Vital Foundation for Girls 2012
Session 12 was “Coping with Body Changes” by Ruth Lee.
Starting with the theme “YOU ARE UNIQUELY SPECIAL”, and using Psalm 139:4 she reminded them that we are all created in the image of God and are fearfully and wonderfully made.
The physical changes from a being girl to becoming a woman are part of the growing cycle of life. They were reminded that physical changes require self-care and to make personal hygiene an essential part of their daily lives as a token of honor and worship to God. There are constant changes during the stages of life that can lead us to focus on the unique identity God has given us, which is our unchanging thumb print and that no one is the same. That was also a reminder of Jesus’s teenage time years when He grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52).
Through the Scriptures (1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Timothy 2:9-10; 1 Peter 3:3-5) they were reminded that the beauty that matters most to God is that of their inner spirit and character. The challenge is to make the choice not to compare themselves to others and to become channels of GOD’S love (Zechariah 2:8). Romans 12: 1-2 was used in encouraged them to make the commitment of their body as a living sacrifice and to be transformed by the renewing of the mind.
The session ended with some simple dance steps in how they could use their bodies in worship by raising of hands (Psalm 134:2); dancing & leaping (Psalm 149:3, 2 Samuel 6:14, Exodus 15: 20), clapping & shouting praises to GOD (Psalm 47:1, 66:1), and kneeling & bowing (Nehemiah 8:6, Revelation 4:10, 5:8). Everyone enjoyed this session and had fun.