Hello, Mini-Women! I'm having a celebration latte. Actually, I've been celebrating for several days because I found out I get to do a three-book series for YOU!!!! I"m totally jazzed. I'll be telling you more about that in the weeks to come -- and you might even be able to help me with it.
Old works of mine are getting a fresh look, too, which is what today's contest prize is about. But I'm going to leave you in suspense on that while I post our prayer list. Your fellow GIA Agents would like you to pray for:
EMMA, who is still sick.
KAT, who might have to give up her dog and who herself has been "kinda rebellious and spacey lately." We've all been there, haven't we ladies?
JOSIE's grandfather who has to have some very serious surgery
JESUS FREAK/BETH who has been the victim of betrayal by video!
JESUS FREAK/BETH's neighbors' unborn baby who is in distress
Merciful God, please hear the prayers of your mini-women.
WHAT YOU SAID AFTER LAST TIME'S POST:
* You gave GREAT advice and support to ABIGAIL and JENNA and JESUS FREAK. As BETH said, "Who knew the right thing was SOOOOO hard!!!!" That's why we have each other. We're the Body of Christ. It's one of those God-protection things.
* EMMA reported some God protection for her and her mom and sisters. Thanks, Emma.
* KAT thought her family would have to give up their dog, but another solution presented itself. Gotta be a God-thing.
* KAT also says God has been there at youth group. I like hearing that.
Knowing God is ALWAYS there is important for today's assignment, which is a little harder. But somewhere in here is the CONTEST, so you're definitely going to want to read on. (You would anyway, right? Right?).
GIA Epiphany Assignment #4
READ: Matthew 2:16-18 This is a tough story to read so let me prepare you. When Herod realizes he's been tricked by the wise men (they went home by another way, remember?) he's furious. People with great power don't like to have it taken away. So he sent his soliders out to kill all the children (other Gospels say all the boy children) two years old and younger in Bethlehem. Centuries before, the prophet Jeremiah knew this was going to take place.
CONNECT: Stories like this make us wonder why God would let such a thing happen. He saved Jesus from Herod -- why didn't he save all the other kids too? I truly don't know the answer to that. I'm not even sure God "let" it happen, any more than God "lets" children be killed in accidents caused by drunk drivers. There is a lot of evil in the world. The free will God gives us is given to everyone, good and bad alike. Where God comes in is to help us through when the bad guys do their damage. So, can you think of a time when you just couldn't understand why some bad thing had to happen? A time when maybe you doubted whether God cared?Maybe that time is happening right now.
PRAY: Put a word or picture in the middle or your drawing pad that reminds you of that time. In your prayer, ask God some questions about it. Ask hard questions and doodle or just make lines and shapes and colors on the page as you talk to God. When you've asked all your questions, see if you can remember (or realize) how God helped you or is helping you through it right now. It's okay to ask, "Was that you, God? Really?"
TAKE ACTION: Now think about someone else you know who's going through a hard time, a time that God doesn't seem to be paying any attention to. Don't tell them God is there; instead, show them by being God's representative -- the person they'll remember when they look back and say, "God did care -- through ABIGAIL or EMMA or AMELIA or JENNA . . ." Can you send a note of encouragement? Offer to play with their kids while they take some time to themselves? Give a hug without words? Invite them to our blog? Do it. Be God In Action, Mini-Women.
SHARE: Tell us what you did or plan to do. AND/OR tell us about that time when you thought God wasn't there and it turns out he was. The first FIVE of you who post a VERSE that helped you realize God was there after all will receive -- drum roll, please -- an AUDIO CD of HERE's LILY! It's brand new -- nobody else has seen it yet!!! (If you don't have a CD player but you do have an MP3 player, I can send you that version instead.) If you don't have a verse don't be disappointed. I'll be giving away more in two weeks!!!