Good morning, Mini-Women! It's WAY early -- still too dark to even walk Guinness and Geneveve -- but I woke up this morning thinking about you as YOU roll out of bed and get ready to start the day. Besides just brushing your teeth and hollering that your fave shirt is still in the laundry and looking for your math homework, you're probably also prepping yourself for the pressures that wait for you outside that door. Or for you home-schooled mini-women -- the pressures inside your own house!
We've talked a lot about how to handle mean girls and "popular" kids and adults who expect you to be practically perfect. We've even considered how to deal with the biggest bully of all sometimes -- and that's your own self!
But we've left out one BIG way to take the pressure off, and that's to put some pressure ON. And that way is --
I can hear you saying, "Okay, WHAT is she even talking about right now?" So let me explain:
* You can do all kinds of things to change how YOU deal with peer pressure, but you can't change the people who are putting the pressure on you. BUT GOD CAN.
* You can make all kinds of big promises to yourself about how you're not going to bully yourself anymore, but you can't always keep them. BUT GOD CAN.
* You can just give up and go with what everybody else is doing and then feel horrible about yourself and not be able to forgive you. BUT GOD CAN.
So, since God can do all this stuff that we can't . . . uh, why aren't we putting the pressure on God to help us ? I mean, just askin' . . .
Have you read this story in Luke (18:1-8)? It's the one Jesus told about a widow who had a legal problem. Probably she wasn't getting the money that was due her as a widow, and since by law she couldn't earn any money or own property (nice law, huh?) she needed a judge to make people obey the law that said she was to be provided for.
The judge wasn't such a nice guy. He pretty much thought he was all that and didn't care about God much less the people who came to him for justice. Naturally when the widow came to him, begging for fairness, he blew her off. Not just once but over and over again.
And yet the widow kept showing up in court and stating her case. I always imagine the people who worked there looking at each other and rolling their eyes and saying, "Can this woman not get a clue?"
Finally one day the judge got sick of it. Just to stop her from coming in there every day and nagging him, he gave in and made the people who owed her pay her what she was due. It wasn't that he gave a rip whether she was taken care of or not. He just wanted her out of there.
When Jesus told this story, he said, "Y'know, if that corrupt, all-about-himself judge would finally give in to non-stop begging from a woman he could have cared less about . . . don't you think a loving, caring, just God will do what's best for YOU when you ask him to -- over and over and over again?"
In other words . . .
WE NEED TO PUT PRAYER PRESSURE ON GOD
Here's what that looks like:
* Make sure what you're praying for is a God-thing. (Asking God to make that mean girl wake up with a face full of acne isn't a God-thing . . .)
* Fully explain to God how you feel and what you want. (Something more than, "God, please make this better." Yeah, God already knows what's going on with you, but you're going to connect far better with God if you pour it all out)
* Do it often. (Every day in your quiet time. Every time the situation comes up. Every time you even think about the situation and start getting all bummed out) In other words, be a nag.
* Pay attention to how God's answering. .(Watch for it not just in the changes in other people but mostly in YOU)
You can do this, Mini-Women. You can put the pressure on God for the things that you know ought to be different in you and in other people and in unfair situations.
Let's do it together. If you want to ost a comment, tell us:
* The one thing you REALLY want to "pester" God about.
* What that might sound like in a prayer (EX: "I know you've heard me say this before but SERIOUSLY, God? I need HELP with this thing.")
Here's how I'M going to press into God today: "Father, here I am AGAIN begging you to make your presence so obvious to these mini-women that they can't HELP knowing you're there to remind them that you love them and that each one of them is special and that nobody on the planet can make them anything but YOUR daughter. You're heard it from me before, my Lord, but here it is again: please, please, please, PLEASE don't let them feel like they're alone. That's it for now, God. But you know I'll be back. I love you."