How to Make Sense of Your Hard Times or Your Difficult Past, BUT-Kickers seminar, week 4

How to Make Sense of Your Hard Times or Your Difficult Past, BUT-Kickers seminar, week 4

Today we revisited the story of Samson’s wife from Judges 13-15. This time we compared our takeaways from last week with testimonials from our own lives, and talked about how we have seen God use heinous acts perpetrated against us, or our disappointments, or devastations to help someone else.

 

 

 

 

For each one of us, it was the thing we least expected God to do. And mostly that was because we never imagined that God would not somehow intervene–even if in the eleventh hour–even if as by fire, to save us from rape, childhood sexual abuse, family abandonment, emotional and psychological misuse, debilitating illness, or rampant sin, period.

 

 

And this was from our group alone.

 

 

I’ll bet that if we add to the mix the disturbing stories of Dinah’s rape in Genesis 34, or the two miserable wives of Elkanah in I Samuel 1, or of the woman who is cut up into twelve pieces and sent to each of the tribes of Israel, you, too would be up in arms.

 

 

Are we to hear stories like these and just go about our daily business? Or should we beg God for an understanding of these stories, those situations, or of HIM that would land us in a song rather than in a scream?

 

 

Does God care about the hurt or devastation of a woman? What can we possibly gain from the hearing of these stories?

 

 

And what’s your story?

 

Sherry Boykin

Sherry Boykin, the founder of Faith and Tales, is a storyteller and chronic believer in the power of faith narratives to change lives. She loves to use biblical and personal accounts to help women move beyond their obstacles, glean fresh perspectives on life, and to live differently as a result. Her experiences in urban and suburban ministries, Peruvian Amazon jungle missions, long-term singleness, marriage and family, and men's dorm-living shape her life and provide a colorful backdrop from which to share the Word of God. Sherry is the author of But-Kickers: Growing Your Faith Bigger Than Your But and she has been interviewed for articles in Time, The New York Times, and Better Homes and Gardens.

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  1. Eve

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  3. Hi Armstrong Family! Just caught up on your blog and all of your exciting adventures:). We are so glad that Grace’s adoption has gone smoothly. We’ve been thinking of your family and Katie was asking about meeting Grace the other day. Sounds like you will be home soon. We look forward to seeing you and meeting Grace. Safe Travels. Tami Bunn (and Family)

  4. Max and Stacey, Congratulations on your commitment to co-operate with each other. Keep having fun!Great interview with Gerald Celente. Sorry about the Nehru coat and beads comment, it under cut Gerald’s most important Trend; the truth is, we are all in this together; and we are waking up to it. Thanks again so much for your excellent show!

  5. I may not post much, but I’m always reading and always around.((((HUGS))))This latest post may give you a little peace for a while…..Nicole recently posted..

  6. These pictures were like looking into my soul, my own china hutches and kitchen…I couldn’t believe it! ( I still have doors on my cabinets though its pretty dusty here.. in central Washington) I had to repent, because I actually loved dishes too much and collected far too many, but adopting our 2 children has since slowed my collecting….. yes,oh yes, Old Country Roses, Johnson brothers, Rose Chintz, Lady Carlysle ( Royal Albert ) Blue & Red spode…my heart is already palpitating!

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  8. Those are just too stinking cute!!! Love Hobby Lobby! I made some amazing cookies today for a swap that I bet you would love and would probably be perfect for your next Bunco get together.

  9. I guess the haunted house would be better if it were done better, you know? There's no rhyme or reason to any of it, and it just looks like a big ol' mess. The wall thing is always crooked, and it needs some TLC. You can't walk through it, just admire it. I'm gonna have to agree with you that it COULD be cool, but it's sooo not. It's just cheesy. 🙁

  10. 20eבאופן עקרוני, החישוב של כל שנות חייו של העץ + התחשבות בסיכון שהעץ לא ישרוד. אבל זאת בדיוק הבעיה עם קיזוז פחמן.לגבי אשראי פחמן (ארגון מול ארגון) – שם בדרך כלל לא עוסקים בקיזוזים חיצוניים, אלא רק בייעול פנימי של הארגון/ חברה.פחמן חברה א’ יורד פחמן חברה ב’ עולה, זה בערך היחס.21

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