Hello-o-o, Mini-Women! From your comments it looks like you are READY to set out on our next GIA Agent mission. Only, because it's Lent, the traditional time for looking inside ourselves for what needs to be changed -- TRANSFORMED by God because we can't do it ourselves -- we're going to go inward instead of outward.
You have your Tookit with all you need (if not, see yesterday's post) and you have a great attitude about God because Friday night and yesterday you've been thinking about how wonderful God is. So let's get started. First, though, some prayers, for:
* ANNARACHEL's friend's mom who suffered a miscarraige, which created some questions about God in her friend's mind that, quite frankly, we can't answer.
* JESUSFREAK'S classmate who was injured at her co op.
Merciful God, please hear the prayers of your mini-women.
All right. Here we go. You'll see below how each post in our series will be set up.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND: Did you know that right this very minute, you are being TRANSFORMED? Yeah, you're being changed from who you think you have to be to get along in this very weird world into the real you that you were made to be -- the you who becomes more like Jesus every day. How does it happen? The Holy Spirit of God comes to you when you're talking to and learning more about Jesus and curls around inside you, slowly turning you into a brighter, more beautiful version of who you are now. It sounds a little like a fairy tale, dcoesn't it? It totally isn't, and to help you realize that, we're going to study some people who WERE transformed in the Bible, little by little, just like you. We'll start with two sisters, Leah and Rachel.
READ: Genesis 29:16-17
PONDER THIS: That sounds like a fight waiting to happen, doesn't it? Two sisters, one squinty and cross-eyed, the other a candidate for America's Next Top Model. Can't you just see the stuff that went on in their growing-up years? People comparing them and always saying how much prettier Rachel was? Kids making fun of Leah while acting like Rachel was all that? Boys asking Leah to introduce them to her kid sister? (You can read more about it on p. 245 of THAT IS SO ME) Both of them probably ended up believing what people were saying about them.
TURN IT INWARD: Have you ever experienced the kind of jealousy Leah must have felt? Or have you been given the idea that you're better than other people somehow? (I kind of was sometimes as tween)? It might not be about your siblings, but maybe your best friend?
TALK TO JESUS ABOUT IT: If you've been reading the Ten Reasons To Fall In Love With Jesus posts, you know that unlike just about everybody else, even people who love you, Jesus is ALWAYS available to you. AND he won't judge you for how you feel. Get off alone and talk out loud to him. Or whisper to him after you're in bed at night or write out your feelings to him in your journal or sketchbook (that's how I pray a lot). Keep going until those feelings are all out in the open. Don't leave anything out -- because another thing about Jesus is that he isn't going to run and tell all your friends what's going on inside you. This will be between you and him.
NOW . . . If something occurs to you that you could do to change the situation, go ahead and do that little thing. If not, just wait, and remember that transformation takes time.
SHARE WITH US --If you want to, tell us what you discovered in PONDER THIS. You can also take a guess at why I used that picture in our post today (y'know, just for fun).
Can't wait to see what you write, Mini-Women. I'll be back here TOMORROW! Until then . . .