MATRIARCHS: Discovering the Secrets of the Mothers of the Bible

Each footprint tells a story of a mom who went before us. Secrets of the matriarchal kind that whisper to our hearts, cheering us on, echoing hard-fought lessons, their very dust swirling in our faces. We strain to see through the hazy distance of time, the secrets their lives teach us.


Secrets that speak from the heart of one mom to another. From them we discover what we should be doing… and what we shouldn’t. Principles of the general-kind. The ones that work for us all. But not the kind that make mommas think their own unique family fits into some kind of cookie-cutter formula. 

The foundational kind that reminds mothers that only God can help them raise each God-given creation to become who He created them to be. Men and women who embrace their own callings and giftedness, yet live by the firm foundation of life-giving principles.

Motherhood. It’s so easy to get lost in the ordinary days of mundane and menial. Easy to lose your way when you sometimes feel like you’re losing your mind.

The glitter beckons hearts to a life lived on the stage, with selfies going viral and the deep-down desire to want to be known… to want to be significant… to busy ourselves with the seeking of the extraordinary, while the ordinary unknowingly – even unintentionally – fills our hearts with purpose.

That real, deep down, memory-making, character-building, reason for living kind of purpose.

Our prayer is that God has used this #MATRIARCHS Bible Study to speak purpose to your ordinary days. To remind you of how to live and how not to live. To call you to embrace these days of laundry, dishes, diapers and doctor appointments, because these are the makings of the extraordinary and beautiful.

We’ve prayed for you, dear ones. That the lives of the mother’s who have gone before you will speak to the mom that you are today. Let them. The wisdom won through the lives they lived and the footprints they left is worth the time.

Study with a group or on your own.

It’s our gift to you and we want to encourage you to share this with your friends and, if the Lord uses it in your life, please share it on your social media outlets using the hashtag #MATRIARCHS and linking it back to The MOM Initiative.

Each lesson includes:

  • Teaching video every Monday (15-20 minutes)
  • Short lesson provided as the content of the post
  • In-depth downloadable PDF to deepen your study
  • Worksheets that take you even deeper


Week 1: Eve – A Mother Like No Other

Week 2: Sarah – Mother of Nations

Week 3: Rebekah – Mothering Through Barrenness

Week 4: Mary – Stubbornly Inflexible or Sacredly Flexible

Week 5: Naomi – Not Forsaken

Week 6: Jochebed – Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

Week 7: Hannah – What to Do When God Is Silent

Week 8: Haggar – The God Who Sees and Hears

Week 9: Bathsheba – Daughter of Abundance

Week 10: Elizabeth – Mom Knows Best or God Knows Best?

Week 11: Salome – You Take the Good, You Take the Bad

Week 12: Herodias – The Self-Centered User

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And remember, if this lesson has spoken to your heart… if God has used it, please be sure to leave a comment and please share on your social media outlets using the hashtag #MATRIARCHS

Stephanie Shott

Stephanie Shott is the founder of The M.O.M. Initiative, a ministry devoted to making mentoring intentionally missional. She is an author and a popular speaker who helps women live full, fearless and faithful lives. To invite Stephanie to speak at your next event, visit her website at To find out more about The M.O.M. Initiative or to begin a M.O.M. Mentor Group, visit