Stories and Other Stuff

Picking up where we left off last time…

A “wise” or discerning heart learns how to listen and by listening, walks closely with the Commander in Chief. This transcends seeing the Scriptures solely as a manual of Christian principles or dogma, but as the stories of God’s friends – real people who learned how to walk with Him in a gillion different routes. How did they handle this situation or that person? What did God say about A or B? What is His heart toward this topic, event, situation, question, issue, and so on? What does God’s Word reveal about who He is and who I am as His child? Put another way, what’s His Story, and where do I fit?

Sounds like the prologue to a Grand Adventure, doesn’t it? The kind that’s a whole lot more compelling than checking off items on a To Do list or a fill-in-the-blank workbook type Bible study of that so often passes for “women’s ministry.”  In other words, why do so many Christian women settle for “burgers and fries” when filet mignon is available?  Why do some routinely confuse/equate conservative, Republican, and Suzy Homemaker with “Christian woman”?  (Nothing wrong with any of those – but is that a balanced biblical view of the subject?)

Much more needs to be said on the subject of Christian womanhood – what it is and isn’t. Much more needs to be written on this subject. Here are some places to start: Captivating: Unveiling the Mysteries of a Woman’s Soul, by John and Stasi Eldredge (Thomas Nelson, 2005). Ruby Slippers: How the Soul of a Woman Brings Her Home, by Jonalyn Grace Fincher (Zondervan, 2007). Also Waking the Dead, by John Eldredge (Thomas Nelson, 2003).  See my vodpod for more.

– Stay tuned –

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