Lessons from Esther on the Common Misconceptions about Purpose and How to Avoid Them

Lessons from Esther on the Common Misconceptions about Purpose  and How to Avoid Them

The Book of Esther chronicles Esther’s ascension to the throne as well as the exploits that she achieved for her people as queen. If you’re familiar with this story, and you’re anything like me, then you strongly associate it with a particular line- which can be found at the tail end of Esther 4:14-

“Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

If you’re not, don’t worry! I will be jumping into the meat of her story shortly. But, for now, I just want to concentrate on that scripture…

I personally love it because it speaks of purpose in the following ways:

Lessons from the Shulamite Woman on God's Timing

Lessons from the Shulamite Woman on God's Timing

Unlike most of the women that we have studied so far, The Shulamite Woman is a fictional character. She is featured in The Song of Solomon as one of the main protagonists alongside her “beloved”. This book of the Bible is an extended piece of lyrical poetry written by King Solomon which, on the surface, appears to be about romantic love (although, like most scriptures about love and marriage, it also contains some parallels between these and Christ’s relationship with the church). As such, The Shulamite Woman has much to teach us- not only about this topic- but adhering to God’s timing.

Lessons from 30 amazing Women of the Bible

Lessons from 30 amazing Women of the Bible

This week (October 3rd to be exact) was my birthday and- it wasn't just any birthday- it was my 30th! Also, although I didn't actually make it public until late November, this month will mark a year since I started this blog with a view to:

  • Raise the profile of the contributions of the women of the Bible and how the lessons contained in these can be practically applied in our modern spiritual walks
  • Empower Christian women to fully embrace their unique identities and purpose in Christ, free of the stereotypes and traditions that can "so easily best" us

To celebrate, I am going to share my top 30 women of the Bible along with what they taught me either about Christian womanhood/femininity or life in general. So, in alphabetical order, here goes!

An Interview with Ashley Murphy on Mary (Jesus' mother)

An Interview with Ashley Murphy on Mary (Jesus' mother)

Today's interview feature comes from Ashley Murphy, of ashleysartcloset.blogspot.co.uk where she shares her photography, paintings and musings about life. Read on as she shares her insights on Mary (mother of Jesus), her favourite woman of the Bible, and what we as modern women can learn from her.

An Interview with Lottie Brooke on Mary (Martha's sister)

An Interview with Lottie Brooke on Mary (Martha's sister)

Today we are truly blessed to feature the perspective of Lottie Brooke, of Lottiebrooke.com (which, in her own words, is a place of "encouragement," "hope" and one "that [she hopes] you leave feeling a little bit stronger in this journey"). Read on as she discusses Mary of Bethany, why she is her favourite woman of the Bible and what we, as modern women, stand to learn from her.

An Interview with Diana on Esther

An Interview with Diana on Esther

Today's interview feature comes from the lovely Diana of just-a-christiangirl.tumblr.com, where she "praises God in two languages: [Spanish] and English". Read on as she explains why Esther is her favourite woman of the Bible and what we, as modern women, can learn from her. 

An Interview with Wanda on Hannah

An Interview with Wanda on Hannah

Today's interview feature comes from Wanda of the Wateredsoul.com, where she "shares her thoughts on the three B(s): Bible, Books and Blogging (from a faith perspective)". Read on as she discusses Hannah, her favourite woman of the Bible and what we, as modern women, can learn from her.

An Interview with Jess on Ruth

An Interview with Jess on Ruth

Today's piece comes from the lovely Jess of jessrealloutiman.tumblr.com, where she collects and displays inspiring images and quotes about faith and life in general. Read on as she talks about Ruth, why she is her favourite woman of the Bible and the lessons that we (as modern women) can learn from her.