Mother Teresa lived a life of love, faithfulness, and compassion, which we all can strive to imitate.
In Old Testament Biblical times, it was common for men to have one or more wives and also several other women who they were not married to. These other women were called concubines and had lower status than the wives. King Solomon is probably the most infamous for this practice. He had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Three passages in the book of 2 Samuel (15:16; 16:22; 20:3), however, tell us that Solomon’s father, David, also had his share of concubines.
When he was running away from his rebellious son, Absalom, David left ten concubines behind to take care of the palace. Absalom took revenge on David and raped all ten women in a tent on the roof of the palace, in the sight of all Israel. Absalom later died in a tragic way and David was able to come back to the palace. When he returned, he took the ten concubines and put them in a house to themselves. David continued to provide for these women, but they were kept in confinement till the day of their death, living as widows. Continue reading
Along with Esther, Ruth is the only other woman in the Bible to have her own book. Her story is short (only four chapters) and sweet. It is one of the most beautiful love stories in the history of love stories. Ruth’s life is a stark contrast to that of her sister-in-law’s life. Remember Orpah? While she decided to return to her hometown of Moab, Ruth decided to return to Bethlehem with her widowed mother-in-law, Naomi.
Along with Jochebed and Miriam, God used Pharaoh’s daughter to help preserve the life of Moses. Moses was later called by God to lead His people from slavery in Egypt and to the edge of the Promised Land. Even though her father wanted all the Hebrew baby boys to be killed, Pharaoh’s daughter knew this command was wrong. Exodus 2:6 says “she had compassion on him (Moses).” Read her whole story in Exodus 2:5-10. She is also mentioned in Acts 7:21-22 and Hebrews 11:24-28.
Even before we arrived, it was pretty much guaranteed that we would make mistakes. At some point in our lives, we would end up failing at something or disappointing ourselves and others. It shouldn’t surprise us that we aren’t perfect. Imperfection is one word that describes everyone. No one is an exception.
The Bible tells us in Galatians 4:24 about the nine fruits of the Spirit:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can –
At all times, Dare to be!
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
The photo above is of a woman begging for money as people pass by in downtown Milan, Italy. This same scene takes place multiple times a day, every day of the year in Italy, England, France, China, South Africa, Brazil, Russia, America…cities and countries all over the world.