(Edited and First Posted on February 15, 2011) by Lizzie
Learn from women in history who stand out. Their lives still shine under the scrutiny of time. They fascinate me. The accounts of their stories are written to learn from.
Those who chose to think for themselves added their perspective to the world, and importantly to their marriage. Considering the demeaning treatment and control of women commonly, it is clear that it was possible to rise above the norm and shine . . . because according to the Bible women having the same possibilities of relationship with God, status with God, power from God, they knew instinctively that they “must do something; say something”.
Abraham, famous in Scripture had a wife, Sarah, who was strong, opinionated and free to express herself. And Sarah, at the same moment, highly respected her husband. She reverenced him. (I Peter 3:6) Her story shines through history beside Abraham, father of many nations. Her notable beauty must have been enhanced from inside, because she is mentioned as being a woman of strong faith in God. (Hebrews 11:11).
Deborah was a female political star. She was famous and powerful; a chief Judge. She also was called “a mother in Israel”, the “wife of Lapidoth”. She shone beside her quieter husband because she remembered who she was. Her life was not about her, but her husband and her country. (Judges 4)
Esther was courageous and bold. With privilege and power as Queen she remained feminine and humble. Her life was “about her people” their lives and wellbeing. The King gave her unequaled power as a woman even setting her over the powerful enemy, Haman. (Esther 5:2)
In contrast to these look at the wife of Job. We do not even know her name. Her husband, Job, perhaps suffered more than any man on earth. But his wife did not support him. When Job went through deep trials and grief she said to him, “Do you still retain your integrity? Curse God, and die.” (Job 2:9)
A woman created in the image of God, you are gifted for achievement. You can shine from the inside first. As you discover your gifts and live wisely you will surely light up the world with your passion and perspective. Be lit by the Holy Spirit and grow.
You have a deep and abiding desire to be all you are created to be, I know you do, in spite of all the discouragements, put downs and doubt! Go and accomplish all you are created for. God puts that strong ambition in you; it didn’t come from you. And he would not instill it in you without a path to accomplish it.
We should always include in our plans, dreams and initiatives those we love, those who need our interest and care, never stepping over anybody on the way to achievement: not husband, children foremost. We can rise to the occasions of our lives and become like Sarah and Deborah and Abigail and Esther and Ruth!
Their lives of faith made them shine.
A wise, captivating woman will make a difference. She will shine from inside first for sure — even after her life is over — because her life was “not about her” but some noteworthy cause that moved her.