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Eve Part 4: The Choice is Yours

So aside from pain in childbirth, what does Eve leave us? The power to choose. We get to decide what to do with each moment of the day. Incredible opportunities await us.

What do I choose to do with my day?

What are my priorities?

Which thoughts, actions, and desires do I choose to think, do, and harbor?

Don’t wait until things get a little bit better in your life, until the grass gets a little greener to make the right choices or to stop complaining or whining. Eve’s grass was as green as it could possible be and yet she still chose to listen to the enemy’s whispering and eat the fruit.

When I first thought about studying women of the Bible, I wondered how I’d manage it. I found myself spending hours whining and complaining about how I couldn’t find time. I’d fret about how there other things I wanted to do too, like my hobbies of painting or reading. But, then I read about Eve  and I realized that I was choosing to not do anything. I started each day choosing the attitude “I can’t do it, I don’t have time.” And guess what, I couldn’t do it–I’d forgotten about my Helper. So I started waking up choosing to say, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Phil 4:13) and guess what, the strangest thing happened. I got through my what I needed to do, spent quality time with my boys, AND had time to study God’s Word. When I made the CHOICE to say, “Yes” to God, HE strengthened me and helped me get through everything plus the reading of His Word which fuels my soul. I couldn’t do it on my own, but I CAN do it WITH God’s help. And trust me, it’s a choice I have to make everyday. Some days I feel strengthened to do anything and other days, I feel defeated. But God is faithful.

So, what are you going to choose?

As a woman, a mother and a wife, we can choose to make a little “paradise” within our own homes and lives in the way we act and speak.

Do we, as women, choose to trust God when the going gets rough, and pursue His path for our life even when nothing makes sense?

Do we, as wives, choose to study and meet our husband’s needs and show encouragement and appreciation for all that he does for our family?

Do we, as mothers, choose to speak life and show love to our children so that they see Jesus in us and grow to love Him and desire a personal relationship with Him?

Do we, as followers of Christ, choose to pursue our potential and talents for the glory of Jesus Christ?

And when we fail, which we will, do we choose to dust ourselves off, ask forgiveness, and allow God to pick us up so we can hold fast to Him as we go on?

Eve failed big time, but what is remarkable is that God loved her nonetheless and showed her grace and mercy, allowing her son, Seth, to be included in Jesus’ lineage. And if God can redeem Eve like that, what amazing plans does he have for me? For you? And that’s enough to bring a smile to my face and thankfulness to my heart. Choose to be a blessing and a Godly influence to those around you. Choose to say “Yes” to whatever it is God is calling you to do. Choose to get up and start over with God’s help. And please, choose to drink some deliciously strong coffee! Join me next time for another cup of grace!

(Genesis 1-4)

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Eve Part 3: But Wait, There’s More!

Grab some of that hot liquid heaven (coffee for me) and get comfy because we’re coming to the good stuff!

Yes, Eve took the fruit. Yes, she ate it. Yes, she gave it to her husband. And as you’d expect, husband and wife played the blame game before God. But God held EACH of them responsible because spiritual responsibility is personal. Ever use that excuse, “he/she made me do it” or “everyone else was doing it” while you were growing up? How’d that work out for you? About as well as it did for me, I’m guessing. Wrong is wrong and I have the free will to choose not to partake in whatever the wrong activity may be. And there were consequences for Adam and consequences for Eve. And you probably know them. Adam gets hard labor, we get hard…childbirth. (Gen 3:16-17)

But “The End” isn’t found in the next verse. Instead, God shows them He still loves them and makes them clothes before having to send them out of Eden. Can you imagine the conversation as they left the Garden? Do you think the blame game kept going for a while? Or maybe they were both so heartbroken at their separateness from God that they were silent and mourning. Maybe both.

When Eve had her first kiddo, she remembered her God, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” (Gen 4:1) And thank goodness for the help of the Lord in this particular area.

Next we come to the tragedy of Cain and Abel, and I’m sure sorrow and agony filled Eve’s heart. God does not promise an easy life, instead He promises “He will never leave you nor forsake you…do not be discouraged.” (Deut 31:8)

And here we do come to the end of Eve’s story. Eve has another son, Seth (Gen 4:25.) Now, check out Jesus’ genealogy in Luke 3:24-38 and fast forward to verse 38 “the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.” Wait what? If Adam’s wife (Eve) gave birth to Seth, then she too is part of…the genealogy of Christ! See the love God has for Eve! Even with her bad choice of, you know…eating the fruit and being partly responsible for the fall of man and  sin entering the world…GOD STILL LOVED HER! He still showed her grace. Her son Seth had a son Enosh, who had a son…..who had a son Joseph, who, sort of or “so it was thought” (Lk 3: 23), had a son, Jesus. Eve kept going and kept remembering her God, and God remembered Eve. That is the real ending of Eve. I love happy endings. And coffee. I love coffee too.

(Genesis 1-4)

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Eve Part 2: Temptations and Choices

We left off with Adam and Eve enjoying a closeness with God in His beautiful creation. Wouldn’t that have been something? To walk and talk with God in Eden? Just perfect communion with God in the most amazingly beautiful garden ever. Sigh.

Eve’s grass on couldn’t have been greener! And yet…

The enemy was just around the corner, waiting. With Eve, he appeared as a serpent. Ew. I really hate serpents and snakes and slithering things. “Snakes, why does it always have to be snakes?” I agree, Indy.

First, the serpent twists the situation and reminds her of God’s one restriction…but in a twisty, unfair, and sneaky, lying sort of way. “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Gen 3:1) No, that’s not really what God said, and here we have Eve’s first mistake. She hung around to discuss the difference. Run, Eve, run! If we know what the choice should be, don’t hang out to discuss the other possibilities, run to the Lord and ask him for help (God’s Word is full of truth and wisdom.)

Next up, the serpent turns to persuasion. “You will not certainly die” (Gen 3:4) When you know the right choice, stand firm in it. Be strong! As the Veggie Tale song says, “God’s way is the best way” so don’t let yourself be convinced otherwise!

The enemy then goes for the jugular, Eve’s pride. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Gen 3:5) Gulp. How often does our pride get us into trouble? And when presented with an important decision, do we seek out Godly counsel or think we can make the choice ourselves?

Things that seem too good to be true need careful and prayerful consideration. What if Eve had really stopped to think about what the serpent was suggesting, and sought out her God…but that’s not what happens with pride, is it? I don’t need help, I can figure out it out on my own. I know best. Ha, yeah right! Some decisions can be made spur of the moment (do I need more cream in my coffee? yes!) while others should be prayed about (should I get married and to whom?)

No matter what our situation may be, we are given choices everyday. Life is filled with them! And even in an ideal setting and perfect situation, you’re going to face a choice. Eve did.  And, not only did it destroy her perfect paradise, it created a separation in the closeness she shared with God, and had far reaching consequences we still deal with today.

Yes, Eve took the fruit and ate it. Yes she gave it to her husband, just remember, he ate it (note it says he “was with her and ate it” Gen 3:6, not “she forced it down his throat.”) Both husband and wife chose poorly. Now, innocence is gone and sin enters. Ugh. On that note, I need more coffee. But take heart, Eve’s story DOES NOT END HERE!

(Genesis 1-4)

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Eve Part 1: The Grass Couldn’t Be Greener

Hi friends! I’m glad you’ve joined me for a cup of grace.  Let’s get digging into God’s Word and see what Eve’s story can show us ! We’ll start at the beginning…a very good place to start.

God created the universe, prepared a beautiful garden, and created male and female in His own image (Gen 1:27). God blessed Adam and Eve and said “Be fruitful and increase in number,” (Gen 1:28) and gave them good food to eat (amen!) and a beautiful garden home (Gen 2:9). God set up the ideal environment for this first couple. And He gave them each a unique body, soul (personality, emotions, behavior), and spirit (being able to relate and reach out to God.)

God created Eve for Adam because he needed a helper — a partner. Don’t think for a moment that “helper” means anything of lesser value, after all, God is often referred to as a “Helper” for us. (Ex 18:4, Ps 54:4, Heb 13:6) I love how Liz Curtis Higgs puts it in her book, Bad Girls of the Bible, “This partner had to be as valuable as Adam, as worth of living in God’s glorious Garden of Eden, as equally created in God’s image, and yet..different. Adam was made from the dust of the earth. His partner was made of finer stuff.” Eve was a gift from God for Adam — and while we’re on that subject, YOU, dear friend, are equally as wonderfully created in God’s image, whicjh means YOU are a gift from God as well.

Adam and Eve enjoyed a closeness with God in His beautiful creation. But God did give them one command: “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Gen 2:16-17) With this command comes the power of choice, God gave man and woman free will. God did not make Eve a mindless drone who could not think for herself but rather a beautiful creation who could choose how to think and act for herself.

Eve had quite a beautiful life. She lived in a most gorgeous paradise, she dined on delicious food, she was created with purpose and to be an equal to Adam, and best of all, she had communion with God. The grass on Eve’s side of the fence couldn’t have been greener! And yet…

(Genesis 1-4)