May 01

BECOMING EVE: Part 4

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Today we continue to meditate on ways our lives might be similar to the life of the very first woman God created.  Today’s meditation points expand on thinking about “our place in God’s World.”

  • In what ways do I try to hide from God?

    Adam and Eve hid among the trees when God was looking for them. Do I hide from God spiritually? Emotionally? Do I try to ignore the truth that He knows what I’m doing?

  • How do I recognize that God is looking for me?

    Do I understand that God is pursuing my heart and desiring a deeper relationship with me? How am I hindering that relationship? What can I do to strengthen my relationship with Him today?

  • Eve walked in the garden with the Lord. I, too live daily in God’s presence.

    How do I become more aware of the Holy Spirit at work in my life? In what ways do I hinder the Spirit from leading me? How can I allow the Spirit to have more power to work through me?

For the meditation questions posed earlier this year, go to the January, February and March posts of “Becoming Eve.”

If you’d like to study more about the character and circumstances of Eve and how you might learn the lessons she has to teach, I would love for you to check out my Bible study devotional I am Eve. It is available in print or Kindle format at Amazon.com.

 

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Apr 24

MY JOY AND MY STRENGTH

Joy and strength

My husband is going through a health crisis this year. It was much more serious than we first understood. And it will continue to be a crisis for a long time to come.

Early into the news, our son who had just visited two weekends in a row, asked if he could or should come back for another visit. Our daughter simply told us her husband was driving her and our grandson up—allowing no argument from us. I felt such love and gratitude for the encouragement my family gave us in wanting to be together when things looked so bleak.

One morning I was deep in prayer—the kind of prayer filled both with desperation and gratitude that makes no sense to someone who doesn’t have faith. I cried out to Jesus but with the same breath thanked Him for my family. “My family is my joy and my strength,” I prayed amid sobs.

During a moment of silence following my cry, Jesus spoke to my heart, saying,

“I am your joy and your strength.”

More silence passed as I took in those words and recognized the truth of them.

“You, Jesus, are my joy and my strength,” I prayed. “Thank you for my family, who reflect your character and display your love.”

I now begin each day in prayer, repeating those words. My heart feels lighter.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? How do you remember that Jesus is your true joy and strength? Who in your life reflects His character and displays His love?

Apr 17

PRAYING NAMES: Charlene and Abraham

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The names of those who love Jesus are written in His book of life and they will live with Him in heaven forever. Those names are important. They have meaning.

I love to pray that people would live the meaning of their names. Once you know what their names mean, it’s easy to remember to pray for them in that way.

Each month, I create prayers based on the meaning of names. This month, we can pray for Charlene and Abraham. If you know someone with these names, please pray for them. If you have someone you’d like me to create a prayer for, please leave a comment and I’ll return in a future month with a prayer especially for them.

Charlene: free

Dear Jesus, we pray Charlene will live the meaning of her name. We pray she will recognize the freedom she has because of you. We pray she will welcome and cherish her freedom from your condemnation because of the sacrifice you made for her on the cross. We pray she will live her life in a way that shows others the freedom they can have because of you, too. Amen.

Abraham: exalted father

Dear Jesus, we pray Abraham will live the meaning of his name. We pray he will understand that you, God are his eternal father, who loves him with an unconditional and everlasting love. We pray also that he will live his life as a spiritual father and example of strong faith to others. Amen.

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