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    How Mothers In The Bible Teach Us About Living Out Our Faith

    May 10, 2017 by TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
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    Mother’s Day is fast approaching and whether you are a mother or not, we all have a mother. In testimony after testimony in churches around the world, mothers are often credited with leading their children to an understanding of faith in Christ. How do we see God reflected through the hands and hearts of mothers in the Bible? Through their relationships and in the way those women loved and served their families, God shows us how to live out our faith.

    Rahab


    Rahab saved the spies in Jericho and as a result saved her entire family. It’s believed she was about 50 years old when the story takes place, and Jewish tradition has her as one of the most beautiful women in the Bible alongside with Abigail and Esther. She is credited with having great faith, faith in a God she had only been able to observe and not worship or learn about. The faithful act of one person saved an entire family. How many of us have come to follow Christ because of the prayers and faithful example of an earthly or spiritual mother?

    Rizpah


    Rizpah, the concubine of Saul, was powerless to stop the execution of her only two sons. Instead of leaving the bodies, she stayed for five months on a hilltop chasing away predators and scavengers and keeping vigil over the bones. Her faithfulness shamed David into giving her sons a proper and decent burial. God watches jealously over us, doesn’t he! He won’t leave us, he will stay with us and see us redeemed.

    Peter’s Mother-in-Law


    Peter’s mother-in-law was healed by Christ. The text in both Matthew and Mark recount that immediately after she was healed, she got up and served them. We are not saved, redeemed, other than to serve God. Our lives are not our own. She rises from her sick bed and the first thing she thinks to do is serve Jesus and those with Him: not because she’s a servant or less-than, but out of love and thankfulness. Do we cling to that thanksgiving every day, overcome with joy over the gifts of salvation, hope, and blessings given to us even on this side of heaven?

    Eunice and Lois


    Eunice and Lois, the grandmother and mother of Timothy, were praised by Paul as women of faith. Eunice was an Israelite, but Lois is a Greek name so it is supposed that Eunice married a Greek man and we know Lois did. Paul credits these women’s faith with Timothy’s maturity and wisdom about the gospel beyond his years. Never discount the value in simply living out your faith in front of your family day to day, year after year, even in a foreign culture.

    Jochebed


    Jochebed, the mother of Moses, isn’t one of those names often listed in the mother’s hall of fame. Not only did she hide her infant son from the authorities for a time, she put her faith in God and gave up her son so he could have a better life. At some point in the life of every mother, we’re called to ‘let go’ of our children and trust God with their safety. Mothers throughout the Bible have had to learn to trust God because of the many lessons mothering teaches us. Leaning on God might be one of the first.

    Just as these godly women are an example to us, you can be a faith-filled example to your own family and to others around you. Even if you don’t have children of your own, mentoring or spending time with a younger woman enables you to share experiences and wisdom she’ll find helpful. Many of these women likely wouldn’t think they were very remarkable, but if a woman is willing to show up emotionally and share her heart, a younger woman will always find value in that.

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