Ever come across something in the Bible that makes you go “wait..what?!”
Well, that’s exactly how I felt when I read Genesis 29:9- which says that Rachel was a shepherdess.
If you’re up-bringing was anything like mine, then you’re used to hearing about Rachel in terms of her:
Being Jacob’s (favourite) wife
Being infertile before giving birth to Joseph and Benjamin
But this was literally the first time that I’d seen that she also had another string to her bow! And not just any string-a leadership role! (Because the Bible uses the word “shepherd” on several occasions to mean “leader,” as in Ezekiel 34, Jeremiah 21 and John 10). As such, Rachel has much to teach us about leadership and how to do it God’s way.
I elaborated on this and more on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.
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So last week, we talked about how to build a relationship with God as a continuation of the lessons that we learned from Noah's female relatives (the week before that) regarding why relationships are so important.
Today we're going to be building on all of this by discussing how to put God first by seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness- all of which I shared on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.
When I did my Stuck to Savvy challenge live a few weeks ago, I did a lot of talking about The Woman with the Issue of Blood because- having had a gynecological issue that caused her to bleed for 12 years before Jesus healed her- she is a prime example of somebody who was "stuck".
On continuing to reflect upon her story, though, I realised that the events of her life don't just demonstrate what is means to be stuck and then set free- she also demonstrates that our adversities are actually here to serve us. In fact, our test is our testimony is 3 main ways- all of which I shared on my Facebook page this week via the (live) video below.
In today's interview, I will be talking about how to be a great leader with none other than business coach and leadership strategist, Marlyne Pierce (of ModernMogulHQ.com).
By the end of this video you will know:
- What the qualities of a great leader are and how to develop them within yourself
- How to discover your purpose and where you should be leading, if you don't already know
- How to overcome the obstacles involved in being a female leader
- And much more!
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(PS do excuse my sound at certain points during the interview. There were some technical difficulties on my end).
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!
Athaliah was the daughter of Queen Jezebel and King Ahab. They were the monarchs that rejected God and introduced the worship of a god called Baal in Israel- even going so far as to kill the majority of God's prophets.
After lots of shuffling of monarchs, when they died, Athaliah's son (Ahaziah) became king. However, the Bible says that:
"He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother advised him to do wickedly. Therefore he did evil in the sight of the Lord, like the house of Ahab; for they were his counselors after the death of his father, to his destruction " (2nd Chronicles 22:3-4)
Athaliah, therefore, has much to teach us on the importance of seeking godly counsel.