Set 1 Review

We were really excited for our first regular Bright Lights meeting of the school year (we enjoyed our annual kick-off meeting a couple of weeks before).  Although it was a small group, it was a very blessed evening.  For our lesson time, we took time to review through Set 1 of the Bright Lights curriculum since it is foundational to the rest of what we will be learning throughout the school year.img_4616We talked about:

img_4620We pointed out that to be strong for the Lord and be a bright light for Him, we must be willing to stand alone.  The world’s way is going in the opposite direction of God’s way.  We want to make it our goal to seek the Lord’s best for our lives, follow the principles in His Word, and seek to be strong for Him in our youth.  Our light will grow brighter and we will be a radiant testimony for the Lord.  God can do amazing things through those who live a life that’s totally sold out to Him.

For our activity time, we a played the “Balloon Pop” game.  Each girl got a balloon and a string and were supposed to tie the balloon around their ankle.  Then they had to try to pop each others balloons.  When someone’s balloon popped, everyone had to stop and listen to her share what she learned from the lesson.  It was a fun, active game and a great way to hear what stood out to everyone from our study.

img_4637img_4645We enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship over tea and snacks.  And since we had some extra time, we played the blanket name game to help remember everyone’s names.

img_4668We are looking forward to seeing you all again as we start Set 3 on October 27!

 

2016 Bright Lights Conferences

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Strong in the Lord Conference

June 20-21, 2016 – Shiloh, IL

  • Being Strong for the Lord in Your Youth
  • Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends
  • Turning Your Heart to Your Parents
  • Being a Bright Light in this Dark World
  • Avoiding Wrong Influences
  • Developing a Love for God’s Word
  • Learning to Boldly Share the Gospel
  • Deepening Your Walk with Jesus Christ

This conference includes practical, Biblical teaching, insightful testimonies, humorous skits, a chalk talk, harp music, singing, hands-on activities, and small group times with sharing and interaction. It will challenge and prepare girls to stay strong for the Lord all the way through their teen years, and provide these girls with the friendship,  fellowship, and godly influence of young ladies who are bright lights for the Lord.

Parents are encouraged to attend in order to hear what their daughters are learning and reinforce it at home. While the girls are meeting in small groups, sessions will be offered for mothers and fathers covering topics such as the importance of protecting your children, how fathers can set a godly pace for their family, how to win the hearts of your daughters, and building strong mother/daughter relationships.

For: Young Ladies ages 8 – 14
Note: older girls may register & attend as well
Fathers & Mothers encouraged to attend

Cost to Attend: $15 per girl/$10 per parent
Includes snacks & Conference Handbook for each girl

Late Registration: $18 per girl /$12 per parent

Conference Schedule:
Monday evening 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Radiant Purity Conference

June 23-24, 2016 – Shiloh, IL

  • Waiting for God’s Best
  • Guarding Your Heart When You Have a Crush
  • Building Strong Relationships with Parents
  • Avoiding Dangers of the World’s Thinking
  • Using Social Media for God’s Glory
  • What the Lord Says About Modesty
  • Delighting in Jesus Our Heavenly Prince
  • Using Your Years of Singleness for the Lord

A young lady who is pure and set apart for Christ shines with a radiant brightness in this world of darkness. How can a young lady stay physically and emotionally pure as she waits for God’s best in marriage? How can parents protect and guide? Creatively presented through stories and testimonies, practical instruction, skits, and real life examples, this conference gives Biblical answers to everyday questions and deep life struggles. It will encourage girls to find healing and victory in Christ, no matter what their past has been. The material is discreet and appropriate for twelve year olds and yet relevant to all ages. Includes testimonies from young ladies who serve as Bright Lights staff, chalk drawings, harp music, and small group times. Parents’ sessions will include Every Mother’s Example, 40 Ways to Protect Your Daughters’ Hearts, and Talking to Young Men who Express Interest in Your Daughters.

For: Young Ladies ages 12 – 22+
Fathers & Mothers encouraged to attend

Cost to Attend: $15 per girl/$10 per parent
Includes snacks & Radiant Purity Journal for each girl

Late Registration: $18 per girl /$12 per parent

Conference Schedule:
Thursday evening 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

More information here.  Download the flyer.

Developing a Ministry

May 5 was our last meeting for the school year.  Out topic was how to develop a ministry.  We started by asking the question, “What is ministry?”  It is simply serving the Lord by serving others!

“Ministry is giving when you feel like keeping; praying for others when you need to be prayed for, feeding others when your own soul is hungry, living truth before people even when you can’t see results, hurting with other people even when your own hurt cannot be spoken, keeping your word even when it is not convenient.  It is being faithful when your flesh wants to run away.” —Author Unknown

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1. Prayer

Praying for others needs and the Lord’s work.

Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. ” (Col. 4:12, NKJV)

Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thes. 5:17, NKJV)

“Prayer isn’t preparation for the work, it is the work. Prayer isn’t preparation for the battle, it is the battle.” —Oswald Chambers

2. Evangelism/Witnessing

Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with a lost and dying world.

…and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, NKJV)

3. Discipleship

Helping others grow in their walk with the Lord.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.(Matt. 28:19-20, NKJV)

4. Good works

Can open doors to share the gospel with unbelievers; is a blessing to believers.

This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.” (Titus 3:8, NKJV)

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16, NKJV)

We also had a handout of practical ministry ideas that we can start with.

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The point really isn’t about “developing a ministry,” rather it’s about having an eternal focus.  If we focus on earthly things rather than the eternal, we will be sorry one day; we are missing the big picture (Matthew 6:19-21, 33).  There are many people God brings into our path each day who desperately need the gospel, teaching, and encouragement.  It is important for us to develop a ministry mindset or we will not be ready for the opportunities that God puts in our way.

So many Christians have the wrong focus and live their whole lives without doing anything to serve the Lord.  God does not want lukewarm Christians; He desires Christians who take up their cross and live lives totally dedicated to Him.
Our goal should be not just be to serve the Lord some, but to give Him our entire lives!  Our goal is not only to bear fruit, but to bear much fruit that our Father may be glorified (John 15:8).  Life on earth is only a vapor—it passes quickly.  Are we living our lives in such a way that count for eternity? Or will we be ashamed of the life we wasted?IMG_8719

For our activity time, we had a fun Bright Lights Quiz!  We divided into six teams.  Two teams competed against each other at a time.  We had three questions per lesson that we had this year.  We would read the question and the teams had 20 seconds to come up with their answer.  Whichever team rang the bell first, got to answer the question.  Each team had two rounds, then we had a tie-breaking round.  The winning team got to be first in live for ice cream sundaes!  It was a fun way to review what we learned this year.

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Each girl brought a topping to share and we had a lot of fun building our ice cream sundaes, and then eating together one last time.  It’s been a wonderful year of studying God’s word, growing in Him, and building relationships with other sisters-in-Christ.

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We also managed to get a group picture!

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May each one of you girls continue seek the Lord with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind, and to grow in Him!

That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” (Colossians 1: 10-12, NKJV)


Thank you, Havala, for taking pictures! :)

A Testimony of God’s Mighty Hand

“As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried:
He is a shield to all those that trust in Him.”
-Psalm 18:30-

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We ended up postponing our April 21 meeting to April 28 due to the fact that my siblings and I were in a plane crash while on a ministry trip to Canada the week before.  It’s only because of the Lord’s goodness that we were able to have this Bright Lights meeting.  We could have died in the crash, but God mercifully spared us.  My mom, sisters, and I wanted to share the amazing story of God’s mighty hand with the girls in our group.

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A lot of the moms stayed to hear the story as well, and we were able to share the great things God did for us with a large group!  The Lord’s hand is all over every little detail of the crash and we wanted to show the greatness of our God through telling the story.  We challenged the girls: are we living our lives in such a way that we won’t be caught off guard if we are unexpectedly called home?  Are we living a life that counts for eternity?

You can read the story of the accident and see more pictures over on our family blog.

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For our activity time, we made candle holders with verses that remind us of God’s power, protection, and perfect way.

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“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge
and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.”
-Psalm 91:2-

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“…and in the shadow of Thy wings I will make my refuge…”
-Psalm 57:1-

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“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
-Psalm 46:1-