Day 6: Begin a New Bible Reading Plan

I love this one! Reading the Bible brings comfort, understanding, a closer walk with God, and it strengthens our faith.

There are so many stories of women in the Bible who were strong and courageous. I think this is great topic for my blog.

Women of the Bible

Mary of Nazareth: Mother of Jesus

Her Background
• Lived in Nazareth (Luke 1:26)
• Engaged to Joseph (1:27)
• Related to Elizabeth (1:36)
• Descended from King David (3:31)
• Eventually had other children (Mark 3:31-32)

Her Story
• An angel appeared to her, announcing she had been chosen to give birth to Jesus (Luke 1:30-33).
• She submitted herself to God’s will (1:38).
• The angel’s message was confirmed by Elizabeth (1:42-45).
• She gave birth to Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem (2:4-7).
• She participated in the ministry of Christ (John 2:1-5).
• She was at the cross and given by Jesus into the care of John (John 19:25-27).
• She prayed with other believers for the Spirit in Jerusalem (Acts 1:12-14).

Life Lesson
Mary modeled an attitude of obedience and trust.

Ruth: Loyal Daughter-In-Law

Her Background
• A native of Moab, east of the Jordan River (Ruth 1:4-5)
• The wife of Mahlon (4:10)
• The daughter-in-law of Naomi and Elimelech (1:4)

Her Story
• Her husband died before they had a child (1:4-13).
• She loved her mother-in-law Naomi and left her homeland to go with Naomi to Bethlehem (1:16-18).
• She listened to Naomi’s advice (3:1-5).
• Her spirit and character attracted Boaz, the kinsman-redeemer (“family redeemer,” 2:11; 3:11).
• Boaz agreed to buy Naomi’s estate and take Ruth as his wife (3:10-13).
• Through their family line came King David and ultimately Jesus, the Messiah (4:17,21-22; Matthew 1:5-6).

Life Lessons
• Ruth’s vow to Naomi is one of the most beautiful statements of commitment in Scripture (Ruth 1:16-17).
• Her obedience to Yahweh God brought rich rewards (4:10-17).

Esther: For Such a Time as This

Her Background
• A beautiful, orphaned Jewish girl (Esther 2:2)
• The adopted daughter of her cousin Mordecai (2:7,15)
• A God-fearing woman living in a pagan court (2:16-20)

Her Story
• She was chosen by King Ahasuerus to be queen (2:17).
• She learned that the Jews were to be executed by Haman (2:22).
• She risked death by approaching the king (4:10-11, 5:1-2).
• She prepared a banquet for the king and Haman (5:4).
• She asked the king for a new edict (8:5).
• Her delivery of God’s people is still celebrated by Jews today during Purim (9:32).

Life Lessons
• Esther’s courage and wisdom were used by God to save His people from extinction.
• Beauty and creativity are also useful tools for a God-fearing woman.

Rachel: A Beloved Wife

Her  Background
• She was the beautiful daughter of Rebekah’s brother, Laban, living in Haran (Genesis 29:5-10).
• She married Jacob after he was deceived into marrying her older sister Leah (29:28).
• She was the mother of Joseph and Benjamin (30:22-24; 35:16-20).

Her Story
• Rachel was infertile, while Leah conceived easily, resulting in jealousy and resentment between the sisters (30:1).
• She stole her father’s household idols, perhaps in order to claim a family inheritance or as part of superstitious worship (31:19).
• She gave birth to Joseph, favored son of Jacob (30:22-24).
• She died while giving birth to Benjamin (35:18).

Life Lessons
• Unfulfilled dreams and expectations often result in bitterness and anger.
• Physical attractiveness does not necessarily result in contentment.

Hagar: An Abused Woman

Her Background
• She was Sarah’s Egyptian servant (Genesis 16:1).
• She was the mother of Ishmael (16:15).
• She found an Egyptian wife for Ishmael (21:21).

Her Story
• She was a surrogate for Abraham’s promised son since Sarah was infertile (16:3-4).
• She was promised that she would be the mother of a great nation, paralleling God’s promise to Abraham (15:4-5; 16:10).
• She gave birth to Ishmael (16:15).
• She was sent away by Sarah into the desert (16:6-7; 21:14).
• God provided for her and her son; they settled in the wilderness (21:20-21).

Life Lessons
• Hagar experienced prejudice, injustice, abuse, and despair.
• Yet God saw her and provided for her needs.
• She responded in faith to God despite difficult circumstances.

Have you seen the new Inspire Bible? I love this Bible. I was able to give one away as a gift and I think it is the most beautiful Bible I have ever seen!  It is also a coloring book and journal! All of the most famous verses that we memorize are a coloring page.


Inspire Bible NLT: The Bible for Creative Journaling


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