Friday, February 5, 2016

Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Faith


And Mary said, "My soul magnifies and extols the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior."
Luke 1:46-47

Mary humbly accepts God's will for her life

 "Then Esther told them to give this answer to Mordecai:
Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan,
and fast for me: and neither eat nor drink for three days,
night and day. I also and my maids will fast as you do.
Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law;
and if I perish, I perish."
Esther 4:16

Esther defied royal protocol in the name of
the Most High God and saved her people and herself
from the terrible fate imposed upon them by Haman.

Hannah prayed and said,
 "My heart exults and triumphs in
the Lord; my horn (my strength)
 is lifted up in the Lord. My mouth
is no longer silent,
 for it is opened wide over my enemies,
because I rejoice in Your salvation."
1 Samuel 2:1

Barren Hannah prays for a son

"And Ruth said, "Urge me not to leave you 
or to turn back from following you;
 for where you go I will go, 
and where you lodge I will lodge. 
Your people shall be my people
 and your God my God.
Where you die I will die, 
and there will I be buried. 
The Lord do so to me,
and more also,
 if anything but death
 parts me from you."
Ruth 1:16-17

 Widowed Ruth emerged from the heathen culture
of Moab to embrace the faith of her mother-in-law, Naomi,
in the One True God. 

"And Deborah  said to Barak:
 "Up! For this day when the Lord has given Sisera
into your hand, Is not the Lord gone out before you?
So Barak went down to Mount Tabor
 with 10,000 men following him."
Judges 4:14

The Spirit of the Living God elevates prophetess Deborah above
her people in the midst of battle against their enemies!

" 'With my mouth,' God says,
 'I kiss my own chosen creation.
 I uniquely, lovingly, embrace every image
 I have made out of the earth’s clay.
 With a fiery spirit I transform it
 into a body to serve all the world.'"
-Hildegard von Bingen

 Portrait of Hildegard von Bingen
 by Morgan Ungerott

But since God had commanded me to go, I must do it.
 And since God had commanded it, 
had I had a hundred fathers and a hundred mothers, 
and had I been a king's daughter, 
I would have gone."
-Joan of Arc 

Joan of Arc
Portrait by Alphonse Mucha

 Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
Written By Fanny Crosby

 Prolific Christian Poet/Songwriter
Frances Jane "Fanny" van Alstyne Crosby

 “It is a law of the spiritual life 
that every act of trust
 makes the next act less difficult.
 Trusting becomes like breathing,
 the natural unconsciousness
 of the redeemed soul.” 
-Hannah Whitall  Smith

Hannah Whitall Smith

  "God has shown me
 that from now on to pray
 in this way for Jerusalem 
will be the  highest form of service
 that I can render Him. "
"Appointment In Jerusalem"
-Derek and Lydia Prince

Mother In Israel
Lydia Christensen Prince

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