Mary’s Devotion to God and His Way In Spite of Scorn

“Behold, I am the servant of the Lord;
let it be to me according to Your Word.”

Can you imagine an angel from God suddenly appearing in front of you? Telling you something will happen to you that is so incomprehensible that no one on earth can ever understand it?

What a shock it must have been for Mary, coming from the disregarded, despised city of Nazareth. She was among the poor and unnoticed.

But God noticed her. He chose her to carry our Savior, truly God who became poor so that we might become rich.

“You know the grace that has come to us
through our Lord Jesus the Anointed.
He set aside His infinite riches
and was born into the lowest circumstance
so that you may gain great riches
through His humble poverty.”
2 Corinthians 8:9 Voice

When the angel appeared, Mary became frightened, but the angel told her:

“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Now listen:
You will conceive and give birth to a son,
and you will call His name Jesus.
He will be great
and will be called the Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give Him
the throne of His father David.
He will reign over the house of Jacob forever,
and His kingdom will have no end.”
Luke 1:30-33 HCSB

Mary was baffled, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”

The angel replied to her:
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,

and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore, the holy One to be born
will be called the Son of God.”
Luke 1:35 HCSB

Wow! God poured in His grace, and Mary opened her heart and believed this was not impossible with God. She answered His call, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to Your Word.” (Luke 1:38 ESV)

What would this illegitimate birth mean for Mary in the culture in which she lived?  Her father might have cast her out and forced her into begging. She would be scorned and could even be put to death, but God took care of all this and told Joseph not to abandon her and to go ahead and marry her anyway.

She may still have been under suspicion. Maybe she even lost friends.

A difficult journey was ahead of her, and she knew her submission to God would be costly. Yet she remained devoted to Him and freely offered Him her body and soul. It was more important to her to follow God and have His favor than gain the approval of people.

O Lord, are we that available to You? Please help us to give You our whole hearts and lives, both body and soul. Make us open to whatever You have in mind for us in this life, even when we can’t understand it or we meet with resistance. Like Mary, help us to put Your favor and glory above people’s approval and favor. Enable us to throw ourselves into Your hands with a childlike trust as Your servants, ready to do or be whatever You ask us to! Help us to make room in our hearts for You! We invite You to be born in the stinking, dirty stable of our hearts! Help us to embrace and be filled with awe that You became poor so we might become rich! Thank You for Your free gift of unspeakable love!


Love Came Down and Changed Everything – Merry Christmas!


Dear Readers,

May you have a Merry Christmas
and a Blessed 2016 filled with
hope, love, peace, and joy!


I am taking next week off,
so I will not have a “What’s New” post this month,
but I hope to be back here on January 5, 2016. 🙂

Thank you all so much for being here in 2015!
Whether you comment or just read in the background,
I care about each one of you.
I know God knows and sees each of you,
and I pray He fills your hurting heart with love
and with His hope, healing, and freedom!

One of my husband’s and my favorite Christmas movies
is “Songs of the Season.” I want to leave you at the end of this year
with a clip from it where Fern, with her newly found confidence,
sings with her music teacher at the end of the movie.
I love this song! Especially these words:

“In the dark of winter I still can sing
Because God has sent the Baby King.
Whatever troubles this old world can bring
Christmas reminds me that love can change everything.”

“Song of the Heart (Love Changes Everything)”



Linking up with: 

Holley – Coffee For Your Heart 

Jennifer – Tell His Story 

Kelly – Cheerleaders of Faith

Barbie – Weekend Whispers

Nothing Is Impossible With GOD


Out of Nazareth

A despised town


Poor and unknown

Young and inexperienced

With no authority around men

In the eyes of society

Not good enough

To be used by God


Highly favored her

To be used to bring forth

His salvation for us

The Holy Spirit came upon her

And she conceived

The Savior of the World

Jesus Christ

How could this be?

Because with God

Nothing is impossible

Mary gave her whole self

Into the hands of God

With a willing heart

Even though she would be

Ridiculed and condemned

The Son of God

Came down in the flesh

To save us

To bring

Salvation for the sinner

Hope for the hopeless

Help for the helpless

Freedom for the captive

Light for those in darkness

Love for the lost

Life for the dead

Mercy from judgment

Grace for the undeserving

Peace to the chaos

Joy for the grieving

So remember

God is Almighty

He can level mountains

In your life

He can use you

For His glory

No matter how small

And insignificant you feel

Because He came down

To deliver us

To make us worthy

To give us power in Him

When He is in us

Nothing is impossible


You can read God’s story of salvation through Mary in
Luke 1:26-38

A Child's Trust

“Mary, Did You Know?”
Sung by Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd

Dearest Lord Jesus, thank You for coming down.
Help us to give our whole selves into Your hands.
Help us to see that nothing is impossible with You!



Linking up with: 

Holley – Coffee For Your Heart 

Jennifer – Tell His Story 

Kelly – Cheerleaders of Faith

Barbie – Weekend Whispers