Almost two months ago I walked into the job I have had for 3.5 years with a company I have worked for, for almost 8 years and was told your position has been eliminated. I knew it was coming, and I wasn’t alone, hundreds of people were walking in to their jobs being told the same thing. I would like to say that I’m not bitter or resentful, but I can’t. I got home from cleaning out my workspace and went online where others were sharing an article that explained what this company was doing. That was it, 8 years of my life working hard, learning the business, following company standards and holding others to those standards, 8 years and all that is left is a broken heart and an article.
At the same time I was going through this job loss, I was sent a book from a publisher that had no idea what I was going through “Courageous Women of the Bible” by Latan Roland Murphy.
Here are 11 not 7seven Courageous Women of the Bible I needed to hear about in this season…
- Deborah– A woman judge in Israel in the Old Testament. That’s right a woman in leadership, God opened the doors, and Deborah had the courage to walk through. The courage of trusting God to supply her with the wisdom she needed.
I pray that I can have the courage to walk through the door God is leading me to.
- The Woman with an Issue of Blood– humbling herself at the feet of Jesus, with faith that just reaching out and touching His hem she would be healed. The courage to go out in public, and press into the crowd to reach Jesus knowing that those around her were judging her.
I pray for the courage to press into Jesus no matter who or what is going on around me.
- The Widow with Two Coins– This woman had the courage to trust God for provision, she gave all she had to live on, trusting that He would supply her needs. For some giving money isn’t a hardship, and what would really be giving all is time, support, love, or even giving up. God calls us to trust Him for our provision.
I pray that Lord that I trust You for my provision.
- Jael– The enemy was literally at Jael’s door and she had the courage to keep calm and protect her home. God used Jael to give Israel victory, she could have looked at the situation and said this really isn’t my fight. However she stood up for her home and country using the courage and circumstances God gave her.
I pray that I can stay calm and focus on God, using the courage and gifts He has given me in every circumstance.
- Abigail- Abigail had the courage to go out to a man who her husband had wronged, and now had plans of attacking. She stood up to this man, saying here is what my husband owes you, I know you were wronged. She protected what was hers while still making right a wrong. If she had gone out later the outcome would have been bad, she walked in faith in God’s timing and he provided peace.
I pray that I walk in faith, not second guessing Your will but knowing You are leading me.
- Bathsheba- This woman could easily be marked as a scarlet women in this story, I’m sure she felt shame. However her past didn’t define her, she became queen and mother of King Solomon, who placed her at his right hand. I’m sure it took courage to let go of her past and move forward.
I pray I do not let my past define me, and that I have the courage to move forward in God’s light.
- The Samaritan Woman- This woman was an outcast, who met a man Jesus at the well. Jesus first shocked her by asking for a drink of water, then he offered her “living water”, hope, and told her about herself. She could have ran, and shook of the experience, but instead she shared her experience asking others to go back with her to meet Jesus. She was given new hope and she wanted more for herself, and hope for those around her.
I pray that I continually seek more of You God, and that I share You with those around me
- Mary, Mother of Jesus– We all know Mary, from a young age she had courage to trust God. He changed her entire life, not from His will but from her expectations. Mary was a poor simple girl who expected to marry Joseph and live the same life as the women before her. Then one day EVERYTHING CHANGED, she had the courage to say, “yes”.
I pray that I have the courage to say “yes” to God’s call in my life.
- The Shulammite Woman- This woman had the courage to love and be loved.
I pray that I have the courage to live fully and boldly in God’s love.
- Jochebed- When faced with having to let go of her baby she chose life over death, instead of killing baby Moses as the law required she placed him in a basket and sent him down the river. She trusted God to lead Moses to safety, and God lead Moses’s basket to Pharaoh’s daughter whom chose to take in the baby. Jochebed had the courage to let go and trust God.
I pray that I have the courage to let go of my dreams and trust in God’s promises.
- The Shunammite Woman– this woman recognized the power of God in Elisha’s life, she opened her home to him with an open invitation. She didn’t just want God’s power in her life when it was convenient or needed, she opened the door and said God is always welcome in this home. Then when her son died, she didn’t rail against God but ran after Him, seeking out his prophet Elisha. She had courage to seek God in her despair and trust that he could heal.
I pray that I have the courage to seek after God, and trust in every circumstance.
This was a great book, I read it as a devotional, I needed to see how God used, blessed, gifted, and strengthened these women who came before.
As I said above I still have bitterness and resentment in a small degree, I know God is working on me to let go of these feelings. I know God has a plan for this season, I’m actually excited about a new adventure, change is hard, especially when it is thrust upon you as mine was. I am grateful for this book, “Courageous Women of the Bible” by Latan Roland Murphy, I am grateful to Latan for having the courage to step out in faith and write this book. I know I am not the only woman who needs to read the stories you weaved together with these courageous women that gives me hope to live the courageous story God has for me.
But forget all that, it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new, see I have already begun! Do you not see? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19