Hellooo, Mini-Women! Thanks for being so patient this week. As most of you know, we launched the new website -- Join the Tribelet -- which is just for you and we've already been busy answering questions mini-women have submitted for the Tribelet Elders. We had 300 views the very first day! God is doing something good, I think, don't you? Anyway, you were great about waiting for me to get back to our "Ways to Love the Bible" mini-series, so I'm staying up late writing a post for you before I zip off on a five-day spiritual retreat.
This morning we're going to take a look at one of my fave ways to love reading and studying and falling in love with the Bible. Here's what it looks like ...
Have you ever believed that God was there for you, even when it didn't seem like it? Then there's a little Moses in you. No, really, Moses. In you.
And have you ever helped a friend be brave when she was about to freak out? That means there's a little Deborah in you. (Never read about Deborah? OH, she is awesome.)
Have you ever helped somebody when no one else wanted to help? Clearly there a little Good Samaritan in you.
Every time you read about a new character in the Bible -- or one you've colored pictures of in Sunday school about a hundred times -- try really thinking about whether you are like that person in any way.
Okay, at first you'll think, "I am SO not like Noah! What are you even talking about?" but everybody in the Bible was a human being (except God, of course) and all human beings have the same basic needs and go through almost the same stages and experience many identical reactions to life. So why wouldn't you have some of Noah and some of Peter and some of Mary Magdalene inside you?
Let's look at an example, starting from the very beginning.
IS THERE A LITTLE ADAM AND EVE IN YOU?
"I wouldn't have even sniffed at that fruit!" you say. But have you ever:
* Thought God was wrong because he didn't say yes to your prayer?
* Known what was the right thing to do but still didn't do it?
*Disobeyed a God-rule you thought was stupid --and then found out why it wasn't so stupid after all?
If you answered yes even once, you can see where Adam and Eve went wrong. There's a little bit of them in all of us. (Genesis 3:1-7)
It's easy when I'm asking the questions, right? But what happens when you have to think of your own?
1. Start by putting yourself in the character's place. Close your eyes and pretend you're where she was, being her, going through what she was experiencing.
2. Think about what she did that (a) you would never DREAM of doing because it's too weird, too scary, too wrong or (b) you wish you could do but don't think you're smart enough, strong enough, good enough.
3. Then picture yourself doing that very thing. Write about it in your Talking To God Journal. iLike our ANA's.
4. Next ask yourself some questions (just as I did above). Have you ever done, felt, said something in that category?
Try this one for practice --
* Read Genesis 18:10-15
*Sarah laughs out loud when she's told what God has said.
* What would your "have you ever?" questions be?
*When you answer them, does that help you understand Sarah's reaction?
Of course, any time you want to take a pic of your Journal and send it to me in an email, I would love to post it here on the blog. And Ana, thanks for sharing.
I'll be back next Tuesday. Hang in there with each other until then!