I can’t really say that the last few weeks have been uneventful for me. I seem to always be busy and short on sleep but nothing new or exciting to share despite that!
One of the things I’ve been trying is a different kind of devotional. Honestly, I’ve never been very good at doing my devotions every day. Actually I dare say I’m bad at it. Drew is quite the opposite. He does really well, generally reading either the Bible or a devotional each morning before work. For this past Christmas, I bought him a book, “Twelve Ordinary Men” by John MacArthur. Its more of a book than a devotional, but it also includes a study guide. Something that I think would work really well for a study group. While I was searching for something for his “Twelfth day of Christmas” gift (I’ll have to tell that story some other time), I came across said book. But I also came across one called “Twelve Extraordinary Women” also by MacArthur.
So I bought both.
And of course, its nearing the end of May and I still haven’t even finished the 200 page book. In any case, I do quite like the different style of the book. As opposed to a devotional which is read this scripture passage, then read this commentary on it, its a chapter book, each chapter devoted to a different woman in the bible. It outlines strengths, weaknesses, differences between roles of men and women, and more – like how Abraham and Sarah were actually half-siblings, they had the same father (not something I normally remember about them).
I’m a little sad to say how much I read and I think to myself, “Oh yeah! I forgot about her,” or “I forgot that happened.” The first chapter (on Eve, of course) was a little hard for me to get into but now I’m on to Rahab, the prostitute. The song I sang sooo many times as a child always pops into my head, “Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho!” but its very refreshing to look at Rahab’s role in the whole story. Its amazing how God can use even a “harlot,” Rahab.
The book is really living up to the title. What extraordinary women the Bible tells us of! And even as I sit here before bed time, about ready to read a few more pages, I’m reminded of some other extraordinary women – thats YOU. I don’t thank God enough for my sisters (biological or not). So I’m going to take a moment to do that now. I appreciate you all and couldn’t ask for anyone better.
Thank you, Lord, for your wonderful blessings. Amen.