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Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man, and He brought her to the man.  The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”

-Genesis 2:22-23

From the beginning of time, women have been a crucial element in the forming of the foundation of the world. The very first

woman, Eve, was lovingly and thoughtfully sculpted by the Creator; she was taken from the rib of Adam, and was called “woman.”

Eve was the very first woman, wife, and mother. What can today’s Christian woman learn from Eve?

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-Learn to be a helpmeet: Eve was created to be a treasured companion and friend to Adam, as well as his wife and the mother of his children. Eve knew how to contribute towards the happiness and growth of her relationship with Adam, without needing to dominate it. Take a cue from Eve by relaxing your controls…God knows what you need, so relax and let Him take charge of your life. In your relationships, be a helpmeet: not a servant or subordinate, but one who is willing to enhance partnership and teamwork within any relationship.

-You are naturally beautiful: Do you think Eve faithfully got her hair done every 2 weeks, or kept her nails in flawless condition all the time? Did she take weight-loss supplements so that Adam wouldn’t drop her for being too fat? Of course not. Eve knew that she was created by the Most High God, and that He doesn’t make mistakes. Ladies, learn to love yourselves the way God made you.

Be “naked” before God: While living in the beautiful Garden of Eden, both Adam and Eve wore no clothing on their bodies. What need did Eve have of covering herself before the One who had created her and knew all about her? Make it your mission to become just as honest and transparent with God as Eve was…stop hiding and clutching onto your fears, doubts and concerns, and surrender all to the Lord!

Run from the whisper: What was Eve’s famous mistake? Eating the forbidden fruit, and offering it to her husband Adam, right? True, but it can be argued that Eve’s mistake began not with the eating of the fruit, but with the entertaining of the Serpent, whose sweetly whispered lies tempted Eve to sin. Women, learn to “run from the whisper” and escape those negative temptations that call out to you. Temptation to sin is everywhere, but you can ignore those evil enticements with God’s help and strength.

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Check back soon for “5 Books of the Bible Every Woman Should Read–Book 2: Ruth!”

S. Willis is an author and writing coach. Her first book, “The Little Adventures of Bella and DJ” will be released in May (visit www.WordsByWillis.com to pre-order).