15-16 While he was still praying, a beautiful unmarried young woman came by with a water jar on her shoulder. She was Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Abraham’s brother Nahor and his wife Milcah. Rebekah walked past Abraham’s servant, then went over to the well, and filled her water jar. When she started back, 17 Abraham’s servant ran to her and said, “Please let me have a drink of water.”
18 “I’ll be glad to,” she answered. Then she quickly took the jar from her shoulder and held it while he drank.
Genesis 24: 15-18 CEV
22 The servant had brought along an expensive gold ring and two large gold bracelets. When Rebekah had finished bringing the water, he gave her the ring for her nose[b] and the bracelets for her arms.
28 Rebekah ran straight home and told her family everything.
54 Abraham’s servant and the men with him ate and drank, then spent the night there. The next morning they got up, and the servant told Rebekah’s mother and brother, “I would like to go back to my master now.”
57 They answered, “Let’s ask Rebekah what she wants to do.” 58 They called her and asked, “Are you willing to leave with this man right now?”
“Yes,” she answered.
Genesis 24: 22, 28, 54, 57-58 CEV
21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.23 The Lord said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”
Genesis 25: 21-23 NIV
So, I decided to make a plan to make ensure good old mom would be taken care of no matter what. Maybe I got a little carried away. And, some people got their noses out of joint. Like I said, a girl's got to look out for her future.
27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
Genesis 25:27-28 NIV
1 Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar....
7 When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.”
Genesis 26: 1, 7
10-11 The crops failed, and there was no food anywhere in the land. So Abram and his wife Sarai went to live in Egypt for a while. But just before they got there, he said, “Sarai, you are really beautiful! 12 When the Egyptians see how lovely you are, they will murder me because I am your husband. But they won’t kill you. 13 Please save my life by saying that you are my sister.”
Genesis 12: 10-12 CEV
3-4 “And may The Strong God bless you and give you many, many children, a congregation of peoples; and pass on the blessing of Abraham to you and your descendants so that you will get this land in which you live, this land God gave Abraham.”
Genesis 28: 3-4 MSG
A coworker asked me one time how I could make jokes, and seemingly light of the particular crisis we were in the midst of. I thought for a moment, and said we can either cope with laughter or tears.
May I remind you of something? GOD LOVES FAMILIES! Why do you think the whole "be fruitful and multiply" is in Scripture? God knows families aren't perfect, but I think He knows (generally speaking) we're better together than apart.
I pray, Dear, Dear Reader, that whatever your plans are this summer, that it will include time with family (related or not) that's bountifully blessed.