Reachout October 2016 – Uniqueness

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From the National Commissioner

UniquEness 

uniqueHow do we teach our girls that they are a rare, one-of-a-kind, valuable and precious girl?  As a leader in Girls’ Brigade you have the unique opportunity to get alongside girls and young women to positively reinforce and build up self-esteem.

Some tips to help girls become successful and be themselves:

Speak good things.  Tell them what God’s word says about them.  That they are unique – wonderfully made; they have this talent and that skill; they have beautiful eyes.  Be generous with loving words.
Don’t compare one girl with another. God must love variety, or all of us wouldn’t look or think so differently.  He has created each of us differently right down to our fingertips.  Even a great character trait will show itself differently according to each personality.
Focus on potential instead of limitations. Refuse to talk about a girl’s weakness except in an effort to turn them into strengths. Girls are good at over emphasizing the bad – help them keep flaws in perspective. Even girls with a high level of confidence have just as many weaknesses as those without confidence, our job is to help girls without confidence focus on their strengths.
Help girls learn to cope with criticism. Girls who dare to be different, can expect criticism, bullying, feeling like they don’t fit in.  We need to encourage girls who know in their heart that God is leading them to be different.  Girls will not succeed at being themselves until they follow God’s calling.
You, too, are a woman who is perfected and complete in Christ.  When you start to believe that, you will no longer feel that you are lacking anything or that there is anything wrong with you.awesome

God will never require you to be anyone other than yourself.  Step up and stop comparing yourself with others, trying to be someone you’re not. God is proud of who He made you to be!

Psalm 119:73
Your hands have made me, cunningly fashioned and established me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
Ref: https://www.joycemeyer.org/articles/ea.aspx?article=enjoying_who_god_created_you_to_be

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From the Interim Board

ducksRecently I had the privilege of being part of a school trip to Sydney and Canberra which included a day in the snow. On the way to Perisher, one of the leaders gave devotions looking at the way God had made each and every snow flake unique. Each one has a pattern that is for them alone, created by our Creator Father to make them unique.
How much more love does that same Creator Father put into making each one of us unique? Giving us a completely distinctive set of DNA that no one before, or anyone to still be born, will have? That unique plan for our lives matched to our unique being so that only we can fulfill the purpose that God has prepared for us.

Amazing love, let’s continue to celebrate the unique plan and purpose God has for each of us and for each of the girls we lead each week.

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Be all there – By Stephanie McWilliam

It might sound cheesy, but I really feel like I am where I am meant to be. And in some strange way, my life up until this point has been preparation for this moment…and many more moments to come, I’m sure…
I’ve also realized that God has been preparing me for this for many years. I’ve been reflecting on my life, and the random skills I’ve picked up along the way, and it’s crazy how many of them are perfect for now. I’m so grateful for the people along the way who have taught me and mentored me. Your investment in me is paying off. Thank-you…SMcW
All my GB leaders and mentors. Girls’ Brigade has been such a huge part of my life and has been incredible training for now. I learned so many skills (cooking, cleaning, sport, camping, sewing, craft, gardening, and more), and the leadership training I did as a teenager and later helped run has been super useful here. Who knew that the ‘Plan of Actions’ some clever leader decided to implement years ago in Bendigo would be used on a regular basis here? That the leadership skills we learned in PLT are taught and then used in leadership training and teacher training here in Africa? More importantly, Iearned about God. I learned that I was valuable because I am a child of God. I learned that God is part of everything in life. He’s there in the cooking and cleaning as much as in the Bible study and worship. As I write Christ-centred curriculum for the college here, I realize that’s what GB has doing for years. I learned about serving through the example of my leaders. Thank-you.

Read the full post here: http://7eight.wixsite.com/beallthere/single-post/2016/07/12/Preparations-for-Africa

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My Testimony – Katherine Howell

I grew up in a non Christian family, all though I do have family members who are Christian and Catholic. Due to growing up in a non Christian family, I wasn’t given many opportunities to learn about Christianity. My parents split up when I was quite young, so I’ve shuffled between living with my mum and living with my dad.

Throughout my school years it was really tough for me as I was bullied a lot. In grade 5 I was given a Kid’s Hope mentor, Marg. Marg would spend time with me doing special things like playing games and cooking. Marg also began to teach me about Christianity, which was the first time I got to sit down and talk to someone. 8 years on, to this day, I’m still very close friends with Marg and her husband.

In year 8, I received a phone call from a friend inviting me to a “bring a friend” night at Girls’ Brigade. From that night on I felt connected and was very keen to learn, so I began to attend Girls’ Brigade each week.

I feel this was God’s way of bringing me to Himself, which I’m very blessed about. As I kept attending, I learnt about God and His son, Jesus, and all about Christianity.

Girls’ Brigade was the first place I felt accepted and that I was loved for who I was. After a few years of Girls’ Brigade, I made a decision to become a Christian myself. My mother accepted that I wanted to be a Christian, and she told me that it was the best thing for me, and Girls’ Brigade had done wonders in my life. Without Girls’ Brigade, I would not be the person I am today. I don’t see Girls’ Brigade as a place I go to, and made some friends while learning about God, I now see Girls’ Brigade as my family.

I grew a close bond with Jenny, and a few of the other leaders, and they have been there by my side, helping me learn and supporting me, and I know that God was too. I was never alone.

Jenny encouraged me to go the Brisbane FONO in 2014. I had an amazing time getting to know girls and leaders from Girls’ Brigade around Australia, and learning about God and what it meant to be his follower. I went again to FONO this year in Canberra. The theme was fearless. As well catching up with all my friends, I learnt a bit about what it meant to be fearless in God’s strength. It was here that I committed my life fully to follow Jesus.

khI’m very excited with how my life has turned out so far. Yes, I had quite a few hurdles that I have faced, but I know that I didn’t face them alone, because I had God watching over me, guiding me through them all.

Yes I know I will still have more hurdles to face, but I know that I have a wide range of support networks and I also have God’s strength with me now, to guide me through them all.

I felt that God was calling to become a Girls’ Brigade leader, so I can help other girls learn and grow, and give them someone to look up to. I started fulfilling his calling for me when I became a leader this year, which I treasure, and I’m loving every moment I’m with the girls. I also got baptised this year which has been an important step for me, too.

Katherine Howell
Bendigo Girls’ Brigade, Victoria

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Core valuesAdjectives make up about 20% of English words. Some are modified frequently: very heavy, extremely tall, mostly sunny, seriously flawed. But a substantial majority are rarely modified, not because of any grammatical rule, but simply because their meanings are so technical or specific that they don’t need to be. ‘Unique’ is often cited as a word that should never be modified, as its original meanings were “being the only one” and “unequaled.”
We worship a unique God:
“To whom then will you liken Me That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One. Exodus 8:10
“There is no one holy like the LORD, Indeed, there is no one besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God. 1 Samuel 2:2:
…and He has created us uniquely, too:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14
But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:30.
What an amazing thing to ponder – a unique God, creating unique people to join Him in mission: drawing others to Him!
In GB we accept the UNIQUENESS of each girl and leader, helping girls and leaders to use our individual talents to serve others as we grow together.

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