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Biblical stories of eighteen New Testament women who Jesus encouraged, empowered, and loved.

When a Woman meets Jesus, BookHow could a man who had no wife, no children, no home, no job, no money, and wandered the hills of Judea with twelve men relate to women of his time, much less women in the 21st century?

That's the question that led author, Dorothy Valcárcel, to search for biblical women whose lives intersected with Jesus. As she explored the lives of every woman Jesus met, she discovered that they faced many of the same challenges women encounter today.

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Devotional Week 26, 2019 Wednesday

Week 26 Wednesday

June 26, 2019

 

 

“…Let them that love Him (God) be as the sun when (she) goeth forth in (her) might.  And the land had rest forty years.”

Judges 5: 31

King James Version

 

EXPLORATION

 

“Our Eternal Lover”

 

“Even the heart of God thirsts after love.”

Abraham Kuyper

 

What type of love have I been looking for?

 

Have I found the love I long for in my life?

 

Have I given my heart to my Heavenly Father, my source of eternal love?

 

 

"The greatest and best thing that can be said of a woman is that she loved God.”

Anonymous

 

INSPIRATION

 

“How good is the God we adore,

Our faithful, unchangeable Friend!

His love is as great as His power,

And knows neither measure nor end!”

Joseph Hart

 

            Her name was “Baby Ethel.”  At least that’s what Jim and I called her. She was our miniature dachshund. I couldn’t have imagined that a little wiggly and barking creature could worm her way into our hearts with such ferocity. But she did!

 

            This past week, as I was regaling one of my friends with another story about how “cute” Ethel was, she made a very interesting statement, for she too, has several dogs she loves deeply. “You know Dorothy, the word dog is ‘God’ spelled backwards.  And I sometimes wonder if the unconditional love my dogs give me is a gift from God, as His example of love that comes with no strings attached,” she observed as tears filled her eyes.  I must admit, her comment got me to thinking, especially as I read our text for today.

 

            After 20 years of suffering under the hand of tyranny, when God’s children came back to Him, “willingly offering” themselves, He took them right back – no preconditions, no stipulations. Instead, He accepted His children with an open heart and open arms.  In the words of John Henry Jowett, “There is no human wreckage, lying in the ooze of the deepest sea of iniquity that God’s deep love cannot reach and redeem.”  This is the love God offered to His children in Israel and it is the same, unchanging love He offers to you and me this very day.

 

            But what I love about our heavenly Father is that He not only offered His love, but He put real arms and legs on His love when He awoke Deborah, His willing-hearted daughter, and asked her to be His “personal envoy” to those who needed His guidance and wisdom. Thankfully, Deborah didn’t hesitate for a moment, but under the “Tree of Deborah,” as the Scripture tells us, she provided God’s wisdom to His children, she encouraged and empowered Barak with her inspiring words, and in the end, through the loving obedience of Deborah, Barak and Jael, victory came to Israel as King Jabin and Sisera were destroyed.

 

            What we find happening next is that with victory came a whole-hearted commitment of each one of God’s children to love Him. The result: “The land had peace for forty years.”

 

            Would you like “peace” in your life?  Do you want the kind of “peace” the Apostle Paul describes so eloquently to the Christians in Philippi: “And God’s “peace” shall be yours, that tranquil state of soulassured of salvation…that “peace” which transcends all understanding.” Is this the “peace” you want today? We are promised this “peace” when we love God.  This isn’t all we’re promised.

 

            Judges 5: 31 states that those who love God will, “be like the sun when it rises in its might.”  If we look at what the prophet Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 40: 31, he said those who get close to God, will mount up like eagles, “close to the sun.”

 

            As I thought about being close to the sun – it hit me!  We reflect what we are close to!  The heat of the sun makes me warm.  It makes me glow. And the love of the “Son,” makes me radiate love!

 

            Just think of the Israelites, for 20 years they rebelled and the Bible says they “did evil” (Judges 4:1).  But when they “willingly gave themselves,” when they awoke and arose to God’s call through Deborah, they again began to mount up on wings to God, and their lives reflected the love He poured into them.

 

            And here, in very simple language is the story of Deborah, Barak and Jael.  It’s a story about who we choose to love.  For who we love will become who we are like and who we reflect to others.  As J. Charles Stern so wonderfully penned, “It is God’s love which, all unseen outwardly, supplies our life inwardly.”

 

            I’m praying this is the eternal love I will embrace every day of my life and that as I spend time with my heavenly Father, I will come to reflect the light and radiance of the “Son.”  And, as you and I allow ourselves to be changed by God’s love – there will be “peace” in our lives, too.

 

            As if to add a postscript, the Bible says, in Judges 5: 31, the “peace” lasted for 40 years.  When I noted that the rebellion of God’s children was for 20 years, I was reminded again of how God gives back to us, as He says through His prophet Joel, “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten” (Joel 2: 25, K.J.V.).  In the case of Israel, God gave His children twice as many years of peace when they “willingly offered” themselves to Him.  And He’ll do the same for you and me.

 

“God’s love is not drawn out by our loveableness, but wells up, like an artesian spring, from the depths of His nature.”

Alexander MacLaren

 

AFFIRMATION

 

“When you feel unlovable, unworthy and unclean,

When you think that no one can heal you:

Remember, Friend,

God Can.

When you think that you are unforgivable for your guilt and shame:

Remember, Friend,

God Can.

When you think that all is hidden and no one can see within:

Remember, Friend,

God Can.

And when you have reached the bottom

and you think that no one can hear:

Remember, my dear Friend,

God Can.

And when you think that no one can love

the real person deep inside of you:

Remember, my dear Friend,

God Does.”

Author Unknown

 

Your friend

 

Dorothy Valcárcel, Author

When A Woman Meets Jesus

Dorothy@TransformationGarden.com

 

 

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P. S.  Thank you so much for the gifts you send to Transformation Garden which continue to assist our ministry here in the United States and in 192 countries around the world.  100% of your donation goes directly to providing for our daily devotionals and gift bookmarks.  Transformation Garden is a non-profit organization so your gift is tax-deductible and you will receive a receipt for any gift you send.

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My book, When A Woman Meets Jesus, is available wherever books are sold and on the internet at www.amazon.com and www.Christianbook.com or by calling toll-free, 1-800-Christian.  Thank you so much for your support of Transformation Garden.