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Drained— 5/15/16

Happy Monday Awakening Youth Family!

This Sunday was another great week for AYM! We started off with a familiar game called “Egg, chicken, dinosaur”. The game puts a different twist on rock, paper, scissor. Everyone squats down as an egg to start the game. The winners then become chickens while having to walk around clucking like a chicken. When  someone finds another chicken, they again play a round of rock, paper, scissors with the winner becoming a dinosaur. The pattern continues as you have to walk around acting like a dinosaur. Once you win a round of rock, paper, scissors as a dinosaur you become a king or queen and you are finished with the game. You can check out the link to a short video clip of the game below.

Egg, Chicken, Dinosaur

After the game we moved into our worship time that was followed up by the message—DRAINED.

We talked about how we have all felt physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually drained at some point in our lives.  Our goal for the night was to help everyone to avoid feeling drained all the time in our walk with God, and understanding how to replenish ourselves as we navigate through life.

We looked at the story of the woman at the well in John 4. This lady (her name is not given) came to the well to get water to refresh her physically. She left finding living water found only in Jesus Christ. We see from her story that she was searching for fulfillment in the wrong places (she had been married five times and she was living with a sixth man). Her personal encounter with Christ led to a radical transformation in her life that led to others in her community being transformed as well.

We talked about that many today struggle with the same concept. People are hungry and thirsty, and if we’re not finding fulfillment in our walk with God we will unfortunately seek to find fulfillment in other things. Sometimes we have to dig beneath the surface to find the real problem. It’s easy to make it look like we have everything together when we’re in front of others. The reality is that many of us are broken underneath the surface and “Drained” as a result of the things we are going through in life. When we realize that the things we face in our everyday lives can drain us of the excitement and closeness to God that we experience at church and youth group, we realize the important of allowing

I told a story of a problem Lydia and I encountered with the house we bought a few months ago. Everything seemed fine on the surface, but what we did not know was that we had a broken drain pipe below the surface. Since our house is on a slab, the only way to fix the broken pipe was to drill through the floor to gain access to the broken pipe. The process was messy and inconvenient, but it was the only way to fix the problem that was beneath the surface. The same is true in our walk with God. Sometimes we have to allow God to break through the surface of our lives to repair the brokenness that we carry around on the inside of us.

We closed out the night by taking some quiet time to seek God’s face and see what areas of our lives we needed to be “repaired” before discussing how the message impacted our lives and praying for one another in our small groups.

Be Blessed and have a GREAT week!

-Pastor Dustin

Goals and Purpose— 5/1/16

Hello Awakening Youth Family! We’re excited to bring you this week’s update!

Last night we started off by the students praying for other students to finish the school year strong as most have big tests and finals approaching.

Then we played one of our favorite games— GROG! Grog is a game played in the dark. We disassemble a flashlight into three pieces, and hide each piece throughout the church. The GROG hides while the rest of the group attempts to find the pieces of the flashlight. Anyone who the GROG tags is frozen until tagged/unfrozen by someone else. The GROG wins by getting the entire group frozen at one time. The group wins by finding all three pieces of the flashlight, reassembling it, and shining it on the GROG.

Once the game was over, we moved into our worship and message time. We had the honor this week of having one of our youth staff, Trevor Harlow, give the message.

Trevor spoke on setting goals in our life that help us live out our purpose. He also gave us a seven-step process to follow to successfully set and reach our goals:
1.  Define your goal.
2.  Know where you are right now.
3.  Decide what you need to develop.
4.  Make a plan for steady improvement.
5.  Pursue regular action.
6.  Commit yourself completely.
7.  Continually monitor your progress.

There are three main things that help us accomplish our goals as we work through this process:

1.  Finding things that motivate us to persevere.
2.  Plan ahead for some of the obstacles you may face.
3.  Have people to hold you accountable.

We closed out the night with asking the youth to take some time to seek God about the goals he desired them to set, what the first step they needed to take was, the obstacles they may face, and who would be best to hold them accountable.

Trevor encouraged everyone with his biggest motivational verse— Philippians 4:13NKJV— I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Have a great week and dream big!
-Pastor Dustin