Women of the Bible: 12 Encouraging Stories Every Christian Woman Should Read

 
 
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I noticed recently how I had gotten out of the habit of reading my Bible everyday. It really affects me when I don’t regularly spend time with the Lord, and I could feel Him calling me back. But to be honest, I had gotten a little bored with my quiet time!

I hate to say that, but sometimes it happens. So I knew I needed to spark some interest in my quiet time once again!

That’s why I decided to put together a Bible study that sounded really interesting and encouraging to me: Woman of the Bible!

There are so many amazing stories in the Word about God using women for His glory and to carry out His plan. It’s so encouraging for me to read about these awesome ladies, and gives me confidence that God can use me for His good too!

Below I’ve outlined 12 encouraging stories that every Christian woman should read. I hope this Bible study idea will interest you like it does me, and give you encouragement as you follow along!



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1. Esther

The Book of Esther

To start off, we have the amazing story of Esther: a strong woman of God who took a huge step of faith and eventually became Queen! She has an entire book of the Bible dedicated to her and what God did through her life, so you know you don’t want to miss out on this one.

2. Ruth

The Book of Ruth

Another Godly woman with an entire book of the Bible dedicated to her, Ruth’s story will show you how God has a plan for everything! Her story also displays the true strength that Christian women can have and use through our Lord. Ruth also shows great integrity with how she stood by her mother-in-law Naomi.

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3. Abigail

1 Samuel 25:1-42

Abigail isn’t as widely talked about as some other women of the Bible, but her brief story can show us some of the traits that God has called us Christian women to embody. Be inspired as you read about Abigail’s wisdom and good judgement.

4. Deborah

Judges 4-5

You’ll be inspired when you read about Deborah— the only female judge. She shows us great strength, wisdom, and leadership!

5. Mary

Luke 1:26-38

Of course we must include Mary, the mother of Jesus. She’s mentioned many times throughout the books of the Gospel; however, I’d like to focus on the Scripture telling of when she was informed that she was pregnant with the Messiah. How she willingly and faithfully accepted God’s will is awe-inspiring to say the least!

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6. Mary Magdalene

Luke 8:1-3, Mark 15:40-41, Mark 16:9-11, John 20:1-18

Mary Magdalene is a well-known Biblical figure, particularly because of her involvement with Jesus’ ministry. What I find most fascinating about her story is that she is a beautiful picture of how Christians should honor our Lord.

After Jesus’ delivered Mary Magdalene from the possession of seven demons, she devoted her life to following Him. We hear mainly about the 12 disciples, but the full truth was that Jesus had many more than 12 and some were women— including Mary.

She was present at some of the biggest moments of Jesus’ life, and when you read of her story you will truly see her deep dedication and love for Christ.

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7. Shiphrah and Puah

Exodus 1:15-21

The short story of Shiphrah and Puah is probably not one you’re familiar with. I know I didn’t know about it! But it’s certainly an amazing story of women being obedient to God’s way no matter the possible repercussions.

Shiphrah and Puah were midwives who stood up to the king of Egypt after they were ordered to kill any male child they helped birth. However, they didn’t follow the king’s order even though they knew they could be punished. God ended up protecting them and blessing them because of their faithfulness.

8. Leah

Genesis 29

Leah’s story shows us how God sees us even when we feel unwanted and unloved. Leah was constantly overlooked by her husband Jacob who loved Leah’s sister Rachel more. Rachel was prettier, and Leah always felt lesser-than.

However, God saw Leah in her sorrow and chose to give her many more children than her sister Rachel; and ultimately Leah contributed to the genealogy of Jesus Christ! Her story is a powerful testimony to how even when we don’t feel important or wanted in this world, God still sees us and uses us for His glory!

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9. Moses’ Mother

Exodus 2:1-10

The story of how Moses’ mother saved him from the Egyptian king’s order to kill male babies makes her story a truly remarkable one! Not only does she show courage in trying to save her son, she also shows true humbleness in being willing to give her son to be raised by another woman (Pharoah’s daughter) in order to give him a life.

Because of her courage and dedication as a mother, Moses was able to grow up and become one of the most famous Godly leaders of all time and ultimately lead God’s people into the promise land.

11. Sarah

Genesis 18:1-15, Genesis 21:1-7

Sarah, the wife of Abraham, was used by God in an amazing way! God allowed her old, barren womb to give birth to a son named Isaac. Even though she first laughed at God’s plan (which you’ll see in the story), she eventually had faith and God still made His promise come to pass, making her the mother of Nations and apart of the genealogy of Christ!

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12. Hannah

1 Samuel 1:1-28

Hannah was another barren woman who was ultimately blessed by God and given a son. We see her faithfulness to the Lord as she dedicated her son Samuel to serving God as a thank you for her blessing.


I hope you’ll follow along with me and take on this new Bible study idea of reading about these 12 amazing women of the Bible! I’m sure you’ll find a lot of encouragement and strength from their stories!

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Yours in Christ,

Cassidy


 

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