Friday, February 18, 2011

"Precious Women of God--This Includes You!"

Hi Friends~

Happy Friday!  I hope all of you have some wonderful plans for this weekend!  I believe I will be able to get my 3 pages done to get caught up with the ABC Scriptural Study led by Patter Cross.  I really want to do this project.  I also would like to complete at least 2 sets of cards to donate to the Card Drive for the American Cancer Society Fundraiser (info on the side) before the end of the weekend.  And, of course my time with the Lord comes first ...and sometimes additionally while I work on cards or scrapbook!  Do you ever do that?  Praise Him while you are playing in your art room?  Sing to Him? 

Today please read about:

  • Scriptures: Genesis 2:18, Genesis 2:23
  • "Precious Women of God--This Includes You!" 
  • How our Prayer Team is ready to serve your needs and requests.
Today is a special post.  It is the second post from Michele G.  She writes our Bible Study portion every 3rd Friday of the month.  It is a study on Biblical Women as they relate to us!  It is named "Precious Women of God--This Includes You!"  I read Michele's post, and I found it very interesting!  She thought of different aspects of Eve that I never even gave a thought!  I encourage you to read this and possibly send it on to a friend!

Here it is:

When thinking about women in the Bible, Eve can jump into my mind so quickly and when I think of her I often think “if she only didn’t eat the fruit I could be sitting in Eden right now.” But the truth of it is we would have all done what Eve had done in The Garden. We have all disobeyed God, we are all sinners. Only Christ led a sinless life.

Eve was the first woman on earth, the first wife, and the first mother. She is known as the "Mother of All the Living." I am sure she worked hard on making a good life for her children and her family. Telling them about Eden and teaching them right from wrong just like we do today. Also, just like today, there was some difficulty in the family. She saw her boys fight and watched and I am sure tried to discourage the hatred that grew between them. One son murdered and the other sent away from their home. None of this could have been easy for Eve, but through it all she relied on God.

Eve was Adam’s companion, his helper, the one who would complete him and share equally in his responsibility over creation. She too was made in God's image, displaying a portion of the characteristics of God. Only together could Adam and Eve fulfill God's purpose in the continuation of creation. With Eve, God brought human relationship, friendship and marriage into the world. Together she and Adam would fulfill God’s purpose of populating the earth.

Genesis 2:18--"Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”

Genesis 2:23--“At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’

Eve was tempted by Satan when he got her to doubt God's goodness, by focusing on the one thing she couldn't have. She put in the back of her mind all of the good things God had blessed her with in The Garden. I think this happens to all of us at one time or another.

She didn't have another woman that she could confide in and talk things over with. How did she do it? Undoubtedly she relied on her relationship with God to sustain her through difficult times. She had a direct relationship with her creator.

God wants us to freely choose to follow and obey Him out of love. Nothing we do is hidden from God. Our God who loves us so perfectly sent His only Son to show us how to love and how to live and sent Him to pay for our sins on the cross.

Referenced in the Bible:
Genesis 2:18-4:26; 2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Timothy 2:13
Wow, Michele! Thank you for the time and effort you put into today's post. You really looked at Eve in a creative way. I can't wait to see what you come up with for the 3rd Friday of next month! Thanks again for everything!

"The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." James 5:16

How Our Prayer Team Can Serve You!
Yesterday we announced the beginning of the He IS Able Prayer Team. This blog is here to Glorify God, share with each other and encourage each other with our walk with Christ...and to bring non-Believers to Him. We could not do this without prayer! I have been blessed to have friends who have been praying for the blog, and many of you have prayed for my health and we have been praying that we would have discernment as to what our Lord, Jesus Christ would like for us to share, as well as what direction the blog would go in. Thank you for all of your prayers.

One of those changes is when I asked Joan to become our Prayer Team Leader. (I wrote a bit about Joan on Wednesday's post if you would like to get to know more about her.) What is the goal of this Prayer Team? We will be taking prayer requests and needs from you and praying over them until prayer is answered. (And remember, sometimes He tells us "no" because He has something better in life for us.) Please let us know if the situation has changed, and the request should change or be removed.

If you have a prayer request/need that is not confidential, and that you would like some of our other guests to pray over...please put your request in the comment section. Please remember, anyone coming to this blog can see this section.

If you have a prayer request/need that must remain confidential with only the He IS Able Prayer Team knowing about it...please email me your information, and I will send it via email to the other Prayer Team members to pray over. I will only give your email address to Joan. If you do not want your name to be known, or contacted via email about your request...Please tell me in your email.

If you would like to be considered to join our volunteer Prayer Team, please email me or leave a comment including your email addie. We are looking for up to 10 people to join, and it is only as big of a time investment as you want to give! The Prayer Team will lift up the people of this blog, including our guests and their requests, as well as praying for behind the scenes needs. We will pray that we follow our Mission Statement: "Sharing His Love, His Word, and His Gift of Salvation through Cards!" And, they will pray that this outreach will touch people's hearts, and they will pray that Jesus the Christ will be their Lord and Savior. The Prayer Team will not have personal contact with the person requesting prayer...except possibly Joan or myself. (unless you state not to do this with your request.) This is a wonderful way to serve the Lord as well as your Sisters and Brothers in Christ!

Whether you are emailing me to join the Prayer Team, or send a prayer request, or if you would share your Testimony or Why you love the Lord, or if you want to know about donating cards for the "Card of the Week" or anything else concerning this blog please type "He IS Able" on the subject line of the email. I read these first because of their importance.  God Bless!

He IS Able,
Traci Starkweather
(Traci S. on your blog, at SCS or at Christian Paper Crafts!)

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