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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Behold Your Handmaiden.


Having a daughter pregnant around Christmas brings so much of the Christmas story alive….much of what I have  pondered lately has been birthed from this joy…

So in this season of waiting…I think of Mary…
this young woman God deemed worthy…worthy to carry His Son…
we will never know what Mary’s life exhibited to be called to such an honor…
could it be that this choice wasn’t based on what she did or did not do?…
but the state of her heart… a heart that knew Him…Luke 1:45-55

God came and asked if she was willing…and she said yes…
the conception…the implanting came not of human effort…
but by the Spirit to a yielded heart…

Was He calling forth Mary’s faith?
I like to think that God did not see someone perfect…
but someone who would yield to the breeze of His Spirit moment by moment…
one who God could whisper the wisdom needed to raise His Son…
yield to His promptings…
one willing to receive the bounty of Grace...
 He would lavishly give for all that would be asked of her…
someone whose faith would endure until the end…

This yes was not a momentary yes …
 to the shame…the misunderstanding…
these may have been the easiest to overcome …
this was not a short-term act of obedience…
this yes was a yes to a lifetime of obedience…
this yes would completely alter her life …

This makes me ponder…what is He asking of me?...
Am I willing to say a life altering yes? 
Is my heart positioned toward His heart…so at His bidding I will come? 
Like Mary when the shepherds came… when God is moving…do I watch…take it in…ponder these things in my heart…
waiting for Him to give the wisdom needed to interpret what is taking place around me?

and isn’t it interesting we find another Mary in the bible…the one who sat at Jesus' feet…the one who could choose the best over the good…

I pray for us as woman…that we will have a heart like Mary…
one that sits at the feet of Jesus…
one that can answer…behold your handmaiden…

~2475~2493
~medicine that helps Ellie stay in the belly
~peace for my daughter
~sweet time with my hubby
~learning to be “half-nesters”
~getting housework done
~opportunity to walk in more freedom
~slow December pace
~God providing for friends in need
~my dad sharing the deepest places in his heart
~the miracle of this relationship
~spring weather in December
~lunch with my mom and sister
~delicious food
~grace for awkward conversation
~a quiet house
~sweet fellowship with friends
~time
~God’s kindness that leads to repentance 

Join me as I link up and fellowship with others at Ann's and Jen's....you will be blessed.


20 comments:

  1. Yes! Praying to have a heart that yields to His promptings. Wonderful post!

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  2. beautiful list...and I'm enjoying a slow December pace too. I'm surprised how much I like it this way. Merry Christmas!

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  3. to show...I pray along with you...blessings~

    amy...thanks for stopping by...blessings as you continue to go slowly...

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  4. oh I hear ya... the willingness to say yes.
    I try to make that choice known as much as I can acknowledge it.
    Be blessed,
    T

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  5. T...may your week be blessed as you recover from your weekend...

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  6. Feeling much peace reading this today, especially these beautiful words: "someone who would yield to the breeze of His Spirit moment by moment…"

    Thank you for that, Ells. And for your heartfelt prayers for my family, too.

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  7. Michelle...thanks for stopping by...may we both feel for His breeze in the days to come...may you feel His comfort and peace...blessings~

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  8. "but someone who would yield to the breeze of His Spirit moment by moment…
    one who God could whisper the wisdom needed to raise His Son…
    yield to His promptings…"...beautiful insight...being His handmaiden is not a one time event.

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  9. I too pray for a heart like Mary's: one that says, "yes" and always ponders Him in her heart.

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  10. Shanda...praying along with you...have a blessed Christmas...

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  11. grace for awkward conversation...I love that!

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  12. Beautiful.

    I love the truth that He calls things that are not as though they were. That though not even one of us is sinless, not one worthy, we are loved (even while we were yet His enemies). We are, like Mary, highly favoured, called and chosen to bear the Holy Spirit and the testimony of His light.

    What a miracle of grace, for Mary and for us.

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  13. Alida...Yes...He is kind...thanks for stopping by....blessings

    Rachelle...beautiful...thankyou!...blessings

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  14. oh, this:

    "someone who would yield to the breeze of His Spirit moment by moment…
    one who God could whisper the wisdom needed to raise His Son…
    yield to His promptings…
    one willing to receive the bounty of Grace...
    He would lavishly give for all that would be asked of her…
    someone whose faith would endure until the end…"

    Humbles. Me. !!!

    Rich blessings, friend.

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  15. hello sweet friend! Merry Christmas! just stopped to pray for your daughter and her pregnancy (baby ellie?) love the name- you know, I was going to name a daughter "Ella" (before it was popular) because I took care of a lady named "Eleanor" for 15 years & loved her like family- she was the wife of Brian Aherne - did movies with Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant - awesome lady! Missing her this year! Hope you are feeling well- God Bless!!!! love that "learning to walk in more freedom" also!

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  16. "I like to think that God did not see someone perfect…"

    Yes, I like to think this, too. I like to think even beyond what is written, that she struggled as we do sometimes.

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  17. Keli...thanks for the prayers... they are keeping Ellie in the belly. Have a very Blessed and Merry CHristmas:)

    Jen..thanks for stopping by...oh would it not be amazing to really get a glimpse of what her journey was like...have a blessed Christmas season...and thanks for hosting this gathering:)

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  18. Hey Amy...Blessings to you my friend...thanks for stopping by

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  19. My favorite part: "This yes was not a momentary yes …
    to the shame…the misunderstanding…
    these may have been the easiest to overcome …
    this was not a short-term act of obedience…
    this yes was a yes to a lifetime of obedience…
    this yes would completely alter her life."
    Beautifully written.

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  20. sitting at the feet of Jesus satisfies... call me a Mary :)

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