This is our final week for the Anonymous online Bible study. Cindi Wood helped us understand the anonymous women named judged, hurting, ordinary, and shame. Her simple approach helped us understand the biblical importance of these women and their stories. Remember, other women were judges, prophetesses, and church leaders in the New Testament. Women were not “sidelined” in the early church.

These four anonymous women- judged, hurting, ordinary, and shame- met Jesus and were forever changed. He became the foundation of their life story. During our discussion groups, I have shared a few stories about my journey and I have enjoyed hearing about your journey too.

If I renamed these women- Judged, Hurting, Ordinary, or Shame- I would give all four the name BRIDE. When she meets Jesus, she is transformed by the Bridegroom. My prayer is that you are too.

Remember God’s faithfulness in your life. Keep a spiritual journal of answered prayers and words of knowledge. Read your Bible daily so you will know and believe in God. Worship regularly and celebrate the joy of being a child of God. Keep your lamps full…the Groom may return anytime.

Look in your Bible at Revelation 2:17 NIV: Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it. 

Enjoy your spiritual journey and your new name.

Beloved, Blessed, Chosen.

Christine Abraham writes for the Bible Cafe™ community. Learn about living by the Fruit of the Spirit as you enjoy her online Bible studies. Join Christine at the Bible Cafe™ University for weekly Bible teaching.