Saturday, September 27, 2008

Together Again

After missing two weeks of girls group due to our trip and other circumstances, it was wonderful to be able to spend time with the girls again!

Ever since we began our girls group two years ago, the girls have been working on cross-stitching. Once a cross-stitch was finished, they would begin on another. When all the girls had com
pleted a cross-stitch, we would have a 'framing day'. So while work continues on their verse cross-stitches, the girls were able to frame some of the ones that they had completed earlier in the year. The first step for framing was to wash the cross-stitches . . .



While the cross-stitches dried, we had our lesson which was on thanksgiving and gratefulness. We first discussed the definition of gratefulness which means to be “warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful”

We then asked, who are we to be grateful to first and foremost? The girls correctly answered that we are to be grateful and thankful to God. We read Colossians 3:16, and then discussed the verse together:

"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God" (Colossians 3:16)

After reading and discussing the verse, we asked the girls what things the Lord has blessed us with that we should be grateful for. They shared: God, Jesus, salvation, the Bible, the air we breathe, family, friends, life, food, etc.

The next question brought the gratefulness further . . . are we only to be grateful for the things that we like and think are good? We read a couple of verses that spoke about this:

"In everything give thanks for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

"Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;" (Ephesians 5:20).

We are to be thankful for all things. What can we be thankful for in difficult circumstances? Some ideas presented were:

--The Lord is right there with us
--He is loving and kind
--We can learn and grow through the difficulties
--Difficult circumstances help us to trust in the Lord more

We then shared about an account in Scripture that illustrates the giving of thanks. As it is one that we have discussed before (the healing of the ten lepers by Christ found in Luke 17:11-19), we asked the girls if they could tell us about it and how thankfulness and gratitude was shown and not shown. They remembered very well the account and did an excellent job sharing about it!

At the end of the lesson, we asked the girls, given the project we did two weeks ago, if there was anyone that we should show gratefulness to. Their faces lit up as they exclaimed: "The lady who gave us the crafts!" So we gathered around the table, and the girls made beautiful cards for her. Reading what each of them wrote in the cards warmed my heart, as the thankfulness that they each expressed was seen to be coming genuinely from their hearts.



Once the cards were all made, it was time to put the cross-stitches in their frames . . .


The girls were so excited to see their cross-stitches that they had worked so hard on all framed, trimmed and ready to hang up!

4 comments:

  1. What lovely work you are doing with your girls group. They must be so thrilled to see their finished work displayed.

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  2. Thank you for your encouraging words, Elizabeth! Yes, the girls do get pretty excited! :)

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  3. I love the first and the last pictures; intent on the task at hand and then the obvious siterly fellowship that's going on!

    You tie the lessons together so well and it has been a blessing to see how the girls eagerly grasp at what they are learning.
    ~Ashley

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  4. Thank you so much for the encouragement and kind words, Ashley! They were such a blessing to us!

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