Women of the Word: A Series of Women of the Bible and Their Stories

Have you ever wondered how it must have felt to be woman or girl living in Biblical times? Society and the world in general were much different. Customs and cultures were different. Family, your work, and your faith meant everything; much like it does today. Women however weren’t mentioned as much in ancestry and genealogy throughout the Bible because names and inheritance were passed down through fathers to sons. Women’s opinions and leadership weren’t discussed near as much, but that doesn’t mean that they didn’t have a voice or leadership. There are many women in the Bible mentioned by name for their role they play in important, life-changing, historical events in the Bible. After all, without mothers who gave birth how would any of us be here?

Too many times throughout history, there’s a common misconception of the past that women were “to be seen and not heard”. In my humble opinion, I’ve seen numerous stories of women in the Bible and throughout the course of history worldwide that have challenged that stigma and rumor because they were called by God to make a change someway somehow. So we are going to take a little journey back through time and into the hearts and minds of women and girls who walked those same dusty roads that Jesus did. The women who walked, talked, and did life together with their husbands like Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob-just to name a few! Scripture itself says God created woman to be a helpmate to man; neither inferior nor superior. Genesis 2:18 says “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Ladies, we were handcrafted carefully and uniquely by God. He doesn’t make mistakes; He saw that everything He made was good. He makes beautiful things, with beautiful purposes. So in this next series we are going to explore the depths of each of these women’s hearts. To walk in her shoes, or sandals so to speak. To feel what she felt. To know her story, not just her name.

Each devotional narrative will include an introduction to the chapter/book of the Bible, such as the setting, cultural context, and character as well as characteristics and virtues in her (or that describe her), perspective-telling her story from her own point of view-her hopes, her dreams, her fears, her struggles, her lessons learned, and most importantly her faith. Each section will highlight three aspects: Her Hope, Her Story, Her Prayer, and reflection/prayer with reflection questions, Scripture based guided prayer points just for you! Get ready to dig into the Word through the eyes and hearts of women who lived it!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: JANUARY 2017, WE BEGIN OUR SERIES!

-Your Sister in Christ,
Heather

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Just a lil bio from yours truly, the author.creator.founder: Heather Hutto

My Name is Heather and this is why I Started “Hope For Her Heart”

Welcome to “Hope For Her Heart”! I would like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Heather. I’m 25 years old and a May 2014 graduate of Columbia International University (also known as CIU, shout out GO RAMS!) where I obtained and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Youth Ministry & Family Culture with a specialization in Family-Based Ministry. I am the Girls Ministry Director aka “Girls of Grace” at my church since October 2014. This ministry includes all girls 1st-7th grade. I have also helped lead, mentor, teach many different ages in children’s and youth ministry at my church and throughout our summer camps for many years now. I work two part time jobs, one at Chick-fil-a and the other at Family Christian Store. I thoroughly love working for two great companies, but my heart and passion is teaching and ministry to children and teens. Ministry has been one of the greatest “teachable moments” of my life, it’s humbling and hard. It’s a beautiful way to get know and love people the way we are called to love. Ministry can be anywhere and everywhere. Open your eyes as well as your heart and you find where you are called to minister to others!

Here are a few little snippets about me. I am blessed to have been raised two wonderful godly parents who have taught me so much, always encouraged me, and prayed for me. I’m so grateful for them. I’m the youngest of three daughters. My sisters are great, I love them! I’m an aunt to six awesome nephews who are really more like my brothers since we grew up together. I am also a “great aunt” to three sassy nieces and four rambunctious nephews, all of them are just as sweet and loving as they are mischievous! I am a Clemson Tigers fan as well as a huge Kentucky Wildcats fan! GO BIG BLUE! I am definitely a Southern girl to a T…I love college football and basketball, sweet tea goes good with everything, country music is three chords and tells stories of the heart, anything camo, pearls and cowboy boots go with anything, flip flops are a necessity, and if it doesn’t move monogram it! Number one southern lady rule, always use your manners and be classy, but never afraid to be sassy! I love being outdoors, a true country girl at heart! I love to fish. I enjoy playing my guitar and piano. I consider music and art one of God’s greatest gifts to me personally; it is my outlet, my expression, my escape, as well as a way of worship and connecting with God. I am determined and dedicated when it comes to hard work and reaching my goals but I also love to cut up, goof around with family and friends, and I have a crazy sense of humor. I love to have fun. Life shouldn’t be so serious all the time. I have always had a passion for fine arts and performing arts. Ever since I could talk, I have been singing and I love it. In addition, whether it is poetry, short stories, songs and lyrics, or just writing thoughts and prayers in my journal, I absolutely love to write. When I start writing, the words keep flowing from my mind, heart and soul (another reason I started this blog!) I also have always had an interest and passion for drawing, sketching, and photography. Art is so therapeutic!

I love people, and try my best to see everyone through the eyes of love and grace, as Jesus calls us to “love thy neighbor as thyself”. The greatest commandment, aka number one life rule “Love God. Love People.”, simple as that. I love to talk and build relationships, but I love to listen twice as much as I talk! That’s why God gave you two ears and one mouth! Everyone has a story to tell, every life and heart is different but we are all created by a magnificent and beautiful Creator, our Father. Now that you know a little bit about me, I’d love to know more about you as well! Feel free to share stories, testimonies, thoughts and comments! This is a community and fellowship of sisters in Christ!

The purpose of this blog ministry: Hope for Her Heart, is just exactly what it means. Simple truths that give hope to women and girls everywhere. Who is she? Whose heart is being sustained by hope? Hope, here is something for every woman at every stage in their life. Encouragement. Love. A place to grow and share with other ladies. Every woman has worth, and needs encouragement, for SHE is a princess, a daughter of the King. This is HOPE FOR HER HEART. Eventually, one day I would love to build this simple blog ministry into a non-profit organization and ministry where women and girls can work together, caring for the needs of other women and girls who are hurting and struggling. Pray for this ministry, and I pray that it encourages YOU!

-In Christ Love, your sister Heather

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