No Bright Lights Tonight!

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Hi, everyone!

Sorry this is so short notice, but we will not be having a Bright Lights meeting tonight.  The Fingerson/Teagardens (necessary group leaders and musicians) will be unable to attend, and some important details of the nursing home outreach haven’t been worked out yet.

Since we do have a lot of work to do before the nursing home trip, April 22 (probable date, not confirmed yet), we will be having a makeup meeting on next Monday the 17th, instead, at the normal time (6-8:45ish).

I hope to see you all next week, and sorry for the inconvenience!

Sydney

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3-27-17 Meeting Recap

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Prayer requests included: 

  • Carissa got her wisdom teeth taken out.
  • Zoey and Alexus’ uncle shot his leg with his gun on accident.
  • Alyssa Rodriguez (Julianna’s older sister) left again and needs prayer for safety and such. 

Zoe shared her attribute of God, “Refuge/Fortresss.”  

Nursing Home Planning Ideas

Dates: April 22 or 29; afternoon hopefully.

Songs:

  • Christ the Lord is Risen Today
  • I’ll Fly Away
  • The Earth Will Sing Your Praise
  • Praise Ye the Lord
  • Crown Him With Many Crowns

Verses:

  • Romans 6:23 Christ died for us
  • 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Christ died, buried, rose again
  • Acts 8:32-33 Jesus’ crucifixion
  • John 11:25 I Am the resurrection and the life
  • Matthew 28:6-7 (Mark 16:6, Luke 24:6) He’s not here, he’s risen from the dead!
  • Philippians 2:5-11 Jesus’ death
  • 1 Peter 1:3
  • Philippians 3:10 The power of His resurrection

    Outline of the Gospel:

    • 1. God is holy (Hannah)
    • 2. We are not. 
    • All have sinned
    • 3. This is a problem!! (Carrie & Jess)
    • Sin separates us from God in life and the afterlife. (true death)
    • 4. What Jesus did about it: (Grace & Rhyan)
    • Died on the cross for us.
    • Question: Why did He die on the cross?  
    • Answer: Because He loved us.
    • To take our sins and punishment for them (death) on to himself so that we wouldn’t have to.  
    • 5. He didn’t stay dead! (Zoe & Emily)
    • Because of that, we have hope.
    • He now offers us the GIFT of eternal life.  
    • We can’t do anything to pay Him back, and He doesn’t want us to.  
    • [chair analogy?]

      Craft idea! (courtesy of Grace)

      • Paint pebbles/small rocks with:
      • “He is risen!” 
      • “Jesus loves you!”
      • A cross
      • A heart
      • “Love”
      • “God loves you!”

      Next meeting, April 10th, will be song-focused, with practicing and sorting where and when we’ll perform them in the program.  

      We’ll also be doing the pebble craft then, so come ready to paint tiny rocks!   Yayay!

      If you want to help with an aspect of the Gospel, or have any other ideas, you can comment on this post or contact Hannah directly. 🙂

      Also, if you’re planning on coming to the nursing home, the dress code will be the opposite of our last trip, which was dark Autumn colors.  Bright, springy colors please!  We’re thinking pastels, but no neon colors.  Think of a garden of flowers for inspiration. 🙂

      Looking forward to next meeting!

      Sydney

      Upcoming Meeting Tonight!

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      Hello, everyone!  

      Tonight’s meeting will start at 6:00 as normal, but the meeting itself will be rather different than usual. 

      Instead of a message and activity, we will be planning our next trip to a nursing home.  So, please come with ideas because we want to hear them!  We may or may not be doing a short skit, but certainly will be doing music, so if you want to suggest a song, we want to hear it!  

      If you would like to play an instrument during the program, please bring it with you so that we can start practicing as a group.

      The meeting will end around 8:30-8:45ish as normal (hopefully).  

      3-13-17 Meeting Recap

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      Hi, everyone, Sydney here!

      Monday’s meeting (March 13th) was wonderful, I want to thank everyone who came! 🙂  Emily and I taught on Fear and Anxiety and we were told it went well, praise God!  The Name/attribute spotlight was on how God is our Hope, hope being the opposite of fear, and we listened to Rich Mullins’ song Hope to Carry On.

      I have here the notes Emily and I came up with previous to the lesson, but we did rephrase things a bit and let God lead our words instead of solely relying on our notes, so some things we mentioned are not mentioned here.  I do apologize in advance for the interesting semi-order and/or rhyme and reason… we could understand them, but, then again, we did write them, lol.  So, hopefully, they help those who weren’t there get a glimpse into what we talked about, or give a good outline for those who were and wanted to remember key points. 🙂


      Lesson Plan:

      Open with what is fear? -S

      Fear is thinking of the future and, not liking what you see, thinking constantly about what can go wrong.

      The opposite of fear is hope.

      You can’t have hope if you’re not trusting in God.

      Lamentations 3:21-26, 31-33, 55-58

      One of the prime times when fear strikes is when things are out of your control. When this happens, you can either worry or trust God.

      God knows how important things are to you, and will take care of them in the way He knows is best, not the way you think is best.

      However, fear is a powerful force that sometimes clouds our judgment, so it’s often an easy trap to fall into.

      Anxiety is focusing on our own inability to take care of things. The reason we, as Christians, have hope is because we know we don’t have to have everything under control

      Fearing and being anxious does absolutely nothing to change a situation for the better.

      In most cases, it simply robs us of our joy, and no one wants that.

      However, fear does not just affect our mental and spiritual state, it also can have detrimental physical effects. I know, for me, worrying can make me feel nauseous. That’s literally worrying yourself sick, haha.

      Emily’s going to talk a little more about the effects of fear in her life.

      Then, we’ll open the Word again to see what the Bible says about conquering fear.

      Emily will then go over practical applications of those verses.

      Experiences -E

      Through my own fear and anxiety–severe at times, I learned how to fight it. Contrary to what the world says, focusing on myself didn’t help. In fact, it made it worse. My fear and anxiety never go away – yes, I still struggle – until I give my plans, and my anxiety back to God, and take the focus off of myself and bring it to God and those around me.(He must increase, I must decrease)

      2 Timothy 1:7For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and of self-discipline. (Context of sharing the Gospel and witnessing)

      Rejecting the power of God and of love and of a sound mind because we somehow think that fear is better than letting God take care of it. We’re afraid, but we’re in control. It’s a mental state. Your mind is powerful; don’t let it run away with fear. Use it to keep the fear away; it takes practice and discipline.

      What does the bible say -S

      1 Timothy 1:12bYet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.

      We aren’t afraid because we know that our God is powerful beyond all comprehension, and we trust that He can take care of what we give into His hands.

      Psalm 42:5 Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

      Isaiah 33:2 O Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.

      Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

      Psalm 34:17-22 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. The Lord redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.

      2 Chronicles 20:15 …This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’

      Isaiah 43:1-5 But now, this is what the Lord says…“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze…Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”

      Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

      The Bible also says “Do not fear” 365 times, once for each day.

      How can we practically use it? -E

      -conquer with minds/verses

      -trust God with everything

      Fear is a choice, we choose to feel that way. Christians have a duty to trust our Commander, that He has a better plan.

      Not focusing on your own problems but on others’ in prayer is huge when trying to stop worrying and/or fearing. When you take your eyes off of you and pray instead for other people’s sometimes bigger problems, your own seem smaller and less worrisome.

      Be grateful for the things you have, even in a bad situation. “At least it isn’t .” Focus on what you have that is good and you will focus less on the things you don’t have.

      Instead of worrying about the day ahead while going to bed, thank God for the things he was able to do through you during the day past. What were His gifts to you today?

      Memorizing verses, even ones not about not being afraid, can help you overcome, and know that God is near and in control.

      God always has a plan for when things go wrong. At the very least, it’s for character growth. But, it also could be a training ground for coping when more important things go wrong later on in my life or protecting me from something that I can’t even see.

      Give everything to God. Yourself, your thoughts, your day, etc. When we know that God is in control, and we don’t have to think about us and our reputations; instead we focus on God and who He is.

      Parents are smart and God has a plan.

      Worrying and waiting won’t get you anywhere. Applying yourself and letting God direct you is MUCH more productive. Even if you make a wrong choice, God will use that in your favor eventually, and you will have learned something at least, which is better than you just have sat around for a while doing nothing.

      Don’t obsess about anxieties, talk to people you trust a lot, like your parents and other trusted adults. More than that, talk to God through prayer and listen to His responses through His Word.

      People who don’t think about the future don’t fear; but also don’t hope.

      Don’t focus on yourself. When you serve others, you don’t worry about yourself. You’re thinking of anything but.

      Misc.

      Song: The God of Angel Armies.


      Also, Zoe took notes during the message and I think it would be cool to see what she took away from the lesson. 🙂  So, she was kind enough to let me transcribe them here, though we lose her amazing handwriting. 🙂


      Fear is future-based.  But hope is also future-based and is the opposite of fear.

      Constructive fear and “chasing the chickens” fear.  We cannot control things, and that’s when fear sets in.

      You cannot have both hope and fear.
      Lamentations 3 is a great chapter to show a man who went through the wringer and yet trusted God. [Yay!  That came through!]

      Fear makes us think that we’re doing something.
      It is impossible to be both fearful and thankful.
      So we have been told in the Bible (Phil. 4:6-7) to be thankful and not anxious.  If God has done something once, He can do it again!

      Fear is both mentally, emotionally, and physically bad for us.

      Fear is in your mind, and it can take over, but you can also take control of it.

      God is more powerful than our fear.
      Once we stop focusing on our fear, and we start focusing on God and others, our fear vanishes.

      One of the best ways to combat fear is to talk about it.  That’s why God wants us to bring it to Him.

      2 Timothy 1:7 – Great verse to combat fear.
      To choose fear is like rejecting having a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.

      God and His peace dispels fear.

      John 3:30 – He must increase, I must decrease.

      The key to peace is humility.

      We are called to give all to God — even sleep.

      God gives us the strength to do things.  So we don’t need to worry about what will happen because God’s got it.

      The most incredible thing God has given us is now.

      We have to [go?] through the fire, the river, the waters.

      When we go through something difficult and yet stay firm and resolute, that drops the world’s jaw.

      Counting your blessings can also help wth fear.  Gratefulness produces joy.

      Isaiah 26:3

      God disciplines the ones He loves.


      So, the part you’ve all been waiting for, the assignment!  Emily and I liked the idea of memorizing more verses (you can never memorize too much of the Bible!) so the verses we think you should pick from are:

      Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

      Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

      2 Timothy 1:12bYet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.

      But you could totally do any other verse that strengthens you when you feel anxious or afraid. 🙂  Also, if you didn’t accomplish last week’s assigned memory verse, we encourage you to do that too!  There isn’t any punishment for not doing these assignments, but I can guarantee that it isn’t a waste of time or a meaningless exercise; the more of God’s word you have hidden in your heart, the better!

      Sydney 🙂

       

      2-27-2017 Having a Gentle and Quiet Spirit – Cheryl and Zoë

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      Hi, everyone!  Sydney here!  I’m going to be trying to document the meetings more with pictures and by taking notes at each meeting (unless I’m teaching, haha).  Last meeting I did take notes, so here they are!  I also made a new page on the blog’s home page itself detailing the current assignments that the girls have.  If you’ve never checked out our site, just click on one of the links in the email like “read more” or “view full post.”  Enjoy!


      Marks of a gentle and quiet spirit:

      • Not being agitated.
      • Being nurturing and caring.
      • Having courage and being kind.
      • Being strong, but not brash.

      Notes on having a g/q s

      • God created us to care, so it’s not counter-personality.
      • Silence can be more powerful than shouting sometimes.
      • Calmness is attractive and people will trust you if they can respect your quiet strength.
      • Why have a gentle and quiet spirit?  Because it’s pleasing to others and God, and it’s a mark of someone who is centered in God’s peace.

      Humility

      1 Peter 3:1-6
      -Wives be submissive

      V.4
      -A gentle and quiet spirit is pleasing to God.

      Illustration of evil stepmother & stepsisters vs. Cinderella
      -Cinderella didn’t defend herself but was meek, submissive, respectful, and kind.

      If you don’t have a gentle and quiet spirit, you…

      • Are unaware of people around you
      • Are loud
      • Try to get attention
      • Tells everyone anything and everything you are thinking

      If you have a gentle and quiet spirit, you…

      • Think of other people first
      • Are respectful
      • Are quiet
      • Are calm
      • Seek to give glory to God
      • Are in control of emotions
      • Only show emotion when appropriate
      • Have a quiet strength instead of constantly trying to prove that you’re a “strong, independent woman.”

      Having a gentle and quiet spirit is pleasing to God!  How inconceivable, I mean, we can please God!

      Examples of women with g/q spirits:

      • Amy Carmichael put others before herself and her ambition.
      • Biddy Chambers gave up her dream job of Prime Minister’s secretary to serve her husband, Oswald Chambers.  Her shorthand of his messages led tons of people to Christ.
      • Lilias Trotter gave up what could have been a successful art career to be a missionary to Algeria.

      Being in Control of Your Emotions

      Pray about wrong attitudes that seem unavoidable.  Give them to God, and He will change them.

      A gentle and quiet spirit is something only God can give you, and only if you let Him.

      Be persistent in prayer, and really want to change.  You might not notice an immediate change, but, eventually, you will see changes.  When this happens, don’t stop!!  Keep praying, because the enemy will try to tear anything good like this away from you.  If you keep at it, it is pleasing to God.

      God uses us despite our brokenness!


      Submission

      NOT being a doormat!  It’s being unselfish.  Listening to and obeying our authorities such as bosses, parents, pastors, the government, and (future) husbands. And first and foremost we need to be submitted to God and what he commands trumps what anyone else tells us to do.

      Another way of thinking about it is letting go a part of yourself to help someone else’s dreams come true and supporting them.


      Until next time,
      Your faithful note-taker,
      Sydney

      2017 Goals !

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      Hey y’all!

      I’m so thankful for each one of you and I’m looking forward to this year of Bright Lights! Here is an overview of whats coming up:

      These are the goals we came up for 2017, this is a very ambitious list but I’m excited to see how many of these we can accomplish this year!! 😀

      -Go to a Nursing Home (at least once)

      -Sponsor a Compassion International child (We have one & we’re setting up the details)

      -Host a Family Banquet (For all the families of Bright Lights girls)

      -Go to the Witnessing Camp at/near the Creation Museum in August

      -Go out Witnessing Locally

      -Community Outreach (Could be serving food, putting together gifts etc…)

      -Go help out at a Rainbow Village Ministry Program

      -Have a giant Sleepover (at the church?)

      -Etiquette Tea Party

      -Make New Song Books with more songs and some Spanish songs.

      -Go on a Camping Trip/mini conference

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      Also at the end of last year I asked for topics that you would be interested in learning and here is the list of Topics that were brought up. We might not be able to fit all of them in this year, but we’ll do our best. And like last year, there will be opportunities for those who would like to help teach the lessons to sign up for different topics. (These aren’t necessarily in the order of the meetings yet)

      -How to Grow Closer to God

      -Spiritual Gifts – Gods calling for our lives

      -Self-Esteem (Viewing yourself through God’s Perspective)

      -Dealing with Fear/Anxiety and  -The fear of the Lord (Possibly do these 2 together)

      -Communication

      -Witnessing (This one came up a lot, which thrills me 😀 So we’ll definitely be covering it)

      -Developing a Gentle and Quiet Spirit

      -Femininity (Could be combined with our Etiquette Tea Party)

      -Friends

      -Patience

      -Healing from past hurt and how to deal with hard situations

      -Creation

      One more thing we decided to do last Bright Lights is each meeting a different girl is going to highlight a Attribute or Name of God. For example God is: Love, Light, Living Water, And He is called the: Lamb of God, Jehovah Jirah etc… I will assign who’s next at each meeting and they will need to prepare a verse or 2 to share, explain what it means, and they can even suggest a song for us to sing or bring a picture.

      Here you can see the dates for the current upcoming meetings, thank you to those who have already signed up to bring snacks! Y’all are amazing!

      Hope to see you tonight!! 6:00-8:45

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      Happy New Year

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      Our group had a wonderful 2016! And I’m looking forward to what 2017 will bring!

      Our first meeting of the year will be this Monday the 9th. 6:00-8:45. We will be starting promptly at 6:00 so please try your best to be on time!

      I will have a snack sign up sheet for anyone who is interested in helping bring snack (We are covered for this week)

      And now here are a couple pictures from when we went to the nursing home.

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      I was thankful for how many people came!!

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      Great job on the skit girls!!

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      So proud of these girls who had the idea to go around and give out all the extra cards we made to the residents who were still in their rooms. We had such a special time talking to people individually, singing for them and praying for a couple of them. 🙂

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      Such a wonderful time, I’m hoping to go one again this year (maybe even more than once)!

      See you Monday!!