Monday, June 29, 2009

Bright Lights Banquet

Our girls were invited to join a Bright Lights group this spring and have been really enjoying participating in it.

Saturday was their last event until fall, a banquet with the theme "Honor Your Parents". The girls and their group leader planned the menu, made the food, and put together a program.

We met at a local park and ate together under the pavilion. The girls sang us several songs, then performed their skit.
The girls were asked to write poems or notes of appreciation to their parents. Allison wrote us some haikus: (click to enlarge)

Can we just ignore Allison's honesty about homeschooling? Thank you.

Julianne was asked to share a testimony about honoring her parents. I was glad I was wearing my sunglasses because I started to tear up a little. She gave me permission to post it here.

One of the areas in which I struggle the most is honoring my parents with my attitude. Whenever my parents ask me to do something that I do not want to do, I let them know by being unpleasant. Usually, after I am no longer irritated, I feel bad for being so unwilling to help and un-Christ like in my attitude. I have been praying for a while that God would help me to overcome this, but I had no idea where to start, and my attitude was not improving by itself. To be honest, I was a little disappointed that God wasn’t dropping the answer into my lap or magically improving my attitude towards my parents.

I was still having a hard time with my attitude when I sat down to write my mom’s Mother’s Day card. She’s the one who I usually treat the worst and I apologized for all the times I had argued and given her attitude and told her that I wanted to show her that I loved her by obedience. I didn’t realize it while I was writing, but this card has turned out to be the answer to my prayers. Whenever my mom realizes my attitude is not what it should be, she says, “Where’s that lovely card that you gave me for Mother’s Day?” I still have a long way to go, but I’m thankful that God has provided a reminder to me that he wants me to honor my parents with my attitude.

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  1. That is precious Karen!

    I have heard of these groups. Sounds like they are a wonderful help, and fun.

    There is one in our county but it is nearly an hour away. I just can't do it at this point.

    I am very proud of your sweet daughter who gave such an honest testimony. I completely understand her struggle - its one I have had. What a blessing that she is learning this at such a young age.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh Karen,
    This is such a special post.

    Your girls are so honest and so lovely.

    What a wonderful tribute. This sounds like a very special evening.

    Becky K.

  3. AWESOME!!! I have known these girls are special for a long time and their parents too, of course. This is beautiful. I am going to forward it to my kids in case they have not checked the blog. a good way for them to see what they have to look forward to. LAS

  4. Hey Julianne,
    Way to go on the testimony! God IS so good! He loves obedience! Thanks for sharing on this blog. It ministers to others. Love you and praying for you. Kim Smith - Hannah's mom - Dearborn/Westland Bible Quiz Team

  5. Hey Allison,
    Wonderful job on your haikus! They are SO expressive! It was great to have a chance to read your work. Keep writing! I'm praying for you! Love and Joy to you from Kim Smith - Hannah's mom - Dearborn/Westland Bible Quiz Team


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