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Women of the Bible: LEAH

So far I have written about Sarah, Ruth, Proverbs 31 and Esther (click to read more) — all remarkable women but all very different women. We can learn so much from these women, they all had their struggles (as we do), life was difficult for Sarah, Ruth and Esther in particular—but by believing in God, they all came through their journerys stronger women in their faith. And they all learnt that they were never alone in their troubles and that God is ALWAYS with us and  reaches out with His love.

Today is Leah's story: 

Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my relative, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what should your wages be?” Now Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah’s eyes were delicate, but Rachel was beautiful of form and appearance. Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.”(Genesis 29:15-18)
I always envied the girls at school who we…

Friday Art: Sven Nordqvist

Artist: Sven Nordqvist
Swedish illustrator
Born 1946, Swedish writer and illustrator of children’s books. Best known for Pettson and Findus, about an old farmer and his talented cat Findus, who live in a small ramshackle farmhouse in the countryside. His neighbours regard him as a bit odd. However, he does have the company of a cat, Findus. Findus is dressed in a green-striped costume and wears a cap. However, Findus, unlike Pettson, is aware of other "small creatures" living in the house, who play havoc with Pettson's belongings.
I think these illustrations will give you much enjoyment, do check out all the details in the pictures including all those "small creatures" that cause havoc. 

An Excellent Wife: How To Nurture Your Marriage

God created marriage. In His perfect wisdom, He designed man and woman to complement each other and to enjoy a permanent and complete union with each other. In Genesis 2:18 He said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” After the Lord created Eve, He then said, “A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
When you take time to nurture this oneness with your spouse, you bring honor to God and acknowledge His ideal design. As you love your marriage partner, you are showing love and obedience to God as well. And as an incredible result, you’ll experience the fullness and blessings that God designed for a married couple to enjoy! Take time now. Set aside five minutes and pray, “Lord, how can I express my love today?” Then write down every way you can think of to tell your honey, “I love you.”
“Nurturing oneness” in your marriage should be something you think and pray about every day. Ma…

An excellent wife: Is the crown of her husband

Proverbs 12:4
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.
"Behind every great man is a great women" — I'm sure you have all heard this quote. 
But it is true — a wife can either build her husband up or pull him down. She can be an encourager or discourager, she can make him strong or make him look like a fool and as wives we play an important part in our husbands lives. In other words, a wife can bring the greatest joy to her husband or the greatest misery. 
In the verse, it talks about a crown which is conveying the idea of honour. A excellent wife will bring honour to her husband but one that chooses the opposite will bring shame like the rotting of his bones (which sounds terrible and the smell would be far worse). In Proverbs 31, verses 11 and 12 we also read about the virtues of an excellent wife "The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil, …

Art Friday: Cats and coffee

I want to apologise to any non-cat people for this weeks Art Friday!!
Todays art is all about cats drinking coffee (or tea). True!!  😂😂
Did you ever imagine there would be a collection of art out there that is dedicated to this topic. 
If nothing else, I do hope it made you laugh and smile today!

Women of the Bible: ESTHER

Esther was a Jew from the tribe of Benjamin who grew up as an exile in Persia. Esther was an orphan who was brought up by her older cousin, Mordecai.
In Chapter one of the book of Esther we are introduced to King Ahasuerus who decided to display his abundant wealth for 180 days (a man who ruled over 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia). As if not enough, it is followed by a seven day feast. A lavish display of his power indeed. On the seventh day of the seven day feast, King Xerxes summons Queen Vashti in order to display her beauty to all the people. She refuses to come and is eventually banished from the kings presence as a punishment. A new Queen is sought.
In chapter two Esther is chosen to be Queen. She goes through twelve months of beauty treatments before meeting the King which sounds quite extraordinary  (six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women). Chapter two also records the good deed of her older cousin, Mordecai in sav…

Random Word: Failure

One thing which is common to all people is that we all fail. There is not one person who hasn’t failed – some more than others.  We can fail at many things — simple things such as a driving test; learning a new skill or to complete a project on time. Or much bigger failures such as a marriage breakdown or debt from overspending. For Christians however, there are certain things we need to avoid and these are much more serious failures — keeping away from sinful activities (ie drunkenness, gambling, sexual promiscuity etc.); love of money, failing to trust the Lord in all things, using the Lord’s name in vain and there are many other examples. 
For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. (James 3:2)
But the most important thing is how we handle failure. The Canadian actress Mary Pickford reportedly said “To fall is not to fail, unless you fail to get up again”. The Bible also has something to say about thi…

Art Friday: Thomas Joseph

Artist: Thomas Joseph 
I think I have posted this guy before, but I can't remember when!! I have done so many of these art Fridays that I have lost track of who I have share and those I haven't!!  Anyway I don't think it matters a great deal as these are so much fun and cheery that they will be bound to brighten up your day. 

An excellent wife: My husband's greatest asset

Asset: a useful or valuable thing or person. An item of property owned by a person or company, regarded as having value.

I read a story in which someone referred to a woman as her husbands asset. When the woman looked up asset in the dictionary, she was deeply touched by the compliment. Our husbands may have valuable assets such as land, but aside from monetary value, don't we all want to be our husbands most valuable asset/possession? Knowing my husband is completely satisfied with his choice of a wife and that he feels he could never replace me is a huge compliment. (source: Discovering My Place by Mary Burkholder)

We can find 3 verses in Proverbs that talks about the importances of finding a valuable woman as a wife—ones that will become their husbands greatest and most cherished assets (isn't that what we all want to be?). 
Proverbs 18:22 says "He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favour from the Lord." — if a man can finds a Godly woman to be his hel…