Toxic Environment

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Today's reading: Genesis 29:30-30:24

Jacob's family life was a mess. As I tried to imagine the environment in his home, the phrase "war zone" came to mind. Conflict, tension, contempt, unrest and a spirit of competitiveness were prevalent all because of Leah's and Rachel's jealousy toward each other. And as time goes on and those jealous feelings are left unaddressed, the situation only gets worse. It's a dysfunctional and toxic environment that results in damage to everyone in the household. And as we'll see later in Genesis with the account of Joseph, the tension and conflict passes on to the children.

No one is immune to having jealous feelings, and those feelings can crop up in an instant. How do you guard against acting on your jealous feelings? What helps you rid your mind of jealous thoughts so that they don't take root? What was the most important lesson about jealousy that you learned from this account? Tami

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Seeing Leah's plight here is heartbreaking. She was constantly trying to win Jacob's love, and constantly falling short. With every child she said "This time, it'll be different. He'll love me now." And, this all traces back to a father who used her as a pawn to get double the labor. Jacob's family was a mess yes. But Laban's was every bit as messy.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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