bible studies, Devotionals, personal development, self help

Remarkable Women of the Bible – Eve


Remarkable Creation

“Eve”

“Eve was the mother of all living” This was part of the beginning of time in Genesis 3:20.

I am sure most people have heard of the story of Adam and Eve, the first two people that ever was created on this earth. Eve was known as:

“The First Woman”

God’s first words about the creation of mankind are these:

“So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God he created him, male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27)

Creation was complete! God was so busy for six days creating His beautiful new world. Now the stage was set. God’s magnificent scenery stood finished and in place. His sun, His moon and stars lighted up His perfect planet. All creatures great and small enjoyed a perfect environment.  Yet, all the universe stood at attention, awaiting God’s final creations. God presented His showpiece to the rest of nature. Firstly, Adam (Genesis 2:7)

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BOOKS, Devotionals, personal development, Thoughts, writing

Remarkable Women of the Bible series – Introduction


Remarkable!  What a wonderful word to describe the women of the Bible! Elizabeth says – their life changing messages – are available to you and me today!

If your life resembles one long obstacle course. Everyday is filled with challenges. In spite of our schedules, plans, dreams, goals, life keeps coming at us with its constant profusion of stress, lifes problems, set backs, and unsustainable situations.

Truly, life can often seem to be more than we can manage on our own!

Help and hope are available from the remarkable women of the bible. Whatever we are dealing with, they have experienced it. They have faced the challenges of married life, and child – raising. They know about going ‘without’, about loss, about old age, and about death. All of the pain, sorrow, confusion, and the difficulties have touched their hearts, and now they live on in God’s word to instruct and encourage us as we cope with our lives today.

I love how Elizabeth says that she “likes to think of sitting down with one of them, and having a cup of coffee with them. “

With this description:

“There they sit, in all their wisdom, ready, willing, and able to pass on what they have learned. They are more than happy to tell us how, through strong faith in God, they triumphed in their situations. Their hearts are open to you and me, and through their lives we can find great wisdom and practical help. And God has given us their lives in His word so that we can learn their life-changing messages!”

This is going to be a series of “Remarkable Women of the Bible”, and yes, all inspiration is from Elizabeth George. She is an eloquent, beautiful and sophisticated writer, but I won’t be copying the book word for word, as I want to delve into each character immensely and in-depth, so that you can experience something greater than yourself! May you learn to take each character fully, and grasp their qualities and traits to become more and more “remarkable“! I have read the book, and now want to share with you my revelations, and understandings of these women. I absolutely LOVE devotionals, and reading on the characters in so many different types of books. Like 1-year devotionals that specifically target the main character women of the bible. This book stood out to me BECAUSE of the word “remarkable”, because all girls want to have steadfast qualities JUST like them! I want to buy Discovering the Treasures of a Godly Woman: Proverbs 31 (A Woman After God’s Own Heart®) so bad!

A message from Elizabeth:

“Beloved, these dear women are God’s gift to you and me. Whether or not you have a mother or a friend or a mentor who is available, you have the remarkable women of the Bible. Let them share with you. Let them encourage you. Let them counsel you. Let them show you the best way to handle every day and every difficulty.

May God richly bless you as you look to Him and the remarkable women in His Word for His timeless principles for living your life today!”

 

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P.S. While waiting for me to collate information and create the series, you can check out, or read a sample chapter of Elizabeth George’s book, “Beautiful in God’s Eyes: The Treasures of the Proverbs 31 Woman” here.

 

Devotionals, self help

Life Lessons from the future Queen Esther


ESTHER HEADING

The Book of Esther is an exciting account which gives us insight into God’s remarkable  and purposeful plan for our lives. The story gives us some powerful lessons about courage, divine timing and God’s love. As The Old Testament reveals, Esther is a Jewish woman living in Persia and brought up by her cousin, Mordecai. She was taken to the King of the Persian Empire to be his concubine—but because he believed there was unique about Esther, he made her queen. However, Mordecai didn’t tell the king about a primary concern —Esther was of Jewish heritage.
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Devotionals, personal development

Quick Devotion on “How to be Still”


BE STILL CALLIGRAPHY

Trust can be an impenetrable thing. We like to be in control of everything ourselves, some of us more than others, “Being still” before God means that we quiet our anxious thoughts, we put our phones down, we eliminate all distractions, we get alone with God and we pray. We wait. We trust. It’s an act of relinquishing and consecrating all to God control of our lives. When you give your life to Him, He takes care of every detail. This is something that I am learning constantly, and still learning to do when I feel I can’t trust anyone or anything else that is going on.

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Devotionals, Lifestyle, personal development, self help

Quick Devotion on Making a Difference


Making a Difference (Colossians 4:2-18)

 

Read Colossians 4:2-18. Anything in particular interesting to you in this passage?

Remembering the rest of the letter you have already studied, why do you think Paul tells the Colossians to be devoted to prayer, keeping watchful or alert?

Focus on the Meaning: In prayer we call on God to work, and we express our faith in Him.

The Christian who does not pray is demonstrating independence from God (John 15:5). The accompanying exhortation to ‘keep awake, be on the alert’ (gregoreo) is drawn from the imagery of guard duty (Nehemiah 7:3; Mark 14:34, 37).

Read verse 2 again. What is to be our “attitude” in prayer?

How do you think your attitude can make a difference in your prayer life?

Relate this to what you learned in Colossians 3:15-17

COLOSSIANS PRAYER
Scriptural Insight: The repeated emphasis on thanksgiving makes this epistle one of the most “thankful” books in the New Testament (1:3, 12; 2:7; 3:17; 4:2)

Staying Healthy: Is there something that you are praying for today? How can you have an attitude of thanksgiving? List at least three things for which you can be thankful in your circumstance/situation.

For what two things does Paul ask in Colossians 4:3?

Why is it so important for Paul to be able to proclaim the gospel clearly?

See also Ephesians 6:19-20 and 2 Timothy 4:2-3

How can we be “wise” toward those that don’t believe?

Ephesians 5:3-20

Thessalonians 4:1-12

1 Peter 2:13-17

What do you think Paul means when he says we should make the most of every opportunity?

What does it mean to have your conversation be full of grace, in a sense “seasoned with salt?”

Examine what is said in Colossians 3:12-17 and Ephesians 4:29, 30 to derive your answer.

Focus on the Meaning: “Speech most effectively expresses what is inside the believer. The Christian’s speech should mirror the gracious character and conduct of his or her God by demonstrating love, patience, sacrifice, undeserved favor, etc. Salt probably represented both attractiveness, since salt makes food wholesome, since salt was a preservative that retarded corruption in food…one should wisely suit his or her speech to each need.”

Why would you want to watch your words?

Staying Healthy: Does your speech mirror the gracious character and conduct of your Lord? Ask your Lord to reveal to you speech that doesn’t mirror Him and trust Him to help you replace it with grace-filled speech.

Staying Healthy: Are you praying daily for an open door in which to share the gospel with someone? If someone asked you what the “gospel” or the “Good News” is, would you be able to tell them?

Write down simply the content of the Gospel message that you would need to communicate to win someone to Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

 

First-Corinthians

 

Romans 10:9-10

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What skills or information do you need to sharpen up?

Read Colossians 4:2-18

Looking specifically at verses 7-18, view these names as representing real people with real functions in their world.

Beside each name, give Paul’s comments about the person and their function in the ministry. Follow cross-references to see what else is mentioned about them.

Tychicus
Onesimus
Aristarchus
Mark
Barnabas
Jesus Justus
Epaphras
Luke
Demas
Laodicean brothers
Nympha
Archippus
In this passage, we see one of the ways women were very important to the establishment of the early church.

See also Romans 16:3-5 and 1 Corinthians 16:19

What do you think Nympha’s and Priscilla’s ministry involved for her?

Staying Healthy: Your home is one of your most valuable assets for ministry. Is your home used in any way for a faith-filled environment? If not, why not? What is holding you back?

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personal development, self help, Thoughts

The Captivated Mind – Beth Moore


If you didn’t get the chance to watch this video, I thought that I would write a few things that Beth mentions, and I particularly loved this video as it hones in on the mind, and not just in general, but spiritually what can happen with the mind, and the amazing, interesting, and fascinating capabilities that it has. I am absolutely impressed with Beth Moore’s seminar here, and I thought I would share it with you. I actually didn’t plan on this, but came across someone else’s blog, and wondered how they uploaded videos on their blog.

I have been thinking a lot about the mind lately, and the things that we listen to, or what we take note of in our mind. I love how Beth Moore really grabs hold of our attention through her speaking, and I absolutely love motivational speaking like this.

I really hope you enjoy this video, and really wanted to share because it totally speaks to me. “Thought processes, and the mind is the awareness, and to know what we are doing and why” is interesting, and particularly, mental health is an issue close to my heart. That’s why I support The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s campaign, Heads Together. The Lady Wallace also talks about another issue which I thought was a fantastic piece, you will be touched, and moved by her sincerity and genuine thoughts on #itsokaytosay.

Depressions, anxiety, specific things like this has become so much a great deal, and I have had my own mental circumstances, which I have the passion and zeal to bring something into activation, and engage with people on things that matter.

You can COMPLETELY change your mind. We can literally, really change our minds.

RENEWING MIND

We can change the direction and path of our life if we allow ourselves to renew our minds. There are numbers of books, especially at Koorong, or Word Bookstores that hold manuscripts on christian beliefs that help and assist with the mind. One book that I think of that I haven’t actually read yet, but really want to is The Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. It actively focuses on the renewing of the mind, and Joyce Meyer helps with changing the way you think. The book is roughly around $15, or you can find it at your local library. It is at most christian bookstores, as it is a number one bestseller.

battlefield of the mind

Power thoughts” is another book I want to get, as it talks more about the achievements that your mind can make in life. I particularly love this subject as we all have a mind that gets carried away with negative thought patterns, or doubts that make us think, ‘I can’t do that’, ‘I’m not smart enough’, ‘I will never be able to shed 20 kilos again’ – things like this really take its toll, and I have a genuine passion to help, and encourage young ladies to really grab hold onto the thoughts, and motivational speaking from Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, even if you have found someone else that you love hearing, it doesn’t matter.

I want to take captive my thoughts. I want to get rid of those strongholds, and release and be free from these negative things that control my mind. Unforgiveness, resentment, rejection, any of these could be apart of your life, that you can (maybe not fully change), but you are capable of living victoriously. You can walk without having any kind of sin having dominion over you.

Here are some scriptures that you can find in the bible that may help:

(Allow yourself to open your mind)

Epehesians 4:17-19

1st Corinthians 6:12

1st Chronicles 28:9

Colossians 3:2

Ephesians 6:12

Phillipans 4:8

SCRIPTURES FOR A SOUND MIND – JOYCE MEYER

I don’t know about you, but I want to ‘renew‘ my mind, and use it as a powerful tool, and work it because God has given me a mind, I didn’t create it, so I want to use my unlimited capacity, and go further and further and deeper and deeper into life, and learn so much.

Our minds are capable of doing so much. I want a lot out of life, and I want to grow even more spiritually, and personally, so I learn to shut off my computer, phone, social media, and take some quiet time – whether if it’s with God, or not – taking time to switch off really helps. Learn to do this either weekly or monthly and you will have a happier, healthy life.

Keep in ‘mind’ that you have a brilliant mind, and BELIEVE it. Take the time to renew.

A physiological thing is happening in our brains constantly. We keep thinking the same patterns/thing over and over again at times where we need to decide HOW we are going to think and what path you are going to tread.

Whatever your life is, I encourage you to take the time throughout the day, create a habit, or choose the morning or night, to sit and read something inspirational or motivational, like your bible, or a women’s christian devotion or book, to help to change the way you think and feel. We have the capability to know the thoughts we think. We can change our minds, and that will change our hearts.

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BOOKS, Lady, personal development, self help, Thoughts

I want to be a Woman of Easter!!!


I have been eagerly writing today and taking down notes from reading “The Women of Easter” by Liz Curtis Higgs. I have collected my thoughts together, and have thoroughly relished in achieving this. It has been a while since I have fully read an entire book in just ONE day!!!! I felt so successful, and felt like I have achieved something for the day, which keeps me feeling truly content.

What I am going to do is set it out by each chapter so that you can get an idea and outline of the book.

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