Women of the Bible

Women of the Bible: Rachel



The story of Rachel is a completed one. Jacob wanted to marry Rachel, but he was tricked into marrying her sister, Leah. He had to wait 7 years to finally marry Rachel. Now he had two wives – Rachel and Leah, who were also sisters.

Jacob did not love Leah, in fact he hated her. The Bible says that when God saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was unable to conceive.

Leah: Unloved by Her Husband, But Loved By God

So Leah was able to have children right away with Jacob, however Rachel remained infertile. Even though unloved by her husband, Leah found fulfillment and blessings through her sons. God did not condone Jacob’s behavior, but Leah wisely recognized that the Lord cared about her in the midst of her circumstances, even when her circumstances did not change.

Rachel’s Impatience

Rachel saw her infertility and decided to act rather than wait on God. Rachel took her grief to an extreme. She was frustrated, angry, and bitter toward her husband. Rachel was so upset that she even thought of death.

While Jacob and Rachel began with a captivating story of love, envy crept in and brought strife and bitterness to their relationship, which affected everything else in their lives. Rachel’s desire to have children is a noble one, but Rachel was impatient and accusatory when God left her womb closed for a time. Rachel did not turn to the Lord in her greatest need. Much of her grief came through wrong choices and lack of confidence in the providence of Yahweh God.

Instead of accepting Jacob’s words and waiting for God to act, Rachel, like Sarah (Abraham’s wife), gave Jacob her maidservant. Jacob complied with his wife’s decision and Bilhah became Rachel’s surrogate and conceived. Rachel believed God had given her a son and thus had rightly adjudicated the situation with her sister Leah. Rachel was further encouraged when Bilhah bore Jacob a second son. At that moment Rachel believed she had won the fight against Leah. However, victory soon turned to defeat when Leah gave her maidservant Zilpah to Jacob. Zilpah would bear two sons for Jacob.

More Trickery

Once again the family of Jacob turned to trickery and cunning to get what their hearts desired. When Reuben, Leah’s eldest son, brought home mandrakes (“love plants”), which were believed to be an aphrodisiac and fertility aid, a fight was inevitable. For Leah, the mandrakes might be used as a “love potion” on her husband in order to finally secure his affection for her. For Rachel, they were important because they were believed to promote conception.
Rachel played on Leah’s desire for Jacob’s affection and thus the trade was made – a night with Jacob for some mandrakes. Leah eventually would have more children with Jacob, six sons and one daughter.

Rachel Has Two Sons

God remembered Rachel in her barrenness, and she had a son she named Joseph. Joseph would become Jacob’s favored son, which would lead to the jealousy of his 11 brothers. She also would have a son named Benjamin. Rachel died giving birth to Benjamin.

Lessons from Rachel

Whew! What a story! We can learn from the story of Rachel that unfulfilled dreams and expectations often result in bitterness, anger, and unwise decisions.

How many times have you wanted something so desperately that you did whatever it took to get it, and justified your actions along the way?

Oh, that our faith would be strong enough in these moments of impulse and desperation, and that we would instead wait and trust on the Lord.

God in His love and mercy has His hand over us and protects us along the way, even in our impatient ways.

But how much more could we gain, how much more could we be rewarded, how much stronger our faith and character could be if we just wait for the Lord to act on our behalf when the time is right.

Elizabeth VS. Rachel

Yesterday we studied Elizabeth and she too was barren and unable to conceive. It’s funny – I didn’t plan for these two women to be studied back to back. However, their story is similar in that they both could not conceive.

Rachel took matters into her own hands and caused jealousy, bitterness, and the giving of her husband to another woman to get what she wanted. Elizabeth simply prayed and waited on the Lord. Both women had children, however Elizabeth avoided all of the drama and damage that Rachel’s impatience caused.

Perhaps some of our greatest blessings don’t come from the things we are so desperately seeking, but rather it is our faith that is our reward. Our trust, our dependency on the Lord, our faith in Him, and our joy in God.

Elizabeth and Rachel both had sons who they rightfully loved and adored, but because of Elizabeth’s patient faith she was rewarded without any strife or drama standing in her way and she could enjoy the gift God had given her.

We did it! We studied 5 Women of the Bible this week, and next week we’ll study Hagar, Mary Magdalene, Rebekah, Rahab, and Sarah.

Coming Soon!

Soon we will be adding to each lesson a discussion/reflection question at the end of every lesson. We are working on making printables for you – beautiful stationary that you could print out and write down your thoughts after each lesson. You could also leave your comments/thoughts in the comment’s section too. We’ll keep you updated!

Join us next week as we continue our study of Women of the Bible!


We’re studying 10 Remarkable Women of the Bible for the next 2 weeks!

Come along with us, as we study:
Eve, Mary, Ruth, Elizabeth, Rachel, Hagar, Mary Magdalene, Rebekah, Rahab, and Sarah.

October 17-28

Women of the Bible

Women of the Bible: Elizabeth

“The Lord has done this for me. He has looked with favor in these days to take away my disgrace among the people.”

Luke 1:25


Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist. She could not conceive a child and prayed with her husband, Zechariah, for many years for a child. It was not until they were in old age that an angel appeared to Zechariah and told him they would have a child.

What We Can Learn From Elizabeth:

1. Unanswered prayers are not always a result of our sins:

Elizabeth was not able to conceive a child even though they had prayed many times for a child. The Bible says that both were righteous in God’s sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord. (v.6)

So we see two parents who are living dedicated lives to the Lord, wanting a child, praying for a child, but in their old age their prayer for a child has yet to be answered.

If you have been praying for something in your life for a long time and it has yet to be answered it’s easy to think that it’s you who is doing something wrong, and we are tempted to give up even praying.

The story of Elizabeth shows us that it is not always our sins that make God not want to act, but instead it is His knowledge of proper timing that results in when and if our prayers are answered. We must trust that He knows what is best, and when is best.

2. Children are precious to God:

John the Baptist had a special purpose set apart for him – to prepare the way for Jesus the Messiah.

And before he was even born, God knew the plans He had for John ~

‘ For he will be great in the sight of the Lord and will never drink wine or beer. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother’s womb.

He will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God.

And he will go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to make ready for the Lord a prepared people.’ (v.15-17)

Part of John’s purpose in life was to “turn the hearts of fathers to their children.” As precious as the hope of a baby was to Elizabeth, so John was as precious to God. He set a specific time in history for his birth, and set apart a special purpose for him as well.

Part of John’s life purpose was to turn parent’s hearts to love and compassion for their children, just as God has love and compassion for them. God also has a specific time in history for every child’s birth, and each holds a special purpose to God.

3. Continue to trust and follow God through life’s ups and downs:

Elizabeth wanted a child and prayed for a child, but did not receive her child for a very long time. This did not keep her from faithfully trusting and staying obedient to God. And when God was ready to give her a child, Elizabeth’s heart was ready and prepared.

Elizabeth said, “The Lord has done this for me. He has looked with favor in these days to take away my disgrace among the people.”  (v. 25)

Prayer of the Day:

Lord, I have prayers that I have been praying for years, yet they still go unanswered. Let me not forget to rejoice in the prayers you have answered, and may I keep a spirit of trust and faith with the prayers I have lifted that are unanswered. May I remember that You are all- knowing and all-wise and You will answer my prayers if it is in Your will and when it is in Your perfect timing. ~ Amen


Women of the Bible

Women of the Bible Study: Ruth

For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live.

Ruth 1:16



During the time of the judges, there was a famine in the land. A man named Elimelech left Bethlehem with his wife, Naomi, and two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, to live in the land of Moab for a while.

Moab was a land of pagan people who worshiped idols and did not follow the One true God.

A woman named Ruth lived in Moab and was living in this type of sinful culture against God. She met one of Naomi’s sons and married him. Naomi’s other son married a Moabite woman as well, named Orpah.

After about 10 years, both sons died and left Ruth and Orpah widows. Naomi was already widowed at this time.

Naomi, Ruth, and Orpah prepared to leave the land of Moab after the death of their husbands, because Naomi had heard that the Lord had provided food again for the land of Bethlehem.

As they were traveling Naomi looked at both daughter-in-laws and told them to go back to their mother’s home of Moab. “May the Lord enable each of you to find security in the house of your new husband.” She kissed them, and they wept loudly.

Orpah kissed Naomi and left. She returned to the land of Moab.

But Ruth clung to Naomi. “Look,” Naomi said, “Your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her god. Follow your sister-in-law.”

But Ruth replied:

Do not persuade me

to leave you

or go back and not follow you.

For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live,

I will live; your people will be my people,

and your God will be my God.

Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried.

May Yahweh punish me, and do so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.

Ruth 1:16-17

You see, Naomi had introduced Yahweh, the One true God, to Ruth. Ruth had been submerged with idol worshipping and enemies of God in her own land of Moab. Naomi pulled her away from that lifestyle and culture when she met Ruth and became her mother-in-law.

Ruth never wanted to let go of Naomi because she never wanted to let go of her God. She never wanted to return to the land of idols and false gods. She only wanted to be where her One true God was, and for her that was with Naomi – the God Naomi followed.

Ruth is an example of how a woman’s commitment to God will bring great reward. She is one of only three women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5).

Had Ruth returned to her pagan land of Moab, she would have checked out of her story God had foreordained her for. She eventually married a man named Boaz and had a son with him named Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Resisting God and returning to a way of life without Him cannot bring true reward.We are tricked into thinking it can, with immediate thrills and pleasures it may bring. However, we soon discover it is all temporary.

Eternal reward comes with daily walks with God. Staying on the path with Him, and pressing straight ahead on His path.

“Praise the Lord, who has not left you without a family redeemer today. May his name become well known in Israel. He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age.”
Ruth 4:14,15

Prayer of the Day:

Lord, may I be a woman of faith as Ruth was. I will cling to You and where You go I will go. My eternal rewards and treasure are with You. My daily walks will be with You and my path will be kept straight with You. ~ Amen

Verse of the Day: 

For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live. Ruth 1:16

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We’re studying 10 Remarkable Women of the Bible for the next 2 weeks!

Come along with us, as we study:
Eve, Mary, Ruth, Elizabeth, Rachel, Hagar, Mary Magdalene, Rebekah, Rahab, and Sarah.

October 17-28

Women of the Bible

Mary, Mother of Jesus


Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

Luke 1:30



Mary is Chosen

Mary was chosen, by God, to be the mother of Jesus. An angel appeared to her, announcing she had been chosen to give birth to Jesus.

She submitted herself to God’s will.

She gave birth to Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem.

She was present and participated in the ministry of her son, Jesus.

She was at the cross with Jesus at His crucifixion and given by Jesus into the care of JOhn.

She prayed with other believers for the Spirit in Jerusalem after Jesus’ ascending.

Mary modeled an attitude of obedience and trust. In every changing season of her life she was with Jesus.

You are Chosen

We, like Mary, have been chosen to hold within us the Spirit of Jesus. The evidence of His Spirit within us is revealed through our attitude and actions.

We too can hold an attitude of obedience and trust. Our seasons of life will change, but like Mary, we can stay close to Jesus through every new turn and direction.

The purest religion is one that is closest to a relationship with Jesus. James, Jesus’ brother, said, “pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1:27

Mary modeled for us in the purest way how to stay unstained by the world ~ by staying close to the side of Jesus.

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35

Prayer of the Day:

Lord, may I look at Mary’s attitude of trust and obedience and follow her example in my own life. May I stay unstained by the things of this world, and keep my heart and mind close to You. Through the changing seasons of my own life may there be a consistency of You by my side. ~ Amen

*Joining Wise Women


We’re studying 10 Remarkable Women of the Bible for the next 2 weeks!

Come along with us, as we study:
Eve, Mary, Ruth, Elizabeth, Rachel, Hagar, Mary Magdalene, Rebekah, Rahab, and Sarah.

October 17-28

Women of the Bible


“It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper as his complement.”

Genesis 218



Creation of Women

God created the stars, heavens, waters, plants, animals, and man. Yet, the man was still alone, and the animals were not a sufficient companion for him.

So God created a woman, out of a man, with a specific purpose: to be a helper and companion to Adam. Adam named her Eve, which means “life-giving.”

This one, at last, is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; this one will be called “woman,” for she was taken from man. Genesis 2:23

Some women might look at this scenario with a frown and think, ugh – I was made to be a helper? Why not leader or authority figure?

The Great Purpose of Women

Our role as helper should not be at as anything but what it is, which we find in Eve’s name: “life-giving.”

You see, we have the ability as women to bring life into this world, and even bring “life” into our environment.

In our homes, during the holidays, around friends, and at work we have the ability to help bring life, joy, happiness, and a feeling of peace to others. We can support, encourage, guide, and nurture.

Unfortunately, we can also be a hindrance.

Helper…or Hindrance

When Eve was in the garden and tempted by Satan, she did not resist the temptation. Instead, she accepted the temptation, and as a result her actions became a hinder to herself, her husband, and every person who has ever lived.

Yet, God’s grace was upon her and even though she had to face the consequences of her choice, God still allowed her to help bring life into the world.

We are just like Eve. We have good days and bad days. We have days where we thrive as helpers and we feel strong and empowered.

Other days we fall short and we accept the temptations we’re given to harbor anger or resentment; to make unwise and rash decisions.

The story of Eve teaches us that we have a choice:

life-givers or joy-stealers

helpers or hindrance

supporters or shamers

And in those moments when we just feel too overwhelmed to be a helper, let us remember it is better to be quiet and take a moment to rest and refresh, than to say or do something that will bring hurt.

Today, may we learn from Eve. May we learn from ourselves. What have our past reactions to situations taught us? What has brought our family and friends more joy – when we were a helper or hindrance?

Prayer of the Day

Lord, I wish I could say that I always keep my cool and never fall short. But, I have my short-comings and faults. Thank you for your mercies that cover me. Teach me and strengthen me in the areas I need You the most. Help me to remember that my actions and words have great power in my life and with the people in my life. Give me wisdom on how I can best help, support, guide, and nurture the people I love. ~ Amen

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We’re studying 10 Remarkable Women of the Bible for the next 2 weeks!

Come along with us, as we study:
Eve, Mary, Ruth, Elizabeth, Rachel, Hagar, Mary Magdalene, Rebekah, Rahab, and Sarah.


Chicken and Potatoes with Parmesan Garlic Cream Sauce

It’s the weekend, which means Heritage Schoolhouse is here with another delicious new recipe to try…Chicken and Potatoes with Parmesan Garlic Cream Sauce.

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you will need –

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in a half and pounded thin
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons butter
1 bag small red potatoes, quartered

to make the sauce –

1/4 cup butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup half and half
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in saucepan over high heat.
Sprinkle seasoning over chicken, add to saucepan, and brown on both sides.
Remove chicken from pan and place in an 8 x 11 baking dish.
Add potatoes to dish.

In same saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter.
Add garlic and sauté over medium-high heat.
Add flour and chicken broth.
Whisk until smooth and thickened.
Add half and half and cheese.
Whisk until smooth.
Add seasonings and then pour sauce into baking dish.
Sprinkle with parsley.
Bake, covered, at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes,
or until potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through.



A Time to Celebrate


Together we have read through 5 books of the Bible in just 2 months! That is a reason to celebrate!!

We have read Philippians, John, Esther, 1 Thessalonians, and 2 Thessalonians.

You have kept me accountable in staying in God’s Word. Thank you for reading along with me.

I hope you’ll join me Monday, October 17 as we start our next Bible study….

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For the next 2 weeks we will study 10 Remarkable Women of the Bible. The women we will be studying and the schedule looks like this:

Oct. 17 – Eve

Oct. 18 – Mary, Mother of Jesus

Oct. 19 – Ruth

Oct. 20 – Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist

Oct. 21 – Rachel

Weekend break

Oct. 24 – Hagar

Oct. 25 – Mary Magdelene

Oct. 26 – Rebekah

Oct. 27 – Rahab

Oct. 28 – Sarah

We will discover that these women had faults, sins, faith, and redemption. We will discover how to learn from their mistakes, and how we can strive to be as faithful.

Have a restful weekend, then join me here on Monday as we start our new study!


2 Thessalonians

Paul’s Warning Against Laziness

 …never be tired of doing right.

2 Thessalonians 3:13


Chapter 3 of 2 Thessalonians:

Paul ends his letter to the Thessalonians by asking for prayers. Prayer that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and triumph wherever it goes. Prayers for safety and resistance from those who are against God.

Then Paul gives a command given by Jesus’ authority: “Stay away from any Christians who spends his days in laziness and does not follow the ideal of hard work.” Paul explains that in all of their ministry to the people of bringing the message of Jesus to them he never asked for money. Instead, he did different jobs to earn his money so he never had to ask of it from anyone else.

Paul goes on to say, “Yet we hear that some of you are living in laziness, refusing to work, and wasting your time in gossiping. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we appeal to such people – we command them – to quiet down, get to work, and earn their own living. And to the rest of you I say, dear brothers, never tire of doing right.

If anyone refuses to obey what we say in this letter, notice who he is and stay away from him, that he may be ashamed of himself. Don’t think of him as an enemy, but speak to him as you would to a brother who needs to be warned.”

Paul closes the letter by saying, “May the Lord of peace himself give you his peace no matter what happens. The Lord be with you all.”

Today’s Food for Thought:

Paul’s warning about laziness is blunt and direct. He warns that no Christian should be living a lazy lifestyle. Instead, hard work and earning our own income is what is expected of us from God.

We live in a culture that promotes the opposite. Our culture says little work and a lot of rest, shopping, and eating is the life style we ought to be chasing. Get rich fast and then spend a lifetime of enjoying your own pleasures is the ideal.

If we are to be wise Christians, we cannot ignore God’s commands, and His command here is very clear – we should be working and working hard. God also tells us to rest…one day a week. That’s a percentage of 90 percent work and 10 percent rest, not 10 percent work and 90 percent rest.

Each person’s work will look different, and we have to decide for ourselves what kind of work we should be doing. You may be in a season as a student. Maybe you’re a busy mom with little kids. You might have a job right now. Or you might be in a season where you don’t need income, but volunteer work is your work. All of these are different kinds of work, but they are all important and involve hard work.

If you look at the different creatures God has created they all work, day and night. The ants, the birds, the animals. They are always busy preparing, storing away food, building nests, hunting, and working. They are productive and work hard. This is how we are to live as well.

Prayer of the Day:

Lord, sometimes I get in a rut and feel tired and weary and lazy. Remind me today that this is not how you expect or intend for me to live. You made me with hands and feet in order to work and work hard. I’ve had different seasons of life, and You know the season I’m in now. What do You think is best for me to be doing with my life now? What does the work You want me to be doing look like right now in my life? Help me to find my niche and my place. Open doors of opportunity for me so I can be productive and work. May I take this command against laziness seriously and make changes in my life if needed.~ Amen.

We’ve completed the book of 2 Thessalonians! Congratulations! We’ll have an announcement tomorrow of our next Bible study.


2 Thessalonians

For the Women Who Want Victory

And now, what about the coming again of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to meet him?

2 Thessalonians 2:1


2 Chapter of 2 Thessalonians:

Paul discusses the two things that will happen before the return of the Lord:

First, there will be a time of great rebellion against God.

Second, the man of rebellion will come – the son of hell. He will defy every god there is and tear down every other object of adoration and worship. He will go in and sit as God in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God. He can only come when the time is ready – in God’s appointed time.

The work that this man of rebellion will do is already going on, but he himself will not come until the one who is holding him back steps out of the way. Then this wicked one will appear, whom the Lord Jesus will burn up with the breath of his mouth and destroy by his presence when he returns. This man of sin will come as Satan’s tool, full of satanic power, and will trick everyone with strange demonstrations, and will do great miracles. He will completely fool those who have said no to Truth, so God will allow them to believe lies with all their hearts, and all of them will be justly judged for believing falsehood.

Today’s Food for Thought:

Today’s lesson from Paul is heavy, but important. Knowledge is power, and there is a reason God has allowed us to peer a little bit into what is coming – so we are aware and can prepare for what will take place.

Whether we like it or not, we are living in a battle between good and evil. God is very clear – we have the free will to choose what side we want to be on. He has told us about events that happened in the past. He tells us He is with us in the present. And He has shared with us what will take place in the future.

All we have to do is to stay wise and strong in our faith and foundation of Jesus. Our eyes must stay focused on Him and our faith, staying on the right path and the right course.

Satan attempts to distract us from this good path through so many different ways. Hurts, resentments, failures, worries, bitterness, jealousy, envy, lust, laziness, lack of forgiveness…

We must remember that the people who hurt us and the failures we experience are merely tools that can be used in this battle of good or evil. We can choose to let these experiences shape us and better us by forgiving, learning, and growing from it all, or we can choose to let these experiences distract us and move us off course from God’s path by harboring bitterness, resentment, jealousy, and regret.

We all will experience hurts and failures – nobody is immune to them, so we must remove any pity-parties we want to hold on to and any idea that we are the victim. We can’t be the victim if we all experience the same hurts and failures, just in different ways.

As women of faith let us choose to be victor’s – let’s make the choice to walk on the side of victory with Jesus. There are no victim’s on His side – just victor’s over Satan’s attempts to distract us from walking with Jesus.

Prayer of the Day:

Lord, I choose to walk with You. I choose to forgive and let go of regrets today, and allow myself to be molded into a stronger and better woman. Thank you for the grace which allows me to choose this path. Keep my eyes focused and my mind strong as I continue my journey through this life, and hold on to hope and truth that goodness will prevail. ~ Amen

2 Thessalonians

Rest for the Afflicted

…since your faith is flourishing and the love each one of you has for another is increasing. 2 Thessalonians 1:3


Chapter 1 of 2 Thessalonians

It is a clear evidence of God’s righteous judgment that you will be counted worthy of God’s kingdom, for which you also are suffering, since it is righteous for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you and to reward with rest you who are afflicted, along with us.

This will take place at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with His powerful angels, taking vengeance with flaming fire on those who don’t know God and on those who don’t obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 2 Thessalonians 1:5-8

Prayer of the Day:

Lord, give me patience and strength to stay on the right path. Give me wisdom and may my eyes stay focused on Your truth and Your will. The day is coming when those who turned their back on You and afflicted others, will themselves be afflicted. Those who kept loyal to you will be rewarded with rest from all further affliction. Help me press on and stay strong in faith until that day comes. ~ Amen


2-thessaloniansJoin us tomorrow as continue our Bible Study in 2 Thessalonians.

Find more of our Bible Studies below:
The book of Philippians

The book of John

The book of Esther

1 Thessalonians