After about 15-20 minutes we all came back together and discussed what stood out to us in our time with the Lord. Most of the students read the scripture that I provided them, but one student read something different because he is currently studying a different passage in his personal quiet time. He got to share with everyone what he read.
What a blessing it is to see these students growing in their faith and in their thirst for knowledge of God.