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Mary Did You Know?

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs, Mary Did You Know.  I didn’t know until recently that it was written not that long ago by Mark Lowery.

I cannot help but start to wonder myself what Mary must have known and felt to hold her baby.  I think of my own experiences as a mom and I wonder how it felt to feel him move inside of her, to go thru delivery of the Messiah ~ did God grant her an easy labor? Was it pain-free and quick or like most first pregnancies, was it long and painful?  I think of the pain and the hormonal moments during my 23 hours of labor with child number two.  I remember demanding pain medication and them refusing to give it to me, trying to be strong and not succeeding.  I was in the comfort of a hospital bed with family and nurses nearby ~ Mary was in a stable on hay with only her husband and the stench of animals.

I remember after delivery holding her, the joy and amazement that went thru my mind, the absolute love I felt and I am sure that Mary had those same feelings ~ I have yet to meet a mother who did not feel that way when they first held new life in their arms.  I remember the times I looked into her eyes and wondered what life would bring her way, what joys and pains she would have to face.  I wonder if Mary thought that His life would be different since He was the Messiah.  Did she know the hardships He would face or did she think that everyone would know and accept Him as their Savior?  Watching Him grow up, watching Him as a toddler and a young boy, were there times when she let the knowledge of who He was slip her mind and enjoy Him the way I have enjoyed my children?  Were there those few selfish moments of claiming Him as hers, not as God’s and the Messiah?  I mean, she was human and a mother ~ there had to be times where she sat back and just enjoyed Him as her son.

Did she plead with God on His behalf when they tortured Him?  Did she beg God, as I would for one of my daughters, to take her instead?  Even knowing all that He taught, and knowing who He was, did the mother in her ever come into play and wrestle with faith and God on her son’s behalf?  I know of parents who have had to face life and death in regards to their children, and being human their first reaction does not tend to be “They are yours God, not mine.”  It seems that they have to go thru a process to get to that point, so was there a time when Mary allowed the mother in her to cling to her son and plead for His life? I can only imagine the agony and pain she had to suffer, feeling each nail and blow to her child herself as she watched Him be crucified for me.  Did she feel that I was worth it?  I know that God did, but what about Jesus’s mother ~ was I worth what her baby was going thru?

I thank God always for the sacrifice that was made for my life, but as I listen to this song my heart breaks for a young mother holding her newborn with hopes and promises for her little baby and I wonder, Mary did you know?

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As we get ready for Thin Within

This was posted yesterday on one of my favorite blogs to visit, and with Thin Within starting in just a few weeks I thought it was perfect to share with everyone!

Thank You, Lord, for This Body: An Ode to What God Has Given Me

Photo taken by Natalie Haskins

This astounding body that God made has grown from a nine-pound newborn to an adult woman, wife, and mother.

This growing body that God blessed me with has played in treehouses, scrambled up rocky, limb-bound mountain paths, and climbed on to a strong horse’s back.  It has sat in solid, uncomfortable school desks for days, years, aching for the chance to run outside and then returned to those desks as a teacher and perpetual student.

This persevering body that God presented me with has endured taunts and criticisms from my own mouth as I struggled through middle school and high school, unsure, insecure, and under comparison.

This strong body that God entrusted to me has learned to run miles at time (and enjoy it!), swim in the calm, chlorinated water of a pool or the rough, wild waves of an ocean, and bike down many roads and bumpy paths.

This unbelievable body that God graced me with bore my beautiful child through nine months of rapid growth, then birthed him naturally, enduring three hours of pushing, straining, and exertion.  And yet it still returned to (mostly) normal function within a matter of days.

 

Photo taken by Joey Flory

 This purposeful body God granted me can carry a baby on its hip and balance a cumbersome load of laundry while hiking up a flight of stairs.  Through God’s provision, it can still muster enough strength and energy to rock a weary child back to sleep in the middle of the night.

This enduring body God assigned to me continues to work, to play, and to thrive…

And the craziest part about this body?  God made this body just as it is and specifically for meFor me to use. To bless others with To take care of.

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

To praise and honor God with.

By Caroline Flory, Under God’s Mighty Hand

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What has been going on lately

Oh my, I have not posted here in a little while ~ for good reasons.  Life has been a bit busy.  I have started on a masters course on the New Testament, I lead a ladies bible study reading thru the bible, and I will be starting a new bible study in January, Thin Within. I have also just joined to read and blog reviews about christian literature (fiction and non-fiction) that I read ~ so be sure and check in for some great books!

I have been blessed to watch our Tuesday night bible study grow ~ not in numbers but in faith!  Last night most of our prayer time was spent in praise ~ God has answered so much in the last few weeks that is amazing!

And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.  Matthew 21:22 (Amplified)

Hope that everyone is doing well and enjoying this wonderful season!

Angela

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