Did you know that Abraham married another woman after Sarah’s death? Well, according to Genesis 25, her name was Keturah and she went on to have 6 more children for him (aside from Ishmael and Isaac)!
Upon reflecting on both women, though, it seems to me that Abraham’s time with Sarah and Keturah are indicative of two completely different seasons in his life:
Keturah= Walking in (the manifestation of) God’s promise; abundance and overflow
Sarah= the process that it took to lay hold of that process- a process that involved challenges to faith, work and maturation.
And can I be really transparent with you, lovely? I very much felt like I was in the Sarah phase this week.
This is how I realised that not only are these 2 women symbolic of 2 different seasons in Abraham’s life, they are also symbolic of the path to purpose and what it ultimately takes to master your craft. I elaborated on this and more on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.
So, one of my favourite contemporary gospel songs from back in the day is “Go Get It” by Mary Mary. Not only is it sure to get you dancing, the lyrics are sooo positive! The chorus alone, which encourages us to go for it and “go get [our] blessing,” is and always will be enough to hype me up when it comes to chasing my dreams!
If you’ve been wondering how exactly you can go about getting your blessings (goals and dreams) and making them a reality, then stay tuned! The events of Sarah life demonstrates the answer in these 5 simple steps:
Decide God is faithful
Know that His word will not return to Him void
Mix God’s word with faith
Know that you must do your part to attain the promise (God’s way!)
Practice patience and consistency (until God brings it to pass)
All of which I shared on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.
If you’ve been apart of the Far Above Rubies Collective for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m totally obsessed with gifs (this post is probably the most extreme example of that lol). This is because I LOVE to express myself and I just adore how simple yet effective gifs are for adding that extra layer of meaning and/or emotion to my blog posts, emails and even a social media comment or two!
Next to gifs, I love memes. As you’ll know if you’re apart of my Facebook or Instagram communities, I like the inspirational ones and post those most often but I love the funny ones too- so you can imagine my delight when I came across one that said:
We are called to be the salt of the earth; not salty!
a few weeks ago!
In case you’re unsure, the Urban Dictionary defines the term “salty” as “the act of being upset, angry or bitter” and, if we’re honest, the path to purpose can make us feel that way sometimes- especially if it:
Changes life as we know it
Costs us our relationships or attachments
Causes us to relinquish control (of our plans/what we had in mind in favour of God’s)
Arouses fear and so on
We see this (and more!) clearly demonstrated in the life of Lot’s Wife via Genesis 19 as her inability to submit to God’s command, not only made her salty as defined above, but literally got her turned into a pillar of salt!
She’s a great example of the fact that, although the gift of free will means that we have the freedom to say “yes” or “no” to God, there are always consequences for either decision- for better or worse. So we need to know how to make the right ones (even when they don’t necessarily align to what we want), all of which I shared on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.
If I was to ask you about a person in the Bible who completely took off running when faced with their calling- you'd probably say Jonah, right?
But what if I told you that there was a female who:
Lived many years before him
Also tried to run from her calling
Therefore has much to teach us but is often overlooked due to being overshadowed by her mistress?
Well- if the title of this blog post hasn't given it away yet- there was and her name is Hagar. The events of her life help us to understand:
Why we run from our calling in the first place (the root cause)
How to stop it so that we can come out of rebellion and live up to our God-given purpose- all of which I shared in the live video below
Have you ever had one of those moments where the Holy Spirit asks you to do something and it has you all confused?
Well, that was me when I was prompted to go back to the story of Noah this week.
You see, as far as I was concerned, I'd already spoken in depth about his female relatives (and what the events of their lives can teach us, as modern women). So, I really did not understand why God seemed to want me to revisit the story.
However, I'm glad I did because there does happen to be another female in Noah's life who is and was extremely instrumental to his story. A dove! One that teaches us the importance of:
Reliance on the Holy Spirit
Not being afraid to try again
Seeing failure as feedback so that we, like Noah, can manifest our God-given vision(s).
She also provides us with feminine symbolism for God as well as the Holy Spirit, demonstrating that we, as women, are not the cursed afterthoughts that we are often painted as. Rather we are also made in God's image and therefore powerful- all of which I shared on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.
Naomi, like Orpah, is first mentioned in the first chapter of the Book of Ruth. She was Orpah and Ruth's mother-in-law before her 2 sons (who were their husbands) died. What killed them was a famine that swept Moab and had also been responsible for Naomi's husband's death prior to this point.
The irony and saddest part about this situation is that Naomi and her husband had originally moved to Moab from Bethlehem years earlier to escape a famine that had swept that land. As such, by the time we meet her in Ruth 1, Naomi is grief-stricken and ready to return back to Bethlehem (especially because she had heard that the famine there was over).
Apart from being struck by the many lessons that can be gleaned from Orpah within this chapter about:
I also have new insights from Naomi about the fear of failure and how to overcome it.
Last Sunday, I wrote about the lessons that we can learn from Orpah about success (and what NOT to do)! (This will be summarised briefly in today's post but, just in case you prefer to read the whole thing in detail, you can do that here).
However, even after writing this post, I got more insight into other things that Orpah can teach us about success- all of which I shared on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.
Here's a little bit of what you can expect in terms of:
- A recap of what Orpah teaches us about success and what NOT to do
- Lessons from Orpah on why success can be perceived as scary, leading to the fear of success
- 3 ways to reframe your mindset about success
- 3 simple questions that will help you overcome your fear of success
- And much more!
Sound good, lovely?
Great! Do whatever it is that you need to do to get comfortable so you can watch and enjoy the video below.