Hello, my Mini-Women! Happy Epiphany Season! I'll explain what that means in a minute (in case you don't already know). But first I want to thank you all so much for your prayers. I KNOW they're a big part of why I'm getting better so fast. You are the BEST.
I also want to say "Good job!" for carrying on so well and so patiently while I've been recovering. You prayed for each other and helped each other out, and I'm thinking that's how the Body of Christ works. Usually I list all the prayer requests but since it's been more than a few days since I've been able to do that, I'm going to trust you to skim through the comments and pray where you're led. We'll get back to our regular routine on that Thursday. How does that sound?
One prayer request I do want to point to, though, and that's for MENE who's going into the hospital for surgery and won't be with us for three weeks.
We have two more things to chat about before we get started on our new GIA Agents: Mini-Women Division series.
* Welcome STEPH! Looks like everybody's given you a good Tween You and Me welcome and I hope you already feel at home here. I personally owe you an email -- I haven't forgotten.
* If you have your own blog and would like to give us the link in a comment here on Tween You and Me, please do these things (in this order!)
(1) Email the link to me first at firstname.lastname@example.org
(2) Wait for me to email you back saying I've checked it out and it's okay for you to announce it here (that's only because it's my responsibility to keep things totally safe here)
(3) When I give you the okay, give us the link in a comment and say, "Mrs. Rue (or Nancy) has given me permission to announce my blog here." Then we'll all be totally sure.
All right, then -- are you ready for your next "assignment?"
Here's what's in store for you between now and February 8.
We just entered the season of Epiphany in the church year. It's named after the three wise men who followed the star to the place where Jesus was born.
An EPIPHANY is when God makes himself known either by physically appearing (as he did in our Lord Christ) or by making some God-thing really clear to us (like the moment you realize God really loves you, or you see for yourself that Jesus is real). The WISE MEN not only saw the Lord Christ, but they understood what they were seeing.
And then they did something about it.
First, they decided NOT to tell King Herod what they'd seen, which probably helped save Jesus' baby life. They went home by another way to avoid having to report to Herod.
Second, they probably went back to the East and told the people there what they'd seen. They were the first to spread the Good News to the Gentiles (people who weren't Jews).
This month-long season of remembering the Wise Men is important to YOU for at least two reasons:
Reason #1: You too can understand what Jesus means to you, in your real, everyday, ordinary and astounding life. You CAN!
Reason #2: You can carry that like a light, like a torch, in the things you do in your real, everyday, ordinary and astounding life so other people can see it too. You CAN!
So we're going to spend Epiphany the way we did Advent, only we're going to use both the story of the Wise Men AND the things Jesus tells us about being lights for the world. In each post (which will happen twice a week instead of every day), you will find:
* A short passage of Scripture to read, with some notes from me so it'll be easier for you to understand
* Something to think about that connects to your own life
* A way to pray about it (we're going to do some very-cool, different things with prayer in this series)
* One small action to take
* A way to keep track of your thoughts and prayers and actions
* A suggestion for sharing with us
We'll have TWO CONTESTS during our Epiphany series. AND -- drum roll please -- we will end with an on-line, live BLOG PARTY on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. U.S. Central Time . More on that later for those of you who have never "been" to one before. Way FUN!!
Here's what you'll need to add to your GIA Agent toolkit if it isn't in there already
* A DRAWING PAD -- it doesn't have to be a fancy schmancy one you buy at the store; it can be some blank paper in a binder or stapled between sheets of construction paper if you want. As long as it's a separate one from other places where you doodle and draw, you're good to go.
* Some fun STUFF TO DRAW WITH. Gather whatever markers, crayons, paints, chalk you have around the house and keep them or close to your toolkit.
NO ARTISTIC TALENT IS REQUIRED FOR THESE ASSIGNMENTS! This is just going to be a different way for you to think and pray and express that will probably help you be free to do some way, way cool things with your assignments.
So here's what you can post in a comment: tell us if you're in or if you have any questions AND tell us what you hope this series teaches you about being a light. We all wanna hear that, right?
Okay -- see you here in the comment box -- and here in a post on Thursday!