Great women throughout history have turned to God as their source of strength. As we honor Women’s History Month, here’s a list of dynamic women in the Bible and 8 of the powerful qualities they possess.
As modern-day women, we seem to have more on our plates now than at any other time in history. It’s as if there aren’t enough hours in the day to balance the mountain of responsibilities heaped upon our shoulders. We start our days on the run, stressed-out and worried that we’re unable to manage in our multiple roles as wife, daughter, mother, and career woman. We end our days seeking a moment of solace, immersed in our favorite TV shows or social media outlets. But instead of peace, we’re bombarded with soul-shaking stories and images which seem to challenge our progress as a nation, our strengths as women; or, worst of all, our faith in God.
We also know that we should first make sure we’re fit and healthy, in order to be at our best for others. However, with so much to do and so little time, we go to bed exhausted and awaken the same way, unsure of how we’ll summon the strength to rise again and start another day.
If there’s one thing I know for sure though, we cannot lose heart when the help we need might be as close as the nightstand beside us. The Bible tells us the whole story of our history, and it has the key to our empowerment. Great women throughout history – from the Queen of Sheba to Harriet Tubman to Oprah Winfrey – have gained strength from its source.
Here’s a list of eight dynamic qualities of women in the Bible which are sure to inspire and fortify you:
1. Prayer Warrior. Women in the Bible exemplify the power of prayer. Hannah’s prayers produce a warrior for God (1Samuel1:9-11); Anna’s prayers are rewarded with the promise of God’s New Kingdom (Luke 2:36–38)
2. Support system. Together, Naomi and Ruth use Godly wisdom to secure their family’s future – changing the course of history (Book of Ruth).
3. Purpose-driven. To cure her condition, one woman endures the possibility of distain, scorn, and banishment in order to connect with Jesus. She allows nothing to deter her from the healing Power of God, giving us a shining example of unwavering faith (Matthew 9:20-22).
4. Entrepreneur. The woman described in Proverbs 31 is a hard-working, enterprising, industrious entrepreneur who not only weaves her own fabrics (Proverbs 31:19), but from that fabric she also “makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants” (Proverbs 31:10-31).
5. Prophet. Deborah knows what would save her nation from oppression. She aligns herself with a leader named Barak who can get the job done (Judges 4).
6. Life-saver. Esther uses the power of grace, fasting, and marriage to save her people from extermination (Book of Esther).
7. Ruler of Nations. The Queen of Sheba uses wisdom and discernment before giving King Solomon her blessing (1 Kings 10:1-13): but Jesus warns a disobedient generation that they will not have the same results! (Matthew 12:42)
8. Mother of Humankind. Eve is the first woman – mother of us all (Genesis 3:20). And to Mary, a Savior is born, whose existence gives us the only living example of our fullest potential (Matthew 1:18-21).
As our gift to you, we’ve attached a colorful download of this list here – 8QualitiesofWomen. Print it out and keep it handy for the next time you need to boost your faith. Stay strong, encouraged, and focused on the Promise of The Word.
As women, we can do all things through Him.
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