Well, its the last week of the series, but don’t worry! We will be back (after a week off) to start looking at some more amazing unnamed women in the bible. This week, we were looking at the character of Jairus’ Daughter, who was suggested […]
Good Evening Mummy Meditators!! Apologies for the lateness of posting this, but I have been away having an amazing weekend helping to run a youth camp down in Northamptonshire. It has been lovely to look back through all the comments and thoughts on this […]
Welcome to the week 8 summary post, as we look back on the thoughts and discoveries from this week about the Bleeding Woman. Firstly – huge thanks to Pippa our new Mummy Meditations Champion for holding the fort last week whilst I was away!! If you haven’t read her first ever summary post, do check it out!
So this was the verse we were meditating on together this week:
“Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Matthew 9:20-21
Why included? A hope to the hopeless…
The first thing that stood out to me this week was the length of time this woman had been suffering – 12 years. This is a considerable amount of time, although I’m sure if we think about it there are issues that we have probably been struggling with for the same, if not longer, periods of time. Maybe its not a physical issue, maybe its anxiety or a family problem, something that just won’t go away on its own. So when I came to question of “why was this woman included in the Bible?”, the answer came jumping out to me. She is a hope to the hopeless. She is there to show that there is hope that these long term issues can be healed, can be sorted, when we turn to our Saviour with them.
Lots of you also mentioned that her issues were probably menstrual related, which would have been something looked down upon in society at that time. Woman on their periods were required to be secluded away from others, and if this was something long term then that would have been a very lonely place to dwell in consistently. Here again there is hope to those who have been neglected and cast out by society. Nowadays it isn’t periods that separate us, but other things might.
Why not named? A voice to the voiceless…
In her first facebook live discussion, Pippa mentioned that this is quite an intimate verse. We are included in her thoughts and what she “says to herself”. It seems strange to know these intimate details, and yet still not know her name. But yet another community member suggested that she might have asked for her name not to be included due to the issue it related to. This makes a lot of sense to me as the story reads as though she has been interviewed by the disciples after the event has taken place. Noone would have noticed what was going on until the next verse (which we will look at next week!) when Jesus notices someone has touched his cloak, and so they would have had to go back and speak to her later. At this point it would be easy for her to explain the problem she did have but not disclose her name or want it spread that it was her.
In doing this she is protecting herself, but still allowing her story to be told, still giving a voice to the voiceless for generations to come. Would knowing her name have changed how we view this story? I’m not sure, but its an interesting question to ask!
In her shoes. Do we have the same faith?
As with Samson’s Mother last week, the big question I am left with is “Do I have the same faith as her?”. To step out and truly believe that just touching Jesus’ cloak will bring the healing that she so desperately wants and needs. Do I have that? Perhaps she wouldn’t have had that faith one year into her bleeding. Maybe not even 5 years into the bleeding. But at twelve years she is ready to take that step of faith and bet everything on Jesus. I don’t feel condemned by stepping into this woman’s shoes, but loved. I feel like she is the same as all of us, that maybe if we don’t have that faith yet, we will do soon.
What has God revealed to you this week?
We carry on looking at the bleeding woman and at the end of her story with Jesus, by meditating on this verse:
“Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.” Matthew 9:22
I think this will be a really interesting verse to meditate on, and I do hope you’ll all join me over in the Facebook Group for a live discussion at 9pm on Monday night to kick off the week! See you then. Rachel x
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This week we carried on our look at Samson’s Mother as she dealt with the exciting news of hearing from God that she was going to have a baby. We were meditating on this verse:
“Then the woman went to her husband and told him, “A man of God came to me. He looked like an angel of God, very awesome. I didn’t ask him where he came from, and he didn’t tell me his name.” Judges 13:6
Feeling Her Excitement
This week we spoke about how you can feel Samson’s mother’s excitement as she ran off from this interaction with the angel of God straight to her husband. She wanted to share this news with him as soon as possible, but in her quick explanation she realises she forgot to ask some vital questions!! I can almost hear the hurried talking and her husband having to ask twice what she was going on about! But this is the result of what happens when God steps into our lives. You can feel the excitement, its contagious. When God really truly speaks to you it sets your heart on fire and it becomes contagious.
When You Know Know
Despite realising that she hadn’t asked the angel of the Lord where he came from or what his name was, it seemed that Samson’s Mother knew who he was anyway. We’re not sure why or how she knew, but she did. And we chatted about this in the Facebook Community about how we “know know”, and a lot of us said we were still learning to hear from God. That we often require confirmation from another place that it was God before we are sure. Perhaps this is what Samson’s Mother is seeking here – looking to her husband for confirmation that he thinks it was from God too.
Husbands Can Help Us Know
Although we can see that she had her own opinion on what had happened and who she thought had spoken to her, she wanted to share it with her husband. We discussed how, as we are close to our husbands, they can speak truthfully to us and will help us to know whether something was from God. They can be a real strength when they provide that authority in situations, but they might also lead us to doubt what we know God has spoken. This is something we need to prayerfully consider, especially if you husband is not a Christian.
After this week looking at Samson’s Mother going to her husband for confirmation, we see what happens when God provides confirmation to them as a couple:
“God listened to Manoah. God’s angel came again to the woman. She was sitting in the field; her husband Manoah wasn’t there with her. She jumped to her feet and ran and told her husband: “He’s back! The man who came to me that day!” Judges 13:9-10
I am looking forward to kicking off discussion for the week over in the Facebook Community in our Live discussion at 9pm on Monday. Please do join me, with your thoughts on this week and initial observations of the verse.
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WELCOME to week 2!! We continued our look at Lot’s Wife this week, as interestingly she was mentioned again in the New Testament book of Luke. Although we couldn’t really “step into her shoes” this week, we have been able to reflect on the lessons we have learnt from Lot’s Wife by thinking about this verse:
“Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.” Luke 17:32-33
A FOOTNOTE IN THE BIBLE?
There are a lot of characters in the Old Testament, some have big parts and some not so much. In the grand scheme of things, Lot’s Wife is a teeny tiny footnote in one small book of the Old Testament. People like Moses and David you expect to get another mention later on – they had a big impact on the story of the Jewish nation. But Lot’s Wife? Why does she get a second mention? As I’ve been thinking about this all week, I guess it comes down to how big the lesson is that we have to learn from her.
Some lessons in life you can learn along the way, but the lesson of Lot’s Wife is life or death. I loved the way the Message Version put it “Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms.” as it expanded a bit more about what was meant by the term “life”. It was a reminder that what we see as “life” and what God sees as “life” are very different. That only by seemingly giving up control of our life to let God take over will we ever truly understand what it is to live.
I found that both exciting, scary and exhilarating! We are at a point in our lives as a family where we are trying to fix our eyes on God and follow a new way for our family. It’s a pretty scary place, and its so easy to look back or to sink into the comfortable and not even try. But I know that by moving forward with God I will experience new and refreshing life in all its fullness!
WHAT WILL YOU REMEMBER FROM LOT’S WIFE?
This week really has been a chance to pause and reflect on what we have learnt from the story of Lot’s Wife and to really let it sink in. Perhaps it hasn’t been the best meditation verse or the most discussion provoking, but I think actually the lesson is so huge for us as mums that we have needed this space to digest it. One member of the Mummy Meditations Facebook Community said this:
“The story of Lot’s Wife has challenged me this week. Sometimes when Mummying gets hard with a tantruming 2 year old & a screaming at me 4 year old. In unison. In public. I find myself longing for a time when I wasn’t being yelled at. But as this weeks verse highlights, longing for that time will make me miss what’s here & the beauty & enrichment of being a Mum.“
I think that is all that needs to be said. My challenge to you all is to record somewhere what you will remember from Lot’s Wife, whether thats in your Mummy Meditations workbook or a notebook elsewhere, and keep that lesson close to your heart.
We move on to another unnamed woman next week, the poor widow that is mentioned in the gospel of Luke. I am praying already that this verse really impacts our hearts this week and that God reveals something new to you through it:
“Just then he looked up and saw the rich people dropping offerings in the collection plate. Then he saw a poor widow put in two pennies. He said, “The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. All these others made offerings that they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all!” Luke 21:2-4
Do join me in the Mummy Meditations Community Facebook group at 9pm on Monday night for a live discussion to kick off this week. And don’t forget you can still download the digital pack and print off a workbook to keep all your notes in over in our shop.
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