Behind the Scenes:
Many have asked me how I come up with my blog posts. Quite honestly, I pray and ask God to give me insight on what He wants me to share with others. So often, I’m reminded of past experiences, real life stories in the Bible, conversations with my husband, the list could go on. This month, I’m going to share with you the stories of women in the Bible that we could all gleam from. In this post, I want to discuss the powerful story of a mother in the Bible who made an everlasting difference. Ladies, prepare your hearts for one of the greatest lessons we could ever learn from Mary--the mother of Jesus.
The Confident Woman
Before Mary could be confident in Christ, she had to be confident that Christ could be found in her. Truth is, Mary had a destiny to fulfill. In the book of Luke, we embark on the story of Mary and how purpose came to find her through an appearance of an angel, named Gabriel. Luke 1: 30-31 says: “Don’t be afraid, Mary, the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus”. Coincidentally, when purpose found her things changed drastically for Mary. She went from being a virgin who was engaged to being impregnated by the Holy Spirit with Jesus in her womb. God chose Mary to give birth to the Savior of this world. What I love about Mary is how powerful her, 'yes' was to do what God called her to do. Although she was startled by the angel that appeared before her, she came in agreement with what God wanted to do in her life. Ladies, true confidence in Christ takes place when we no longer reason our way out of the purpose that God has for us. Rather, trusting that whatever assignment God has chosen for us, he will give us the grace to accomplish it.
Mary was a powerful woman who demonstrated what it means to find purpose in Christ and to believe in the purpose that was birthed in her—literally. Mary endured the true test of faith and confidence in God. She had to believe that she was chosen for a reason and that God could entrust her with such a task. What do you think could have been going through Mary’s mind at that time? I can sense that Mary had to combat thoughts of worry that the purpose of raising the son of God was too overwhelming for her to handle. Thankfully, Mary believed in the purpose that God placed inside of her. But what happens when you suddenly begin walking in your purpose? I’m reminded of a scripture found in Psalm 37:23 “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him”. I believe the closer we walk towards our destiny, the more shifting that God does in our lives. This is never to harm us, but to get us aligned with the very thing that God wants to do through us.
The Journey to her Destiny
For Mary, the real journey of her purpose began when others were made aware of the child she conceived. Mary and Joseph had to travel from place to place to protect the life of Jesus. Ladies, when God reveals your destiny to you, there comes a level of pressure that you must press through. For Mary, certain things had to change based upon what God had put in her. There were people who tried to call her out and harm her and the life of Jesus. Her purpose caused her to change where she lived and what she did to protect her purpose (Mathew 2:19-21).
On the other hand, there were people who wanted to help her reach her destiny. To the woman reading this post that has identified her purpose, I encourage you to guard your purpose and protect it from distractions. I believe that there was level of confidence that Mary had to find in Jesus as she began to understand the weight of what she was called to do. Not only did she have to be confident that she could give birth to a world changer, but that she could also raise him up to do great things. For 9 months she carried Jesus and for 33 years he was her son before He was the Christ. This is powerful because Mary realized that destiny was in her hands. Knowing this, she had to be confident that God could use her for such a purpose.
We all have something that God has put in us that speak to our destiny and our purpose.
Just like Mary, you can find your confidence in Christ and trust that God will accomplish whatever he has placed you in this world to do. Ladies, I want to remind you that what God has for you is for you. Don’t give into the guilty feelings of comparison because what God has purposed for you to do is special and life giving. As I think about Mary’s purpose, I’m reminded of how she held the destiny for all of us to one day receive Jesus in our hearts. In the same way, I believe that someone else’s destiny is in your hands. We’re all supposed to give birth to something that God has given us. You never know who’s waiting on the other side of your obedience to say, 'yes' to God. I encourage you to ask God to show you what He has purposed for you to do in His timing. Always remember, you are favored and created to make an everlasting impact. Here’s to saying, 'yes' to God’s purpose for your life. And always remember your destiny resides within you.
"When you understand the purpose that resides within you, you can endure any challenge that awaits you."