9. They Became Great through Living Faithfully
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The praise of the proverbs 31 woman reminds us that she managed a household including servants. Her success grew over time with focus, continually making good choices and working hard daily.
Other women also managed careers and households. Deborah served as a judge of Israel and brought peace to her people [Judges 4-5]. Lydia, a merchant, opened her heart to God when she heard Paul preach and became a faith leader in her community [Acts 16]. Scriptures about Lydia do not mention children directly but the word oikos for household encompassed both family and servants.
When authorities imprisoned Pau and Silas, she remained steadfast. After their release, Paul and Silas found believers gathered at Lydia’s home.
Whether managing a home and family or juggle career and motherhood, moms can succeed and impact communities. Many moms open their homes and become hubs of faith where others meet up.
10. God Responded to Mothers
Women put their trust in God and God did not disappoint them. Jesus noticed a woman’s situation and her heart as seen in his reaction to the widow of Nain [Luke 7:11-25]. This widow lost her son and only child. That would leave her destitute with no family, and few choices to earn money and survive. He raised her son and restored him to her.
God responded to Hagar’s prayer in the Old Testament with a great promise when she was cast out and sent into the desert with her son Ishmael [Genesis 21]. He provided water and the prophecy that her son would be the start of a large nation.
God blessed the plans of Jochebed [Exodus 2:1-10, 6:19-20] when she hid her son in a basket in the Nile River to spare his life. God allowed Moses to become the child of an Egyptian princess but to be nursed and raised by Jochebed.
These mothers who valued their son’s lives became examples that showed remarkable hope and faith that revealed how God can do the impossible.
Never underestimate the strength of mothers, past or present. Our examples shine as we impact lives and weather struggles, especially to provide the best for our children. Our strength starts in our hearts and is rooted in our faith.
God still notices mothers and cares for them. Christ’s love for people includes understanding mothers and responding to their prayers. Faithful moms, for their part, continue to trust God and believe in answers to impossible prayers. Be encouraged and renew your hope as you study moms in the Bible.
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