GOOOOOD morning, Mini-Women, and happy Friday! I want to extend a big ol' Tween You and Me welcome to TESSA who has just joined us. You're now part of our blog community so feel free to join in and comment and ask questions. Will someone explain the Talking To God journal to Tessa?
And speaking of journals, NIMI, we're so sorry yours has gone missing. While we're all praying that you find it -- since it contains your deepest thoughts -- it's definitely okay to start a new one. Now is the perfect time since we're only three posts into our new series. This is ASHER's journal. Very cool, yes? I've received several pictures of journals from you recently and I'll make sure every one gets posted.
The other thing that ASHER, and several of you, have sent me are your pictures of how you feel when you aren't being your authentic self. I've decided to post a whole gallery of them here for you today, because the difference between these and your descriptions of the five things you think are beautiful about you (Tuesday's post) are like, about two different people! Let's take a look.
Asher DREW this! Awesome, right?
And this one is Keilah's "fake self:"
Not at all the beautiful mini-women with pretty hair and lovely eyes and talents that make you each unique. We don't ever have to be these non-authentic selves, because as you shared from Psalm 139 ... you are beautifully and wonderfully and awesomely made.
Letters A and B in our alphabet of words every mini-woman needs to be are pretty uplifting, right? Um, well, the letter C might not feel as positive as our first two, but hear me out, okay?
You provided a whole list of possible words starting with C -- and every single one of them is absolutely something we should pay attention to:
Cool crucifixion crossover candid confident careful challenging clean compassionate cheerful creative courage caring cautious call calm capstone child clear cry condemn canticle Christ choice crossroad conscience close Christian church
The one I've chosen didn't occur to anyone (and that's okay). It is ... drum roll please --
Now, before you go, "Wow. That's a downer," keep reading.
1. One of the things I hear you struggling with in your comments is about doing things "wrong," and wondering if something is a "sin." You ( and I ) worry about whether we're good enough. We get all kinds of tangled up in thinking we're "bad."
2. Okay, so, yeah, we mess up. We are human beings. We don't always pay attention to God. We can be selfish and bratty and hard to be around.
3. BUT, Jesus didn't come to show us how sinful we are. We KNOW that! Jesus came to heal. He didn't give big old lectures about us needing to fall on our faces and wail about how horrible we can be. He made people better. He took away their demons. He forgave them. Why do we think he's doing anything different now?
4. What's our part in that? It's the same as it was when Jesus was here on earth. He asked people if they wanted to be healed and they said yes. When people came to him they told him exactly what was going on. We need to do the same thing.
We need to confess our stuff to God.
What does that look like? It looks like:
* Every day in our journals talking to God about the things we know we've messed up that day or the day before. Even things nobody else knows about -- like ugly thoughts that won't leave you alone or what you WANTED to do your little brother when he dropped your iPad in the toilet.
*Every day in our journals asking God to forgive us.
* Every day in our journals asking God to show us how to change direction, since that's what repentance means.
* And every day making a fresh start because we don't have to carry all that guilt and regret and other bad feelings around with us.
That doesn't sound like a downer to me. Does it to you?
So will you try that between now and Tuesday? Will you commit to writing your confession to God in your journal today and Saturday and Sunday and Monday? Or as many of those days as you can? Will you post a comment saying, "I'm committing to these days _____"?
Also, you can tell us which of these AREAS of "messing up" you probably need to talk to God the most about (since I don't want you to feel like you have to fess up to us about specific deeds that only God really needs to hear about!) -
My emotions getting out of control
My tendency to clam up
My holding a grudge
My manipulating people
Or any other area you can think of. The only reasons I suggest this kind of comment are:
* Just confessing this much gets you started
* You'll find out you aren't the only one who struggles in this area
* We can all pray for each other (but no advice, no preaching -- we want everybody to feel safe)
I'll start. The area I find myself confessing about a LOT is being too aware of what other people might be thinking about me. God and I are constantly working on that one!
Thank you for always being so Authentic and Beautiful and now, Confessing, here on Tween You and Me.