There once was an elderly couple who decided to explore surrogacy with a dash of sexual exploitation to see if that was the answer to their problems. The story found in Genesis 16 is quite problematic, especially when seen through the modern lens.
But we also learn a bit about God in how he dealt with the lowest of the low: a runaway, foreign, female slave, who had been abused by those that should have cared for her. How God deals with Hagar is how he deals with us too.
The essential oil of the week is Peppermint.
This week we talk about Sarai, Abram’s wife and how she dealt with her own black moment. Turns out, the road to hell IS paved with good intentions. But before you bash this pair of old coots who tried to help God and made a mess of things, I want you to stop and THINK. I want you stop, and listen to this episode. It is important.
Essential oil of the week: Sandalwood
Finishing out Genesis 15 where God makes an oath that he will give Abram the promised land to his descendants. How does that help us see a clearer picture of the loving character of God? Stick around and find out. The flower of the week is Manuka.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin...
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made.
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.