Friday, November 10, 2006

Biblical Beauty

In honor of our first night doing this bible study, sweet hubbie bought these pink roses! The girls thought they were beautiful and I was giddy to have been thought of. It's nice to be a girl.

Tonight we began our Biblical Beauty study here in our home. Hannah, with about 10 of her friends came over for a couple of hours and we ate pizza (of course) ate cookies (of course) and jumped in head first into this really wonderful study about what God has to say about true Biblical Beauty! This ministry began with the Fun With Faith clubs (www.funwithfaith.com) that I have been a part of since Hannah was in first grade. I started with a co-leader, a few kids in Hannah's class and another handful from the co-leader's class and we embarked on a bible club right there in the public school cafeteria! This year we will meet at our house because these girls have BUSY schedules and it seemed like Friday night worked great for everyone (plus, Chris can take Samuel on Daddy Dates)

I have secretly longed for this day when we could curl up on my couch, barefoot with Bibles in hand and these young girls eager to lay their burdens down....somewhere. I can remember this age so vividly. I ached to belong and felt like so much of an outcast. Even my trips to church were painful. Usually a borrowed dress and a borrowed bible and at 11 years old, I'm not sure which was worse? The ladies in the Sunday School class made a forced effort to include me but always managed to shine light on the inability for this "unchurched" kid to fit in. ..."Kim, would you like to read this passage from Leviticus?" Fumbling through the pages and nearly to the back of the bible before someone would snicker and mutter and the color would creep up my neck and I would ache to belong. ..."Here honey, take this paperwork that your parents need to fill out so we can put you on our roll". Yea, little did they know that my parents spoke with vile hatred of church and literature that I brought home was "propaganda". Painful as it was, God was working on me......even then.

I have always had a love for this age. I can relate to them so well. I still feel like there are days when I am as lost and overwhelmed as they are, but with different problems. Most of all, I have wanted the opportunity to share with them the true gospel. I have wanted the opportunity to dispel any myths about the *way* you should pray, *where* you should pray, and *what* you should pray. As God leads me, I will teach them the truth about His word and the faith that comes by grace alone. I am excited about these lessons which cover beautiful topics like: patience, kindness, love, joy, modesty, humility, gentleness, hospitality, purity, and forgiveness. They will learn about how God purposed them; each and every part and they can't reject their physical attributes without rejecting God. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made" Psalm 139:14 They are learning that even their personality traits are God-given and He intends that they glorify Him, no matter what! We talked about what our culture today says in direct conflict to what the bible says. I will post updates to our weekly club and share some insight from their perspective!

Wow, could I have used a little something like this in 1982??? Take a peek at this little snapshot of me. It was suggested in the curriculum to show the girls how much *change* is taking place :) Try not to laugh too hard! Check out those wings!

8 comments:

Jenn said...

Those are pretty flowers Chris got! Cute picture. You haven't changed a bit!! :) I love your hair - Brian's looked similar when he was in high school!!

Kelly said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for investing in those precious girls. As a mommy to two little girls, I know the many challenges it takes to raise a godly lady with a love of God's Word in today's crazy world. So many studies show that teens are craving connections with adults who are interested in them, who will invest in their lives. What a great opportunity you have to share your life with those girls!
Can you tell I am a former student pastor's wife?

Kim said...

I'm sorry for what you went through as a child,but still,God in His grace was preparing you for this time to share with these little girls about true biblical beauty! How wonderful! We have spent many hours teaching this to our children....the fruit of it is so beautiful to see!

Kim said...

Jenn- I want pictures

Kelly - Thanks for the encouraging words. You will have such a sweet opportunity with your own girls and I find it to be so rare to find women who deliberately seek out moments to teach their girls about Godly beauty.

Kim- You are so right. Seeing how so many of the individual trials of my childhood come to a beautiful fruition is an everyday blessing for me.

Anonymous said...

I'm just going to echo what the other ladies have said. I think what you're doing is wonderful. What's even more wonderful is that your daughter wants to invite 10 of her friends over to sit and read the Bible with her mom!

Jane said...

What beautiful flowers and a very worthwhile task, you can't put a price on investing in those girls lives!

Christina said...

Kim, I've read your blog before (from Jenn's and Leslie's) but have not commented before. Anyway, I really admire what you are doing. My daughters are 7 and 18 months now and growing up so fast. I hope I'll have the opportunity to do what you are doing when my girls are a little older. Thanks for the inspiration.

Tiffany said...

Good Job Chris! He is a sweet hubby!