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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 31 Friday

      

Text and Thought of Encouragement:                   

“Hear my cry, O God;

Listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth

I call to You,

I call as my heart grows faint;

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For You have been my refuge,

A strong tower against the foe.

I long to dwell in Your tent forever

And take refuge in the shelter

Of Your wings.”

Psalm 61: 1 -4

N.I.V.

 

 A Shelter in the Time of Storm

 

“The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide,

A shelter in the time of storm;

Secure whatever may betide,

A shelter in the time of storm.

 

A shade by day, defense by night,

A shelter in the time of storm;

No fears alarm, no foes affright,

A shelter in the time of storm.

 

O Rock divine, O Refuge dear,

A shelter in the time of storm;

Be Thou our helper, ever near,

A shelter in the time of storm.”

Vernon Charlesworth

1880

 

Today’s Study Texts: 

 

            “Jesus said to (Peter), ‘Feed My sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.’ (Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which (Peter) would glorify God.) After this Jesus said to Peter, ‘Follow Me.’”

John 21: 17-19

                                                                                                                                   N.R.S.V.            

“The Master’s Map”

 

“The great paradox of life is that those who lose their lives will gain them…Giving away our lives for others is the greatest of all human acts. This will gain us our lives.”

Henri J.M. Nouwen

 

What does it mean to have God’s guidance at every step of the way in by daily journey?

 

What would it cost me personally to respond to Christ’s call, ‘Follow Me”?

 

“Thy way, not mine, O Lord!

However dark it be;

Lead me by Thine own hand,

Choose out the path for me

 

Smooth let it be, or rough,

It will be still the best;

Winding or straight it matters not,

It leads me to Thy rest…

 

…Not mine, not mine the choice

In things or great or small;

Be Thou my guide, my strength,

My wisdom and my all.”

Horatius Bonar

“’Come, follow Me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed Him.”

Matthew 4: 19, 20

N.I.V.

 

            Their time on the beach was coming to an end. But Jesus had a little more on His heart that He wanted to share with His disciple Peter. Before they parted, Jesus reiterated three times His desire for Peter to “feed My sheep.” And then, in John 21: 19, Jesus does something quite unusual for He gave Peter a preview of how his life would end. For this disciple, it was as if the Master laid a map before him and let him see how things were going to turn out, specifically how Peter would end up becoming a martyr.

 

            I’ll have to admit that I’m not one who enjoys a lot of upheaval in my world. I really don’t handle it well. I’m a planner who normally carries around my little “To-Do” notes to keep me from dropping the ball. Having said that, in the last 30 days I’ve frankly felt that somebody pushed the “Overload” button in my world as I’ve scrambled, trying to keep up with all the things on my plate. Unfortunately, I’ll admit I haven’t done a very good job of keeping everything on track. For this girl who likes to have everything in order each day, all the tumult doesn’t make me feel comfortable. I want to have at least some idea of what tomorrow and the tomorrow after will be like.

 

            But for me, knowing the future, has some very distinct limitations. Take for instance our car accident. I can honestly tell you that without a doubt, I would never have wanted to be forewarned that a catastrophic event like that would occur in such a sudden and unplanned  manner and that it would be impossible to ever put all the pieces back together again. The fact is that one of our physicians kept using the phrase, “new normal.” Then he would add, “For Jim and you, there will be a ‘new normal.’ You’ll just get used to living a different way each day.” To some extent, his words were correct. However, I’m glad I didn’t know ahead of time how very hard it would be to live in this “new normal world.”

 

            Having upheaval in my own life has given me a peek into the lives of some of you who have had to face such indescribable trauma. And I wonder if you would have wanted to know ahead of time how your own life might have been different if you had known what was going to turn your world upside down?

 

            It was the last meal on the beach where Jesus revealed to Peter that the path he would journey in his ministry would end in martyrdom. What I find so interesting about everything Peter did from that day forward was that his actions contained a thoughtful zeal of one who made each day count. The book of Acts is filled with the record of a fearless man of fortitude. Preaching, teaching, and leading. I appreciate the insight shared by Professor of Christian Communication, Thomas H. Troeger who notes, “If we have carried away from (this experience) the idea that the final thing to remember about Peter is his unfaithfulness, this story reminds us that far more important than Peter’s denial was the grace of Christ: the divine willingness to engage and entrust the ministry, even to someone whose life so far had been marked by impetuosity and denial.”

 

            With their conversation at an end, Jesus turned again and spoke these familiar words to Peter, “Follow Me.” Author Matthew Henry writes that these words were to “excite Peter and to encourage him in faithfulness and diligence…Peter was to set his Master before him as his example…He had followed Christ while He was here upon earth…and those that faithfully follow Christ in grace shall certainly follow Him to glory.” This very thought is beautifully expressed in words penned by John Slow:

 

   As Jesus Did

 

“Loving God,

help us to be Christ to all those whose lives touch ours.

 

May we see others

 as Jesus did

with eyes of compassion.

 

May we listen,

as Jesus did,

to the cries of broken hearts

and a broken world.

 

May we reach out to others,

as Jesus did,

with healing and hope.

 

May we serve others,

as Jesus did,

with no strings attached.

 

May we break bread with others,

as Jesus did,

that the hungry may be fed.

 

May we celebrate with others,

as Jesus did,

Your abundant provisions.

 

Loving God,

help us to be Christ

to all those whose lives touch ours.”

 

“If we regard the way of discipleship as one we follow in obedience to an external command, if we are afraid of ourselves all the time, it is indeed an impossible way. But if we behold Jesus Christ going on before step by step, if we only look to Him and follow Him, step by step, we shall not go astray…For He is Himself the way; He, and He alone, is our journey’s end.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Cost of Discipleship

 

  “God of love,

help us to remember that Christ has no body now on earth but ours,

no hands but ours, no feet but ours.

 

Ours are the eyes to see the needs of the world.

Ours are the hands with which to bless everyone now.

Ours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good.”

Teresa of Avila

 

“Living Lord,

You pour out Your life for us,

You pour out Your life in us,

You pour out Your life through us.

Help us to pass it on.”

Brian Louis Pearce

      Your friend,

 

Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
Dorothy@Transformationgarden.com

 

   

 

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