Do you sometimes doubt that God loves you? Does the example of your earthly father make it hard for you to believe this truth? Can you relate easier to Jesus, the Son, than to God, the Father?
For about ten years, my husband served on the elder board of a local church. After every meeting, he would describe to me some of the items discussed and decisions made. Almost every time, I would think of something the all-male board had not considered.
As a woman who strives to live according to the word of God, I am always looking for clues in scripture that help me understand myself, my value, and my gifting. Recently, some authors alerted me to a wonderful discovery regarding the traditional role of "helpmeet", in Hebrew "ezer kenegdo."
After 10 hours of driving, my husband and I walked into his parents’ house. I love coming to their spacious home. It is a place of beauty and respite for me. My mother-in-law has both the means and the talent for creating spaces worthy of a photographer’s lens. Over the years, I have come to accept that her taste and style far outweigh mine. So I should have been prepared to find, as soon as we entered, that the back wall wasn’t where it used to. Added on to the rear of the house was a large, bright sunroom.
“You should write a book. You should publish this Bible Study,” my friends told me over and over again. For years, I did nothing for several reasons. First, I didn’t know where to start. I didn’t know anyone who had published a book so I had no one to help me. Furthermore, I didn’t believe I had anything to add to the current array of books and studies already available. While I appreciated praise for my writing, I still didn’t believe it was good enough. Fear also deterred me. Fear of becoming public, inviting criticism or conveying a false message. Fear of being proud. I thought authoring a book would promote myself.
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.