We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. (2 Corinthians 10:12 NIV)
I recently had to pick a woman of the bible and study her and I picked Leah. Not many people know her story or her victory, so here’s a letter from her.
My name is Leah
Many of you may not think my story is great to grand but it’s very important to me as well as the history of Israel. Growing up I had “weak eyes”, I guess that was a nice way of saying I wasn’t that pretty, well not as pretty as my sister, Rachel. She got all of the attention and I was simply ignored and looked over. Even my own dad treated me that way. He wanted me to trick Jacob and lay with him when he clearly wanted to be with Rachel. After Jacob found out I wasn’t Rachel the next morning he hated and despised me. I felt so alone and unloved, it seemed like nobody cared about me, but there was one person that saw all that I was going through, God. He opened my womb and I was able to have children. I thought “Oh, now Jacob will love me. ” I had 4 sons, my first born, Reuben
which means ” It is because The Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”
Simeon, ” Because The Lord heard that I am not loved”
Levi, ” Now at last my husband will become attached to me” through my son Levi, came a line of Priest that were chosen from God. My fourth son, Judah, ” This time I will praise The Lord. ” When Judah came along I stopped longing for my husband to love me and I put my focus totally on God and O was blessed tremendously. You see, Judah is the ancestor of the Jews, King David, and Jesus Christ, our Messiah.
I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble. When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me. Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me. (Psalm 142:1-7 NIV)
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:17 NIV)
“On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister Margo at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?”
I just finished this book last night and I will tell you it’s a roller coaster full of suspense, suspicion, lies, and yes love. The title when I first read I thought oh it’s about a girl that’s been kidnapped but as I read through the book the meaning if the phrase changed for me. The story starts off with Nick and Amy Dunne, their having a rough time in there marriage they have both lost their jobs and parents are sick, on there fifth anniversary Amy disappears and the the beginning half of the book your really getting to know Amy and Nick and the ins and outs of their relationship, it alternates between Nick’s voice and Amy’s voice through her diary. The longer that Amy is missing the more people are starting to look at Nick and that’s where everything gets interesting, and the story takes an crazy shift, but I don’t want to tell to much. By the end of this book I was exhausted and kind of confused. The ending was not what I thought it would be, it took me by surprise. If your wondering what happens in the end, well I’m not gonna tell go pick it up and read it you will no be disappointed.
The next book I’m reading is a classic in American literature: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NIV)
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:9, 10 NIV)
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9 NASB)
Because of the Lord ’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. Let him sit alone in silence, for the Lord has laid it on him. Let him bury his face in the dust— there may yet be hope. Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace. For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone. (Lamentations 3:22-33 NIV)
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15 NIV)