When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams


Life is full of twists and turns. Relationships falter, careers fizzle, health fades. We may be faced with choices we never wanted to make or have situations pushed upon us we’d never expected. Yet, in all of it, God is at our side–even when he feels far away.

Drawing on her extensive research into women of the Old Testament, novelist Jill Eileen Smith turns her pen to the lessons in trusting God that we can learn today from women like

– Eve
– Noah’s wife
– Sarai
– Hagar
– Lot’s wife
– Rebekah
– Rachel
– and more

Readers will learn from what these ancient women did right–and even what they did wrong–when faced with dashed expectations and deferred dreams. And they’ll come away with the confidence that ours is a faithful God who loves us and is forming us through our trials into the women he longs for us to be.


when life doesnt match your dreams


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Married by 25 , kids and a house by 30, how often have you said this to your girlfriends? However life doesn’t always turn out the way we envisioned. That dream job we hoped to land or that guy we hoped to marry doesn’t become reality.  Through the lens of 12 women of the Bible, Jill Smith takes the reader on a journey of finding hope When Life Doesn’t Match your dreams.

The twelve women she looked at were: Eve, Noah’s wife, Sarai, Hagar, Lot’s wife, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah, Dinah, Potiphar’s Wife , Tamar and Zipporah. Through the eyes of these ancient women, Jill opens up each chapter with a fictional story of what life may have looked like in these women’s shoes. As readers, we step away realizing that these were real women, with real lives who too experienced struggles and insecurities which many of us face today.

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Have you ever wondered what Eve may have felt after eating the forbidden fruit or worse yet when her own flesh and blood killed his own brother? Or perhaps even Noah’s wife and how she felt during Noah’s Ark building venture? While not fully factual, the author helps us to imagine what these 12 women thoughts and reactions may have been like in their given circumstances. She also includes in each chapter stories from her own life to help bring across key points.

One strong takeaway for me from this book is that even though life doesn’t always match our dreams, we can depend on God not to forsake us. He is right there with us through our mess and trials, molding us for the divine purpose he has for our lives. If only we would trust him and let him lead. Whatever we give up to God has the potential to grow to greater heights than we ever imagined.

For those looking to do a Bible Study on Women of the Bible, I think this would make a great personal or group study accompaniment. It does include discussion questions at the end of each chapter which would be great for personal reflection or group discussions.



This would make a great personal or group accompaniment study for those looking to study more on women of the Bible. The book Women of the Bible would also make a great devotional guide.


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