This post: Celebrating The Women Of The Christmas Story – The Teenager Post was Shortlisted for The2017 Word Awards in the Category of Article-Inspirational/Devotional and WON!!!!!
It was also featured on the #GraceandTruth #Linkup by Aimee Imbeau
I hope that one day, this will be what inspired the book!
See the Introduction for this series in the #SoulH2O post Celebrating the Women of The Christmas Story and the devotion on the first Christmas Woman, THE MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN – ELIZABETH discussing how she protected the promise of God. The series is talking about how each of the #ChristmasWomen were:
CARRIERS – OF THE PROMISE & PRESENCE OF GOD
Read on to learn about today’s Christmas Woman…
THE TEENAGER – MARY
“And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her..”
Luke 1:38 ESV
For most of my life, I’ve had a skinny, scrawny type of frame. My ankles and wrists are not much bigger than a small child’s, but that all changed when I was pregnant.
This picture was taken the night I went into labour with my son Brandon. I’m not sure if my hair or pregnancy belly is larger??? I will say there was a shadow behind me from that cheap camera I owned.
Being truthful, I don’t think there was anything left small on me at that point. My feet had swelled, my lips felt blown up, my face was puffy…nothing was comfortable anymore. Sleep seemed unattainable.
Trying to find a comfortable position with a yoga ball attached to my tummy was impossible. How I gained over 50 pounds for a baby who was just 9 pounds 9 ounces doesn’t make sense (if it weren’t for all those bacon-cheese hotdog cravings I fulfilled).
I can attest to the fact that carrying a baby was inconvenient, uncomfortable, stretching, tiring, and yet…the most wonderful time of my life!
MARY – The Pregnant Teenager
I imagine it was similar, but a whole lot more inconvenient for Mary. Teen pregnancies aren’t often easy. There’s a certain stigma High School aged girls face when they announce they’re pregnant. I doubt Mary had it in her school planner to get pregnant, especially by someone other than her fiancé.
How do you explain it to your family and friends that ‘you’re not pregnant because you’ve done something you shouldn’t’, it was because you allowed the God who created the universe to use your womb?
Nothing about Mary’s pregnancy was convenient, comfortable or easy; yet this teenager accepted God’s plan for her life with the words,
“I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
No, but God don’t you know how hard that is…don’t you know what that will cost me…don’t you know what people will say…don’t you know what Joseph will say…he may leave???
Mary was carrying the promise and the very presence of God – Emmanuel, God with us inside her womb and it cost her.
Carrying the promise and presence of God isn’t convenient, easy, or comfortable, but it will be the most incredible adventure of your life; if you yield to God’s will, done God’s way.
It’s impossible to carry a baby without getting stretch marks but oh, it’s so worth the scars. Be like Mary; willing to be inconvenienced so you can carry within your heart the promise and the presence of God, so that through you the world will see Emmanuel, God is with us!
Father…I’m overwhelmed at the thought that YOU want ME to carry Your promises and Your presence to the world. I don’t feel worthy and I’m afraid of the cost. I’m sorry for trying to take the easy-way-out. I open my heart and my life to You. I’m willing like Mary to carry Your promises and Your presence, so the world may know YOU, no matter the cost. In Jesus Name…Amen
I’m willing to be inconvenienced to carry the promise and the presence of God to this world!
You can find the full story of Mary’s involvement in Jesus’ birth Within these portions of Scripture:
Luke 1:26-38 An Angel Meets Mary, Jesus Birth Foretold
Luke 1:39-56 Mary Visits Elizabeth
Matthew 1:18-25 Angel visits Joseph
Matthew 1:27 Emmanuel: God With Us (Prophesied in Isaiah 7:14)
Luke 2:2-6 Mary gives birth to JESUS: The Promise & Presence of God
Soul H2O Radio & Podcast Christmas Series
During the Christmas season, were running The Brave Christmas & Christian Women Series. Episode 49 is Part2 of The Brave Teen Mom & Brave Single Moms. In This Series, were Celebrating The Women of The Christmas Story and a few of their contemporary counterparts. PeggySue Wells is an author and speaker who hosts an online ministry for Single Moms at SingleMomCircle.com
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This devotion was originally posted on December 12, 2016.
Tweeting your wonderful found-Truth! Every year I go back to these stories — and they never disappoint! Always something new, and Mary was certainly “inconvenienced” with her glorious “yes” to God.
I can see you’re a woman who has been willing to be inconvenienced for the call. Your words carry the promise and the presence of God to all who read them.
I love the way you stepped into Mary’s character and experiences to portray truth. She was willing to be inconvenience to carry the promise and presence of God into the world. Oh Lord, help me to be willing to be inconvenienced.
That is my prayer too. I want to get to the point that I don’t grumble and complain over the stretch marks 🙂 Have a blessed day!
What a beautiful series! I, too, wonder what it must have felt like for Mary to be pregnant out of wedlock in her time. What a humble, loyal woman she must have been. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for your encouragement. I’m praying for the same humble, loyal spirit 🙂 Have a blessed day!
Once again a very thoughtful post that helps us grasp what Mary went through to bring the Saviour into the world. Thanks Sherry!
Thanks Laura! Your constant encouragement is such a blessing to my life. Praying God’s promises over your life are released in a greater measure as His presence anoints you to fulfill it all 🙂
I love how we’re on the same vein this month. 😉
Kelly…my Soul-Sista 🙂
Beautiful and filled to overflowing with God’s Truth, His Presence and His Love.
Linda, Praying that reading filled you to OVERflowing with His presence, releasing His promises in your life!
Oh I can just picture myself at the scene listening to Mary hear the angel’s words and without asking all of the questions you pose, she graciously says for God’s will to be done in her life! It’s astonishing isn’t it, how she accepted what God had planned for her? I feel sure my responses today to things that happen in my life are more filled with questions than with humble acceptance. Thank you for showing us Mary’s human side and letting us see a glimpse of her humble heart!
I’m glad you’re seeing the human side of Mary through the post. I want my heart to beat like hers. Sadly the older we get the more jaded we can become if we let ourselves. Missed linking up today. I was speaking at an event. Hope it went well for you ?
Pregnancy and comfort for sure don’t go together. I have been thinking some of these same thoughts this Christmas season. What was the disapproval and onlookers in their home town thinking and saying about her and Joseph. How strong of a lady Mary had to be to put up with the ridicule from others. How do we handle the criticism of others when we are following in God’s plan but others don’t see it that way? It’s a thought to ponder. Thanks for this blog today!
That is one of the points in my full teaching on The Christmas Women. Hope to have it published for next Christmas 🙂 So often when we carry the promise of God it brings on criticism from onlookers who don’t understand. Thanks for stopping by today Rachel and I pray you have a Blessed Christmas!
Love the picture of your hair. 🙂 I’m so grateful, too, that God wants US to carry his promises and presence to the world. What an honor and a responsibility….
Posting that picture of myself was an act of humility 🙂 I remember thinking my hair actually looked good in the picture. What was wrong with me??? Now back to the serious stuff…it is amazing to me that God desires to partner with us to reach the world. That He allows us to carry His promises and His presence to His world is an honor and a responsibility for sure. Have a blessed day!
What a faithful heart Mary must have had; I can see why she was chosen. Can you even imagine being chosen for such a role?! I wonder if it was always surreal for her, or if she was able to eventually wrap her mind around it all? Lovely post, Sherry, thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas! 🙂
Brenda, I’m glad you enjoyed it. May we have the heart of Mary.
I love the insight that Mary said “yes” without counting the cost, without hesitation, but with absolute trust. Yes, I pray my answer is always “yes” to His call. Thank you, Sherry, for sharing your heart.
Praying you too have the heart of Mary to say yes!
Love Mary’s story. If Mary could graciously walk through the role God had for her, who am I to make demands on Him?
Great question Debbie. One I think we need to ask ourselves all the time. I know I do 🙂 Have a blessed day!
I tweeted your lovely quote. Thanks for this inspiring reminder, and Merry Christmas to you!
Thanks for the comment and the tweet. Glad you’re inspired. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
I’m always amazed at Mary’s ease in succumbing to the will of God in the midst of what would’ve been such an overwhelming moment. I usually argue or try to logically understand but again God is showing me the importance of ‘just following’ with Mary as yet another example. Thanks Sherry-and we all had hair that big ‘back in the day’! 😉
Oh that hair! Hard to understand how we thought that was good hair??? Praying you are inspired by Mary to follow without reserve! Have a blessed Christmas 🙂
Love your perspective here Sherry! Inconvenienced for the sake of all we have been called to…yes!
Glad you stopped by! Praying that God’s Presence is rich in your heart this Christmas so you have faith to believe in His Promises!
Sherry, I love this post!! I am in awe of Mary as well…I just wrote a 10-Day devo based on her song. Thanks for sharing on Grace and Truth. I have chosen your post to feature this week. Please stop by my site tomorrow and get your “I was featured” button!
Aimee, I’m overjoyed that you have chosen my post to feature today. I was away Christmas shopping most of yesterday and just saw your comment. I am going to try and get the button added. I’m not sure if my website guy is working today, but we’ll see what we can do 🙂 We need to connect. I just saw that you are from BC. I’m speaking there in March/April. I also want to connect with you about WIMM Canada and hope you’ll join us if you haven’t yet??? Check out our site: http://www.wimmcanada.ca