Women of Faith

This month the focus seems to be on women. First, there was International Women’s Day, then there is Mother’s Day later in the month. I didn’t write a blog post for International Women’s Day this year because of some health problems, but I have written about Mother’s Day. In this blog post, I wanted to extend my reflections to include Women of Faith. 

There are a lot of women in the Bible that I admire or am inspired by. There are also those whom I relate to. But, it’s not just women in the Bible that I think of when I think of women of faith. 

There have been ministers, Sunday School teachers, and other female leaders who I admire and am inspired by. There are Trans Women whom I admire and look up to too. These are people that I know in person. They have helped to shape who I am today. They have nurtured me and encouraged me in my faith. Clearly, men have too, but this month my focus is on women. 

Women of Faith in the Bible

Mary Magdelene

I think I most relate to Mary Magdalene. I feel like we have some similarities, but I’m perhaps not quite so intense. 

I wrote this powerful devotional a few years ago on Good Friday, and wanted to share it with you:

“I’m completely devastated. What am I going to do now? The one I loved more than anyone else is dead. Perhaps more importantly, the only person who has ever loved me is dead. Even though it was never romantic, or sexual, it was the best sort of love anyone could wish for. The gentle but everlasting love called agape. Everyone else just sees a crazy and shameful woman. The worst of all humanity.

I can’t believe it. He warned me this would happen, he knew it was time, but I just didn’t want to believe him. I can’t stop crying. The pain I feel is immense.

He suffered so badly at the end; suffered so much pain. I could hardly watch. To have the humiliation of a beating, then hanging on a cross and then to top it off a spear in his side. So much blood. His blood and tears dripped on me as I knelt at the foot of the cross – reminiscent of when I washed his feet with my tears. He then breathed his last breath.

I wonder whether he knew how much I loved him?

I’ll never forget him; I hope you won’t either…” 

Queen Esther

The reason I include Queen Esther is that I admire her strength and courage and her faith. My favourite quote is ‘for such a time as this’. 

We all have a purpose, and I believe that we are each born for the time that we are born in. Our purpose is to live for such a time as this, with courage and faith. How that plays out is between us individually with God. 

Women of Faith in my own life

This is somewhat harder to choose from because there have been so many. Names that spring to mind are: Kat, Lotti, Patricia, Fay, my mum, my sister, Sam M, Suzie, Esther B, Sue, Hope, Jean, Abi, and so many more. 

My daughters also inspire me. Their faith has always blessed and encouraged me. Both of them have shared about Jesus with others. 

It’s much more difficult to share specifics because it’s personal and not something that I feel willing to share publicly, but there have been so many women of faith in my life who inspire and encourage me and have been a real blessing to me. 

When you think of Women of Faith who comes to your mind? Why? 

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day fast approaching I wanted to write some of my reflections about motherhood. We all have someone who gave birth to us, that may or may not be our mother. The relationship with our mother may or may not be a good one. Our mothers might not live locally to us, or might have died. I’m blessed that I have a good-enough relationship with my mum and that she is still alive. 

I’m so blessed because I am a mother to two daughters. The challenges of parenting are small compared to the blessing of having children, or at least from my perspective. I see the pain caused when people can’t have children, the pain of losing a child (of any age) and I’m thankful that I have children and that they are still alive. 

I’m blessed to have a good-enough relationship with my children (one of whom is almost an adult). 

This year (2022) Mother’s Day falls on 27th March, which is also my wedding anniversary. It was going to be a double celebration, but I found out last week that I will be having an operation on my foot on the 28th March and so will need to self-isolate for a few days before then. That has meant that I won’t be able to see my mother, or my mother-in-law, and my children can only see me from a safe distance. We’ve decided to get a takeaway which I will eat alone upstairs, but as a form of celebration for our wedding anniversary and for Mother’s Day. 

When I was growing up the children at the local church were given little bunches of daffodils to give to our mums. Did you do that? As I got older I started to buy my own gifts for my mum, and later on for my mother-in-law. 

During the lockdowns for the Covid pandemic, I really hated that I couldn’t visit my mum and give her a hug. That is the most precious gift – hugging. I can’t think of anything better – not even chocolate! So, this weekend, when I am not allowed to hug my family, I’m going to find that a real struggle. I love that my children both love hugs and they will struggle too. 

Products

I don’t have a lot of Mother’s Day specific products, but here are some ideas for cards and presents that you might like to buy for a ‘mother figure’ in your life even if that’s not your biological mother. 

Bloom Card

Mother's Day Greeting Card - Bloom - by Yours Faithfully Hannah Kirk

Price: £2.50 (p&p included within the UK)

Wildlife Photobook – Faithful Snapshots

Faithful Snapshots Photobook Faithful Snapshots Photobook with purple linen cover

Price: £30 (p&p included within the UK)

Dandelion Clock Art

Dandelion Clock Painting

Price: £90 (p&p included within the UK)

Koi in Pond

Koi in Pond Painting - Original Abstract Art - By Yours Faithfully Hannah Kirk

Price: £90 (p&p included within the UK)

Rise and Shine

Price: £50 (framed; p&p included within the UK)