Girls and Chocolate

10 Apr

As soon as Dan made the announcement, “The winner gets the brownies,” the girls staged an impressive come from behind victory.  Never come between a woman and her chocolate!

Good times with good friends.  That’s the power of collaboration!

Challenge List! 4/7/2011

5 Apr

CHALLENGE LIST FOR THIS WEEK!

Keep memorizing our 5 verses! Proverbs 11:221 Timothy 4:12, Romans 12:2, 2 Timothy 1:7 AND the new one from this week is 2 Timothy 2:22.

“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

This verse sums it up perfectly!  Rebelling against low expectations (flee the evil desires of youth), do hard things (pursue righteousness, etc.), and the power of collaboration (along with those…).

Attend our collaboration yard sale planning session o’ fun.

Read the yard sale post (here) and the GFA post (here).  Brainstorm ways that you can help with this project!

Read this AWESOME blog post about a girl who did a hard thing!  She was talented in a lot of areas, but CHOSE to push herself in an area that didn’t come naturally to her – and it totally paid off!  (read it here.)

Read chapter 8 of Do Hard Things – and catch up if you’re behind!  Journal (make notes of) the things you find interesting or meaningful.  Remember to bring your book and notes next week.

Practice our 4 Youth Sunday songs.  (Find them here.)

Pray for Youth Sunday.

That God would teach us, reveal Himself to us, and prepare our hearts for leading worship.
That the Holy Spirit would draw many, many, many people to attend!
That we would be faithful in inviting, preparing, and praying.
That God would bless the service, and use it to draw many people into a closer relationship with Himself.
That God would use it to strengthen relationships between you and other church members.

Pray for your own spiritual growth.

That God would reveal Himself to you.
That He would help you understand the Bible.
That He would guide you through your day.
That He would show you how much He loves you in real, every-day ways.
That He would give you a great Christian friend to encourage you and challenge you.
That He would give you strength and courage to do the right things.
That He would give you new desires – to do great things for His glory.

Start writing down a running list of hard things you can do/want to do, if you haven’t already.

Watch this (very cool) video – just to remind yourself of what God can do with your life RIGHT NOW!

Yard Sale (woop, woop!)

5 Apr

This spring, our girls are hosting a big, giant, whopping yard sale and ALL the profits are going to support Gospel For Asia.

We were inspired to take on this project because of chapter 7 in Do Hard Things.  The chapter is about the power of collaboration – not being too intimidated (or too apathetic) to tackle things that are too big to do alone.

The idea for the yard sale was inspired by this little boy’s birthday party:  (Watch the video here!)

Q: “Why did you decide to do a GFA gift, instead of having your friends buy him toys?”

A: “We feel so blessed that we are in need of nothing…we wanted to teach our children that the desire for things is insatiable.  You’ll always WANT things, but what do you really need?  And really, we lack nothing.  So we decided to have a party where we could give, and teach the children about people in other parts of the world…”

THIS THURSDAY (April 7), we’re having our first planning meeting for the yard sale!  We are meeting at 6:30pm at Kate and Dan’s house.  The girls are really pumped about this project – they’ve eagerly volunteered to jump in with both feet in the planing, promoting, donating, cleaning, and organizing!

So girls – here are some things you can do between now and Thursday evening:

  1. Read the Gospel for Asia post (here) and visit their website (here).  Familiarize yourself with who we’re giving to – it’s important to know WHY we’re doing this!
  2. Start collecting items from this list to donate to the yard sale.  Reminder: if it’s not yours – ASK YOUR PARENTS before you bring it!!!
  3. Pray!  For:
  • God to give you the motivation and self-discipline required to make this project a success.
  • God to give you a passion for our cause.
  • God to bless our yard sale.
  • God to show you creative ideas about how you can help.
  • God to give you boldness and courage and excitement to share this project with your friends and family – and ask for their support, too.

4. Bring the following things to the planning meeting:  a calendar (to choose a date), a notebook (to make lists), a computer (to make flyers/brochures/etc.), a snack (because that would be awesome), a cheerful servant’s attitude (because that’s what it’s all about).

See you Thursday!   🙂

Gospel For Asia

5 Apr

Here is some information on the organization that our Yard Sale profits are going to support:

This information is taken directly from GFA’s website.  Please, take some time to browse the site for yourself!

http://www.gfa.org

“The primary aim of Gospel for Asia’s ministry is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who have never before heard His name.

National Missionaries

Gospel for Asia trains and sends national missionaries because they have proven extremely effective. They are already familiar with the language and culture, and they live at the level of the people they serve, thus removing many social barriers.

100 Percent

Gospel for Asia sends 100 percent of the money you donate for work on the mission field to the field. Nothing is taken out for administrative expenses.

Eternal Perspective

In our busy lives, it is easy to be so preoccupied with our own dreams and pursuits that we lose our eternal perspective. Both the joys of heaven and the crying needs of a lost world can seem unreal and far away.

2.7 billion people

But the harsh reality is that 2.7 billion people of our generation are still unreached with the Gospel. What answers are we prepared to give to the living God when He asks about the blood of these multitudes on our hands?

Commit to live for what is eternal

Today, we have the great privilege of helping them come to know Jesus. If we will commit to live for what is eternal, this generation can be reached with the Gospel.

See the perishing multitudes through the eyes of Jesus

I pray that Gospel for Asia will become like a bridge, giving you the opportunity to walk away from your own preoccupations to the harvest fields of Asia—and see the perishing multitudes through the eyes of Jesus.

May you allow God to use your life to change the destiny of millions through your prayers and partnership with our national brothers and sisters.

97 percent of the world’s unreached

Although 97 percent of the world’s unreached lives in the 10/40 Window … Less than 0.05% of our total resources as the Church in the West are being sent to help share the Good News.

Truly there is a staggering amount of work to do.

Within the 10/40 Window:

  • The darkest of all areas within the 10/40 Window is Asia.
  • Over 80,000 die every day in Asian countries without knowing about the love of Jesus Christ.
  • 500,000 villages in India alone have never heard the Gospel.”

Reaching Asia with the good news of Jesus is far too big to do alone, but we believe in the power of collaboration.  We believe in young people – in teenagers.  We believe that we WILL make a difference by: supporting these native missionaries in prayer, raising awareness in our corner of the world, training ourselves to see things from an eternal perspective, ripping materialism out of our lives, giving sacrificially of our time, our resources, and our money – all that the 2.7 billion people living in Asia might hear the good news of Jesus for the very first time.

 

Wednesday, March 30!

29 Mar

Here’s the deal for Girls Night this week!

Read chapter 6 of Do Hard Things – it’s one of the best ones so far, I think!  Here’s a quote:

“Think about it. This common phrase, ‘Just do your best,’ actually encourages the opposite.  When someone says, ‘Just do your best,’ are you inspired to reach for more?  Or does it feel like permission to just get by?  We say ‘Hey I did my best.’  But did we really?  More likely what we mean is, ‘Hey, I gave it a shot, and that’ll have to be good enough.‘”

We’ll talk about the questions on pages 102-103, so be thinking about your answers!  The more you guys talk and share the better our night will be!!  Here are the questions for those of you who don’t have a book yet:

  • What areas of my life do I not care about that I know I should care about?
  • In what areas have I fallen short of God’s standards and my own potential?
  • In what areas have I settled for just getting by when I know I could do better if I really tried?
  • In what areas have I decided that things “will always be this way” without ever putting in the kind of effort that really changes things?

Okay – so that’s chapter 6!

Keep working on memorizing our verses! (These are the 4 we’ve mentioned so far)

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” [2 Timothy 1:7]

“Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.” [Proverbs 11:22]

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” [1 Timothy 4:12]

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” [Romans 12:2]

Make a list and BRING IT of hard things you think God is challenging you to do. This week I’ll announce a project that we’re starting together  – it’s super-exciting and goes along with the next chapter you’ll read!!  (Things that are too hard to do alone:  the power of collaboration.)   It’s gonna be good.  🙂  Go team!

Pray! For yourself, for your spiritual growth, that God would help you understand the Bible, and that He would teach you things this week!  (Hint:  The more you pray at home/by yourself, the more comfortable you’ll feel praying out loud – because you just say the words that are already in your head.)

Aaaaand – that’s all!

Snacks will be chips and queso (yummmm), and dump cake.  If you’ve never had dump cake before, don’t worry – you’ll love it!! 🙂  (If you’re super-curious you can see the recipe here.  We’re using strawberry instead of cherry.  Get excited.)

Love you all (to bits)!
kate

(Bright Idea: you could print this page so you have the verses AND the questions all in one place!  🙂  AND you could use it to invite someone – or remind someone that hasn’t been in a while!)

Challenge List (3/9/11)

9 Mar

Here is this week’s list of little challenges.  They are small steps to raising the bar, earning trust, reversing the stereotype.

UPRISING!!  🙂

  • Read chapter 4 of Do Hard Things.   Journal (make notes of) the things you find interesting or meaningful.  Remember to bring your book and notes next week.
  • Practice our 4 Youth Sunday songs.  (Find them here.)
  • Pray for Youth Sunday.

That God would teach us, reveal Himself to us, and prepare our hearts for leading worship.
That the Holy Spirit would draw many, many, many people to attend!
That we would be faithful in inviting, preparing, and praying.
That God would bless the service, and use it to draw many people into a closer relationship with Himself.
That God would use it to strengthen relationships between you and other church members.

  • Pray for your own spiritual growth.

That God would reveal Himself to you.
That He would help you understand the Bible.
That He would guide you through your day.
That He would show you how much He loves you in real, every-day ways.
That He would give you a great Christian friend to encourage you and challenge you.
That He would give you strength and courage to do the right things.
That He would give you new desires – to do great things for His glory!

  • Memorize Proverbs 11:22, 1 Timothy 4:12, and Romans 12:2.
  • Start writing down a running list of hard things you can do/want to do.
  • Ask yourself every day – Do I take more than I give?  Or give more than I take?  Practice GIVING.

These are small things, not difficult at all.  BUT they are likely above and beyond what you do in an average week.  Let’s change “average.”  Reverse the stereotype.  Do these above-and-beyond things – and watch how the Lord moves in your life!

Youth Sunday Songs

28 Feb

Here are the three songs we will be singing on Youth Sunday.  Get to know them!   Sing them loudly and worshipfully!

In Christ Alone

How Marvelous (I Stand Amazed)

Blessed Be Your Name

Our God

We know that it’s much easier to focus on the LORD during worship when you’re not also concerned about forgetting the words or what you sound like.  Practice, practice.  It’s not a performance for people, but we ARE leading them into worship – and we don’t take that lightly!  I pray that these words become close to your heart – that they become the cries of your soul – that they become prayers from your heart straight to the heart of Jesus.  Come ready to worship with us on April 3!