• Karen O'Reilly

Strong Women In The Bible - Bible Reading Plan .

Updated: Aug 6

Did you know that the Bible is full of stories of awesome strong women? There are many lessons to be learned from them!

I am sure that you will be encouraged by studying these powerful women. There are many different situations or circumstances that require us ladies to step up and take charge of. They require our quiet strength and dignity that we find in the Lord. We need His wisdom. We need to learn to wait on His timing and find our confidence in Him.

This month I have selected 30 Bible verses about some strong women found in our Bible. These bible verses reflect the strong character in these women. They had to face difficult trials during their lives and they found their strength in God. They weren't perfect but we will learn how God redeems every situation and has a good plan for their lives and ours.

Let me introduce you to the 9 women that we will be studying this month:

Esther - a women of strength and dignity.

Deborah - a woman of valor.

Mary - the mother of Jesus and her strong faith in God.

Hannah - fervent in prayer.

Sarah - discovered that nothing is impossible for God.

Ruth - a loving and loyal woman.

Rahab - fearless and full of faith.

Miriam - we will learn to dance like Miriam but take note she didn't finish well!

Martha - we will learn to serve and have faith like Martha.

To help you get the most out of this study I have created a free printable with a list of the Bible verses and some pretty journaling paper. You will find them in the Resource Library HERE

Here is a snapshot of Esther:

The book of Esther is one of 2 books in the Bible named after women. Another interesting fact is that the word, God, is never mentioned in the entire book of Esther. The historical time period of Esther takes place during the reign of the Medes and Persians.

Esther is an orphan and was raised by her uncle, Mordecai. We aren't told the reason why Esther's parents aren't living but we are told though that she is very beautiful! Take note that Esther is not Persian and she is an orphan which means that she should not have found favor with the king.

In Esther chapter 2, we read that the king needs a new queen. So he commands a decree and gathers many maidens in Shushan. Esther was one of the women chosen to join the king's harem and she found favor with Hegai ( the man in charge of the king's harem). I'm not sure I would find it an honor to be in the king's harem but it was back in these biblical times! The awesome part of this story is that God was able to save the Jewish people because of Esther and her role in the harem!

Esther was highly favored during her time of preparation to meet the king. The preparation took 12 months.

She was given the best apartment to live in and maids to help prepare her beauty treatments. There is one very important fact to take note - her uncle wisely advised her not to reveal her true nationality and she obeyed him. It was Esther's obedience and gratefulness during her time in the harem that caused her to receive so much favor and respect.

Take great encouragement from the story of Esther in knowing that one person can make a difference. Esther was an unlikely candidate to become Queen but God made a way because He needed to save a nation!

There were plans by Haman, an evil man that wanted the Jewish people exterminated. Esther was miraculously placed in a position to plead for their lives and the story ends with Haman himself been killed instead. There is so much more to discuss about Esther. Read the book of Esther when you have time and join in our daily devotionals in the Restoring Beauty For As hes Facebook Group for our daily devotionals on these strong women.

Here is a snapshot of Deborah:

Deborah was the only female judge of Israel named in the Bible. She was also called a prophetess. There isn't much information about her. We are just told that she was a judge, she was wise and most importantly she spoke God's truth. One interesting fact is that everyone knew where to find her! She had a special place - a tree between 2 towns in the hill country of Ephraim.

The backstory is that the Israelites had disobeyed God and as a result had been oppressed by Jadin, king of Canaan. The Israelites cried out to God for help.

Deborah, the prophetess knew that God had called Barak to go fight the king but Barak was afraid to go. The Canaanites had superior equipment, so it is fair that he would be afraid! But he should have done what God had asked him to do. He said that if Deborah would go to the battle with him , then he would fight. Deborah was fearless and she did go. During our devotionals , we will be considering the lessons to be learned from fearless Deborah and how she loved and listened to God. You can read this story in Judges 4 and 5. I will tell you that Sisera, the commander of the Canaanite army came to a bloody end and the Israelites had peace for 40 years! Oh and Deborah is also a song writer - check her story out in the book of Judges!

Here is a snapshot of Mary:

We will also be considering what lessons that we can learn from Mary, the mother of Jesus. Did you know that the name Mary in Hebrew is Miriam? Here are some other facts about this amazing woman:

She is most commonly known as the ' Virgin Mary' because she gave birth miraculously to Jesus.

We are told in Luke 3 that her heritage is from the tribe of Judah and the lineage of David.

I have chose four portions of scripture for our Bible plan to study Mary. We will go deeper in our devotionals on each scripture. Here is what we will be looking at:

Mary was very young when she was visited by an angel. Can you imagine what that would be like, to see an angel? And then she was given the incredible miraculous news that she wold conceive the savior of the world!

  1. Mary will teach us that we need to know God like she did.

  2. We need to say 'yes' to God's plan like Mary did.

  3. We will learn that nothing is impossible with God.

  4. We will learn to store up God's treasures in our heart, just like Mary did.

Here is a snapshot of Hannah:

Hannah was the mother of Samuel. We see Hannah as a mighty prayer warrior. She endured oppression and abuse for many years. You can read her story in Samuel chapter 1. Hannah longed for a child for many years but she was barren. One year Hannah took a trip to the tabernacle to pray.

In 1 Samuel 1:10-11 we read about her her heartfelt prayer to God. She was so distressed that her words came out silently. She was in the temple praying, when Eli the priest saw her. She was in so much distress that Eli thought she was drunk! Hannah assured him that she was not drunk but that she was in deep distress.

Hannah made a vow to God that if He remembered her and gave her a son, then she would give him back to God. I'm so excited to tell you that, Hannah gave birth to a boy and called him Samuel. The name Samuel means 'heard of God' or 'asked of God'. And Hannah kept her promise and dedicated her son to God.

We will be learning through our bible verses about Hannah, about God's faithfulness and Hannah's perseverance! We will discuss about praying fervently and keeping promises in our daily devotionals this month.

Here is a snapshot of Ruth:

We will learn to love like Ruth!

The Book of Ruth is the other book in the Bible to be named after a woman. If you have time read the Book of Ruth for yourself. It is a short book and will take about 15 minutes.

Do you know the story of Ruth?

Ruth was a Moabite widow of Mahlon. He was Naomi's son. Naomi had also buried her other son and husband. It was very tragic and Naomi decided to return to her home country, Israel. Ruth insisted on going with her.

There are quite a few lessons to be learned from Ruth's story and we will unpack them in our devotionals in our Facebook Group.

  1. We will be looking at Ruth's stubborn love for her mother-in-law.

  2. What it means to be a kinsman redeemer.

  3. Decisions made today can impact generations!

Here is a snapshot of Rahab:

Rahab - fearless and full of faith. Do you know this strong woman from the Bible? She had a terrible reputation as a prostitute and she would have been despised by her neighbours because of her profession. We are not told what her circumstances were that led her to be a prostitute but she is listed in Matthew 1:1-5 as part of the lineage of Christ. We will uncover the events that lead up to Rahab being named in such an awesome list during our devotionals.

Rahab lived in Jerico which was a wicked city. God told the Israelites that He was giving them the city but that they were to destroy the people living in it. This might seem severe but I know there is more to that story that we don't read of in the Bible. The key here is that the city was known to be wicked. That makes Rahab all the more remarkable!

Joshua sent 2 spies to check out the city. The spies needed somewhere safe to stay and hide and they ended up at Rahab's home.

The king of Jerico found out about the spies and sent soldiers to Rahab's home to arrest them. Rahab hid the spies and lied to the soldiers. She was very brave!

During our devotionals, we will examine:

Why would Rahab risk her life for the spies?

Why would she betray her own people?

Why is Rahab mentioned as part of the lineage of Christ?

Rahab is a remarkable woman from the Bible full of faith. I'm so looking forward to unpacking all that we can learn from her in our devotionals!

Here is a snapshot of Miriam:

Who is Miriam? We will be learning to dance like Miriam but not to lose favor with God due to jealousy!

She was a brave woman, even from a young age. As a young girl she protected her baby brother from being murdered. Pharaaoh was not happy that the Israelites were thriving in his land. They were his slaves but they were growing larger in numbers. So he issued an awful decree to kill all the newborn baby boys. You can read all about this in Exodus 1 : 6-22 and Exodus 2 : 1-8.

Have you guessed yet the name of Miriam's brother? She was a sister to Moses!

We read in Exodus 15:20-21 that Miriam danced with joyful abandon when the Lord delivered His people from the Egyptian slavery. You can read all about that story in Exodus 15:20-21.

As you read about Miriam, keep in mind that she is older than Moses . Moses was 80 years old when God called him at the burning bush. So that would make Miriam in her late 80's or early 90's. Maybe she was getting old and cranky when she had her jealous episode? Oh yes! We will be having quite a discussion about Miriam in our devotionals!

Here is a snapshot of Martha:

I'm sure you know Martha! You can read about her in Luke 10:39-42. We tend to think of her in a negative way, that she was too busy to sit and listen to Jesus. But this month, let's explore this woman of God and glean some life lessons from her.

Martha was a sister to Mary and they were sisters to Lazarus. We are told in scripture that Jesus was a close friend of Martha and her siblings. John 11:5 says, "....Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus".

I'm sure you know the story of Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus and Martha getting angry asking Jesus did He not care that she was left to do all the work.

I always feel upset for Martha. Maybe that is because I find it hard to sit still?

Are you a Mary or a Martha? I think we need to be a balance of both!

During our devotionals this month, we will look at Jesus and His compassion for Martha and we will also look at Martha's faith shining before Jesus restores life back to Lazarus. Martha is a phenomenal woman of God!

Here is a snapshot of Sarah:

This is the last strong woman of God that we will look at this month. What a woman! She had to lean in to God and really trust Him to do the impossible.

Do you know Sarah?

She was the wife of Abraham. She was also known as Sari. You can read her story in Genesis chapter 18. Sarah was barren for many years but God had given both Abraham and Sarah a promise that they would have as many children as the stars. The major issue was that Sarah was old now and had left her child bearing years long ago.

What do you do when you have been given a promise from God but you haven't yet seen it fulfilled? I know many women that ask that question for many different reasons! Just let me say...don't do what Sarah did! She tried to help God out with His promise and that led to a lot of trouble! You can read about that in Genesis chapter 16.

There are a few lessons to be learned from the story of Sarah. We will learn that God keeps His promises and His timing is perfect. Nothing is too hard for the Lord! My favorite lesson that we will discus in the devotional, is that even when we mess up God doesn't hold it against us. Sarah is also mentioned in Hebrews 11:11, which is a list of faithful people. She may have doubted God's promise of a baby in her late years but she changed and her faith grew!

Here is the list of bible verses on Strong Women Of God. Make sure you download this lovely printable from the library ( CLICK ON THE PIC! ) and join us in the Restoring Beauty For Ashes Facebook Group for our daily devotionals.

Let's talk about how to benefit from this list of scriptures:

I find that writing them out, allows you time to learn them and think on them more deeply. I have some pretty journal stationary with prompts to help you during your devotional time. It should take about 10 minutes to write each verse but spend as much time as you have, sitting in God's presence and listening for His Holy Spirit speaking to your heart, instructing and guiding you.

Copying scripture and carrying it with us throughout the day, reading it and memorizing it, makes God's word a part of us. It renews your mind and calms your anxious heart.

Take Action :

  1. Download the scripture verse list, journal paper HERE.

  2. Find a quiet place with your cup of coffee, Bible and a favorite pen.

  3. Pray as you write your scripture verse for that day.

  4. Ask God to reveal Himself to you and listen for the Holy Spirit to speak to you.

  5. If you feel convicted of something- confess it and ask for forgiveness.

  6. If you feel moved to worship - worship God! Just enjoy His presence.

  7. Most important : make an appointment with yourself, journal and God everyday for your scripture writing time. I find it works best for me to do it in the morning. It helps me to gain ' God's perspective' on my day. But you do it in your own perfect time. The important thing to remember is to do it and if you miss a day - just double up the next one!

We will be using these bible verses in the month of August as our daily devotionals in our Restoring Beauty For Ashes Facebook Group. Come join us there!

Here are a few of our other scripture writing plans that you might enjoy reading:

Knowing Who I am In Christ HERE

God's Promises - Scripture plan, you can read it HERE

Waiting On God, you can read it HERE.

Scripture plan to Battle Fear, you can read it HERE

28 Bible verses To Calm An Anxious Heart, you can read it HERE.

Light In The Darkness, you can read it HERE.

I would love if you could share with me your thoughts as you work your way through this Scripture plan . You can connect with me via email or on our FACEBOOK page. It's all about His grace xx Karen.

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