Woman from the bible: Leah
Genesis 30:1-23; 35:16-19
Her Name Means “Impatient” or “Wild Cow”
Her Character: She was “weak-eyed” (Genesis 29:17, Heb. rakkot, possibly “tender”). Capable of both strong and enduring love, she was a faithful and loving wife. Manipulated by her father into marrying Jacob before Rachel, she became jealous of her sister with whom, it seems, she never reconciled.
Her Sorrow: That she lacked her sister’s beauty and that her love for her husband was one-sided.
Her Joy: That she and Jacob has six sons and one daughter.
Praying With Leah
When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. Leah conceived and bore a son, and she named him Reuben; for she said, “Because the Lord has looked on my affliction; surely now my husband will love me.”
– Genesis 29:31-32
Praise God: That though human being often judge by outward appearances, God always sees the heart and judges accordingly.
Offer Thanks: That God is moved by our sorrows.
Confess: Our tendency to compare ourselves with other women, judging them and ourselves merely by appearances.
Ask God: To enable us to base our identity on our relationship with Him rather than on what we see in the mirror.
Lift your Heart
Take time to pay yourself a compliment and thanking God by making you a woman you are. Call to mind everything you like about yourself – your quirky sense of humor, your love for music, your compassion for people, your curly hair, even the shape of your toes. Resist the temptation to think about what you don’t like. Because imagine for a moment how God must feel when He hears us complaining about how He made us. Instead, decide to honor Him now by your gratitude.
Lord, I don’t want to be critical of how You’ve put me together, relying on what others think of me for my sense of well-being. Make me a woman who is confident and lovable, not because of any outward beauty, but because You have loved me from the moment You called me into being.