It is hard to imagine that a few weeks have gone by since our very last session together.
What a joy filled time we had going over the events of the year and discussing what has made an impact on our lives this past year.
To crown our evening together, Fr. Brian lead us in Adoration and Ben Flexer lead music. What better way for the Daughters of the King to end our session together than to spend it Adoring the One who loved us first.
Sadly, both facilitators are moving away however a lot of activities for the youth are being organized in the parish and I know that God will always provide for each one of His daughters.
I am deeply humbled to walk alongside such beautiful and amazing women this past 2 years and can’t wait to see how God’s work in their lives will unfold. In the words of Sheri Rose, I leave you with this:
” Now is the time to shine… to be the spotlight in someone’s darkness. You will be the star that points to heaven. You will be the director who guides a lost soul back to God, and you’ll be the audience for someone who needs to be applauded for their performance…..Keep your eyes on heaven and your heart connected to God through prayer. When life hits hard, remember you are a Princess Warrior…”
The attached pictures are from events that occurred during the year.
We are right smack in the middle of Lent! Some of us trudging along longing for this time in the dessert to be behind us so we can go back to a life of indulgence, others joyfully gathering the spiritual consolations along the path to Calvary.
The Daughters of the King have been fleshing out some of the hangups that we have that weigh us down. One of those hangups we found to be the way we compare ourselves with others, measuring our worth by other peoples standards. It is a fruitless and often time frustrating effort for there will always be someone more intelligent, beautiful, successful or whatever qualities we aspire to attain out there. God made each one unique and for a special purpose that only the individual can fulfill. When we start comparing, we begin to wish we had a life different from what God planned for us….We begin to undermine his purpose and will for us and that takes us to a path of dissatisfaction, hopelessness… Ann Voskamp in her article says “Walk through life with a measuring stick – and your eyes get so small you never see God.” Measuring sticks always end up beating up our soul. Instead with the help of God we can see in others the unique gift that they are from God and learn to see in ourselves the gifts that God has lavished upon us.
So sisters, whenever you catch yourself comparing to someone else remember that you are wonderfully made see Psalm 139:13-14, comparing does nothing for us (2 Corinthians 10:12) instead, let us build each other up as God asks of us in Ephesians 4:29 and 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Love and God’s blessings as we joyfully walk the way of of the Cross!
Greetings on this third Sunday of Lent! Where are you on this Lenten journey? Remember it’s a time to put those things that come between us and a deeper intimacy with Christ aside. What is keeping you from His love? Do you know? If you do, are you willing to give it up? Lent is also about what we decisively choose to do to nourish our relationship with Christ. Like all relationships, withers from lack of tender loving care. Is your relationship with Christ top priority in your life? These are the things we ought to dwell on during this time of Lent…
During our last meeting, we celebrated St. Patrick’s day, each of us had something green on and shared some delightful cookies. We talked about our Lenten journey, each of us in a unique relationship with Christ. We revisited a challenge from a few meetings ago to write the lyrics of one of our favorite songs. We read the lyrics and played each song during our meeting. While the songs we chose were altogether decent, we discovered that to some extent, the lyrics either seemed a little dumb but playful (The best song ever by One Direction) or a bit scandalous depending on who is interpreting it (Butterflies by Michael Jackson), but we also found in some that love is worth forgiving for (In his eye Jekyll and Hyde musical) and affirmation in married love (I feel wonderful tonight by Eric Clapton). We ended the evening listening to Hosea (Come back to me, With all your heart http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrYhNWt03oE). It is worth listening to over and over again during Lent. Christ calls us to come back to him without fear to live in deeper intimacy with him….
I pray that you harden not your heart today if you hear Him call you….
As we start Lent, I wanted to provide an update on Daughter’s of the King.
February saw us exploring friendship, the different types of relationships and what it means to be a true friend. Our ladies have learnt friendships come in different forms and each one special and unique.
We also learnt how to find refuge in God’s words expecially during those moments when we feel alone, afraid or uncertain. Each daughter of the King had to memorize a Bible verse that speaks to her heart.
We were reminded to guard our hearts particularly from music with lyrics that tear us down instead of lifting us up. “What we listen to will control what we think” says Sheri Rose in the chapter 28 of the “His Princess Girl Talk with God” Devotional that we have been exploring the past number of months. We were challenged to list our favorite songs and write down the lyrics and if we found it to be questionable to make a commitment to stop listening to it. The girls are considering listening to KLOVE radio station for all of Lent. Go to www.klove.com to find out what channel KLOVE is in your area.
We had a great time playing musical chairs, dancing to “In My Eyes” by The Afters.
On the service part, our ladies helped with photo session sign ups for the Church directory.
We ended the month of February with a movie on the life of St. Maria Goretti.
As we begin this season of Lent, we pray that each one of us will be drawn into greater intimacy with Christ by participating in the Sacraments of the Chuch even more deeply.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Our last meeting was truly a blessed time with the ladies, a lot of spontaneous conversation that was directed towards knowing and growing in intimacy with God. See how our ladies opened their Bibles to read Psalm 23 to remind them that the Lord is truly our Shepherd especially when we feel afraid. We also discussed how each of us is divinely different and were challenged to appreciate those who are different from us.
Bible study in the 21st century!
This week’s devotional:
“God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us”
So much has occurred since the last post! Phew, the weeks fly by, our ladies have been meeting regularly every week and currently just moved out nights to Monday nights at 6:30PM.
Look who turned up at one of our meetings this year, yes, princess Marie! Marie is Elizabeth’s little girl and they both joined one of our meetings a couple of weeks ago. Thank you Elizabeth, we hope you’ll keep coming….
Our royal princess, Brianna, turned 15 in January and we celebrated Martina’s half birthday since her birthday falls during the summer break!
Our ladies took advantage of the “Reconciliation Service” that took place just before Christmas to reconcile themselves to Christ and the Church. What a way to prepare the way for the King. We were treated to a royal feast that same evening by our deacon’s wife, Diane and o what a feast it was.
Last week saw us at chapter 15 of our devotional ” His Princess, girl talk with God” by Sheri Rose titled “Relational Rides”. Before we read it, we took a quiz on our friendship styles from http://www.faithgirlz.com/getreal/FriendshipStyle/ and discussed our challenges and how to improve upon them. Sheri Rose helped us understand that sometimes, girlfriends are kind of like an amusement park experience. Friends can be fun, exciting, exhausting, overwhelming–all like a wild ride. We sometimes forget how to ride our relationships the right way…In the next few weeks we will explore in detail what it means to be the type of friends we want to attract…So put on your seat belt and enjoy the ride…
Mary our dearest mother, be ever close to us as we learn what it means to be a real friend as you were to your cousin Elizabeth.
This week’s devotional
“A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.”
Happy Advent! Last week we talked about cultivating an attitude of gratitude no matter the circumstances we find ourselves. Having this attitude frees us to accomplish great things to further God’s kingdom.We were reminded from the devotional that we are royalty even when we don’t feel like it. How we feel about ourselves will never change the truth of who we are.
Isn’t this such an awesome message to hear?
One thing we are very thankful for is the generosity of our sponsors who have provided meals for every meeting and prayed for us. This past week we had a cake for Jesus, celebrating His birthday with a cake was a way to acknowledge His real presence with us and the gift that He is to us. HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN ADVANCE JESUS! We are overjoyed that you stooped down to lift the human race to you!
Come Lord Jesus, come! Make haste!
This week’s devotional
“You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name”