Hello, Mini-Women! It's been so fun for me to read your comments and see how you're re-mapping some things in your lives so you can walk more in the direction God wants you to go. We'll get to that in a minute, but first, some prayer requests (And I gotta say you're the prayin-est mini-women I've ever known. Must be the GIA Agent in each of you!) Today, let's pray for:
ANNARACHEL and KAT who are having some friend trouble.
ABIGAIL who doesn't know what to do to stop gossiping about the math teacher who is . . . "Different."
NIKITA's friend who hasn't discovered that God loves her.
EMMA who was sick yesterday (hope you're better today, Emma)
Merciful God, please hear the prayers of your Mini-Women.
Before we go on, we need to give a BIG ol welcome to JENNA who just joined us. Let us know if you have any questions, Jenna. We're so glad you're here!
WHAT YOU SAID AFTER LAST TIME'S POST:
I asked you to tell us where you're going to "go home by another way" with something in your life. We now have GIA Agents (that's God in Action -- we are the Mini-Women Division) making these kinds of changes:
* not listening to music with bad language in it
* not deceiving your parents about listening to music with bad language in it!
* being kinder to (as in , not yelling at!) siblings, even if they're mean to you; same goes for friends
* not blowing money
* speaking up for yourselves
* not spending so much time on computer games and tv
* reading the Bible more (just doing these assignments should help you there)
* sitting next to new people
* cleaning your room
* not putting things off til the last minute
* not being quite so hung up on your appearance
* controlling your temper
* showing God more in your actions (well put)
This time I gave you the go-ahead to help each other out and you did that beautifully. AMELIA gave CASSI some great questions to ask herself, and MARY came up with this way cool approach to finding out where you might need to change direction using I Corinthians 13. If you didn't read her comment on Saturday, you might want to go back and do that.
If you want to keep discussing some of those things, here's what you are welcome to do here in your comments, only because these Mini-Women ASKED for advice:
* Share with ABIGAIL what you would do in her situation: "My math teacher is definitely different than other teachers, and I am aware that some people in my class hate him becaues of his unusual-ness and other reasons. Maybe he's not the best at times, but he doesn't deserve all that gossiping that my friends have been giving him. I feel sorry for him and I don't know what to do!"
* ABIGAIL also says she's sometimes mean to herself. She says, "Does anybody have any suggestions?" Again, just share with ABIGAIL what you would do or have done when you feel like that.
* MARY commented that she's not sure she WANTS to change direction even though she knows she should. I liked her honesty. If you want to respond to that, ONLY tell us if you feel the same way.
I think you're ready for me to open up discussions like this, so show us you can handle it by not "preaching" (saying "This is what you have to do because in the Bible, etc.) or putting anyone down (no one has done that in a LONG time!) or making someone feel like you're trying to "fix" her.
Now, on today's assignment, which is a little shorter and is more about you than some of the others. Here we go:
Epiphany Assignment #3
READ: Matthew 2:13-15 If you don't have your toolkit handy, you'll want to go read this at some point. Here's a quick recap -- After the wise men go home by another way, an angel appears to Joseph (Jesus' earthly dad) in a dream and tells him to take Mary and Joseph and flee to Egypt because the evil king Herod is about to search for Jesus and destroy him. Joseph doesn't even hesitate. He does what the angel says, and he and his little family stay in Egypt until they learn that King Herod has died.
CONNECT: Has there ever been a time when you knew God had protected you? Like maybe you really wanted to be friends with a girl but she didn't want to be friends with you -- and not long after that, this girl got her friends into some trouble and you realized if you'd been part of that group, you'd be in trouble too. (NOTE: sometimes it doesn't seem like God was there to protect you and something bad happened; I can't tell you why that happens and I don't think anyone can, but I do know form my long life experience that God IS there in every situation, helping us through it. You'll need to remember this for tomorrow's story)
PRAY: Grab that drawing pad of yours out of your toolkit and write a letter to God thanking God for protecting you in that situation. Then decorate the borders, kind of the way monks used to "illuminate" the pages of the bible. Make it beautiful, because God deserves that.
TAKE ACTION: Next think of a situation you're in right now, one where you aren't really sure God's paying attention at all (your friends are all mad at you, you're strugging with a subject and your teacher won't help you, you dad just doesn't seem to get you). Over the next few days, between now and Thursday, watch for the things God might just be doing that you weren't even aware of. Maybe another girl is kind of hanging around, hoping to be your friend, or the kid next to you in that tough subject is really good at it and he isn't too absurd (as boys go) and you might be able to ask for his help.
SHARE; There are lots of ways you can comment this time. You might have some personal experience to share with ABIGAIL (see above) or you might want to tell us whether you really WANT to chagne direciton (see MARY above). Or you might want to try Mary's 1Corinthians exercise and see what happens. And of course you can share where God has protected you and how God might just be protecting you right now.
Yikes -- we should have a pretty full comment box! And don't forget, our first Epiphany CONTEST happens Thursday so BE HERE. The prize is something BRAND NEW that nobody's seen before -- very cool.
Blessings, Mini-Women --