Theology 401: Anatomy of the Woman’s Dream

Male model David Gandy for GQ Japan by Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca (2009) -wikipedia.com

Male model David Gandy for GQ Japan by Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca (2009) -wikipedia.com

“THEOLOGY OF A WOMAN’S DREAM”

This morning is different.  I was meditating upon all the studies and thoughts of topics while changing the sheets on my bed and the domesticated thought hit me, as you see above.  Today is my wonderful wife’s birthday.  She has picked out her gift and we got it yesterday.  She actually feels like the whole month is her birthday.  We got her a new tree.  It is what she has wanted for almost the thirteen years we have lived on God’s little acre, here in Monrovia Alabama.

I will plant the tree today, but first I had to fix the breakfast and take her on her footride.  (That’s her word for an extended tour of the downtown Huntsville historic district.)  That done, I can come to the local library to write this.  Here goes.

This week I just had to look up Theology 401.  It is a real website that has a professor and teaching.  Let’s explore this before searching the woman’s dream. (please)  A rabbi Dr. Barry Kogan of this Youtube presentation that covers parts one through three concerning Jewish Mysticism.  You may enjoy that, but I had to learn more.  Like what is his profile, etc?  He is quite an expert in his field, PhD, “Clarence and Robert Efroymson Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Religious Thought at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati, was inducted onto HUC-JIR’s Board of Governors at its meeting in Cincinnati on October 22, 2012.”

HOWEVER, RABBI KOGAN’S LECTURES ARE MISLEADING

I researched-googled what the internet says about Kabbalah (Qabala), “It’s a system of thought, a way to correlate a variety of archetypes, each symbolizes a different aspect of living. [note: The Tree of Life was explained] The tree is a map of personal energies and thought. A way to bring balance and harmony to life–where imbalances have developed patchwork rituals or active imagination rituals and exercizes bring back balance.” (taken from Johanna on her libralion.com website) This information was helpful but not something I can use. So the Catholic Encyclopedia explained something more:

“Theosophy (knowledge of God by direct intuition) appeals to tradition but not in the Christian. Source is from India and the Hindu that uses the theosophic tradition. (Kabbalah is theosophy mixed). It’s mixed with magic and occultism.” [note: which is pantheism]. Wow, sorry that I even brought this up! Is it too late to change my title? I have to email the good Hebrew University professor–to use his course title here.

Today, however, my woman comes first.  She is the perfect choice for me.  I asked God for her, and he delivered.  Her philosophy is totally opposite from mine.  Her theology is different too.  (Every Christian has a theology) We’ve been married 33-years, so she believes she can’t leave me to find a better partner, because I have stolen here beauty . . . or she had given it to me.  I believe God actually showed me to her, I pursued her, and I won her heart.

Let’s research this.  First up is the hubpages.com article, Every Woman’s Dream.  Audrey Hepburn is quoted here:

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years. ~ Audrey Hepburn

The reflection in her soul . . . of what?  “Her true beauty. . . the caring that she lovingly gives — the passion that she shows.”  Man!  How neat is that.

When it comes to a man, women are very sensitive and selective.

“No matter if it is a child, man or woman, everybody dreams about something. I believe we should all have dreams, because without a dream, your life will be empty and hopeless. However, it is hard to tell what women’s fantasies or dreams are. In this hub, my focus is on a woman’s dream throughout all the different stages of her life.”

The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is What does a woman want? ~ Sigmund Freud

A woman has to be intelligent, have charm, a sense of humor, and be kind. It’s the same qualities I require from a man. ~ Catherine Deneuve

I captured these quotes to begin this article. You may go to that website to read a woman’s detailed opinion of the changes that occur over each decade of age from 22 and on . . . like my wife, who is in her sixties:

1. does not scare small children.
2. remembers where bathroom is.
3. does not require much money for upkeep.
4. only snores lightly when she is awake (LOUDLY when she is asleep).
5. does not forget why he is laughing.
6. is in good enough shape to stand up by herself.
7. usually wears some clothes.
8. likes soft foods.
9. remembers where she left her teeth.
10. remembers when…”

But, I have to bring this into my seriously thankful observation of what God has said about my wife, like Proverbs 31:10-31 Msg:

A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
Many women have done wonderful things,
but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!

If you know my wife, you may not exactly agree with all of this, but remember, God speaks in eternal words — they are spiritual in nature — and they are truth (John 6:63 Msg).  In other words, it takes faith to accept all of it.  So . . . I choose to accept all of it (#praynameclaim).

The theology of the woman’s dream is:

The reflection in her soul . . . of what?  “Her true beauty. . . the caring that she lovingly gives — the passion that she shows.”  Man!  How neat is that!

Next time:  What Greek tells us about the Bible words of knowledge.

Charles

@Wordlifejournal

 

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