I love Bible studies about women as studying their lives show me just how normal they all were, yet God used them in extraordinary ways.
Studying their lives gives me hope that God can use a normal and average woman like me in the way that He sees fit. Even though some of the ladies were known at the time as influential women, many were not known at all. Only because God saw that they were usable were their names and deeds included in the Word of God.
For our ladies Sunday School, we are starting to read Twelve Extraordinary Women by John MacArthur. I think I have read parts of it before, but I have never actually studied it. I am actually going to teach the chapter on Sarah, so I need to really get studying. Just in the introductions of the book, there were great points to ponder.
In the preface, Macarthur says:
In other words, the gracious work of God in their lives made each one of these women truly extraordinary. They therefore stand as reminders of both our fallenness and our potential. Speaking together as one, they all point us to Christ. In every case, He was the One to whom they looked for salvation.
That is what I want my life to do — point others to Christ. When we allow God to work in our lives, He will get the glory and the praise. The wonderful truth is that He can use anyone that is willing to be used!
In the introduction, Macarthur says about these women:
The faithfulness of these women is their true, lasting legacy. . . . May your heart be set ablaze with the very same faith, may your life be characterized by a similar faithfulness, and may your soul be overwhelmed with love for the extraordinary God they worshiped.
What a great legacy to leave behind. If we as mothers only leave behind the legacy of us being faithful to God, then we will have succeeded. I know I get so distracted with my jobs, laundry, cooking, homework and more that I push off to the side what is most important: getting into God’s Word; taking time to pray, and telling others about my great Savior. I am not always faithful to demonstrate to my kids the God that I love and how He can sustain and enable me. But no other legacy will matter if we do not leave the legacy of being faithful to the God who made us and sent His Son to die for us.
With all the pressures of life, with all the cares of this world, and all the duties that pull at us every day, ONE THING matters: are we leaving to our children and to those who come behind us the legacy of faithfulness?
This is not the time for cowardice. This world is not a pretty place for those who are willing to stand up for truth and to be faithful to God and His Word. We must count the cost and know that there may be persecution; yet can we afford to lose our kids? The answer is a resounding “NO!!” I think this quote from Charles Spurgeon is so good:
We have come to a turning point in the road. If we turn to the right mayhap our children and our children’s children will go that way; but if we turn to the left, generations yet unborn will curse our names for having been unfaithful to God and to His Word. Charles Spurgeon
And we can do it! As an ordinary mom with no real talents, I can be faithful with God’s help. When we see how faithful He has been to us, then we, in turn, can be faithful to Him. When life gets tough, and you want to throw in the towel, turn to these verses to give you hope and strength:
- Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; Deuteronomy 7:9
- Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Psalms 36:5
- It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
- God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9
- But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
- Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, for he is faithful that promised. Hebrews 10:23
Hold on to God’s faithfulness! He will help you!
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Here are a few posts I enjoyed reading from last week’s party:
15 Mini-Breaks for the Worn-Out Mom from My Little Robins
- 11 Practical Ways to Teach Kids About Commitment from Your Vibrant Family
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