A little sneaky peak at my book

Here is a little treat for you all. From 30 November you’ll be able to read the whole book but for now this will have to do.  If you like it, share it.

 

book cover

 

 

The Daughters of Thunder

Let me tell you a story about a group of women who fully understood that there were people coming after them that would be affected directly by their actions.  In scripture they are known as the Daughters of Zelophehad.  Their names are Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah but I like to call them ‘The Daughters of Thunder’.  Why?  Jesus called two brothers, James and John, in his group of disciples ‘The Sons of Thunder’ because of their strength and tenacity, these women are a feisty bunch of single ladies who weren’t afraid to stand up and fight for their rights.

 

Their story is found in Numbers 27:1-11.  Their father died in the wilderness so they found themselves fatherless, motherless, brotherless, husbandless, penniless and not a little hopeless. The law at that time stated that if a man died without any sons his inheritance went to his brother regardless of whether he had a daughter, as inheritance was passed from father to son and not from father to daughter.  A woman was entitled to her husband’s inheritance but not to her father’s inheritance.

 

As single women, these ladies were facing complete and utter destitution.  They were living on the wrong side of the law.  What could they do?  Surely this was the end, but somehow among the grief of losing their father and the fear for the future they stood up and decided to challenge the very law that was holding them captive.  They went to Moses, the leader of Israel at that time and demanded that they be given the inheritance that they were entitled to. “‘Our father died in the wilderness; but he was not in the company of those who gathered together against the Lord, in company with Korah, but he died in his own sin; and he had no sons. Why should the name of our father be removed from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession among our father’s brothers‘“ (Num 27:3-4 KJV).  Moses took their case before the Lord and God said that these women should receive their inheritance.  By standing up and refusing to settle for what life had thrown at them these women made history.  After the Daughters of Zelophehad made their request the law was changed permanently so that women could receive their father’s inheritance.  Because these young women demanded what was theirs, generations of women following them would never be destitute.

 

The Daughters of Thunder fought a battle and it was a hard one but they were’t the only ones to benefit from the victory that was gained.  They made way for many destitute daughters coming after them.  In the end their battle wasn’t just about them it was about the people who came after them.  I’m sure at the beginning Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah wondered, “Why us?  Why does life have to be so hard.  We have no husband and now we have no father which leaves us with no money. If we are going to get what we deserve we have a fight on our hands.  Why does this have to be our fight?”   Have you ever thought that? “Why do I have to fight this battle?”  Let me tell you something, in the midst of your war remember these Daughters of Thunder.

The Ultimate Personal Assistant

1Jo 2:20
But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.

1Jo 2:27
But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

2Co 1:21-22
And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

Where would we be without the Holy Spirit and His anointing? There is some misunderstanding regarding the anointing and there has been some bad press. Usually when the anointing is mentioned people give a little giggle and the words ‘spooky’ and ‘weird’ find their way into the conversation. However the Greek word for the Holy Spirit is ‘parakletos’ which means ‘One Who comes alongside’. Jesus Himself called the Holy Spirit the ‘Helper’ (John 16:7). What’s spooky about that? I don’t know about you, but I need all the help I can get!

If you want to live the life God is calling you to live you will need the help of the Holy Spirit – you will not accomplish anything significant without Him. Over the past year I have really struggled in my job. About 18 months ago systems were changed and I was completely overwhelmed. So much so that I had to go off work due to stress and anxiety. During my time off God really spoke to me about inviting the Holy Spirit to be my Helper. I took this on board and every morning I invited the Holy Spirit to come to work with me and be my Helper. Every task that was thrown at me I prayed silently, “Holy Spirit – help me with this. Give me wisdom, confidence, strength.” Whatever I needed at that particular time that’s what I asked for. One year on, the turnaround has been amazing. I am enjoying my job. I am good at my job! There was no way I could say that a year ago!

This same anointing is yours! Embrace it! Whatever is on your to-do list invite the Holy Spirit to help you accomplish each task. Whether it’s your job, studies, looking after your family, serving in church, whatever. He is your ultimate Personal Assistant!