Monday, December 24, 2012

12 Pearls of Christmas | Day 11

12 Pearls of Christmas | Day 11 - Just Like Mary by Carla Anne Coroy

 
Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series!

Merry Christmas from Pearl Girls™! We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who were so kind to donate their time and talents! If you miss a few posts, you’ll be able go back through and read them on this blog throughout the next few days.


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Just Like Mary

By Carla Anne Coroy

Mary. Amazing Mary. Mother of Jesus. We marvel at her simple, faith-filled acceptance of God’s will for her life. There’s so little written about Mary in the Bible. We know almost nothing, really, about this woman that God chose to parent His Son.

Many have speculated about the exact age of Jesus’ mother. How old was she, really? What would it have been like to be greeted by an angel—and told you would become pregnant by the Spirit of God?

I wonder about other things sometimes, though. Like if she had morning sickness, or gained a lot of weight during her pregnancy. Was she overdue, or was baby Jesus born right on time? Did she mistake Braxton Hicks contractions for the real thing before labor really started? Was it a fast labor or did Joseph have eighteen hours to get that place into birthing readiness?

Most women who have ever given birth to a child have shared pregnancy stories. Everyone’s story is unique and interesting. Surely Mary’s was, too!

Then there are the stories of potty-training and conversations on how to get the baby to sleep through the night. Did Mary bounce Jesus on her knee while sharing recipes with other young moms?

We cannot find answers for these questions in Scripture. And as interesting as it might be to share pregnancy stories with Mary over a cup of coffee (maybe in heaven?) and get her tips on potty-training, we really don’t need to know any of that to love the Son she bore.

But Mary’s example raises questions about me and my own life that get under my skin.

Am I the kind of woman God will choose to be part of His plan? Do I trust and love my God enough to give faith-filled answers like she did? If there were just a few paragraphs written of my life for future generations to read, would those words reveal a heart of willing submission to God?

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38, NIV)

God has not asked me to carry the burden of His Son in my womb. There are other burdens He is asking me, and you, to carry instead. Are we being the women He needs for the part of the plan we’re living in now? Am I saying to Jesus today, “May it be to me as you have said”?



During this Advent season, let’s prepare ourselves to be used by God, filled with faith and anticipating His grace—just like Mary.
 
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Carla Anne Coroy is a Christian speaker and blogger, and the award-winning author of Married Mom, Solo Parent. She ministers to a wide audience through her website and blog at www.carlaanne.com. Carla Anne has served full-time with organizations such as Youth for Christ and Crown Financial Ministries, and is currently developing mentoring resources for women and an international mentoring organization for youth. She also serves as a staff writer for the online magazine Mentoring Moments for Christian Women and is a spokesperson for Faithbuddy.com. Carla Anne lives in Canada with her husband and four homeschooled children.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Rough Week

Whew! This has been a rough week!

I've had the flu this week. I got really dehydrated Tuesday and I was also running a fever! I passed out twice within five minutes and my arm got burnt on the space heater the second time I passed out. I went to the hospital and had to have an IV to get fluids. I'm feeling ALOT better but I'm still feeling a little sick. I have a lingering cough and a stuffy nose but NO MORE FEVER and I'm drinking PLENTY of water. I do NOT want to have another dehyrdation scare!

I hope I NEVER get the flu again! I'm glad that I'm recovering quickly but I can't wait until I'm fully out of the woods!

Take precautions! Wash your hands with soap and water, do NOT go around people that you know are sick or if you feel you are getting sick do NOT go around others, and drink plenty of fluids.

Take care and Happy Reading :)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Traditions

 

Traditions by Lori Wildenberg

Don’t you love traditions? I think most women do. For a number of years my mom has baked Christmas cookies with my kids. I love watching her hang with the grandkids and pass along her Christmas cookie recipes and baking tips. Maybe it seems even sweeter because we are typically separated by many miles. Every year my mom flies the friendly skies from Minnesota to Colorado. She stays with us from Thanksgiving to the first week in December. We pack in a lot.
 
We begin by celebrating Thanksgiving. The whole family cooks together but my mom is the only one who makes the gravy. No one can make better gravy! As a woman of many talents she is also the photographer for my gang’s Christmas card photo. This is no easy task by the way, getting six distractible people to look in the same direction, keep their eyes open, and smile all for the same moment is a huge feat! The day after Thanksgiving, she and I put up the Christmas decorations together. And… and she is Cookie baker extraordinaire!
 
This year will be different. Due to some other considerations, my mom won’t be with us for her typical November/ December trip. We will have to figure out the gravy, find a patient photographer, decorate and produce cookies without her. We will miss her laugh, stories, and the way she listens to each of us.
 
A mom’s and Nana’s love is a special thing.
 
I am really going to miss her presence. And…so will Tom and the kids.
 
But we will be of good cheer and if we forget a baking tip or two…thankfully she is just a phone call away.
 
What traditions does your family have?
 
“His mother treasured all these things in her heart.”
Luke 2:51b
 
 
Shared from the blog of Margaret McSweeney:
Author and Pearl Girls Founder
http://margaretmcsweeney.com/blog/