Today's interview installment comes from Jena Holliday, "an artist, illustrator and educator who loves colour and thinking big". In line with this she has a very interesting perspective on her favourite women of the Bible (Esther and The Woman with the Issue of Blood) as it relates to purpose. You can find out more about her at spoonfuloffaith.com. In the meantime, be blessed by the wisdom she shares below!
Who is your favourite woman of the Bible and why? What would you say that modern women can learn from her?
I have two:
Esther because her story shows how God predestines our lives to be used for the very purpose, point and time that we walk the earth. She was brought into the kingdom "for such a time as this" and that has always stuck with me. I believe modern women can learn to accept where God has placed them and ask Him what am I here for? What is my "for such a time as this?" What did You predestine me to do, right now, with what I have right now?
Related: An Interview with Weisaye on Esther
And I also admire The Woman with the Issue of Blood. The context of her situation is that she had been dealing with this issue in her body for 12 years. But despite her situation; despite what she felt like; despite living with and seeing her issue- she chose to still have faith.
I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2006. For 10 years I have dealt with an issue in my body and only through the last few years that I have lived for Christ have I seen my life and health change with leaps and bounds. I have decided regardless of what it looks like; God is still who He says He is. I think many people can relate and women need to stand in this truth!
Please finish the sentence: I am a Christian woman who is…
I am a Christian who is standing in Gods purpose for me!
Please finish the sentence: I am a Christian woman who is not…
I am a Christian woman who is not afraid to be bold, wild and free in the Kingdom.
Any final words of encouragement?
Live with purpose and intent! Our Father does nothing without purpose. It is our right to ask Him what we are purposed to do, and what He wills for our life and live it out with Him. He's faithful and able to take us to some amazing heights in Him, according to His power that works within us!