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As parents, we often find ourselves “flying by the seat of our pants”. You know what I mean: The precious bundle is born, and it seems life just flies … and we have these great intentions, but truth be told, we’re just trying to keep up with the daily pace! The season of Christmas seems to intensify all of these factors, and before we know it, another holiday season has flown by, and with it, missed opportunities — forgotten conversations. I think one of the most important qualities of effective parenting is being prepared — and this goes into all aspects of raising our families.
It’s crucial to remember as we parent, especially when our children are young, that we are their number one source for information. We are the keepers of their little minds, the watchers over their hearts, and the instillers of truth as they will come to believe it. As we parent during the Christmas season, it’s a good idea to keep this in mind as we go throughout our daily, hectic, schedule-packed, lives. I thought it might be helpful to share some ideas we used when our sons were young to continually keep Christ in the center of our activities, and in the midst of our home.
Edwards Family Christmas Traditions
The Advent wreath and candles is a great way to keep a visual reminder of the story of Christmas. The miraculous coming of a Savior! The symbolism in the greenery and the lighting of the candles are wonderful teaching points to help our children remember what’s represented by these items. Wreaths are easy to make: Styrofoam wreath, glue some greenery and berries, add four tapered candles (select colors you like: I choose deep cranberry) one large white candle in the center, hot-glue some festive ribbon and voila! Every night, (hit or miss) we would read selected scripture passages, light the candle for that week, sing a Christmas carol (hit or miss).
ADVENT ORNAMENT CALENDAR/ADVENT TREE.
I got the idea somewhere over 20 years ago, to create an Advent calendar out of felt. It had little pockets that hold small ornaments, and each day, a child would select that day’s ornament and place it on our Advent tree. Half of the ornaments are secular, and half are biblical, telling the story that leads up to our celebration of Christmas, December 25th. The secular ones are things like snowflakes, wreaths, gifts, bells, etc., and can easily be tied into spiritual conversations with our children that continually remind them of the symbols of the season. I updated my fabulous felt calendar this year with some burlap!
We also made it a tradition each year, to purchase a new Christmas book that we added to our collection of Christmas books we would read each night to our kids. Most had a spiritual theme, but some were secular, with a good moral lesson. There are tons of great books available today!
DOING FOR OTHERS.
We have always made a point to adopt a family or child to buy gifts for at Christmas, and take food to the shelters, etc. We also support those we know who are serving in international missions in various countries.
WHAT TO DO WITH SANTA …
In our family, from the very beginning, we basically made an effort to downplay Santa, and uplift Jesus. We had a book that told the story of the real Saint Nicholas, who loved Jesus and blessed others because he loved Jesus. We didn’t make a big deal out of “what do you want Santa to bring you?”, and though Santa did bring them a present, the biggest, most desired present was always from us – their parents, because we wanted them to know we loved them so much, we wanted to bless them with that gift. Also, from the beginning, some other friends had followed a pattern of each child receiving 3 gifts, tying in the Wise Men bringing 3 gifts to Jesus. And so this is a pattern we have tried to be consistent with — some years better than others!
Just keeping it real here: my boys are grown now (pretty much), and they will tell you we didn’t always do these things consistently! But I’m so glad I had a plan, and have tried through the years, to be as consistent as possible. As parents today, we must prepare and plan to create consistent opportunities to have continual conversations with our children about spiritual ideas that have eternal significance. The world is constantly bombarding our kids with its indulgent, self-focused culture and we only have a window of time before our kids are grown and gone. We must make every effort to keep Christ in our midst … not shoved aside as we scurry through the hustle and bustle of the ‘holiday season’. JESUS. He IS Christmas.
~~ Voddie T. Baucham, “Family-Driven Faith”
So we’re building our families. We’ve established our firm foundation in Christ, we’ve held the plumb line up and made sure our walls are straight and strong in God’s truth, and now we are setting that framework into place. And we are the ones who must follow the blueprint — God’s blueprint for our families. We are terribly mistaken if we think that the church carries the most important role in the training of our children. In fact, I would venture to say that this is where I think our families have gotten off track – we have come to expect our churches to be the place where our kids are entertained and trained and we have seemingly abdicated our role as the primary passers of the spiritual baton of faith to the generation who will follow in our footsteps.
I mentioned in an earlier post that 2 reasons we as parents and families have been invaded by the culture is that:
*We have become Desensitized and Distracted from the Stillness and Strength of the Standard — God’s word.
* And we are substituting other resources for the truth of God’s Word.
A couple more reasons:
* We compare ourselves to other “Christian” families, instead of to God’s Word.
* We use church activities and good works to determine our basis for right-ness instead of the Bible itself.
It’s right that we seek to bring our children to church, to learn God’s word in their Sunday School classes, to sing truths of God in choir and worship, and to be educated in sharing Christ. But these are like the reinforcements that add to what we should already be doing at home. I shared in last week’s post about how I used our Family Rules to teach God’s truth and the biblical reasons for the behavior I was seeking to see in my sons. These were basic principles while they were young, but what do we do as they get older and are faced with the onslaught of today’s self-focused, media-driven culture? And moms, this can sneak up on you before you know it! This is why we have to be prepared and ready with the basis of moral absolutes in our own lives or else we won’t know how to teach them to our children.
What can we as parents do? We can help our children capture the culture by Replacing its lies with God’s truth. We must train our children to Rely on the ONE TRUE GOD and filter their moral decisions through the One True Way – God’s Word. We must tell our children over and over again who God is to us. God’s desire is that there be a conscious, consistent transfer of God’s truth from the older to the younger in the family. If there is an unconscious mistake Christian parents make, it is thinking that our children automatically capture our zeal for Christ.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of the world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8
We have to pay attention and we have to be pro-active in setting the framework of our families. I shared last week that our family verse was Philippians 4:8-9. I used this as a practical way to address movies we watched, music we listened to, tv shows, any media we were influenced by, words we spoke, material things we wanted, toys, possessions, etc. We didn’t do it perfectly, but it sure did help to have this resource! Below are a few more verses you might find helpful to use as go-to resources in this time of training your children to live in a world that ever seeks to exalt “self”. Hey — we might even see that we need a training refresher ourselves!
MORE FAMILY VERSES
“Stop being mean, bad-tempered and angry. Fighting and harsh words should have no place in your lives.” Ephesians 4:31.
“Don’t use bad language. Say only what is good and helpful … that will give others a blessing.” Ephesians 4:25
“Do nothing from selfishness … regard one another as more important than yourself.” Philippians 2:3
“Lying lips are an abomination (disappointment) to the Lord.” Proverbs 12:22
“Speak the truth in love.” Ephesians 4:15
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23
“Pursue peace with all men.” Hebrews 12:14
“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
“Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey My teaching.” John 14:23
“Something terribly important is missing from today’s families: a consistent dose of biblical truth mixed with God-given wisdom. By substituting the entertaining for the eternal, we have suggested a shortcut to happiness and satisfaction.” ~~ Chuck Swindoll, “The Strong Family”
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve discussed that in the process of building, a secure, stable foundation is essential, and then comes the walls – strong and straight, so that the house does not shift or lean. As moms, we must have a strong spiritual foundation and the truth of God as our plumbline in order to build families that are strong and secure. Even more necessary is the building of the walls — absolutely essential for the framework, but also for protection and security. It’s easy to put forth these principles in summarized Christian-ized language, but what does this actually look like fleshed out? And what can we as moms use as tools in the every day building of our families?
“Through skillful and godly wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established and by knowledge shall its chambers (rooms) be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” Proverbs 24:3-4.
First of all, we need to study the bible like never before – it’s where we find guidance and answers. And we need to be smart moms — we need to do our research and we need to pay attention. There are several reasons why the Christian home is so invaded by the culture, and we don’t have time to dissect every one. But I will mention two: We have become Desensitized and Distracted from the Stillness and Strenght of the Standard — God’s Word. And we are substituting other resources for the truth of God’s Word. As a result, it is even more challenging in this year of 2013 to counter the culture, but we must continue to choose God’s blueprint. So again, how do we practically do that? Here’s what I did as a young mom, and maybe this can give you some ideas about how to apply this plan to your family. After spending time thinking about what I was really hoping to accomplish in the raising of my boys, and what life truths I wanted them to grasp, I developed the framework for teaching God’s truth in the form of our Family Rules
Instead of listing “don’ts”, I thought of 7 character traits I wanted to see my boys develop. And I found a verse in the bible as the base for God’s truth. Here they are:
1. Obey Parents – “Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is the right thing to do.” Ephesians 6:1
2. Say Kind Words – “Arguing, harsh words and dislike of others should have no place in our lives. ” Ephesians 4:31
3. Treat Each Other With Kindness – “You should practice tenderhearted mercy and kindness to other.” Colossians 3:12
4. Be Honest – “You must not lie.” Exodus 20:16 (There are more verses in Proverbs about lying.)
5. Take Care of Our Belongings – “God richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.” 1 Timothy 6:17
6. Be a Cheerful Helper – “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you will become blameless and true, children of God.” Phillipians 2:14-15 (This was one that we seemed to go over a LOT!)
7. Remember Manners – “Do not think only of yourselves. Try to do what is best for others.” 1 Corinthians 10:24
And our Family Verse was Phillipians 4:8: “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” God gave me this verse when my boys were very young and it was what I used to filter decisions we made regarding what media, music, movies, etc., to allow at various ages when we encountered difficult and challenging choices. Maybe it can be a good family verse for you too!
We’ll look at more verses next week to use as tools for building strong families. Because the challenge comes as our children get older, beyond our walls – and we want to make sure we’ve given them the tools they need to survive and thrive even amid today’s culture.
“Often and often the soul needs to use the plumb line to see whether that which is built so very quickly is really built perpendicularly, or whether it does not lean this way or that. As the work goes on, we should frequently stop and say to ourselves, “Now, is this right? Is this real? Is this true?”
~~ Charles Hadden Spurgeon
“Then he showed me another vision. I saw the Lord standing beside a wall that had been built using a plumb line. He was using a plumb line to see if it was still straight. And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” I answered, “A plumb line.” And the Lord replied, “I will test my people with this plumb line. I will no longer ignore all their sins.” (Amos 7:7-9)
So what does a plumbline have to do with being a mom? Well, it pretty much is what the entire structure of our family hinges on. Last week we talked about having a solid foundation. After the foundation, comes the framework — the walls. And if the walls are crooked, the whole house is compromised. What do we use as a plumbline? It has to be the truth of God. If what we are building is not based on His truth, our families will not be built straight and strong.
Just what exactly is a plumbline? A plumbline is a weight, usually with a pointed tip on the bottom, that is suspended from a string and used as a vertical reference line, or plumb-line. The instrument has been used since at least the time of ancient Egypt to ensure that constructions are “plumb”, or vertical. The plumb line employs the law of gravity to establish what is “plumb” that is, what is exactly vertical, or true.
A theologian from many years ago had a lot to say about plumblines: Charles Hadden Spurgeon preached an entire sermon on God’s Plumbline. “A plumb line is used in building when it is done as it ought to be. Everything that God builds is built plumb, straight, square and fair. He builds with facts, with substantial verities, with true Grace and with a real and lasting work in the soul. When the Lord builds in a man, He builds with the plumb line in the sense of always building up that which is towards holiness. Now, Beloved, as God thus uses the plumb line in His building, I gather that we also should use the plumb line in our building. I would urge upon myself, first, and then upon you, next, the constant use of the plumb line. Often and often the soul needs to use the plumb line to see whether that which is built so very quickly is really built perpendicularly, or whether it does not lean this way or that. As the work goes on, we should frequently stop and say to ourselves, “Now, is this right? Is this real? Is this true?” Use the plumb line to see whether it is all straight and square. Try all the doctrines that are taught and do not embrace that which is popular, but that which is Biblical! We must continually use upon ourselves the plumb line of God’s Word.”
Remember the verse in Proverbs that says “A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.”? Wisdom is the solid foundation. Strength and good sense come from having walls that are plumb — straight and strong, to establish the bones of the house. Wisdom comes from God himself and good sense comes from the truth in His word. We must have a relationship with God – our own relationship. Pure and solid. We must establish everything we do in life and as mothers on the principles and truths found in the bible. Pure and simple. We must dig for ourselves in the scriptures and seek out the truths He desires to teach us individually. Not from well-written bible studies and emotionally charged DVD’s. Not from conferences and speakers. Not even from blogs like this one. And not from best-selling Christian authors or television personalities. We can’t solely rely on other sources. Because, you see, if our lives aren’t lined up with God’s truths, what do we expect our children to use as a plumbline? What will they use to measure what’s right and good and true and honorable?
God builds upon what He’s established in our hearts. In my own life, I found that He uses the truths from His word, and the life experiences of other women who are a little further along in the building process, who have shared their godly wisdom with me. We used to call these Titus 2 women — the older are to teach the younger. I encourage you to spend time establishing your own foundation in God’s word every day and ask Him to guide you. And then, seek out women who you believe are building on a strong, godly foundation. I treasure the dear women who have done so in my life! Not perfection — just walls that are straight and true!!
“To the degree that our choices are at odds with how we are designed and called, we will experience regret instead of contentment. But as we courageously live according to God’s blueprint for our lives, we will thrive.”
~~ (The Life Ready Woman by Shaunti Feldhan)
We built the home we’re currently living in about 12 years ago, and I took pictures of the different stages of building. It was thankfully a great experience and we were blessed to have a man in our church build it for us. He hired quality workers, used quality materials, and desired to build the best house possible for us to raise our 3 boys in. Of course, we learned the very first and most important stage of building is setting the foundation. It’s actually not all that exciting or glamorous to look at, but it’s the most essential element of a solid house.
A contractor will tell you the foundation is as important as any other element of your structure. It’s what takes all of the loads from the roof to the walls to the floors, and it takes them and transfers them into your soil. But even more important is sighting the foundation, and no matter what type of foundation you end up using, they all begin the same way — with the footings. A footing is typically concrete and typically reinforced with steel. The footing is the bottom part of the foundation. It’s the base — sometimes called a “spread footing” because it’s spread wide and it spreads the vertical loads that are coming down in the building. (DIY Network) Hmmmm — interestingly, the Bible has something to say about how we are to build our houses.
“A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.” (Prov. 24:3-4)
I think oftentimes, we as mothers can get it backwards. If we’re not careful in how we build, we can end up with a shaky and cracked foundation. We start out being a mom, and get caught up in the latest trends, the mommy blogs, the daily chaos of mothering, and before we know it, our children are halfway to middle school, and we’re still not really sure what we’re doing in this whole mom gig. I remember feeling a little overwhelmed around the time my first son was about 1, and as I mentioned before, thankfully I became part of moms group at my church and was able to be in conversations with other mothers about the daily-ness of this job. And every month, we had someone come and share insights, wisdom, nuggets, that helped me begin to solidify the foundation of my mothering.
But even before that, the foundation of my faith had been set. As a young girl, I came to know Christ and established a relationship with Him and He has always been with me. As a young woman, my faith became my own — not something that I inherited from my parents, though I’m grateful they instilled a heritage of faith and bible teaching in my life. I had the tools I needed to begin building my family on a solid foundation, and God brought people into my life to help me in the building process. What I see today is a bit of an erosion of foundational truth in the lives of young moms. Instead of a centered, solid, established footing, there’s more of a frenzied, shallow, chaotic drifting with the wind. Instead of being built on wisdom and good sense, our families are being built on shifting cultural trends and what’s convenient and popular.
Next time, we’ll take a look at how we can build our families with wisdom and what that looks like. It has to do with our choices. “To the degree that our choices are at odds with how we are designed and called, we will experience regret instead of contentment. But as we courageously live according to God’s blueprint for our lives, we will thrive.” (The LIfe Ready Woman by Shaunti Feldhan) Isn’t it reassuring to know that the Master Builder has it all figured out for us? If we just go by His blueprint:))
Mothering is the hardest, most demanding and challenging job you’ll ever have. So it makes sense to approach it the same way you would any other job — with thorough training, the right tools, a well-devised plan, and intense focus. In order to raise children that can manage life well, we must be women who manage life well.
“A woman’s family is held together by her wisdom, but it can be destroyed by her foolishness.”
“Wow — her children are so well-behaved and she always seems to be so calm and pleasant.” Me, as a new mom, observing my friend Kathy with her 2 girls. And then as I would observe my friend Cheryl with her 2 sons: “her house is always so clean and neat, and she is SO organized.” And so my journey of mothering and life management began … with a treasure and blessing of having dear friends who were just a year ahead of me in mothering, but far enough ahead to give me some practical insight, and a godly example.
Now, 22 years later, with 2 sons grown, and a 14 year old entering some of the most challenging years, I am still so very grateful for these life friends, and for what I’ve learned along the way as a mom, as I’ve shared this journey with other dear women as we’ve encouraged each other all along the way. As I look around in our culture today, I notice there seems to be a void in the mothering landscape around me … where are the forums, the places we can go to share our questions, to get those practical, biblical insights that are so vital for us to survive this journey together? Are we even having these conversations as women and moms?
I don’t know where I would be today as a mother, had it not been for these friends, a wonderful MOPS group at my church, and pastors who invested in our early years of marriage and parenting, sharing from a biblical perspective that has shaped my whole mothering experience. And for the friends along the way, as we have held each other accountable, doing the hard and often unpopular job of mothering – not so we can be our child’s BFF – but so that when our child reaches the day of leaving home, we might finally see a glimmer of hope that we did our job well:)
Mothering is the hardest, most demanding and challenging job you’ll ever have. So it makes sense to approach it the same way you would any other job — with thorough training, the right tools, a well-devised plan, and intense focus. In order to raise children that can manage life well, we must be women who manage life well. In the next few weeks, we’re going to take another look at the basics of life management and mothering. I hope you’ll join the conversation!!
Eve held a power, graced to her by the Creator Himself, and yet she fell for the lie that somehow, some way, God was holding out on her.
Our thoughts, which lead to actions, which lead to choices, consequences and/or fruit, bear out the evidence of who we are aligned with — God or not God. The option “not God” can only be one option. At the moment Eve chose to take the fruit, she made the choice to take herself out of God’s unlimited wealth of protection and provision and align herself with the enemy. Don’t you think she probably regretted it until her dying day? Eve held a power, graced to her by the Creator Himself, and yet she fell for the lie that somehow, some way, God was holding out on her. Don’t we often fall for the same ploy? Our choices determine our life direction. Did she have a relationship with the serpent before he appeared in the garden? No. Why did she believe him over the God who had lovingly fashioned her, who had blessed her with a storehouse of abundance, who had a wonderful, perfect life planned for her?
The serpent knew exactly what he was doing, because he himself had experienced missing out on God’s blessings due to his own fatal mistake … his pride. Full of himself, he seeks to entice weak-minded people into his snare, and we as women seem more often than not, to be his choice of prey. What are some weaknesses we display as women that make us vulnerable? We rely on our feelings, we base decisions on our emotions. Instead of being strongly anchored in truth, we are tossed by the winds of personal fulfillment and self-interest. We go to bible study after bible study, but we continue to have weak minds and spirits because instead of acting on what we’ve learned, we continue to react to circumstances out of fear and insecurity.
I wonder if Eve had it to do all over again, what she would do. First of all, I think she would avoid going near the tree! Secondly, she would run, as we’re instructed to do, away from evil. Thirdly, she would reassure herself of the promises of the one true God and lean not on her own understanding. And she would stand strong, a woman of beauty, God-given power, knowing that she holds the life-giving essence of all mankind. I’d like to think that it’s not too late for us as women, to live the full, abundant life God originally had in mind for Eve. But we have to choose it, we have to help each other choose it, and we have to hold one another accountable. Poor Eve – she had no other women — no Yahweh sisterhood to help a girl out! Let’s challenge one another, not to lean on ourselves, but to lean together on God:)) Strong is good!
“Eve is much more than merely the first woman. She powerfully represents a type of woman. Amid the immense freedoms and opportunities of the garden God had placed her in, Eve made bad choices that squandered her potential and unleashed a painful life of regret.”
~~ Robert Lewis, from The New Eve
When we look closely at the story of Eve in the garden, I’ have to wonder what she was doing so close to the tree that God had specifically told her and Adam to stay away from? Maybe she was taking a walk, enjoying the beautiful and lush surroundings and got distracted. Hmmm … do we ever get distracted? I think the first step that leads to most bad choices is not paying attention. When we don’t pay attention — when we allow our minds to wander, to be pre-occupied, to lose focus — we set ourselves up to be vulnerable. And guess who’s waiting in the wings? Our friend, the serpent.
Oh but he doesn’t look like a snake or resemble anything that would be detestable to us as women. And we don’t really know how he presented himself to Eve. She was probably taken aback by his appearance and possibly knew him to be a creature from the “other world”. The bible does say he disguises himself to be an angel of light. And then we see possibly her curiosity, and perhaps her surprise at hearing a serpent speak, lead her into further talk with him. First rule: it is never, ever a good idea to enter into dialogue with the enemy. Why? Because he lies.
We see that the serpent’s goal is to undermine the benefit of God’s commands as compared to man’s own best interest. And what happens? Everything changes. Instead of seeing the beauty, the bounty, the benefits of God and His promises, Eve sees her self-interests and believes the false sense that she essentially doesn’t need God. And so, she eats the fruit. Man becomes suspicious of God. God is no longer to be trusted. Sin is no longer considered destructive. Man’s own interests are best served by self-determination. He falls for the lie that he can be equal with God. Beth Moore says that “anything that exalts itself in our minds, pretending to bigger or more powerful than our God is a stronghold.”
So if we are to be different than Eve, what’s our course of action? “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” ~~ 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
We develop strong minds that not only know truth, but rely on truth to help us discern between the lies of the enemy and the living breath of God. The God who created us, knows us, and longs to walk with us every day:)
THE BIG LIE
“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it.” Genesis 3
Do you see it? Right there — where it all went down — the big lie. Just camp here for a minute and read this passage over a few times. What jumps out at you? I highlighted what jumped out at me: “The woman was CONVINCED.” She gave in first in her mind. Then what did she do? ”She SAW” an object that appeared beautiful and delicious. She gave in to visual appeal. That led to her third mistake, “she WANTED” — ironically, her desire to be “wise”, actually led to her next unwise step:, “she TOOK … and ATE.”
As we ponder this whole scenario, we find a treasure trove of keys that will help us understand how the serpent continues to slither around in our lives today. Look a little closer at this creature: The Scriptures tell us in Isaiah 14, that when God first created the angels, Lucifer was superior to all the other angels in knowledge and wisdom, and in power and authority. God gave him beauty and intelligence beyond measure. But Lucifer, who had nothing apart from what God had given him, wanted to steal the glory of God, the Most High. Lucifer means the shining one. After Lucifer sinned, his name was changed. He was no longer called Lucifer, the shining one, but Satan. Satan means Adversary. He is the Destroyer. He wants to destroy God’s work. So what plan does he devise?
Enter — the serpent. The devil in disguise. The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman.
What we see is a tragic breakdown of all that God had given Eve for life, peace, health, beauty, and strength — with one simple, deceptive question. “DID GOD REALLY SAY …?”
“Eve is created because things were not right without her.
Something was not good.”
~~ Staci Eldredge, Captivating
“So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs[ and closed up the opening. The Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’” ~~ Genesis 2:21-23
Eve enters the story of creation as the last object to be created. God, in His Sovereignty, in His perfect being, in His quest to create fellowship with Himself, had created man — Adam. But there was still a void — something missing. Someone missing. And so God fashioned “WOMAN”, named Eve.
I believe Eve holds the key to understanding what God intended originally for us as women. Taking a look back at Eve’s role in creation, how she was the feminine image-bearer of God, will give us some much-needed insight into our roles as women today. At our very core as women, we are relational and God created us to be that way. We can learn much from Eve and what happened long, long ago in that beautiful and perfect paradise on earth. What went so wrong? And how does what happened in the garden in the beginning, still affect our relationships today? Eve had been given all she needed to live in contentment, happiness, fulfillment, and joy. Yet … she was convinced that it wasn’t enough.
“Eve is essential. She has an irreplaceable role to play. And so you’ll see that women are endowed with fierce devotion, an ability to suffer great hardships, and a vision to make the world a better place. She has a beauty to unveil.” Staci Eldredge.
Let’s begin to lift the veil … and begin to rediscover the Godly beauty, the original blueprint of woman we still possess:)