As Christians (and as humans), we feel very clever when we get to diagnose the cause and cure of singleness. And the answer must forever be, on the basis of Scripture, “May it never be.” Strong women are as vital as strong men to God’s purpose in the church. I can’t speak for Christian men everywhere, but I can speak for myself, and for many of the men in the Bible: Godliness is attractive to both men and women (Proverbs ).“You’re too opinionated.” “You’re too boisterous.” “A woman should be small, quiet, and delicate.” Yet, it’s easy to forget in the midst of all our diagnosing: whether a woman is “intimidating” is a factor of male perception, not female personality. And often, godly femininity requires being strong, even intimidating. Jael’s husband Heber “had separated from the Kenites,” and “had pitched his tent as far away as the oak in Zaanannim, which is near Kedesh” (Judges ).When confronted, her daughter said, “I’m just playing mommy.” This mother never spanked another child.Children love to imitate, especially people whom they love and respect.Jubilation for Men by Amouage is a Oriental Fougere fragrance for men. Top notes are orange, coriander, labdanum, tarragon, olibanum and blackberry; middle notes are guaiac wood, cinnamon, bay leaf, honey, orchid, rose, clove and celery seeds; base notes are opoponax, patchouli, myrrh, cedar, musk, oakmoss, ambergris, agarwood (oud) and immortelle. Maybe too heavy for everyday wear, more of a special occasion fragrance unless sprayed lightly (once, twice at most). The faint smoke throughout is always present and is magnificently done in true Amouage fashion. It is super unique, which makes it perfect for occasions where you want to impress somebody. The herbal bay leaf and musky blackberry stand strong amongst (not against) the biblical checklist of resins and precious woods. A really nice fragrance, it can honestly feel like you have 3 or 4 different fragrances on as it progresses through the day.
But Sisera found Jael at the tent and started barking orders at her: “Give me a little water.” “Stand at the opening of the tent.” In response, “she went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple until it went down into the ground” (Judges ). She sent her hand to the tent peg and her right hand to the workmen’s mallet” (Judges , 26). When David set out to kill Nabal — the brash and brute man who embodied pure masculine folly — Nabal’s wife Abigail offered hundreds of fig cakes and loaves of bread and wine skins to David. “Then David sent and spoke to Abigail, to take her as his wife” (1 Samuel ).
Paul says something very similar of Timothy: “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well” (2 Timothy 1:5).
There is a classic story about the mother who believed in spanking as a necessary part of discipline until one day she observed her three- year-old daughter hitting her one-year-old son.
He can’t steal any loot, his legend has faded, he no longer has a respectable ship, and his crew is ready to mutiny.
But when he crosses paths with Henry Turner and a young woman accused of being a witch, his fortunes again change – but for better or worse?