Helloooo, Mini-Women! Our own ASHER has put together a collage of ALL the qualities we've learned these past few months that we want to develop so we can always, always know just how close God is. I hope you'll post a big ol' thank you to her for the work she's done on this alphabet series. And you want some great news? She's going to do MORE artwork for our NEXT series, which we're going to talk about in just a minute.
First, let's talk about ZANY. You were right in your comments about what that means for us as close-to-God girls. I'm going to use JOSIE'S words:
"I need to be zany by not caring if people think I'm crazy for doing things for God, like not listening to the wrong music. Even my Christian friends thought it was funny how little secular music I know."
I also liked what ASHLYN said:
"To be zany is to be clownish or foolish. I think you mean that we can cut ourselves slack once in awhile and have fun and enjoy life. You want us to think of creative ways to have fun with God."
As SARA put it:
"I think zany means to be different from the world, and to not be afraid to be yourself, and to be free to be silly and to have fun when the time is right."
ASHER came up with a specific example:
"Yesterday I made a Serving Jar with things I could do for others right then, like leaving a note or giving them a compliment. Also not being a boring person just because you're Christian (such a false stereotype, right?!)"
Drawing close to God should never be boring. God sure isn't! Everything around us tells us that our Father is WAY creative, full of adventure, brimming with plans for our lives. If we're dragging around worrying about what we're not supposed to do, and making people think Christians can't have any fun -- that does NOT make God happy. It takes us away from that knowledge the God is there saying, "Look what I have for you!"
So as we come to the end of this awesome series, let's each take an excited, zany look at the alphabet of words in Asher's collage and share this:
What is the one quality in our alphabet that you didn't really have or even think about when we started our series, that you're starting to see in yourself now?
The sad part about such a wonderful experience like we've had is that it does have to come to a close. But wait! There's more!
* On Tuesday you'll have a post that tells you how to prepare for our Advent series
* Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the season of Advent, we're going to do all kinds of zany things to prepare for the celebration of the coming of the One who makes it possible for us to HAVE these qualities.
* AFTER the Christmas season -- which lasts until January 7 -- we'll start our series called, "The Whole Boy Thing.
So much ahead! SO, no long faces, Mini-Women. Share your comment with a big ol' grin -- and come back Tuesday for your next steps.
I love you from A to Z.