The Bible and Post It Notes

Hey mini-women!  Hannah here!  I love this series on ways to get into the Bible and stay focused.  I know I need help with that a lot, and I am loving reading along with these posts.

This week I want to talk about a different way to read your Bible.  I’m sure there’s an official name for it somewhere, but I’m calling it the Post-It Note method.

Post It Notes

Here’s what it is, plain and simple.  Get your Bible, get your post-it notes, and find the section you want to read today.  Now every time you have a thought like, “Wow, God is so cool!  That verse was perfect for what I’m going through right now,” or maybe “This verse makes no sense.  Why would this character say that?” – you write that thought on a post-it note and stick it on the page!

Some Bibles already have a built-in system for this.  They have really wide margins where you can write all your thoughts on the side of the page.  They’re called journaling Bibles (which is why this method could be called Journaling, if you want to get official) and I think they’re a great idea.

I know when I read any book, whether it’s the Bible or not, I have a million thoughts throughout!  Things that make me laugh, things that make me go “Huh?” and sometimes, when it comes to the Bible, just an amazing verse that I really want to appreciate and remember.

Post It Note Bible

If you find a verse that you love, put it on your post-it note and keep it there on the page to remind you every time you open up to that section!

But if you have a question about a verse, or a story, and you write that down (maybe use a different color note), then that’s a reminder to yourself that you need to look at this more.

Maybe all you need to do is re-read the verse.  Maybe a little slower this time.  Or you need to take your Bible to Mom and Dad and ask them what it means.  Or your pastor!  Sometimes, if it’s a really tricky one, it’s going to mean you need to dive into what Jewish culture was back then, to really understand it.  I know that seems like a lot, but I also know that you mini-women are plenty smart, and when you put your mind to finding an answer to something – you WILL find it!

 

I know my Bible always has post-it notes sticking out of it.  Things I want to remember, and things I want to discuss later with a friend or family member.  I really love getting other people’s ideas for what a verse means, but the KEY to this, girls, is to pray and ask God what He Himself (and no one else) is trying to say to you in what you’re reading.

 

In your Talking to God journals, ask for wisdom this week.   That God will help you to understand the verses you read.

 

And in your comments below, tell us about a verse that always trips you up – and what you’re going to do to understand it once and for all!

 

Calling All Mini Makers!

That’s right, we’ve got a Mini Makers post coming up next week!  Send us a story you’ve written (150 words or less), some pictures you’ve taken, or art that you’ve created!

We’ll need them by the end of the day, Saturday March 3rd.  Sound good?

Email them to tribeletelder@gmail.com and make sure to put March Mini Makers in the subject line, so we know to go grab it!  We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

~Hannah, Leslie and Asher

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Let’s talk S.O.A.P.

Good morning mini-women!!! How are you? How’s your week so far? I’ve been down with a bit of a sore throat but I’ll live:) I love seeing the way you guys pray for each other and the way you encourage each other in the comments!

And thank you Alyssa, Jenna, Esmerelda and Catherine for commenting on the verses that stood out to you from the readings!!

This week we are going to continue reading through John. But we are going to learn a new way to dig a little deeper. It’s called the S.O.A.P. Method. I made a fun little Infographic to explain it. (You can download the PDF at the end of the blog and tape it in your Talking to God Journal)

 

SOAP Bible Study Method

SOAP

So this week in your Talking to God journal-Try S.O.A.P.ing as you continue reading through John (8-14) and see what you think. Our heart in digging deeper is that we could all grow in our relationship with the Lord. And one of the best ways to do that is by spending time with Him in His word.

And in the comments section-Share one of the verses you S.O.A.P. OR share your favorite method to dig deeper when you read your bible. We love hearing from all you mini-women. 

Hope you have an amazing week!!

Love, Love, Love,

Leslie

SOAP Bible Study Method PDF

DIY Sugar Scrub PDF

P.S. I also thought it might be fun to make some actual SOAP this week as well. Ok. They are really sugar scrub’s but I am OBSESSED with them.

Sugar scrub

 

It’s super easy, fun and makes your skin feel so soft. Side note: rub gently. You don’t want to peel your skin off-just give it a nice little polish:)

SUgar Scrub

 

 

 

The Greatest Love Story

Can I tell you a secret? I love Valentines Day. I love pink and red and candy and flowers. But most of all I love that it is a great day to thank Jesus for all He has done for us. But it wasn’t always this way.

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Growing up, I was totally boy crazy. I don’t know if it was because all the books I read made it seem like that was how I was supposed to be or because my friends were boy crazy or because I came out of the womb that way. But I was. Boy crazy. And so I loved Valentine’s because I hoped my super secret crush would send me a present (just like in the movies) and then we would ride off into the sunset on our roller skates. By the way, that never happened.

So by the end of the day, I would be all dramatic and sad because I felt like no one liked me. Or that I was missing out on something special. Which wasn’t true either.

And you know what? For years I missed out on making some really great memories because I was hyper focused on the wrong thing. Trying to make it about a boy.

Valentine’s Day is great for telling all the people in your life how much you love and care about them. Siblings. Parents. Teachers. Friends. It is a day to acknowledge and serve those you love. To let them know how much they mean to you. If you can learn to do this-it will develop into a lifelong love and enjoyment of the holiday.

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As you know, we’ve started reading through the book of John. What I love about this book of the Bible is that it tells about the Greatest Love Story of all time. And it’s a doozy.

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So here’s the plan.

This week-Read John 1-7. You can read one chapter a day–all at once–in chunks at a time–OR as much as you can based on your life. There are no rules.

As you are reading, pick out one verse that captivates you from each chapter. Just one. And Write it in your Talking to God journal. And then journal about why it stands out to you.

Then in the comments section-tell us what verse you chose from the different chapters (And why it stood out to you if you’re feeling it). You can do this all at once, post daily or whatever. AND if you have any questions come up while you are reading-feel free to ask them in the comments.

This is gonna’ be good!!!

Happy Valentines Day Lovelies!!!

Love, Love, Love

Leslie

 

 

 

Talking to God Journals (DIY)

Hi, Tribelet – Asher here! Today I’ll be writing about the Talking-To-God Journals we often mention on our blog.  

What are they? 

Talking-To-God Journals are books filled with conversations you have with God. Any kind of book is fine: you could use a sketchbook, notebook or even some loose-leaf paper bound together – it’s your choice! 

These journals will be very personal to you, so you might want to keep them in a safe place away from nosy siblings and curious parents. (Unless you want to share your journal with others, which is fine too.)  

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How can I use them? 

You can use your Talking-To-God Journals to communicate with God in whatever ways you like. Here are a few ways which may work for you:  

  • Write out your prayers  

Example: You could write prayers out the way you would write a letter to a friend (“Dear God…”) 

  • Make lists of things you’d like to share with God 

Example: Making a list of ‘Questions I Have About God’ 

  • Draw as a way of praying 

Example: Sketching out things which you are thankful for 

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  • Write notes about what you’ve learned from our blog, church, or the Bible 

Example: You could write down a few key points from the extract of John you read in church 

And while you’re busy scribbling away in your journal, don’t worry about making it perfect! This is a place where it’s okay to make a bunch of spelling errors, draw a sketch which is not to your highest standard, or write about a ‘silly’ topic like what you had for lunch. Communicating with God is much easier if you let go of the need for perfection. Think of talking to Him as talking to a friend! 

 

When and where should I use mine? 

This is really up to you. It is, though, a good idea to make a habit of using your journal at a certain time, whether that’s every night before bed, before church on Sundays or after reading blog posts.  

If possible, choose a comfortable, private place to journal – maybe your bedroom, a quiet spot in the park or the library. 

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Why should I have one? 

Personally, I think having a Talking-To-God Journal is a great way to sort out your thoughts. Expressing your fears and troubles through writing/drawing really helps you let go of them. 

If you tend to get distracted when talking to God through ways such as speaking or silently praying, you might find journals useful too – my mind wanders much less when I’m using my journal! 

Finally, it’s wonderful to have a record of your conversations with God. Once you start journaling, you’ll be able to look back on how your faith was a week ago, a month ago, a year ago. You’ll see just how much you have grown over time, and how God has answered so many of your prayers!  

 And of course, all of these factors support the main reason why we use Talking-To-God Journals: to grow closer to God! 

Prayer Journal

DIY Galaxy Journal Cover* 

Want to add a personal touch to your journal? You might like to try this fun DIY to decorate your cover!  

 What you’ll need… 

  • Card stock or sketchbook paper 
  • Watercolor paints 
  • A paintbrush 
  • A silver marker or thick white paint or liquid paper 
  • Scissors 
  • Glue 
  • Ruler 
  • Your Talking-To-God-Journal 

Instructions 

  1. Measure the dimensions of your journal’s cover. Cut out a piece of card stock/paper which will fit it. 
  2. Use your watercolor paint to fill your paper with splotches of different colours – this is the ‘base’ of our galaxy.  
    •  (Yes, it will look a little odd at first – be patient!)watercolor 
  3. Wait for your base layer to dry.  
  4. Cover your base with a thin layer of black watercolor paint. You might want to test out the consistency first – make sure it is thin enough so that the base layer shows through, but not so thin that you can see the base super-clearly! 
    • You may want to dab at some parts of the black layer so that the base layer can show through more in some places. 
  5. Let the black layer dry.  
  6. Use your silver pen/white paint/liquid paper to doodle stars on top of your galaxy.  
  7. You could also use your pen to letter something – maybe your favorite Bible verse, quote, or just “[Your Name]’s Prayer Journal’! 
  8. Glue your galaxy on your prayer journal and viola – you have your own personalized cover!  Prayer Journal

*This DIY is based off Kristina Werner’s design, you can watch her version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud0SSz2jt2c  

 

In the comments, we’d love for you to share: how do you/will you pray in your Talking-To-God Journal? Also, please let us know if you have any questions about using the journals which I didn’t cover.  

Looking forward to hearing from you all! 

Asher  

Welcome February!!!

Hello you precious mini-women!!! How are you? Is it cold where you are???

I love seeing all the activity on the Welcome to the Tribelet tab (at the top of the page). If you are new, make sure to stop by and introduce yourself!!!

So it’s February!!! Can you believe it??? 2018 is well under way. This post is going to be short and sweet because we have SO MUCH PLANNED for you in the coming weeks.And tomorrow will be the biggie of the week.

So last month we talked about why we pray and how to pray (more).

This month we wanted to talk more about how to read your Bible. So each week we are going to highlight different ways you can dig deeper in God’s word. Why? Because you asked us to. Because we know it’s important. And because as older sister’s on the journey- We KNOW in our hearts of hearts that Prayer and Time reading God’s Word will change your life. For the better.

So we thought it would be fun to all read the same book of the Bible this month. That way, as we practice these ways of digging deeper into the Bible-we can share about what we are learning. And all be on the same page. It’s totally optional but we would LOVE for you to join in with us. 

So this month, let’s read the book of John. Together.  

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It’s the fourth book in the New Testament. Sometimes you’ll hear it called the Gospel of John. That’s because it’s all about Jesus. His life and what He did while He was here on earth. It’s one of my favorites because it is so encouraging. Especially when you get to the part where He prays for us.

There’s no rush. No schedule. Take your time. And just get started.

And make sure to TUNE IN TOMORROW because Asher is writing a special post on how to make//use your Talking to God journal. It’s going to be very special. We’ve had quite a few mini-women join us and we want to get everyone on the same page.

Until Tomorrow,

Leslie