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Abigail: A Bible Woman with Beauty and Brains

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Abigail, Nabal and David

Abigail: A Bible Women with Beauty and BrainsAbigail is an interesting woman who we meet in 1 Samuel chapter 25. Like several women in the Old Testament, Abigail is described as beautiful. Unlike most other women in the Old Testament, Abigail is also described as “intelligent” (NAB, NIV, TEV), or “clever” (NRSV), or “of good understanding” (KJV, ASV), etc. Beautiful and clever Abigail was married to a wealthy man, and she may have enjoyed the benefits of an affluent lifestyle, but her rich husband Nabal was foolish, intemperate, and mean.

Abigail’s name אֲבִיגַיִל is derived from two Hebrew words, “father” and “happiness”, and means “my father’s happiness”. She may have been the cause of happiness in her father’s house, but Abigail’s marriage cannot have been a happy one.[1] Nabal’s name נָבָל means “foolish” or “senseless” in Hebrew. As an adjective the word is used especially of people who have no perception of ethical or religious claims. It is an apt name for this character, who typifies such behavior.[2]

Nabal had not noticed that David and his men had been protecting his shepherds. When David’s camp started to run out of food, he sent ten messengers to Nabal. The messengers told Nabal about how they had been protecting his shepherds and they asked for provisions, but Nabal refused them.[3] He even screamed at them (1 Sam 25:14 NLT). Nabal’s actions deeply insulted David, and David responded by preparing for a slaughter (1 Sam 25:13, 22).

Abigail’s Actions

Abigail was the able mistress of an extensive household.[4] A servant told Abigail how Nabal has insulted David, and informed her of the danger they now faced. Her servants, both male and female, promptly helped Abigail in her decisive plan to placate David.

Abigail was not just intelligent and beautiful, she was also brave. It would have been no mean feat to confront David and four hundred of his men who had been insulted and were intent on revenge with their swords at the ready. Yet Abigail approached David and, with great diplomacy, humbly offered him a “peace offering”. She gave David and his men plenty of food. Her quick actions saved her household from disaster, and kept David and his men from unnecessary bloodshed.

Abigail was also brave considering that her actions would be found out by her husband, and then she would have to face his violent temper. The next day, Abigail told Nabal everything that she had done. Thankfully, God spared her from Nabal’s wrath. Nabal immediately had a heart attack and ten days died later from heart failure.

Nabal did not know who David was, but Abigail knew. She knew that David was an outlaw on the run from King Saul, and she spoke eloquently and prophetically about David and his future reign as king of Israel.[5] Her speech is one of the longest speeches of a woman recorded in the Old Testament. Here is an excerpt:

“The Lord your God will certainly make a lasting dynasty for my lord, because you fight the Lord’s battles, and no wrongdoing will be found in you as long as you live. Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my lord will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the Lord your God, but the lives of your enemies he will hurl away as from the pocket of a sling. When the Lord has fulfilled for my lord every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him ruler over Israel my lord will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself. And when the Lord your God has brought my lord success, remember your servant.” 1 Samuel 25:28-31 (NIV)

David did remember Abigail. After Nabal’s death, he seems to have lost no time in asking her to become his wife. It is not clear whether David sought this marriage because of his attraction to Abigail or if it was for political reasons, but he certainly admired her. Abigail became David’s third wife and she bore David’s second son Chileab (2 Sam 3:3). (Her son is called Daniel in 1 Chronicles 3:1.)

Abigail’s Submission

I remember being so confused about the story of Abigail when I was younger. I had been taught that wives are to submit to their husbands in everything—after all, that’s what Paul says in Ephesians 5:24. Moreover, women were supposed to revere and respect their husbands as the leaders, and certainly not say anything bad about them. But here was a Bible women who went behind her husband’s back and did something she knew he wouldn’t approve of.  And she even announces her husband’s faults to David:

“My lord should not pay attention to this wicked man Nabal. He simply lives up to his name! His name means ‘fool,’ and he is indeed foolish!” 1 Samuel 25:25 (NIV)

Despite defying her husband and saying negative things about him, Abigail is commended for her actions. Furthermore, David recognises that Abigail was sent by God.

David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day . . .” 1 Samuel 25:32-33 (NIV)

In fact, Abigail is an ideal wife. She didn’t submit to her husband’s stupidity; rather she protected her husband and his interests. She took the initiative when he was unable or unwilling to act, and she even apologised for his rude behaviour.[6]

I think much of the church has a faulty idea of submission in marriage. Biblical submission is not about blind obedience or subservience. Healthy submission is characterised by loyalty, humility, and consideration, and it seeks the greater good. Ideally it should be mutual and reciprocal, rather than one-sided, with both husband and wife helping and serving each other.

Abigail was a smart, strong, young woman who helped her husband by going against his wishes. She initiates a potentially dangerous meeting with David, and speaks with great diplomacy and insight. God used Abigail to help David and encourage him with her prophetic words. Abigail was a remarkable woman.


Endnotes

[1] I wonder why Abigail’s parents arranged such a marriage for their daughter.

[2] Footnote of 1 Samuel 25 from the NET Bible.

[3] “Whatever his reasons for initially helping Nabal’s shepherds, David’s assistance constituted an act of unsolicited generosity for which some reciprocal action of goodwill on Nabal’s part was only to be expected in a traditional culture.”
Joy Osgood “1 & 2 Samuel”, The IVP Women’s Commentary, Eds: Catherine Clark Kroeger and Mary Beth Evans (Intervarsity Press: Downers Grove, 2002) 167.

[4] No children are mentioned in 1 Samuel chapter 25. Abigail may have been a young, new wife and had not yet conceived.

[5] According to the Megillah (one of the tractates of the Talmud), the rabbis regard Abigail as one of seven prophetesses who prophesied to Israel. The other six female prophets are: Sarah, Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Huldah, and Esther. (See Megillah 14a and 14b.) The rabbis do not include Noadiah (Neh. 6:14) and Isaiah’s wife (Isa. 8:3) among the seven prophetesses.

[6] Adele Berlin, “Abigail: Bible”, Encyclopedia, Jewish Women’s Archive 

Image: Ink and watercolour portrait of Abigail by Sarah Beth Baca. Used with permission of the artist. 


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Further Reading:  “Abigail: An Old Testament Type of Christ” here

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70 comments on “Abigail: A Bible Woman with Beauty and Brains

  1. […] David listened to Abigail (1 Sam 25:23-35) and Bathsheba (1 Kings 1:11-31). […]

  2. […] The inspired songs, prayers, praises and teachings of Miriam (Ex 15:20-21), Deborah (Judges 5:1ff), Hannah (1 Sam 2:1ff), Abigail (1 Sam 25:28-31), King Lemuel’s Mother (Prov 31:1-9), Mary (Luke 1:46ff) and Elizabeth (Luke 1:41ff) are considered prophetic and are included in Scripture. […]

  3. […] This article was first published at newlife.id.au here. […]

  4. […] Abigail is an exception.  While she is described as beautiful, she is also described as intelligent (1 Samuel 25:3). […]

  5. Wendy says:

    I’ve always had a problem with Abigail and her “disobedience” to her husband. This article has been helpful. Thanks.

  6. […] The Bible has many examples of women who were willing to risk their lives to help others. Brave Bible women include: Jael (Judges 4:21; 5:24-27); the woman who killed Abimelech (Judges 9:53); Rahab (Joshua 2:1-6); Abigail (1 Samuel ch 25)[4]; the servant girl who was given a dangerous task (2 Samuel 17:17-18); the woman of Bashurin (2 Samuel 17:19-20); Esther (Esther 4:11, 16); and Priscilla, who risked her life for Paul’s sake, as did her husband Aquila (Romans 16:3-4). […]

  7. […] Abigail: A Bible Woman with Beauty and Brains […]

  8. RosieG says:

    My favourite woman in the bible. Hence my email address xxxxx1sam25.3@l. It used to be Abigail1 sam25.3 but for a woman called Rosemary that was just a bit to cryptic.

    She was a beautiful and intelligent woman.

    I was like Abigail in an unfortunate marriage. God moved him out of my life, not on quite the same way he moved Nabel (which is probably a good thing) and gave me to a David. My own Prince David

    The first time I read about Abigail I had hope that God would deliver me in his own way and his own time. My responsibility was to be that beautiful and intelligent woman ie be a woman of strength and character. Keep my heart free from bitterness, being the wife that God called me to be.

    I’ve been married 20 years in December to my lovely Prince David.

  9. Marg says:

    Rosie, You must really love Abigail!

    I always love hearing about happy marriages. God wants us to be happy in marriage. I can’t imagine being married to a “Nabal”. 🙁

  10. Anna says:

    My granddaughter will be born today, at 16weeks due to tragic circumstances. My daughter and her husband have named her Abigail because of Abigail in King David’s time, where she was not only beautiful, but showed great courage and strength during a most difficult time. Our Abigail’s ashes along with her name will be placed in a special rosé garden dedicated to infants who didn’t survive. Abigail will always live in our hearts.

  11. Marg says:

    Oh Anna, thank you for honoring this page with the story of your precious Abigail.

    Grace and Peace
    Marg

  12. oluwakemi says:

    the teaching is quite expository

  13. Marg says:

    Thanks Oluwakemi. I’ll take that as a compliment. 🙂

  14. Bronwen says:

    Not only is Abigail intelligent, but she is one of only two people directly referred to in Scripture as “intelligent.” (NIV 2011…other versions might use the word in other verses, but I’ve not checked.) The other is a Roman proconsul. Quite an accolade!

  15. […] (3) Think and act quickly and rescue your husband from imminent death: Zipporah (Exo. 4:24-26), Michal (1 Sam. 19:11-17), and Abigail (1 Sam. 25:1ff).  More on Abigail here. […]

  16. […] The submission of wives to their own husbands also has limits. Abigail clearly went against her husband’s wishes, and she is commended for it. We are to use discernment and wisdom when implementing any biblical directive. […]

  17. anna says:

    This Bible story happened to be part of our Sunday school lifeway lessons this week. I’m married to a “Nabal”. I teach the 2nd grade Sunday school class at our church with a friend. I happened to be fixing the audiovisual screens and totally missed our lesson, so my friend came up to me with tears in her eyes and said, “You are her.” U are amazing and smart and beautiful, you are a fierce protective mother, constantly playing peacemaker, married to an ogre that is mean and self serving. “You are her! You can do it. God will bless u and give u some one that will show love. Eventually. Read the story asap, I think God wants u to read this story on HIS time”.

    I was like, ok, you’re Looney toons. Haha. I forgot all about it, came home, later on mm no mmwas almost asleep, and suddenly sat up, grabbed the Bible, and started at 1 Samuel 25, then I prayed and cried. God is soooo good and blesses me daily. I am encouraged by Abigail’s story. I am also looking for a novel or book that is about Abigail and Nabal and David, so if you know of any, please reply to my post.

  18. Marg says:

    HI Anna, I’m so sorry you are married to a “nabal”. But I’m glad you have found comfort and hope through Abigail’s story. I agree, God is soooo good in the way he blesses us.

    I don’t read Christian fiction, so I can’t recommend any books about Abigail. But maybe some other people reading this can offer suggestions.

    Maybe you can write your own story about Abigail.

    • Abigail cruickshank says:

      Hello, There is a novel about Abigail.
      It’s about the wives of King David 2- it’s a novel entitled “Abigail” by Jill Eileen Smith
      Always
      Abigail

    • Abigail cruickshank says:

      Of course I was named after her by my parents- thought it the fitting name for me, and I agree.

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  20. Abigail says:

    I am Abigail! I was married for 27 years to a man like Nabal. Even though he called himself a “Christian man” he was selfish and self centered. He went to my office to ask me to sign the divorce papers; he was involved with a woman from my church. He took everything from me. I have struggled financially and asked God why so many times. For 4 yrs. I worked 2 jobs, many, many days from 7:00am to 11:00pm. Every minute I asked God why, why me? Not knowing or remembering why my dad choose that name for me.

    Almost 7 years has past, I’m still struggling financially and still asking God many, many questions, but today I know why my dad choose that name for me. I’m still waiting for some answers, for miracles, for financial freedom. But at least I know that in my FATHER’s eyes I am smart, intelligent, beautiful, strong, brave.

  21. Marg says:

    Dear Abigail, I said a prayer for a miracle and financial miracle. I’m so glad that you know that you are very precious to your – our – Father.

  22. Chamee Her says:

    I am Abigail too. I am married to a Nabel as well. Well, without the wealth. We’ve been married for 20 years and have three children. My wonderful husband hasn’t been working for the past 18 years. Every day is a hardship. Some days are a little better. Let me try to describe my husband. I would say 6 days of the week, he is angry and hates everyone. He blames everything on me. Repeats daily of records of wrong about me. Nags about negativity of everyone including me and our children. Calls me bad horrible names. Has never gone out as a family this includes camping, trips, visiting friends and family, shopping, etc. Just me and our three children. I can go on forever. Let’s just say, people thinks I’m not married because they had never seen my husband. The most painfully is that we are not in one unity/team. I feel like I am a single mom with four children. Therefore, this makes me feel alone. Worst yet, I am the only provider with one income. Therefore, everything I do I have to make right choices or there be no food on the table and no roof over your heads.

    Often times, If I would wished that.. just for one day.. my husband would work. I wondered how that feels. I wanted love, security, and protection. About 2 years ago, I discovered that only God can fulfill those. Then my eyes were open and I understood and experienced that God is my Father and my Husband.

    God is sooo wonderful to me. Through all this, God has been providing and blessing me and my family. The pain that I am in, God has made my strong, His grace is sufficient enough for me. I have learned to be content with what I have and what I was going through. I began to thank God that husband is my throne … I am soo thankful and honor because this makes me long, thirst, and desire more of my God. Through my struggles, my God is my husband and my father. I wait and rely on Him alone for my expectation comes from Him, not my husband.

    I know that all my pain and trials are opportunities for maturity in Christ. So I daily rejoice and allow God to execute His miracles through my difficulties. I know that God has chosen me to be his wife because He knew that I am the only perfect and capable women on this plant to be his wife. So I consider this as privilege and an honor that God has trusted me. I will not disappoint God. I will not give up. I will not retreat. The spirit who lives in me is much greater than the spirit of this world.

    Lastly, as other see my life and can’t comprehend how I can live, still love my husband, and rejoice in my pain… this is my opportunity to share the gospel to them. Now this is worth living for. I want and desire my life to be a living love letter so all can see and read my life. I am living in victory and I am running to finish my race so I will receive my crown in heaven. Thank you Jesus!

  23. muchaneta mashiri says:

    Great very touching hey

  24. Marg says:

    There are several touching stories here of women who identify with Abigail and, no doubt, there are thousands more. I’m grateful that some women have been able to transcend living with a Nabal, but many more are being crushed by foolish, selfish husbands. :'(

  25. joseph mubuya says:

    Beauty and Brains women are in the hands of God. Ruth, Esther and Abigail stands for greater lessons in the church.

  26. Marg says:

    Joseph, I agree, that is one reason why I wrote this article. Even though Abigail is described as an intelligent and beautiful woman in 1 Samuel 25:3, her actions show that she had great courage and had the discernment of a prophet.

  27. Pauline says:

    My Abigail was born in 2013, 16, 11. Her father decided to call her this name because his joy was surely ‘fathers happiness’ after waiting for long time without conceiving her. For sure she brought happiness into our marriage.

  28. Tammy says:

    I love the story of Abigail even today my Pastor told me to study her story, because that’s who I am and married to..Even has the money and fame, but leaves me broke home alone with our boys etc…it goes on and on for 16 years now..Even found out his health is not good can have a massive heart attack or stroke if he dosent take care of himself..I do pray and would love to have other women pray in aggreement with me that God will remove this Nabel out of my life and give me my King David..I don’t submit to any of his foolish doings…thank you

  29. Marg says:

    I said a prayer for you and your boys, Tammy.

  30. I like it please keep up.

  31. theresa says:

    i love her wisdom

  32. Denise says:

    Love this. Wanting to do a bible study on women in the bible with my bookclub. Thanks so much!!

  33. Toni Toni says:

    Insightful article. Thank you. This story is very important in my culture. There is also a book out that goes into great detail about this wonderful teaching entitled, “The Peacegiver” by the Arbinger Institute-James Ferrel. Wonderful book. Thank you for this article again, a great reminder to us all of our power of agency to do good.

  34. Louann says:

    I am Abigail. I constantly ask for wisdom and understanding about things. I ask God for his help and allowing me to see both sides. I pray for peace and healing for my family. And that God will allow me the courage to let go of someone that has pushed us all out.

  35. Evelyn says:

    I have been married ten years to a wealthy Nabal. I have everything I could possibly ever want, beautiful children, a great and satisfying career, but no peace, because my husband is simply a boor. I am praying for my David to come, and I believe he will come.

  36. nidhi says:

    respected writer…..i love Abigail…..becoz of her beauty with brain ……God fearing woman……..thanks for helping us….

  37. What a great article – Abigail is one of my favourite women of the Bible and I have studied it many times but your article gave me new insight into her biblical submission, which I had never before considered, thank you

  38. Lisa says:

    Thank you for this excellent commentary on Abigail. You wrote “No children are mentioned in 1 Samuel chapter 25. Abigail may have been a young, new wife and had not yet conceived.” It could also be possible that she was NOT a young, new wife, but that God in His mercy did not let her bear children with such a foolish man. I am married to a Nabal and am thankful that despite repeated infertility treatments, I had “only” one wonderful daughter. I look back and realize that if I had had more children, I might have had a child who ended up being like its father. God always knows best.

  39. Abigail says:

    I am Abigail and was prompted to revisit this story by a stranger i met yesterday.

    My confirmation proverb is Isaiah 43:1 NIV … “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Nothing in this world surpasses the knowledge that you are His child and that nothing and no one can separate you from His love.

    To all the Abigails out there, God promises that Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (Isaiah 46:4 NIV)

    Stay blessed…

  40. […] David bears the responsibility and the condemnation, and from this point on he is beset by problems within his family that have political implications for his reign. This David is quite different from the man depicted in the Abigail story. […]

  41. Abigail Hannah says:

    My name is Abigail Hannah born on 5-21 i have traveled throughout this life a weary profit and fallen angel who had to submit to the covetous false husbandry of this world. My light is constantly being stolen from me but I will always continue to shine with out fail even to those who know not what love and light are. By spreading love to all in my hopes to bring to them what has been missing from their lives. I had been corrupted by this world. My understanding of love had been skewed. My journey has been lonely. I believe that I may have been deluded for far too long and the idea of being amongst David’s harem pleases me not. I am determined to find true love and figure out how to be only a shining example of what love can really be. For only love concurs all. Peace and blessings to you all on this holiday season.

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  44. navarro francois says:

    Hi, I met online an extremely wise woman 2 years ago, she is totally devoted to the Lord and to orphans she cares for in India.
    She is an indian lady and has been married like most women by family members to a man she never met.
    This man happened to be the worse kind I have ever incountered (looking good on the outside and wicked to the bone on the inside), Beginning of 2014 he several times tried to kill her as well as her family. I that point I decided to get involved and she then told me she had feelings for me. After several exchanges, we decided that we would get married in the future and do everything we can to protect the orphans and get her out of this situation. We managed to do that for a year but now, in India, the police, politician got involved because of much money from the family (corruption) and they now give her 2 choices : stay married = die or marry another indian who has been wrongfully accused of adultery (in order to force her remarrying an indian man) not to put shame on the family to be with a white man.
    I sometimes wonder if I got involved too soon and compromised another way out for her just like David didn’t do anything until Nabal died. If you have any thoughts on my experience but anything else than a non constructive comment like : “you were simply wrong” please do comment

    • Marg says:

      This sounds like a very difficult situation.

      When you say “We managed to do that for a year” it isn’t clear to me what you did. Are you in India now?

      I am unfamiliar with customs in India, and I doubt that I can give you advice, but I can pray.

      • francois navarro says:

        Thank you for your kind answer.
        Over the last year, I stayed in France but sent money and prayed much with her and the kids over the phone. Over this year she managed to be in a location not to be found with the family and husband. The situation was still challenging because a woman alone and on top of that extremely zealed for the Lord face all kinds of attacks in India but she and the kids always came out victorious.
        Until someone gave her cousins her location and everything went bad to worse.
        Electrocuted in police station, starved and with no water first 3 days and then 5 days, clinically dead twice, social authorities attacking her, police tapping her phone …

        • Marg says:

          Francois, Have you ever met this woman in real life? Have you been to India? What part of India does she live in? I have a few friends there. Perhaps they can offer help.

          • francois navarro says:

            Hello Marg, I have been twice in India, 3 weeks the first time to visit the orphanage as well as Grace and her “entourage” and then a second time to do a rescue mission to find a place to buy to move Grace and the kids.
            Unfortunately the most dangerous people are her husband and cousins who are supposed to be christians and have an extremely deep network in the christian areas so it is very dangerous ground to contact christian in that area. This is actually because of a christian we asked for help that her location got found. The Lord is powerful there but the spirit of antichrist within the church is also at the highest level I have ever encountered. She lives in the new state of Telangana in the south east of India at about 100 km from Hyderabad.
            She is not willing to meet any indian people anymore, she is too scared. If your contacts are indian locals, I am almost sure she will decline your offer. She has stopped to fight in a human way, she just gave her fate to God, I had her on the phone today, she has never been so sad.

  45. Marg says:

    Francois, I am very sorry to hear about these troubles and difficulties. They must be so worrying for you. I pray that God will intervene and resolve these troubles. In Jesus’ Name.

  46. Edward Karihe Maina says:

    Marg, I sincerely love you together with Abigail for your intensive and prolonged study. You are very beautiful for you are inspired by beautiful ideas. Remain blessed in Yahshua Messiah’s name forever.

  47. sharon says:

    Hi Marg,

    Thanks for sharing abigail’s life here.
    Im a young professional here. I was looking for a story about abigail. I am soon leading a small group and i would like to name it with ABIGAIL.this msge has helped me a lot to understand abigail’s life. thank you. pls pray for me as i lead a small group. thaks.

  48. Camille Olcese says:

    Thanks for this post. We named our daughter Abigail Ruth, after two of my favorite Bible women. She is living up to her name.

  49. Reny says:

    Dear Marg,

    Your exposition is one of the best that I have read. Wonder why so many well known Pastors never touch on this topic.

    Wives must submit to their husband in the Lord. If husbands do not make wise decisions we as wives should definitely advise them. It is also very important after seeking God’s leading not to put up with a Nabal. I am sure God wants us to be happily married.

    • Marg says:

      Thanks Reny, I have often wondered what precisely that phrase means “wives submit to your husbands as to the Lord”, and how it applies. But I do know that it doesn’t mean to (unnecessarily) put up with abusive, irresponsible or selfish behaviour.

      We are also told to submit to governing authorities, but that doesn’t mean we need to be silent and passive when they legislate and enact injustice.

      I agree: God does want us to be happy in marriage.

      • Chamee says:

        “I feel like giving up too..”

        There’s so much to take in when I’m the only provider in the family. On top of that, gotta pay the mortgage, pay bills, put food on the table, and so on…. Every day I prayed that my children wouldn’t ask me for money. Every day I prayed for protection and security. There isn’t a single day, I leave the house without asking for my Father sovereignty and grace upon me. Prayer is my only survival and hope. My Father promised me that He will provide for me. So this is what I daily lived on. (Philippians 4:19) “And my God will supply every need for me according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
        One evening after I filed my taxes, bad news was what I got. My tax person replied saying I owe $X,000 back. I was in total shock! As soon as I got in my car, tears slowly drip down my checks. I tried so hard to hold it but tears continued to pour out. Then I burst out crying!
        I sobbed and sobbed pouring my soul to my Father. After a while I finally had a grip on myself, wiped my tears, and I asked, “Lord, how is that possible? I don’t even make much at all. How am I going to meet ends need? I have no one to help me? What am I gonna do?”
        My husband was the first person I thought of for comfort so I decided to call him for encouragement. What was a huge mistake! No comfort at all… More like a sword pierce my heart instead. After I hung up the phone with my husband, I cried even louder. Asking, ” Lord, how am I gonna get through this? …”
        “Father, all I needed was for my husband to say that everything will be ok. But instead His words killed me and left me feeling abandoned, alone and isolated. I didn’t know who to turn to. I didn’t know who to tell.”
        The more I thought and sinked into those thoughts, the more I wanted to quit and give up with my life. I wanted to run far away and never come back to this difficult and miserable life of mine. As I began to believe in those lies, I noticed negatived and bad thoughts began to escalate in my mind. I began to feel hurt, lonesome,anger, and other bad thoughts began to live in my heart.
        At this very moment I knew I was under attack! I knew if I bathe in those thoughts, destruction will be my destiny. So I forced my body into subjection to the Word of God (1 Corinthians 9:27). I began to fight against the deceiving lies with the TRUTH which is the Word of God and took my every thoughts capacitive in obedience to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
        Then I walked inside the house, my children were waiting for me, all I hear was, “mommy this mommy that, mother, mom, mom … mom….”
        Ahhh!!!!! … I yelled and said to my children, “I’m not in a good mood right now, please don’t talk to me. I’m really stressed out so don’t say one word to me or else I will turn into an ugly witch!”
        I quickly ran into bedroom pulled out my prayer mat and got on my knees. I poured my heavy and weary heart to God. I cried out and expressed my sorrowful soul to my God. I knew that only HE can restored my soul. “For I have satisfied the weary soul and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.” (Jeremiah 31:25)
        An hour later passed, and I joyfully praise God and finally came out of my room. I was completely healed, restored and transformed.
        My oldest daughter saw me and astonishly asked, “Mom, what happened to you? How did you become so happy so quickly?”
        I smiled and replied, “Do you really want to know?”
        She responded , “Yes, I do!”
        I cheerfully explained to my daughter, “You know sweetheart, I have two choices. The 1st choice is to run AWAY FROM GOD and live in a warm place and leave everything behind so I can start over. Or the 2nd choice is to RUN TO GOD and by faith completely believe that He is in control and He has great things ahead for my life” (Jeremiah 29:11)
        I added, “I can’t live without God’s provision and blessing so I choose the #2, which is to have faith in God and let Him take control over my life.
        We all have these two choices when we’re in tribulations. I can’t do it without HIM so today and forever I choose to obey and live my life with God. I chose to live by faith.
        My daughter replied, “Mom, you are so such a strong Christian.”
        With relief, I quickly understood and answered, “No, I am not strong at all! I am very weak and weary but it’s by God’s grace that HE makes me strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
        I will praise and worship my God forever and ever! !

        • Marg says:

          Thanks for sharing this Chamee. It’s wonderful that you know how to run to God and rely on Him for provision, comfort, and strength

  50. Connie Workman says:

    I love the name Hannah she was a great lady.

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