Chapter 42 – Send Me! – page 227

Today was the last day of reading for this chapter in Designer Genes Devo. So… what do you think? Do you feel like you want to get out there and volunteer and use your talents to bless other people?

It’s pretty amazing how many things a tween can do to bring joy and beauty into the life of someone who’s sick or lonely or poor. YOU can be like a window that God’s love shines through. Actually… I just had a thought. More than just a window, which is a flat piece of glass, you can be like a prism! Have you ever seen one of those glass shapes (usually a triangle) that create a rainbow when light shines through them? Kind of like this…

The piece of glass by itself isn’t too interesting to look at, but when it faces the sun or another source of light at just the right angle, it creates a beautiful display of colours.

Just like the prism, if we’re looking at Jesus, His love can shine through us and touch the lives of people around us in a special way! I pray that you will find ways to share God’s love with others.

Remember Jonah? Don’t run away from the opportunities God gives you to carry out the special plans He has for you. Jonah ended up being swallowed by a big fish!

Speaking of Jonah, here’s a fun puzzle page you can print out:

http://sewhttkr.home.comcast.net/~sewhttkr/bibleWS/bibleWS/45_jonah.htm

I’ll try to check in again tomorrow or Thursday for chapter 43. After that, if you’re new to this blog, you’ll be able to go back to the November 2007 entries to continue with the rest of the chapters. (We started going through the book last November, so it’s almost been a year already!)

Don’t forget that you can always write to me at designergenes@annhovsepian.com.

Have a great week!

Ann-Margret

Chapter 41 – What’s Going On? – page 223

Welcome to Section 6 of Designer Genes, where we’ll be looking at the world around us.

This post is late because I was sick with the flu all of last week. In fact, a few people in my family have been sick… and I’m sure you know people who are sick, too! It seems like a lot of people catch colds at this time of year.

Today is also Thanksgiving in Canada, and I have to say that, even though I’ve been sick, I’m really thankful! I’m thankful because I know that once my nose isn’t so stuffed-up and I get some energy back, I’ll feel fine again. Sadly, there are many people in the world — even young kids — who are really sick with no hope of getting better.

There are also people who are suffering because of natural disasters such as hurricanes or floods, or because of terrible wars.

Do you ever think about all the bad things happening in the world and feel discouraged or upset? That’s what this chapter is all about, and my hope is that the Bible verses you’re reading will encourage you.

I also want to share a fun and uplifting song by Francesca Battistelli, a new Christian pop singer. It’s called “Blue Sky” and it’s like a message from God reminding us that, no matter what’s going on, His love is always there for us! You can hear the whole song for free on her Web site: www.francescamusic.com. Scroll down a little until you see the orange-y music player on the right side. “Blue Sky” is song number 6. Just double-click on it and it will start playing.

Are you worried about something happening in the world today? You can talk to God about it!

By the way, here’s my favourite Precious Moments figurine, which is titled “Jesus Is the Answer” (because He really is!) 😀

Have a great week,

Ann-Margret

Chapter 40 – Wonderful Words – page 217

This is probably my favourite chapter in Designer Genes. Since I was a little girl, I have loved words… especially word games and puzzles. My mom teases that I used to read the dictionary when I was bored. Some would say that made me a nerd but… hey, I’m a writer now so I guess it paid off! 😀

There’s some really fun stuff in this chapter, such as Spoonerisms and palindromes. Another type of word play I enjoy is puns. Have you ever heard of those? Here’s a cute example I found today:

“I rode my bike twice yesterday. I guess that makes me a recycler.” Get it? 😀

A pun is when you use a word or phrase in a funny way that makes it mean something else, in this case “recycler” doesn’t actually mean someone who puts their newspaper in the blue bin, but someone who “cycled” again.

Here’s another cute one: “That’s a cool chair!” “Yeah, I know… it rocks.” (Rocking chair, get it?) 😉

Anyway, there’s all kinds of great stuff in this chapter, but the most important words are the ones you’ll find in your daily Bible readings. And remember that the words that come out of your mouth are really important, too. Sometimes we don’t realize that the way we speak to our parents, friends, and others can be really hurtful or disrespectful.

This week, let’s all ask God to help our words be beautiful!

Before we go, here’s a great word game! Quickly read the words below out loud.

Was it easy? Some people get mixed up and say the colours that they see instead of the colours that are written. 😀

Have a great week!

Ann-Margret

Chapter 39 – Manners Matter! – page 212

There’s so much packed into this chapter of Designer Genes that I’m not sure what I can add here. I hope you’ll do the fun quizzes that test your understanding of proper etiquette.

The truth is, people just don’t show the same manners and respect that they did 50 or 100 years ago. That doesn’t mean there weren’t rude or mean or disrespectful people in the old days, but there used to be some good habits and behaviours that I kind of wish we still had today.

I think the problem is that a lot of us are really focussed on ourselves. Have you ever noticed that when people are talking on their cell phones in public they seem to ignore everyone else around them? I’ve seen people get on the bus without even looking at the driver, or grab their food from a fast food counter without thanking the person who served them, or go through doors without checking to see if someone is behind them and holding the door open for them. I could go on!

Do you have any pet peeves about people’s manners? What about examples of friends who have really good manners? I’d love to hear about them! You can write to me at designergenes@annhovsepian.com.

Here’s something interesting: a list of proper manners written in 1879. (That’s almost 130 years ago!) What do you think? 😀

You might also want to check out: Judi, The Manners Lady

Finally, here’s a simple Manners word search puzzle:

Try to find these 13 words: COURTEOUS, ETIQUETTE, EXCUSE ME, FAIR, GOLDEN RULE, KIND, MANNERS, PLEASE, POLITE, RESPECTFUL, SHARE, SPORTSMANSHIP, THANK YOU

P W P K W O S A M L Q Q D
O I E K Y T R S U U Y W S
L B H G P U E X O F M Q U
I W Z S A O N C Y T R W O
T G K D N D N I K C I D E
E I B J C A A T N E A R T
C O P C R O M O A P F C R
Z M T N E I A S H S U K U
F E T T E U Q I T E B C O
B U T S M X V N T R U R C
D U E L U R N E D L O G G
P M D L D J E S A E L P Z
E M E S U C X E E R A H S

Have a great week!

Ann-Margret

Chapter 38 – Let’s Play House – page 207

When I was little, my cousin Nora lived right next door to me and our backyards were attached, so we always had lots of space to play in and, whenever the weather was nice, we begged our moms to let us play outside together.

One of the games we liked to play (outdoors or indoors!) was “House”. (Sometimes we liked to play “Office” or “School”, too, if we got bored of “House”.) 😀 I guess it was fun to pretend to be grown-ups. What about you? Did you play house when were you were younger? Maybe you still enjoy pretending games now.

But if you’re a tween girl, I would guess that you don’t only pretend to take care of a house. I’m sure you already help your mom or dad for real! Some girls start taking care of their baby brothers or sisters from a young age, or maybe they learn to cook and clean and do laundry when they’re young. Others don’t have those kinds of responsibilities until they’re older.

This chapter in Designer Genes has a fun quiz so you can test yourself and see how “domestic” you are.

Here’s another fun activity: a simple word-search puzzle about chores.

Which of these chores do you have to do? Which is your favourite. I bet I can guess! 😀

Ann-Margret