Eva answers some questions about Favored, Blessed, Pierced to explain why she wrote the book and how you might benefit from reading it.
Last month, I introduced the idea of a scarcity mindset as exemplified by the disciples when they criticized the woman who anointed Jesus' feet with oil before his death and burial. This paradigm screams: Wait your turn. This seat's taken. Stay in your lane. Shame on you. You can't do that because there's not enough to go around.
One of the biggest barriers to overall health and well-being is lack of rest. We are all about work and duty and tasks and responsibilities; yet the dialog about rest and leisure and hobby and exercise is often lacking, or with some folks, nonexistent.
The twelve disciples reclined with Jesus, the guest of honor, around the table. Without warning, a woman (John's gospel identifies her as Mary, Lazarus' sister) pushed her way into this gathering of men and broke an expensive jar of scent worth a year's wages over Jesus' head. Immediately, criticism ensued.
At first glance, it seems as though Jesus is propagating a scarcity mindset in his encounter with the Syrophoenician woman.
My husband and I were making our preparations to return to Indonesia after our home assignment in the US. On the political scene, Al-Qaeda cells erupted daily in that majority-Muslim country. The strategies of these extremists became dining table discussions among our family and friends. They asked us again and again, “Aren’t you afraid to go back there?”
I feel a new weight of responsibility, a heaviness. This confuses me since life is marching along quite well at this time.
How sad that I have so often skipped this phrase in my eagerness to jump to the armor of God. I never noticed that first I am admonished to strengthen myself.