Takeaway Tuesdays: Genesis 30:22

At the beginning of 2019 quite a few of my friends, including my community group at church, embarked on the daily journey of reading our way through the Bible in a year. We are following the Bible Recap’s podcast and Scripture reading plan, created by Tara-Leigh Cobble. I’ve read through the Bible several times before, but this year, it’s different. The Bible Recap’s plan goes through the Bible chronologically.

This past month, I’ve already seen God moving in my heart, stirring up untruths and setting them free with truth. I’ve seen God use His word to let me know I am seen, heard, and loved. One particular night, I was reading in Genesis 30, which unfolds the story of Jacob and his two wives Rachel and Leah. At this point in their story, Rachel was distressed. She badly wanted children, and her sister, Leah, seemingly had no problem producing children for Jacob.

Rachel’s heart grew bitter, and weary. And just as she thought she would never have children, God remembered her. He listened to her prayers, and allowed her to become pregnant.

As I read this passage of Scripture, I couldn’t help but tear up. God remembered Rachel, and He remembers me. On the same night, I read a chapter from Lysa Terkeurst’s book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way.

She shared, “God loves me too much to answer my prayers at any other time than the right time and in any other way than the right way.”

The Holy Spirit graciously and tenderly spoke to my heart, using both Genesis 30, and Lysa’s book. I love when God says, “Hi precious daughter. Listen closely, I have something to share with you: I’m here, I’m working on your behalf. I’m listening to your prayers. I remember you.”

This month, Takeaway Tuesday’s verse comes from Genesis 30:22. Friend, print it out, and let it remind you that God remembers you, and your needs. He knows your desires and is working on your behalf.

Takeaway Tuesdays: Hebrews 13:2

I love Fall, ya’ll. Sweaters, boots, pumpkin baked goodies. Tea and coffee galore. Dinner with friends. As I’m thinking about Fall, and how it begins on Friday, I am prone to think about gatherings. Fall is the quintessential time of year to gather in our homes, for it naturally hosts holidays such as Thanksgiving. This Fall, I’m challenged and reminded to be hospitable to my fellow neighbor. This may mean someone who thinks completely differently than me, and that’s okay. There is beauty in gathering together. Let’s not forget that hospitality is not just for those gifted in it, but for every single person who knows and loves God. Let’s make this Fall a season of bringing together friends, new and old. Hebrews132

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