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Chapter 35 – Good Medicine – page 191

Hi there! Sorry I’m a little late posting this week’s entry. Hope you weren’t sitting on the edges of your seats waiting. 😀

Well, we’re on the “funniest” chapter of Designer Genes. It’s all about humour and games! A few of you even have your names in this chapter because you submitted some jokes to include in the book. 😀 Woowoo! How exciting and fun is that?

I’m sure you girls have been doing all sorts of fun things this summer, and hopefully you laughed a lot, too. I’d love to hear about it! Please write to me at designergenes@annhovsepian.com. Share a joke or something funny that happened to you, or tell me what your favourite game is.

This weekend and in the days that follow, I hope you’ll remember to do the daily devotions in Designer Genes and to thank God for the fun and funny things in your life!

Ann-Margret

Chapter 34 – Your Wild Imagination – page 186

Hi girls! I love this chapter in Designer Genes! (By the way, if you are visiting this blog and don’t know what book we’re talking about, check out the links on the left of this page.)

I want to encourage all of you to use your creativity in some way this weekend. Remember, as this chapter points out, being creative doesn’t just mean drawing a great picture, composing a beautiful song, or writing a nice poem. It means using your imagination in your own special way to do something new and different.

Be sure to try some of the suggestions listed under “Try Something New” on page 186. It’ll be fun! 😀

And please write to me (designergenes@annhovsepian.com) and let me know how you’ve been creative this week. One of my favourite things is to discover how other people are creative. In fact, whenever I have time to surf the Net, I’m usually checking out the blogs or Web sites of people who do crafts, who recycle things in cool ways, or who think up just really neat things! Their creativity sparks my own imagination and encourages me to try new things.

Here are a couple of links you and your family might enjoy:

Creative Activities

Crafts for Tweens

Now, before we go, here’s a puzzle to jiggle your brain a little. 😀

Lemon Twist: How many times does the word LEMON appear in this grid?

N O M E L L E M O N L E M O N
N O M E L N O M E L E L E M O
L E M O N N O M E L L E M O M
L O E L O L L M M L E M O N E
N N O M E L O E L E M O N E L
O L E M L N L L M M L N L L E
M L O E L N L E M O N E E E M
E N M E O E E M N N N M M M O
L O M M N N M N L O O L L O N
N O E L O M O O N E M E L N N
N L N E M E N M N O M E L O N
O N O M E L O E E O M O L M O
M L M O L E M L N L E E N E M
E E E N O M E L E M O N L L E
L M L O M E L E M O N O M E L   Answer: 47

Have a great weekend!

Ann-Margret

Chapter 33 – You Can Do It! – page 180

So…

A lot of girls would answer, “Oh, I don’t know… I don’t really have any talents.” Sometimes we think that if we’re not good at something like painting, singing, acting or writing, we’re not talented. No way! God has given EACH of us special talents… and they’re right there in our “designer genes”!

This week’s chapter will help you think about talents in new ways and, I hope, discover what your own unique talents are. Have fun with the activities and be sure to do the daily Scripture readings.

Something else to remember is that God doesn’t think some talents are more important than others. In other words, you should never think that someone else’s talents are more special or interesting than yours — and, of course, you also shouldn’t think that your talents are better than someone else’s! We’ve all been created with a special purpose and what IS important is that we do our very best with the talents God has given us.

I like how the picture below shows that every type of ability, skill or talent is important for “the Body of Christ” (the Christian “family” all around the world that we belong to).

Here are a couple of puzzles you might enjoy!

Word Jumble  –  Word Search 

Next week we’ll be talking about creativity. Ready? 😀

Ann-Margret

Chapter 32 – The Joy of Journalling – page 175

Hey girls! We’re now in Section 5 of The One Year Designer Genes Devo, the “fun” part that’s all about “The Things You Do” — perfect for summer!

When I was 11 years old, my sister gave me my first ever diary for Christmas. I loved it! I started writing in it right away and, each day, I would write down all the interesting things that happened at school or at home or at church, and I would even write about my feelings. I did this for many years, filling in quite a few blank journals or notebooks.

As I got older, I didn’t always write every day. Sometimes a few months would go by and I’d forget to write in my diary.

I also tried different ways of keeping a journal, and some of those ideas are in this week’s chapter of Designer Genes. It was always neat to go back and read things that I wrote a long time ago and see how much I had changed or grown.

To be honest, I didn’t keep those journals… one day I decided to get rid of them (don’t worry, I ripped them to pieces first so that no one would find them and read all my secrets!!) 😀 But that’s kind of unusual, and I think most people hang on to their journals.

What about you? Do you keep a diary or journal? You know, you don’t have to be good at writing to keep a journal! You could even just take a calendar and, in each day’s little box, write down a few words that will help you remember something special that day.

I encourage you to read each of this week’s daily devotions and jot down your thoughts. And even if you decide journalling isn’t for you, ask God to help you notice, remember and thank Him for the blessings He sends your way each day!

Have a super weekend!

Ann-Margret

Chapter 31 – Holy Isn’t a Swear Word! – page 168

You’ve probably heard lots of people yelling out expressions such as “Holy cow!” or “Holy Moley!” or… well, worse things that I’d rather not repeat here!

Do you know what the word “holy” means? I think that if most people thought about it, they probably wouldn’t use the word the way they do. According to dictionary.com, “holy” means:

1. specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated: holy ground.
2. dedicated or devoted to the service of God, the church, or religion: a holy man.
3. saintly; godly; pious; devout: a holy life.
4. having a spiritually pure quality: a holy love.
5. entitled to worship or veneration as or as if sacred: a holy relic.
6. religious: holy rites.
7. inspiring fear, awe, or grave distress: The director, when angry, is a holy terror.

I don’t much agree with #7, but since it’s at the bottom of the list it does mean it’s the least “official” definition. Basically, only someone or something that is pure, dedicated to God and pleasing to God can be and should be called holy.

Do you think you’re holy? You can be! 😀 This week’s chapter in Designer Genes (which started on Wednesday — sorry, I’m a wee bit late in posting) explains what holiness is and how we can become holy, with God’s help.

In the next couple of weeks, as you wind up your summer and prepare to go back to school (SORRY! I had to mention it!), why not pray and ask God to help you become more pure — in the things you say, the way you treat your friends and family, the way you dress, the things you think about, the shows you watch, etc.? You’ll be amazed by the positive changes that will happen in your life!

Hey, here’s a verse for you to memorize this weekend!

Have a great weekend, everyone! 😀

Ann-Margret

P.S. Check out this article I wrote about Celebrity Role Models for Tweens & Teens News!