Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sock Exchange!

Tonight's Girls Group was our Third Annual Sock Exchange.

We had some yummy snacks including pancakes (made fresh), candy, candy, and more candy! A Hot Chocolate Station with all kinds of fun, yummy mix ins!  
Watched Elf!
We played some games! 
Elf Trivia, Made some Marshmallow Sculptures, and had a rousing game of spoons!
(I believe we only had one minor injury) 

We of course exchanged some socks! 
And enjoyed a great night of  fun together! 
See the pictures below!

Our Hot Chocolate Station!

Candy! Yummy! 

Christy Made us some delicious pancakes! 

We Ate!  

and Ate!
 and Ate!
 And Ate!
 and Ate!
 And Ate some more! 
 We had a great time exchanging the socks!

We all got a new pair of fun socks! 

We had three teams making marshmallow sculptures! 

 Red Team won Most Christmas Spirit with their tree house and Ginger bread man!
 The Blue team Won Tallest Sculpture!
 Green Team won most creative! (and scariest!)

We played some spoons!  

Showed off our new socks!  

Then the game of spoons got intense! 

Placing the spoons across the room!  

 Some more sock exchanging!

I think we all had a fabulous time!  What a great ending to a great year in Girls Group! 
Stay tuned for next years schedule! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Have a Beautiful Day!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

What are you Thankful for?

Oh  girls did this convict me this morning!  It's become my norm to forget how blessed I am! To not be able to see the good things God is doing in my life.  No excuses needed, I just need to daily Thank God for the good and bad things in life!  It is my praye4r that you will do the same. Make a list each day of three things you are thankful for, or maybe three ways you can see God at work in your life!

Complaining Is a Sin!

In Ephesians 4:29, the apostle Paul instructs us not to use any foul or polluting language. At one time, I didn't realize that this included complaining, but I have since learned that murmuring and complaining pollute our lives.

Plain and simple, complaining is a sin! It causes many people a great deal of problems in their lives and destroys the joy of anyone listening.

We need to ask ourselves, how quick are we to become impatient and begin to complain when stuck in traffic or while waiting in checkout lanes in grocery stores or department stores? How quick are we to spot and point out all the faults of our friends or family members? Do we complain about our job when we should be thanking God that we have one?

The best antidote for complaining is thanksgiving. Truly thankful people do not complain. They are too busy being grateful for all the good things they have that they have no time to notice the things they could complain about.

The Bible says that we are to enter God's courts with praise and thanksgiving. You and I need to make it a daily goal to live a life of thanksgiving. Let's be as positive and grateful as possible.

Try going to bed at night pondering everything you have to be thankful for. Let it be the first thing you do in the morning. Thank God for "little" things or things you might normally take for granted: a parking place, waking up in time for work, a meal, your family... Don't get discouraged when you fail, but don't throw in the towel and quit either. Keep at it until you have developed new habits and you are living with an attitude of gratitude.

Be generous with your gratitude. It will sweeten your relationship with the Lord.

Prayer Starter: God, I want to live with an attitude of gratitude, starting right now! I thank you so much for loving me and for blessing me. Help me see the positive things in life and to thank You for them.

My prayer for you girls is that you will see and know that God loves you and is actively pursuing you! He wants you to do the same for Him! 

Have a Beautiful Day!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

God's Eyes!

Hey there Beautiful Girls When I read this devotion this week I knew it was one I needed to share!  I wish we all had special glasses that we could put on and see our selves and those around us the way God does.

Faith to See Yourself Through God's Eyes

Whatever you're facing in life, or whatever is coming in your future, God has already given you the faith for it. It may not look like it, and you may not feel like you have what it takes to overcome, but faith in God isn't based on our circumstances or how we feel.

The enemy would like for you to believe that you don't have a chance in life, that you're too weak, too poor, too whatever. But God has a different view of you. God sees you through the eyes of love. He sees not what you can be, but what He has invested in you, not what you or others may see.

Seeing yourself the way God sees you leads to a life of overwhelming victory.
But it takes faith. You can't just hear that God loves you and sees you as His child, you have to believe it. It takes faith to move forward and overcome the challenges of life. And faith does you no good if you don't know how to release it. You have to release your faith in order for it to work.

We release faith through our words, actions and, of course, through prayer. It's up to us to act.
First John 4:4 is a scripture we quote a lot, and almost anytime I say this verse in a church or meeting, everybody claps and cheers. But how many people really believe that "He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world?"

The truth is, the One in you is greater and He loves you. So stretch your faith today and see yourself the way God sees you. It doesn't matter what the enemy wants you to see or how things might look. Our faith overcomes through the One who lives in us!

Prayer Starter: God, I believe that You love me and that You have given me the power to overcome. As Your child, I will act on the faith You have given me every day, trusting in You and overcoming any obstacle that comes my way.

Girls I am praying for you!  That you will see God at work in you and through you, and that you will begin to see yourself as God does!

 Know you are Loved, Thought of, and Prayed for!
Have a Beautiful Day!