Perhaps you’ve heard the story of a young man who makes a million-dollar mistake in his company and is overwhelmed with stress and worry. A few days pass, and sure enough, his managers call him in and say to him:

“After spending a million dollars training you, I sure hope that you aren’t thinking of quitting!”

I wonder if that’s how God feels sometimes. After all the time and effort He put into creating us and helping us grow into the men and women He wants us to be and knows we can be, I’m sure He’s hoping we stick with the plan. This is what He told the prophet Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you.”1

Several years ago, I began a research project on women in the Bible, thinking I would be relatively familiar with the results. Nearly everyone has heard of Mary Magdalene or Mary the mother of Jesus. But as I dug deeper, I discovered Puah and Shiphrah, Huldah, Lois and Eunice, and so many more.

The result of that research was an article that appears in this issue of Activated (pp. 4–5). Rereading it now, I’m again moved by the extraordinary feats of bravery and faith of these remarkable women. They sure stuck with the plan.

But there’s much more packed in this issue, including the answers to some questions you may not have known you had. Where do pets go when they die? How does it feel to see color for the first time? Read on to find out.

  1. Jeremiah 1:5