Transforming Relationships (2)

“The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate”” (Genesis 3:12).

Yesterday we read where Adam and Eve were naked in front of each other and they were not afraid. Fast forward to chapter 3 and Eve was beguiled by the serpent, to eat the forbidden fruit and she enticed her husband to partake. “Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths” (Genesis 3:7). God searched for Adam and Eve who hid themselves because they were naked and afraid. He called out to Adam and asked, “Who told you that you were naked?” He knew that they had eaten from the tree he commanded them not to eat.

Adam blamed Eve who blamed the serpent. The result was a curse for the serpent, the woman and her seed. “To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you”” (Genesis 3:16). Adam’s curse was to be subject to hard labour for food and they were both banished from the garden. Within this chapter, we saw the first difficulties appearing in the original family structure. Eve strayed and listened to the serpent and then enticed her husband. Adam blamed her for his sin, although he chose to listen and partake.

In chapter 4, we saw the discourse between Cain and Abel, which led to Abel’s death. My question is; what dynamics did Cain witness between his parents, that created so much anger in him? Let us consider the frame of mind, of Adam and Eve after they were booted from the garden. Adam was born in paradise and all that he needed was readily available without toil or labour. He longed for a companion and God created Eve. It was love at first sight and his words were, ‘at last, bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh.’ Adam was so smitten by Eve, that he gullibly ate the forbidden fruit at her suggestion. Did either of them consider the consequences?

They were banished from the garden and the presence of God. Adam was subject to hard labour for the first time in his life. He was living out a sentence which he blamed on his wife. Eve must have been angry with herself and even more angry with Adam for blaming her when God asked questions. Cain was their firstborn and she brought him into the world in pain. He was most likely born at a time, when his parents were still adjusting to the hardship of their separation from God. Abel was their second born and his temperament could suggest that his parents had started to accept life as it was. The difference between the boys and enmity between them led to jealousy, resentment and murder.

We have continued to see dysfunctions in families ever since. A union once created out of pure love and devotion, is sometimes characterised by manipulation, control, anger and hostility. These negative patterns are being transferred to children and have been passed down for many generations. The good news is that God always finds a remedy for his children and salvation through Jesus offers relief. The answers are in the word. Stay with me as we walk through God’s journey of redemption and restoration. ““With your unfailing love you lead the people you have redeemed. In your might, you guide them to your sacred home” (Exodus 15:13).

A.P.-Y.

Published by Anneta Pinto-Young

I am a trained Social Worker who currently provides professional leadership on a programme to support Social Work students and Newly Qualified Social Workers entering the Social Work Profession.

Born and raised in Jamaica in a Christian family where my father is an ordained Pastor and Deacon who has served for over 50 years in the ministry. My father is also a trained musician and our family can be described as a musical family. I grew up in a small farming community in St. Peter’s, St. Andrew and my parents also have a small farm.

I credit my gift of writing to my father who I watched and listened to over the years as he wrote sermons, poems and other recitals in his capacity in ministry. English has always been an easy subject for me and over the years I have developed an increased interest in writing.

I am a Trainer, I sing and have a passion for worship, the spoken word and the free flow of the prophetic anointing. I am married to my best friend Andrew Christopher Young who is an advanced Musician and whose music you can find on YouTube and Facebook. I am a trained Coach and Mentor and I love experimenting with food so I love cooking. I enjoy trying cultural dishes from across the world and I view food as an entry into cultures and languages.
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November 25, 2022

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Anneta was Born and raised in Jamaica in a large family of eight children, where her father is an ordained Pastor and Deacon who served over 50 years in ministry. Her father is a trained musician, and she grew up in a musical family of singers and musicians and there was always singing and music in her childhood home. Anneta has served in the church from as early as she can remember, singing in the choir, directing the children’s choir, praise and worship leader, Sunday school Teacher and as an Assistant Youth Director. She came from humble beginnings and grew up in a small farming community in St. Peter’s, St. Andrew. She is a writer who writes inspirational content for a blog -Devotional Inspirations which is featured on Wordpress.com and Crossmaps.com. Her writing was published in an Anthology of Social Workers in 2021 - Hidden Narratives from Social Workers of Colour. She credits her gift of writing to her father who she watched and listened to over the years as he wrote sermons, poems and other recitals in his capacity in ministry. Anneta is a singer and has sung lead in choirs in churches from as young as she can remember and has featured on the Jazz circuit with the ACY Jazz Organ Trio in 2022 and 2023. Anneta also worked with the 606 Gospel group and featured at the 606 Jazz Club between 2019 and 2021. Her musical style is rhythmic with an eclectic blend of gospel, blues, jazz and ballads. Anneta is an advocate at heart, having started her career in 2001 within the charity sector where she was trained in advocacy. Those early years of Anneta’s career focused on supporting grassroots communities in advocating at the local government levels for community resources. She trained communities in governance and decision making and worked to facilitate consultations with local communities. She worked on developing a sanitation policy in Jamaica in 2007 and helped to deliver on this policy and was part of a national planning committee for the Regional Caribbean Sanitation Conference in April, 2007. Anneta was also a United Nations sponsored youth representative at the World Conference Against Racism in South Africa in 2001. She also represented her organisation and country at other international conferences and events focused on aid effectiveness and development, youth advocacy and lobbying and the United Nations Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean in Chile, Nicaragua, Canada and attended the Commonwealth People’s Forum Meeting in the United Kingdom in 2008 as an official Jamaican representative and was interviewed on BBC Radio. Anneta is a trained Social Worker with close to twelve years’ experience in the field. She is a Coach and Mentor with level 7 post graduate qualifying experience from Kingston University since 2020 and she specialises in providing wellbeing coaching, to support individuals with career planning and creating a vision for their future. Anneta created the five-year plan template which she has used to support staff at various stages in their career development. Her coaching style focuses on building self-awareness, increasing confidence and empowering clients to understand their life’s purpose, tap into their gifts, talents and abilities and encourages them to maximise their life’s potential. Sessions with Anneta are deeply reflective, therapeutic and gets to the core of life experiences that may have created limited beliefs and ideas about oneself. Clients have fed back about feeling more confident, self-assured, feeling more connected spiritually, empowered and able to take on life’s challenges and learning how to turn obstacles into opportunities. Anneta is trained in professional leadership through the Frontline Pathways Leadership programme, the Practice Supervision Development Programme and has over seven years’ experience of leading on programmes to Managers, social workers, students, Newly Qualified Social Workers, practice educators, trainers and practice supervisors. Anneta is a skilled trainer and facilitator with over twelve years’ experience in delivering training, facilitating groups and providing action facilitation. She is trained in Action and Facilitation Strategies through the Institute of Leadership and Management, completed the training of trainers and has completed participatory action and learning and action programmes.