What Does Beautiful and Brave Really Mean

Includes a children’s book giveaway

What does beautiful and brave really mean?

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In an age when beauty seems to be revered more than ever, the saying that it’s only skin deep seems to be more true than ever. While the digital age pummels our vision with what seems to be beautiful and society promotes what appears to be brave, the truth is that only by seeking out what God says about these characteristics can we begin to understand their definitions.

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid of them and don’t be frightened, because the Lord your God will go with you. He will not leave you or forget you. Deuteronomy 31:6

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The need for me and my girlies to understand that beautiful doesn’t mean wearing the latest dress or the perfect hair style is critically important. Dresses are wonderful and hair- well, everyone needs a good hair day. Preferably more than once a week.

But I want my girls to see true beauty- the kind that goes beyond the skin and flows from the heart. Beauty is who we are. And it comes in all different forms.

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Brave

Being brave means having the courage to take a step. Sometimes brave means “no.” It can be stepping back when the crowd is stepping forward. Sometimes brave means “yes.” It can mean stepping forward when everyone else is stepping back.

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For the last 5 weeks, we’ve outlined Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave. We’ve reviewed the lives of Deborah, Hannah, Sarah, Ruth, and Mary. All of these women exhibited true beauty and each of them acted bravely on many occasions. From your suggestions in the introductory post, I wanted to provide the next 5 women in the Bible we will study for the series:

Week 6: Esther

Week 7: Miriam

Week 8: Rahab

Week 9: Jochabed

Week 10: The Woman at the Well

Can’t wait to explore the stories of these beautiful and brave women together over the next 5 Wednesdays!

And now I am so excited to share the news of this brand new Bible storybook celebrating great women of the Bible!

Brave Girls Bible Stories teaches children all the wonderful Bible stories of women and life lessons on growing character. Girls will learn Bible stories along five modern-day Brave Girls who are just like them! This books has the stories of 30 women in the Bible. To help you understand the value in this beautiful new Bible storybook, take a peek at this letter to parents from the awesome Tommy Nelson team:
Dear Parents,
If you have a daughter, you know that the deepest desire of any parent’s heart is to see
her happy, confident, and most importantly, deeply aware of God’s love for her. For her
to know how courageous and strong she can be, and that God has a plan to use her life for
good!
Strong, confident girls and women are making a splash in pop culture. From Disney’s
Merida in Brave to Veronica Roth’s Katniss in The Hunger Games, girls are taking their
place as the heroes of the story, and rightfully so!
Women have been a crucial part of God’s story for generations, and the Bible is full of
brave girls whom God used to make a difference. Ephesians 3:20 tells us, “With God’s
power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of.
To Him be the glory!”
We are overjoyed to tell you about a new brand making its debut this September that we
hope will speak these truths to your daughters’ hearts, Tommy Nelson’s Brave Girls!
Brave Girls Bible Stories, the first book from the new brand, will help girls grow in their
knowledge of the Bible and in their faith. Your daughters will get to know our Brave
Girls – Hope, Gracie, Glory, Faith, and Honor – five modern-day friends – as they
journey through the Bible together.
The girls are each very different, but they all love Jesus and love each other. Readers will
find parts of themselves in each of the five Brave Girls as they share their strengths –from
sports to fashion – and struggles, including making new friends and working through
dyslexia.
As the Brave Girls narrate, readers will learn such valuable truths from more than thirty
women in the Bible who dared to follow God.
Sincerely,
The Tommy Nelson Team
I know you want a sneak peek! So here you go:

I have two little brave girls who are super excited about this brand new book and guess what?

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They want to give a copy of this book to one of you! All you need to do to enter is leave a comment answering the question below. One of my girls is going to randomly pick a winner on Saturday morning from the comments. And your question is:

Which woman of the Bible is your favorite character and why?

 

For more details on Brave Girls Bible Stories, click here:Brave Girls Bible Stories

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Mary Who Anointed the Lord

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Welcome to week 5 of Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave series! Each week for 10 weeks, we are studying the most beautiful and brave women in the Bible. At the end of this post, you will find the prior articles in the series.

This week we are taking a look at Mary who anointed the Lord. I love the way the apostle John depicts Mary because he provides a few details that the other Gospels don’t reveal. In John 11 & 12, he begins with Lazarus, the ill brother of Mary and Martha. In verse 2, John gives us a clue about Mary to identify who she is:

It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill.

I believe Mary was well-known for this incident and in the KJV, these words are in parentheses, signifying that this is a note to clarify who Mary is. The sisters knew Jesus and sent a message to him: “Lord, he whom you love is ill.”

I’m guessing that this family felt secure in their relationship with Jesus. The wording held a sense of urgency for the master and surely, surely he would rush to their sides and heal his friend, their brother. Verse 5:

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

Clearly Jesus would indeed hurry to his sick friend. After all, he loves him. He wants what is best for their family and his plan for their lives is beyond their imaginations. Healing must be right around the corner, right?

But no, what Jesus did next is not humanly logical. Verse 6:

So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

Can you imagine how many times Mary and Martha must have looked out the window,hoping to see Jesus? I wonder if they questioned their relationship with him? Maybe they thought he did not love them as much as they had presumed. They could not wrap their heads around the reasons he was taking so long to arrive. And now, in their minds, it was too late. Lazarus had died. Verse 17:

Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.

Upon hearing that Jesus was close by, Martha ran to meet him. But Mary did not; she sat still in the house. I wonder if her emotions had gotten the best of her and she simply could not bring herself to face the man who had the power to heal her brother. Why, oh why, had he arrived too late?

Martha returns to her sister with the request that Jesus wants to see her. At this point, Mary quickly runs to him and falls at his feet. Her words fall flat on her own ears: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Not too much later, in John 12, we find Mary at the feet of Jesus once more. Just as she boldly spilled out the truth of her emotions when her brother died, this time she boldly spills out a costly perfume over his feet, a public testimony of her love. Though criticized openly for her beautiful and brave “pouring out,” Jesus defends her selfless act.

Beauty is often displayed through sacrifice and bravery through acts of humility.

These were the characteristics of Mary, beautiful and brave. Here’s her profile:

  • Name: Mary of Bethany
  • Occupation: encourager and student
  • Family background: sister to Martha and Lazarus
  • Daily life: caregiver for the aged
  • Emotional baggage: melancholy and moody (I’m guessing!)
  • Weaknesses: a bit on the stubborn side
  • Beauty secrets: lovingly sacrificed
  • Acts of bravery: Boldly spilled her feelings at the feet of Jesus and just as boldly, spilled  a costly perfume over those same feet, worshiping him through her public act of service and humility.

Wouldn’t you love to have a nice long chat with Mary?

Each week I want to highlight one of the posts linked up in the previous week. This week, I chose Andrea’s post because I so desperately want to implement her prayer method of moment by moment grace. You can find her wonderful post here.

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Bloggers, I’m thrilled to have your 100% Christian encouragement  linkups this Whimsical Wednesday. If you have chosen to participate in the Women in the Bible series and link up your post, then I plan to choose and highlight one of your posts here on the blog next week.

Rachel

Original Post: Women in the bible: 5 of the most beautiful and brave

Introductory Post: Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave series

Week 1: Sarah Who Remembered God’s Promise

Week 2: Deborah Who Declared God’s Truth

Week 3: Hannah Who Poured Out Her Soul

Week 4: Ruth Who Dedicated Herself

Week 5: Mary Who Anointed the Lord



Bible Reading Challenge Check-In

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Hey there! Monday has arrived and I’m checking in with you on the Bible Reading Challenge. Thanks for keeping me accountable. At this point in the reading, I’m a couple days behind. To be honest, I don’t have a good reason for it other than last week, our family had several things go wrong and I spent more time than usual taking care of problems.

This week, I’m looking at the week ahead and thankful to see a few more open spaces of time on the daily schedules. I have my home and work lists ready for the week and I’m feeling ready to tackle the lists.

Earlier today I mentioned to my husband that I wanted to listen to the sermon from this morning once it was posted online. It was so good and stimulated so much thought that I wasn’t keeping up like I wanted to. My husband then mentioned that he wants to have our oldest son watch last week’s sermon and this week’s sermon. All that to tell you that the current sermon series by our pastor is called Good, Better Best- Don’t Settle, Keep Climbing, and we are LOVING it. I just checked and today’s sermon wasn’t up yet, but here’s the link to the series if you’d like to check it out. You can watch the video OR listen to the audio.

And now it’s your turn! How was your week and how’s the Bible reading going?

Looking forward to a new week! Give it to  God and let him make it great!

Rachel

PS: Stole a picture from my niece again this week! She called it Tennessee Sun.