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Girls of Grace

Girls of Grace
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Girls of Grace

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What's So Good about Discipline? "Have you finished your homework?" "Did you clean your room?" "Don't forget to practice the piano." "Yes, you have to eat all of your peas." Does any of this sound familiar? Well, it sure does to me, and I remember all too clearly my responses as I huffed and puffed and rolled my eyes on my way to do whatever I was told. However, what I thought was a total pain at the time, I now see was for my own good. It was all a lesson in discipline. By discipline I don't mean punishment; I mean training or instruction. That's what my parents were trying to do with all their questions and rules: They were training me, teaching me how to live life responsibly. You see, what we don't understand as teenagers -- and what our parents already know -- is that much of what we learn as young people will establish who we become as adults. I recently read this story in a book calledSpiritual Disciplines of the Christian Lifeby Donald Whitney. He writes: Imagine six-year-old Kevin, whose parents have enrolled him in music lessons. After school every afternoon, he sits in the living room and reluctantly strums "Home on the Range" while watching his buddies play baseball in the park across the street. That's discipline without direction. It's drudgery. Now suppose Kevin is visited by an angel one afternoon during guitar practice. In a vision he's taken to Carnegie Hall. He's shown a guitar virtuoso giving a concert. Usually bored by classical music, Kevin is astonished by what he sees and hears. The musician's fingers dance excitedly on the strings with fluidity and grace. Kevin thinks of how stupid and klunky his hands feel when they halt and stumble over the chords. The virtuoso blends clean, soaring notes into a musical aroma that wafts from his guitar. Kevin remembers the toneless, irritating discord that comes stumbling out of his. But Kevin is enchanted. His head tilts slightly to one side as he listens. He drinks in everything. He never imagined that anyone could play the guitar like this. "What do you think, Kevin?" asks the angel. The answer is a soft, six-year-old's "Wow!" The vision vanishes, and the angel is again standing in front of Kevin in his living room. "Kevin," says the angel, "the wonderful musician you saw is you in a few years." Then pointing at the guitar, the angel declares, "But you must practice!" I love that story. Now put yourself in Kevin's place. What is the first thing you would do when the angel left? Well, you would practice, of course. Why? Because you would now have a vision of your very own. You would know what you were going to become; you would have a reason to be disciplined. God has a goal in mind for us that is very important to Him. His goal is that we be "conformed to the image of His Son" (Romans 8:29 NASB). But there's a catch. In order for us to make God's goal our own and become like His Son, we must know Jesus intimately. And that takes time and discipline. The primary way we get to know Him is through His Word. Proverbs 2:6 says, "For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding" (NIV). The Bible is God's inspired Word, and it is the tool He has given us to get to know Him and learn from Him. Second Timothy 3:16-17 says, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (NIV). The more time we spend in His Word, the more we will know Him and His holy character. This is how we begin to fulfill God's goal for us to become like Jesus. If our hearts are in line with God's, we will want to have the same goals for ourselves that He does. First Timot

- Publisher Point Of Grace launches a new book and tour of the same title to give direction and hope to the next generation of young women. This unique book, designed to help young women grow in their Christian walk, offers practical teaching, personal stories, and biblical insight into the issues that mean the most to teenage girls: faith, family, friends, and boys. Each chapter includes a message from one of the four members of Point Of Grace, a key Scripture, and a special study guide to help teenage girls to learn to find real answers to real-life problems in the Bible. As an added feature, each of the four sections includes fun "outer-beauty tips" and faith-growing "inner-beauty tips."^In this important book, Shelley, Heather, Denise, and Terry use their unique position to minister to young women during the difficult teen years. Fun, personal, spiritual, and challenging are just a few of the words that describe this exceptional book. One of the most dynamic forces in contemporary Christian

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What's So Good about Discipline? "Have you finished your homework?" "Did you clean your room?" "Don't forget to practice the piano." "Yes, you have to eat all of your peas." Does any of this sound familiar? Well, it sure does to me, and I remember all too clearly my responses as I huffed and puffed and rolled my eyes on my way to do whatever I was told. However, what I thought was a total pain at the time, I now see was for my own good. It was all a lesson in discipline. By discipline I don't mean punishment; I mean training or instruction. That's what my parents were trying to do with all their questions and rules: They were training me, teaching me how to live life responsibly. You see, what we don't understand as teenagers -- and what our parents already know -- is that much of what we learn as young people will establish who we become as adults. I recently read this story in a book calledSpiritual Disciplines of the Christian Lifeby Donald Whitney. He writes: Imagine six-year-old Kevin, whose parents have enrolled him in music lessons. After school every afternoon, he sits in the living room and reluctantly strums "Home on the Range" while watching his buddies play baseball in the park across the street. That's discipline without direction. It's drudgery. Now suppose Kevin is visited by an angel one afternoon during guitar practice. In a vision he's taken to Carnegie Hall. He's shown a guitar virtuoso giving a concert. Usually bored by classical music, Kevin is astonished by what he sees and hears. The musician's fingers dance excitedly on the strings with fluidity and grace. Kevin thinks of how stupid and klunky his hands feel when they halt and stumble over the chords. The virtuoso blends clean, soaring notes into a musical aroma that wafts from his guitar. Kevin remembers the toneless, irritating discord that comes stumbling out of his. But Kevin is enchanted. His head tilts slightly to one side as he listens. He drinks in everything. He never imagined that anyone could play the guitar like this. "What do you think, Kevin?" asks the angel. The answer is a soft, six-year-old's "Wow!" The vision vanishes, and the angel is again standing in front of Kevin in his living room. "Kevin," says the angel, "the wonderful musician you saw is you in a few years." Then pointing at the guitar, the angel declares, "But you must practice!" I love that story. Now put yourself in Kevin's place. What is the first thing you would do when the angel left? Well, you would practice, of course. Why? Because you would now have a vision of your very own. You would know what you were going to become; you would have a reason to be disciplined. God has a goal in mind for us that is very important to Him. His goal is that we be "conformed to the image of His Son" (Romans 8:29 NASB). But there's a catch. In order for us to make God's goal our own and become like His Son, we must know Jesus intimately. And that takes time and discipline. The primary way we get to know Him is through His Word. Proverbs 2:6 says, "For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding" (NIV). The Bible is God's inspired Word, and it is the tool He has given us to get to know Him and learn from Him. Second Timothy 3:16-17 says, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (NIV). The more time we spend in His Word, the more we will know Him and His holy character. This is how we begin to fulfill God's goal for us to become like Jesus. If our hearts are in line with God's, we will want to have the same goals for ourselves that He does. First Timot
- Publisher

Point Of Grace launches a new book and tour of the same title to give direction and hope to the next generation of young women. This unique book, designed to help young women grow in their Christian walk, offers practical teaching, personal stories, and biblical insight into the issues that mean the most to teenage girls: faith, family, friends, and boys. Each chapter includes a message from one of the four members of Point Of Grace, a key Scripture, and a special study guide to help teenage girls to learn to find real answers to real-life problems in the Bible. As an added feature, each of the four sections includes fun "outer-beauty tips" and faith-growing "inner-beauty tips."^In this important book, Shelley, Heather, Denise, and Terry use their unique position to minister to young women during the difficult teen years. Fun, personal, spiritual, and challenging are just a few of the words that describe this exceptional book. One of the most dynamic forces in contemporary Christian
- Publisher

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