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Reconstructing Our Lives with Natalie Chamber Snapp
What do you think about when you think of Bathsheba? No matter what first pops in your head, Natalie Chambers Snapp peels back the layers of this woman’s story in order to teach each of us how we can grow in wisdom and courage, even in the midst of her circumstances.
Bathsheba, typically misrepresented as an adulteress, is one of the most misunderstood women in the Bible. Despite an unexpected turn in her life, which resulted in tragic circumstances beyond her control, there are glimmers of hope in her story. By studying her life, we can find healing from our own painful pasts and hope for living the free and full lives God intends.
Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, is in the lineage of Christ, and she’s just one of the many broken, hurting women who God chose to be in his son’s lineage.
Natalie says, “When I was in my late twenties, I was married to a man with a drug problem, but I did not know it. As many who have loved addicts understand, there are often behaviors corresponding with addiction that are not healthy for a young marriage, and therefore, we divorced. Two months after I filed for divorce, my father, who was in and out of my life due to his own addiction issues, passed away unexpectedly.
“Life had definitely taken a very unexpected turn and was not at all going the way I had planned. It was a dark season, and yet also the very season in which I became a follower of Jesus. My deconstruction led to my reconstruction. I have been remarried for fifteen years and have three beautiful children; however, periods of suffering have also been peppered throughout those years as well. Suffering is often cyclical and that has been true of my life! My main message: there is always hope. We can choose how we respond. We do not have to live as victims but can thrive as survivors who can then help others.”
In this episode of Walk It Out, Natalie shares about some of the tragic circumstances that Bathsheba found herself in that were out of her control. Natalie also explains how we—broken women—can relate to her story. I know you’ll be encouraged as you listen today!
You can also read more of my reconstruction story on these posts!
When the Story That Brought You Shame Becomes Your Life-Impacting Testimony
Who is Natalie Chambers Snapp?
Natalie Chambers Snapp is an author, blogger, and speaker known for her refreshing authenticity and practical approach to life and God’s Word. Choosing to follow Jesus at the age of twenty-seven, she is passionate about sharing the grace, mercy, and truth of God’s love with others “regardless of your track record.” Her transparency and humor endear her to women of all ages. Natalie’s newest book is The Bathsheba Battle: Finding Hope When Life Takes an Unexpected Turn.
You can order The Bathsheba Battle HERE.
About the Book:
The Bathsheba Battle is a story that brings the dark shadows of brokenness, despair, anger, shame, grief, and loss into the light.. Natalie reminds us that we were made for more and that we can make a choice to remain a victim or we can seek the redemption and restoration that is promised to us. Though Bathsheba’s story is likely different than yours or mine Natalie points out that God has not changed his recipe for creating people nor has He abandoned us in our suffering and He still creates beauty from ashes. — Clover, in a GoodReads Review
Walk It Out Scripture
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
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Resources, books, and links mentioned in this episode:
- The Bathsheba Battle
- Bathsheba’s Story
- 1 Samuel 13:14
- Forgiven and Set Free | Linda Cochrane
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