Archive | March, 2011

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)!

(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.


  • 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!