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Woman to Woman…Abigail

Today I am starting off my “Woman to Woman” Series. Over the next several weeks I will be looking at women of the bible and what we can learn from them.  Anger and revenge. Two ugly things that can trip us all up and I love this lesson from a very wise woman named Abigail

Abigail (1 Samuel 25) is the wife of Nabal. He was a very wealthy man but he was not very kind. While in the wilderness, David came upon Nabal and he sends his men to greet him and wish him health and a long life. Nabal’s response toward David and his men was very rude and David becomes angry. In his anger, David wants to kill Nabal. Abigail hears from a servant what her husband had done and because she was a wise woman she acts quickly. She gathered bread, wine and other foods. With her servants going before her, Abigail goes to meet David and offer him a proper greeting. When she finds David, she falls to her knees and pleads with David not to get blood on his on his hands. Abigail is explaining to David that she understands his anger but she wisely lets David know that he should not kill her husband because it will leave blood on his hands. She directs him to trust The Lord and to keep his hands clean. David listens to her wisdom and he does not seek revenge. About 10 days later Abigail’s husband, who’s heart was hardened, dies.  We can all learn from Abigail’s example. When anger and the sense of revenge hits us we need to remember that we should not take things into our own hands. Ask God to remove your anger by replacing it with joy. You’re not saying that what was done to you was right or that it should be excused.

Give the pain to God and ask Him to take care of things as he sees fit. Please understand I am not asking you to pray that God will end their life. I am asking you to tell God that you cannot live a life filled with anger no matter how righteous it is. Tell Him that you trust Him to deal with those who hurt you. Keep praying for God to help you let go of the anger because hanging on to it allows what they did to control you.

This is something that you may have to address over and over because the enemy doesn’t want to see you move forward in victory. Take your battle stance and don’t allow him a stronghold. Have a simply blessed day and let Abigail be a reminder to never take revenge into your own hands. If you have time today please read 1 Samuel 25

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In God’s eyes, I am…..

DSC_0272edited (1)God has a sense of humor! He woke me up last week with “she wakes before her family.” As I lay in bed, bits and pieces of Proverbs 31 were rolling through my head. I tried to close my eyes and ignore it but God was persistent. I heard “she is up before the sun” in my spirit. I climbed out of bed, let the dogs out and fed them, got a coffee cup for myself, grabbed my husband’s hot chocolate, and had it waiting by the coffee pot with a cup for him. A warm blanket was beckoning me from the couch so I grabbed my Bible and my Bible study and dug into the Word.

When my husband came out of the bedroom to grab his coffee, I laughed as I said, “God woke me up and told me that I am a Proverbs 31 woman.” Not part of a specific ministry, but God wanted me to understand how the concepts of this chapter applied to my life. I shared my rationale with my husband.

I was up before my family, I was up before it was light (daylight saving time helped make that possible), I had tended to the animals (that got a chuckle out of him), and I had his coffee cup all ready for his mocha.

For years I have felt inferior to the woman written about in Proverbs 31. If I could get a show of hands, I wonder how many other women would feel the same way. At times, I am a train wreck in the kitchen. I burn things; I add the wrong ingredient – only some of the time. If you read my Thanksgiving post you heard about the turkey that was steamed, baked, and set on the barbecue before it made it to the table. Just last week I had a pair of my undies stuck to a dishtowel from static cling. Thankfully my grown son who was helping clean the kitchen did not see the undies in the towel he was holding. The woman described in Proverbs 31 would never have her unmentionables in the kitchen!

For a whole week, God continued to wake me up early speaking the words of Proverbs 31 in my spirit. Yet I tried to avoid reading the chapter. Recently I have been studying who I am in Christ.  I find it easy to believe that I am redeemed in Christ, adopted into the Family of God, and a needed part of the Body of Christ. Those were just some of the things I found to be true in my search of the Bible, and yet for some reason I continued to be hung up on being like the woman described in Proverbs 31. She seems to be everything I am not.

One morning after my study, I was feeling a bit defeated because I could not get that perfect lady out of my head. God began to push back with His Word. Bits and pieces of the chapter I had been avoiding for years began to come to mind. He showed me what was written in Proverbs 31, doesn’t describe just one woman. The “she” is every woman who walks with the Lord. In my heart, God was showing me the qualities of many godly women. “She” is every woman who puts God first. Being the kind of godly woman shown in the chapter may look different for each of us based on where in the world we live, whether we work outside the home or at home, or if we are married or single. What each of us has in common is that we bring honor to God in all we do.

I began to realize why God brought me to this chapter. I was studying who I was in Christ and God was trying to show me that He saw me as someone I never thought I could be. I wonder if I am striking a chord in the hearts of others who feel the same way. Maybe even your heart? For years I thought she was some super woman who I could never hold a candle to. Again I wish I could see a show of hands. I know I am not the only woman to have thought, “Me? The woman in Proverbs 31? Yeah, right.”

I decided to read the chapter with an open heart and God showed me that I was worth more than rubies. I have virtue and a huge heart filled with His love that I want to share with others. He showed me that I was choosing to honor Him in my walk. As I read further, I was reminded that I have a healthy fear of Him and that I seek His wisdom and wait on His timing

FullSizeRenderI am like the woman in Proverbs 31. Yes, I make mistakes. My house is not always perfectly cleaned. I order pizza at times because my day was crazy but my walk honors God. My works are for Him and are done because of His love in me.

God looks at your heart not the dinner you put on the table. He would rather have you serve a PB and J sandwich made from a heart of love than a gourmet dinner made from a place of bitterness or obligation. My hope is that you will see who you are in God and never compare yourself to someone else like I did.

God loves you and you are worth more than rubies. You were bought with a price and it is the blood of Christ. You belong to the Body of Christ and you matter. You, my sister, are fearfully and wonderfully created and if you struggle with seeing yourself as God sees you, I hope you press into the Word of God and find God’s truth for your life.

Is there a scripture or scriptures that you cannot believe to be true for you? If there is, please take it to the Lord and ask Him to show you His truth and who you are in Him. You might be just as surprised as I was to find out that you too are like the woman described in Proverbs 31.