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Chapter 15 – Pushy People – page 79

Whether you go to a huge school or a small school, or even if you’re homeschooled, you probably know what a bully is. Maybe you’ve been pushed around by one. Or … (I hope not!) … maybe you’ve been a bit of a bully to another kid?

Bullying is a big problem wherever you go! People may bully others for different reasons and in different ways, as we see in this week’s chapter of Designer Genes, but it’s never right. Don’t be afraid to talk to an adult if you’re being bullied. And ask God to show you if you might be bullying others (for example, a young sister or a girl at school that others make fun of).

This week’s chapter isn’t just about bullies, though, it’s also about peer pressure. Sometimes it’s easier to go along with what our friends are doing even if we feel funny about it and know that it’s not really what God would want. I pray that each of you (and me!) will have the courage to stand up for what’s right when we’re feeling pushed or tempted.

Extra activities:

  • A word search puzzle about bullying in schools (you can print it out and then solve it).
  • If you haven’t seen it yet, try to watch the VeggieTales movie “Minnesota Cuke”. There’s a great lesson about bullying in there!

  • Here’s a good quiz about what to do in different situations with bullies. It’s just four questions so it should only take you a minute or two.

Got any comments or questions? You can write to me at

Have a great week!


P.S. This has nothing to do with today’s subject but I wanted to share a VERY cool link with you. Check out what happens when you click or drag your mouse around the black screen. NICE! 😀


Chapter 14 – Who Knows You? – page 74

Quick! Name 10 people you think are popular.

How many singers did you name? Actresses? Cool kids at school? Famous athletes?

How many of them are rich? Beautiful? Outgoing? Successful?

How many of them do you wish you were like?

Isn’t it funny at how we look at the lives of famous people sometimes and secretly wish had a little bit of what they have? In this week’s chapter of Designer Genes, we’re taking a look at the difference between being popular and having a good reputation.

I don’t know about you, but I would rather have 10 people think I’m kind, patient, generous, wise, loving, respectful, responsible and thoughtful… than to have the whole world know who I am but not truly respect me or care about me. Think about it… I’m sure you’ll feel the same way, too!

This week, I pray that God will help you not to compare yourself with people who seem popular, but instead to focus on developing the beautiful designer genes He created you with and becoming a girl with a good reputation — a girl that people can trust and admire because God’s love shines through her!

Have a great week!



P.S. If you have PowerPoint, check out this neat little slide presentation: askthegeese.pps. It’s a good reminder of how being a good friend is a lot more important than being “number one”!

Chapter 13 – Oh Brother! (and Sister) – page 68

I read somewhere about a little 4-year-old girl named Lauren who said: “I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.”

hopeful.gif     Awwwwww… isn’t it cute how much she trusts her older sister, but doesn’t really “get it” that her sister isn’t necessarily being generous… she’s just happy to get new stuff!

How many brothers and sisters do you have? Two? Five? None? What about step-brothers or half-sisters or adopted siblings? I have an older sister (we’re 6 years, 10 months and 26 days apart). Most of my close relatives have had just one or two kids, but I have friends who come from much bigger families and other friends who are an “only child”. My church supports a missionary in the Philippines who had six kids (four girls and two boys) and they just had twin baby boys!

Some kids get along great with their siblings and they can be like best friends, while others don’t. What about you?

As you read this week’s chapter in Designer Genes and do the daily devotions, I hope you’ll get a good idea of how God wants us to get along with our brothers and sisters. And for someone who’s an only child, those principles can be applied to friendship, too!

Hey… I want to hear from you! Drop me a line at and let me know what you’re up to, or tell me about your siblings, or send me your questions. I promise to write back. 😀

Have a great week!


Chapter 12 – Parents Are People Too! – page 63

This blog has gotten an amazing amount of traffic the past two days. Know why? People are finding it when they do a search for “friendship”. I thought that was cool! 😀

This week’s chapter in The One Year Designer Genes Devo is all about parents. As I’ve mentioned in the book, many kids don’t have the “traditional” set of parents (their biological mom and dad living with them). Some live with step-parents, some with only one parent, some with other relatives taking care of them, some in foster homes, etc. And even those who live with both natural parents may not always feel close to them. Parents come in as many shapes and sizes as kids do!

It’s not always easy to respect our parents — and sometimes we just don’t feel like it because we’re a little selfish and want what we want. Right? I pray that as you do the daily devotions this week, God will help you to have an attitude toward your parents that pleases Him.

No matter what your situation is, remember that you have an awesome Father in heaven (God) who loves you to pieces! Check out His amazing qualities:

  • He is always there. He’s never too busy with other things or other people to talk to you. In fact, He wants to spend time with you!
  • He completely understands you. He knows why you’re hurting, why you’re happy, why you’re scared, why you’re angry…
  • He wants to give you everything you need (and He can!) Not everything you want, but everything you need.
  • He may not stop bad things from happening in your life, but He will always be there to walk through them with you. He won’t run away in bad times like friends sometimes do.
  • He loves every little thing about you, even the stuff you don’t like about yourself — your squeaky laugh, your clumsiness, your frizzy hair…
  • When you admit to Him that you’ve sinned and ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you but He also erases your sin and never reminds you about it!
  • He has an amazing plan for your life, full of wonderful blessings and surprises. You just have to follow Him as He leads you.

Father’s Day is still about two months away, but why not take some time today to thank God for being your special Father? And then thank Him for your earthly parents, too, and pray for them — wherever or whoever they are!

Have a great week!


Chapter 11 – Everyone Needs a Friend – page 57

"Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait to hear the answer." 

Did you know that, in many countries, the first Sunday in August is celebrated as International Friendship Day? I didn’t! That’s pretty cool. Although… it kind of gives me the same feeling as Valentine’s Day or Thanksgiving or Mother’s Day… just one day? Shouldn’t every day be Friendship Day? 😀

This week’s chapter in Designer Genes talks about how we can be a good friend. I think the best example of a good friend we have is Jesus! John 15:13 says: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” What that means is that Jesus proved His love and friendship toward us by sacrificing Himself on the cross so that we can be forgiven for our sins. With Easter coming up, that’s something we should all think about and thank Him for!

I’d love to hear about a special friend you have! Or tell me how you showed someone friendship this week. Please write to me at I promise to write back! 😀


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