Good morning, Mini-women! I can't even find the WORDS to thank you for all the snippets of wisdom you've been posting for my baby granddaughter Maeryn -- and a writer is almost never without words! She's only 10 days old (today!), so I haven't read all of them to her, but I've been whispering some of your thoughts to her here and there, and I'm printing all of them out to put in a special album just for her. You have given her a great gift -- in fact, the greatest gift a little person just starting her life could have.
Speaking of gifts -- you were also amazing at sharing what gifts you can bring to the now-grown-up-and-risen Jesus.
LAURA, ASHLEY, BETH, DEBORAH U, HALEY, BOOKWORM, and JESUS FREAK said they'd give myrrh (things they'd like to put to rest) -- like the tendency to worry (about, like, EVERYTHING!), impatience with siblings (definitely need God for that!), talking back to parents, fear of being alone, -- anything that would make God sad.
ANDI, JENNA, JESS, BETH, PATTI, HALEY, VERONICA, SNAPPY, JESUS FREAK, and SARAH went for the gold (the talents they want to use for God -- even if they're not the world's BEST at them) -- everything from writing stories and songs, making music, drawing, being good with kids, making people laugh, playing soccer, swimming, just generally being a good athlete, acting -- even talking!
SNAPPY, PATTI, and KEITHISHA are sure they'd offer frankincense (a way to be healed by God) -- which includes trusting in God more, giving God total control of their lives, and showing other people how to follow in Jesus' footsteps.
If you haven't posted a comment about your gift, you can still do that, now that you're inspired by those examples, or you can just move on with those who have to the next steps. Ready?
1. Make or find a small symbol (because good things come in small packages -- YOU are proof of that!) for the gift you want to give to Jesus this year. For instance, if your gift is being an example of awesome sportsmanship on the soccer field, a miniature soccer ball (like on a key chain) could be your a symbol. If you're trying to be more patient with your siblings, a picture of that brother or sister you're trying not to flush down the toilet would be perfect. If you're trying to let God be in control of your life, a small heart would be fabulous.
2. Wrap it up like a gift. Since the Christmas wrappings have probably already been packed away, any paper and ribbon -- even Kleenex and a piece of yarn -- will work. Be as creative as you want -- using your unique way of doing things is a gift to God, too (since, uh, God gave you that in the first place and likes to see it used)
3. Keep your wrapped-up symbol where you spend your quiet time with God -- with your Bible (got a FaithGirlz Bible, perhaps?) and maybe your devotional book if you're using one (get you a copy of THAT IS SO ME, girl!) and perhaps your prayer jar or other things we've created here on the blog to help you focus on God. Seeing that symbol in a gift box will remind you to talk to God about it, ask for help with it, thank God for the progress you're making -- or just complain that, hello!, this is hard!
If you want to post between now and Friday, tell us what symbol you chose and why, where you're keeping it, and even what difference having it there has made already. We can't wait to hear, right, mini-women?
Nancy Rue (I used the picture of Geneveve today because she's feeling a little neglected since I'm spending so much time at my daughter's with Baby Maeryn. Gen feels better now.)