Praying God’s Word (Back to Him)

How’s it going mini-women? Have you been praying a little more?

So have you ever wondered why in the world the url for this blog is called “Wednesday’s with Nancy?” She wanted this blog to be a place where we could come together after school, have a snack and talk about life.  Now, if you’re reading this and it’s not Wednesday-don’t worry:)

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Grab a snack (I’m having strawberries) and let’s get to it.

 

So we’ve been talking about prayer.

Prayer: Words spoken (or written) to God especially in order to connect, to give thanks or to ask for something.

Last week we talked about three simple ways you can pray more. And this week, I’m going to tell you one of my favorite ways to pray.

Praying God's Word

Praying God’s Word (back to Him)

This is such an easy way to pray. And it’s SO POWERFUL. You can use it to pray for yourself, your family, your friends…the world! The possibilities are endless.

They key is you take a verse or passage of scripture, and then in your Talking to God journal, you rewrite it as a prayer. (Or you can just think it // say it out loud.) I just like writing things down to help me concentrate. Squirrel.

Here’s one of my favorite verses:

And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love.And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.                                              Ephesians 3:17-19

Isn’t it just A W E S O M E?

Now here’s how I turned it into a prayer. I used some transition words (like in English class) to help it flow.

Papa Grande*,

I lift the mini-women up to you. I pray that Jesus would be more and more at home in their hearts- that they would learn how to trust You more. I pray that their roots would go down deep into the soil of Your marvelous love and they would have the power to understand how incredible Your love really is. I pray that they would experience the love of Jesus and be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from You. Amen.

See how easy that was???

Here’s another one.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will direct your path.     Proverbs 3:5-6

Now here’s how I turned it into a prayer. Once again I used some transition words (like in English class) to help it flow.

Papa G-I lift up the mini-women to you. I pray that would learn what it means to Trust in You with all their hearts. And not try to figure things out on their own. I pray that they would submit to you in all areas of their life and in turn Lord, you will direct their path. And I know you have great plans for them. Amen.

Mini-ladies!! I could keep going for hours on that prayer. Because I just love our little Tribelet and when I think about you guys, your lives and all the amazing things God has in store for you-I get Goosebumps. My biggest prayer is that you would fall head over heels in love with Jesus and follow Him all the days of your lives.

Sorry. That was a tangent. Where were we? Oh, yes. How to pray more using scripture.

Here’s a list of scriptures so you can try it on your own. Like I said you can use them to pray for yourself , your friends, your family…anyone.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (try putting “Help me…” as you pray this one)

1 Corinthians 10:13 (when you are struggling to do what is right)

Deuteronomy 31:6 (when you are scared or afraid)

Philippians 4:8 (This one should feel familiar🙂

Ephesians 6:13-18 (I pray this one every day)

Those are just a few ideas. But like I said the possibilities are endless!!!

This week, in your Talking to God journal try this method. Choose one of the scriptures listed above and turn it into a prayer.


In the comment section-Share a verse that you think would make a great prayer. And if you want, share how you turned it into a prayer. Just remember, don’t use peoples names. We want this to be a safe place for everyone.

Love, Love, Love

Leslie

If You Ask Asher

One thing I’d like to mention about prayer is: it’s important to believe in it. We all have doubts sometimes – I’ve often prayed or hoped for something while thinking, ‘it’s probably never going to happen anyway.”
But doubt takes away our trust in God – and in prayer.
So, next time you ask God to heal your grandma, who’s really, really sick, remember: God can and God will do what is best for you. If you’ve been praying to find new friends for weeks on end and nothing has happened yet, don’t lose hope and stop praying, because God can. And if you think there’s no point in praying for something for something really “big” – maybe you’d love to start an art class at school, but you’re only eleven and you don’t know that many kids who would be interested in joining it – pray anyways!  God can.
God is waiting to work miracles for you – but you need to have faith that He can first!
I hope you have a great day!
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Asher
*P.S. I like calling God “Papa Grande” because he is a BIG GOD. And it just makes the prayer feel more personal.
P.P.S.- If you are knew to the blog-click here and introduce yourself:) Welcome!!!
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3 Simple Ways to Pray (More)

Mini-women!!! How about those mini-makers!!! If you haven’t had a chance to check them out, click here. The next mini-makers is coming soon so keep creating!!!

Create (ing)

1. to produce (something new, such as a work of art) by using your talents and          imagination

Art

1. something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that  expresses important ideas or feelings

So we started the year talking about Prayer.

Prayer: Words spoken (or written) to God especially in order to connect, to give thanks or to ask for something.

Hannah and Asher have done a fabulous job of helping us understand where and when we should pray:

Where: A quiet place. In the midst of life. In your room. Doing chores. At school. In the bathroom.

When: Anytime. All the time. Turn everything you are doing into a prayer.

 So now that we are all on the same page, we thought it would be helpful to take the next two weeks to give you some ideas of how you can pray.

Side note: This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the ways you can pray to God. Because there are MILLIONS of ways. The heart of prayer is this….connecting with God. And we all connect with God in different ways.

Prayer Blocks

ABC Prayer

A huge component of prayer is being thankful. And giving God credit for being so amazing. I can’t be the only person the does this but when I have trouble sleeping (or if I wake up before my alarm clock) I love to pray my A B C’s

For each letter of the alphabet, think of something you love or appreciate about God. Start with A and work your way to Z.

God you are Awesome.

I love that you are Big.

full of Compassion.

You are my deliverer.

You get the idea?

Another option is to list what you are thankful for.

Praying Post 3 (1)It may seems silly but there is a verse in Psalms that says the way we enter God’s presence is through being thankful. And prayer is all about connecting with God-the creator of the universe. I don’t think He ever gets tired of us telling Him how awesome He is and how much we appreciate what He has made. Cats…are awesome.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving. And his courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and Bless His name. For the Lord is good, His loving-kindness is everlasting. And his faithfulness to all generations.

                                                                                                 Psalm 100:4-5

A.C.T.S.

You may have used this method.It’s kinda famous. I think it is fantastic because it keeps me focused. And it’s such an easy way to pray.

In your Talking to Journal or just in your head, answer the following prompts.

Adoration. What does it mean to adore something? Someone? What do you adore about God? This is where you list all the awesome things that you think and appreciate about God.

Confession. We all mess up. We all do stupid things. Things we are embarrassed of. And things we know are wrong or wish we hadn’t done (or said). This is where you clean the slate with God. He forgave you for your sins when Jesus died on the cross. This is where you own up to whats getting in the way of your relationship with Him. Get honest. Clear your chest. And your conscience.

True Confession: Most of my confessions have to do with words I have spoken (or thought) out of anger and having a hard heart towards others. I’m always having to come to God and ask Him to give me a kind heart. A heart like His.

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Thanksgiving. This is my favorite part. This is where you list everything you are thankful for. Big and small. Go crazy. You can NEVER be too thankful.

Supplication. This is just a fancy word for ask for something in a respectful way. This is where you pour your heart out and ask God for what you need. Your friends and family need. That big test? Fight with a friend? Your Grandmother is sick? Pray for your day, your life, your needs. Pray for your friends, family, the world.

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If You Ask Asher

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Do you ever get overwhelmed by the conflicts, tests and other stressful things in your life? I sure do! My friend taught me this method of praying a while ago, and it’s really helped me have peace. Maybe you’d like to give it a try:

Giving it all to God

1) Go somewhere quiet and comfortable (maybe your bedroom, garden or even the restroom if you’re in public!) and close your eyes.

2) Take a few deep breaths. Think of all the things that are stressing you out at the moment, like that big math test coming up, or your grandma, who’s in hospital. When a worry comes to mind, take an extra-deep breath out and imagine God taking it from you.

3) If you’re still holding on to some fears, use your hand to ‘take’ them out of you and your control, and give them to God.

4) Once you’ve let God take control of all of your anxieties, think about how much He loves you. So much that He will make sure what’s best for you happens.

5) Knowing how much God cares for you, learn to love yourself and others.

Of course, you don’t need to stick to these steps, you can make them your own if you like!

Well mini-women-Here are three tried and true ways to help you pray more. In your Talking to God journal, try something new. Using one of these methods-take some time praying this week.

Tune in next week for even more ways you can pray. Like I said, there are millions!!! Ok. Maybe not millions but a bunch:)

Until then, In the comments below- let us know which method you are going to try OR share your own favorite way to pray.

Love, Love, Love,

Leslie and Asher

January Mini Makers

 

Hi, Tribelet – Asher here!

I’m so excited to share our long-awaited mini-makers post with you all.

Mariah

Goodbye

 

I’d never thought it’d end this way

Breaking up and going away

Being my friend for just some few years

Not even knowing that our end is near

Our relationship was like chaff, which the wind blew away

Trying to control my emotions but it just says enough

My heart agrees with my emotions, so I guess it’s goodbye

I don’t know how I’ll go on without you but I’ll try

Let’s begin with MARIAH. Her poem really touched me – it represented the pain of losing a friend really well. I also like how she compared her friendship to a chaff.

Which line in her poem moved you the most?

Halle Belle

HALLE BELLE shared a multitude of her photos and artwork with us this time. Aren’t they beautiful?

Which photo/art piece is your favorite? Her tree photo caught my eye first – I love how she focused on the texture of the tree bark and blurred out the leaves in the background.

Esmeralda

I absolutely love ESMERALDA’s snow photos, especially how she captured the sunrise in the background of the first picture.

What detail do you love from Esmeralda’s photos?

Jenna

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Aww, isn’t JENNA’s fox drawing adorable? I’m impressed with how she used different shades to colour the fox’s fur.

What do you want to do when you look at Jenna’s fox?

Abi

Two words: God and trapeze. Those two words mean everything to me. I became a Christian when I was five. All the people in my family are Christians. Jesus is my everything and I have been doing trapeze as long as I can remember. I just love the way it feels to fly through the air and the adrenaline rush you get when you release one bar and catch the other.

My name is Emiline Rogers, and this is my story…

Beep, beep, beep went my alarm at seven thirty. “Ugh, I don’t want to get up!” I moaned to no one in particular. I HATE getting up in the morning. I reluctantly turned off my alarm and got up. While getting dressed for school, I looked out the window and got a glimpse of a mama bird feeding her chicks. What an amazing way to get up, seeing God’s creation. “Emiline! Come downstairs for breakfast!” yelled my mom from downstairs.

You might be wondering why we are yelling. For one reason, she is downstairs, and I am upstairs. For another reason, I have two very noisy sisters, Emma and Ellie. They are both six. By the way, I am twelve. I ran downstairs to eat breakfast and start on my school work. I am homeschooled so I do my school work whenever I want to (as long as I finish before my dad gets home at five o’clock). As I started my school work, I looked at my calendar. Everything on it was about trapeze. I do trapeze competitively, and love it! “Emiline! Emiline! Can you play with me?” Asked Emma. “Sorry Emma, I have to do my school work” I said. “Okay, but can you play with me later?” She asked hopefully. “Yes, we can play later.” “Yay!” was Emma’s happy response.

After our little chat, I really dove deep into my school. My favorite subject is reading comprehension. At two o’clock, I have trapeze class. I am learning how to do different flips right now. When I got done with school, I went back upstairs to feed my bearded dragon, Nutmeg. She is my one and only pet. I went back downstairs and ate lunch, and then lounged around the house until two o’clock.

“Hey Emiline!” said my best friend Josie. We have been friends since Kindergarten.  “Are you nervous about learning the new double back flip off the bar?” asked Josie. “Not really, I like the feeling of flying” was my short reply. I was distracted by a boy who had just walked in, his golden blond hair swooped over his face and his smile was so amazing. After a minute of looking at him, he looked my way, and our eyes met. Embarrassed, and blushing, I looked away.

ABI shared an excerpt of a story she wrote, and I love how she described the main character in such an engaging way!

What aspect of Emiline’s personality did you like the most?

Kaelyn

Beach Dancing

I stand on the beach

I see Jesus’s warm eyes

I grab His hand and he grabs mine

We dance on the shores

Just Him in me

I feel his strong grip

As He sweeps me off my feet

I hear his powerful voice

Saying to me

Fear not, my dear child

And peace be to thee

I love you my daughter,

my princess

my pride

I want you to know, I have never left your side

To me, KAELYN’s poem perfectly captures God’s love, and I love how smooth the rhyme scheme is.

Which line do you like/relate to the most in her poem?

Amarise

I’m glad AMARISE shared several photos she took of different flowers. Each flower is really made more unique when contrasted with the others!

Which of Amarise’s flowers do find the most interesting?

Alexis

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ALEXIS shared a photo of an antler she found outdoors this time. Isn’t it cool? I love the icy blue tones in it!
What aspect of Alexis’ photo intrigued you the most?

Elsa

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ELSA decided to write out a Psalm for her entry. Isn’t her calligraphy amazing? I also love her alternating colours and the verses she chose.

Which verse will you try to remember this week?

 

Thank you all for sharing your creativity with us! I really enjoyed looking through all of your entries. I can’t wait till our next Mini-Makers!

Asher

Pray without Ceasing

Hi mini-women!  I know you’re probably all back into normal routine after the holidays and as much as I love the winter busy-ness, sometimes it sure is nice to get back into the regular life swing of things.

This week’s theme of prayer comes to us from one of my favorite verses in the Bible.

 

Pray without ceasing. -1 Thessalonians 5:17

 

Short and sweet, but packed with meaning!  I remember as a kid this verse always confused me.  Never stop praying?  How would that work?

But here’s what the verse actually means.  The original Greek words basically said more along the lines of “keep repeating your prayers” or “make it a habit to pray continually.”

Pray Without Ceasing

Those daydreams and goals you have about your life?  Turn them into a prayer!  Those little worries that jump up at you throughout the day and nag at you?  Pray them up to God instead of stewing over them.

The locker room in gym class, the dinner table at home, the food court at the mall – they all get to act as your church when you bow your head and pray there.

No little worry is too small for God.  He wants to hear about your upcoming science test, your dodgeball tournament that has you worried about getting knocked out in the first round, your messy room that you’re stressed about having to clean all weekend – He wants to hear about all of it.  I think God loves it when we chat with Him like a friend.

Now girls, I know last week I talked about setting aside time to be quiet and pray deeply to God off by yourselves.  And I do think those holy sessions are VERY important!

But I also know that God calls us friend.  And sometimes friends need to talk about the ‘little’ stuff.  I know God knows that especially about us girls!  We need to unpack our day, from start to finish.  What made us giggle, what gave us a lump in our throats, what made us nervous and what made us happy.

For me personally, I tend to talk to myself a lot.  It’s how I stay organized in my head!  And I honestly try to just turn my chatter into a day-long conversation with God.  And it does help me.

How can you be fussy about folding a ton of laundry or having to volunteer after school to help a teacher out when you’re talking to God the whole time?  If He’s standing right there at your side, like He loves to do, then He’s going to carry you through whatever you face that day.

Make those little prayers throughout the day a habit, and you’ll really start to feel what the verse means when it says to pray without ceasing.  Like any other habit, it can take time to develop, so be kind to yourself if you forget!  You have tomorrow to try again.

In your Talking to God journals this week, ask God if there are more ‘little’ times throughout the day if you could be talking to Him instead of stressing in your own head.

And in the comments below, tell us about a little moment that you’ve had with God, a time that you remembered you could call on Him ANYtime, and how you can make a better habit of doing that more in the future.

If You Ask Asher

  Chaos, schoolwork, friends, after-school activities, more chaos – I don’t know about you, but my days are pretty packed and it’s challenging to find time to talk to God! And when I’m about to take that history test and need to pray, my mind is often so cluttered I can’t think of what to say.

One thing that may help is praying a one-line prayer that is natural to you. For instance, before a competition you can pray a quick “please help me do my best.” You could even something whisper something as short as “please, God” when you’re about to confront the bully at school for picking on your friend, or say “thank You” when you notice how beautiful the trees God created are on your way to school.

As Romans 8:26 says, “We do not know what we ought to pray,” but the Holy Spirit will show us how. No matter where you pray, how busy you are, or how short your prayer is – God hears, understands and is fighting for you.

Phone Call

God’s waiting on your ‘phone call’!

 

Also remember that Mini Makers submissions are due by Saturday January 13th!  Email them to tribeletelder@gmail.com with the subject line of ‘January Mini Makers’.  Short stories should be 150 words or less.  And photos you’ve taken and drawings you’ve made are fair game too!

We can’t wait to see what you girls have up your sleeves!

~Hannah

Praying in Quiet Places

Girls, I am so excited to be bringing you our series on prayer.

Prayer

Who among us has prayer all figured out?  We pray, the Lord answers with exactly what we want right away, and this happens every single time.  Show of hands?

Well I can’t see you through the screen but I’m guessing no one raised their hands.  I know I didn’t!

I have prayers I’ve been praying for years, and the Lord’s only answer has still remained: “Not yet.”

It can be frustrating.  I’m also only human and I won’t claim to know God’s mind.

 

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways. – Isaiah 55:8

And that’s not the only verse in the Bible that reminds us that we don’t have God all figured out, and we probably won’t have Him all figured out this side of heaven.  And that’s ok.  If we knew His every move and thought, He wouldn’t be God.  And then we wouldn’t need prayer, because we’d never need to ask Him questions.

This series on prayer is about talking to God.  Where to talk to Him, how to talk to Him, when to talk to Him, and more.

Today I want to talk to you about good places to talk to God.

 

I know what you might be thinking.  “I need a special place to talk to God?”

Well no, not always.  My post next week is actually all about praying to God wherever you are!  But for this prayer series, I was doing my own research in the Gospels, and I found a verse that I loved.

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.  – Luke 5:16

Jesus Praying

Now mini-women if ANYONE would be amazing at prayer, it would be Jesus!  If anyone wouldn’t need any help knowing how to pray, it would be Jesus.

And yet, He still set aside time to go somewhere alone and pray.

Prayer was important to Him.  It was a time to be calm, to be still, to be alone and reconnect with God the Father.  It was life-giving!  Jesus’s life was hectic and busy and filled with people asking Him questions and even Jesus needed to have quiet time and recharge.

Girls, if the Savior of the world needed quiet time, you can BET that we need it too!

Again, my post next week will talk about praying in those busy times, but this week is about finding the importance in setting aside quiet time.  Yes, we can pray to God whenever we need Him.

But you can also text your mom or best friend whenever you need them, but it’s still nice to have a coffee date with them and be alone isn’t it?

If you never were alone with your best friend, would you guys still be best friends?  If you were surrounded by people 24/7, would you ever get your homework done?  Or maybe the work would get done, but it might not be your BEST work.

And doesn’t God deserve our best attention?

I think so.

I think finding time once a week, even if it’s 20 minutes, to be alone in your room, or in a quiet corner of your attic, or in your backyard talking to God and listening to what He may have to say, is more than important.

It’s essential.

Jesus certainly thought so.

In your Talking to God journals (which is basically praying written out, yes?), ask God if there’s a good place you can go, a quiet place to take your time and speak to Him.

In the comments below, give us some ideas about working quiet time into your schedules, and some good ideas for making a distraction-free corner in your house.  I can’t wait to hear them!

If You Ask Asher

Praying, as Hannah mentioned, is definitely important. But it’s hard to focus while praying – have you ever started praying and then found yourself thinking about something completely different? I sure have! Sometimes you might not be sure about how to pray either.

Here are a few tips that might help:

 

  • Pray in a way that works for you. Maybe your mind is less likely to wander if you write your prayers in your Talking-To-God journal, or perhaps you like praying out loud or silently best.
  • Ask a family member or friend to keep you accountable for praying. Maybe you could remind each other to pray in the morning (or whenever your prayer time is), and of course, pray for each other!
  • If you don’t know what to pray about or feel nervous about it, try to think of praying as talking to a friend. After all, there’s no “wrong” way to pray: God’s just glad you are spending time with Him.
  • Here are a few prayer-starters if you’re stuck, but of course, feel free to pray about anything!
    • What are you thankful for?
    • Is there anything you need to ask God to forgive you for doing?
    • Are you worried about something that’s happening in your life?
    • Who in your life needs prayer?

 

Praying for you all!

~Asher

 

Calling all Mini Makers!

We want to see your creativity in action!  If you’ve written a short story or a poem, or have a photo you’ve taken that you love – we want to see it!

Send your work to tribeletelder@gmail.com and make sure ‘January Mini Makers’ is in the subject line so we don’t miss it!

Submissions may be edited for length.  All work is due by January 13th.

We can’t wait!