* singing and playing piano for worship
* helping people feel better (ah, yes, the gift of encouragement)
* writing songs (can't even imagine being able to do that)
* giving people hugs (that really is a special talent)
* acting (what fun!)
* peace-making (the world needs you!)
* playing the clarinet ( a rare talent)
* making cards and gifts
* helping friends get through situations -- good and bad
* being a prayer warrioress
* baking things (chocolate? do you mean chocolate?)
* washing (big) dogs (want to come to my house? I have two!)
* sharing a sense of humor (yeah, people can get way too serious sometimes)
* cheering people up -- AKA "comic relief" (and who doesn't need that now and then?)
* being kind (not enough people use that gift!)
We're going to take those gifts on the road, Mini-Women, in today's assignment. But first, some prayer requests. Your fellow GIA AGents would like for you to pray for:
BETH, who is in kind of an embarrassing situation right now.
GRACE ANNE, who is stressing about tests
EMMA and her mom who have a lot on them right now, including some friends who are very sick (and her sister) -- and praise for her great day at school! Yes!!
JOSIE's grandpa who will find out this week if he has cancer -- and her grandma too
Merciful God, please hear the prayers of your Mini-Women who love you so much.
All right then, off we go!
GIA Agents Epiphany Assignment #2
READ: Matthew 2: 12 Since it's so short I'll just give it to you here:
"And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road."
If you remember further back in the story, when the Wise Men first arrived in Bethlehem looking for the young king the star was guding them to, they went first to the reigning king, an evil guy named Herod. He PRETENDED to be all excited about Jesus, and he told the Wise Men to come back by after they'd found him to tell him where the baby was so he could worship him too. But what he really wanted to do was kill the Baby Jesus because he was afraid he had come to replace HIM, and he wasn't about to give up his power and wealth. The Wise Men might have done what he said if God hadn't told them -- in a dream -- to go home by another way
CONNECT: Have you ever had to "change direction"? You were going along thinking something was good or right or okay, and then realized it wasn't working or it wasn't GOING to work or it was just plain wrong? For example, you had a friend who turned out not to be a friend and you had to back off from her. Or your group of friends was becoming like a clique and you had to drop out of it. Or you were always screaming at your little brother and figured out that wasn't keeping him from getting into your stuff, so you tried letting him play with some of your things while you supervised.
PRAY: Grab that drawing pad and your art supplies and find a quiet place where you won't be interrupted for at least a half hour (if you can manage that! It's easier in some households than in others!) Ask God to help you see where in your life right now you might be doing something one way, when another way would be so much better. As it comes to you, start drawing or just letting colors play on the paper. Add words if you want to. See if you can come up with a drawing that represents how you need to "change roads".
TAKE ACTION: Take one baby step in that direction. If you want to stop being a clique, invite a lonely girl to sit at your lunch table. If you want to stop wishing you could flush your little bro down the toilet, give him a hug. Just take one tiny step down a different road. HINT: One way to make sure you're going in the right directon is to use one of those gifts we talked about in the last post.THEN . . .
SHARE: Tell us what you're doing or want to do. You can ask for suggestions if you want to. This is one time where I'm going to let you say, "I had that same problem and I tried this." Just as long as you don't "preach" I think you can really help each other.
One more thing. I want you to imagine that all of us GIA Agents are walking down one road together in the same direction, and that's the road to our true selves. And how do we get there? We listen to God. Ya gotta love that! See you on Monday -- and then again next Thursday when we'll have our first Epiphany CONTEST!!!! Tee-hee . . .