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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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

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
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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

 

    

Embracing Whose You Are

Hello La Petite Femmes! I’m hoping that’s Frenchish for mini-women. Leslie here:) It feels like forever since I’ve posted but as always I have loved reading your comments and conversations. I admire how brave and honest you are in sharing as well as how much you welcome and encourage each other. It’s so fun to be a part of our Tribelet.

This month we are talking about “Embracing Who You Are.” Each week, one of us (Hannah, Leslie, Asher and Nancy) will share a little bit about our personalities and our journey to embracing the way God made us. Like Hannah said, we all have unique personalities with lot’s of different features. And a big part of life is learning to appreciate who we are and how God made us. Different.

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This is a really important topic to me because when I was your age- I lost myself for a little bit. And learned some really painful (but helpful) lessons in the process.

Here is the truth- We are all created in God’s image. And that is what gives us value. He made us. As we are. We are all unique with different gifts and talents. Wonderful combinations that He designed. And no matter what happens in life…Or what anyone says, no one can ever take away your value. Because your value comes from the fact that you are created in God’s image. And you always will be.

But what seems to happen too often, is we lose our voice.

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It’s a funny idea but stick with me. My friend Jo describes voice like this…

Voice: Our most authentic self. The real you. Your passions, values, gifts and talents. Your identity in action. How God designed you so that you could make a unique contribution to the world.

She asks the question, “How can brilliant, beautiful, strong, gifted mini-women (which we all are) grow silent?” 

  • We lose our identities
  • We make ourselves small

Her encouragement is that we don’t need to be sorry for how God made us. He see’s us as we are, who we fully are. He sees our stories, the life that we can bring. He sees our potential and purpose. He know us and hears our voice.

I say all of that because when I was your age, I lost my voice.

I always joke that if everyone was born doing the tango, I was born doing the twist. I always felt a little different from everyone around me, including my family. And for a long time, it didn’t matter.

I was creative, funny, full of energy and spunk. I loved life and couldn’t wait to see what each day might bring. I was always reading and playing pretend. I loved to watch movies and learn about new things.

And then I went to a new school in fifth grade.

And there was a group of girls that I wanted to be friends with. Because they were church girls. And they were “popular”.

I think this was the first time in my life I started seeing people as “popular” and “unpopular”. It might have been because of the books I was reading. (I didn’t have Ms. Nancy’s books back then) It might have been because I have an older sister who was figuring out her own journey. Or it just might be something we all wrestle with at some point in life.

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But something began to change in me. I started losing my voice. My authentic self.

  • I was creative but being a cheerleader was cooler.
  • I was full of energy and spunk (Calm down. You don’t have to shout) so I learned how to stay quiet and hide my enthusiasm.
  •  I was always reading and playing pretend but my friends thought this was boring so I stopped playing like I used to.
  • I loved to watch movies and learn about new things. Well, the types of movies they watched and some of the stuff I learned wasn’t good for my heart.

And by seventh grade, I had become a mean girl.

Until, one day I sat down at the table in the library. And all of my friends got up and moved to another table.

There was a new girl in school. And over the weekend (at a sleepover I wasn’t allowed to go to) I somehow got ousted from the group. It only lasted a few weeks but that’s all it took.

It devastated me.

Crushed me.

I bawled on my mothers lap for weeks.

And then on a Wednesday night at church, a woman said something to me that changed my life forever.

“Popularity only lasts in high school. No one remembers or cares after that. But popularity with God lasts a lifetime. And He is the friend who will never leave you or forsake you.”

It took me a few years to recover from what happened at that library table. I felt so rejected, so betrayed and honestly so confused. I didn’t realize how much I had changed. I didn’t know I was becoming a mean girl. I was just trying to “fit in” with my friends.

But here is what I learned through all of that…

There really is no popular//unpopular in the eyes of God. We are all created in God’s image. And that is what gives us value. He made us. As we are. We are all unique with different gifts and talents. Wonderful combinations that He designed. And no matter what happens in life…Or what anyone says, no one can ever take away your value. Because your value comes from the fact that you are created in God’s image. And you always will be.

God loves us. As we are. And He is the best friend in the world. Life will change. People will move. You will grow up. And the one person who will never change is God. He is the most kind and faithful person I know. He is easy to talk to. He always forgives us when we act like jerks. And He wants more than anything to get to know us. There are lots of ways to get to know Him better. Talking to Him (Prayer) Reading His Word (The Bible) and going to hang out with people who know Him (Church).

One or two good friends who speak your language is better than a whole crew who make you feel like you don’t fit in. Mini-women this is the truth. And you can take it to the bank. As I healed from what happened and went to high school, I was a little skittish about making friends. It took me a long time to trust people. And find my voice again. But I did. And along the way I met some amazing mini-women who liked me for me. Loud, spunky, creative and all. And man did we have fun. And still do:)

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I’ll be honest, I was a little hesitant to share that story because who wants to say they were a mean girl? Or they ditched their friends to be “popular”? But making mistakes and learning from them is such an important part of life.

And I hope that this might help you in your journey to embracing who you are.

In your Talking to God journal,  ask God to show you what special gifts and talents He has given you. And how He might want you to use them to make a unique contribution to the world. Then make a list of 10 things that make you…YOU and/or that you like about yourself. And take some time and thank God for how He made you.

In the comments section, share with us your list of things that make you…YOU. And if you feel like you have ever lost your voice, I’d love to know how you got it back:)

Love. Love, Love,

Leslie

P.S. A lot of what I learned came from a book by Jo Saxton called “The Dream of You.” We always need to cite our sources:)

P.P.S. I love cheerleaders and quiet people. I just wasn’t created to be one. You be you!!!

 

 

 

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)

 

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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

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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.

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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:)

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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

 

 

 

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

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.
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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