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Biblical Wallflowers: Learning from Overlooked Women of the Bible

Biblical Wallflowers: Learning from Overlooked Women of the Bible

I am a wallflower by nature. You’ve seen women like me. (You might even be a woman like me.) Comfortable on the sidelines. Terrorized at the thought of speaking in the group. You’ve got nothing to say, especially compared to THEM. Experience bears this out, so I remained at an emotional distance relationally many years. That is until I began to understand how God sees me., and how He uses women just like me for great and eternal purposes. In the Bible, I discovered how you and I are to conceptually understand His love and goodness toward us.

Across Scripture we find examples of women like you and me who help show us how He embraces the individual. The lives and experiences of these insignificant Nobodies have influenced me greatly. I no longer find myself in a room feeling invisible or unworthy of being chosen and used by God. You might say these Biblical wallflowers have helped me learn how to be seen and used by God in this life. In fact, I’ve moved from feeling invisible to being what I might call spiritually invincible.

You, too, can experience the freedom and joy that comes from learning how to become seen for all the right reasons and in all the right ways. Let’s look at nine women just like you and me—comfortable in the shadows, living their best wallflower lives, who God uses to show us His love and design for our own lives.

Biblical Wallflowers #1: Abigail

(1 Samuel 25:2-42)

Abigail demonstrated wisdom and diplomacy in a critical situation involving her husband Nabal and David. When David’s men sought provisions from Nabal, he responded rudely, provoking David’s anger. Abigail intervened, bringing food and making peace with David. Her actions averted disaster and showcased her intelligence and courage. After Nabal’s death, David married Abigail, recognizing her as a woman of virtue and discernment. God uses her in her personality and gifting to become more than she ever dreamed possible.

Biblical Wallflowers #2: Priscilla

(Acts 18:1-3, 18-26; Romans 16:3-4; 1 Corinthians 16:19)

Priscilla, along with her husband Aquila, played a significant role in the early Christian community. They were tentmakers by trade and worked with the Apostle Paul. Priscilla is mentioned several times in the New Testament, and she is often listed before her husband, indicating her active involvement in teaching and mentoring. In Acts 18, she and Aquila instruct Apollos in the ways of the Lord. She uses the places where God plants her, sharing her life, experiences, and understanding of who God is in a way God uses mightily.

Biblical Wallflowers #3: Jael

(Judges 4:17-22; 5:24-27)

Jael is a woman who played a crucial role in the defeat of the Canaanite general Sisera. After he fled from the battlefield, seeking refuge, Jael welcomed him into her tent. While he slept, she drove a tent peg through his temple, delivering a decisive blow to the enemy. The Song of Deborah in Judges 5 praises Jael for her bravery in fulfilling a key role in Israel’s victory.

Biblical Wallflowers #4: Joanna

(Luke 8:1-3; 24:1-10)

Joanna was one of the women who followed and supported Jesus during his ministry. She is mentioned in the Gospel of Luke as having been healed by Jesus and later becoming a benefactor to him. Joanna is also one of the women who discovered the empty tomb and witnessed the angelic proclamation of Jesus’ resurrection. Her role in financially supporting Jesus’ ministry and being a witness to the resurrection is noteworthy.

Biblical Wallflowers #5: Huldah

(2 Kings 22:14-20)

Huldah was a prophetess during the reign of King Josiah. When the Book of the Law was discovered in the temple, Josiah sent a delegation to inquire of the Lord through Huldah. Her authoritative response played a crucial role in the religious reforms initiated by Josiah.

Biblical Wallflowers #6: Tabitha (Dorcas)

(Acts 9:36-43)

Tabitha, also known as Dorcas, was a woman known for her acts of charity and kindness. She made tunics and other garments for the widows in her community. When she died, the apostle Peter raised her from the dead, showcasing the impact of her benevolent deeds.

Biblical Wallflowers #7: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar

(Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; Luke 7:36-50)

An unnamed woman, often identified as Mary of Bethany, demonstrates profound love and devotion to Jesus by anointing him with expensive perfume from an alabaster jar. Despite criticism from onlookers, Jesus praises her actions, emphasizing the significance of her gesture in preparation for his burial. This woman’s act symbolizes deep faith, love, and understanding of Jesus’ impending sacrifice.

Biblical Wallflowers #8: Euodia and Syntyche

(Philippians 4:2-3)

Euodia and Syntyche were two women in the early Christian community at Philippi. Although their specific contributions are not detailed, the Apostle Paul mentions them by name and acknowledges their partnership in the gospel. This suggests their active involvement in spreading the Christian message.

Biblical Wallflowers #9:The Widow with Two Mites

(Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4)

In a brief but powerful story, Jesus highlights the sacrificial giving of a poor widow who contributes two small copper coins to the temple treasury. Though her offering is minuscule in monetary value, Jesus commends her for giving all she had. This woman’s act of generosity exemplifies the principle of giving from the heart and sacrificing despite having very little.

These women may not be as well-known as some of the major figures in the Bible, but their stories offer valuable insights into the roles and contributions of women in biblical narratives. They are here for you and me. These testimonies live in the pages of Scripture so that we can see more clearly how God sees his people—even the ones who feel left out and less than.

Four Ways to Draw Inspiration from Biblical Wallflowers

There are at least four ways you and I can benefit from these stories about obscure women on the sidelines.

There is Strength in Diversity

Do not miss the sprinkling of these women across two thousand years, in different cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and stations in life. There is no mold we must fit into. They were not limited to one specific role or task, demonstrating that wallflower nobodies can contribute in various ways. Whether it’s through acts of kindness, courage, wisdom, or financial support, the Bible showcases a spectrum of strengths that women possess. You and I are to embrace our God-given unique qualities and understand that our contributions, however small they may seem, can have a significant impact.

Aim for Character and Virtue

The testimony of these lives showcase the importance of character and virtue over societal expectations or outward appearances. PRAISE GOD! Many of these women were recognized for their wisdom, courage, and faithfulness rather than disappearing into the woodwork of their conventional roles. You and I need to ask God to cultivate our inner strength, develop more resilience, and plant in us integrity. For these qualities hold lasting value and can make a lasting impact.

Your Faithfulness in the Ordinary Changes the World

These examples of women like the Widow with Two Mites or the Woman with the Alabaster Jar illustrate the power of small acts of faithfulness, kindness, and generosity.

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”  Zechariah 4:10 NLT

Remember, seemingly insignificant contributions, when offered with a believing heart, are highly valuable to God. It’s how He does much of His Kingdom work. What we do in our daily lives matters. Our God is in the ordinary, and He has ordained it for changing the world. The testimonies of these women show us the value of generosity and compassion for the individual and for the body as a whole.

Aim for an Audience of One

Your life, worth, and contributions, though unnoticed by the world, are seen and valued by God. He sees you, knows you, and has a plan for your life, even if and when others in our lives may not. Just as these women in the Bible were sometimes overlooked in their social connections or by society at large, they were recognized by God, Jesus and those we might deem the A-Team of Christianity. Wallflower Friend, your efforts are seen and appreciated by the only One that matters.

Embrace your uniqueness, cultivate virtuous qualities, engage in acts of kindness, and recognize the significance of their contributions in the eyes of God.

If you are like me and have trouble taking God at His Word in this arena, Can You See Me, Now? Good News for the Lonely, Left Out, and Less Than, is for you. As I have confessed, I naturally operate out of a wallflower mentality that keeps me hidden, unable to experience all God created me to enjoy for His glory, and my good. In Can You See Me, Now I’m passing on my notes to you for how to say “goodbye” to invisible you and start living life seen, known, and loved.

I wrote it for you. Buy the book. You won’t be sorry you did. You can learn more and purchase a copy here.

For His glory,

 

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Join The Strange Readers Cafe: Discover Your True Identity in Christ

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Discover Your True Identity in Christ

Are you longing for a sense of belonging and love in a world that often makes you feel unseen, overlooked, or left out? Do you yearn for authentic connections, but find yourself struggling to navigate through life’s challenges? If so, I invite you to embark on a transformative journey with me through my latest book, Can You See Me, Now? Good News for the Lonely, Left Out, and Less Than in The Strange Readers Cafe.

I’m thrilled to introduce you to our FREE private Facebook group, The Strange Readers Cafe, where we will come together as a community of like-minded women to explore the profound truths of my book. In this seven-week journey, we will delve into the heart of God’s purpose for us as women, uncovering the beauty and significance of our existence in His eyes.

Uncover Your True Identity

In a world that often diminishes our worth and encourages conformity, Can You See Me, Now? offers a biblically based approach to help you discover your true identity in Christ. Through practical insights and captivating stories, we will explore how we were handpicked by God to express love, thrive in community, and enhance the world around us.

Cultivate Courage and Authentic Connections

Throughout this journey, we will learn how to cultivate the courage to connect with others authentically. You’ll discover the joy of finding people who fill your heart rather than drain your soul. Say goodbye to the old tendencies of blending into the wallpaper and embrace the vibrant woman God created you to be.

Overcome Feelings of Loneliness and Invisibility

Have you ever battled feelings of loneliness and invisibility? You’re not alone in your struggles. In The Strange Readers Cafe, you’ll meet other women who share similar wallflower tendencies and have faced the same challenges of never feeling like enough. Together, we’ll support one another and find the strength to overcome these obstacles.

Join the Journey

Our journey begins on Monday, October 2, and concludes on November 17, just before the holiday season begins. It’s the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter in your life and leave invisible you behind. Inside the group, you’ll discover:

  • A daily reading plan to guide you through the book.
  • Accountability and encouragement from fellow participants.
  • Access to live Q&A sessions and additional enriching content.
  • Free resources that will enhance your experience.

How to Get Started

To get ready for this exciting adventure, follow these simple steps:

  1. Join The Strange Readers Cafe Facebook group USING THIS LINK.
  2. Secure your copy of “Can You See Me, Now?” in either paperback or e-book format. You can purchase it from Amazon or through The Stirring Faith Company.

I can’t express how eager I am to meet you in the group and embark on this life-changing journey together. Together, we will find our true identity in Christ, overcome loneliness, and discover the depth of God’s love for us. Let’s free ourselves before the holiday season and step into the abundant life God has designed for us.

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Don’t miss out on this opportunity to belong and be loved. Join The Strange Readers Café today, and let’s start this incredible journey together.

Transform Your Prayer Life: 5 Compelling Reasons to Love Echo

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Hey there, lovely ladies of faith. Cheri Strange here, and I’m thrilled to talk to you about something that has transformed my prayer life and that of countless Christian women – the Echo Prayer app. If you’re seeking a deeper connection with God, a more focused prayer life, and a way to stay accountable in your spiritual journey, then this app is an absolute game-changer. I use it EVERY DAY, and I am not a paid affiliate. Echo has become a tool in my life to supercharge my own prayer life, and I want to share it with you. Let’s dive into five compelling reasons why this handy tool should become an essential part of your prayer toolbox.

Echo for prayer life

Intuitive and User-Friendly Interface

As Christian women with busy lives, simplicity, and efficiency are key. The Echo Prayer app has nailed it in this department. Its intuitive interface allows you to create personalized prayer lists and set specific prayer times effortlessly. No more fumbling through papers or losing track of your prayer requests. The app will keep you organized and focused, making prayer a delightful experience.

Sync with Community Prayer

Prayer is a powerful, communal act, and the Echo Prayer app understands this deeply. You can join or create prayer groups with like-minded Christian women, lifting each other’s burdens, and witnessing incredible answers to prayer together. The power of unity in prayer cannot be overstated, and this app brings that strength right to your fingertips.

Timely Prayer Reminders

In the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to get distracted and forget our commitment to daily prayer or at least who we are praying for. But fear not, the Echo Prayer app is here to rescue your prayer routine. With timely reminders and notifications, you’ll stay on track and keep your prayer life consistent. You can even personalize these reminders, so they come to you at the most convenient times.

We are a family of ten with one son-in-law in the works. Daily, I cycle through pages devoted to needs, desires, people, and causes rotating randomly through the app experience. But there may be days when prayer requests for my family do not appear during the time allotted. As a mom, my longing and responsibility is to pray for those entrusted to me, so I used the reminders feature to make sure I am praying for each one every day of the week.

Journaling for Deeper Reflection

Ever felt like you were talking to God, but the words just wouldn’t come out right? Echo Prayer has a fantastic journaling feature that lets you jot down your thoughts, feelings, and reflections during prayer. This not only helps you articulate your desires and concerns but also creates a beautiful record of your spiritual journey. Looking back on these journal entries will show you how God has been faithful in answering your prayers.

Encouragement Through Prayer Testimonies

We all have times when our faith feels weak, and we wonder if God is listening. The Echo Prayer app tackles this doubt head-on by encouraging users to share prayer testimonies. These powerful stories of answered prayers will uplift your spirit and remind you of God’s faithfulness. As you read how He’s moving in the lives of other Christian women, your faith will be strengthened, and you’ll approach your prayer time with even greater expectancy.

Transform your prayer life pinThere you have it, my friend – five compelling reasons why the Echo Prayer app is a must-have in your spiritual toolbox. Embrace its simplicity, join in the power of community prayer, and stay on track with timely reminders. Engage in journaling for deeper reflection and draw inspiration from incredible prayer testimonies.

Transform your prayer life starting today, and watch how God works wonders through your heartfelt prayers. Don’t just take my word for it – download the Echo Prayer app HERE and experience the joy of effective and purposeful praying.

Let’s draw nearer to God together and discover the beautiful blessings He has in store for each one of us.

Happy and effective praying.

Before you Go, don’t forget to 🌟 Join the Momentum: How to Get Spiritually Unstuck 5-Day Challenge! 🌟

Are you ready to break free from the chains that hold you back and embrace a vibrant spiritual life? If so, then this invitation is for you!

Allow me to invite you to our exclusive 5-day challenge, Momentum: How to Get Unstuck. This transformative experience helps you overcome obstacles, ignite your spiritual growth, and unleash your true potential.

Each day, you’ll encounter Biblical truths, devotional insights, and a personal challenge to help you cultivate momentum and step into a more profound connection with Jesus.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to revitalize your spiritual path! Join us for the Momentum: How to Get Spiritually Unstuck 5-Day Challenge. Discover the limitless possibilities that await you.

Ready to take the leap? Sign up now and let’s embark on this transformative journey together!

Click here to join the challenge and unlock your spiritual potential

See you there!

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Your Ultimate Worship Playlist

Worship Music Playlist

My Ultimate Worship Playlist for Daily Encouragement

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s often easy to get caught up in the chaos and lose sight of what truly matters. Whether you’re facing challenges at work, navigating through personal struggles, or simply seeking a moment of solace and inspiration, there is one thing that can uplift our spirits and bring us closer to becoming the woman God created us to be – Worship music.

Unlocking the Power of Worship

Music has a unique way of touching our souls, and when it is infused with messages of faith and hope, its impact becomes even more profound. Christian Worship music has the ability to transcend our circumstances. It enables us to connect with God, and His people, and find strength in moments of weakness. No doubt, worship music is a powerful tool that carries the potential to transform our day, while offering a sense of peace that only comes from Jesus.

Worship Music as a Defensive Device

Worship music also serves to help us as we come against the devices of the Enemy. Before the army, Joshua instructs people who blow horns to walk in front of the fighting men. Then, at his signal, everyone should shout (Joshua 6:20). When Jehoshaphat found himself completely outnumbered against the enemy, he instructed the choir to go first and sing.

After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 20:21

We may not understand how it works, but the Bible clearly demonstrates that worship music is not just a catchy tune with clean lyrics but an essential element in the Christian life.

The Integral Role Worship Music Plays

For centuries, worship music has been an integral part of the relationship between God and His people. We see this in the life of King David. While he was king of Israel, David installed family lines to serve God by playing instruments and singing in the service of God for generations. We find outlines and details for these roles along with instructions for sacrifices and other essential Levitical roles. Even Jesus, on the night of his arrest, sings a hymn with his disciples just before heading to the Mount of Olives. Worshipping God through music is the last thing Jesus did with his followers together before His crucifixion. Make no mistake, by God’s design, worship music plays an integral role in the life of the Believer.

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Introducing the Ultimate Worship Playlist

Because of the broad testimonies we have from Scripture, today, I am excited to invite you to explore my handpicked collection of Worship songs on YouTube. Curated with 40 of my favorite tracks by talented Christian artists, I think you are going to love it. My Worship Playlist is here to be your constant companion in daily life, empowering you to face challenges with a renewed sense of faith and determination. As you listen to these songs, I pray you find rest, encouragement, strength, and power in the God you can trust.

The Playlist Journey

This Worship Playlist takes you through various emotions and experiences, reflecting the ebb and flow of life. From moments of joy and celebration to times of deep introspection, each track will resonate with your soul’s needs.

  1. Upbeat Worship Anthems – Kickstart your day with powerful anthems that will fill you with positivity and energy.
  2. Songs of Gratitude – Reflect on the blessings in your life and express heartfelt thanks for all you have received.
  3. Hope and Healing – During trying times, find solace in songs that speak of God’s love and His ability to mend broken hearts.
  4. Courage and Resilience – Discover strength in times of adversity as you listen to songs that encourage you to press on.
  5. Worship in Adoration – Deepen your spiritual connection and devotion with soul-stirring songs of adoration.

Connecting with the Worship Playlist

To access the Ultimate Worship Playlist, simply head over to my YouTube channe@CheriStrangeSheYearns. Subscribe to stay updated with new additions and to join a community of like-minded individuals seeking daily encouragement through Worship music.

Amid the daily challenges and uncertainties of life, finding a source of strength and hope is crucial. My Worship Playlist is not just a collection of songs; it’s a tool to help you become the woman God designed you to become. Let these uplifting melodies guide you on your journey toward becoming more like Jesus, reminding you that you are never alone.

Click play on the Ultimate Worship Playlist today!

XOXOXO

Before you Go, don’t forget to 🌟 Join the Momentum: How to Get Spiritually Unstuck 5-Day Challenge! 🌟

Are you ready to break free from the chains that hold you back and embrace a vibrant spiritual life? If so, then this invitation is for you!

Allow me to invite you to our exclusive 5-day challenge, Momentum: How to Get Unstuck. This transformative experience helps you overcome obstacles, ignite your spiritual growth, and unleash your true potential.

Each day, you’ll encounter Biblical truths, devotional insights, and a personal challenge to help you cultivate momentum and step into a more profound connection with Jesus.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to revitalize your spiritual path! Join us for the Momentum: How to Get Spiritually Unstuck 5-Day Challenge. Discover the limitless possibilities that await you.

Ready to take the leap? Sign up now and let’s embark on this transformative journey together!

Click here to join the challenge and unlock your spiritual potential

See you there!

 

You can meet Cheri on the She Yearns blog for more truth-saturated, Gospel-centered encouragement like this:

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Momentum: How to Get Unstuck – a 5-Day Challenge

Momentum: How to get Unstuck

Have you ever found yourself feeling spiritually stuck? Like you’re in a rut and struggling to make progress on your journey of becoming more like Jesus? If so, I have exciting news for you! Momentum: How to Get Unstuck is a new free challenge available on our website that aims to help you break free from spiritual stagnation and regain momentum in your faith. This challenge provides you with daily resources to propel you forward on your spiritual path.

Each day you will encounter three elements:

Scripture for Unstuck: Anchoring the Truth

At the heart of the Momentum challenge lies the power of Scripture. Each day, you’ll encounter carefully selected passages that serve as anchors of truth for your spiritual journey. These verses will inspire and guide you as you seek to deepen your relationship with Jesus. The Word of God has an incredible ability to uplift, encourage, and challenge us. It’s the foundation upon which we can build our faith and find the strength to overcome obstacles.

Devotional for Unstuck: Breaking Free

In addition to Scripture, the Momentum challenge presents you with a short devotional each day. These devotionals are designed to help you identify and break free from the things that keep you spiritually stuck. They will explore common obstacles and struggles we all face, offering insights and practical advice to overcome them. Whether it’s doubt, fear, complacency, or any other barrier hindering your growth, these devotionals will provide the necessary encouragement and guidance to move forward.

Personal Challenge for Unstuck: Stepping Forward

Knowledge alone is not enough to bring about transformation. The Momentum challenge understands this, which is why it includes a personal challenge with daily applications. This challenge encourages you to take practical steps and apply the truths you’ve learned from Scripture and the devotionals. By actively engaging with these challenges, you’ll begin to build momentum and experience real growth in your spiritual journey. It may involve acts of kindness, intentional prayer, self-reflection, or pursuing a specific virtue. The challenges are tailored to your personal growth and will empower you to take meaningful steps toward becoming more like Jesus.

Are you ready to take the challenge?

If you’ve been feeling stuck in your spiritual walk, the Momentum challenge is here to help you get back on track. Through a daily dose of Scripture, thoughtful devotionals, and practical challenges, this challenge will ignite the momentum you need to move forward and grow in your faith.

Don’t let spiritual stagnation hold you back any longer. Embrace this opportunity to embark on a transformative journey toward becoming more like Jesus. Sign up for the Momentum challenge. It’s time to break free, gain momentum, and experience the abundant life that Christ has promised!

Sign Up Here!