Strong Women: A Series – I-III – Strong Women in the Bible

I began the Strong Women in The Bible highlighting my favorites. I had to curtail the post for swift readability. This is the third and concluding post of the sub-series. You will find the previous posts here, Please read along and, at the end, nominate your favorite from the eight. If you have a Strong Woman in The Bible not highlighted, please feel free to mention it in the comments.

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

Proverbs 31:30

Proverbs 31

The Book of Proverbs, Chapter 31 comes to mind when we talk or hear about biblical women. The Chapter embodies characteristics of a Strong Woman then and now. The Modern Chapter 31 Woman carries a cellphone and iPad on one hand and her running shoes on the other. She is ready to change from office wear to gym wear to the evening office function in a swift. And on arrival at home, equally swift to place her portfolio on the table and grab the blender and pot to prepare dinner for her household. Men, she wears several hats for which she’s hardly acknowledged!

Reading on, Esther, Hannah, Mary, Naomi, Rahab, and Sarah all embody the Proverbs 31 and more!

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Esther

We begin with Esther, also known as Hadassah, as a Proverb 31 and Strong Woman in the Bible. Esther is one of two women who has a Book in the Bible dedicated to her. Though I do not like the manner in which she married the king, Ahasuerus, her story is nonetheless unique in that, by prayer and fasting, she saved her tribe/nation.

“… Esther obtained favor in the sight of all them that looked upon her” She also obtained grace and favor in the king’s sight that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen.”

Book of Esther

Esther was a Jew, but she had not yet shown her kindred nor her people in the palace; as her uncle Mordecai, who raised her, had charged her.

A decree was made that would kill all Jews. Her uncle Mordecai, on hearing, sent a message to Esther stating, “Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews …
‭‭maybe thou has come for such a time as this.” Esther requested that all Jews in the city join her to pray and fast for three days so she can go to the king to reverse the decree.

“And if I perish, I perish.”

‭‭Have you ever gotten to a point of dilemma where you knew something’s got to give? What do you do? Take cue from Esther‬ and remember; “not by might, nor by power …‭” I pray that you find favor and grace with God always.

Hannah

Hannah was a prophetess and worshipper in Jerusalem. She was the Mother of Samuel, the prophet. Um 😟 a parent-prophet/ess bears a child/children-prophets/prophetesses! Parents please pay attention to your children and help develop their gifting early.

Bible readers and scholars are familiar with Hannah’s story which is one of hope, faith, and perseverance. She was one of two wives but the more-dearly-loved by her husband. However, “the Lord shut her womb” that she was unable to conceive. “Lord shut her womb” simply means that it was by divine resolution and not medical or anything was wrong with her womb. Meanwhile the other wife was popping out babies like a puppy! She also reveled in making Hannah miserable. Hannah fasted and prayed earnestly for a child. She finally got her wish and dedicated her son back to God. Read her story in the Book of 1 Samuel 1.

“For as the woman originates from the man, so also man is born through the woman; and all things [whether male or female] originate from God [as their Creator].” – ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭11:12‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Mary

There are a few Marys in The Bible. We’ll only highlight Mary, the wife of Joseph and mother of our Lord Jesus. By sheer virtue of being the Lord’s mother, her story need no introduction to any. A woman of faith and unfathomable trust. A woman of strength watching her son’s persecution and still trusting! I pray that we all grow stronger and deeper in our faith and trust in God. You can read extensively about Mary, mother of Jesus, in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Naomi

As I began to write on Naomi, I paused and wondered “maybe I should have chosen Ruth instead.” Ruth is the other woman dedicated with a Book in the Bible. But, I’ll stick to my initial choice.

Naomi embodies strength under control having faced tremendous adversities. Few, men or women, would have lost their minds under such adverse conditions. Naomi is Orpah and Ruth’s mother-in-law. She found herself suddenly widowed. Shortly after, both her sons died. Naomi entreated with her daughters-in-law to return to their parents’ homes. Orpah kissed her and left, but Ruth chose to stay to care for her.

“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” – Ruth 1:16-17

Together, they “formed an alliance to further empower themselves.” May you have godly alliances.

Rahab

God will use the most unlikely of us for His purposes. Such was the case with this “strong woman.” Rahab was a harlot who, according to Wikipedia, helped to “hide two men who had been sent to reconnoiter the city prior to their attack.” – Joshua 2:3-23

Sarah

If Abraham was the father of all nations, Sarah, his wife, can equally and rightfully be called the mother of all nations. Despite Sarah’s age, the Bible says that she was past childbearing age, believed God and still bore a son, Isaac, at the age of 99.

“Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:11‬ ‭

Modern day women are almost nearing this age in natural childbearing. I have seen women who had their first child at 40, 50, and even 60-years! Any woman reading this who desires a child and is struggling, I want to encourage you to believe and hope in God that it will surely happen. I struggled for a few years before having my own. Despite assurances from my doctor and gynecologist, it just didn’t happen. I could blog about this another time.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my favorite Strong Women of The Bible. I hope there was a nugget or two glimpsed from it. Have any question on any of the Women, please feel free to ask. Also leave a comment on what blessed you; share and like 😊❤️✌🏾🙏🏾

Strong Women: A Series – I-II – Strong Women in the Bible

I have eight (8) favorite Strong Women in the Bible. I highlighted Abigail in my previous post. We’ll continue today with Deborah, Dorcas, and Esther.

Deborah

Deborah was both a prophetess and a judge in Israel. A prophetess is a woman who God has chosen to carry His Word to His people (you and I). The male version is a prophet.

Deborah judged Israel at the time. Israel “did evil in the sight of the Lord.” There was a war between Israel and Canaan and Israel was oppressed for twenty years. The people of Israel cried out to the Lord. They went to Deborah for justice. God gave Deborah a Word to have Barak lead his troops to defend Israel.
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“And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. And she (Deborah) said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honor; for the Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.”

The end was horrible, but as Deborah prophesied, Sisera (the captain of the king of Canaan’s army) was delivered unto the hand of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite.

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We all need a Deborah; a backboner; a woman of godly character whose words are invaluable in our lives; a Strong Woman who will go to war with and for us. These are indispensable individuals. I hope you have such a woman in your circle.

If you would like to read the full story, grab your/a Bible and open it to the Book of Judges Chapter 4.

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Dorcas

Dorcas, also known as Tabitha, was known for her charity specifically to the widows such that when she died, she was mourned by “all the widows…crying and showing (Peter) the robes and other clothing that she had made while she was still with them” The Bible says that she was full of good works and alms deeds. Read about her in the Book of Acts Charter 9.

Do you have clothes and shoes in your closets that you either no longer wear or fit you? Why not help someone less fortunate than you by donating them away. Do a good deed today. Charity (generosity or good works) doesn’t necessarily have to be big. A small gesture and random acts of kindness goes a long way in the eyes of God.

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I once read about a late evangelist (don’t remember now who it was exactly ) when, on a sick bed, prayed and called God to remembrance on all the good deeds he had done and donations he had given over the years. That if God could heal him not because he deserved it but to count all his deeds as an offering and sacrifice. He ended the prayer, “let them answer for me and heal me.” He stated, miraculously, that he was out of the hospital the next day!

“A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everybody else.”

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Esther

Esther, also known as Hadassah, is one of two women who has a Book in the Bible dedicated to her. Though I do not like the manner in which she married the king, Ahasuerus, her story is nonetheless unique in that, by prayer and fasting, she saved her tribe.

“Esther obtained favor in the sight of all them that looked upon her”

She also obtained grace and favor in the king’s sight that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen.

Esther was a Jew, but she had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people in the palace; as her uncle Mordecai, who raised her, had charged her.

A decree was made that would kill all Jews. Her uncle Mordecai, on hearing, sent a message to Esther stating, “Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews … maybe thou has come for such a time as this.” Esther requested that all Jews in the city join her to pray and fast for three days so she can go to the king to reverse the decree.

“And if I perish, I perish.”

King Ahasuerus granted Esther’s request and not only reversed the decree, but ordered Haman (the one who sought to kill all Jews) to be hung. Read more in the Book of Esther.

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May you Strong Lady/Woman find favor with God and with all. May your prayers receive speedy attention and answers from God Almighty. May you also be a pillar of support for your husband and children iJN.

Thanks for reading.

Strong Women: A Series – I-I – Strong Women in the Bible

Strong” is both an adverb and an adjective. Often when used to refer to a lady or woman, the first thought of “strong” is that of a forceful feminine. But, please if I may don my gift-of-teaching hat on for a second to educate us a little bit today – the word “strong” means a variety of things. Just look in the dictionary!

Strong Women” exhibit godly character, are beautiful inside-out, are not boastful, are on their knees praying or crying to God over circumstances rather than fist-fighting, they surrender to God rather than to people, and are meek (strength under-cover).

Strong Women are entrepreneurs and know how to manage what’s in their hands to take care of their household. They often are sisters or mothers to their neighborhood’s kids. They also are not consumers, but are versed in multiplying whatever has been given to them. A modern-day Proverbs 31 Strong Woman knows when to take a rest from the chores to reenergize.

Strong Women complete their men; not overshadow them nor be allowed to be under-shadowed. (p.s. real men don’t push their ladies/women to the background). And should they be called to singleness, Strong ladies/women are proud that they have been so chosen and not allow the world to make them feel that they’ve been overlooked. Strong Women empower one another; not compete with one another.

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Our starting point of the Strong Women Series is highlighting the Strong Women in The Bible. For those who don’t know, The Bible is the holy, and ought-to-be-reference, book for every Christian. The Strong Women in the Bible embody the above traits and more.

There are 157 women in the Bible; depending on the version you read. I will not bore you with details of each one of them. If you’re interested in reading or learning about every woman in the Bible, click here. I will only highlight a few of my favorite Bible Strong Women; they are Mary, Sarah, Esther, Abigail, Deborah, Dorcas, Naomi, and even Rahab. Yes, Rahab! Woohoo!! Please read on:

Abigail

My first strong woman is Abigail (other Bible versions spell her name as Abigal).

Abigail was a woman of good understanding and a beautiful countenance. She was married to Nabal who, though was great, was unfortunately churlish (meaning stingy and rude) and evil in his doings. I love Abigail’s wisdom in handling a matter that could have warranted the death of her husband if not for her discreet handling.

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Here goes

David, the king, was in the wilderness mourning the death of the prophet, Samuel. On one of the days while still in the wilderness, David sent a peaceful request to Nabal asking Nabal to give him and his troop some food and drinks (my version). As king, David, could have forcefully taken everything he wanted. To everyone’s amazement, Nabal not only turned the request down, but “said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse? … Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh and give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be? … But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he railed on them. But the men (referring to David’s men) were very good unto us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we any thing, … Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him … Then Abigail made haste, and generously loaded her asses with nourishments. And she said unto her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she told not her husband Nabal … And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, And fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, and hear the words of thine handmaid … And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: For in very deed, as the Lord God of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall (this is King James’ version of the Bible. There are other lighter and friendlier versions) … So David received of her hand that which she had brought him, and said unto her, Go up in peace to thine house; see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and have accepted thy person.”

Nabal surprisingly died ten days after the incident.

Read details of Abigail in the Book of 1 Samuel‬ ‭Chapter 25.

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There’s definitely a lot to be learned from Abigail’s attitude. I leave you to draw your own takeaways. But, she’s one of my favorites.

Thanks for reading. Till next time, stay blessed😍

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