Flowers Grow & I Can Too! Youth and Family Ministry Director, Jennifer Gates
This week in Youth Ministry we have a very special guest. Licensed Unity Teacher, Jeanetta Davis, currently serves our church family as a prayer chaplain, but she has also worked with youth groups over the years. Jeanetta will be joining us to share the story of the origin of the bluebonnet.
In Texas, the bluebonnet is very special because it is our state flower! During the springtime there are fields of bluebonnets growing alongside the roadways, in parks, and even in people’s yards. In fact we even have bluebonnets growing around our church. We have a beautiful little grove of bluebonnets behind our sanctuary that make a lovely backdrop for photos!
After Jeanetta shares her story, our children and teens will have the opportunity to plant their very own bluebonnet seeds to take home. With the right amount of water and sunlight, bluebonnet seeds can grow into bluebonnet plants with flowers!
Just like flowers, people can grow too. One way that we can do this is by practicing a “growth mindset”. That might sound complicated, but it’s really not! When we have a growth mindset instead of fixed mindset that simply means that we are willing and able to shift from negative thoughts or words into positive ones. Here are few examples that you might consider using as you move through the coming week:
Instead of “I don’t have time to…,” try “I’m choosing to focus on…”
Instead of “I’m too tired”, try “I’m going to let myself rest”
Instead of “No problem”, try “I’d be happy to”
Instead of “Don’t do that”, try “I like it when…”
Instead of “I missed you so much”, try “I am so happy to see you!”
From our youth ministry classrooms to each of you – may you have a blooming good week ahead and a bountiful springtime! And remember, with love, water, and nourishment, each of us can grow!