The Ultimate Shopping Spree! (7-12th Graders)

“Hey girl, let’s go on a shopping spree!” Don’t you think it’s fun when someone says that to you, maybe to celebrate your birthday or for some other special occasion in your life? What if someone offered you a shopping spree at one particular store where you could receive the largest item for free? Would you want it? Or would you at least want to see what it was?

In God’s heavenly store, He says you can go on a kingdom shopping spree. Wheeeee! How much fun is that? Here’s the best part: the most spectacular, amazing item is free and it’s worth more than anything you can possess—more than a priceless painting or the rarest of diamonds!

What would you do with this gift? Would you keep it for yourself, or share it? Would you keep it a secret, even if it could save someone’s life? If you realized it could cure someone’s disease, would you share it with them?

What if I told you that you’ve already been given this gift? More than 2,000 years ago, God sent His one and only Son to die for each of us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV). The Bible could not be clearer about this: Salvation is absolutely free. The true gift of God is Christ, and our only responsibility is to receive the gift by faith.

Ephesians 2:8 says: “For by His loving-favor you have been saved from the punishment of sin through faith. It is not by anything you have done. It is a gift of God” (NLV). Yet, if the gift of salvation is free, why is it so hard for us to share it? We pray for everything we have need of, but why do we have such a difficult time praying for others or sharing our testimonies?

Have you ever had a friend who just needed someone to listen? You sit for hours as she pours out her heart to you, her world crumbling around her, and you say “I will be praying for you.” After almost twenty years in ministry, that is still one of the most hypocritical things I hear people say. We as women, young and old, need to stop that habit and instead share the gifts we possess. We need to pray more, stand in the gap for each other, lift up one another in prayer, and speak encouragement to each other (instead of gossiping).

Satan wants to take away our boldness. You might think, “What if I don’t have the right words to say?” Well, stop, and ask God to give them to you! “Be bold and strong…the Lordyour God is with you…” (Joshua 1:9 TLB). Stand on God’s Word and allow your gift to be shared with others. Bebold!

I believe we are in the last days. I believe it is ourlight that will shine and that others will want to know more about. I believe complete strangers will walk up to us and say, “There is something different about you.” Then, the boldness of the Lord will come upon us to respond, “It’s Jesus! He saved me by dying on the cross and giving me the gift of salvation. He’s changed my life.”

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lordrises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lordrises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn” (Isaiah 60:1-3 NIV).

You are a world changer. God has given you a mighty voice, so use it! Don’t be afraid! Isaiah 41:10 says: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (NIV).

Jesus is a gift to be shared!

Pray this prayer with me: Father, we humbly come before You. We ask Lord that You use each of us for Your kingdom, and for Your glory. Let our lights shine for You, God. Give us the boldness to talk to and pray with our friends and family who need You. We ask that You give us the words to say, the prayers to pray, and the discernment of when to use our gifts correctly. Together, we come against the spirit of fear that may try to hinder what You want us to hear. Thank You that we are world changers, and that we will use our gifts to share with others! In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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SHINE Apothecary Boutique

Welcome to SHINE’s Apothecary Boutique where you can sample some luscious homemade recipes by some of our favorite SHINE ladies! If you are looking for some fun recipes to make for yourself or as gifts for friends and family—you have come to the right place!

Try these sense-sational recipes!

Fabulous Foot Scrub
by Millie Clopine

Ingredients:

1 cup raw sugar
1 ½ oz. coconut oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
1 pint of blackberries
16 oz. mason jar
Mint leaf (optional)

Directions:

In a glass bowl, using the double boiler method or the microwave, melt the coconut oil. Set aside.

In another bowl, mash the blackberries (about a handful) with a fork. Add blackberries to the melted coconut oil and stir to combine. Add the sugar and peppermint oil (you can add more sugar or coconut oil to reach your desired consistency). Scoop into an airtight container or jar and store in the fridge for up to one week.

After a long, hard day, massage this divine scrub into wet clean feet, and rinse completely. Pat dry and follow with your favorite lotion or oil. You will love your smooth feet!

Fizzy Bath Bomb
by Teresa Vigil

Ingredients:

1 cup baking soda
½ cup cornstarch
½ cup citric acid
½ cup Epsom salt
¾ tsp. water
2 tsp. essential oil of your choice
2 ½ tsp. coconut oil
2-3 drops of gel soap dye of your choice
Molds of your choice

Directions:

In a bowl, mix dry ingredients together well. Set aside. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in increments (a little at a time) making sure to not activate the citric acid.

Once all the ingredients are mixed well it should have the texture of wet sand.

Now you can add these ingredients to your molds, packing them well.

Press your molds together. Tap one side of the mold to loosen the bath bomb; do the same to other side of mold. Once the bath bomb is formed, let sit for 24 hours or place in the freezer for 2 hours to hold its shape. You’re ready to enjoy or gift the fun-loving fizzy bath bombs.

Sugar Lip Scrub
by Teresa Vigil

Ingredients:

4 tsp. brown sugar or white sugar
3 tsp. coconut oil
3 tsp. honey
2 drops peppermint oil
2 drops wild orange essential oil
2-3 drops food coloring or gel soap dye of your choice, for color.

Directions:

Mix all ingredients (except for the oils) to a glass jar and mix well.

Add oils and mix well.

Once the sugar scrub is mixed and the color is to your liking, slowly move ingredients to a container of your choice. I used a half-ounce cosmetic tin.

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