Be Strong for the Lord in Your Youth, Part 2

We continued talking about being strong for the Lord in our youth at our meeting on October 22nd.

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Singing together

Many Americans seem to have the idea that that teenagers always rebel.  They assume that the teen-age years will be ones of difficulty, rebellion, and trouble.  This is a totally wrong perspective… our teenage years can be a very significant time for ministry and some of the best years of our life.  God wants to use young people to do His work (Jeremiah 1:6-8), but most young people—even Christians—are too busy chasing after the things of the world.  Let’s not waste this special opportunity to use these years to serve the King of kings!

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Time for an object lesson!

Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to live for the Lord? Satan knows how valuable these years are and so he tries everything he can to distract us, trap us, and make us ineffective for the Lord.  He wants to trap us now when we are young so that he can ruin the years of our youth—and the rest of our lives.  We need to be aware of his traps and be on our guard against them.

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The rose represents the years of our youth that have so much God-given potential.  When we use the years of youth for the Lord, it is a beautiful thing in the sight of the Lord.  Just like a rose is delicate and fragile, so are the years of our youth. Unfortunately, because they are not strong in the Lord, young people are easily drawn into the sin of this world through Satan’s traps.

Why do we want to be strong for the Lord and live our lives for Him?  Why do we want to be bright lights in the darkness of the world around us? We were created for a relationship with God, but that was no longer possible when sin entered the world and separated us from Him.  But God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to die and take the punishment for our sin so that we could be made right with God again.  Jesus conquered death and offers the free gift of eternal life to all who believe on His name.

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This nasty concoction represents the world full of sin and temptations which seem harmless or maybe even attractive in and of themselves.  But when you mix it all together it’s a big filthy mess. Instead of using the years of their youth to serve the Lord, many young people become tainted by the filth and darkness of this world.  What could have been beautiful is now an ugly mess.  They waste their years of youth and throw away the beautiful potential they have to serve the Lord.

If someone rescued you from destruction, wouldn’t you be grateful?  We live for Him out of gratitude for what He’s done for us.  We obey Him because we love Him.  Do you love Him enough to live for Him even when its difficult?  Yes, we are human and fail, but that just shows us how much we need Him!  If our heart is to honor the Lord, He will help us and give us the strength we need to live and shine for Him.

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Which rose you want to be like?

God can and does use young people for His glory.  The problem is that most young people don’t want God to use them.  Will you choose to allow the Lord to use the years of your youth to do great things? As young ladies, we should make it our goal not just to simply avoid rebellion in our lives, but to be strong in the Lord, radiant and pure, magnifying our Savior and pointing others to Him.

For our activity time we did silent skits of young people from the Bible that the Lord used mightily.  The other groups had to guess which Bible character was being portrayed.

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Queen Esther
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David & Goliath
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Daniel in the lion’s den

 

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King Josiah

Practical Assignment: Memorize 1 Timothy 4:12

Be Strong for the Lord in Your Youth, Part 1

Time for blog catch-up! :)

October 5th was our first regular meeting of the school year and we were so blessed to have over thirty girls attend the meeting!

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How many times in your life will you get to be young?  Only once!  The years of our youth are some of the most important years of our life.  Our youth lays the foundation for the rest of our lives because the choices we make now will shape our future. These years are very valuable for growing in the Lord and serving Him. Our goal should be to use these years for the Lord and not waste them.

Many young people think that we have to wait until we’re “grown-up” to be strong for the Lord and serve Him. However, there are many examples in the Bible of young people that the Lord used mightily.  Here’s a short list: Miriam, David, Joseph, Josiah, Daniel, Samuel, Mary, Naaman’s servant girl, Esther, Jeremiah, Timothy, and the boy who gave his lunch to Jesus.

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As young people, we have an amazing opportunity to impact the world for Christ. Young people who are living for the Lord will stand out in our culture and shine brightly in our dark world.  I Timothy 4:12 tells us, “Let no one despise your youth [think little of, or look down on], but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. “  We had an object lesson to help us understand each area of example a little better:

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In word… how we talk
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In conduct… how we act and react – are we flexible when faced with life’s challenges or do we “explode” in frustration?

In love… sacrificial love in attitude and action – chocolate reminds us of love!
In spirit… our attitude toward spiritual things – God’s Word (the Bible) is how we grow!

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In faith… trusting God – like unquestioningly trusting a chair to hold us!
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In purity… having a clear conscience and right motives – pure and sweet like a marshmallow.

Most people take the years of their youth and use them selfishly things that don’t last. The years are wasted and vanish away.  But a few people take these years and give them to God.  They know that the only things that really matter are the things that last for eternity. Each one of you can choose to be one of those few who will follow the Lord.  God wants to use you—even right now while you are young—as a bright light for Him.  Will you let Him use you?

For our activity time, we did a couple of get-to-know-you activities since we have so many new girls this year.  First, everyone paired off to get to know someone new, or someone they didn’t know very well.  Then they had to introduce each other to the group!

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“Hi, my name is ______. What’s your name?”
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“That’s your favorite thing, too?!!”
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“This is ______, and she is ____ years old…”
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“…she’s in ____ grade and her favorite color is ______.”

Next, we made two circles, one around the other and the girls were given a topic to chat about with the person directly in front of them.  They had about a minute to talk before rotating the circle and starting a new topic with a different person.

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Topic: what’s your favorite winter activity?

We finished with a wonderful time of snacks and fellowship.

MN Bright Lights Conferences Report

My sisters and I were so blessed to be able to go down and help with the Bright Lights conferences in St. Cloud, MN.

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One of the main sessions at the Radiant Purity conference
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Abby, Sarah Mally, Sara, Grace Mally, and Deborah

I just wrote a post with LOTS of pictures over on our family’s blog, and so head on over there if you’d like the full report: Bright Lights conferences in St. Cloud, MN.  It was such an amazing week… if you missed the conferences this year, keep an eye on the schedule for next year and see if you can make it to one – you will be blessed.  I’m looking forward to seeing all of you girls tomorrow evening!

2013 Bright Lights Conferences

Here’s the 2013 Bright Lights conference schedule.  My family has been very blessed by the conferences and highly recommend them if you have the opportunity to attend.

Rogers, Arkansas

June 25-26 & 28-29, 2013

Houston, Texas

July 5-6, 2013

Dallas, Texas

July 9-10 & 12-13, 2013

Columbus, Ohio

August 9-10 & 12-13, 2013

Detroit, Michigan

August 15-16 & 19-20, 2013

St. Cloud, Minnesota

October 8-9 & 11-12, 2013

Taught Live by Sarah Mally
Author of Before You Meet Prince Charming
Tomorrow’s Forefathers Ministries
www.BrightLightsMinistry.com

Strong in the Lord Conference

For Young Ladies 8-14

Conference Topics:
• How to be Strong for the Lord in Your Youth
• Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends
• How to Turn Your Heart to Your Parents
• How to Be a Bright Light in the World
• Avoiding Wrong Influences
• Seeking the Lord with All of Your Heart
• How to Boldly Share the Gospel
• Developing a Disciplined Walk with God

This conference includes practical teaching, insightful testimonies, humorous skits, a chalk talk, singing, hands-on activities, and small group times with sharing and interaction that will encourage young ladies to seek the Lord with all of their heart. 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 the conference 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 materials & snacks
Late Registration: $18 per girl /$12 per parent
Click here to register online

Conference Schedule:
First evening 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Second day 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Click here to learn more about this conference.

Radiant Purity Conference

For Young Ladies 12-22+

Conference Topics:
• Waiting for God’s Very Best
• How to Guard Your Heart When You Have a Crush
• Building Strong Relationships with Parents
• How to Avoid the Dangers of the World’s Thinking
• Being Wise in Internet Usage
• 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. The material is discreet and appropriate for twelve year olds and yet relevant to all ages. This conference includes testimonies from young ladies who serve as Bright Lights staff, chalk drawings, and small group times.

Parents’ sessions will include Every Mother’s Example, 40 Ways to Protect the Hearts of Your Daughters, 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
Click here to register online

Conference Schedule:
First evening 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Second day 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Click here to learn more about this conference.

Little Sister Night

March 14 was a very special meeting… we had nine little sisters join us!  We knew that there were some younger ones who had been wanting to come but weren’t old enough yet, so we invited them to this special meeting.  The Lord really blessed our time together as we learned about how we can be serving the Lord in the years of our youth.

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For our lesson, we talked about the importance of using the years of our youth to serve the Lord.  Here in America, adults often expect youth to enjoy themselves and not do much of anything important.  So when a young person is wise and mature and serving the Lord rather than wasting time, it gets people’s attention and is an opportunity to shine the light of Christ.  Our goal should be to use these years for the Lord and not waste them.

The enemy doesn’t want us to be fruitful and productive during our youth, because he knows how much potential we have for the work of the Lord.  He tries everything that he can to get us to waste these years with foolishness…. we need to watch out for his traps!

Many young people think that we have to wait until we’re “grown-up” to serve the Lord.  But when we study God’s word, we see that this is not true!  There are many biblical examples of young people serving the Lord: Joseph, Miriam, Naaman’s servant girl, David, Jeremiah, Daniel & his friends – just to name a few. We took a look at Jeremiah 1:6-8:

“Then said I [Jeremiah], ‘Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.’ But the Lord said unto me,’ Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.'”

God wants to use young people to do His work, but most young people (even Christians) are too busy chasing after the things of the world.  Let’s not waste this special opportunity to use these years to serve the King of kings!

We made a list of practical ways that we can be serving the Lord right now:

  • Serve your family
  • Write a note or color a picture for a shut-in, widow, missionary, sick, etc.
  • Giving (money, time, and talents)
  • Sing/visit at the nursing home
  • Prayer ministry
  • Answering the phone politely
  • Witnessing

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In closing, we turned the lights off and lit 5 candles and talked about the contrast between the light from the candles and the dark.
In the same way, when we are strong for the Lord and seek to serve Him in these years of our youth, the world will see that we are different and we will be shining brightly for Jesus (Matthew 5:16).  Our light should be so bright that we are leading others in the way of the Lord.  Even though we are young, God can use us if we are faithful to obey and serve Him.  We ended by singing “This Little Light of Mine.”

Following our lesson, we put our lesson into practice right away by making encouragement cards for someone we knew.  All the girls were so creative.  May the Lord use your thoughtful notes to bless and encourage those who receive them.

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Next, we played a couple of rounds of  the “Bright Lights Balloon Challenge” game.  There were 40 balloons with character traits written on them.  20 had character traits of a bright light (meekness, contentment, etc.) and 20 had character traits of the world (rebellion, pride, etc.).

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The girls were divided into two teams on two different sides of the room.  They had to keep the good character traits and throw the bad character traits to the other team’s side.

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Then we calculated the score by subtracting the bad balloons from the good balloons.  There were lots of smiles and laughter, especially on our last round when they got to pop the bad balloons!

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We ended the night with snacks, tea, and fellowship.  We enjoyed strawberry jello dessert from Addison, chocolate chip cookies from Louisa and Olivia, and double chocolate & PB cookies from Mrs. F.  It was such a blessing to have the younger sisters join us for the evening.  It is our prayer that God will put a desire in their hearts to know Him and serve Him at an early age.

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We’re looking forward to seeing all of you older girls again on March 28.