Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sparky: The Loser

Once upon a time, there was a little boy the other children called “Sparky,” after a comic strip horse named Sparkplug. Even though the boy hated the nickname, he could never shake it.
School was difficult for Sparky. He failed every subject in the 8th grade. He flunked physics in high school. In fact, he still holds the school record for being the worst physics students in the school’s history. He also flunked Latin, algebra, and English. He didn’t do much better in sports. He made the school’s golf team, but his poor play ended up costing his team the championship.
Throughout his youth, Sparky was a loser socially. Not that he was actively disliked by other kids—it’s just that nobody paid much attention to him. He was astonished if a classmate even said hello outside of school. He never dated or even asked a girl out. He was afraid of being turned down. Sparky didn’t let being a loser bother him that much; he just decided to make it through life the best he could and not worry about what other people thought of him.
Sparky did, however, have a hobby. He loved cartoons, and he liked drawing his own cartoons. No one else thought they were any good, however. When he was a senior, he submitted some cartoons to the school yearbook and they were rejected. Sparky kept drawing anyway.
Sparky dreamed about being an artist for Walt Disney. After graduating from high school, he wrote a letter to Walt Disney Studios inquiring about job opportunities. He received a form letter requesting samples of his artwork. The form letter asked him to draw a funny cartoon of “a man repairing a clock by shoveling the springs and gears back inside it.”
Sparky drew the cartoon and mailed it off with some of his other work to Disney Studios. He waited and waited for a reply. Finally the reply came—another form letter telling him that there was no job for him. Sparky was disappointed but not surprised. He had always been a loser, and this was just one more loss. In a weird way, he thought, his life was kind of funny. He tried telling his own life story in cartoons—a childhood full of the misadventures of a little boy loser, a chronic underachiever. This cartoon character has now become known by the whole world. The boy who failed the 8th grade, the young artist whose work was rejected not only by Walt Disney Studios but by his own high school yearbook, was Charles Monroe “Sparky” Shultz—creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip and the little boy loser whose kite never flies: Charlie Brown.

How many of you can identify with Charles Shultz in some way? Maybe in different areas of your life you feel like a Sparky. How about when it comes to being a Christian? It’s very hard to be a Christian. 70% of everyone around you in all areas of your life doesn’t believe in having the same commitment as you. Then of that 30% that is left calls themselves a Christian but doesn’t like to show it all the time or only picks when they want to show it.
The problem is that we spend too much time watching other people and worrying about what they are doing and not enough time taking care of what we should be doing. We spend a lot of time pointing out that nobody else is doing what they should be doing, and not enough making sure that we continue living the life God has called us to. .

Let’s read what Paul has to say about that in

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (The Message)

24-25You've all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally. 26-27I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got. No sloppy living for me! I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.

So will you run to win?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Judgement House Tonight

Tonight all youth are invited to go to Judgement House! Meet at the Church at 5 p.m. bring $4 and some extra for snack bar......

What is Judgement House? Judgement House is a dramatic walk-through presentation about the truth of people's choices and their consequences both in this life and the next.

So come on out! See ya at 5! (Don't be late!)(Bring a friend!)


Sunday, October 18, 2009

God Girl

What does a God Girl look like to you?

Tonight in Middle School Girls Group we talked about what a God Girl looks like! After we added all we thought a God Girl looked like to my AMAZING Drawing! (HA HA) We listened to Natalie Grant's song Perfect People! And had a great discussion about what a God girl really is, not a perfect girl but a girl who seeks out to be in a relationship with God. A Girl seeking God's direction for her life. A God girl is one who is willing to die to self, to have a new life in Christ!

We learned that God changes lives. There is no question, about this but if He (God) hasn't changed yours, it's because you haven't let him!
Deep I know!

Did you know that your skin sheds every 30 days! (EWW GROSS!) but it needs to do this so that the new skin can grow, and heal. Kind of like in our lives we need to get rid of the old skin (our sin, our baggage, our junk) so that God can bring healing new skin (His Love, His Peace, His Promises for us)

A God Girl is a Girl Connected to God!

What will you do to stay connected to God?

Read Chapter 2 for our Next Girls Group Meeting: November 1st Hope to see you there!

Have a Beautiful Day!


P.S. have you told yourself your Beautiful today?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Faithful Friends

Hello Beautiful Girls! So the devotion below is from Bethany Hamilton's book Rise Above, I hope you enjoy it! Also a Reminder we have Girls Group this week, Middle School is at the church in the green room (I think it's 304), High School meeting at the Smith's 6:30-8:00 p.m. Hope to see you there! Don't forget to sign up for the Revolve Tour!

by Bethany Hamilton

One of the greatest gifts God has given me is my friends. One of my dearest friends is Alana, my surfing buddy. Alana was surfing with me when I got attacked by the shark. She stayed with me through the whole thing. She's awesome!

I have a big ohana of friends too: friends from my church, friends from the community, and friends from the surfing world. Then there's my tight group of personal friends. These are the friends who will love me no matter what. They loved me with two arms, and they love me now with one arm. My friends have been the greatest to help me through the tough times. They've made me laugh and feel normal again.

God wants us to be Christ-like in our relationships with our friends. He wants us to be a friend others can trust and receive encouragement from--not condemnation or criticism.

Jesus is the best friend you could ever have. He wants only what is best for us. He gives us guidance in his Word for our safety and protection. He promises to never leave us or forsake us. Real friends are like Jesus. They shine with Jesus' love. I hope you will be a friend like that.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times.

What kind of friend are you? What kind of friends do you have?

Have a Beautiful Day! Know you are Loved, Thought of, & Prayed for!
(Oh and you have a friend in Jesus)


P.S. Ohana is Hawaiian for family or close group. Who is in your Ohana group?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Progressive Dinner

Calling All Middle School Girls just a reminder that we have the progressive Dinner Saturday. Meet at the Church @ 4:45 or the Walkers (Taylor's house @ 5 p.m.)Please let me know you are coming so I can make sure we have enough transportation! It's gonna be a great night of food, fun, and friends!

So What is a progressive dinner? We'll I am glad you asked! :) So you have three courses Appetizer, Dinner & Dessert each one is served at a different location!

Appetizers will be @ the Walkers then we will head to the Bowman's to have Dinner, and we will finish up our night at the Todd's with dessert! Yummy! Yummy! You won't want to miss this!

You are Beautiful!


Monday, October 5, 2009

The Books are in and more...

Calling all Girls the Books are in!

High School Girls your book: The Real Me by Natalie Grant is in See Christy or Jenelle to get them. Read to Chapter 2 By next meeting Sunday October 18th. We will be Meeting at the Smith's house. 6:30-8 p.m.

Middle School girls Our Book: God Girl by Hayley DiMarco is in See Christina to get yours. Read Chapter 1 before our next meeting Sunday October 18th 6:30-8 p.m.

Revolve Tour is coming up, it's not to late to sign up see Christina if you are interested in going. Date: December 11-12th 2009 Cost: $65 plus spending money. Need more details about who will be there? Check Out: or just ask!

Have a Beautiful Day!


P.S. Don't forget Middle School Girls this Saturday (Oct 10th) is the Progressive dinner, Meet at the church at 4:45 then we will drive to the Walkers for Appetizers, The Bowman's for Dinner, and the Todd's for Dessert. Let me know by Thursday if you are attending (even if you will meet us there) so we can have enough seats and drivers! You are Beautiful!