What does the first woman ever created, 2 sisters married to the same man, a woman who gives her servant to have her husband’s child and an older woman desiring to have a child in common with teenage girls today? More than I realized.
A few years ago some of my high school girls wanted to go deeper in studying the Bible, so we landed on studying some of the Women of the Bible. I figured let’s start from the beginning – Eve. God worked through my heart as I studied and prepared material for these girls to learn from the Women of the Bible.
So far I have written 9 weeks of studying the Women of the Bible in 3 different volumes available at Download Youth Mnistry (www.downlloadyouthministry.com/product-category/publishers/kim-bowers/). Right now DYM is having a sale on all three Volumes here. (http://downloadyouthministry.com/shop/women-of-the-bible-vol-1-3-bundle/)
In Volume 1 God shows us how valuable it is to understand why He created females. Then we journey with Rebekah, going on an adventure not knowing what lies ahead but trusting God. Then we see how desires cannot only get us in trouble but effect so many around us.
Volume 2 begins with a Rachel and Jacob’s love story that is full of passion and we begin to see how God is passionately in love with each of us. And like Rachel we are selfish and want more than just love and that begins to cause our relationships to crumble. We see Leah being unnoticed and full of heartache. Living in our world most girls feel unnoticed, but the truth for Leah is the same for us – that God notices us and wants to heal our broken hearts, we just have to let Him in.
In Volume 3 we meet Sarah, who did not believe that God’s promise was for her and thought God needed her help to fulfill that promise for her husband by giving him her servant. Waiting on God is not easy for even the most patient of us women, but God is faithful when we wait for His timing. Together Sarah and Hagar become the original mean girls. There is a lot to learn from their story about how to keep ourselves from becoming mean girls. Hannah was bullied and her heart was broken, but she chose a different path than most and poured her broken heart out to God. The same God who took her broken heart takes our and heals our hearts.
My prayer is that God will speak to the hearts of those who walk through these studies as He worked in mine. Soaking in His love, grace, forgiveness and then learning to love as He loves me.
Kim Bowers is an amazing youth worker who is married to a youth pastor in Southern California. She recently wrote some amazing curriculum about the women in the Bible….be sure to check it out!