God’s ways continually surprise me …
If you were God what type of people would you choose to belong to your Son’s family tree? Whose stories would you highlight in Scripture?
Would you choose any of the following?
- A woman who seduced her father-in-law
- A professional prostitute
- Someone from an ethnic group that had been banned from God’s assembly because of their treachery against His people
While we dust our furniture and vacuum before inviting people into our homes because we don’t want them to see our dirt and imperfections, Jesus highlights the infamy in His family tree.
I’m convinced He showcased these women for us. Their stories remind us it doesn’t matter how big of a mess we’ve made in our lives, how much we’ve lost, or how little we know about God. Little faith in a big God is enough to change our destinies.
This Little Woman …
Mother’s Day weekend of my senior year in high school, we buried my mother. The following year, my dad married an insecure woman who didn’t want any reminder of my mother around—including my sister and me. I returned from out of town to find my childhood home emptied. She’d even disposed of my deceased grandmother’s monogrammed sheets and my mother’s satin comforter that covered me every night. Soon, even Pepper, my pet poodle, was gone.
In a brief moment, the foundation of a stable home was swept away. I had no power to stop the mounting losses.
Maybe that is why the women in Jesus’ family tree resonate with me. These women faced crushing problems with no power or resources to overcome them, but they had a Big God. They remind me that my security is not determined by the size of my problems or the size of my strength, but by the size of my God.
I relate to Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary …
as they faced failure, loss, betrayal, and a murderous hunt. Their stories spotlight God’s care for ordinary women and how He uses our weaknesses as opportunities to reveal His strength and our failures as avenues for His grace.
Drawing from my background in counseling, I’ve included thought-provoking questions and insights to help you practically apply faith when walking through challenges such as facing rejection and temptation, selecting a mate, and forgiving yourself and your enemy. This book is not written to merely inform, but to transform.
As I found out, life has only one unshakable foundation. Little women need a big God.
We have one in Jesus.
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