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Four Bible Women in Extraordinary Worship and Devotion

MsDora, Certified Christian Counselor, has spent four decades empowering young and adult women to pursue positive, productive womanhood.

Women desire personal friendship with God.

Women desire personal friendship with God.

What Motivates Women In Worship?

Women are reputed to be more spiritual than men. They usually outnumber the men in the congregation. They buy more devotional books and attend more seminars on topics like prayer and spiritual growth. At the root of their devotion is their desire for personal friendship with God.

Here are four Bible women whose relationship with Him motivated them to perform extraordinary acts of worship and devotion. Their examples may boost today's women to express their faith in similar outrageous performances.

  • An ordinary widow, despite her need, gave all the money she had as an extraordinary act of worship.
  • Hannah gave up her only child in full service to God, though it meant seeing Him only once a year.
  • Mary Magdalene held out to see Jesus one more time, although the other disciples believed He was dead and they would never see Him again.
  • Ruth left her familiar hometown to follow an old woman who had nothing to offer, except mentorship in building a relationship with God.

(1) The Widow's Trust

Luke mentions, “as poor as she is” (Luke 21: 4). Previous to seeing this woman in the temple, Jesus warned the people about the authorities who were “shamelessly cheating widows out of their property” (Mark 12:40). Whether she was poor because she never owned property, or she was poor because she was cheated out of her possessions, she came to church and put in the offering plate “everything she had to live on” (Luke 21: 44).

Hers was the kind of devotion beyond belief. No what ifs, no could haves; only a simple, childlike trust in God to supply her needs. Jesus commended her to His disciples, to all women in worship and to the entire body of believers for her example in extraordinary devotion.

Hopefully, her act of naked faith along with the examples of the other extraordinary women we mention will inspire us to follow our hearts in our daily expressions of praise to God. It is better to do what we do, not for commendation, but for the purpose of solidifying our relationship with God.

(2) Hannah's Promise

The barren Hannah prayed for a child and promised God, that should He grant her request, she would dedicate the back to Him all the days of his life. (1 Samuel 1:11 NKJV) Dedication i

Parents rejoice if their child chooses to pursue a vocation in church ministry during their age of responsibility; but Hannah would not wait to fulfill her promise in her child's adult years. She sent Samuel in his childhood to be groomed for God’s service. She fulfilled her promise to God literally and urgently. She also, connected her personal past experience with the celebration of the moment.

I am the woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life” (1 Samuel 1: 26-28).

For a woman whose child was given in answer to prayer, literally giving Him up to God made her one of the extraordinary women.

Hannah leaves Samuel at the temple.

Hannah leaves Samuel at the temple.

(3) Mary's Faith

Have you ever been so desperate for God’s presence that you cried?

You run the entire gamut of emotions:

  • frustration because you can’t seem to connect with Him
  • grief because it seems you have lost Him
  • disappointment that no-one else understands your plight
  • then you breakdown and cry because you don’t know what else to do.

That was Mary Magdalene on resurrection Sunday after the men had looked at the empty tomb and left. So what if they did not find His body? Proof of His existence would be written in the scrolls. Not good enough for Mary. She wanted to see Him one more time.

She waited alone, peering into the empty tomb as if expecting Him to appear (John 20). He had to show up—this Christ who had saved her from her demons, and given her a new lease on life. They had a relationship, so she knew that He was real. Death or no death, she wanted to see Him again. Her faith and devotion overrode the fact of an empty tomb. Outrageous faith by any measure!

In response to her deep seated devotion, Jesus appeared. Imagine how it touched His heart to hear her say, “If you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.” He called her by name and gave her a message for the other disciples.

“The reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” – Saint Augustine.

(4) Ruth's Commitment

A young woman named Ruth decided to leave her country and accompany Naomi, her mother in law to a strange land (Book of Ruth). At first, Naomi invited Ruth and Orpah (the other daughter in law) to return with her, but on afterthought, she suggested that it would be better for them to stay in Moab with their parents, for a better chance at a second marriage.

After much persuasion, Orpah decided to return to Moab, but Ruth was determined to go on with Naomi to Bethlehem. Ruth's decision was founded in deep devotion: “Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God” (Ruth 1: 16).

Naomi had practically nothing to offer Ruth, except to share her life of devotion to God. Ruth’s migration for the purpose of a personal relationship with Naomi’s God, was an extraordinary act of devotion.

For Consideration

© 2012 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 14, 2013:

Shofarcall, a pleasure to share my views on these Bible women. Glad you enjoyed the article, and thanks for the vote.

shofarcall on January 14, 2013:

Thank you for this MsDora. God has given us so many examples of exemplary women in the Bible as role models.

Rreally enjoyed my memory being refreshed regarding these women of God. God Bless. Voted beautiful

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 25, 2012:

Cherry, thanks for your input. Jael has my admiration too. Her assignment was extraordinary, as was her performance. She demonstrated that a man's job is no longer a man's job if God gives it to a woman (Judges 4:17-24).

Cherry Ann from New York on October 24, 2012:

Ok MsDora you know i have to mention Jael in this....Most might not know her but her skills was beyond measure thanks to God. Oh very well informed hubs.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 22, 2012:

Thanks for your input, Michael. There is so much to learn from women and about women in the Bible.

michael rivers1 from Boca Raton, Florida on October 22, 2012:

Well written Ms Dora. The Gospels describe the additional seventy followers of Christ being comprised of women along with men. Wisdom in the book of Proverbs is personified as a woman. I appreicate your insight and personal devotion expressed with this hub. Great encouagement in Christ!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 19, 2012:

Yea, SparrowMinistries, I agree: your quotation would make a nice Bible proverb. These women encourage us to be ourselves even if we're gutsy. Great to meet someone who is like-minded. Thanks!

SparrowMinistries on October 18, 2012:

I just love that verse, "Well behaved women rarely make history." Wait. That's not in the Bible! Haha! But I think it could be. Women whose names found a permanent place in God's word usually weren't following the social mores of their day! They were gutsy, weren't they? what a great hub! Up and beautiful!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 18, 2012:

Glad you like it, grand old lady. There are so many examples for contemporary women in the lives of the women of the Bible. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 18, 2012:

Hi Deborah. Who can forget about your namesake? She needs an entire article devoted to her. Thanks for your kind comment.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on October 18, 2012:

Nice to hear about the women in the Bible:) Thank you for this very informative and insightful article.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on October 18, 2012:

Ms Dora this is an exceptional hub.. Don't forget about Deborah in Judges...she kicked butt and took names later.. as you can see she was my favorite..lol God bless you for writing this..

I praise God for you Ms Dora

Debbie

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 17, 2012:

TeacherJoe, that's very interesting. Perhaps women are more ready and excited to talk about Jesus. Enjoy their fellowship all you can.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 17, 2012:

Michele, thanks for your kind comments. So glad you can learn something from my hub.

teacherjoe52 on October 17, 2012:

Good morning MsDora.

I find it more enjoyable and easier to share our experience with Jesus with women than men.

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on October 17, 2012:

MsDora thank you so much for writing such a wonderful, beautiful and educational hub. It is wonderful about the wonderful women in the bible. You have taught me a lot, and I hope more people read this.

God bless you.

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