May 7, 2015 By The FellowshipThe Fellowship has just released a booklet of pass-along devotions called A Woman of Valor – Celebrating the Proverbs 31 Women in Our Lives. Each devotion highlights a different woman from the Bible as well as a godly characteristic she exemplifies.The pages are detachable so you can write a personal note and send it to a special mother, wife, daughter, sister, or friend who you’d like to bless or celebrate.Enjoy the devotion on Miriam below, and then request your own booklet.Miriam: A Woman of Faith“Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing.” —Exodus 15:20One of the most joyous moments in the story of the Exodus — and perhaps in the entire Bible — is the singing and rejoicing that occurred just after the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea. This was the climactic moment of what had begun as a wayward prince demanding the freedom of an oppressed people and ended with the most spectacular miracles that the world had ever seen on behalf of the downtrodden Israelites. God’s hand was never so apparent, and the people rejoiced for the good that He had done for them.Let’s picture the scene: The Israelites finished crossing the sea and they watched as their Egyptian enemies got closer. Suddenly, the sea crashed down on the entire Egyptian army! Not only were the Israelites now safe, they were also free! The Egyptians would never be able to pursue them again. In thanksgiving, Moses led the people in a beautiful song of praise to God. Just as he finished, his sister Miriam led the women in song. And what’s this? They were dancing and making music, too!But where in the world did the women get those timbrels from in the middle of the desert? Did these instruments fall from the sky?The Jewish sages share a beautiful explanation. They say that the Israelite women, in their great faith, prepared these instruments while in Egypt, while they were still enslaved. Led by Miriam, the women refused to give up hope that the day of salvation would come. Their faith led them to make these instruments, so that when the day came, they would be ready to celebrate!Miriam’s name has two meanings. It comes from the Hebrew word that means mara, “bitter.” Miriam was born into bitter times of slavery. But the name Miriam is also related to the Hebrew word meri, “rebellion.” Miriam rebelled against the bitterness in her life. She would not accept it — she refused to submit to hopelessness or depression. She lived her life with complete faith that the bitterness would be sweetened. And indeed it was!Let us remember that it’s not enough to talk about faith; we need to be willing to act on our faith. That means making life decisions based on faith in God and taking actions that fit with His purposes. Our faith must be turned into actions that reflect God’s Word and promises. Request your copy of A Woman of Valor.