086: Misunderstood Women of the Bible with Mary DeMuth

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“In the valley of misunderstanding, there is always One who understands you.”

In this episode, popular author, speaker, podcaster, and literary agent, Mary DeMuth shares from her latest book, The Most Misunderstood Women of the Bible: What their Stories Teach Us About Thriving. Most of us know what it’s like to be misunderstood, or have gone through seasons of being misheard, or even misrepresented by people we know and the ones we don’t.

Mary went through her own trial of misunderstanding, which was the inspiration for finding hope in the stories of women from the bible. These stories compel us to move out of the valley of misunderstanding, and into the hands of the One who understands us perfectly. You won’t want to miss this one!

Important Takeaways from Show

  • There is hope and a positive way forward for those walking in the valley of misunderstanding.
  • Instead of focusing on Eve’s worst mistake, we can learn from her example of confession and honesty.
  • Rahab, although known as a harlot, was an example to all of us as a woman of great faithfulness.
  • Labels can be attached to us through other people, or from our very own thoughts of ourselves.
  • Trust the Holy Spirit to lead us in the trial of misunderstanding; knowing when to move and when to be still.
  • In the removal of approval, we come to a deeper understanding of the approval of God.
  • Confide in a friend or loved one for accountability and support during seasons of misunderstanding.
  • God is a God who sees us and strengthens us to pray for the ones who have hurt us.
  • “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.” Psalm 139:1
  • If you make yourselves of no reputation, you have nothing to build and nothing to defend. Our reputation is in the Lord’s hands. Philippians 2:6-7
  • “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:1-2
  • Jesus has intersected our lives so we can help others with the same struggles and hurts.
  • God redeems and chooses us to be kingdom builders on earth.
  • The Lord uses all people with different gifts and abilities; in the seen and unseen God has a plan for you in your ministry.

"Let God reign over your reputation. Don't try to micromanage your own." Mary DeMuth - The Living Room - Episode 086

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

~Colossians 3:1-2

Links from Show

Mary’s Podcast: Pray Every Day

Mary’s Book: The Most Misunderstood Women of the Bible: What Their Stories Teach Us About Thriving

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