Biblical women showed gratitude to God

With Thanksgiving so near, I have been thinking about many Bible women who were thankful. Their examples can give us encouragement today that God is the author of all blessings. God works out the biggest events and the smallest details of our lives.

Eve was no doubt t thankful when she had another child after her son Abel had been murdered by her other son Cain.

Noah’s wife was thankful that Noah had listened to God and all her family was saved from devastating flood.

Sarah was thankful that God blessed her with a child when she was very old.

Shiprah and Puah were midwives in Egypt who believed in God and as a result, decided to refuse to obey the order of Pharaoh to kill all the Hebrew boy babies. No doubt their faith in God resulted in thankfulness for new life even at the risk of their own lives.

Jochebed was thankful that her son Moses was protected in the basket in the Nile.

Miriam, Moses’ sister, was thankful that she told the daughter of Pharaoh about Jochebed to nurse Moses. Therefore Moses’ and Miriam’s mother moved into the palace to raise Moses.

Rahab was thankful that the God through the Israelite spies made a way for her to escape Jericho.

Hannah was thankful that God after many years gave her a son.

Abigail was thankful that even though she was married to a fool, her preparedness saved his life and hers and she was able to bless David and his troops.

Esther was thankful that God used her to save the Hebrew people.

Mary was thankful that she was chosen to be the mother of the Son of God.

Elizabeth was thankful that after all those years of being childless, she conceived and bore the forerunner of Christ.

The wWidow in the temple was so thankful that she gave all she had — which was just two mites. Jesus honored her gift above all others.

Mary Magdalene was thankful that Jesus saved her and delivered her from a life of sin.

The woman at the well was thankful that Jesus even stopped to talk to her and tell her about the living water.

The woman who had been crippled for 18 years was thankful that Jesus noticed her and healed her.

Peter’s mother-in-law was thankful that Jesus raised her from death to life while in Capernaum.

Chloe was concerned about the teaching in the Corinthian church because and brought it to Paul’s attention. As a result, Chloe no doubt was thankful that Paul addressed these problems in this letter to the Corinthian church.

Lydia of Philippi was thankful that she encountered Paul by the riverbank and received his message.

Priscilla was thankful to be part of the support ministry for Paul.

Phoebe, a deaconess scholar tells us, was thankful that she was able to assist Paul in his effort.

Eunice and Lois were thankful that they knew the Lord and they could pass on to young Timothy the knowledge of the Lord.

Nympha was thankful that she could offer her home for the church to meet in Laodicea.

Dorcas was a woman who did good things for everyone in her town and when she died, the people were so thankful when Peter raised her back to life. And Dorcas was thankful to be alive again!

These women were thankful. We do live in new times and things are much different today in our lives. Yet the same God who worked in their lives works in ours today. That is the best thing to be thankful for.

Next week, we will focus on men of the Bible who were thankful.

Judy Brandon is a Clovis resident. Contact her at:

cbrandon@plateautel.net