Gooooood morning, Mini-Women! And welcome AMANDA, the newest member of the Tween You and Me blog. All you have to do now is read the blog rules (see the place to click on the right?) and you're set, Amanda. We already love having you here. And thank you -- all of you who filled Amanda in on what we're doing and what a Talking to God Journal. MISS CRYSTAL, you've been great about that too. What would we do without you? (Let's hear it for MISS CRYSTAL, who works behind the scenes to keep our blog wonderful)
As USUAL you gave a bunch of great responses to "What does the letter D stand for in the life of a girl who wants to get close to God?" Here's what you came up with -- ALL super-good choices:
devote dependent dance door descendant declare daily deliver/deliverance decision determination discipline daughter of God disciple dedication Dad darling darling
ASHER came the closest to the one I chose which was ... (drum roll please ...)
God wants us to be DELIGHTED. Sometimes you wouldn't know that from people (we're talking Christian people) always telling you what you're doing wrong. Discussing what we're supposed to be against. Going on (and on) about the sins you aren't supposed to commit.
I'm not saying we don't have to pay attention to those things ... but Jesus never said we have to be thinking about them 24/7. In fact, he said (and if someone wants to look this verse up for us, that would be great) he wanted us to have life and have it abundantly.
I'm thinking that means that God wants us to be DELIGHTED with what we've been given. Kind of like my four-year-old granddaughter is with just about everything (except picking up her toys) She discovered her baby clothes in a closet and immediately dressed herself and "Wanda" up in them and it became a whole day of baby-and-mommy. Last night, here at my house, she put all her stuffed animals in the hammock and turned it into an amusement park ride. Then the deck was a sinking ship and the deck chairs were lifeboats. She was over the moon that Papa made her a root beer float, and how AWESOME (her word) was it to sleep on a pallet on the floor of Nanny and Papa's room with Geneveve (my big dog) beside her?
Okay, so it's easier to be four years old than ten or eleven or twelve. It can be hard to delight in Math, puberty and pesky little brothers.
HOWEVER -- the lives we've been given by God are gifts. When you receive a very-cool present for your birthday or Christmas or whatever, you don't say, "Gee thanks," and then ignore it, or, worse, complain that it isn't bigger -- upgraded -- or a different color. (hopefully!) You squeal over it -- examine it -- explore it -- basically you are DELIGHTED by it.
That's what God wants you to do with your life.
Maybe something in it COULD be bigger -- like your ability to understand pre algebra. Perhaps something MIGHT be upgraded -- like your soccer or gymnastics skills. It could be that some parts of it aren't as beautiful as they're going to be -- like your currently pimply skin.
But I don't think God wants us moping around about what He hasn't given us (and probably for some good reasons). He wants us to DELIGHT in our lives. That's what he told Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden -- just enjoy all that I've given you -- and what did they do? They wanted more, and gave up the whole garden for it.
So, Mini-Women, don't give up the Garden! In your Talking To God Journal, (this is OLIVIA's) write to God about all the things in your life that DELIGHT you -- that make you grin or squeal or do the happy dance. Then share 3 of those with us.
I'll share mine right now:
Maeryn being my granddaughter
My dog Geneveve always being with me in the house.
You -- being here on Tween You and Me