Bad Girls of the Bible Study-Jezebel

Jezebel

Hola Divas! Life got in the way last week….so we will have two bad girls this week for our Bad Girls of the Bible Study by Liz Curtis Higgs.  (YAY!) Just in case you are joining us for the first time, please read about the “Dance Fit Divas Bad Girls of the Bible Study“.  You should also read past posts on each bad girl: “EVE“, Potiphar’s WifeLot’s Wife , Woman at the WellDelilah, Sapphira, and Rahab.

Our bad girl this week is beyond bad.  Her name was Jezebel and she was a princess turned queen.  Before the Disney Princess music begins to play in your ears, you must know…Jezebel was NOT your average princess.

With her cunning and manipulative ways, she convinced her husband Ahab, King of Israel, to abandon his worship of God and begin to worship Baal.

Ahab son of Omri did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, even more than any of the kings before him…..he married Jezebel, the daughter of King Ethbaal of the Sidonians, and he began to bow down in worship of Baal. 1 Kings 16:30-31

If that was not enough, Jezebel AKA “Mrs. Baddy”, killed hundreds of the Lord’s prophets and replaced them with priests of foreign Gods. (1 Kings 18:4).

Jezebel killed hundreds.  Who was the King again?

In 1 Kings 21 we find King Ahab attempting to purchase a vineyard from a man named Naboth.  Naboth refused to sell it to Ahab because it was his inheritance. (Acutally it would have been against Jewish law for Naboth to sell his land.)

So King Ahab demanded the land immediately! (NOT!!!!)

King Ahab went home and pouted and refused to eat. 1 Kings 21:4

Can’t you just see Jezebel roll her eyes as she asked:  “What’s made you so upset that you’re not eating?” 1 Kings 21:5

I can almost hear Jezebel suck her teeth when Ahab told her why he was so upset.

Her response was laced with disdain, sarcasm, and disbelief in Ahab’s ability to handle the situation:

“Are you the king of Israel or not?”  ……..“Get up and eat something, and don’t worry about it. I’ll get you Naboth’s vineyard!” 1 King 21:6

OUCH. Sounds harsh but how easily do we tear down our spouse, children, or people who report to us at work?

So, taking matters into her own hands, Jezebel set Naboth up and had him killed!  (Yes, yes, we are reading the bible!)

Ahab happily took Naboth’s property that the REAL KING, his wife Jezebel provided for him.  However, the prophet Elijah appeared to him and predicted his death and the death of King cough….gag…..I mean Queen Jezebel. (1 Kings 21:19)

Years went by, Ahab was killed and his son became king, but God’s promises are always fulfilled.

When Jezebel heard that a man named Jehu had come to town, she knew her time was coming to an end.

Did she cry, beg for forgiveness, or shake in fear?

NOPE!  Mrs. Baddy put on make up and did her hair!

file0002006872187 (1)When Jezebel heard that Jehu had arrived in Jezreel, she made herself up—put on eyeshadow and arranged her hair—and posed seductively at the window. 2 Kings 9:30 MSG

Dat Girl was something else!

He  (Jehu) looked up toward the window and asked, “Is anyone up there on my side?” A few palace workers stuck their heads out of a window, and Jehu shouted, “Throw her out the window!” They threw her down…. 2 Kings 9:32-33 (CEV)

Can you imagine working for her?  Do you think the palace workers were apprehensive about tossing ol’ girl out the window?….I think not.

When they went to bury Jezebel, only her skull, feet, and the palms of her hands were left because her remains had been devoured by dogs just like Elijah prophesied. (2 King 9:37)

Dear God,

Thank you for your Word and the story of Jezebel.  Lord you know that I struggle with thinking that things go so much better if they were done my way.  Allow me to recognize when I begin to manipulate people or things in an effort to achieve.  Please help me take direction, listen to the ideas of others and be an encourager instead of a tearer-downer.

Amen

 

 

Five Minute Friday-Together

Every Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays. She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. The word for today is Together. Happy Friday Divas and here goes:

Some things just go better…together:  milk and cookies, salt and pepper, macaroni and cheese, chips and dip.

When life happens we sometimes decide to hide within ourselves. We put our big girl panties on and face things alone.

Sounds noble…except alone can sometimes mean catching the train straight to Crazytown where our thoughts are all over the place and totally irrational.

Whether we would like to admit it or not, we need other people.  We need “Sistas” who will give us a hug after a hard day, meet a need, tell us when we are out of line AND remind us to go to our true source of power and resolution…GOD.

Life is simply done better...together.

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What I decided would be an eight week session three years ago, God transformed into a community of women of all different shapes, sizes, colors, ages and stages journeying through life together.

A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT

Who are the sistas is your life? Call one of them up today.

There is light and love in the sisterhood of community.

Bad Girls of the Bible Study-Rahab

Rahab

Hola Divas! Welcome to week seven of our Bad Girls of the Bible Study by Liz Curtis Higgs. Just in case you are joining us for the first time, please read about the “Dance Fit Divas Bad Girls of the Bible Study“.  You should also read past posts on each bad girl: “EVE“, Potiphar’s WifeLot’s Wife , Woman at the WellDelilah, and Sapphira.

This week’s bad girl is another girl with an eyebrow raising past.  Instead of being married multiple times and “shacking up” with man number six like the Woman at the Well, this week’s bad girl, (Rahab) was a harlot.  Some commentaries say a prostitute others say an innkeeper.  Makes me think of Miss Kitty from the western series Gunsmoke. (My Daddy LOVED western movies).

photo from Wikipedia

In true western style, Rahab’s story in Joshua chapter 2 opens with two strangers coming into town.

Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.

Did you see the tumbleweed blow by during the opening credits? (LOL)

 

Since word travels quickly, the King heard that the spies were at Rahab’s house.

But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. Joshua 2:4

Not only did Rahab hide the spies, she lied and said they had already left the city.

Just before bedtime, Rahab went up on her roof where she had hidden the spies and professed her fear, faith, and reverence for God:  “I know that the Lord has given this land to you (Joshua 2:9) ….for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below (Joshua 2:11).

Rahab won the spies’ trust through her faith in God.

Knowing the impending doom for the city of Jericho (but not exactly how it was going to take place), Rahab asked the spies to protect her and her family. They agreed and Rahab instructed them to go and hide in the hills.  She lowered a scarlet cord out of her window to allow the spies to escape.

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The spies instructed her to leave the scarlet cord tied to her window and to gather all of her family and to stay inside until they entered the city.

For seven days, Rahab and her family heard the Israelites marching around Jericho.

On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times.  The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!  (Joshua 6:15-16)

…..at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. (Joshua 6:20)

But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this day. (Joshua 6:25)

Because of her faith, God not only saved Rahab, he gave her a new life.  She was able to live among the Israelites and a man named Salmon chose her for his bride.

Ludacris and Jay Z are wrong, a Ho can turn into a Housewife.

.…with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

Our dear bad girl who stepped out in faith and became good, is part of the geneology of Jesus.

Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David. (Matthew 1:5-6)

WOW! Talk about a story of inspiration!

“It isn’t who you were that matters God. It is who you are in Him. And who you are becoming by the power of his Spirit.” –Liz Curtis Higgs

Bad Girls of the Bible-Sapphira

Annaias & Sapphria

Hola Divas! Welcome to week six of our Bad Girls of the Bible Study by Liz Curtis Higgs. Just in case you are joining us for the first time, please read about the “Dance Fit Divas Bad Girls of the Bible Study“.  You should also read past posts on each bad girl: “EVE“, Potiphar’s WifeLot’s Wife , Woman at the Well and Delilah.

Our bad girl for this week, Sapphira was a another material girl.  She loved money to death….literally.  When I read Sapphira and her husband Ananias’ story, I could hear the OJays singing “For the Love of Money” in the background.

The smooth lyrics to the song begin with the OJay’s crooning…money-money-money..MONEY.  Their soulful tune was the theme song for Donald Trump’s apprentice.

LogoJust as the song says:

“Some people got to have it Some people really need it……..do things, do things, do bad, bad things with it…Almighty Dollar”.

Our dear Sapphira’s story can be found in Acts 5:1-11.  However, before her story begins, Acts 4:36-37  tells the story of a man called Barnabas who sold a field and gave the money to the apostles so that it could be used for believers who were in need.  In the first century, Christians cheerfully shared their resources so that no one would be without.  (WOW!)

With such a generous gesture, Barnabas probably received quite a bit of attention, praise and gratitude from the other believers.  One commentary reported that his name was actually “Joseph”, but the apostles called him “Barnabas” which means “Son of Encouragement”.

Attention, praise, gratitude, their names on a brass plate on the church pew, or a facility named after them?  Oh yeah! Ananias and Sapphira wanted some accolades of their own.  So, they “also sold a piece of property” (Acts 5:1) and put their profits “at the apostles’ feet” (Acts 5:2).  Only, Ananias secretly pocketed some of the proceeds “with his wife’s full knowledge” (Acts 5:2).

Do you hear the OJay’s now?  “Call it lean, mean, mean green….” (I’m singing here)

9173-The-Ojays-5x5Yep, ol’ Ananias thought he was getting over!  He made it seem as though he was giving the whole amount to the apostles.  But sin always gets revealed…sooner or later.

Peter confronted Ananias.  He scolded him and told him that he was not lying to men but to God.  Ananias fell out and died..right on the spot.

Three hours later, Peter confronted Sapphira.  He asked her about the price of the property and she lied.

Just like her husband, our dear bad girl dropped dead on the spot.

We can glean quite a few lessons from Sapphira:

1.  We will be judged as individuals.

Peter confronted Ananias and Sapphria as individuals, not as a couple. It is futile to play the blame game and place all of the responsibility of our spiritual growth and discernment on our spouse (or anyone else for that matter).

2. Honesty truly is the best policy

I tell my daughters all the time:  “If you do something wrong, just tell the truth.  Yes, there will be consequences but lying ALWAYS makes it worse”.  Divas we need to own our mess!

Discussion question:

Can’t you just see Ananais and Sapphira rationalizing how their lie was ok to tell?

“Look how much we are giving…It’s our business how much we really made off the property…It is our property after all…People need to mind their own business…..We have needs too…”

What are some practical ways you can put your big girl panties on and own up to the truth?

 

Bad Girls of the Bible Delilah

Delilah

Hola Divas! Welcome to week  five of our Bad Girls of the Bible Study by Liz Curtis Higgs. Just in case you are joining us for the first time, please read about the “Dance Fit Divas Bad Girls of the Bible Study“.  You should also read past posts on each bad girl: “EVE“, Potiphar’s WifeLot’s Wife and the Woman at the Well.

Unlike Mrs. P (Potiphar’s Wife), Lot’s Wife and the Woman at the Well, this week’s bad girl has a name. Her name is Delilah and her story is directly intertwined with a man named Samson.

Samson was a Nazarite.  Angels predicted his birth to his mother and gave her specific instructions: she was not to drink any alcohol while she was pregnant or eat any unclean foods.  Once Samson was born, she was instructed to never cut his hair because he had super strength.  Samson had a call on his life from birth to deliver Israel from Philistine oppression.  He used his brute strength to tear apart lions with his bare hands and kill thousands.

Yet, his kryptonite was women.

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By the time we get to chapter sixteen of the book of Judges, Sammy Boy had already been jilted at the altar by a woman from Timnath (Judges 14:1-2).

Perhaps that is why we find him with a prostitute  when chapter 16 opens.  (YES a prostitute.  I am so not making this stuff up! Read your bible…it’s in there.)

One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her. (Judges 16:1)

Some time later, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah. (Judges 16:4)

If y’all are counting, we are already at three women in only a few chapters..his betrothed, a prostitute or harlot as some texts call her, and our dear bad girl…Delilah.

The Word says Samson fell in love with Delilah.  There is no mention of her falling in love with him.  There is also no mention of a wedding.

“Friends with benefits” Bible-style.

The Philistines noticed that Samson was hanging out with Delilah.  So the Philistines approached Delilah with a business deal.

The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels of silver. (Judges 16:5)

Eleven hundred shekels of silver in today’s money would be about $750,000.00.  As such, Delilah was very direct:

“Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued.” (Judges 16:6)

When Samson played games with her and told her lies about where his strength came from, she used Mrs. P’s tactic….persistence.  The Bible implies that Delilah whined and cried daily.  When she needed to , she used the age-old line “If you loved me you would ______________”.

So Samson told her.

When he was sleeping in her lap, (doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how our bad girl got him to go to sleep so soundly), Delilah called the Philistines to cut Samson’s hair.  When Samson awakened he found himself without his strength.

Subdued and weak, Samson was captured.  The Philistines gouged out his eyes and put him in prison.

file2021250181486Why didn’t Samson catch on to Delilah’s ways?  Because Samson is just like us.  We rely on our own strength and dance with temptation instead of fleeing.  We get too close to the fire and the “sin-smoke” makes the truth impossible to see.

Sightless and powerless, Samson was humbled and he turned his heart to the Lord.  In his final act of revenge, he sacrificed himself and killed more Philistines than he ever had by knocking down their temple.

Not sure what happened to bad-to-the-bone Delilah.

From Samson and Delilah, we can glean a life lesson summed up best in 2 Chronicles 7:14:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Homework for this week:  Read chapters 4 & 5 (Woman at the Well and Delilah)

 

 

Bad Girls of the Bible-The Woman at The Well

Woman at the Wella

Hola Divas! Welcome to week  four of our Bad Girls of the Bible Study by Liz Curtis Higgs. Just in case you are joining us for the first time, please read about the “Dance Fit Divas Bad Girls of the Bible Study“.  You should also read past posts on each bad girl: “EVE“, Potiphar’s Wife, and Lot’s Wife.

Our bad girl for this week is another woman without a name. However, her lifestyle kept her from being referred to as “her husband’s wife”.

When we met our leading lady, she was at the community well to draw water.  (Hence being called the woman at the well.)  Water gathering was an intricate part of a woman’s life in biblical times  and the well was where a girl could get caught up on all the latest village gossip!

Our bad girl went to the well in the heat of the day to escape the condescending looks from the other women of the village.  She was “that woman”. Her many failed marriages and current living situation would have made her a juicy topic on any morning! So, she traveled at a time when everyone else would be going about their day.

Although she expected to be alone, a strange man was at the well.  Not only was he strange, he was a Jew AND he spoke to her and actually asked her for a drink of water!  Jewish people despised Samaritans. Drinking after a Samaritan would make a Jew “ceremonially unclean”.

Isn’t it just like our Jesus to see and place value on what the world has thrown away?

Since our girl had been around the block a couple of times, she wasn’t afraid to ask questions.  

How can a Jewish man like you ask a Samaritan woman like me for a drink of water?” (John 4:9 GW).

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10 NIV)

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14)

Living water = SALVATION from sin’s bondage and condemnation.

The woman at the well thought Jesus was talking about real water…H2O, Aqua.

I can imagine her getting all giddy inside about not having to come back to the well and risk being talked about.

Then Jesus dropped a bomb on her:  “Go, call your husband and come back.” John 4:16  (It would have been customary during those times for any business to be discussed man to man.)

Can you feel her shoulders wilt and her head drop as she answered Jesus?

…I have no husband, John 4:16

I bet her head sprung up and her eyes widened when Jesus said:

“You are right when you say you have no husband.  The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband.” John 4:18-19

Sucker punch to the stomach. All of her ugly out in the open.  Instead of being silent, and walking away discouraged, our bad girl confirms that Jesus must be a prophet.  After a small conversation on Samaritans vs. Jews, Jesus revealed to the woman at the well that He is the Messiah.

Just like any one who truly comes in contact with the love of Jesus, our bad girl left her water jar and ran back to the village to tell everyone about the Man who told her everything she ever did. Because of her testimony, many of the very people who shunned her encountered Jesus and were saved.

God values us in spite of what we have done.  He values people our society discards. We can try to hide like the Woman at the Well, but He already knows.  What do you need to ask questions about?  What invisible person do you need to open your eyes and see? What do you need to leave at the well  so that you can run and tell people about Jesus?

Reading for next week’s session: Chapters 4 &  5 (The Woman at the Well and Delilah)

Bad Girls of the Bible-Lot’s Wife

Lot's Wife

Hello Divas! Welcome to our weekly discussion on our Fall Bible Study Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs!  If you didn’t know it before, you surely know it now….the Bible is a very interesting read!  There is drama, sensuality, suspense, action, and mystery.  Move over reality TV hello God’s Word.

Our Bad Girl of the week is another woman only known by her husband’s name…Lot’s wife.  Her story is found in Genesis chapter 19.  Just like Mrs. P (Potiphar’s Wife), Lot’s wife probably enjoyed the lifestyle that her husband’s prosperity afforded her.  Unlike Mrs. P, Mrs. Lot was not a desperate housewife.  Lot’s wife was a pillar in the community who ultimately turned into a pillar of salt.

The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city……Genesis 19:1

The fact that Lot was sitting at the city gate tells a little something about his high position in Sodom.

Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” Genesis 19:4-5

Huh? Pump da brakes.  Did the MEN of the town just tell Lot to bring the two MEN in his home out so that they could have sex with them?  Are we reading the bible?

Yes divas we are reading the Bible.  The Word even warned us about Sodom when Lot chose to pitch his tent in the direction of Sodom when he and his Uncle Abraham decided to part ways.  “the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord” (Genesis 13:1)

But girlfriends, what Lot suggested next made me throw up a little in the back of my throat.

No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. Genesis 19:7-8

Whaaaaaaaaaaat? I have no words.

Just as the men of the town attempted to break Lot’s door down, the angels saved the day by striking the sex-crazed men at the door blind. (Genesis 19:11)

At dawn, the angels urged Lot, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away” (Genesis 19:15).

But Lot and his family hesitated. Actually, Genesis 19:16 in the Message says:  “Lot was dragging his feet”.

Dragging his feet? Didn’t they just see these two men save them from the sex crazed men of the town?

Yes, and they still hesitated.  Lot procrastinated and most likely tried to rationalize how he could stay AND save the town.

I go through rounds of mental gymnastics when I KNOW there is something I need to do but it is going to cost me.

So….The angels grabbed Lot and his family by the hands “and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them” (Genesis 19:16).

After leading them literally by the hands, the angels gave them the following directive:  Flee for your lives! Don’t look back (Genesis 19:17)

But Lot’s wife looked back and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:26)

Many reasons are speculated as to why Lot’s wife looked back.  Family, possessions, and comfort are just a few that pop into my mind.

Before we judge her we must get gut honest with how we would respond if God asked us to leave our lives as we know them and just trust that things will work out.

Much later in the book of Luke, Jesus used Lot’s wife as an example to the disciples and to us about His return to earth:

“……On that day a person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack. A person out in the field must not return home. Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.”

Luke 17:31-33

Discussion question:

If God asked you to walk away from something for your own good, what would be your response? What would be the hardest person,place or thing for you to walk away from? (Tell me in the comments)

Homework for this week:  Read Chapter 2 and 3 (If you want to go deeper in study, complete the study guide questions at the back of the book.)

 

Bad Girls of the Bible-Potiphar’s Wife

Potiphar's Wife

Hola Divas! Welcome to week two of our Bad Girls of the Bible Study by Liz Curtis Higgs.  Just in case you are joining us for the first time, please read about the “Dance Fit Divas Bad Girls of the Bible Study“.  You should also read the post on the original bad girl “EVE“.

This week, we are talking about a girl who was bad to the bone!  A girl who was so bad, she didn’t even get a name.  She was only referred to as her husband’s (Potiphar) wife. For the purposes of this discussion, we will simply call her “Mrs. P”.

Mrs. P’s story is told in Genesis chapter 39.  The chapter opens with a description of the whereabouts of a Hebrew man named Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers. (Talk about a reality TV show).  Joseph was bought by Mrs. P’s husband Potiphar and because of God’s hand on Joseph, every thing Potiphar touched prospered.

So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.  Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, 7 and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” Genesis 39:6-7

What just happened here?  Did she just say what I think she said?

Oh yes Divas, she did.   As Potiphar’s wife, it is easy to assume that Mrs. P enjoyed the comfort of her husband’s prosperity. Yet although she may have been comfortable, something tells me that she was not happy.

A happy wife with a wealthy, endearing husband does not usually act as desperate as our dear Mrs. P.  It is simple math, an inattentive husband who is gone away on business often equals a lonely, unfulfilled wife with nothing to do.  This is the square root of the saying: “While the cat is away the mouse will play”.

Mrs. P was the original Desperate Housewife!

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So what did ol’ Joseph say to Mrs. P after she invited him to bed with her?

…..he refused..……Genesis 39:8 (NIV)

Yep, a big fat NO.

Now when you really want something and you believe that it will make you happy, a simple NO is NOT going to stop you…and it didn’t stop Mrs. P.

She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible. One day, however, no one else was around when he went in to do his work. She came and grabbed him by his cloak, demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!” Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house. Genesis 39:10-12 (NLT)

Accepting NO can be a bitter pill to swallow.  If we are not careful, unfulfilled dreams and desires can grow into depression, anger and in Mrs.P’s case down right wickedness:

When she saw that she was holding his cloak and he had fled, she called out to her servants. Soon all the men came running. “Look!” she said. “My husband has brought this Hebrew slave here to make fools of us! He came into my room to rape me, but I screamed. Genesis 39:13-14 (NIV)

Rape? Seriously?

I didn’t hear a scream.  Did you?

I can just see Mrs. P smiling inside when her husband became enraged and threw Joseph in jail for attempting to dishonor his wife.

By the very next sentence, her glib smile was probably turned into a frown:

“But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison.” Genesis 39:21-22

Discussion question:

Boredom, restlessness, and a sense of entitlement can lead to trouble with a capital T. How well do you accept the answer “No” when you really want something? What steps can you take to steer clear of those things that appeal to your flesh at the risk of your spiritual growth?

 

Five Minute Friday-Small

imageIt’s Friday y’all! Whoo hoo! Every Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays (FMF). She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. If you have NEVER read our FMF posts, I urge you to read past posts. Today’s word is small.

I often feel small when I think about all of the things that need to be done.  Feeling small when you have a long to-do list gives you the feeling of being overwhelmed and incapable of accomplishing anything.

Feeling small in your clothes makes you feel invincible!

When I was a little girl, I often felt like I could do anything! I had plans to be a doctor, lawyer, teacher, dancer, and Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader all at the same time.

Somewhere along the way, the small girl who felt big became a woman who often feels so very small.

Do you ever feel small?

During class last night, someone captured an image of one of my smallest class participants.  Although she is small, she hangs right in there with the best of them.

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Not only can she hang with the big girls, she even challenged her teacher (me), last night!  

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As life gets bigger and more complicated, it is easy to lose sight of the small but courageous girl who lives inside of each of us.

What does the small girl in your heart dream of doing?

Where do you need to challenge the status quo?

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

Five Minute Friday-In Between

imageIt’s Friday y’all! Whoo hoo! Every Friday, Lisa Jo Baker hosts a blog link up called Five Minute Fridays (FMF). She provides a word prompt and then participants are to set their timers for five minutes and write until the timer goes off. If you have NEVER read our FMF posts, I urge you to read past posts. Today’s word is actually two words:  in between.

Most of the time, I feel like I am in a whirlwind of “to-dos”…..somewhere in between working, mommying, dancing with you divas, laundry, and dust bunnies who haunt me.  I trick myself into doing just “one more thing” in search of the illusion of getting everything done and riding the happy train of peace, unicorns and rainbows.

I can’t say the happy train (minus the unicorns),  has never come to my station but when it does come, it doesn’t stay long.  I seem to live in between train stops. 

Last week, I started using the Crossfade feature on my Ipod that allows for music to be played without breaks in between the music during class.  Crossfade sort of creates a DJ like feeling because the end of one song is mixed into the beginning of another song.  After about three songs, you begin to long for the good ol’ days of a short pause before each song. In between suddenly takes on a new meaning:)

Do you ever feel in between?

The fact of the matter is….we are all in between.   At some point in our lives we are:  in between singleness, marriage, children, jobs, fitness goals, being caregivers, housework, illnesses, good times, sad times. 

I read a quote by Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter that really described my in between feelings:  “Everything can look like a failure in the middle”.

The good news is looking like a failure and really being one are two totally different things. 

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6