Hello, my Tribelet of beautiful Mini-Women. I’m really loving how our community is coming together.
* You’re trusting each other by being real in your comments
* You’re responding to OTHER girls’ comments, supporting everybody on this whole puberty journey
* And you’re praying for one another
Every week, new names pop up — Melissa and Zoe joined us since our last post. And we’re getting more acquainted with Mini-Women who have been with us for a while — Halle, Ana, Adie, Grace, Asher, Eve, Sophie, Josie and more.
Not only that, but you’re adding to the blog in other ways, too. Asher has always done her amazing drawings for us, and now Ana is sharing hers.. This is just one; I’ll include more of her artwork in future posts. I would love to see more art and poems and photographs. So share, share, share!
You know what else impresses me? That you got right on my question: where does the verse about God shaping us like clay pots come from? HALLE, ANA, ADIE and GRACE all got it exactly right:
“Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”
As Josie said, we gotta remember that God never makes a mess. Right?
Speaking of your comments, several of you mentioned that you would love it if we went through the book YOU! together. That’s exactly my plan. When you express something I think we need to stop and talk about, like the whole weight thing, we’ll do that, but mostly we ARE working our way through YOU! A CHRISTIAN GIRL’S GUIDE TO GROWING UP. You on board?
AND if you’d like to read ANOTHER book about being a tween girl, check out this one: I know the author, Sherry Kyle, and she is way cool and speaks your language. To learn more about her and the fun stuff SHE does for tween girls, click here.
Now back to us. One of the earliest signs that you’ve hit puberty and young womanhood is on the way is that you have (or will soon) started to develop breasts. The first thing I want you to do is answer this question, either just for yourself or in a comment: Are you more:
a. excited about becoming a young woman with breasts?
b. embarrassed by the whole thing?
It’s actually a cool development because you’re getting a new feminine shape and you can wear different style clothes and you feel more grown up — all that stuff. But it comes with its challenges too. Have you noticed?
* Some people (okay, mostly those ALCs known as boys) may tease you about your breasts. In the case of the Absurd Little Creatures, it’s because they just don’t know what to think. They thought they had it figured out that girls are gross and now they’re not and it’s confusing. So they point and snicker and do all the other things boys do when they’re clueless.
* You might feel like you’re developing way ahead of other girls. Or way behind them. That whole comparison thing starts happening, which we talked about in a post not long ago.
* Bras themselves may baffle you. What size do you wear? What’s with all those letter and numbers? What style isn’t going to be uncomfortable and drive you nuts? Do you and your mom agree on whether you actually need one?
Over the next several posts we’re going to talk about all of that and more. For now, I want you to think about what concerns you the most about this part of turning into a young woman. You’ll start, of course, by discussing it with God, who came up with this particular body feature in the first place …
This week’s Talking To God Journal Prompt: “God? I’m trying to accept my body as the one you’re shaping but I do have some questions about, well, these breasts. Mostly I’m concerned about __________________________.”
If you want to share that with us, great. If not, you can still ask any questions about breasts, bras — fears and attitudes connected to them — anything you want to get off your chest. (Okay, that was cheesy. Sorry!) I’ll try to stay abreast of your comments (oops — cheesy again!)