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Women of Reverence welcomes Nothile Potwana as a guest blogger.

Nothile Potwana is a wife, mother and a corporate finance lawyer with over 12 years experience in banking and finance as well as cross border trade.

She is currently working on attaining her Certified Global Trade Practitioner Certification through the International Chamber of Commerce. She is currently working as a Senior Legal Counsel for a development finance Institution.

Above all else, Nothile is a child of God. She loves being outdoors and appreciating the work of the grand master of creation and loves art.

Until recently, I have never really explored the female characters of the bible because they are not exactly Sunday school material and quite frankly unpopular. How amazing is it that God, even back in the days of the old testament when women were of such lowly social standing could use them to lead and preach to nations.

Although their stories are not shared in great detail, but can you imagine being Deborah, a wife, prophet, military strategist and a Judge. She must have been really good because in Judges 4: 8 Barak refuses to go to war without her.

"If you will go with me, I will go; if not I will not go".

We see Phoebe, specifically mentioned by Paul as a deacon in the church of Cenchreae Romans 16:1-2.

Abigail was a wise and selfless wife who takes initiative to atone for her husband Nabal’s mistake to keep peace with David and ultimately save her family who could have been killed. See 1 Samuel 25

Think of the courage it must have taken Esther (Jewish orphan who becomes great queen) to go to the King uninvited, an act she could have been killed for and to further reveal her true identity to her husband King Xerxes after a decree had been issued to kill all Jews in the kingdom. Esther stepped out in courage, proving God can save his people even when the odds seem impossible. See Esther 5-7

There are many more examples of virtuous women of noble character and women of seriously questionable character in the Bible, but God still uses them and re-writes their stories- a true reflection of exchanging ashes for beauty. Had Tamar, the daughter in law of Judah not had a child by her father in law, an entire lineage of Judah could have been wiped out as two of his sons had already died. See Genesis 38: 1-30. Through Perez, one of her twin sons, the Messianic lineage continues see 1 Chronicles 2:4.

Through Rahab, the prostitute of Jericho the Israelites were able to take over the city of Jericho and enter the promised land. (see Joshua 2; Joshua 6:17-25). Not only that, but she married to Salmon or (Salma), an Israelite from the tribe of Judah and had a son Boaz. See 1 Chronicles 2:10; Ruth 4:20 and Matthew 1:4. She is an ancestor to Joseph. Is this not evidence of God’s forgiveness and restorative power!

Abraham’s wife, Sarah (Sarai) despite God’s promise to give them a son, doubted God and decided to take matters and have her husband be intimate with her maidservant, Hagar [Gen. 16, 17, 21]. But God, being gracious still forgave her indiscretions as Sarah goes on to be the mother of nations!

Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her”!

This is not meant to be a feminist, male bashing, girls are better than boys, but is more about the elevation of women to claim their rightful place as co- heirs to the kingdom of God! Take a moment today to relish in the freedom of speech, the freedom to openly practice Christianity, occupy positions of influence in corporates, politics and churches and the freedom to just be ourselves. Imagine how much more we can achieve with all the resources at our disposal!!

Mother Teresa once said “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop”. No task is too small or too great, whether is it leading a fortune 500 company, teaching at a crèche, waiting tables or simply being at home, you too can walk in the inheritance of royalty through the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Own it, every day. You did not become a woman by mistake, your femininity is a divine assignment. So, go on, let that little light of yours shine on until it becomes an unstoppable blazing inferno!



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