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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!

Chapter 30 – Dangerous Stuff – page 163

Have you ever seen a Bugs Bunny episode when Elmer Fudd is trying to hunt him down and he says something like: “Be vewwy, vewwy quiet… we’we hunting wabbits!”

Well, you know, for the devil, it’s always “rabbit season” and the Bible warns us that he’s always prowling around trying to find ways to tempt us to sin. So, just like Bugs Bunny had to get away from Elmer Fudd, we have to stay away from Satan and sin!

Did you know that even Jesus was tempted by the devil? (You can read about it in Matthew 4:1-11.) The amazing thing is that Jesus didn’t sin! He knew the devil was trying to trick Him and he resisted.

The daily Bible readings in this week’s chapter of Designer Genes will help you learn how to “say no” to sin, too… and God is always right there with you to give you strength and wisdom.

When you say no to sin and say yes to God, you’ll feel even happier than Bugs over here!

Before I sign off, here’s a link to a really good story/lesson about resisting temptation: http://www.sermons4kids.com/resisting_temptation.htm. At the bottom of the page you’ll find some links to colouring pages, puzzles and quizzes! 😀

Have a great week!

Ann-Margret

Chapter 29 – What a Character! – page 158

Quick! What’s the definition of “character”?

Did you think of a person in a book, cartoon, TV show or movie… such as Peter Pan, Hannah Montana, Nancy Drew or Prince Caspian?

The word “character” can also be used when you’re talking about someone’s inner qualities, such as honesty, courage and kindness. This week’s chapter in Designer Genes has fun activities that help us think about some of the character traits each of us should have, especially if we are followers of Jesus.

Here’s something else to try: Make a list of all the words you can think of that describe Jesus (however much you may know about him). Then look at that list and circle all the words that you think honestly also fit you. Got a bunch of words left over? Why not pray and ask God to help you develop those character traits?

Hey… how’s your summer going? Please send me a note! 😀 I’m at: designergenes@annhovsepian.com.

Have a great weekend!

Ann-Margret

Chapter 28 – Got Any Fruit? – page 154

Just before I sat down to write today’s post, I had a big handful of raspberries. Yummmmmmmmm! 😀

Back in chapter 5 of Designer Genes (You Are What You Eat), we talked about the importance of eating well and how fruits and vegetables (at least five portions) are an important part of our daily nutrition.

In this chapter, we talk about spiritual fruit!

Imagine having an apple tree or peach tree in your backyard… and never seeing any fruit on it. You might start to wonder what kind of tree it really is! When you see apples on a tree, you know exactly what kind of tree it is, right?

It’s like that for us when we become Christians — when we ask Jesus to forgive us of our sins and invite Him into our lives to be our guide and friend. His Holy Spirit starts to change us to become more like Jesus: loving, joyful, peaceful, good, kind, patient, gentle, faithful and self-controlled. WOW!

Here’s a simple colouring page that can help you remember the fruit of the Spirit: http://www.sermons4kids.com/fruit-of-the-spirit.gif

Oh, and look! A Fruit of the Spirit jigsaw puzzle! Just give it a minute to load up: http://www.dltk-bible.com/jesus/fruit_puzzle1.htm

One of you recently suggested that Designer Genes should have memory verses. So here’s your challenge for this week! Try to memorize Galatians 5:22-23. As you go over the fruit of the Spirit in your mind, ask yourself if people can see those qualities in your life. And remember: God is with you to help you develop those fruit!

Have a great week! 😀

Ann-Margret

Chapter 27 – Let’s Get Together – page 149

You may sometimes hear words in church that make you go…

Huh? What does that mean??

Words like redemption, consecration, atonement, and justification may leave you scratching your head! What about the word “fellowship”?

As this chapter in Designer Genes explains, fellowship is basically the time we spend with other Christians in church (or even outside of church sometimes) while we worship God, study the Bible, pray together or just talk together about the things God teaches us and does in our lives. God wants us to have fellowship so that we can help each other — and it’s a great way to practice loving and being kind! 😀

Do you have fellowship with other Christians? What do you do? Is it a big group? Just your own age? I’d love to hear about it!

Have a great week!

Ann-Margret