Hello, Mini-Women, AKA GIA Agents. You are the BEST, waiting so patiently for your first assignment. I got sick -- then I had to go out of town -- then I was delayed getting back. Sheesh -- life sure gets in the way sometimes. You did great while all that was going on, and I want to thank Miss Crystal for keeping you updated. For those of you who don't know, Miss Crystal is a trusted friend of mine who also watches over you for safety reasons and prays for you. When I'm away, I will sometimes ask her to post comments to give you information you need. She's a wonderful lady and we're blessed to have her with us on Tween You and Me.
A lot happened while I was away from you, so let me see if I can recap. I'm counting on you to pray about these, either as petitions (asking God for stuff) or thanksgiving.
MENE's successful surgery.
JOSIE's uncle's baptism.
GRACE ANNE's dance decision.
EMMA's mom's job situation
The family of MARY's church friend who are trying to cope with the lady's death.
KAT's new prayer life
YOOMIN's big-time busy class at school
The fires in Australia and the riots in Ireland
The misunderstanding between MARY and her teacher
We also want to give a big ol' Tween You and Me welcome to ABIGAIL!! We're so glad you joined us, and I think you're really going to like it here. If you haven't officially welcomed Abigail with a comment, be sure to do that little thing.
Just 2 business items before we get into our assignment
1. The first CONTEST in our Epiphany series will be on January 24 so be sure to be here then!
2. Our BLOG PARTY is on Friday, February 8, so keep checking in for more details.
Okay -- here we go . . . .
GIA AGENT: Mini-Women Division Epiphany Assignment #1
READ: Matthew 2:10-11 Finally the three wise men (the song calls them "kings" but Matthew doesn't say they were) come to the place where the star they've been following stops. They're completely jazzed, and why wouldn't they be? Who knows how long it has taken them to get there from the Far East (we also always assume they were on camels but Matthew doesn't say that either -- they could have walked the whole way for all we know!) It's been a long haul and finally they're there, ready to see this king. Can you even imagine how flabbergasted (don't you love that word?) they were to see that he wasn't in a palace? But it's like they don't even question that. When they enter the house (sounds like Mary and Joseph have moved out of the stable by then), they see Jesus with Mary and they go right to their knees and worship him -- and then they break out the finest gifts money can buy.
CONNECT: So what does this have to do with YOU, a tween girl? Let's see. You already know about Jesus, so it shouldn't be any surprise to you to meet him just about any place. And when you do -- it probably oughta be automatic to say, "I love you! You're everything! Thank you!" And then offer the best we have. Um, but do we? Take a minute to think about where you "saw" Jesus last. Where you felt like he was so there you could feel his presence.
PRAY: If you're like most of us, it might be hard to come up with one of those times. This is where you can use that drawing pad I asked you to have handy. Wait until you have some free time where you won't be interrupted (too much!). Get comfortable with your pad and drawing stuff. Close your eyes and ask God to show you what it feels like or looks like or smells like or sounds like when Jesus is close. You might get anything from "Jesus is there when my dad hugs me and I can feel his whiskers on my cheek and I know I'm loved" to "Jesus is there when it's like the sun breaks through the clouds in my head and I know how to solve a problem or I know just what to say when usually I don't. " Don't think about it for too long or too hard. As soon as something comes to you (and it will!), draw it on your pad however you want to. It doesn't have to look like anything real; it can just be colors or shapes or movement.
TAKE ACTION: Once you've done that, you'll know that Jesus is right there a whole lot more than you realize. That means you're going to want to do what the Wise Men did, and that is offer the best you have. SO -- what are the best gifts you have to offer right now? Your sense of humor? Your laughter? Your tender heart? Your way of seeing the practical side of things when all your friends are freaking out? Your quietness when -- again -- everybody else is going wacko? Take up that drawing pad again and make a creative list of those gifts, either in drawings or in words done in colors.
SHARE: Knowing what those gifts are IS your action for today. Between now and Thursday, when I'll be here with your second assignment (unless there's a flood or something!), look for those times when you "see" Jesus the way you do in your drawing. See if you can offer those gifts at those moments. But mostly, just share with us what the best gifts you have to offer are. See if you can come up with between 3 and 5. It's going to feel like Christmas all over again here on Tween You and Me!