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New Ministry for Teen Girls… GCH: decaf!

Oh friends…. we have exciting news for YOU!

I’m Megan Smidt and I could not be more excited to tell you about this NEW Online Community we have organized for teen girls called GCH: decaf!
This is a BRAND NEW, ground breaking Teen Girls Ministry under the Girlfriends Coffee Hour umbrella. I have been working diligently behind the scenes for months now interviewing leaders and researching in order to make this a super-safe, fun and challenging environment for teen girls to dream and encourage each other with Christ-anointed friendships!
Before I get into all the amazing opportunities for Christian teen girls will have through GCH: decaf, I’ll tell you a bit about me and my background which led me to this point on my life’s journey….
I am first and foremost a Woman of God, but I also share my life with my husband Craig, our five kids, two dogs and a cat. I grew up in southern California, but have been a resident of Murfreesboro, TN since 2007. I was a full-time step-mom to our 5 kids for 6 years before adopting all five of them legally in 2009. Currently my oldest is 20 and my youngest (and only girl) is 14… so I have lived in teenage-dom for many years now and still have a few to go!
I have been mentoring younger girls and women since I was a teenager and have served in my church’s high school ministry for two years now. I am a co-founder of Girlfriends Coffee Hour and have had other women’s ministry experience as well. I am a certified Christian Life Coach specializing in relationships and I also work part-time as Personal Assistant to Christian musician Yancy, who travels around the country leading worship for preschoolers on up to tweens, teens and adults!
We have a community page set up for GCH:decaf on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/GCHdecaf
Anyone can join who is a teen or has a heart for teen girls growing in their walk with the Lord.

PARENTS:

This ministry is designed for girls between the ages of 13 and 19.  On October 1st, we will begin our very first Bible study entitled “A Daughter’s Worth”.  This is an amazing 12 week study, and I hope you will look into helping your teen daughter join us as we begin this brand new journey God has put onto our hearts! The Facebook fellowship and study groups your daughter will be put into are SECRET… this means that no one can even see that the groups exist unless they are in the group. This provides us with a safe environment be able to encourage your daughter to dig deep and share honestly as she navigates the truths of God’s Word.  If you are interested in having your teen daughter join this study, please send an email to: Teens@girlfriendscoffeehour.com.
If you, as the parent, have ANY questions or concerns about your daughter joining this study, please email me at Megan@GirlfriendsCoffeeHour.com.
Feel free to “friend” me here: https://www.facebook.com/megan.smidt
Depending on how many girls sign up for the study, we will decide how we will proceed with small groups for more intimate discussion. In any case, your daughter will need this book by October 1st: A Daughter’s Worth by Ava Sturgeon. (Click on image to see product and reviews on Amazon.com)

TEENS:

Oh my word… I am so excited for you!!! I can’t wait for you to meet our awesome leadership team and make friends all over the word to encourage you in your walk with the Lord and have fun with! What a blessing! My FUN fourteen year old daughter, Vicky, can’t wait to get to know all of you, too! If you have some friends that you think would like to be a part of this group, please share the link to this blog post and/ or any of the graphics on this page to let them know about this study starting October 1st!
If you are interested in joining this study, please send an email to: Teens@girlfriendscoffeehour.com.
We have put a lot of time and hours into this study to make it a safe place for girls all around the world the share the Word of God together.  Please pray with us that God will bless this new ministry abundantly, and each heart that is represented in this upcoming study, in Jesus’ Name, AMEN!!
https://www.facebook.com/GCHdecaf

September 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm Leave a comment

The Resolution for Women: From Strength to Strength

I have this beautiful friend named Beverly who has written the most wonderful blog post for Girlfriends Coffee Hour for today’s lesson. I pray it blesses your heart as much as it has mine in preparing our hearts for signing tomorrow’s resolution.

You can find it here: http://wp.me/p2pIQE-jW

This has been a tough week and I am praying that we all have the strength and endurance with God on our side to make the resolution tomorrow about our integrity ❤

Many blessings,

Megan ❤

Read all about Craig’s Resolution for Men journey here: http://www.adversusmundi.wordpress.com

 

 

August 23, 2012 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

The Resolution for Women: My Integrity

My Integrity

A resolution to live with the highest standards of virtue and purity

On our GCH: Resolution Facebook page yesterday, I posed the question: “What does integrity mean to you?” From all the posts, I think we came up with a pretty accurate definition….

If you were to check a dictionary, you will find that integrity is usually defined as a “strict adherence to a moral values, artistic principles, or other standards; complete sincerity or honesty,” or as the “state of being unimpaired; soundness,” and finally as “completeness; unity.”(1)  In its usage, “integrity” often has to do with to being truthful and honest, and having moral soundness. In Scripture, integrity is often understood as the state of being complete and undivided in terms of righteousness (Psalm 7:8), uprightness (Psalm 25:21), without wavering (Psalm 26:1); blameless (Psalm 102:2). In the New Testament, is it applied to teaching in Titus 2:7, but the concept of singleness of heart can be frequently found in other passages as well.

I see that having integrity as a Christ-follower means to live boldly without compromise.

In our fallen nature, we are all so very concerned about ourselves and what we “get” out of our life. We all seem to seek things such as happiness, wealth, health and fulfillment in this life. Then, when things go wrong, we tend to feel cheated, abandoned and unloved by God and by our friends and loved ones. When this is the case, our loyalties and affections have clearly shifted from God toward ourselves. Our integrity is undermined, and we can almost hear Satan mocking us and pointing out to God how our faithfulness to Him was not real after all, but was rather a facade of hypocrisy motivated by self-interest.
OUCH.
It is all too easy for us to be great and maintain our joy and contentment when all is well and things go our way, but a person’s true character and integrity is demonstrated when things go wrong. Why?
 Truthfully….. it is because it is in adversity that the true motivation of our heart is manifested. It is when we no longer have anything to gain from our integrity in the here and now that our true loyalties and affections are shown for what they really are. Do we really love God? Or do we love what He can do for us? Do we really long for His Kingdom and righteousness, or do we instead long for the personal benefits we perceive in it? These are hard questions to ask, but they point to the very core of our integrity as believers.
Being a person of integrity, then, means remaining unimpaired and sound in God’s righteousness and placing our loyalties and affections on Him… regardless of our circumstances. It means rejoicing in His blessings and accepting adversity not for ourselves, but for Him. It means realizing that our own righteousness is not what it is all about, and that we need Jesus’ righteousness to transform us and shape us in the image of our Lord. It means to learn to really trust God, His love, His wisdom and His sovereign power unconditionally to work out the best for us and for everyone else, through joys and pain, in His own time and way.
 It means to remain loyal to Him even when it hurts, not because we seek something else for us, but rather because we are won to Him by His infinite love and grace, and we can only respond by giving all of ourselves back to Him.
Um…… I think this is going to be one challenging week….
Dear Lord,
I’m not sure yet what all Priscilla has in store for us this week as we look at our integrity, but I pray that You faithfully give each of us the tools we all so desperately need in order to stand uncompromised for Your Kingdom. Help us to see ourselves as we truly are in order to really let You work through our imperfections. We love you, Lord, and we want to remain as pure as we possibly can in order to further Your Kingdom in our fallen world. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray, amen ❤
See what the men have going on over at Craig’s blog:
http://www.adversusmundi.wordpress.com

August 20, 2012 at 6:00 am 4 comments

The Resolution for Women: Week 7

My Forgiveness

A resolution to release others from the prison of my hurt and anger.

We started off this week looking inward at all the places we have been wounded and hurt and have tried to hide it by either acting like everything is fine or keeping ourselves so busy that we don;t even have time to let God do His supernatural mending. Priscilla shared some wonderful scripture on forgiveness and bitterness to help prepare and sterilize our tools for surgery. Praise Him for being our Great Physician!!!!! Did you let God go to work on you? Did you let Him in?

We worked through the ultimate price that Jesus paid for our sins as he dies on the cross. By that one act, Jesus was able to press the delete button on every single one of yours and my transgressions. Do you accept it? Have you repented? I pray you were able to leave it all at the foot of the cross because THAT is what God wants for you and me. Total freedom!

Yesterday we learned about the circus pony who, even when given freedom to roam and travel, he still walks circle after circle over and over again because it is all he knows.We have the authority through God’s Word to break the cycle of unforgiveness and begin anew! We need to let go of grudges and refuse to hold them, we need to leave space for God to be able to act on our behalf, and we need to pray, asking God to give us the desire to forgive.

It sounds so simple. right….. but we all know that it isn’t. We must not let ourselves be so distracted by our feelings. Now, don’t get me wrong, feelings can be wonderful… but they can also be a weapon of major deception satan uses to keep us from the very best that God has for us. It takes practice, but with the grace of God, we can begin to let go and release ourselves from being a slave to our deceptive emotions in order to live free within the glorious relm of the abundant life that God has so purposefully planned for each of us!

My Forgiveness

I will forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.

Signed x__ Megan “BAM” Smidt__________

Dear Lord, I ask that you go with us today and through the weekend as we continue to walk out this forgiveness journey. Heal every heart, Lord! Help each of us to finally be set free from the prison of unforgiveness that we have been keeping ourselves in. Help us to stand in the gap for one another and speak truth into our lives! Help us to be strong and recognize when satan is throwing distractions our way. We love you, Father, and we thank you for the truth in Your Word. In Your Son’s glorious name we pray, amen ❤

Craig is on one incredible journey with the men over at his blog: www.adversusmundi.wordpress.com

August 17, 2012 at 6:00 am 4 comments

The Resolution for Women: No More Circles

Forgiveness is reached through a combination of several actions:

1. YOU MUST refuse to store up and harbor a grudge.

2. YOU MUST leave room for God to act on your behalf.

3. YOU MUST pray.

Out of those three actions, which one is the hardest for you to do? For me…. it is most certainly number 1. Where I struggle with this is letting go vs. guarding my heart.

Does that make sense? I especially do this with my kids. Having so many teens all at once is rough. Teens are naturally self-centered at this time in their development. When you could that with major abandonment and rejection….. you have some hurt people. Paid that up with a primary caregiver who has insecurity issues and you have one super CRAZY dynamic going on! Add a pinch of stress and a dash of exhaustion and voila!!!! You have one big old hot mess!!!!

All the more reason why it is crucial that I am able to make this resolution happen once and for all this week.

No more circles. No more band aids on the issue and no more excuses or pity parties.

I. am. done.

Lord, I ask you to empower me to forgive every single name on my list from earlier this week. I know I also need to ask forgiveness from them and I pray you give me the strength and wisdom to complete this necessary task. Father, I ask that you heal my heart in the areas where I am hurting and help me to feel so complete in YOU. I am ready to give this all to you, Lord, and not hold on to it any longer. It’s not mine to hold and I trust that You will give me the discernment to know when and how to guard my heart and freely give love all the time. Thank you, Lord, for all you will do. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen ❤

Men….. please read Craig journey here…. www.adversusmundi.wordpress.com

August 16, 2012 at 6:00 am 1 comment

The Resolution for Women: Internal Injuries

Dear sisters….

I am guest blogging today over at Girlfriends Coffee Hour.

Please go read it ❤

http://wp.me/p2pIQE-iL

I would love to read your thoughts 🙂

Be a blessing,

Megan 🙂

 

August 14, 2012 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

The Resolution for Women: My Forgiveness

My Forgiveness

A resolution to release others from the prison of my hurt and anger.

I started writing my own post for today but i keep going back and deleting because I know in my heart that what you really need to hear today about Lesson 7 of the Revolution for Women is what my dear friend Christi Wilson has to say over here at Girlfriends Coffee Hour:

http://wp.me/p2pIQE-ip

Please click on this link and do the assignment that she posted. I know this will be a blessing to you and I will be writing about my lists this week as well.

Blessings,

Megan 🙂

…please see what the men are up to over here: http://www.adversusmundi.wordpress.com

August 13, 2012 at 6:00 am 1 comment

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