Mothers of the Bible: A Devotional [NOOK Book]

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Children need the love, wisdom, and nurture that mothers are uniquely capable of giving. Mothers of the Biblecan help you fulfill your own calling as a mother by offering insights from God’s Word. Exploring the lives of women in the Bible can help strengthen your faith and your effectiveness as a mother. Like you, these mothers wanted the best for their children. And like you, they sometimes faced difficulties that challenged their faith. Looking to them can help deepen your ...
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Overview

Children need the love, wisdom, and nurture that mothers are uniquely capable of giving. Mothers of the Biblecan help you fulfill your own calling as a mother by offering insights from God’s Word. Exploring the lives of women in the Bible can help strengthen your faith and your effectiveness as a mother. Like you, these mothers wanted the best for their children. And like you, they sometimes faced difficulties that challenged their faith. Looking to them can help deepen your understanding of Scripture, enabling you to experience
more of God’s love so you can reflect that love to your children.

Adapted from Women of the Bible, Mothers of the Bible furnishes a unique twelve-week devotional experience. Each week becomes a personal retreat
focused on the life of a particular biblical mother.

Designed for personal prayer and study or for use in small groups, Mothers of the Biblewill help you ground
your relationship with your children on God’s Word.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310297604
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ann Spangler is an award-winning writer and the author of many bestselling books, including Praying the Names of God, Praying the Names of Jesus, and The One Year Devotions for Women. She is also coauthor of Women of the Bible and Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus and the general editor of the Names of God Bible. Ann’s fascination with and love of Scripture have resulted in books that have opened the Bible to a wide range of readers. She and her two daughters live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Website: http://www.annspangler.com/


Blog: http://www.annspangler.com/category/blog/


Jean E. Syswerda is a former editor and associate publisher for Zondervan Bibles. She helped produce such bestselling Bibles as the NIV Women’s Devotional Bible. General editor of the Women of Faith Study Bible and A Mom's Ordinary Day Bible Study Series, she is the author of the Women's Devotional Guide to the Bible and coauthor of the bestselling Read With Me Bible. Jean and her husband, John, have three children and six grandchildren. They live in Allendale, Michigan.
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Mothers of the Bible: A Devotional


By Ann Spangler Jean E. Syswerda

Zondervan

Copyright © 2006 Ann Spangler and Jean E. Syswerda
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-27239-4


Chapter One

Eve

Her Name Means Life-giving or Mother of All Who Have Life

Her Character: She came into the world perfectly at peace with her God and with her husband, the only other person on the planet. She lived in Paradise, possessing every pleasure imaginable. She never knew the meaning of embarrassment, misunderstanding, hurt, estrangement, envy, bitterness, grief, or guilt until she listened to her enemy and began to doubt God.

Her Sorrow: That she and her husband were banished from Paradise and the presence of God, and that her first son was a murderer and her second son his victim.

Her Joy: That she had once tasted Paradise, and that God had promised that her offspring would eventually destroy her enemy.

Key Scriptures: Genesis 1:26-31; Genesis 2-4

MONDAY

Her Story

The woman stirred and stretched, her skin soft and supple as a newborn's. One finger, then another moved in gentle exploration of the ground that cradled her. She could feel a warmth filling her, tickling her throat as it tried to escape, spilling out in the strong, glad noise of laughter. She felt surrounded, as though by a thousand joys, and then a touch calmed her without diminishing her joy.

Her eyes opened to a Brightness, her ears to a Voice. And then a smaller voice, echoing an elated response: "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman,' for she was taken out of man." Adam took hold of her, and their laughter met like streams converging.

The man and the woman walked naked and unashamed in Paradise. No shadows filled Eden - no disorder, discord, or fear.

Then one day a serpent spoke to the woman. "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'? You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

The woman listened. She remembered the Brightness, the Voice of God that had filled her with joy. Could she really be like God? Pressed hard by desire, she took the fruit and then shared it with her husband. Suddenly darkness spread across Eden. It came, not from the outside but from within, filling the man and the woman with shadows, cravings, and misery. Order gave way to disorder, harmony to discord, trust to fear.

Soon Adam and Eve heard the sound of their Creator walking in the garden, and they hid. "Where are you, Adam?" God called.

"I heard you in the garden," Adam replied, "and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."

Sin had driven its wedge inside their hearts, and God banished them from Eden, pronouncing judgment first on the wily serpent that had tempted the woman and then on her and on her husband. To the serpent's curse he added this promise: "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." To the woman, God said: "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."

Then God warned Adam that after a lifetime of hard labor, his strength would decrease until his body would finally be wrapped in the dust from which God had formed him. The curse of death fell suddenly upon the new world.

So Adam and his wife were forced to flee Paradise, and Adam named her Eve, because she would be the mother of all the living. But her firstborn, Cain, became a murderer, and her second son, Abel, his victim.

As the years passed, sorrow chased sorrow in the heart of the first woman, and the last we see of her we imagine her not as a creature springing fresh from the hand of God, but as a woman in anguish, giving birth to another child. Her skin now stretches like worn canvas across her limbs, her hands claw the stony ground, grasping for something to hold on to, for anything to ease her pain. She can feel the child inside, filling her, his body pressing for a way of escape. The cries of mother and child meet like streams converging. And Seth is born.

Finally, with her child cradled against her breast, relief begins to spread across Eve's face. With rest her hope returns, a smile forms, and then, finally, laughter rushes from her lips. Try as she might, she cannot stifle her joy. For she remembers the Brightness and the Voice and the promise God gave: Sooner or later, despite many griefs, her seed would crush the serpent. In the end, the woman would win.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Mothers of the Bible: A Devotional by Ann Spangler Jean E. Syswerda Copyright © 2006 by Ann Spangler and Jean E. Syswerda. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction 9
Eve 13
Sarah 25
Hagar 39
Rebekah 53
Rachel 69
Leah 83
The Mothers of Moses 97
Hannah 109
Elizabeth 123
Mary, the Mother of Jesus 137
The Syrophoenician Woman 153
Salome, Mother of the Sons of Zebedee 165
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First Chapter

Contents
Introduction 9
Eve 13
Sarah 25
Hagar 39
Rebekah 53
Rachel 69
Leah 83
The Mothers of Moses 97
Hannah 109
Elizabeth 123
Mary, the Mother of Jesus 137
The Syrophoenician Woman 153
Salome, Mother of the Sons of Zebedee 165
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