Without the action from one courageous woman the action of the next would not have been possible.
Did you find the courage we talked about in Encouragement for Today, inspiring? I so did! Reading about others who are courageous makes me want to step up and do the same! As I shared the chain of courage with my daughter, Mariah, she pointed out something very powerful: without the action from one courageous woman the action of the next would not have been possible.
If the midwives in Exodus 1 were not courageous in defying Pharaoh’s edict, Moses’ mother, Jochebed, would not have had the opportunity to hide her new born boy, Moses, in the Nile. Her Hebrew boy would have been dead. End of story.
If Jochebed had not courageously hid Moses, Miriam would not have been bold enough to speak to Pharaoh’s daughter. There would have been no need. No reason for her to step out.
If Miriam would not have been courageous and spoken to Pharaoh’s daughter … who knows what would have happened to the millions of Israelites Moses was chosen by God to lead out of slavery.
But they were.
They took steps of bravery, making it possible for the next woman to be brave.
One act of a courageous woman can open the door for another woman to be courageous.
I’ve been pondering on this chain reaction and thinking of so many women in history who were courageous and opened the door for others.
Harriet Tubman, (interestingly called “Moses”), lead approximately seventy slaves out to freedom during the Civil War and became the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war. Her name was feared by slave owners because of her courageous acts.
Women, like Harriet Tubman, who were a part of the abolition movement sparked the suffrage movement for women’s right to vote and own property, making a way for you and I to be able to vote this November.
Catherine Booth, co-founder of the Salvation Army, led the way for women to be able to publicly share the gospel. Her act of bravery opened doors for women coming behind her to be able to live out the calling the Holy Spirit had poured into their lives as well. Catherine Booth opened the doors for me and you to publicly speak, sharing the Word of God as He stirs His words in us.
I could write posts all year long of the courageous women who have gone before us, opening doors so that we can have the opportunity to be brave and make a difference in our world at our time.
One of my life joys is watching my daughters as they become part of this chain reaction. Mariah, a social work major, is passionate about seeing laws changed when it comes to rape in our country, especially rape on our college campuses.
My youngest daughter, Madi, has a heart to use her own struggles to help women reach past their insecurities, difficulties and struggles to reach their fullest potential.
How about you, friend? Where will you take a step of courage, in the footsteps of women who have gone before you?
Let’s be brave together, friends. God has more for us when it comes to seeing and sharing His glory with others through our lives. Keep the chain of courage going on and on and on until Jesus says to each and every one of us, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Today, I’m giving away this beautiful print to remind you to walk in faith. I keep mine right above my stove in my kitchen as a daily reminder not to look at what I see, but instead to God’s promises.
To enter to win, comment on the blog, an area where you want to be brave and walk in faith. If you are busy, simply say, “I’m in!” (Only those comments posted on the website will be put in the entry).