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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Miriam: Leading by Example

"Yes, go," she answered. And the girl went and got the baby's mother. Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you." So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, "I drew him out of the water." – Exodus 2:-10

Females who suffer from an eating disorder often have a family member or friends who have an eating disorder as well. This is not too surprising since humans often model the people they are surrounded by. This is why it is a good idea to make sure that you are surrounded by people who have good values and strong morals. However, it is important to remember that people are looking to you to be a good role model as well.

Miriam loved to sing, dance, tell stories, and loved to provoke thoughtful intellectual conversations. When Miriam was just a child the Pharaoh had declared an order for all Hebrew infants to be killed. Miriam’s mother told her to hide her brother in the riverweed’s to hide from the Pharaoh’s guard. The Pharaoh’s daughter found Moses and decided to adopt him. Since Miriam was right there, she told the princess she should hire her mother to be the nurse-maid for the baby. This was very brave for a Hebrew child to approach the Egyptian princess.

Miriam was a powerful prophetess, which at that time, was very much like a minister. She was also the oldest child in her family, and Moses and Aaron being her little brother would have valued her opinion. She was a leader for the women of her time as well as ours.

Take a look around and see who watches you. You may be surprised to see who all is watching you and value’s your opinion. If you partake in negative eating behaviors, someone close to you might as well. God doesn’t want us to be the hindering block for others. It is important to value yourself and the people close to you.

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