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Meet Aiyana 

Hello viewer. I am a sixteen year old female, who has been taking art classes since the age of eleven, even though I’ve been doodling since the age of three. Besides drawing, my other hobbies are reading, playing video games, and baking.

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Title:   Blue-Grey, Misunderstanding Emotion.

SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 3:13-18 – Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding.

IDEA: It can be hard to simply obtain the strength to do tasks and feel refreshed every morning. I have a close friend who is clinically depressed, and struggles with it daily. But she gives me joy every time we talk. She recently shared with me one of her worst experiences. One weekend she couldn’t get out of bed to do anything, in until the nighttime had rolled around. She felt utterly miserable and completely useless. She didn’t even know how and when her depressive state started. She called this day, “Blue-Grey”, which is what/how she felt.  That memory she revealed made me realize how I could barely relate to her and made me want to help her.  It took her parents and family a long time to realize, accept, and hire help for her.

Asking for strength from God and finding healthy alternatives to help make life worth living is what matters.  For those of us who don’t have to deal with such trials as this, we should learn to understand and cater to people who aren’t like us. She has stated that my enthusiastic/optimistic personality at times has changed her life greatly, and I feel the same way.

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Title:  God’s Plan Lights up your Path

Scripture:  1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Idea:  There are many distractions in life that can take us off the right path.  We must turn to God in order to keep us grounded throughout all the distraction, and He will show us the way and guide us through.

Title: Fight the Flesh

Matthew 26:41  Watch and pray, so that you will not fall into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh

Idea:  At a young age, the changes in our bodies and the weakness in our flesh can confuse us and take away the focus that we are supposed to have.  We must focus on our God given talents, focus on our future, and at the right time if we trust in God, we will be sent that special person.

Title: Caring for What Is in and Out

Scripture:  Romans 12:1-2 By God’s mercy, offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Idea:  Do not personalize your look and personality for the acceptance of others.  Your love for God will be demonstrated as you obey His word, and that will help you evaluate what is pleasing or not to Him.

Title: A Cleansing in 2018

Scripture:  Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
Idea:  Let us all embrace the New Year and rid ourselves of all the negativity of 2017.  With God’s help all is possible.  Happy New Year!

Title: Take a Chance and Be More Sociable

Scripture:  Hebrews 13:2 “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

Idea:  We must reach out and show kindness to others.  Not everyone is receptive, but you never know how much reaching out can help someone and yourself.  After going on a 4-H National trip out of state and away from my normal environment and routine, I have gained a boost of confidence and a larger sense of self worth, which was needed so I could thrive on the trip.  I reached out to connect with all types of individuals and made friends, which isn’t normal for me.  I don’t regret speaking when I wasn’t spoken to.

Title:  Don’t Let Influence From Others Control You

Scripture:  Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Idea:  People around you can mold who you are and can be a huge influence in your life. Be wary of the type of people you hang out with.

Title: We Must All Unite

Scripture:  Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Idea: Let us put our differences aside and follow God’s example of unconditional love. Standing together in love, we can defeat evil, which tries its best to divide us. In God’s eyes, we are the same under the flesh.

Title:  Benevolent Perseverance

Scripture:  Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Idea:  Today’s toils can lead to tomorrow’s gifts.

Theme: Courageously Take Lead

Scripture:  1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in
faith and in purity.

Idea:  Never be afraid to lead for the Lord, and step in to help others in need of prayer.

Theme: Suffering

Scripture:  Psalms 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Idea:  We all have moments of suffering and sadness, but let us not forget the Lord’s promise to us all and turn to Him for the healing.

Theme: To Give is to Sacrifice

Scripture: Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Idea: It is our duty as God’s stewards to support others with love and have the compassion to sacrifice for them. We should defend and protect others in need even though we may not get anything in return.

Theme: Sea of Lies

Scripture: Proverbs 26:28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

Idea: Some people lie to protect feelings, and some lie to purposely hurt others. We must remember the 9th commandment (“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor”), and always remain honest.

Theme: Love & Protection

Scripture: John 15:13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Idea: A common problem in our society is bullying. Courage must be used to protect those who can’t protect themselves. This form of love will then be demonstrated to the one you are protecting, and God will be honored by your act.

Theme: Helping the Unseen

Scripture: Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Idea: We enjoy seeing the smile on a recipient’s face and hearing the words “Thank You”. But we must remember that love and help is needed all over the world. Know that is better to give than to receive, and we must take joy in “Helping the Unseen”.

Theme: Wonderfully Made

Scripture: Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.

Idea: Just as nutcrackers and dolls are crafted with love, we too were created in his image with all the wonderful characteristics we possess. Let’s thank Him by using what He has instilled in us.

Theme: Hungry for God

Scripture: Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently seek him.

Idea: Don’t become lazy and stagnant with your faith and worship. Keep reaching and seeking what comes from up above. That is the “Fresh Fruit” you need to satisfy your life.

Theme: Be Thankful

Scripture: Colossians 3:15-17 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Idea: No matter what is going on in life, we must be thankful for all that the Lord gives us. Praise Him!

Theme: Giving & Receiving

Scripture: Luke 6:31- Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Idea: It is always better to give than to receive. We should never expect to be rewarded for the kindness we show to others, but be humble and content with what we do for them.

Theme: Sharing Faith

Scripture: Galatians 6:6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.

Idea: We should reach out to others who are lost and don’t truly know Christ, and enlighten them with biblical knowledge or with encouraging song!

Theme: Turning Away

Scripture: James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

Idea: As teens we tend to take interest in things we shouldn’t, and this can allow evil to follow us. We should try our best to take more interest in the things that glorify our Heavenly Father and prevent any evil temptation from taking our joy.

Theme: Expressing Affection

Scripture: Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.

Idea: Some teens have problems expressing love and compassion, but we must remember God is love, and this is what we should do for one another. Let us all strive to be more like Him and show more love toward each other.

Theme: National Good Neighbor Day (September 28th)

Scripture: Romans 15:2  Let everyone of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

Idea: It’s simple to do something nice for our neighbors. Passing the mower over on their side after doing your own lawn, getting their mail, or simply bringing in their trash bins are just a few thoughtful things we can do for them.

Theme: Citizenship Day (September 17th)

Scripture: Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?

Idea: As citizens we should do what we can to make our communities better. Join your local Key Club, 4-H group, and/or Youth ministry group and give back where you can.

Theme: National Labor Day -September 5th

Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Idea: God’s word can calm our laboring minds and put all things into perspective, so that we can find the peace to rest.

Theme: August 26th – National Dog Day

Scripture: Proverbs 12:10—A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, but even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.

Idea: Loneliness can be solved by building a good relationship with pets, such as a dog. Appreciate and love your companions.

Theme: Help Humankind Week

Scripture: I Peter 3:8 — Finally be of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.

Idea: We should treat others with the utmost kindness. This pleases the Lord, and it will brighten your and your recipient’s day.

Theme: Vanity Is Sinful

Scripture: Proverbs 31:30—Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Idea: Being obsessed over one’s appearance is wrong in the eyes of the Lord. Accept yourself as you are, but take care of your body as it is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Trust in the Lord because he is not done with you yet.

Theme: Frivolous Spending

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:10—For the love of money is the root of all evil: Which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Idea: As teens, we can be careless with our money, which can carry over into our adult lives. We must train ourselves to be good stewards of money now.

Theme: Parents Day

Scripture: Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”

Idea: God provides us with parents or guardians who work hard to raise and take care of us. We should respect them in the highest regard simply because they are who they are. They can share our first memories with us, or help us create our most memorable moments. Our lives can be brightened because of them, and they deserve our love, praise, and respect.

Theme: Gossip Can Destroy

Scripture: Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupt talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

Idea: Gossip can hurt or ruin any relationship and reputation. We should never spread negative statements about others in any circumstance because nothing good ever comes from it, and we should try to help make a situation better instead of worse.

Theme: Keep Focused

Scripture: Proverbs 4:26-27 “Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.”

Idea: Distractions in life, such as teenage relationships, can get in the way of your dreams and success. Keep focused on what’s important, and remember that God will bring success and happiness if you continue to walk in his ways.

Theme: Accepting Differences

Scripture: Matthew 22:37-39 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Idea: Accepting differences in others should be a given, and it is not righteous to judge, hate, or abandon anyone who wishes connection and friendship with you and others.

Theme: Plugged Too Deep (Controlled/Consumed by the Media’s Teachings)

Scripture: Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good, and acceptable, and perfect.

Idea: Music, inappropriate movies, smoking, drinking and even social media can condition us into thinking the negative things we see and hear are okay. We need to remember what God teaches us and not let these things change us.

Theme: Nature Photography Day 

Scripture: Isaiah 43:20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.

Idea: Get outside and enjoy God’s beautiful creation.

Theme: National Best Friends Day

Scripture: Proverbs 13:20 Walk with the wise and become wise,
for a companion of fools suffers harm.

Idea: God provides us with friends to help us get through tough times, but never forget that He is always there for us. He is our best friend ever!

Theme: Fear

Scripture: Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD your God, he is that goes with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you.”

Idea: Fear and worry is a result of focusing on your circumstances instead of the Almighty.

Theme: Missing Children’s Day 

Scripture: Matthew: 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Idea: Only God can comfort those who have lost a child. Please pray:

  • for the parents, as they struggle and face uncertainty
  • for the children, that they would be returned unharmed
  • for God’s sovereignty in such hard moments.
 Theme: Fighting Depression and Sadness

Scripture: Psalm 34:17-The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

Idea: One can spiral into deep depression, but they can overcome it with God’s help.

 Theme: National Cartoonist Day

Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

Idea: I believe the people who decide to make use of their God-given talent, no matter how small they may seem to be to others, will improve themselves with God’s help and practice.”

Theme: National Day of Prayer

Scripture: James 5:16 — Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Idea: A family that prays together stays together.

Theme: Empty Then Full

Scripture: All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Idea: Without God we are empty, but with his love and grace we become full. As you can see, the heart along with the stomach is filled once the child comes out of darkness with God’s help.

Theme: National Humor Day

Scripture: Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Idea: God can surround us with great friends to help us through trying times.

Theme: Child Help – National Day of Hope

Scripture: Psalm 126:2-3 Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with joyful songs. Then the nations said, the LORD has done spectacular things for them. We are overjoyed.

Theme: Encourage a young writer day

Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the LORD,” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Idea: I’ve always felt encouragement with a simple pat on the back or a kind gesture is more than enough. All Christians can encourage by doing the simplest things.

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