Women of the Bible-Hagar

Good morning TRIBELET!!! How is your day going? I’m feeling pretty mellow because it is SUPER HOT OUT.

Can I be honest? I am having the hardest time writing this post.

I was going to talk about Hannah-who is one of my favorite women of the Bible but for some reason, I just couldn’t say what I wanted to say.

Then I tried to write about Anna, another favorite woman of mine. But once again, all I was doing was typing and deleting.

Anyone else struggle like this when they need to write a paper or work on a project? You have an idea and it’s floating around in your head but FOR THE LIFE OF YOU, you can’t get it to make sense?

That has been me all morning.

I’ve been spurting out those, “Lord, please help me write this…” kind of prayers and still nothing stuck.

SO then I prayed, “Lord, who should I write about?”

And the name Hagar came to mind.

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And then it all clicked.

To catch you up, this month we are looking at the lives of different women of the Bible. And what we can learn from them.

Last week, Hannah wrote about Sarah. You can read the whole post here but I’ve included a little excerpt to refresh your memory:

“Sarah and Abraham were promised a baby by God. They would be the family to start the entire nation of Israel – kind of a big deal I’d say! They were blessed and they were eagerly awaiting for the baby to come along.

But then years passed. Years and YEARS of waiting and both Sarah and Abraham had basically lost hope. They were old enough to be grandparents! I’m sure they felt like maybe they had misunderstood God. They had lived their whole life and no baby had arrived.”

Now, spoiler alert…God does keep his promise. They have a son named Issac and the rest is history.

But in the middle of the waiting is where we meet Hagar.

Now honest confession…Hagar isn’t my “favorite” woman of the Bible. I don’t think anyone who has ever read her story thought, “Man, I want to be like Hagar.” But the older I get, the more I appreciate who God was to Hagar.

Hagar had a rough life.

First of all she was a slave.

Sarah’s slave.

And Sarah got a little impatient waiting for God to keep his promise (that she would have a son) so she talked Abraham into having a baby with Hagar.

Which totally backfired. (As things often do when we take situations into our own hands)

When Hagar realized she was going to have a baby, she basically rubbed it in Sarah’s face all the time. Not cool, right? This hurt Sarah’s feelings (obviously) so she retaliated by being super harsh with Hagar. Oh boy.

Sarah was so mean that Hagar finally ran away.

And that’s where things get interesting.

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The Bible tells us that an Angel of the Lord found Hagar in the wilderness, sitting under a tree. Can you imagine how terrible she must have felt? Alone and pregnant. A slave. In the middle of nowhere. No hope. No options. Or at least that is how things must have felt.

But it wasn’t true. Because God saw her and sent help.

The Angel basically asks, “What’s going on?”

And Hagar tells him the truth. She is running away.

The Angel tells Hagar to go back home to Sarah and to submit to her authority (stop rubbing things in her face). And then he tells her to name her baby Ishmael (God hears) because God has heard her cries of distress.

So she goes back home, has her son and then 14 years later Issac is born to Sarah.

Crazy story right?
My favorite part comes right after the Angel finds her and talks to her. The Bible tells us that after that encounter, Hagar starts calling God by a new name. She calls him “The God Who Sees Me”, which is El-roi in Hebrew.

I love this for two reasons.

  1. When we encounter God, it changes the way we see Him.
  2. God saw her sitting under that tree, all alone and feeling at the edge of her rope. He saw her. And sent help. Because that is what God does. He sees us and helps us when we cry out to him.

And to be honest, there have been many moments in life where I have felt like Hagar. Unseen. Forgotten. Alone. And God has blown me away with His faithfulness time and again when I cry out to Him in my distress.

Can you relate to Hagar? Have you been feeling unseen? Alone? Wondering where God is in a certain situation? Tell God all about it in your Talking to God Journal. Cry out to Him. He is kind. He is faithful. He cares about you.

And in the comments, we’d love to know how we can be praying for you.

Love, Love, Love

Leslie

 

 

 

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Women of the Bible

Happy July girls!

I’m so excited for this new series; we may even revisit it later this year.

We’re talking about our favorite women of the Bible, and what their lives can teach us today.

I’m kicking things off with Sarah, the only woman in the Bible who had her name changed by God. Her name was Sarai, which means ‘my princess’.

God changed it to Sarah, which means ‘princess to all’. Which is completely awesome. Let’s dive into her story.

Sarah and Abraham were promised a baby by God. They would be the family to start the entire nation of Israel – kind of a big deal I’d say! They were blessed and they were eagerly awaiting for the baby to come along.

But then years passed. Years and YEARS of waiting and both Sarah and Abraham had basically lost hope. They were old enough to be grandparents! I’m sure they felt like maybe they had misunderstood God. They had lived their whole life and no baby had arrived.

One day Abraham had three visitors. Scripture tells us that Abraham recognized these men as either three angels or God and two angels (There’s a few theories on this, but you can check out the story for yourself in Genesis 18). He welcomes them, feeds them, and then they tell him why they came. They’re here to tell him that by this time next year Sarah will have a baby boy.

Sarah, who was listening outside the tent (just like we totally would do too), laughed to herself. “Now God? I’m way too old to have a baby now!”

The angel heard her laughing thoughts and said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Is anything too hard for God?”

(I’m assuming at this point Sarah jumped back from having her ear pressed to the tent wall!)

Of course you girls know the rest. They did indeed have a little boy named Isaac (which means laughter-how perfect!) and the nation of Israel had begun.

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God kept His promise AND made the birth of this little boy a miraculous one, just because He could.

Mini women, God made them a promise and He did deliver. But it was on His timing and He waited until it could be called a miracle. He didn’t follow our usual idea of how life should go.

Girls God cares about you and I know He has great and unique plans for each of you. He knows the deepest desires of your heart and I believe it is good and right for you to pray for what you want your future to look like.

Just know that if God has His own plans, He’ll have his own timetable also. His timing is perfect. You trust in Him, and wait patiently, and He will honor you, just like He did for Sarah.

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In the comments below, tell us what you’re trusting God to help you with. And then we all can pray for each other to have patience while we’re waiting!

The Miracles of Jesus – Part 3

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Hey Tribelet! Asher here. How are your summer vacations going? I guess yours have started already – I’ve still got a few more days of school to go. School can be a pain sometimes, but it definitely doesn’t compare to today’s miracle…

…Imagine being paralyzed for thirty eight years.

That’s pretty hard, right? I certainly can’t imagine that – I think it’s safe to say 38 years is over 3 times greater than your ages!

Unfortunately, that was reality for the man in John 5.

3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. [4] [b] 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

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He was “invalid”, surrounded by fellow “invalids” who had been rejected from society by no fault of their own.

He couldn’t move, not even a couple of inches to the pool, his only hope of healing.

This man was completely helpless.

Thankfully, Jesus sees him and his struggle. There must have been hundreds of disabled people by the pool, but He knew exactly what this particular “invalid” was going through.

8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

Physically, it’s remarkable that Jesus was able to heal this man. But what strikes me even more is the way he did so. He didn’t do everything for the “invalid” – no, Jesus gave him a choice.

He asked: do you want healing?

Okay. This is how you heal, and I will give you the power to do it.

Now that you’re healed, start a new life.

This is an interesting insight to how Jesus healing works – it’s a two way street. Praying “please help me ace this test” and doing nothing else about it doesn’t quite cut it. God will help us, but we need to be determined to improve, trusting to follow His instructions and willing to live differently.

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So, for this example, if you were willing to put effort into the test, listening to God by not cheating in it and being committed to studying hard next time, results may look a little different.

Now you might think, well, I’m not blind or lame or paralyzed. I don’t need healing. But the truth is, we are all as helpless as the “invalid” man in other ways. By ourselves, us humans are weak. We have physical, emotional and intellectual limits. We set out to finish that project, go over and talk to the new girl, run that half marathon – and end up failing to do so because we’re not strong enough to do it alone.

We need Jesus to perform mini-miracles for us every day, whether that’s giving us the strength to swim the final lap, or not give in and stand up for something you believe in.

So Jesus performed a miracle for the man, and he was well and walking again. Was all well?

Not quite.

The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”

12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”

13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.

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The man faced difficulties immediately after being healed – he was opposed by the Jewish leaders, who were very picky about religious traditions. Since the Bible says to rest on the Sabbath (Sunday), they thought Jesus was violating the commandment by doing work and healing the man.

There are several things to unpack here…

Firstly, Jesus’ open-minded character stands out here. Unlike the Jewish leaders, he wasn’t too caught up in the details and ‘rules’ of religion, because He understood that faith was more about having a heart focused on loving God and others. He wasn’t just going to pass a hurting man by because it was Sunday. He had compassion for the man, and knew that healing him was best thing to do.

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Secondly, the man acknowledged Jesus. He followed His instructions to pick up his mat, even though it was against the preferences of the Jewish leaders, and even told them about Jesus. He recognized that Jesus knew what was best for him, and that without Him, he would still be helpless.

And finally, not all was happily ever after. Yes, the man was healed – that’s awesome! But his difficulties didn’t end there. He was immediately questioned by society. Unfortunately, that’s reality – there are always going to be hardships. Relying on God is not a one-off thing.

We’ll always need Him.

So let’s continue our journey acknowledging our weaknesses. Following what God guides us to do, even if we’re not sure about it. And learning each time we make progress, changing the way walk.

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In the comments, feel free to let us know what stuck out to you in today’s miracle. (You can read more about it in John 5:1-23). What did you find most interesting?
I’d also love to know what situations you feel helpless in. Do you rely on God in these situations, and how could He help you to improve?

Personally, I feel helpless when I try to support friends who are struggling and it doesn’t seem like their situation is improving. I could definitely rely on God more by praying about this. I hope He can help me improve by making me a wiser and more uplifting friend!

Until next time,

Take care.

Asher

The Miracles of Jesus-Part 2

Good morning Mini-Women!!!! How are you? Here in Tennessee it feels like summer! I just spent a week with one of my dearest friends and I feel so refreshed.

This month, we are talking about the miracles of Jesus. Which is one of my favorite things to talk about. Ever. Anytime I get bogged down by life or confused about what I believe-I go back to the person of Jesus. And the stories about Him. Because He is the example of how we are called to live.

You can find those stories in the first four books of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Sometimes you will hear them called “The Gospels”.

Gospel means Good News and that is what each book is about. The Good News that Jesus came so that we can be restored back into relationship with God-our Creator.

Each book (or Gospel) tells about Jesus’ life from a different perspective. That is because they were written by four different people.

One of my favorite miracles is told in the Book of Mark which starts off like this.

“This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.” Mark 1:1

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1When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. 2Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door.

Ok. Can we just take a second and read that again. People heard Jesus was in town and they packed out the house to hear what He had to say. In fact, in the passage right before this story it said that He coulndn’t go anywhere without huge crowds following Him.

Why?

Jesus was unlike anyone they had ever known.

They were amazed at how to taught.

He set people free from tormenting spirits.

He healed sick people. Not just coughs but nasty diseases.

Over and over again, it says that people were amazed by the authority with which He spoke.

Have you ever been around someone who made you feel safe just by the way they carried themselves? Who knew how to take charge of scary situations? Who, with just a word, made you know that everything was going to be ok?

That’s what Jesus did. And people were attracted to that. And they wanted to see Him for themselves.

While he was preaching God’s word to them, 3four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. 4They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus.

Crazy right?

THEY DUG A HOLE IN THE ROOF ABOVE HIS HEAD!!!

Let’s just take a second and break that down.

Some guys had a friend who was paralyzed. He couldn’t walk. They had obviously heard about Jesus and that He could heal people. And they wanted their friend to be healed. So much so, that when they realized they couldn’t go through the front door (like normal people), they were like….let’s cut a hole in the roof and lower him down. That’s crazy but that’s some crazy faith. They had faith that if they could just get him to Jesus feet-he would be healed.

By the way…What do you think the owners of the house thought when they realized what was happening???? My mom would have lost her mind.

How about the crowd? When sawdust or dirt started sprinkling down on them as they men were sawing(?) through the ceiling? Did they start poking each other and pointing up? And when they realized a man was being lowered through…on a mat? Did the people duck and cover? It’s crazy!

5Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”

I think that sentence is interesting for two reasons.

  1. It was their faith (the friends) that compelled Jesus to forgive the man.
  2. At this point, he didn’t heal the man. He forgave his sins.

What do you think the friends were thinking now?

6But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, 7“What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”

Jesus ticked people off all the time, especially religious people. Remember how people were amazed at what he taught and they authority by which he spoke? Well, that’s because He was God’s Son. He knows God’s heart and understands God’s love for us better than anyone. And as God’s Son He has the authority to forgive sin (not giving God rightful place in our lives). And that made the religious people really angry. Because they didn’t believe that Jesus was the Son of God. They just thought he was a teacher. Maybe even a rebel, sent to cause problems. Which made them very nervous. Because what he said contradicted so much of what they taught.

8Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking,

That’s because He was the Son of God

so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? 9Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? 10So I will prove to you that the Son of Mana has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, 11“Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”

I love this. I love Jesus. He knew what the religious leaders were thinking so he said, “Ok. What is easier? To forgive sin or heal someone who cannot walk? Fine. I’ll do both to prove to you (and everyone gathered) that I AM the Son of God. The Creator of the Universe? He’s my dad. He sent me to set people free from sin. And to heal them in both body and soul.

12And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”

Can you even imagine???

You bet the crowd went wild.

And you know who probably shouted the loudest? His friends.

I love this miracle for so many reasons.

I love that it reveals Jesus heart. His character. His nature.

He didn’t get mad the they men interrupted his talk. He wasn’t annoyed. If anything he was impressed by the man’s friends because they had great faith. The bible says in Hebrews that faith pleases God. And that He rewards out faith. And in this moment, Jesus rewarded the friends faith by healing their friend.

Another reason I love this miracle is because it paints such an amazing picture of friendship.

Do you have any friends in your life that need healing? Maybe not physically but they are hurting in their hearts? The choices they are making? Because of things that have happened to them?

One of the greatest gifts you can give them is to bring them to the feet of Jesus through prayer.

In your talking to God journal, write out a prayer for a friend that is hurting. And ask God to heal them, just like these men did.

In the comments section, I wanna know which part of this story jumps out at you and why. Or do you have a favorite miracle of Jesus? Tell us which one and why. Remember that we don’t share names on this website so please don’t talk about any friends that need prayer. That’s between you and God.

Love, Love, Love,

Leslie

The Miracles of Jesus-Part 1

Hi girls! My first post coming back from baby time- woohoo! I’ve missed you ladies.

We have a shorter series this month – the Miracles of Jesus. Honestly, this is a topic we could revisit at some point because there are SO many to choose from! For today, I’m starting out with His first miracle – turning water into wine at a wedding.

This story has all sorts of fun details to pull out and discuss, but just to make sure we’re all familiar with the story, I’m going to put the Scripture right here and you girls go grab your Bibles if you need to refresh your memory!

John 2, verses 1 to 12.

So first of all, I want to make sure you girls know a Jewish culture detail because it really helps the story. I know wine can be served at weddings right now in 2018 but in Biblical times it was a BIG deal. Having enough wine at a wedding meant the bride and groom had enough money to host a nice party, it meant they had been careful planners of every detail and it meant they had saved up enough money and been wise about what they spent it on.

So to run out of wine was… just embarrassing! I guess it would be like you coming to a wedding today and the bride and groom saying, “Oh sorry we didn’t get a table for you to eat on. Can you balance a paper plate on your lap out on the lawn while the rest of us eat on glass plates in the reception hall?”

AWKWARD.

So when Mary saw that her good friends were about to get really embarrassed and have to send everyone home, she rushed to Jesus for help! Of course no one else knew about Jesus but Mary did. She knew He was more than capable of doing ANY miracle.

There was no local wine store in Cana though. Mary went to Jesus because she knew He could help in the most miraculous way possible.

But what does Jesus say?

“It’s not my time.”

And Mary, being a mama who knows best, just turns to the servants and tells them to listen to whatever Jesus says.

That’s my favorite part.

I mean, this is JESUS. He’s God! Wouldn’t He know when He should start performing miracles?

And maybe He did know. Maybe He had plans to start next week.

But instead, the Savior and Lord of the world listened to His mother and performed a miracle anyway. He knew that Mary had been chosen by God the Father to be His earthly mother and that He could trust her wisdom. If she believed it was time for Him to step into His role as Messiah, then He trusted her and did so.

Girls, God also has chosen your parents and the other adults in your life to guide and influence you. Yes, He gave you a brain and a personality to make you your own special person, but He also wants us to be willing to listen to those around us.

Many times our parents and other adult friends can see things in us that we cannot.

They believe in us even when we’re not believing we’re ready.

We just have to be willing to listen. And to believe and act on what they say.

For this week in the comments, tell us about a time someone else encouraged you to try something new- and they were right!

Love you girls!

Hannah

Fighting With Yourself

Hi Tribelet! Asher here. Firstly, I’m sorry for being less active on the blog this month. My exam season has been pretty hectic, but luckily the worst of it’s over now! I’m so glad to be back.

I’m absolutely loving the guest posts and Mini-Makers entries this month – you are all so creative and supportive of each other!

Today, I’ll be contributing my own two cents, discussing the internal battles we all face.

Who’s your worst enemy?

Although I’ve seen my fair share of nasty people, I must admit that I am my own worst enemy. I often fail to do what I know it’s right. It’s a constant cycle of deciding to do what God wants, relying on my own strength, failing to put it into action and feeling like a loser for falling short.

One of the disciples, Paul, has similar thoughts:

“I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.”

(Romans 7:18-20, MSG)

Every day, we fight these internal battles of choosing what God wants or what we want. It’s tough when you want to go over to that girl sitting alone, but you don’t want to be laughed at by your classmates, either.

As Paul says, this isn’t the case of not knowing what is right. We have a pretty good gut instinct of that, thanks to the Bible and the Holy Spirit. It’s the case of fighting to do what is right. But that’s easier said than done: doing what we want is easier, it’s in our comfort zone, more attractive…

If you’re tired of fighting, you’re not alone. Here are a few things you can try:

– Realize you’re not struggling alone – God is fighting for you! Since we’re imperfect humans, if we rely on our own strength, we’ll only end up feeling weak and burnt out. Let’s rely on God instead.

– Get into the habit of praying when your temptation comes up, whether that be a second packet of chips or a chance to cheat in a test. This will help you focus on what is right.

– Prepare. You could make a list of potential temptations in your prayer journal, and then think of a solution for each one. For example, if you struggle with getting distracted doing homework, you could plan to put away your phone and work in the same room as your dad to stay more focused.

– Get support from someone you trust, maybe your best friend, your mom or your youth group leader, and check in with them often. They’ll be able to help keep you accountable, encouraging you to go and talk to the lonely girl and speak up about God.

– Forgive yourself. It can be easily to fall down that slippery slope of being hard on yourself, but please remember that we all struggle with sin. After all, Paul, who was considered as one of the most faithful disciples did as well! God has already forgiven you and is waiting for you to get up and fight again.

Let’s do our best to see temptation as an opportunity for God to lift us up, not something that pulls us down.

We’d love to know: What temptations are in your life right now? How are you going to fight against them? We’ll be praying for you all!

Stay strong,

Asher

Mini-Makers May

Good Morning Mini-Women!! How is your May wrapping up? Are you finished with school yet? Still have a few weeks left? It has been raining for daaaayyyyysss here in Tennessee. This month we tried something new and it has been such a blast hearing from some of our own TRIBELET.

First we heard from Kaelyn who wrote about what it means to be strong in the Lord.

Then, Esmerelda wrote about what to do when you are feeling overwhelmed.

Lastly, Jenna wrote about our identity and knowing that we have been chosen.

And today, we get to see what our TRIBELET has been creating over the past few months.

So without further ado….This months MINI-MAKERS!!!

Kaelyn sent in this beautiful sunset photo and a poem that goes with it.

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I see the colors
At the end of the day
When God starts to paint
All the colors and rays
The beauty it brings to this dreary place
I watch as He puts a dash of pink in the sky
Some gold
Fluffy clouds all just in a blink of the eye
Waves of light dance about
Also trees that sway in the breeze
Then I just watch in awe and wonder
As God
Our Father
The Brilliant Painter
He is painting the evening sky
With skill and grace
All of it says love
To the ones who await
Kathryn sent us some photo’s from her trip to Paris. That’s the Eiffel Tower!!!
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Esmerelda sent us these lovely photos.
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Alyssa sent us this beautiful sunset photo from Maui.
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Beth sent us these stunning photos.
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Kate sent us a few pictures from her life in Maine.
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Look for the Turtle in the crook of her leg….

Grace sent us this drawing of a dragon.
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Halle Belle sent us this cinquain- which is a 5 line stanza.
Jesus: A Cinquain

Great, almighty

Saving, Working, Loving

Our God is the greatest in the universe

My Savior

Jenna sent us these colorful photos.

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Mini-Women, you did such an amazing job of capturing the beauty of creation. Whether it was natural or man-made. Thank you so much for all your submissions. In the comments section, tell us What is it about creation that draws you closer to God? Or what was a picture or poem that inspired you from this months mini-maker? Why?
Next month is June and Hannah will be back!!! Until then….
Love, Love, Love,
Leslie

You Have Been Chosen

Mini-Women!! Next week will be the big Mini-Makers showcase so if you would like to submit something-email it to tribeletelder@gmail.com. As Beth mentioned in the comments, you can send “Whatever you want! Pictures, short stories, poems, etc. When Mini-Makers started, you could even send in recipes!” We’ll take recipes if you have any that are TO-DIE-FOR! I made some Oatmeal Cookies the other day that were the bomb!

And those of you who have sent something…don’t worry, we have it!! It will be up here on the blog next Wednesday.

But today we have the special treat of hearing from Jenna, a member of the TRIBELET and a mighty mini-woman of God.

Have you ever felt like you were not important? Have the girls at school ever dumped you because you weren’t wearing the “right” outfit? I have had that happen to me. I felt so hurt and so confused that I cried. I didn’t understand why someone wouldn’t want me to be with them and it was devastating.

But can I tell you something?

God started healing my heart.

I explained what happened to my mom and she helped me understand my identity in Christ. Those three words, identity in Christ, can pretty much change your life.

When I have rough days, I have to remind myself of this: God has chosen me.

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In 1 Peter it says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession…” The Bible tells us that we are CHOSEN. We are ROYALTY.  We are the Creator’s SPECIAL possession. When those words are in our minds, the nasty names that others call us, don’t matter. But that is a really easy thing to say and if I’m honest, I have a hard time believing it myself.

For me, the names and labels cut deep. Looking from the outside, it seems that some girls are more effected than others. You know why? I think it is because of identity. The girls who know they are loved and adored by Jesus, are confident in who they are. The labels slip off.

I want that so much and I know that God desires it for me, too.

But how can we stop the mean words from hurting us? Something that has worked for me, is what I call smothering lies with Truth (the Truth of God’s Word).

When someone calls me insecure, I know that I am God’s Special Possession.

When I am called ugly, I know that Jesus’ love makes me Beautiful.

When someone says I am worthless, I see that I am a Daughter of the King.

When I am told I am unlovable, Jesus calls me His Beloved.  

When I feel like I don’t belong, I know that I have been Chosen.

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Special, Beautiful, Daughter of the King, Beloved, Chosen, those words describe who WE are in Jesus. You are chosen each day to be the daughter of the King, who helps you see that you are special and loved, knowing that, Your Beauty will be evident to everyone around you.

In your talking to God Journal, write a list of unkind words. They can be ones you have been called, or words that you know aren’t true. Then on the same page, write the opposite of the mean word. Which column does God see you as? When you are feeling discouraged, remind yourself how much Jesus loves you.  

In the comments section: Have you ever been called something that you know is not true? Can you find a verse that can smother that lie? Then share it with us!

Love,  Jenna

 

    

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Mini-Women!! I totally glitched. I am so sorry this post is late. On Monday and Tuesday I thought-I need to put the post up on Wednesday. And then Wednesday came and went…Poof. No posty the bloggy. I apologize. Funnily enough, this week Esmerelda wrote a post for us about what to do when you feel overwhelmed by life.  I can certainly relate to that. And I’m not even in school with all the end of year wrapping up that goes on. Once again, sorry this is late.

Hi everyone, Esmeralda here. I’m really excited to be writing this for all of you. I love this blog and have been here for about a year now! It has been a huge blessing to me and I hope that it is a blessing to you, too.

I’m going to be talking about being overwhelmed.

I’m sure it is a feeling that everyone is familiar with. Overwhelmed with school, homework, chores, babysitting, the lists go on and on. Especially with the school year ending now. Sometimes I just want to throw myself across my bed and scream.

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The good news-is that, I have some tips for you, these are all things that help me when I’m overwhelmed:

  1. Write lists of what you have to do, breaking everything down helps it not seem like so much. 
  2. Pray, pray that God would give you the strength, patience and help that you need to get through everything.
  3. Go for a walk or run if you can. It really helps to clear your head.
  4. Write in your talking-to-God journal, just write all about how hard it is to get everything done in time, etc.

I hope that this post is helpful to all of you. I will be praying that all of you are able to be at peace and not be overwhelmed.

Thanks for reading this.

-Esmeralda

So what has you feeling overwhelmed at the moment? Feel free to share in the comment box. So we can be praying for each other.

And don’t forget-It’s Mini-Maker’s May. Send your creative submissions to tribeletelder@gmail.com so we can share them with the TRIBELET. And if you still don’t understand what mini-makers is all about-click here

Love, Love, Love,

Leslie

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Strength in the Lord

Hello everyone!!  It is Kaelyn here and this is my first ever post on this blog!!  I am honored to be able to do this and I today I am talking about the strength God gives us.  

It is something we all want to have whether it is to stand up to a bully, face your fears, or doing what is right in hard circumstances. God knows our fears, doubts, and worries. He cares about every single one of them and He even knows every hair on our heads. That is a lot,when you think about it!! In Luke 12:6 it says,” Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.” That is a lot of love and, if He can see five sparrows,  how much does He see us? He sees us as His daughters, His beloved, and His princesses. He sees us as His children.  

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With this worth in ourselves, we can have courage.   What does courage mean? I looked up the meaning of courage and this is what I found.  

Courage

  1. The ability to do something that frightens one
  2. Strength in the face of pain and grief  

I also noticed something else in these definitions, the word strength. Being the kind of girl I am, I looked up the meaning of the word strength as well.  

Strength

  1. The quality or state of being strong, in particular  
  2. A good or attribute of quality or attribute of a person or thing 

We then may start to think,” I am not strong, and I am scared as well. ” We can change that by becoming stronger. We get stronger physically by working out and lifting weights.  We can get stronger spiritually by reading the Bible, praying, and being in a community of strong believers.  

A verse that has helped me a lot when I am afraid, is 2 Timothy 1:7.

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In another translation, it says , power and love and of sound mind.  When we have fear, we are not sound of mind. God can give us courage and we can do that by saying, ” I do not have a spirit of fear. I have a spirit of power, love, and self-control.” The awesome thing is, God is always there with us, we have worth,  and we are growing spiritually every day. He gives us the courage and the strength to move mountains. If that mountain is what is happening in our family situation, school situation, or anything at all. God is there and He gives the strength to move mountains with faith.

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Nothing is impossible with God, and with Him we can find the courage to do anything.  We can find the courage to stand up to that bully, to do the right thing when everyone isn’t,  and to face our fears.

In the comments, we are here if you want to  let us know where you need courage and strength in your life.  We will be praying for you and we can do this together. For me at times, I need courage to share the light of Jesus.  You are not alone and we are in this together. Also, if you want to say where God has given you courage, we all love to hear that too!!
In our Talking to God Journals this week, let’s ask God to give us the courage  to do what is right, to stand strong, and to have what we need through whatever situation we go through.   

This is Kaelyn and I will see you next time!!  🙂

Ok Mini-Women-you may have noticed a little something different today. We had a guest blogger!!!  Kaelyn has been a part of the TRIBELET for years now and we wanted to give her the opportunity to share a post. We are calling this is MINI-MAKER MAY and we want to hear from you! We thought it would be fun to make May a showcase of the many talented mini-women who are part of our TRIBELET. Send your art, poems, writing, photography…however you want to express your creativity and we will showcase it here on the blog this month. Just email it to tribeletelder@gmail.com. Find out more about mini-makers here.