In this week before Christmas, I would like to tell a tale of two women; both were called Mary and both of them knew Jesus well. Mary his mother and Mary from Bethany. They had a different life and probably also a different personality, but apart from their name they had at least one thing in common: they were attentive!
This is a story about a woman whose name is not mentioned in the Bible. We know so very little about her and yet she is instrumental when it comes to learning a deep lesson about God’s amazing grace.
The Bible is called God-inspired, and I believe it really is. This makes it all the more amazing that the lives of the men and women in the Bible are not made ‘more holy’ than they were. God meant them to be just as they are with all their strengths and weaknesses. This time I’d like to share about Judah’s daughter in law.
This is a story about Gomer, the wife of Hosea. Gomer? Should you write about a woman of such ill repute? Well, there is a story in the story…
Just imagine once you’re in heaven and meet all the men and women you read about in the Bible… with whom would you like to chat? Of course, we will spend eternity there, so I assume we can speak to many. I have some favorites, but there is an Old Testament prophet I would like to meet in person especially and that is Habakkuk.
What comes to mind when you think of your father? What was he like? Do you have fond memories of a loving childhood or do you rather not think about it? Father God is unlike any earthly father.
The story of Sarah, one of the matriarchs in the Bible. She was a woman of faith. She had to wait for years, but God fulfilled His promise to her.
Life is not easy. Whether you are a Christian or not… at one point we will experience hardship, loss, or sorrow. As Christians, we can be sure to encounter all kind of attacks from the enemy. He loves to seek us out and discourage us. But there is One who made all the difference…
There are many women in the Bible who were used by God to change the fate of Israel… at a certain point they all made a conscious decision to arise.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which
he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people. Ephesians 1:18
Last Friday I did some (very) necessary housecleaning. The past few weeks have been really, really hot here in the Netherlands, not really temperatures to do a lot of cleaning. Bert and I only did the cleaning of our small chalet superficially… ‘the French way’ as we use to call it in the Netherlands. (No offense to our dear French friends for this Dutch expression; I have no idea where it comes from). Anyway, this week the temperature dropped a bit, so I decided to catch up with cleaning. I filled a bucket, pulled my sleeves up, put on a Spotify worship list and was happily singing along while doing my chores.