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We need “More Than Conquerors”!

More Than ConquerYou’re a month or two into the school year, depending on which high school, academy or university you’re attending and you’re already over it. Some of you have senioritis and you’re only sophomores! Ha!

For some of you it’s even worse. You wanted things to be different this year, to keep your grades up, to be more popular, to shed your insecurities, to not give in to peer pressure, to keep your spiritual life strong despite the demands that your studies and all those extracurricular things pile on. Even if you started the battle of getting through a new school year feeling strong, you might be finding yourself growing weary today. This weariness might make you want to: flirt with sexual overtones to get a guys’ attention…even if he’s not even good for you! You might want to skip your devotional in the morning and sleep in, start drama with a girl who’s getting on your nerves, study less and be tempted to cheat on a test, or criticize and complain about all your teachers.

School is tough, I remember, and the list of things you may be tempted to get distracted by goes on forever! But remember this, my warriors of the cross…every day you have the chance to be a witness for God—to do things well and show people how Christians are MORE THAN CONQUERORS: to show them how God promises something better and how we have faith that He’ll deliver!.Of course, Satan is doing his best every day to make your life miserable and to destroy our testimony for Christ. The Bible says in John 10:10 that Satan wakes up every morning aiming to steal your joy and your eternal life.

If you’ve felt overwhelmed lately, you’re not alone! But please my  darlingest of  girls, don’t give up! There are many who will look to your leadership and example. Your school needs you desperately to set the standard high! Your school needs more than conquerors to lead them.

Here are a few practical ways you can fight the enemy and beat off temptation this school year.

  1. Stay plugged in to God’s Word on the daily

If you’re reading the Bible, you’re actually hanging out with Jesus. He calls himself the living Word…which means that the same power He had…you have access to through the word. This is how it can influence our minds for good!  Ask God to give you wisdom, power and mold your will to His as you read.

How can you incorporate God’s Word into your morning routine this school year?

  1. Memorize battle verses

Every temptation begins as a thought, so arm yourself with weapons of truth to combat satan’ lies as those thoughts come into your head!

Remember, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Rom. 8:37). There is nothing too big in your life that Christ cannot help you overcome, but you need to put on your armor!

  1. Pray with friends

Ask your parents, mature Christian friends, or a wise woman at church to hold you accountable for your areas of temptation and struggle. The more often your bring your struggles before God, and the more people who are fighting along side you…the more power you’ll have to overcome! PS…not everyone is trustworthy, so don’t give all your secrets away to someone who hasn’t proven themselves to you!

That’s all folks, post your prayer request on the Greater Than Rubies facebook page or email me at Amie@greaterthanrubies.org if you need special prayer for any situation. We need more conquerors like you!

 

Study Break: Test Stress Ministry Ideas for Finals Week!

It’s finals season. Aaagh!.

For all the college kids, we’re nearing the end of the pain (this week here in Conway, AR), but the high school students are just gearing up for the torture that is year-end exams.

School projects are always being brought up in our small group at church, and it’s not just some filler prayer request they toss out in order to avoid sharing personal info. We have many students on scholarship in our church, and they want to keep that money (and even pick up a little more) by getting those high marks. We also have the privilege of having some international students who seem to take their studies a bit more seriously than the standard university attendee. For them, good grades mean they might get enough support to continue to grad school before returning home to serve their countries and their families. No matter where our students are from though, they are STRESSED right now. Your high school and college kids are feeling it too.

This is where you come in! For the last 4 years or so, our class at church has tried to do something helpful around semester and final exams. We have baked cookies in the past, and delivered them to the different campuses and homes (for high school students) for a study break. We’ve sent encouraging verses (and maybe even glow tracts one year) in little goody bags and given each student one for themselves, and at least one to share with a roommate or friend.

This year I was feeling ambitious so I made muffins with flax instead of eggs (My nutritionist friends tell me how good those Omega 3s are for the brain). I made lots and delivered them in gift bags to our students. When I got home, I finally tried the muffins and they were not all that grand, but to my surprise, I got several heart-felt thank yous via text.

I realized that the kids 1) aren’t that picky, and 2) just appreciated someone coming by and praying with them. It takes some time, but the effort is minimal. In fact, you could do granola bars, juice boxes or even popsicles if you have an ice chest.

I have lots of ideas that require a bit more effort, but I’d like to try one day—especially if we ever have a location adjacent to one of our campuses. Here they are, in no particular order.

  1. I’d like to host a midnight (or 10pm) fun run when folks are up late studying. We could meet in the parking lot on campus, and have a car playing some tunes drive around for about 5 minutes, with the kids all jogging behind. We could serve some snacks after out of the car.
  2. I’d LOVE to have a blessing breakfast where we served students a healthy, brain enhancing breakfast the morning of the first day of finals (or do it every day) and ask a prayer of blessing over them. It would also be a good opportunity to talk about some sleep, study, and nutrition habits that promote their best thinking. It would also be an incredible service and witnessing opportunity.
  3. I’m not even that all into health, but I’ve always loved juicing and smoothies. It would be fun to host a drink party that focused on the ingredients and nutrients that aid brain function. Maybe a “dead-day drinks that make you thinks” theme. J

Speaking of nutrition, in a video my friends and I made in honor of finals week, I promised to share Juanita’s (a soon to be registered dietician) favorite breakfast recipe idea for quick finals fare. See below for the recipe.

So that’s it for me today! Now I’d like to collect some ideas from you. What have you, or your church members done to support students during exam time? Let me know in the comments below!

BONUS: Here are Juanita’s Best Breakfasts (Quick Prep for Finals)

1. Smart Yogurt Cup

Take 3/4 cup of your choice of plain yogurt (dairy/soy/coconut), mix a teaspoon of honey, 1/2 cup of favorite berries, and 1/4 cup of your favorite nuts…(this breakfast contains great sources of protein, antioxidants, phytochemicals, fiber and calcium)

2. Breakfast Quesadilla

Heat up a whole wheat flour tortilla (or cold if you prefer), spread 1 tbs of favorite nut butter, add slices of banana and strawberries and sprinkle some cinnamon and chia seeds (both optionals) Fold tortilla in half and enjoy!

3. Chia Pudding: Let me refer you back to the recipe I did on video. (Make ahead and add fruit and sliced almonds.)

4. If all else fails, grab a Kind bar or an apple and peanut butter. It will really give you energy and it contains a good source of protein to keep you from feeling hungry during your test!

Juanita, Nearly a registered dietician

Best wishes and prayers on those finals! Love, Juanita

7 Non-Negotiables For Your Girl’s Future Husband

I had a harrowing conversation with one of my girls the other day! We were talking about her “I want” list for her perfect guy.

High on the list were things like being cute, and loving her forever.  Silent reflection on the depth here….but, I mean, she did mention commitment…right?

At the time I didn’t know how to respond, but I do now! Let’s help our girls raise the bar! I’m providing you a worksheet you so can do just that with the girls you love.

non-negotiables worksheet (It’s a word document)

Here’s the video I did on the topic as well, if you would prefer to watch your info!

They’re already dreamin’ about him. Might as well make sure they get their dreams straight! 😉

4 Unconventional girl gifts (and a pledge)

Unconventional gifts for Christian teen girlsThis is totally a piggyback off my last blog post, which was a plea for us gift-givers to grab some “Mallternative” shopping presents for our girls–you know, less stuff and more substance. After I thought about it a while, though, I realized I needed a piece that would help girls get into the idea, so I made a Youtube to help.

I also whipped up this image to solidify the pledge I’m making, which you see live in Technicolor before your very eyes.

By the way, I’m not trying to say that tangible gifts are evil, bad, or that girls who want them are spoiled, Paris Hiltons on credit rampage…I’m just saying: I have enough. You likely do to. Let’s practice this “Giving Tuesday” thing that people are talking about and help our young ladies do the same.

Here’s the vid!

Also, here is a Pinterest board where I have collected a few of these ideas for “experiential” gifts for Christian girls. Let me know if I need to add something!

 

 

Yay!

Amie