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Archive for February, 2016

Slaves and Masters

With the Emancipation Proclamation issued on January 1, 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln, slavery became a thing of the past on American soil.

As such, modern ears tend to find the vocabulary around words like “slave” and “master” to be archaic and sometimes uncomfortable. Sections in the Bible that deal with servant/master relationships sometimes get skimmed as readers focus more on the parent/child and husband/wife verses.

But these servant/master admonitions are still applicable today when applied to a similar relationship – the employee/boss one. While this is not a perfect comparison, the ideal is similar.

In an employee/boss setting, the  worker has allowed whomever is in the supervising role to ultimately become the master. As such, the instruction from Ephesians 6:5-9 take a new meaning.

“5 [Employees work for] your earthly [bosses] with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would [work for] Christ. [Work for them] not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as [employees] of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. [Work] wholeheartedly, as if you were [working for] the Lord, not people,because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are [employed] or [the employer].

“9 And [bosses], treat your [employees] in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their [Boss] and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.” (NIV)

It’s crucial to treat employees and bosses with respect, and to work a job as if working it for the Lord. With this kind of work ethic, whether being the “slave” or “master” God is honored, and that is the best work benefit of all.

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

Designed to be a Rib

Ever wonder why God Even from one of Adam’s ribs instead of other body parts? (Gen 2:21-23).

He didn’t make Eve from a piece of Adam’s heel as though she was supposed to be beneath him. He didn’t make her from a piece of Adam’s head as though she was supposed to be charge of him. Also, he didn’t make her from Adam’s hands as though she was supposed to do the work.

But God made her from a rib. This makes more sense when seeing what ribs are designed do. They are made to be close to the man’s heart, they are to protect the life-giving organs, and they’re flexible and can bend in order for the man to breathe.

A broken rib can be one of the most painful bones to break, which also seems to indicate that a man has a broken rib (or wife) he is to take as much care as he can to repair and gently help the rib to heal.

All in all, a woman being like a rib to a man shows that women are needed, should be close to a man’s heart, and know that they are designed to be vital just like every part of the human body that God so purposely crafted.

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

God Wanted Me to Exist

The story of how I came to be is a fascinating one.

My parents were married in 1980 and I was born over ten years later. My mom recalls wondering if she and my dad were ever going to be able to have kids and it was something they kept private.

However, there was a gentleman by the name of Mr. Tullis who went to my parents’ church in Chicago. He had started to pray for the young couples in the church because God had asked him to.

He prayed for my parents and asked God what they needed prayer for. God said he should pray for a baby for them, so he did. He didn’t really know my parents, but it was what God told him to do.

About a month later, Mr. Tullis took his time to pray, and when he got to praying for my parents to have a baby, God interrupted him. He told Mr. Tullis that this request was taken care of and it was time to start praying for something else.

Meanwhile, my mom was on a business trip with her business associate. The associate had bought her a pregnancy test since my mom had thought about buying one earlier, but had been disappointed so many times.

But it was a different story then. She found out she was pregnant, and on a Friday the 13th, too, which she jokes now “was the luckiest day of my life.”

When my mom next attended church, she was mentioning to a friend in the lobby that she and my dad were finally going to have a baby. Mr. Tullis happened to be standing somewhat nearby, heard this, and came over to my mom, who had no idea what was going on.

“Are y’all pregnant? Praise God!” Then proceed to tell my mom about what God had told him in his prayer life.

I’ve known this story for a while, but it moved me deeply knowing that God really wanted me to exist and that he specifically told one prayer warrior to ask him to ensure my mom became pregnant with me.

I don’t even know how all of that works, and we may not know this side of eternity. But it reminds me of God’s promise in Jeremiah:

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”(29:11, NIV).

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

 

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