Learning From the Experiences of Courageous Women

We learn so much from each other.

Recently, I finished reading When Others Shuddered: Eight Women who Refused to Give Up by Jamie Janosz. Exploring the lives of women known throughout history for their courage and perseverance brings me pleasure. I imagine a dinner party or afternoon tea gleaning wisdom from their experiences.

I may not live in their time frame but character knows no bounds.

Convictions catapult us into action. Risks are inherent. But, as Morecai says to Esther, “…. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.” So God uses our talents and skills to make his voice heard and his love known.

Women have challenged the status quo through writing (Jane Austen, Hannah Moore), teaching (Mary Bethune), advocacy, (Dorthea Dix, Elizabeth Fry), preaching (Amanda Smith), generosity (Nancy McCormick), hospitality (Sarah Dunn Clarke) , and even military spies (Emma Edmonds, Elizabeth Van Lew)

“We’re all traveling through time together, everyday of our lives. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride,” says Richard Curtis through his movie “About Time.”

Who inspires you?

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3 thoughts on “Learning From the Experiences of Courageous Women

  1. Lesley

    I love reading others’ stories of courage and faith – I’ll need to take a look at this book. Two women whose stories have inspired me are Corrie Ten Boom and Jackie Pullinger.

  2. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    My inspiration and reflection
    comes each day when I espy
    my very own mirror’d reflection,
    a bloke who simply will not die.
    I know this smells of arrogance,
    and a kind an overweening pride,
    but I’m so far beyond hell’s fence
    that there are truths I need not hide.
    I’ve done quite well unto the days
    that cancer has flat-wrecked my life,
    and in what one might well call self-praise
    there is a slowly turning knife;
    I seek out every strength to borrow
    to face the abyss that comes tomorrow.


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