Saturday, April 11, 2009

Girls Group

As last week I was unable to get a post up on our girls group, I decided to combine last weeks and this weeks into one long post . . .

The week before last we continued to work on memorizing a verse from Ephesians . . .


Erasing more words

Reciting the Verse

And then did a garden type of craft . . .



Leah and I had previously made reference sheets of several different vegetables
for the girls. Each sheet includes information such as how deep to plant the seeds, how often to water, how to transplant, etc. For each vegetable sheet, the girls looked through our abundance of seed catalogs and cut out corresponding photos to decorate them. The sheets will later be used when we plant vegetable seeds with the girls out in our garden.

Gluing down a photo of carrots

Finished!

Other things that we did that day were to have the girls look through the vegetable seed packets of the seeds that we will be planting this year and write down on a piece of paper what they are, the variety they are and how many days from planting to harvest. They enjoyed that aspect of it! We also had a chart with different seeds (with their names) taped onto it so we talked about the variety that God placed in creation, how a tiny seed can grow to be a fruit producing plant, and much more.

Our lesson for the day was on 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 . . .


Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;”

We talked about how these verses are speaking about unselfishness; giving cheerfully and not grudgingly. We then asked the girls "What types of things can we give to others?" Their answers included things such as time, food, smiles, hugs, clothing, toys, etc.

In verse 6, we found that when it mentioned "sowing" it is in reference to giving to others. We paralleled this with planting in a garden . . . if we sow one single seed, how big will our harvest be? What about if we sowed two hundred seeds? Would the harvest be bigger? Definitely! These verses are using the analogy of sowing seed in relation to giving generously to others. If we sow sparingly, the harvest will be small. If we sow bountifully, the harvest will be larger.

We then asked, "When it is speaking of harvesting little or much, what types of things would one harvest as a result of giving?" (We noted, that this does not necessarily mean personal gain [though it does give one joy, etc.], but that it often means a harvest of blessings in others' lives) Some of the things that we came up with that could be part of this harvest of giving were:

-Others may be encouraged
-They may be helped to grow in Christ or to do the right thing instead of the wrong thing
-Those who do not believe in Jesus may start to question or examine their own life

-The giving may strengthen relationships
-But most of all, it pleases the Lord

We then asked a series of questions (the answers are in parenthesis):

What does it mean to give grudgingly?
(You do not really want to, half-heartedly, etc.)


What about under compulsion?
(You are being made to give, and you are not doing it because you want to.)


How would a cheerful giver be different than these?
(Gives willingly, wants to give, seeks how to give to others and bless them)


What types of things can we give to others?
(time, love, clothing, food, encouragement, smiles, etc.)


Who is the One who helps us to give? Who gives us the strength to?
(God)


We then turned to 1 Peter and read:

Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:11)

From this verse, we see that God is our strength; and all that we do is to bring Him glory. When we give, it should be to please and serve the Lord and to bless others. And we are to give, or sow, abundantly – not sparingly; and with cheerfulness and joy.


So that was two weeks ago. :) Then this week we were doing another craft project that will take several weeks to finish. The first step was to paint flower pots, then the girls will stencil paint them, and then finally, plant flowers in their pots to bring home. This week we painted the first and second main coat of paint on the pots and saucers.

Painting away - the girls did such a careful job, and the pots turned out lovely!

Some of the paints

Putting on the first coat


While the first coat of paint was drying, we reviewed all our memory verses, and then we had our lesson which was on serving others. We began by reading and discussing a few verses from Mark . . .

But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:43-45)

We went over these verses in depth explaining and focusing on different aspec
ts as we went along. We talked about how we are to be servants; what it means to be "a slave of all"; how Christ is our example; what it means when it says that Christ "gave His life a ransom for many", etc.

As we know from 1 Peter 2:21, we are to follow Christ’s example including in this area of serving others.
We asked the girls if they could think of ways that Christ served others. Some of their answers included things such as: healing, providing, encouraging, teaching, and ultimately, giving His life for us.

After reading this verse from Mark 9:35: “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all" and relating it back to the verses in chapter 10: "whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant", we discussed how greatness in the eyes of God is through serving others. As those who are trying to follow Christ's example and to be obedient to Him, we must humble ourselves, putting others before us and putting ourselves last in order to serve and bless them

But what does it mean to serve?


-First, we must see (or hear of) a need (we are to be actively looking and listening for different needs)

-Secondly, we need to, as much as we are able, meet that need (this is the doing)


And what should be our heart attitude in all of this? We find in Galatians t
hat it is with love:

through love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13b)

We closed by asking the girls what different ways they could think of to serve their families at home. After talking about this for a bit, it was time to head back to the dining room to put the final coat of paint on their pots. The rest of the afternoon went by quickly, and now we are all looking forward to next week when it will be time to stencil paint the pots!

This is a pot that Leah and I painted (using stencils) as a 'sample' to show to the girls - this is what the girls will be doing next week!

6 comments:

  1. It looks like you had a wonderful time as usual! BTW, I really like the color of your sweater in the top photo, so pretty!

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  2. Your girls must love coming to you. They have fun, the are creative and above all, they are learning the word of God.

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  3. We did have a wonderful time, Amy! :) And thank you for your kind comment. :) The sweater was a great thrift store find!

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  4. Thank you so much for your encouraging words, Elizabeth!

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  5. Those were really good lesson Sarah. The way you tied the craft and the lesson together was really neat! I can't wait to see what the finished pots look like! :o)

    ~Ashley

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  6. Thank you so much for the encouragement, Ashley!

    I look forward to sharing photos of the finished pots :), though, it will be a few weeks until then!

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