Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Praise

Recently God met a very great need we had, one we had been taking to Him in prayer for quite some time.  Oh what joy it is to serve Him and to experience His love and care! 

I love you Lord, my Strength! Psalm 18:1

patsy
She Hath Done What She Could

Monday, January 30, 2017

Prayer

Father, give me the strength to wait on You ...


Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord.   Psalm 27:14

patsy

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Encouragement

Sometimes we feel like others have no idea what we deal with or go through ... take heart, God does!

patsy
She Hath DoneWhat She Could

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

Something to Think About


This is one of my favorite thoughts to think on!

If God is for us, who can be against us!

patsy
She Hath Done What She Could

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Something to Think About

I call this my 'Something to Think About' Series ...  it's name is self-explanatory!

I hope you enjoy this and future short thought provoking sentences ...

Do Something for the Lord, no matter how 'small.'  You will be amazed at what the Lord can do with your 'small!'

patsy
She Hath Done What She Could

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Leah

Leah, the Unloved Wife

Genesis 29:21-35; 30:1-22; 31:1-16; 
33:1-2; 34:1-2; 49:30-31

by patsy norwood (c) 2005-2017 All Rights Reserved

Mini Lesson # 14


Wrapping It All Up! 



Look at Genesis 49: 30-31.  What do these Scriptures tell us about
Leah?

Jacob came between these two sisters and was the cause of much 
anguish on both girls' parts.   Can't you see Leah and Rachel as 
sisters growing up all through their childhood laughing and playing
with each other?  In your opinion, what could have prevented the
breakdown of their relationship?

Leah lived a full and wealthy life.  She more than likely had 
everything money could buy except the one thing she wanted most,
her husband's love.  It wasn't until after Leah's death that her 
importance in God's plan became obvious.  She was not only the 
mother of part of the 12 tribes of Israel but it was also one of her
sons who was chosen to be in Christ's lineage.

God knew the plans He had for Leah, just as He knows the plans He has for each of us.  God was involved in Leah's life, even though to the casual observer it appeared He wasn't, just as He’s involved in ours today whether we realize it or not.

Thank you Father for being there especially during the times when circumstances make it appear you're not.

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have, for He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you.  Hebrews 13:5

 This is the final installment in this series of lessons on Leah.  I hope you have enjoyed these lessons.

patsy


Monday, January 23, 2017

Leah

Leah, the Unloved Wife

Genesis 29:21-35; 30:1-22; 31:1-16; 33:1-2; 34:1-2


by patsy norwood (c) 2005-2017 All Rights Reserved



Mini Lesson # 13

One would hope that Jacob grew to care for Leah over the years but it is evident throughout Scripture that his true love was Rachel. This was reiterated in Genesis 33:1-2 when Jacob fearing Esau, his brother, would seek to kill him upon learning he was on his way home placed his children along with their mothers in strategic locations within the group. Fill in the following blanks:

Now Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and there, Esau was coming, and with him were four hundred men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two maid servants. And he put the ___________ and their children in front, _____________ and her children behind, and ________________ and ________________ last. (Genesis 33:1-2)

Look again at Genesis 33:1-2. Whose children would Esau and his men come to first?  Second?  Third?

If there had been blood shed whose children would have been the most protected?

Actions speak louder than words and Jacob's actions here spoke volumes. What did they say?

As if being married to someone who didn't love you wasn't enough, Leah had yet another heartache to bear which involved her daughter, Dinah. Read Genesis 34:1-2 and tell us what it was.

One tragic event follows another, and it is not long before Rachel dies giving birth to Jacob's twelfth son. Leah is now Jacob's only wife (Zilpah and Bilhah were Jacob's concubines) and the rivalry is over, howbeit, not the way Leah would have preferred. Do you think Leah had any regrets?

patsy


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Leah

Leah, the Unloved Wife

Genesis 29:21-35; 30:1-22; 31:1-16

by patsy norwood (c) 2005-2017 All Rights Reserved



Mini Lesson # 12





Genesis 30:22 tells us that God remembered Rachel and
opened her womb.  She soon conceived and bore a son whom
she named Joseph.  It is well documented in later passages
of Scripture that Joseph was Jacob's favorite son, why?

How do you think Leah felt knowing that Rachel's son and
not any of hers was Jacob's favorite?

Do you think it sharpened the rivalry and jealousy that
existed between the sisters?

Even though Leah and Rachel were involved in bitter
competition with each other for Jacob's affections there
were times when they came together for a common cause.
Genesis 31: 14-15 gives us one of those times.  In verse 14,
who is him?

In verse 15, who is him?

What is the situation that has brought about Leah and
Rachel's rare agreement?

It would seem from reading Genesis 31:14-16 that Leah and Rachel felt some resentment toward their father Laban.  Why?

patsy


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Leah

Leah, the Unloved Wife


Genesis 29:21-35; 30:1-21

by patsy norwood (c) 2005-2017 All Rights Reserved



Mini Lesson # 11



Genesis 30:17 tells us that God listened to Leah?  What does this
tell us Leah had been doing?

Genesis 30:17 also tells us the result of Leah's bargained night with
her husband.  What is it?

What does Leah name her 5th child and why?  (Genesis 30:18)

Leah again conceives and bears yet another son for Jacob.  What is
son number six's name and what was her reasoning behind
choosing the name she did?  (Genesis 30:19-20)

Leah's last pregnancy produces a daughter.  What is her name?
(Genesis 30:21)

Leah now has born Jacob seven children and Rachel has born him
none.  Has this fact changed Jacob's feelings toward her?

patsy

Friday, January 20, 2017

Leah

Leah, the Unloved Wife

Genesis 29:21-35; 30:1-13

by patsy norwood (c) 2005-2017 All Rights Reserved

Mini Lesson # 10

As we can see Rachel still has not given birth to any children and in Genesis 30:14 we find her pleading with her sister.  (She thought she had found Leah's secret for bearing children!)  What does Rachel want?
           
 Just So You Will Know … Mandrakes, called the Love Apple, 
were thought to have  aphrodisiac properties and  were used as an
aid in helping women conceive.

Leah's reaction gives us some insight into her true feelings toward her sister.  What does she say and what does this tell us about her feelings toward Rachel?  (Genesis 30:15)
             
Rachel bargains with Leah for her son's mandrakes.  What was the 
reward?  (Genesis 30:15)  

Having 'to bargain' for time with her husband brought home the fact that no matter how many children Leah had given Jacob, he still preferred Rachel and assumedly spent most of his time with her.  However, a bargain is a bargain and in Genesis 30:16 we find Leah going out to meet Jacob.   What does she say to him and what is his reaction?

patsy

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Leah

Leah, the Unloved Wife

Genesis 29:21-35; 30:1-13

by patsy norwood (c) 2005-2017 All Rights Reserved

Mini Lesson # 9

Thus far Leah has born Jacob 4 sons, Rachel on the other hand has been unable to conceive.  In her attempt to get children by Jacob, Rachel comes up with a plan.  

Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die!”   And Jacob’s anger was aroused against Rachel and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?”  So she said, “here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, and she will bear a child on my knees, that I also may have children by her.”  Genesis 30:1-3

What is Rachel’s plan?

Rachel’s handmaid, Bilhah, conceives twice and gives Jacob two more sons.  Since Bilhah was Rachel’s handmaid and since Rachel had arranged for her to bear Jacob’s children in her stead, Rachel was considered their mother.  What did she name each of these boys and why?

Leah, seeing that she has stopped bearing decides that two can play that game and decides that she too, will have more children by Jacob via her handmaid, Zilpah.  Zilpah bears two more sons by Jacob for Leah, what does she name them and why?

Jacob now has eight sons.  Who is the birth mother of who?

patsy

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Leah

Leah, the Unloved Wife

Genesis 29:21-35

by patsy norwood (c) 2005-2017 All Rights Reserved

Mini Lesson # 8

To have children and lots of them was the goal of every young wife during this time in the world’s history.  Happy, honored, and considered blessed were the wives who could give their husbands many children. Rachel and Leah were no different and each wanted to give Jacob as many children as they were able to in fact, their desire to give their husband as many children as they could turned into a competition.   Given the circumstances of their marriages, it’s easy to see how this could happen.  Given the circumstances of their marriages each woman secretly hoped the number of children she would bear Jacob would cause him to love her more.  What a tangled web of hurt and pain Laban’s deception set in motion for his daughters.

Fill in the blanks …

When the Lord saw that  _________ was __________, He ____________ her ____________; but _____________ was _______________.  Genesis 29:31 (NKJV)

Leah is the first to have a child.  What does she name her first born and why?

What does she naturally conclude will happen now that she has given Jacob a child?  Does it?

Leah conceives again.  What does she name her 2nd child and why?

The Lord blesses Leah a third time with another child.  What does she say her husband will do now?  (Genesis 29:34)

Genesis 29:35 tells us that Leah gives birth to her 4th son and names him Judah.  She is overjoyed that God has blessed her so.  Reading between the lines one senses that Leah finally feels superior to Rachel.  Why?


The last sentence in Genesis 29:35 states, ‘Then she stopped bearing.’   Who is ‘she’ and what does the phrase ‘stopped bearing’ mean?

patsy

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Leah

Leah, the Unloved Wife

Genesis 29:21-29

by patsy norwood (c) 2005-2017 All Rights Reserved

Mini Lesson # 7

When we last left Jacob he was being forced to come to terms with the trick that his ‘newly acquired’ father-in-law, Laban, and his ‘newly acquired albeit unwanted’ wife, Leah, had played on him. We also learned that Laban had given Jacob, what was to him, a most beneficial solution to the tangled situation and before Jacob could think twice he had pledged himself to work 7 more years for the young lady he thought he was marrying the first time.

As part of the deal, Jacob and Leah must spend one week together as man and wife before Jacob can marry Rachel. Leah’s requested week is over and now there’s a second wedding, Jacob can now marry Rachel, the girl of his dreams, the one he truly loves and longs for. The problem is that he now has two wives and they are sisters.

With each bride came a handmaid, who was Leah’s handmaid?

Who was Rachel’s handmaid?

The stage is now set for a life-long battle between Leah and Rachel. What is the battle?

to be continued ...

patsy

Monday, January 16, 2017

Leah

Leah, the Unloved Wife

Genesis 29:21-27

by patsy norwood (c) 2005-2017 All Rights Reserved

Mini Lesson # 6

Laban’s reasoning and excuse for the trick he played on Jacob doesn’t change the fact that Jacob is married to the wrong woman. His beloved Rachel is still not his wife. The employee (Jacob) did not get the agreed upon payment (permission to marry Rachel) from his employer (Laban) for the agreed upon time he worked (7 years). But alas, the employer (Laban) has a new arrangement he is offering his employee (Jacob).

Genesis 29:27 starts out by saying, ‘fulfill her week,' who said this?

Who is ‘her?’

What does ‘fulfill her week’ mean?

What new arrangement is being offered to Jacob by Laban?

to be continued ...

patsy

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Leah

Leah, the Unloved Wife

Genesis 29:21-27

by patsy norwood (c) 2005-2017 All Rights Reserved

Mini Lesson # 5

Leah is now married, but something is terribly wrong.  The man she married has just realized that he has been tricked into marrying the wrong woman and he is not happy. (The trickster has been tricked … in Genesis 27, Jacob tricked his father into thinking he was his twin brother Esau in order to get the ‘first-born’ blessing.  Scripture doesn’t tell us that Laban’s trickery of Jacob was a painful reminder to him of how he had tricked his father, but human nature tells us it was.)

Deep inside Leah must have felt a jab of rejection at Jacob’s reaction, do you think she comforted herself with the idea that he would come to love her as she loved him?

Jacob, outraged at the trick that had been played on him, sets out to confront Laban.  Laban, when confronted, gives Jacob the reason for his actions.  What was it?

Laban, not only has a reason for his deceptive actions, but he also has a solution, what is his solution?


To be continued …

patsy

Friday, January 13, 2017

Leah

Leah, the Unloved Wife

by patsy norwood (c) 2005-2017 All Rights Reserved

Mini Lesson # 4 

Genesis 29:16-30

Rachel and Jacob have waited 7 long years for their wedding day and it’s finally here. With the wedding feast in progress all seems to be going well. The bride, as was the custom, was taken to the groom’s tent at the appointed time completely covered, in silence and in darkness to become his wife ...

It’s the morning after and Jacob has just gotten the surprise of his life. What was his surprise and how did he react?

Do you think Leah willingly went along with her father’s plan? If so, what would have prompted her to do such a thing?

Whether Leah willingly participated in her father’s deceitful plan or not is not known but indications are that she had fallen in love with Jacob, after all she had had 7 years to get to know him. How does Jacob feel about Leah?

To be continued ...


patsy

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Leah

Leah, the Unloved Wife

by patsy norwood (c) 2005-2017 All Rights Reserved

Mini Lesson # 3

Thus far we’ve talked about Leah’s appearance verses Rachel’s appearance and about the possibility of sibling rivalry between the two sisters. In lesson # 3 we meet a young man that will turn their world upside down and at times pit sister against sister.

Enter Jacob, an eligible bachelor, into Leah and Rachel’s lives.

Genesis 29 gives us the account of Jacob and Rachel’s first meeting. Verse 14 tells us that Jacob stayed with Rachel’s family one month and then in verse 18 we find him declaring his love for her.

And Laban said to him, "Surely you are my bone and my flesh," And he stayed with him for one month. Then Laban said to Jacob, "Because you are my relative, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me what should your wages be?" ... Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, "I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter." And Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to another man. Stay with me" So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her. Genesis 29: 14-15, 18-20

How do you think Leah felt when she realized that Jacob, after having been there for such a short period of time, preferred her sister over her? Could this have been a source of sibling rivalry between the two sisters?

Fast forward 7 years and we find that there’s going to be a wedding. Jacob and Rachel are getting married! How do you think Leah, the older, less attractive, and as of yet … still unmarried sister feels on this day?

All seems to be going well on this special day, in fact a feast is in progress, when Laban, Leah and Rachel’s father, puts a devious plan into action that changes everything …
that’s where we’ll begin in our next lesson.

patsy

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Leah

Leah, the Unloved Wife

Mini Lesson # 2

by patsy norwood (c) 2005-2017  All Rights Reserved

In mini lesson #1 you should have discovered that Leah was older than Rachel, she was one of two daughters in her family, her father’s name was Laban and that there was something different about Leah’s eyes.

Whether Leah’s eyes were weak and unattractive or her best physical attribute, as some scholars have said, we can easily assume that she was no match for her sister’s physical beauty. In fact, several sources I consulted said Leah was described as a ‘wild cow’ or ‘gazelle’ while Rachel was described as an ‘ewe.’ Keeping this information in mind along with what we read in verse 17, compare Leah to Rachel.

Leah’s eyes were delicate, but Rachel was beautiful of form and appearance. Genesis 29:17

How does Leah compare to her sister?

Let’s talk about sibling rivalry for a moment. Do you think there was any kind of rivalry between Leah and Rachel?

How do you think Leah might have felt seemingly being the least attractive of the two?

Could the differences in their appearances have caused rivalry between the two?

patsy

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Leah

I've got a new Bible study for you and this time it's on Leah.  Leah married her husband Jacob under less than desirable conditions ... let's get started so you can find out what I mean ...


Leah, the Unloved Wife

Mini Lesson # 1

By Patsy Norwood © 2005 - 2017 All Rights Reserved

Imagine deceitfully marrying someone who did not love nor want to marry you … 

Imagine sharing your husband with another woman … 

Imagine that other woman being your sister!  

Such were the circumstances surrounding Leah when we first meet her in the book of Genesis

Mini Lesson 1


Read Genesis 29:16-17 and write down any information you learn about Leah.

Genesis 29:17 in the NKJV says “Leah’s eyes were delicate.” The same verse in the KJV says “Leah was tender eyed.” And when we look in the NASB, we find that it says “Leah’s eyes were weak.” What does this physical description of Leah tell us about her?

(We'll continue with this Bible study each day until we complete it.  I hope you enjoy it!)

patsy

Monday, January 9, 2017

Comfort

I believe this with all my heart ...

Everything you're going through was meant to be used to help others!


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  II Corinthians 1:3-4


patsy

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Training Our Children

My thoughts today center around raising our children up in the nuture and admontion of the Lord ... 

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  Ephesians 6:4

We must train our children in righteousness.  There are so many activities we can help our children excel in that are good and helpful in their developing into well rounded adults, but if we're not careful, we will train them for worldlyness instead of righteousness.

Some suggestions for training in righteousness are ...

set the example
when they stumble and fall, don't write them off 
tell them the truth when they are in sin
bear all things, hope all things and see all things

patsy
She Hath Done What She Could

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Prayer

I found a reference to this father's prayer for his son while going through some notes today ...

O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel our fathers, preserve this forever in the intentions of the heart of Your people, and direct their heart to You; and give to my son Solomon a perfect heart to keep Your commandments, Your testimonies and Your statutes, and to do them all, and to build the temple, for which I have made provision."  I Chronicles 29:18-19

This is King David praying for his son Solomon!  He asked God to give Solomon ...

a perfect heart to keep God's commandments, testimonies and statues and to do them all ...

and a perfect heart to build the temple

David was concerned about Solomon's heart!  

Yes, that's the best place to start when we're praying for our children!

patsy
She Hath Done What She Could


Friday, January 6, 2017

Religious Material

There is quite alot of religious material available for reading (not counting the Bible) which can be a good thing or it can be a not so good thing.  

Some things that I read are true to the teachings of the Bible and some are not which brings me to this thought ...

Do we really know what the Bible says or do we know what others say the Bible says?  There is a difference ... a very important difference!

patsy
She Hath Done What She Could

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Spiritual Growth

Today, I'm answering a question ... (I hope you find my answer beneficial!)


How do you keep from growing stale in your walk with God?

Read and study God’s Word daily. There's no substitute for it. Nothing this world has to offer gives us the spiritual benefits that being in God’s Word daily does.

Set aside a specific time each day to meet with God in prayer … and be there. The Bible is God talking to us and prayer is us talking to God.

Listen to inspirational DVD’s, CD’s, tapes etc. This is one of my favorite things to do when driving or riding in a vehicle. I also do this when housework needs to be done or when exercising.

Attend special events such as gospel meetings, workshops, classes, conferences, ladies events, etc. These types of events are geared toward giving us a shot of encouragement.

Remember that when we’re too busy for God, we’re too busy. I’ve been a Christian for many years and over the course of these years I’ve learned that God must be a priority in our lives if we’re going to be pleasing to Him.

Don’t take our relationship with God for granted, it only takes a little neglect to start us on the road to spiritual decline. Paul addressed this issue of falling away in I Corinthians 9:27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. We use self-discipline in many areas of our lives, work, caring for our families, caring for our homes, etc ... it stands to reason that we should also use self-discipline when seeking spiritual growth. Zero effort equals zero results regardless of what we're doing ... including growing spiritually.

patsi