A Godly Woman

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Things I have learned from Amazing Women

Hannah

Lesson 3

The beauty of a godly woman

Then Hannah prayed and said, ‘My heart exults in the Lord; My horn is exalted in the Lord, my mouth speaks boldly against my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation. There is no one holy like the Lord, indeed, there is no one besides You, nor is there any rock like our God. For the Lord is a God of knowledge, and with Him actions are weighed.” I Samuel 2:1-3

Don’t miss the opening three words of our passage today. Then Hannah prayed...and what a prayer it is. Hannah didn’t just wake up one morning and have within her soul the capacity to pray such a prayer. No doubt, she has been seeking the truth of God and pouring her heart out to God for many years. This is one of the many reasons I believe she is an amazing woman from whom I can learn much. She is a woman of spiritual substance. This doesn’t come easy and suddenly. Her heart for God has been developed over many years of both adversity and joy and in all situations, Hannah prays. Read more


The Real Deal

Things I have learned from Amazing Women 

Hannah, Lesson 2 

Hannah is the real deal 

Now when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with a three-year-old bull and one ephah of flour and a jug of wine and brought him to the house of the Lord in Shiloh, although the child was young. Then they slaughtered the bull and brought the boy to Eli.  

She said, ‘O my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the Lord. For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So, I have also dedicated him the Lord; as long as he lives, he is dedicated to the Lord.’ And he worshiped the Lord there. I Samuel 1:24-28  

At the end of chapter 1, once Samuel had been weaned, Hannah took Samuel back to the priest, Eli, and dedicated him to the Lord for a life time of service. I wonder if she was tempted to pull back on her previous commitment to completely dedicate Samuel to the Lord’s service. Maybe he could serve God while Hannah kept him close to her. Did she really have to give him over for a life of complete sacrifice to full-time service to God as a priest? Hannah was faithful to her word. Read more


Amazing Women

I hope to publish a book later this year. The next few days I'm going to post the first three lessons in the book. This is a draft and it hasn't been edited yet for printing. The title I'm considering is:

Things I have learned from

AMAZING WOMEN

in the Bible

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Hannah

Lesson 1

Pain and Triumph

Now there was a certain man...and his name was Elkanah...He had two wives; the name of one was Hannah and the name of the other Penninnah; and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

...When the day came that Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and her daughters; but to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had closed her womb. 

...She (Hannah), greatly distressed, prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. She made a vow and said, ‘O Lord of Hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life’... Read more


Abigail, part 2

Abigail To the Rescue! Part 2

I Samuel 25, continued 

Here’s the scene - a rich sheep herder named Nabel disrespected David and David and his men are on their way to wipe out this man, his family and all his servants. Filled with anger and vengeance, David is heading straight into some good ole’ fashion sinful disobedience.  

Even though David is wrong, Nabel brought this upon himself.  Nabal is simply a selfish, foolish and ignorant man. However, there is one rational and thoughtful person in this story. Thank God for Abigail, Nabal's wife. She is the superstar of this story; intelligent, resourceful, honorable, persuasive and "beautiful in appearance." Pretty much the total package. How did a smuck like Nabal land such a beautiful and intelligent woman. Read more


Abigail, part 1

Personal note: The next couple of months are very busy for me. I'm not going to be able to post fresh content five days a week. I may occasionally post encore posts from a year or two ago. So today, following the theme of faithful and honorable women in the Bible, this post and the next will be about Abigail. This section of I Samuel tells of the adventures of David when he was being chased by King Saul. David and his faithful men were living in hiding.

Abigail to the Rescue, Part 1 

I Samuel 25, Part 1 

This is truly an amazing chapter. We meet an evil bonehead of a man; a most beautiful and intelligent woman; and David digresses from his noble actions in the last chapter when he spared Saul's life into childlike behavior. Once again, women rule, men drool.   

Two hot-headed men

There was a wealthy man named Nabal who's 3000 sheep and 1000 goats wandered in the wilderness in the area where David and his men camped out. Some of Nabal's men tended to the sheep but apparently not enough to keep all the livestock safe. David and his men took it upon themselves to aid the men, guard the sheep against predators and thieves, all while trusting that the owner would grant them kindness and provisions.Read more


It's Getting Dark in Here!

This is my favorite picture taken from my 5 different trips to Africa!

Revelation 13

It's Dark in Here

This is a dark chapter. The following post is my words dealing with my struggles with this section of scripture. Please read it all. I do reach a conclusion.

Recall that chronologically, we are between the sixth and seventh trumpet. The seals, trumpets and horns are written by John from God's perspective, i.e., what God is doing during the tribulation. Chapters 12, 13 are written from Satan's perspective, but only in the sense of what Satan is doing during the tribulation. Thus, it is a dark chapter. I feel like I could live without these chapters in my life but I trust that God put them here for a reason and, as such, I should study them.Read more


It's Friday, but Sunday is coming!

This pic was taken from my iPhone in 2016 when Leigh and I were hiking near Highlands, N.C. We love the Carolinas!

It's Friday, but Sunday's coming!

I Samuel 30, 31

This book ends in sad form. The constant enemies of Saul and Israel rise again against Saul, his sons and Israel's armies. Saul's sons, including Jonathan are slain in battle. Saul is severely wounded by the arrows of the archers. As the Philistines close in, Saul falls on his sword so as not be taken alive by the Philistines.  Just as the Philistine giant, Goliath, was slain and head cut off, now Israel's tallest man, Saul, was slain, head cut off and paraded around the Philistine cities to celebrate. The people of Israel fled in fear.Read more


Looking for love in all the wrong places

These precious girls are in the African Children's choir from Uganda. They travel the world with Watoto's ministry as ambassadors for Africa's orphans. We attended their concert and also enjoyed having these three stay in our home. From their smiles, you would never know the pain of their stories before Wotato rescued them. They blessed us immensely. Read more


I Got Nothing

It was an honor to recently have interviewed Jim Nance, legendary sportscaster.  Check out this pic. The company I work for, Insperity, hosted a group of our clients and partners at the PGA championship this last August. Jim Nance is a spokesperson for Insperity and he agreed to appear at our gathering and I interviewed him. He shared fascinating stories from his career and personal life. It was a real treat. Additionally, he was one of the nicest most gracious people I have ever met.Read more