Sometimes I feel so alone in my faith, even though I know I’m not. I just feel like sometimes I read through the Bible and it’s so focused on the men in the story that I feel lost. There have been days when I’ve read my Bible and sat there wondering, “What about me? What about the women? What is there in here that’s about us?” I know it’s ridiculous; there are plenty of significant women in the Bible.
There is Mary (obviously) and Mary Magdalene. There are Hannah, Leah, Rachel, Sarah, Abigail, Esther, Ruth, and the list goes on. We do matter. We are important. The Bible does speak to us but a few days ago I was feeling so despondent and disconnected that I sat down to deliberately seek out verses for women. I need to read something that pertained specifically to us. My heart just needed to hear the words of God.
This is the best of what I discovered:
- An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. – Proverbs 31:10
- She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. – Proverbs 31:20-21
- The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down. – Proverbs 14:1
- Behold, you are beautiful, my love, behold, you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats leaping down the slopes of Gilead. – Song of Solomon 4:1
- Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. – Colossians 3:12-13
- Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. – 1 Peter 3:3-5
- A gracious woman attains honor, And ruthless men attain riches. – Proverbs 11:16
- Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things. – 1 Timothy 3:11
- Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. – Proverbs 31:30
- Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy. – Proverbs 31:8-9
- Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 2:3-5
- For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. – Galatians 1:10
If you’ve been struggling like I have I recommend the following devotionals for women. I love these books and I am absolutely certain that you will too.