Learning from Godly Women of the Past

I love reading about the lives of faithful, Godly women in history: their steady faith in God, their love of home and family, their understanding of their roles and duties — It is inspiring!
A return to biblical womanhood is disastrous for the feminist agenda.  They would love nothing more, than to keep women in bondage by infecting even Christian women with the ideologies and beliefs of the pagan world.
A life lived in submission to God is where we find true freedom.  It is an exhilarating freedom that surpasses all!
In our efforts to train our daughters with a distinctly biblical worldview, we engage in opportunities that further that vision.  Recently, we attended a Godly Girl Tea Party hosted by a family in our church and had a fabulous time.  The girls prepared reports about a woman in history that portrayed Godly character traits in their life and someone who remains a shining example to us today.
We had some very inspiring reports from the young ladies on women like Corrie and Betsy Ten Boom, whom never married and lived at home to serve their father and run the family business.  These sisters were courageous women who saved the lives of many Jews during the Holocaust.  They endured extreme persecution from the Germans as they were ultimately tortured, and Betsy was killed, at the Ravensbruck concentration camp for their stand on Biblical principles of caring for those in need.  Corrie’s life was preserved and she positively impacted countless lives over the course of her 91 full years of life with the message, “There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.”
We heard about the wives of great missionaries who risked their lives in an effort to share the love of Christ with those who did not know Him.
We learned about the incredible strength of Priscilla Mullins who sailed on the Mayflower at the age of 17, eventually losing her family in the New World but despite extreme trials and hardships, she remains a pillar example of the strength a woman has when she submits her life to Christ and trusts completely in His Providence.
Other great American historical wives like Abigail Adams, wife of President John Adams and Anne Bradstreet, wife of the Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony show us examples of women who were skilled with the pen, well educated women who raised influential children, stood by their husbands as an example of faithfulness and deference and impacted history through their devotion and commitment to the family.  Abigail Adams allows us into her life through the many letters she and her husband wrote giving us an understanding of Godly marital love and devotion. Anne penned numerous poems about her struggles in Puritan New England, her husband and children.  She lived life as the busy mother of 8 children and supportive wife of Governor Bradstreet, who through his wife’s passion for living a life of Biblical womanhood, allowed him to lead his family to became highly influential during a pivotal time of laying Biblical foundations in our nation. One of her most notable poems, I love:

If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were lov’d by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole Mines of gold
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that Rivers canneot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompetence.
Thy love is such I can no way repay.
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let’s so persever
That when we live no more, we may live ever.

Our report was on Katie Luther, the amazing wife of the great protestant reformer Martin Luther, whose incredible strength and understanding of duty, is a shining example of how incredibly valuable a wife is to furthering her husband’s vision for their family.  She raised 6 children, cared for 4 orphans, ran the affairs of a large family farm, grew her own food and ran the family brewery, managed land and livestock and was incredibly skilled in medicine and used her knowledge to treat those who were sick in their community and was dearly adored by her husband. She accomplished these things not as an independent self-focused woman, she accomplished these things under the authority of her husband with a heart and attitude of furthering the vision of her husband through her love, devotion and service to her family.
These women provide us with true inspiration by showing us that their faith and trust in the Almighty and Godly character were far more important than any earthly accomplishments they had.  Through their faith, we see strong women who knew their place and embraced their calling.  As well, these women leave a legacy of devotion and faith in Christ that we can learn from today.

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