Good morning, Mini-Women! Check out ABBIE'S gratitude journal. She, like a whole BUNCH of you (BRITTANY, BOOKWORM, NICHOLE, ALY, LEXI and CALLIE), is writing down 5 things in her life she's grateful for every night before she goes to bed. I love it. And don't worry, ORH, you won't run out of things to be thankful for. The Scripture verse BOOKWORM pointed out to us will relieve your mind on that:"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (I Thessalonians 5:16-18) We never run out of circumstances. I love that!
I also love that so many of you are putting down the Green Eyed Monster by doing something fun that has nothing to do with 'wanting', (BOOKWORM's acrostic poem, for example; ASHLEY's going to think about that one) and 'faking it 'til you make it' (also BOOKWORM, who sees how this might work on siblings. Ya THINK?!). Others are doing the list of things you want and why; (HOLLY, LEXI). NICHOLE has taken that a step further by praying about the things she wants for important reasons. The maturity in that is blowing me away! NICHOLE's also working on putting God's opinion first. GINNY is working on giving someone a compliment after she thinks something mean about them or they do something mean to her. ALY's doing that, too, and so is KEITHTISHA. HANNAH has actually tried it and she says, "It REALLY worked! The girl I did it to complimented ME and it felt awesome! Now we're friends!" (That's what I'M talkin' about!)
Basically VERONICA speaks for all of us when she says, "I am ready to get rid of the jealousy." That's a huge step - and it'll help to remember KATELYN's VERY cool analogy:
"It's like when you put water on the stove top to boil for mac' 'n' cheese. First, it simmers, then bubbles a lil' bit, then white stuff comes up, then it almost overflows. Jealousy is like that."
I couldn't have said it better myself, Katelyn. Same to you, KATE, with your More State of Mind and your Less State of Mind (if you haven't read Kate's comment, go back to Sunday) And, no, Kate, I don't think God minds at all when we go to him and "throw up" all the ugliness that's driving us. He wants it out of there. You're not saying, "God, it's YOUR fault!" You're saying, "It's MY fault -- please help me!" And, uh, that's what God's there for.So do I even have to SAY how proud I am of all of you? Like Kate says, we're always going to have to deal with jealousy and coveting because we're, um, people. But the more we work on filling up our minds and hearts and souls with the kinds of things you're talking about here, the easier it's going to be to push the green-eyed monster aside when he tries to elbow his way in. You're doing good work. God loves that.
But here's the other thing: you can't fight jealousy or, in fact, any of the other temptations the commandments point to by yourself. You gotta have God's love. You need Jesus' example. You require the nudge of the Holy Spirit. So much of getting past jealousy happens inside you, without your even realizing it, simply because you tell God how much you want to be free of it and how hard you're willing to work on your part. If we could just say, "I am no longer going to hate that girl because she has what I oughta have," why would we even need God?
That's why Jesus summed up all the commandments into just two. He gave them to us as what we call a frame of reference. They're like guides we can always look to to see where we are.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mnd. This is the first and greatest commandment."And the second is like it: Love your neightbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39)
Jesus is always asking you:
"Does what you're about to do show that you love God with all your heart, body, and mind?" (which pretty much covers everything!)
"Does what you're about to do show that you love your neighbor the way you do yourself?"
If the answer's no, all you have to do is stop and say, "Then God, please, please, please help me go in another direction." You can count on his help every time. Makes those blurry rules not so blurry anymore, doesn't it?
Do I even have to mention what a GREAT job you've done with our series of posts on the Ten Commandments? It's been like a miracle to watch you grow over the weeks. Do something nice for yourself today, just to celebrate. I'm personally thinking about a Coke float in a tall glass with a straw and a long spoon so I can savor. Yeah . . .
Are you ready for our next topic? I'm thinking since it's summer and those of you who DON'T live in Australia are on break and maybe have a little extra time -- perhaps we should do a fun, creative series like we did last year. Are you up for that? If so, your task between now and Friday is to gather all your art supplies, old magazines, anything you can create visually with into one space or container. Basket, corner of your room, table in the basement. Because we're going to SEE what kind of progress we're making as FaithGirlz over the next several weeks. Get ready and I'll see you Friday!
OH, your say-this-instead-of-gossip question for the day is . . .
" What is the most disgusting bug on earth in your opinion?"
(compliments of ABBIE!)