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Prepare August 1, 2012

Filed under: holiness,Hosea,Submission — switchgirls @ 10:55 am

fallow ground

“Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.”
(Hosea 10:12 ESV)

Fallow ground is ground that has been plowed. It is prepared for use. But no one plants seeds in it. No one cultivates it or tends to it. So nothing grows. For a whole season or more, the ground is barren. Empty. Prepared, but never producing.

What is the fallow ground in your life right now? Where has God been preparing you for growth and you have been resisting? Now is the time to surrender it to Him. Now is the time to seek the Lord.

 

Don’t Forget! June 27, 2012

Filed under: teenage girls — switchgirls @ 12:00 am

SWITCH Olympics is TONIGHT!
Pick a color, grab your team, and come out for some crazy competitions!

Missions

The deadline to sign up for the Tullahoma Mission Trip (July 18-22) is this Sunday, July 1! Sign up online here.

 

It’s Not Over June 26, 2012

Filed under: Faith,God,holiness — switchgirls @ 1:53 am

It’s a relief to be back home. Back to familiarity. Back to routine. Back to your own bed, your own shower, your own room. Back to everything that is comfortable.

But there’s always a pang in coming home from camp. You feel like something valuable is left behind. And the longer you’re home, the less weight your camp decisions seem to have. It becomes easier and easier to slip back into your regular old life. Not that it was a bad life. But you have a little voice in the back of your head whispering that things were supposed to change. You were going to be different. Why are those camp commitments often so hard to hang on to?

Could it possibly be the discomfort that frees you while you’re at camp? Your routine is thrown off, your cell phone is gone, you’re sharing a room with a bunch of people. Nothing is as comfortable as home. And so perhaps you’re more aware–more open to what God is doing in your life, because you’re paying more attention. You’re not just running on autopilot.

Comfort is a tough thing. We all want to be comfortable. We want to feel secure, have a sense of routine, have a feeling of belonging. And none of these are bad things. But sometimes our comfortable life numbs us to our need for change. It’s easy to think everything is fine because everything is going on like it always does. It’s also easy to put off change because we aren’t quite ready to disrupt things. Change threatens our comfort because it inevitably pulls us into the uncomfortable zone.

Even though none of us likes discomfort, it is the state God most often uses to work in us. When we are uncomfortable, we most clearly see our need for Him. When we are uncomfortable, we most clearly see our weaknesses and our inabilities. And when we are uncomfortable, we most clearly see His hand and His involvement in our lives.

That’s often what happens at camp. You’re less comfortable than usual, and more open to God’s pulling on your heart. You realize He’s trying to get your attention and you respond because there’s no other place you have to be. You can stop and focus on Him because your normal, comfortable life is back at home, and you are free from it for a few days.

So does that mean you can only hear from God at camp? Of course not. He is always trying to get your attention. He is always wanting to work in you. But when you’re at home, you may be too wrapped up in the familiar to break away and listen. That’s what needs to change when you come home. You need to make it a priority to get “uncomfortable” somehow. That may mean changing up your routine to include daily time with God. That may mean finding a place to serve where you’ve never served before. It may mean speaking up more boldly about what you believe. Whatever it is, you will have to deliberately step outside your comfort zone and do it. That’s where real change happens.

 

Radiant May 16, 2012

Filed under: teenage girls — switchgirls @ 2:00 pm

“I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”
(Psalm 34:4-5)

What has God done for you recently that made you radiant with joy?

 

Modest is Hottest Photos

Filed under: teenage girls — switchgirls @ 11:04 am

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When Life Turns Out Wrong May 9, 2012

Filed under: teenage girls — switchgirls @ 2:00 pm

cracked glass

It’s easy enough to praise God when things are going our way. His hand is obvious, our needs and/or wants are met, and we are satisfied with what He’s doing. We say God is good because we like the way things have turned out.

But what about when things don’t turn out the way we want? Are we as quick to praise Him when things don’t get better? Or when they go completely wrong? Are you content when God allows things in your life that don’t make you happy? Is He still good when hard things happen?

Check out the story of Larissa and Ian Murphy. To many, it would seem that God had allowed all their good plans to turn out wrong. But they don’t look at it that way. Even in a situation filled with disappointment and sorrow, they continue to not only believe God but also praise Him.

Their story reminds me of a Kutless song:

"When my life is not what I expected
The plans I made have failed
When there's nothing left to steal me away
Will You be enough for me?
Will my broken heart still sing?"

So what about you? Do you trust God this much – to praise Him even when He takes away your dreams? Is He – and just He – enough for you?

What God does in your life is not about you. It’s about Him. He uses the things that happen to you to point people to Him. Sometimes, those are happy things. Somethings, they’re not. But in all things, we can hope and believe that He is working toward a good end (Romans 8:28).

So praise Him in the good times, and I do pray that they will be many for you. But don’t forget that He is also at work in the hard times. His will for you is to glorify Him in all things; make that your purpose as well. He will always be enough for you, if you will let Him be.

 

Sign Up! April 18, 2012

Filed under: teenage girls — switchgirls @ 2:00 pm

Modest is Hottest is this Friday night! If you haven’t signed up yet, do it today! This event is totally free and includes dinner and dessert.  Open to all 7th-12th grade girls.

Also, don’t forget about the Hottest Modest Outfit contest – enter an outfit put together by you and you could win a $40 Target gift card! Get more details here.

If you would like to help out with this event, email tracey@bartlettbaptist.org.

 

 
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