Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women Book Review

According to authors Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher, Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women exists to glorify God by seeing and celebrating the value of women in God’s word. This book asks two central questions. Where is value of women seen in the Bible? Seeing the value of women there, how do we celebrate it? They continue by saying, when the value of women is rightly seen and celebrated, their Creator is honored and glorified.

Working its way from Genesis through Revelation, Worthy gives examples of how the Bible values women. The twelve chapters cover women in Creation, in the Fall, and in the Promise. Women in Israel’s history, in Israel’s Law, Worship, and Wisdom. Women in Jesus’ Birth, Life and Ministry, Death, and Resurrection. The final two chapters cover Women in the New Testament Church and Twenty-first Century.

Questions at the end of each chapter are designed to help process what is presented. A Digging Deeper section deepens insight. Appendix chapters reinforce what was taught throughout the book.

For me, this is not a book to rush through. It is a book to spend time with, contemplating and looking for application to our lives and the world in which we live. The two chapters I appreciated most in Worthy are The Worth of Women in Jesus’ Life and Ministry, and The Worth of Women in Jesus’ Death and Resurrection.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Resistance Training

courtesy pexelsPower is developed through resistance. Or so I’ve been told.

During the recent physical therapy rehab for my fractured hip, several exercises required resistance. Either through machines, added weights, or my own weight against gravity. The more times I practiced and performed the various exercises, the stronger my leg muscles became. The more I pushed myself, the greater the result.

Yeah. It hurt at times and would have been easier to skip the effort, but I was willing to endure the hard work of resistance to achieve my primary goal. Return to pre-fall activities without needing a walker or cane.

My twice-weekly trips to therapy ended, but the resistance training continues. It has to if I expect to maintain the growth I’ve gained.

Are there any parallels to be drawn between physical therapy resistance training and the resistance training Christ-followers must take part in? I believe so.

We are told to be self-controlled and vigilant for our enemy, the devil, prowls about like a lion looking for someone to devour. We are told to resist him. Because when we do, he will flee. That’s resistance training. It isn’t a one and done deal. It is a continual training. We can’t think saying no to Satan once will be enough to keep him away forever. If only that were true. But it isn’t. The devil is relentless in his attacks against God’s people.

Our power to stand firm in our faith and say no to Satan is developed through resistance to his lies, and holding on to God’s truth. The more we resist the deceiver, the stronger we become to stand firm. It isn’t easy. It takes determination. We might think we can give in this time, skip this resistance training, and make it up next time, but it’ll be hard to recover what we lost.

Are we willing to endure the hard work of resistance training to achieve our primary goal? A pre-fall state in heaven with Jesus?

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Be self-controlled and vigilant always, for your enemy the devil is always about, prowling like a lion roaring for its prey. Resist him, standing firm in your faith and remember that the strain is the same for all your fellow-Christians in other parts of the world. And after you have borne these sufferings a very little while, God himself (from whom we receive all grace and who has called you to share his eternal splendour through Christ) will make you whole and secure and strong. All power is his for ever and ever, amen! 1 Peter 5:6-11 (Phillips)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Pause for Poetry — Waiting

Welcome to Pause for Poetry featuring a poem, Waiting, written by my writer-friend, Frances Gregory Pasch.

Waiting

     Waiting for answers

     Is part of God’s plan.

   To strengthen our faith

Though we can’t understand.

    We don’t like to wait,

    We want answers now.

We know He could grant them

   Of course He knows how.

    Yet He puts us on hold . . .

   Doesn’t give us a reason

     For His plans yield fruit

      In His perfect season.

    So while we are waiting

       He helps us to grow.

      And when He is ready

     His answers we’ll know.

   ©Frances Gregory Pasch

Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poems have been published hundreds of times in devotional booklets, magazines, and Sunday school papers since 1985. Her writing has also appeared in several dozen compilations. Her book, Double Vision: Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry is available on Amazon. Frances has been leading a women’s Christian writers group since 1991 and makes her own holiday greeting cards incorporating her poetry. She and her husband, Jim, have been married since 1958. They have five sons and nine grandchildren. Contact her at http://www.francesgregorypasch.com.

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Sandy

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Gluten-free Great Northern Bean Soup Recipe

Here is a hearty gluten-free soup recipe using Great Northern beans and a lot of vegetables. Delicious!

  • 1 pound Great Northern beans, washed and sorted
  • 2 1/2 quarts cold water, divided
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 14 1/2 oz  diced tomatoes (Pilot used Italian seasoned tomatoes.)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Soak beans overnight in 2 quarts water.

Add remaining water to the softened beans and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients. Simmer 60 minutes or until beans are tender.

Remove bay leaves and serve .

Enjoy!

I wish you well.

Sandy

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No Other Gods

Well, here it is. The second week of February. Prime time to idol worship.

The Grammy Awards, Oscar Awards, and  Super Bowl have come and gone. Race cars will start swapping paint next week when the Daytona 500 kicks off. The Boys of Summer are headed to Spring Training. Hoops are being shot. Hockey pucks are flying. Soccer balls are striking.

We have television shows which idolize singers, dancers, and various other talents. And in no particular order, we idolize athletes, politicians, performers, business moguls, movers and shakers, ministers, authors, artists, family members, friends. The list is long.

Several months ago, the thought of how we humans idolize various people and things was brought back to mind as news reports stated members of the Houston Astros organization illegally stole signs of opposing teams using technology during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

As a result, the Astros were fined $5 million and forfeited their first and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts. General manager Jeff Luhnow and field manager A. J. Hinch were fired. Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox and Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets were also implicated.

Say it ain’t so, Joe.

Unfortunately. It is.

For many in my area of Texas, the news hit hard. I don’t see as much blue and orange Astros gear sported of late. Not too many Astros flags flying, either.

Which leads me back to how we humans idolize people or things.

God made it abundantly clear.

His people are not to put any person or thing, ANY, ahead of their devotion and allegiance to him. God’s people are to live by God’s standards. They are not to live by the standards of the world. God’s people are to be ambassadors for Christ. They are to love as Christ loved.

Celebrating and appreciating talent is a good thing. Idolizing the person instead of honoring the Giver of the talent is where, I believe, we sometimes get off track.

No other gods.

God and Jesus Christ alone are worthy of our worship. Period.

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 Then God gave the people all these instructions;

“I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.

“You must not have any other god but me.

“You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. Exodus 20:1-5a (NLT)

 

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Sandy

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