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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