A couple of months ago, my husband and I found out that we are expecting a baby! God has already been teaching us a lot about parenthood and our role in a child’s life. As many of you may know, during the first trimester of pregnancy a woman can feel completely tired because of all the changes in her body and all the energy that is going to the growth of her child. So that’s how I felt during the first three months: exhausted. The only thing I wanted to do was to rest and to sleep.
Throughout my entire life with God, I continue to learn the same lesson over and over again. It doesn’t matter in how many ministries you are involved or how many good deeds you do in the name of God; none of that surpasses the glorious privilege of spending time with Jesus.
Imagine you are about to have a baby boy and suddenly the government decides that you must kill him. What would you do? How would you feel? You could be punished or even killed if you disobey! God shows us a woman in the Bible who faced this: Jochebed. She was a Jewish woman, who lived in slavery in Egypt, but whose trust was still in the Lord. Do you recognise who she is? Yes, she is the mother of Moses!
Probably many of you grew up being sisters and already master the art of being one. But maybe there are some of us, who feel like we don’t always remember how to be a sister and how to build each other up. Do you feel like you could grow in sisterhood a bit more?
I love the story of Ruth in the Bible. The simple reason why I like her story is because she was a normal woman, just like one of us. She wasn’t famous or she didn’t have a great position. She was unseen, yet God showed her to the whole world through the Bible. Ruth was like a shining star in the time that she lived in and God really saw her. Why was she so special?
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is a famous quote meaning that the perception of beauty is subjective. God, being our Creator, is our ultimate beholder. Have you ever wondered what His eyes see when He looks at you? Does HE find you beautiful? What is His definition of beauty? He is calling us to arise and to show this beauty given to us!
At least once we have all experienced God’s discipline in our lives. Sometimes these seasons of testing last longer than what we expect, or they just simply last for a couple of weeks. No matter how long these seasons are, let’s be honest, they are not really enjoyable.