Before we start, just a reminder to be very, very careful not to say anything that might hurt someone's feeings. If you've done that, we forgive ya -- this is just a nudge to think it through before you post anything involving the word "hate!" Sometimes it's appropriate, of course. I hate bullying, for example. Other times it isn't. I don't hate bullies themselves. See the difference? Again, if you make a mistake, not to worry. We're all learning.
How about some prayer requests to get us back in GIA Agent mode? Your fellow mini-women have asked your prayers for:
EMMA, who has some big tests today. She gets nervous, so please pray for calm so she can concentrate.
EMMA, whose friends are losing their beloved dog. That can really hurt.
KATIE, whose family can't seem to fight off this winter bug we all seem to be getting. It's evil!
Merciful God, please hear the prayers of your Mini-Women -- these and the ones they keep in their hearts.
You have been great about welcoming CHANTEY and MARANDA, so let me join in -- Welcome, both of you! We think you're going to like it here. You've come just in time because we're starting a brand new series. If anyone missed last week's post called BEING TRANSFORMED #1, you're going to want to go back and read that before you start this one so you'll know what's going on.
Two more things before we move on (lots of business today!)
(1) Thank you SO much for all your title suggestions yesterday. The team will have lots of great ones to choose from. The first book in the series will come out in 2014. You'll be the first ones to know!
(2) I want to thank Miss Crystal for being so great about keeping you all up to date while I was sick. I don't know what I would do without her as my CFF (that's Tween You and Me code for "Close Friend Forever"). She hasn't been feeling well either, so will you please pray for her? She loves all of you.
All righty, then! Let's move on to our next step in being transformed into the real us! We'll continue with the story of the two sisters and the one hot guy -- Rachel and Leah.
READ: Genesis 29:18-28 Two things you'll need to know. One, Laban is Rachel and Leah's dad. Two, Jacob didn't realize he was marrying Leah instead of Rachel because her face was veiled. Like, big time. (If you want more background, read p. 246 of THAT IS SO ME)
PONDER THIS: Three people in this story had some pretty tough things to face. Can you imagine how JACOB felt when he'd served SEVEN YEARS (that's like from now until the time you're 16 or 17 or 18) and he doesn't get what's promised to him? Is it even possible to know how RACHEL felt, loving Jacob and watching him have to marry her sister? And what about poor LEAH? Wouldn't it be SO hurtful to be secretly married to somebody who wanted your sister, not you? Sit with that for a few minutes and try to feel what each of them felt.
TURN IT INWARD: Which one of those three people reminds you most of your own situation? Do people make promises to you and then not keep them? Do unfair things happen with your siblings? Do you feel like people only hang out with you because they have to or they feel sorry for you? Ouch, huh?
TALK TO JESUS ABOUT IT: Don't stay there by yourself for too long. Talk to Jesus about it instead, just like the two of you are sitting down with ice cream sundaes (or some other treat). Pour it all out to him -- either in your mind, or out loud, or in your journal, or while you're drawing. Don't leave anything out, even the stuff you don't feel so good about (like the times you do things to get your sister in trouble because it seems like she's the favorite). Once you've got it all out -- all of it -- ask him for help. We can't change other people, but we can be changed ourselves. That's the thing to ask him for: whatever needs to happen in you so you can handle that situation better.
NOW -- Take this little quiz. It's on p. 247 of THAT IS SO ME in case you want to do it there.
Check any of these areas where you feel resentful, like it just isn't fair at ALL:
_____ Your brother or sister gets more attention, or gets away with more, than you do.
_____ A parent makes decisions that make YOU want to scream
_____ A teacher treats some students better than others
_____ Everybody flocks to the girls who are "perfect." You have nice qualities too, but few people seem to notice
_____ Some girls just seem, well, luckier than you are
Transformation doesn't happen until we look at things straight on, and that's what this is about. Keep your answers handy as we go through this week. You might just see some changes begin . . .
SHARE: You can comment on anything IN THIS POST that you want to (as long as we stay on track). You might want to tell us your answers to the quiz (or you might not!). Or maybe tell us which of the three characters in the story you really identify with (feel like that's you). You can always ask questions too. Like Sophie, in SOPHIE'S DRAMA, we all come up against this stuff from time to time, so remember that we're all in it together, helping each other grow just by listening and loving.
And I DO love you!