“It's a girl!” the sonographer announced. “Really?!” I said, glancing towards my husband. “Yes,” she said, “it's definitely a girl!” Wow. Another little lady to add to our family. The Lord blessed us with two, and now we will have a third come April.
The exciting news I received this past week overwhelmed me with joy. It is a blessing to have two daughters, but now, I will have three. As their mother, all of them will look up to me and learn from me early on. It's my job to teach them how to be a lady. God entrusts all three into my hands, and I cannot help but also feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude towards him.
God is merciful. He sees my failures as a mom. And all the things I'm supposed to teach my daughters? I'm still struggling through myself! Despite my failures and inadequacies, God's purpose for me is clear. He wants me to raise my three lovely girls for his glory.
You know what else? God chose you to be the mother of your children. He sees your shortcomings and failures, and yet, he chose you.
As we continue our Christmas study this week, we will be reading about the accounts of when the births of John the Baptist and Jesus were foretold. From these examples, you will see there are two ways we can choose to respond to God's plans for our lives.
We can either:
1) Doubt OR
2) Believe (even when we don't understand how his plans will be accomplished.)
Let's begin our study by reading one of the verses we will be studying this week. The verse is found in Luke 1. Please click here for the complete reading guide for this week.
“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.” Luke 1:45
(Context of this verse: Elizabeth made this comment to Mary, mother of Jesus.)
As you read this verse, consider the answer to these questions:
Mary chose to trust God's plans for her. What was the result?
What are some ways God blesses us when we trust his plans for our lives?
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