Good morning, Mini-Women! Check out RARA's Talking to God Journal. Nice, huh? RYLIE and HOLLY have both sent me theirs, too, so we'll be seeing them next week. So far ALYSSA, RARA, RYLIE and HOLLY will be receiving a free copy of SO NOT OKAY in May when it comes out. (That's right, ANI, it's that easy to win.) That's the first book in a three-book series (Mean Girl Makeover) about some sixth grade girls who are involved in bullying at their school (the bystander, the bullied, and the bully). We're starting a whole SO Not Okay anti-bullying movement around it that you are totally going to want to be part of, so get ready for that starting April 1. Actually, you're already preparing for it with the things we're working on here on the Tween You and Me blog right now.
WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT YESTERDAY: If you haven't read yesterday's post, definitely do that because as RYLIE, ALYSSA, JANELLE and HOLLY all said, what I've asked you to do there is way fun. It's all about making a chart on the dark things in your life that make you not-yourself and the light things that let you be exactly who you really are. Here are some of your examples:
DARK SIDE LIGHT SIDE
when my friend influences me friends who influence me to do to do bad things good things
feeling guilty praying about what I did wrong/tell the truth
thinking about getting braces talking about it to my parents
DARK SIDE LIGHT SIDE
being nervous and worried putting all that in God's hands
people who don't accept me my family who lets me be me
It's not too late to do yours. If you don't have a a big piece of paper you can open your Talking To God Journal and do it across two pages, like this.
WHAT TO DO NEXT: Turn your chart over or open your journal to two more pages. If you're using paper, draw a line down the middle like you did on your chart. If you're using your journal, you already have a built-in division, right? Get your markers ready . . .
TODAY'S VERSES: "The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son. Generous inside and out, true from start to finish." John 1: 14
WHAT TO THINK ABOUT: Because you were probably born into a Christian family and have always gone to church and known about Jesus (since you could first chirp out "Jesus Loves Me"), it's easy to forget what a HUGE deal it is that God -- we're talking God his own true self -- came right here to earth and lived in the neighborhood. Not like a king or a big famous person, but somebody who had dinner with people like us, and talked to people nobody else would, and loved absolutely everybody, including the people he had to chew out because they were so full of their false selves they didn't get him. GOD WAS HERE ON EARTH AS A PERSON! That means people got to see who God really is (that's what "glory" means: everything that's true about God) And who is he?
* He's true. He always tells us the truth.
* He's full of grace. We are forgiven for all the stupid, mean, selfish, icky things we do that separate us from God. We get chance after chance after chance to follow him so we become who we really are
WE KNOW WHO GOD IS BECAUSE JESUS CAME AND SHOWED US. YIKES!!!!!!!!
WHAT TO DO WITH THAT: On the left side of your new chart, write WHO JESUS REALLY IS. On the right side of your new chart, write HOW THAT HELPS ME. Then first make your list of who you know Jesus is, from what you've heard and read from the Bible, what you've been taught, what you've learned here, what you just know from praying. Across from each one, write how that particular thing about our Lord Christ helps you to be your true self. Here's an example to get you started:
WHO JESUS REALLY IS HOW THAT HELPS ME
totally forgiving I don't have to drag all this guilt around with me all the time
See how that works? Share what you come up with, either here in a comment, in an email to me, or in a picture of your chart attached to an email to me.
There is more fun stuff (EPIC, as ALYSSA calls it!) to come next week. Will I see you here Monday?