In January began reading the Bible in 90 days with Mom's Toolbox. I actually finished in 86 because it is just that great. The Bible is truly the greatest story ever told! The challenge started again this week and I am in the middle of Genesis, the original soap opera! I noticed something new when I read today. (I love learning new things! That's the great thing about the Bible!)
Leah, the first wife of Jacob, was not the favorite of her husband. That role belonged to her younger sister, Rachel. Leah wanted to be loved. She had several sons. Smart and strong. Leah would be a good mom, a good wife, and Jacob would love her. Leah's focus and perspecive changed with the birth of each son. The first son she named Reuben because "surely my husband will love me now." When Simeon was born she said, "Because the Lord has heard that I am not loved, He gave me this one too." Another attempt when Levi was born; "at last my husband will become attached to me."
When Judah was born, Leah realized that her hope, confidence, and worth was never going to come from Jacob; only from the Lord. Leah named her fourth son Judah. It means praise. She said, "this time I will praise the Lord."
Where does my hope, confidence, and worth come from?