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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.

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A Formula for Success January 4, 2012

Filed under: Faith,God,holiness,Joshua,obedience,Purpose,teenage girls,Trusting God — switchgirls @ 2:00 pm

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The Israelites weren’t an easy people to lead.  They had a reputation for complaining, thanklessness, and insubordination.  As Moses’ right hand man, Joshua saw first hand the struggles Moses had trying to lead this stubborn group of people.  Those struggles couldn’t have been far from his mind on the day he took Moses’ place as leader.

In Joshua 1, God commissions Joshua as the new leader.  Joshua was probably feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect of leading this huge group of temperamental people into an unknown land.  God, ever aware of our insecurities, told Joshua, “Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.” (v. 5) 

God not only encouraged Joshua that He would be with Him, but He also gave Joshua a formula for success: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (v. 8)

Sounds pretty simple, right?  Be faithful to God’s Word; meditate on it morning and night; learn everything it says; do everything it says.  Okay, maybe not so simple, but it is at least straightforward.

God encouraged Joshua as a leader and equipped him for success as a leader.  He didn’t just say, “Okay, I’m giving you this important job.  I’m rooting for you. Good luck!”  He gave Joshua the means to be successful at his task: devotion to God’s Word, frequent meditation on it, and obedience to it.

The same formula God gave Joshua is still effective for us today.  God doesn’t call you to His work and turn you loose without any direction.  He equips you through His Word.  If you’re struggling with how to be more tuned in to what God wants you to do, get in His Word!  That’s where the answers are.

Joshua accomplished great things during his time as leader.  He defeated 31 kings during Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land.  He allotted portions of the land to each of the tribes (something they had been waiting for for years).  But most importantly, he was obedient to the Lord.  Joshua 24:31 recounts his most meaningful legacy: “Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua and had known all the work that the LORD did for Israel.”

God does not give direction in vain.  He gave Joshua a strategy for success, and Joshua’s life is a testimony to his obedience to that strategy.  If you desire success that pleases the Lord, follow His directions.  They work.

 

Switch Life August 24, 2011

Filed under: Faith,God's Word,Gossip,holiness,Purpose,teenage girls,Tongue — switchgirls @ 2:00 pm

Sunday nights at 5PM, we’re starting Disciple Life classes just for students.  These are basically small group studies that help you grow in your faith.  We have 2 specifically for girls and 2 coed studies.  I encourage you to check out the info below and join us on Sunday night for our first session!

Girl Talk: The Power of Your Words
Led by Tracey Tucker
GIRLS ONLY
Gossip. Lying. Language. Sensual dialogue. Trash talk. You expect this on a high school campus, but not in church on Wednesday night. But the truth is that girls–even girls in church–struggle with their speech. This 5-week study addresses these tough topics and helps girls recognize that their words have the power to hurt…or to heal.

One on One with God
Led by Julie Davis
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS ONLY
This study is a path that leads to knowing Jesus personally, a lifestyle of walking daily in intimate fellowship with Him, and a tool for making disciples and producing disciple-makers.   This 15-week study teaches the basic disciplines of the Christian faith.

Tupos: Becoming a Person of Impact
Led by Jason Miller
HIGH SCHOOL ONLY
You know the rules. Don’t drink. Don’t have sex. Don’t say that. Don’t date non-Christians. So why do you still break them? In 1 Timothy 4:12, Paul explains to Timothy and other young people why five key areas of behavior are important: in order to be an example (in Greek: tupos) to other people. This 5-session study will focus on the five areas mentioned in 1 Timothy 4:12: speech, life, love, faith, and purity.

Back to the Basics
Led by John Honea
MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY
This six-week study is designed to give students a foundation for godly principles in basic disciplines of their faith such as: spending time alone with God, establishing a prayer time, memorizing Scripture, sharing your faith, and engaging in discipleship.

 

From the Heart of Francesca… August 17, 2011

Filed under: Faith,Francesca Battistelli,God,Quotes,Trusting God — switchgirls @ 2:00 pm

“I think it’s probably bad form to quote your own song in a blog. I’m sure it is. But nonetheless, I’m reminded today how unpredictable God can be. When I think I know everything that’s coming, when I think I can put my life into a perfect little box, scheduling every moment to a “t,” that’s when God steps in to remind me that His plan is above my plan. His thoughts are higher than my thoughts, and His ways are higher than my ways. My plan is not infallible, not indestructible. God can change anything at any moment. Lord, let me never get too proud to forget that. I love You. I need You. Amen.”
(from Francesca Battistelli’s blog)

 

I Am the One Who Helps You June 1, 2011

Filed under: Faith,Isaiah,Joy,Pain,Patience,Stress,Trusting God — switchgirls @ 2:00 pm

“Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” (Isaiah 41:11-13 ESV)

Girls, this is the God to which you belong. Let His promises give you confidence that, no matter what you’re facing, He is on your side. He will give you victory over every opponent. Trust Him to do that.

 

It Is Well April 20, 2011

Filed under: Faith,Joy,Pain,Stress,Trusting God,Worry — switchgirls @ 2:00 pm

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

How often have you sung these words? Do they mean something to you? Are you really able to say that it is well with your soul whether you are in a time of peace or a time of sorrow?

This song often brings tears to my eyes when I contemplate the depth of its meaning. The writer of this hymn felt these words with all his heart. Have you ever heard the story behind the hymn–the story of Horatio Spafford’s inspiration to write it?

From Wikipedia:
“This hymn was written after several traumatic events in Spafford’s life. The first was the death of his only son in 1871 at the age of four, shortly followed by the great Chicago Fire which ruined him financially (he had been a successful lawyer). Then in 1873, he had planned to travel to Europe with his family on the SS Ville du Havre, but sent the family ahead while he was delayed on business concerning zoning problems following the Great Chicago Fire. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sailing ship, the Loch Earn, and all four of Spafford’s daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, “Saved alone.” Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died.”

How many of us, after suffering so much loss, could sit down and write these words – words that express complete trust in the Lord and His will?

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

Spafford found genuine comfort in his relationship with Christ. He lost much in this world – his fortune, much of his family. I’m not saying he was completely unshaken by these losses, but the words he penned indicate that he did not stop trusting the Lord with his life. Despite the loss and pain he suffered, he continued to find joy in Christ.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

How often do we let our petty problems obscure our trust in the Lord? We doubt Him when things get tough in life, but those are the times we desperately need Him. Do we have a faith that can survive the loss of everything dear to us and yet say, “It is well with my soul?” What is our hope really placed in? Friends? Family? Money? Happiness? Or is our hope rooted in Someone deeper and more lasting than any of those things?

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

 

Things to Ponder… February 16, 2011

Filed under: Faith,Pain,Quotes,Submission,teenage girls,Trusting God,Worry — switchgirls @ 2:00 pm

“Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

“Nothing that you have not given away will ever really be yours.” ~ C.S. Lewis

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” ~ Jim Elliot

What is God pushing you to let go of in your life?

 

 
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