Women of the Word (Recap 5)

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When God created woman, He made a very special creation. He made us beautiful and unique. He made us strong and resilient, gutsy and spirited, sassy and sweet. And He loves us. God really, really loves His girls. And the Bible is filled with many women – some good, some bad – all of who God made, who God loved, and who we can learn many lessons from.

So far in our Women of the Word series, we have looked at 50 different figures in the Bible, who all have something to teach us (drum roll, please). Here is our fifth series recap:

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Women of the Word: Peninnah

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Peninnah is only mentioned at the beginning of 1 Samuel chapter 1. She was the second wife of Elkanah who was also married to Hannah. At first, Hannah was unable to have children while the Bible tells us that Peninnah had both sons and daughters. Peninnah loved to make fun of Hannah because of her childlessness and probably flaunted her kids in her face to make her miserable. Verse 6 reads: “And her rival (Peninnah) also provoked her (Hannah) severely, to make her miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb.”

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Women of the Word: Hannah

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In 1 Samuel chapters 1-2, we read the story of Hannah who was married to a man name Elkanah who loved her very much even though she could not have any children for him. Elkanah also had another wife name Peninnah who did have children. Peninnah loved to make fun of Hannah because of her childlessness and probably flaunted her kids in her face to make her miserable. Instead of being envious or growing bitter, below are three things that Hannah did which pleased the Lord and caused Him to bless her greatly.

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