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05 Being Female - In the Image of God

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RESOURCES:MUSIC SPOTLIGHT: Song “Like the Rain” by JESS Album: Nothing WastedVerses that describe Gods’ nurture and protection for us: Deuteronomy 32:11-12, Matthew 23:37, Luke 13:34, Isaiah 66:13Verses about being made in God’s image: Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:18For more information on the meaning of “ezer kenegdo” from Genesis 2:18:Woman, a Power Equal to Man, by R. David FreedmanMan and Woman in Biblical Unity: Theology from Genesis 2–3, by Joy FlemingGod’s Word to Women: Word Study: Ezer KenegdoPastor Josh Krehbiel: "WOMEN: God's Original Design" (05.12.19)SHOW NOTES:“We believe… that everybody reflects who God is because God made us in His image… that’s our Imago Dei, that’s who we are, our worth and value.” Kaylin“As Mothers Day happened recently, I’ve been finding myself asking, how has God ‘mothered’ me, and how do I learn what it looks like for me to be a woman, and in my role of caring for my daughters? As a mom, how am I reflecting the very nature of God?” Christy“That’s part of the fall in our humanity is we put others as ‘lesser than’ to bring ourselves up, to make ourselves more than… it’s this ‘lesser than/ greater than’ struggle… if we look back into the garden… we were created to be equal… in face-to-face relationship with God Himself.” Kaylin“We see in Genesis that He will make a helper and we assume that that’s a ‘lesser than,’ ‘underneath’ relationship, instead of this ‘face to face.’” Kaylin“God was not making a ‘kitchen assistant’ to Adam, but He was making a partner corresponding to the man…the word uses [of Ezer] often refer to God Himself for His people: Being a helper to His people, a strength to His people, a rescuer to His people.” Christy“If you’ve had strong healthy women in your life, thank God for that, and I know that they will be informing your thoughts on who you should be as a woman. And if you haven’t, there’s still hope, because God mothers us.” Christy“It [femininity] will come out differently for everyone, but…I don’t have to say I’m ‘just a mom,’ because I know that I have the power and strength given to me, and my value isn’t necessarily what I’m doing… but because of my value I can move forward in what I’m doing with power and strength, and be there with my husband as a couple.” -Kaylin“Wherever we are in our stage of life…our strength is God-given; it’s intrinsic to our femininity, and that’s going to play out in so many different ways: Full time working woman, full time stay at home mom, and anything in between. Our strength is a huge part of our intrinsic femininity given to us by God.” Christy“What we do and what we bring to the community around us is sacred, because God, in us, is sacred.” Christy