Aug 14

I AM EVE: Part 7

 

 

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Each month this year, I have shared some of the lessons we modern women can learn from the character and circumstances of Eve—the first woman God created. These are simplified thoughts from my longer study of Eve as part of the With Faith Like Hers Bible study series. Here are a few thoughts to consider this month.

 

I Value Modesty

God made us naked and then declared us “very good.” Satan, however, can use the beauty of a woman’s body to encourage sin. Being modest in our dress and actions is therefore a way we women can protect ourselves and others from being used in a sinful, lustful way.

How does your concept of modesty compare with what society sees as modest? How can you encourage modesty in others?

I Trust God’s Word

When Satan argued with Eve, he misquoted what God had said, changing only one word. Whereas God had said not to eat from the tree (of knowledge of good and evil), Satan quoted God as saying not to eat from any tree. That misquotation led Eve to question what God had really said and her understanding of it.

Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar (Proverbs 30:5-6, NIV).

Have you ever misquoted God? What happened when you learned that you had? What new truth did you learn?

If you would like to study the character and circumstances of Eve in greater depth, please look into I am Eve, a study in the With Faith Like Hers Bible study series, available at Amazon.com.

EVE FRONT COVER

Later this month, I will be announcing the release of my latest study in this series, I am Rahab. Imagine the lessons we might learn from the Old Testament prostitute who helped God lead His people into the Promised Land and became part of the lineage of Jesus, our Savior.

Stay tuned!

RahabFRONT COVER

Aug 07

TEMPLE: Looking Ahead; Looking Behind

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My focus word for 2017 is temple. When it comes to these physical bodies, it often feels impossible to do what is needed to maintain, improve or recover good health.

Some of us become motivated, sprint toward a health objective and never look back. Others start off, have set backs and struggle with maintaining any forward motion. Others continue to move forward but with such slowness that we feel like we are making no progress at all.

Until we look backward to where we began and see how far we have come.

It is now August—the eighth month into 2017. Like me, many of you set health goals for 2017. Like me, many of you have struggled with those health goals. But hopefully, like me, many of you have taken the opportunity to look backward to where you began and see how far you have come.

With only four months left to achieve my health goals this year, I still have my work cut out for me. But I also recognize the fabulous progress I have made in certain areas. For motivation’s sake, I am not focusing on the fact that I only have four months left to achieve my goals. Instead, I keep in mind my nearly eight months of successful, improved health habits to keep me going in the right direction.

Often it is not the diminishing stretch toward the finish that spurs me on; rather it is looking back toward the progress I have already made. It’s not about: “I’m almost there;” it’s about: “Wow, I’ve come so far!”

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Do you focus on what is left to do for your motivation or do you congratulate yourself on what you’ve accomplished as a reminder of what you can still do?

Jul 31

AWAY FROM KEYBOARD

 

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I am presently helping my son move into his first home (or recovering from the effort). Thus, I am AFK (away from keyboard) this week.

To make this itty bitty post an itty bit relevant, I’d like to leave you with a couple of questions to ponder:

  • Who in your life have you committed to helping physically, emotionally or financially? Is it a child? Parent? Sibling? Spouse? BFF? Church member?

  • Who has helped you in the past? How did that make you feel about them and about helping others?

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