Wellington, Kansas is close to the Oklahoma border. This makes it easy to take day trips, in case one is interested in heading into Native America.

One such trip brought this writer and a friend to the Pioneer Woman’s Museum in Ponca City. This museum is dedicated to honoring women of great accomplishments throughout history. Whether they were astronauts, pioneers, free-thinkers, free spirits, fighters for women’s rights, or any of the long list of American women who have contributed to the greatness of this country, one thing stands out. Their determination to change what they felt needed to be changed in order to better the lives of women everywhere.

Women have just as much to contribute to the world as men. In Bible times, this was just as true then as it is now.

God uses women just as He does men as He seeks to share His Truth with the world.

One woman, Deborah, from the Book of Judges, was a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, and was a leader of Israel.

Claudia Miclaus of www.buzzle.com writes that “After a period of hardships, due to the fact that the people grew further away from God, God told Deborah to prepare for battle against the enemy of Israel at the time. She obeyed and her God inspired-courage was greater than that of Barak’s, the army commander at the time. He didn’t want to proceed and fight without her going along with them in the battle.” So, because of the way Barak went about obeying God, Deborah prophesied that Barak would not be honored and that the Lord would hand the enemy, Sisera, over to a woman instead. This did, in fact, happen. A woman defeated Sisera merely by hammering a tent peg through his temple while he slept. (Judges 4:1-10, 21)

Other women in the Bible used by God were Mary, the mother of Jesus (Luke 1), Queen Esther (the Book of Esther), Rahab the harlot (Joshua 2: 1-16), Miriam, Moses’ sister (Exodus 15: 20, 21) , and Abigail, one of the wives of King David (1 Samuel 15). All were used by God in different ways to carry out the Lord’s purposes.

Even today, God is opening doors for women to serve Him. We, as believers, should not allow these opportunities to pass us by.

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