Sooo, I have been leading a small group of high school girls for a church in town over the past four years. I started when they were freshmen, and now they are almost done being seniors. They have grown in numbers, strength, and passion. They have kept me going through all of OT school and almost all of my college career. Yes, the girls are 5 or more years younger than me, but I have learned innumerable things from them. They have shown me so much and helped me to keep staying young......which I always plan to feel. I love them as strongly as I love my sisters, and that is what they truely are. My sisters, and some of the best friends I could ask for. We have all had victories and all have fallen, but we can do it knowing that the others will be there to cheer us on or pick us up. We all try to stay as rooted in faith as possible, and help each other do it.
This year, we've been passing around a traveling journal where the girls can write whatever they'd like inside. There are a lot of amazing things inside, but I'll only pull out some phrases that they have quoted others on.
*You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now.* Joan Baez
*Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of the mind, than on outward circumstances.* Benjamin Franklin
*You've got so much love in you. You've got so much love in you. I'm amazed that I'm talking to you.* Rocket Summer
*Just because everyone's doing it doesn't mean it's right. Just because it's right doesn't mean everyone's doing it* Sarah
*I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. I believe in God even when he is silent. I believe.* Barlow Girl
*My grace is sufficient for you! For my power is made perfect in weakness. That is why for Christ's sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecution, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.* 2 Corinthians 2:8&10
*Love all you can. It's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that, what have you had?* Henry James
*A ship in the harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for*
*An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets the more interested he is.* Anon
*Don't forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels withought knowing it.* Ephesians 13:2
*For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.* 2 Timothy 1:7
*So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks, or the church of God-even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.* 1 Corinthians 10:31-33
*Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God.* Phillipians 4:6
*Oh no, you never let go! Through the calm and through the storm. Oh no, you never let go. Lord you never let go of me!* Song by ??
*God never gives you more than you can handle*
*The Lord is merciful, compassionate, patient, and always ready to forgive.* Psalms 145:8
*I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.* Proverbs 4:11-12
*When there's no where else to turn, all your bridges have been burned. Feels like you've hit rock bottom. Don't give up it's not the end, open up your heart again. Someone loves you even when you don't think so. Don't you know that you've got me and Jesus.* Song
*It's taken so long but now I know. I had to find out on my own. When nothing could convince me, your love it convinced me that it's gonna be ok.* Song
I love how much these girls have to offer. I just wish that they'd all be able to see it in themselves. I think that's a huge problem in today's world....especially for girls. That's why we're reading Captivating. It's a great book, but I hope it sinks in to them. Good night, I'm @ work and just trying to lazy this night shift along. :)