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Someday Devotion – Day 13

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Luke 1:42-45
“Elizabeth gave a glad cry…”

How precious these verses are.  I can almost picture the scene in my mind.  Mary hurried to see Elizabeth.  Elizabeth did not hesitate to celebrate Mary’s wonderful news.  I can imagine the two of them embracing as they cry one minute and then laugh another.  This young woman and this wise older woman celebrating God and celebrating their womanhood.  Elizabeth felt honored that Mary had greeted her and she said that Mary was indeed blessed.

Elizabeth has modeled for us how to be a great friend.  She truly rejoiced with Mary.  She had a choice in how she would respond to Mary’s news.  What if she had said, “hey, wait just a minute here.  I’m the one who should’ve been carrying the Son of God.  After all, I am older and wiser, and I have been patient all these years when I couldn’t get pregnant.  You are just a child.  How dare you come into my house and expect me to be happy for you.  IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME.”

How many times have we thought or said, “It should have been me.  Why, God why?  It should have been me.”  I’ll be honest, I know I have.  “I want to be fit and thin like my friends.”  Oops, I’m sorry, did I say that out loud?  And I am challenged, even today, by Elizabeth’s response to Mary.  What a good friend Elizabeth was to her.  However, Elizabeth was more that just a good friend.  In Luke 1:25, Elizabeth proclaimed, “How kind the Lord is.”  You see, the very important point here is Elizabeth knew who she was in relationship with God.  Because she thanked and praised Him for her blessings, she was in the right ‘frame of heart’ to celebrate with Mary.

I know in my own life that the more I complain and compare, the more angry and bitter I allow myself to become.  My spirit says, “It should have been me.”  But when I know who I am in relationship with God and take the time to thank and praise Him for my blessings – to find the joy in every situation – then my spirit says, “It isn’t even the littlest bit about me.  It is all about you, God.”

Someday

Based on Devotional by Sandi Patty
Someday: A Book of Days
Copyright © 2000 by Sandi Patty
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Someday Devotion – Day 12

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Luke 1:39-41
“…Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea… and greeted Elizabeth.”

I love the excitement that I glean from these verses.  Mary was so excited, “she hurried.”  I feel as though she couldn’t wait to share the good news with someone, and that someone was Elizabeth.

Think about all Mary had been through up to this point.  Here was this lovely young Jewish woman engaged to be married, when along comes the angel of the Lord to share news with her that will dramatically alter the course of her life.  She was afraid, she was confused and troubled, she questioned, she surrendered, and then she quietly affirmed her faith.  She then shared the news with Joseph, who had to “sleep on it.”  Joseph, who could have demanded shame, offered her grace.  What began as a troublesome journey, turned into an awesome gift.  Mary was ready to share her news with Elizabeth.  In addition, Elizabeth was ready to rejoice with her.  Literally, Elizabeth and her baby began jumping for joy they were so excited.

How terrible for Mary if she had to take this journey alone.  However, there were persons in her life that celebrated with her as they walked with her.  We all need those persons who will support us in good and in bad times.  Those relationships are a gift from God.  I feel so blessed to have such persons in my life.  I have a group of girlfriends who know me, many times, better than I know myself.  They help hold me accountable – or to put it another way, they help keep me conscious and focused on God.  My husband, Don, and I also have a group of couples we meet with on a weekly basis as we move through this journey of life, marriage, family, carpooling… and now, grown children, and grandparenting.

I have to say that these relationships in my life take work, just like any other important relationship.  It demands from me truth and honesty about where I am in my walk.  It demands vulnerability.  It calls me to welcome challenge.  It calls me to listen to sometimes very hard to hear truth.  It is these relationships that I also “hurry to” when I need someone with whom to rejoice or someone with whom to weep.

If you have those very special friendships in your life, I hope you celebrate them.  If you find yourself alone on this journey, my heart’s prayer is that as you earnestly seek to be all God wants you to be, that he will send a special person.  Remember that NOTHING is impossible with God.

Someday

Based on Devotional by Sandi Patty
Someday: A Book of Days
Copyright © 2000 by Sandi Patty
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Someday Devotion – Day 11

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Matthew 1:24-25

“…he (Joseph) did what the angel of the Lord commanded.”

When Joseph awoke, he put his faith into action.  “He did what the angel of the Lord commanded.”  He made Mary his wife, but he did not have sexual relations with her until after the birth of Jesus.  Action – the most powerful response to our affirmation of faith.  Joseph surrendered and then acted upon that surrendered faith.

Again, I love the humanness of Joseph’s honest struggle.  It was after he was confused and after he was afraid that God was able to really work.  Joseph also gave God the time to reveal Himself.  And once again, he treated Mary with tremendous decency and respect.  He made “an honest woman out of her” – not for her sake (she knew where she stood with God) but for the sake of public scrutiny.  He also refrained from sexual relations with her (which according to the law was his right) until after Jesus was born.

What tremendous life lessons for us in these two simple verses:

1.  Put our faith into action
2.  Do things decently and in order
3.  Don’t be in a hurry to impose your own wants, rights and needs.  Put others first.

What a challenge! Applying these truths to our everyday, we realize that as we defer to others needs around us, we develop greater confidence in knowing that God is taking care of us.

Someday

Based on Devotional by Sandi Patty
Someday: A Book of Days
Copyright © 2000 by Sandi Patty
All Rights Reserved

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