Today is International Women’s Day. Originally, I had planned to write a post concerning women and spiritual gifts and the church, but that didn’t work out.
Instead, I want to take this opportunity to thank the women who have allowed God to use them in my life. Certainly, this starts with my wife and my daughter. But there are many, many women that God has used to teach, encourage, comfort, admonish, and grow me toward Christ-likeness.
When I think about these women, I recognize that they are not perfect. But, that’s okay. I am reminded of women like Eve, Sarah, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Tamar, Abigail, Bathsheba, Naomi, Ruth, Mary, and many, many other women in Scripture. They were not perfect. They often made very serious mistakes – very serious sins – but by God’s grace and their trust in him, God used them.
Think about the only three women who Matthew names in Jesus’ genealogy: Tamar, Ruth, and Mary. One seduced her father-in-law and became pregnant. One was a foreigner and was not (legally) allowed to be part of Israel. One was almost sent away because she became pregnant while engaged.
This was a motley bunch… a messy bunch… People looked down on them, but God showered them with grace and used them.
That’s the kind of women that we all need in our lives – motley, messy, despised, but grace-filled women. I thank God for this kind of women in my life.
So, while I didn’t write a post for International Women’s Day, I hope this little reminder helps make you thankful for the women that God has used in your life. Perhaps you might even tell them how much you appreciate them.
Here are some real posts for International Women’s Day:
Julie Clawson on the God who sees
Steve Hayes on St. Theodora the Iconodule
Sonja Andrews on Aunt Jemima
Sensuous Wife on a single mom in the Bible
Minnowspeaks on celebrating women
Michelle Van Loon on the persistant widow
Lyn Hallewell on women who walked with God
Heather on the strength of biblical women
Shawna Atteberry on the Daughter of Mary Magdalene
Christine Sine on women who impacted her life
Susan Barnes on Tamar, Ruth, and Mary
Kathy Escobar on standing up for nameless and voiceless women
Ellen Haroutunian on out from under the veil
Liz Dyer on Mary and Martha
Bethany Stedman on Shiphrah and Puah
Dan Brennan on Mary Magdalene
Jessica Schafer on Bathsheba
Eugene Cho on Lydia
Laura sorts through what she knows about women in the Bible
Miz Melly preached on the woman at the well
AJ Schwanz on womenâ€™s work
Pam Hogeweide on teenage girls changing the world
Teresa on the women Paul didnâ€™t hate
Helen on Esther
Happy on Abigail
Mark Baker-Wright on telling stories
Robin M. on Eve
Alan Knox is thankful for the women who served God
Lainie Petersen on the unnamed concubine
Mike Clawson on cultural norms in the early church
Krista on serving God
Bob Carlton on Barbie as Icon
Jan Edmiston preached on the unnamed concubine
Deb on her namesake – Deborah
Makeesha on empowering women