Hello, Mini-Women! Have I mentioned lately that I'm proud of you? You're really trying to live Jesus-lives and you get how important it is to have other mini-women to do that with. I'm so glad you're here, and I'm so glad I can help.
One of the things you're REALLY good at is praying, so let's look at our latest list. Your fellow mini-women have asked for prayer for --
KAT's sister who is getting married this weekend. Big time stress!
LIVEFRCHRIST's sister and dad who are struggling.
EMMA's friends who are sick after a cruise, and her mom whose car has broken down at a bad financial time.
ENGLISH FAITHGIRL'S grandfather who is very sick.
JAXIELOVESCHRIST's family who are dealing with the death of her great grandmother.
We're also saying "good-bye" to AMY who is "graduating" to the teen blog and "welcome" to JISKA and HANNAH and DANYA who are just joining us and "welcome back" to JAXIELOVESCHRIST. I love the circle of life we have here, don't you?
I'm also proud of you for your answers to the question: When do you open your GIA (God in Action) Agent Toolkit and offer something from it that someone needs?
DAYNA says she'd pull out understanding for her friends who don't know that much about God.
JISKA says just about everybody needs the forgiveness that's in there. BROOKE has one friend in particular who could use some. ENGLISH FAITHGIRL feels like she's the one who needs to do the forgiving. Good thing there's plenty of it in the toolkit.
CASEY is going to get out her paper and pens and draw out an explanation for something that's hard for her friends to understand in the Bible. Ya gotta love that.
That actually brings us to our point today. Everybody said they were going to put a Bible in their toolkit, but I don't think we've figured out yet exactly what we're supposed to do with it as GIA Agents, Mini-Woman Division. Do we whip it out every time somebody has a problem and try to find a verse that fits? Do we pull it out when we see somebody doing something they shouldn't and quote a passage that says, "Shape up or else?" (I'm not sure there ARE any that say that, actually . . .) Do we just shake it at people who are being complete jerks and say, "You need this entire book!"?
Uh, no. The Bible isn't a weapon, it's a tool. It isn't a threat, it's a friend. And best of all, it isn't a secret -- it's for everybody.
So how do we use it like a tool and a frend and a piece of good news for everyone? That's what we're going to find out in the 23 days between this Sunday -- the first Sunday in Advent -- and Christmas Eve. Together we're going to look at what we know about those months and days before Jesus was born and learn what the Bible has to teach us in those stories. And at the same time we're going to find out how that can help us help other people in these three weeks before Christmas.
If you want to join us on the Advent Assignment (for the GIA Agents, Mini-Woman Division), you'll need to do two things before Monday, December 3 to prepare.
(1) Find your Bible and dust it off if necessary! If you don't have one, please email me at email@example.com.
(2) Make a calendar page for December on a blank sheet of paper. As long as the boxes are at least an inch square, you'll have room for the things you'll be writing down. Feel free to decorate your calendar (I wouldn't be able to resist doing it!) and you can even take a picture of it with a digital camera, download it onto your computer, attach it as a jpg file to an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll use it as a picture on one of our posts.
If you want to post a comment between now and Monday, tell us about the Bible you're going to use and the calendar you're making -- and tell us how JAZZED you are about this upcoming Assignment! I definitely am.