Knowing the God as Father and Believing His Attributes with Kia Stephens.
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The Names of God
We usually begin to doubt God’s character when we run into conflict, temptation, and pressure, but thankfully we’re not alone. The giants in the faith that we look up to today encountered a revelation of who God is through their deepest pain and greatest fears.
We find over 85 names for God in the Bible, and I’ve shared a few on IG lately because quite a few people responded they’d never heard some of the names of God I shared on a recent reel about Hannah. Here are just a few examples:
- Abraham learned he served the God who Sees and Provides (Jehovah Jireh) when God provided the ram in the bush.
- Moses and the Israelites learned they served of the God Who Heals (Jehovah Rapha) when they needed a remedy in the wilderness.
- They also learned they served The Lord is Our Banner (Jehovah Nissi) when they battled the Amelikites and Moses’ arms became tired.
- Gideon learned he served The Lord Our Complete Peace (Jehovah Shalom) when threshing wheat in the bottom of a winepress after he’d met with God.
- Hannah learned she served the Lord of Heaven’s Armies (Jehovah Tsebaoth) in the middle of the warfare she experienced in her home.
- David learned he served The Lord Our Shepherd (Jehovah Rohi) when fighting the lion and the bear.
And we could go on…
Today, we’re reflecting on Judges 6:23-24 NIV
But the Lord said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.” So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
That phrase The Lord is Peace is translated into English from the Hebrew name for God: Jehovah Shalom, which is usually translated as The Lord Our Peace, but is so much more than our English language actually gives us. We don’t even have a word in English for Shalom because it means complete wholeness and satisfaction.
Women You Should Know
Julieian-Alexis Roberts is a lover of God, His ways, and His word. The start of her spiritual journey began in Chicago as a child born and raised in the church. In the midst of the pandemic, she started her Doctoral studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.
Curiosity about the overwhelming need for intentional development of church growth through Digital Ministry and the Online Experience attracted her to research, and she expects to complete her studies in 2025 with a Doctorate in Global Leadership.
For over six years, Julieian-Alexis has devoted herself to an in-depth study of the Proverbs 31 woman. You can hear her Biblically-based insights and lessons learned via her blog CampaignP31, at church gatherings or community outreach programs, on FB Live sessions, through her Bible Studies, Book clubs, Laundry Day Virtual Women’s Conference, or through her signature course “Beauty in Forgiveness,” and upcoming book in the Spring of 2023 “Releasing Rock Bottom.”
In every setting, Julieian shares and encourages women to apply God’s word to their daily routines in practical yet profound ways. You can connect with Julieian-Alexis on IG here or on her website here.
Kia Stephens is wife (of 19 years) and a mom of two who is literally in the trenches of motherhood. Most of her days are spent driving my teen and tween around like an overworked, underpaid taxi driver.
A few years ago, however, I acted on my desire to become a writer and created The Father Swap Blog to help women exchange their father wounds for the love of God the father. Five years later I am a contributor for iBelieve and Proverbs 31 Ministries and the host of the Hope For Women With Father Wounds Podcast.
My writing has been featured on Ann Voskamp’s Blog, Christianity Today, Crosswalk, Beloved Women, and Incourage. You can find more about Kia and receive the resources we referenced on her website, kiastephens.com.
Kia and I Talked About:
- What a Father Wound Is and When She Recognized She Had One
- The Difficulty It Took to Find Healing and Build a Relationship with Her Father
- How She Had to Learn to Bring Her Emotions to Him and Trust that God is Father
- What Kia Recommends Women Who Have Just Begun To Recognize They Have A Father Wound Do
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Meet Your Host
There is nothing Liv loves to talk about more than the Word of God. She is a Bible teacher, speaker, and writer. Liv is passionate about helping women enjoy intimacy and confidence in Christ. When Liv is not writing, teaching, or podcasting, you can find her hiking a mountain, taking a road trip with her husband, or curled up in the corner with a good book. You can connect with Liv on IG at @candidliv.
Meet Your Cohost
Tonya is a believer, wife and mother of 3 littles. Her profession as a public servant is to help guide people through the family support process.
In her personal and volunteer time, Tonya loves to communicate the gospel of Christ and share messages of hope through IG.
Tonya is the founder of CWMS, a mentorship network that allows Christian women to connect, share and grow as they journey with God. Connect with Tonya at tonya.impactfully.