Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A new princess in town

Tonight marked the official kick off of the new princess club. The princess club for girls in their teens and early twenties. What a great turn out! There were 10 girls, including 4 of Abigail's friends who I had never met. Tonight was an introduction to the club. We talked about the goals of the club and what we're going to do for the next few weeks. The girls seemed really excited. As part of the club, to make it official, we took attendance, read our theme verse, and wrote out rules for the club. The girls themselves wrote the rules. They were as follows:

1. We can share openly what's on our hearts because this is a safe place.
2. No gossiping or sharing secrets outside of the club.
3. We are united.
4. We will accept all girls who come into the club regardless of where she comes from or who she is.
5. Justice and equality for all.

The girls then made and decorated their princess diaries. Each week we will write out a Bible verse and whatever truths we learn about that week. It will be like a diary or journal of all that we're learning and doing. They all seemed to have a lot of fun decorating their books with stickers, glitter, and papers.

 Our club verse is Colossians 1:9-14. Carmen, who is helping to lead the group. Shared what this passage means to her. It was really awesome to see her share her heart with the girls and they truly listened:

9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[e] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[f] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 

Continue to pray with me for the continued growth of these girls, that they would feel truly loved by God and step into their identity as princesses. In the coming weeks we will talk about their authority and power in the kingdom of God, their identity as daughters of the King of Kings, and all about the kingdom of God.

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