Leah, Unwanted and Unloved?

Leah, Unwanted and Unloved?

  Leah, Unwanted and Unloved?       While reading Genesis 29 about Jacob and his wives I learned the coolest thing.  Leah, Jacob’s first wife was unloved and unwanted. He wanted Rachel but got Leah. So she thinks to herself maybe a baby will make him love me, and God opened her womb.  Her first son she named Reuben, which means ‘See a son!’ She is trying to earn the love of her husband with this child.  Didn’t happen.  So she has another son and named him Simeon which means ‘heard’ for God heard she was unloved (still trying …

God’s Hesed

God’s Hesed

I read a book several years ago  A Sacred Sorrow by Michael Card.  As a result, I learned a new word.  That word was “hesed”.  This Hebrew word describes the indescribable undefinable characteristics of God. It can not be translated into English using just one word. Our English language defines “hesed” as loving-kindness.  But it encompasses so much more.  I suppose it would take a vast number of words to fully describe the true meaning of God’s “hesed” and even then mere words could not completely satisfy the definition.Perhaps the best way to explain “hesed” is to say it is …

Big Fight – Bigger Winner!

Big Fight – Bigger Winner!

Our son and I had a big fight yesterday morning. It was a knock down drag out. Thankfully we were fighting together against an enemy my son has – a wasp.  He’s very allergic to stings so it was almost comical as we ran around the house batting at this nemesis and even knocking something off the wall.  He fell in the floor once avoiding the dive bombing of this evil little flyer.  Finally, after we had exhausted all efforts I found him sitting on the floor and disposed of him once and for all. Oh beloved, you and I …

Showing Real Love

Showing Real Love

My husband LOVES Pawn Stars, the reality show on the History Channel featuring business at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada. In one episode a man brought in a violin he had found in an old chest in a barn he had recently purchased. After dusting it off, he discovered the word Stradivarius inscribed on the inside. He brought it to the pawn shop –of course, hoping to discover it was genuine – meaning it could be worth millions of dollars. An expert was called in to examine the near-perfect instrument. He relayed the …

The Greatest Love

The Greatest Love

Have you ever dropped a pebble into the water and watched the ripples going out in concentric circles? It occurs to me that there are concentric circles flowing out from each of our lives in a similar fashion. Looking at this graphic,                             your heart is the innermost heart.  Flowing out from you are all the relationships and people in your life—those that you touch in the course of a day or week.  The heart closet to you would include, most likely, the names of family members:  your spouse, children, and parents.  Friends and extended family would be on the next …

Letting Love Lead Out

Letting Love Lead Out

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 3: 4  If love and faithfulness never leave me, then they will define everything– every choice, action, and word. Paul defines love as the “greatest of these” –even greater than faith or hope– in I Corinthians 13: 13. Love is the first attribute of the fruit of the Spirit. Love is what led Christ to the Cross. When I let love lead out, I am proving myself to be a Christ-follower. Love is my choice for today…and faithfulness keeps …

Love Your Neighbor

Love Your Neighbor

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12: 31 The greatest commandment is to love God and the second greatest is to love our neighbor. The order here is extremely important.  Only by loving God FIRST are we able to truly love our neighbor. This is true even when (perhaps especially when) our “neighbor” is our beloved mate. Consider these wise words from C.S. Lewis: When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. Insofar as …

Love the Lord Your God With All Your…Strength

Love the Lord Your God With All Your…Strength

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12: 30 When Jesus was asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” He gave the response found above.  It’s good to think and pray and ponder about loving God with heart…soul…mind….and strength.  We memorize it.  We say it.  We agree with it.  But do we do it?  And – how exactly can we do it? I’ll leave you on your own with heart, soul, and mind – today I want to focus …

Do You Love Me?

Do You Love Me?

Jesus asked this question of Peter not once, not twice, but three times in John 21 (see verses 15, 16, and 17).  Some scholars say one time for each of the three times Peter denied his Lord. In John 21, Peter’s relationship with Jesus is restored. Without this passage, Peter’s key role in the early church and events recorded in Acts might not make sense.  John 21 documents Peter’s restoration and his commissioning for Kingdom work. You and I perhaps relate to Peter more than any of the other disciples.  We, too, can be impulsive, passionate, and fearful. We too, have acted boldly, …

The Edict

The Edict

My mother loves the McIntosh variety apple. She says it’s full of flavor, easy to digest, and bakes well. When they’re in season, she loads up. I can be sure she will send some home with me because she knows I agree – they are delicious. What makes it good is everything under its skin. The fruit thrives with a strong core, seed, flesh, and stem. Properly grown and harvested, it’s pleasing to the taste buds. Just as God intended. In similar fashion, everything good about us is under our skin in impalpable life sources created by God; wholly designed …

With All My Heart

With All My Heart

My Texas sisters, Carmen, Lynn, and Becky, really know how to throw a party. It was my birthday and what a surprise! The house was decorated luau style. There was even a Tiki Bar for the kids in the backyard. The grill was fired up and the table overflowed with shish kabobs and salads. The display was a huge cocktail glass shaped cake that Becky had baked. Guests wore leis. They handed me a grass skirt and coconut bra to wear over my regular clothes. The kids wore party hats and coconut bras, too. The party was in full swing. …

With All My Soul

With All My Soul

While young, I wasn’t a fan of fishing. Probably because of the wiggly worms and the hooks that stuck in my foot more times than in the mouth of fish. But I loved Daddy, and he liked to fish. My father, Edward, insisted I bait my own hook. “Can’t catch a fish if you can’t bait your own hook,” he’d tell me. After several attempts and words of encouragement from him, I’d finally manage to get a few slips of the hook through the worm. Then, with the pole in hand, I’d head to the water’s edge. A few mishaps …