Archive for June, 2019

Joseph #1

June 29, 2019

I think everyone knows how much I love my family. Growing up in a large family is one of my greatest blessings. But for someone I admire, having a big family wasn’t always a blessing. I’m talking about Joseph in the bible.

I don’t think we have any real idea of what it was like to have a family where a man had multiple wives. I know that divorce is all too common these days, and that’s really sad. But we don’t know what it would be like to have multiple wives vying for the affections of their one husband.

They had servants, but did Rachel and Leah themselves work, I wonder? Did Rachel help Jacob in the fields? The bible says that she helped with the sheep before her marriage, but what about after?

Joseph came to his parents after a long time of waiting for God to give them a child together. Was he told the story of his grandfather Isaac? When did his brothers start hating him? Did his father give him special favors before the colored coat? I think we are going to stop here and get back to this next week.

Grateful to the Lord

June 14, 2019

I’m always do grateful list, and always feel like I end up saying the same things. Today I think I am going to do something a little different, and talk about some things that I am grateful that the Lord has done.

  • First, I am grateful that Jesus came and died for us. God could have given up on us after the fall. And after all He did for the Israelites, all they seemed to do was listened to do was complain, follow after other gods, and not listen to His voice. I think I would have given up on them. But God had always made a promise, and kept it. I
  • am also grateful that the Lord has given us His word. I read my bible every morning because I want to know what He says. Reading this book gives us strength and encouragement no matter what we are going through. I am also glad that He has used all kinds of stories to help us. Stories seem to be the easiest things for me to remember.
  • Not only has He given us His word, He has allowed us to know some of the stories of great heroes of the faith. I’m thinking of people like the Ten Booms, Hudson Taylor, who was a great missionary in China, and George Mueller, who ran orphanages on faith and prayer.

 

Hannah from the bible

June 6, 2019

Last week we were talking about Corrie Ten Boom. Today I am going to talk about someone else I truly admire. I’m part of a group that meets on Sunday mornings, and the last book that we looked at together was about heaven. And one of the things we talked about was people we’d like to meet when we get there. And one of those people for me is Hannah.

I like her story. She and her husband seemed to love each other very much. But she wanted a baby badly. Years passed, the bible doesn’t say how many, sometimes I wish that it did. People say that Hannah was the first wife of her husband, and then he married the minus second wife because Hannah couldn’t have children. Hannah must have been so disappointed to learn that her husband’s second wife was going to have his baby. That must have really hurt.

The bible doesn’t say how many children the other woman had, it actually doesn’t say much about the other woman at all, except that she was unkind to Hannah… I’ve always thought that she was jealous of the love Hannah shared with her husband, but we don’t know that for sure. I wonder what the children themselves were like to Hannah. Was she like their favorite aunt, or were they mean to her like their mother?

God did give Hannah the child she wanted so badly, giving her several more besides. I would love to see a movie or read a novel to know more of her story. She fascinates me.

Corrie

June 1, 2019

One of the people I have always admired is Corrie Ten Boom. Corrie’s father was a watchmaker, and they lived above the shop in Holland. We most often hear about Corrie and her beloved sister Betsy. To be honest, I’m not sure how many other siblings there were, but I think there were several.

Corrie grew up and became a watchmaker like her father. She and Betsy never married and lived with their father, their mother was sickly and died early. The Ten Booms were definitely Christians, and were active in their church, teaching Sunday School and things like that.

But then the Nazis came, and the family felt they had to get involved helping God’s chosen people. They worked in the underground, having Jews living in their home. I’m not sure how long they were allowed to do this, but they were eventually sent to concentration camps. Even there, Betsy and Corrie held bible studies and looked for ways to bless others around them.

I like their story and admire their courage.