As women, sometimes it can be hard to find courage when life gets overwhelming. I know for me personally, I struggle with having courage on the daily, often letting my fear get the best of me.
This Women of Courage devotional from the ladies of (in)courage has been such a valuable and inspirational one for me, and I know it will be for you too.
This Women of Courage devotional provides 40 devotions that will help you learn to lean in to the strength of the Lord when your own strength isn’t enough. Through the stories of women in the Bible, you will be encouraged to find courage in the Lord no matter what circumstances you face.
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Whether you’re trying something new, enduring the grind of the everyday, or facing something you never imagined would come your way, life can be overwhelming and sometimes even scary. When that happens, how do you live brave? How do you learn to become a woman of courage? Who do you turn to as examples or mentors?
This warm, honest, and encouraging devotional features women from the Bible who lived courageously despite unusual, difficult, or even frightening circumstances.
From women who were called to step into leadership roles, to women who had to rely on God’s daily provision for their needs, these heroes of the Bible show you exactly how to
LEAN INTO THE STRENGTH OF THE LORD WHEN YOUR OWN IS NOT ENOUGH.
Prepare to be inspired and moved closer to the God who gives you strength and courage by spending time with forty incredibly brave women in His Word.
One of my favorite stories in all of Scripture, is the story of the woman with the alabaster box. If you haven’t read it yet, go read Luke 7:36-50. It’s one of my favorites because, you have this woman who was pretty much an outcast. She knew she was a sinner, but she also knew about the healing and saving grace of Jesus.
In spite of what people thought, she only had eyes for Jesus.
She approached Jesus in a room full of Pharisee’s who knew about her sin and, I imagine, turned their noses up at her. But, she paid no attention to that. Her focus was solely on Jesus. She stands behind Jesus, weeping and washing His feet with her tears and anointing Him with her perfume. An alabaster box in Biblical times, was something given when a young woman arrived at the age to marry. Her family would buy an alabaster box for her and fill it with ointment. The size and value of the box and the ointment was to display the amount of wealth her family had.
She loved Jesus so much, she gave Him her most valuable possession.
This gesture of anointing Jesus with this special perfume that was intended to be used when she got married, is a beautiful picture to me. It shows how much she loved Jesus and understood His love and sacrifice.
So much that she was willing to give Jesus something that was valuable to her, and she didn’t care what that signified to others. She only cared about giving Jesus the best she had. She understood He gave a Himself for someone just like her.
I could write an entire post on the significance of this story, but I won’t today. All this to say, if you’re looking for a devotional that will help you become like these Women of Courage in the Bible, then this resource is for you. This was just one out of 40 stories that resonated with me.
It includes a Scripture reference passage, 40 stories about women of courage in the Bible, and a prayer at the end. I personally loved it, really I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read from the (in)courage community.
You can get a copy online through LifeWay, ChristianBook, or wherever books are sold. This Women of Courage devotional is definitely one you should get. It would make a great gift for a woman you know, or for yourself!