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~Excerpt of The Day Adam Died; Encouragement for Women. By: Bridgett Henson
When I got saved, the thing I loved most about Jesus was that He loved me.
Just that. He loved me. He loved Bridgett.
He didn’t manipulate my mind to make me think a certain way. He didn’t abuse my body for His own pleasure. He didn’t want me to give up a part of myself to become what He needed.
Yes, He did change me. He forgave and forgot my sins. He gave me a desire to do good. He made me new.
But, He didn’t try to change the essence of me. The me that He created before I was in my mother’s womb. Instead, He brought out the best parts of me. And for the first time, I was enough. Me, that scared little girl who put on a tough-guy act. He loved me. It was okay that I didn’t know the difference between Elijah and Elisha. It was okay that I didn’t really know why Jesus died on the cross. He loved me anyway.
And I love Him, because He makes me feel loved, special, and valued.
We spent time together. I fell in love with His words, and read the bible all throughout the day. The most special time was spent in prayer. I talked to Him, and He talked to me.
Before Jesus, my life was filled with neglect and abuse. I lived in a world where little girls and women were valued based on their ability to serve men. Could they cook? Clean? Have babies? Give pleasure?
But Jesus was different.
Or so I thought in the beginning until Christian men and even preachers implied that a woman had lesser value than a man. I heard things like the woman was created to serve the man. Women shouldn’t teach or preach in church. Some said they shouldn’t even speak. One man proclaimed that God spoke to women through men, just as He spoke to Eve through Adam.
Even as a young convert, I knew something was wrong with that opinion. I knew that Jesus talked to me. Surely, He talked to the first woman too. Didn’t He?
When God came into the garden and said, “Adam, where art thou?”, why didn’t he ask where Eve was?
A great man of God once said any part of the bible that you have a hard time believing, is the part you need to study the most. The more I studied, the more questions I had.
Why didn’t God talk to Eve? Why didn’t He tell her not to eat of the fruit? Would it have made a difference if He had? Why didn’t He walk with her in the cool of the day? And what did she do while He was talking to Adam? Did she follow behind them like a lost puppy? Did God think that she was so insignificant that He couldn’t be bothered to greet her?
God doesn’t address the woman until after sin. As a matter of fact, the name Eve isn’t mentioned until the latter part of chapter three. Why?
This question bothered me. Greatly. But I hesitated to ask Him for the answer. I think I was afraid of hearing that it was all an illusion. That I wasn’t as loved as I thought. That I wasn’t worth as much as a man. That my soul wasn’t as valuable.
I did pay extra attention to the story. I’m a science geek. When I found Answers in Genesis, I soaked up every fact they had to offer. Which is great, valuable information on creation, but they didn’t answer my question. Why didn’t God talk to Eve before she sinned? Why didn’t He personally warn her about the forbidden fruit?
Others had opinions on the subject though. And let me add here that Christian doctrine can be extremely confusing to a new convert. It seems there are a million different opinions on Adam and Eve, but none of them lined up with scripture.
I finally got brave enough and asked my Savior, “Jesus, You talk to me. Why didn’t you talk to her?”
He replied, “I did.”
When? Where does the bible record that?
I found the answer during my morning prayer time and bible study. I came across these words “male and female He created them. And He called their name Adam.”
My heart pounded as my Spirit quickened. God was telling me something important. I meditated on that phrase for weeks. I reread the first five chapters of Genesis almost daily. And then I knew. Once I fully understood who Adam was; once I understood how God created man; once I saw ADAM from God’s point of view, I knew.
God did talk to the woman. He did love her. He did value her.
I want to share the answer that I found, but before I do, I want to ask you a question.
Do you believe the Bible is truth? The whole Bible? Even the parts that you don’t like? The parts that you don’t understand?
I know it’s scary and confusing when you read things like. “let your women keep silent in the church.” Or the dreaded “wives submit to your own husbands”. But if we are going to believe God’s word for our salvation, we must believe Him for every part of our life. We can’t pick and choose which parts of the Bible we want to believe. We must believe all of it. Or none of it.
Now, we know that all things work together for the good of them that love God.
Do you love God? If yes, then let me assure you that every word in the Bible (the ones we like and the ones we don’t like) are for our good and for His glory.
We know Jesus loves us. He’s proven that love to us each in our own way. You know that He does. Or you wouldn’t be reading this book. He’s proven His love by loving us when we were unlovable, by providing the things that we needed. By holding us when we cried out to Him.
Jesus is the Bible in the flesh. If Jesus loves us, then the words in the Bible love us. We aren’t afraid of Jesus. We shouldn’t be afraid of the bible.
The Bible is truth, and truth sets us free. Just as Jesus set us free from sins, the truth in the Bible can set us free from our doubts. If we believe every word.
The Day Adam Died is based on the truths found in the Bible. The scripture reference for each of these truths will be listed in the footnotes at the bottom of every page.
Though the enemy and the world has tried to change it, God’s word never changes. It stays the same. I’m not trying to change the Word or its meaning. The words in this book aren’t a new interpretation or a new revelation. The Day Adam Died agrees with the original translation of Genesis.
How valuable was Eve to God?
I believe that every woman needs to hear the answer. Because I believe that I’m not the only woman who’s ever wondered, “Am I enough?”
 Genesis 5:2
~ The Day ADAM Died; Encouragement for Women, Introduction.