Winter Retreat 2010

Winter Retreat 2010
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Monday, August 17, 2009

Its that time of year...

7 days and counting. Have you got your clothes, have you got your supplies, and have you got your schedule? New routines, new teachers, new friends, new desks, new lockers, and new classes can all seem fresh fun and exciting. But it can also make you worry. Well here is on small way to always be reminded of God's promises. Take a look at a dollar bill or any American money. On the coin or paper, it reads, "In God We Trust". Wonder where that phrase came from?

"Psalm 56:4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?"

Here are 7 suggestions for you to try over the next seven days:
-Try memorizing Psalm 56:4
-Try getting up 30 minutes early each day to read your bible and to memorize God's Word.
-Try sharing your testimony to yourself in the mirror to remind yourself how Awesome God has been in your life
-Find a verse in the Bible that will be your theme for this school year
-Share that verse with your BFF, your parents, your sunday school class and your youth minister
-Try to take an hour sometime this week and just be alone and silent with God. (not a nap, not with background music, not doing anything but alone with God.
-Try telling everyone what that hour was like

All these suggestions may sound a little weird and all since school hasn't started and you really aren't looking forward to homework. But God has promised us blessings, intimacy, and Joy to all who go hard after Him. Spending time with God, reading His word, memorizing scripture, and sharing with others will, I repeat, WILL make life extraordinary, not ordinary. It will be incredible, not detestible. It will be rock, not just roll.

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