FREE Women of Faith Bible Journaling Guide
One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is Hebrews 11. It this passage we have a list of all of the people in the Bible who served God with a faithful heart. Have you ever noticed how many women are mentioned? Just two. The two faithful women we see in this list give us great examples of faithfulness. One of the best things about these women is they weren’t perfect. In fact, many of them made horrible (even sinful) choices. Yet here they are. In the midst of the greats like Abraham, Moses, and Joseph we see Sarah and Rahab. As we look at a these women, and a few more from both the Old and New Testament, I want to offer a Bible journaling guide for FREE. Download the following here.
Women of Faith Bible Journaling Guide
How to Begin:
1. You will want to decide whether you will use a journal or just write in the margins of your Bible. If you use a journaling Bible, you can make notes there. If you want to take more detailed notes, just purchase a simple journal like this one.
2. Read the passage provided and then answer the questions. Do your best to answer them with the knowledge you have or what you can find in the surrounding verses. If you want, you can check out Biblestudytools.com for help.
3. Reflect on how each woman’s life is a refection of your own and most importantly, what do you learn about God from her story?
Sarah was considered the Mother of the Nation of Israel. Her son Isaac was a son of Promise and given to her when was ninety years old. Sarah lied, cheated, and even laughed at God. But in the end, she is a woman of great faith. As I said before I’ve always loved Sarah in the Bible, not just because of her name, but because her story has become so much like my own. There have been sorrows in my life, death, dreams lost, and goodbyes which feel hard and sad. I can look at the loss and see only sorrow. And then I can look at the life God has given, the new dreams forming, and brand new friendships on the horizon. I wonder if Sarah looked at her sweet baby and saw the years and years of sorrow melt away? Did she breathe in the living promise God made to her?
Praise. It was the meaning of her fourth son. The woman who was overlooked by her husband and overshadowed by her sister felt the sting of loneliness. Leah’s story could have been any woman’s story. Whether you are a CEO at the top of your company, or the wife to the clerk at the grocery story: feeling lonely can be inevitable. The cure for loneliness? Praise.
It seems odd, but there it is: right in the middle of Leah’s story and at the point God stepped into her life. With the birth of her first three sons we see a glimpse of Leah’s heart. Leah was not wanted or loved. Leah was second-rated by her father and husband. Leah’s sister was more valuable. Suddenly, with the birth of sons, Leah’s status increases. Instead of thanking God, she looks again to the person she thinks will heal her loneliness: her husband.
Knowledge. Rahab knew what God had done. Forty years prior to the spies, word had spread about that incident in Egypt. How this God of the Israelites had parted the Red Sea and defeated the armies of Pharaoh. Rahab’s knowledge of God led to faith.
Rahab’s actions proved her heart of faith. A woman with a twisted past, ended up in the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews because she believed what she knew about God and hid the spies. She saw God’s works and trusted Him. Rahab heard and believed the faithfulness of this God of the Israelites.
Mary, the mother of Jesus
As the toaster pops up the frozen waffle and I fill their plates with breakfast, I spread peanut butter with a knife. God with me? I wonder through a list of to-dos in my mind for this day. Still clouded with sleep, I wonder, what does it mean? Immanuel. There are theological answers to what God is and how He became flesh and blood. How God is “with” us.
Mary knew the baby, the boy, the teenager, and then the man who would be her Savior. The Word of God made flesh lived in their house, washed dishes, built tables, and cleaned up sawdust. The love of God in flesh and blood breathed the air I breathe and did the ordinary things I do everyday.