Monday, December 22, 2008

"Mary" Christmas.

This Christmas, I find myself reflecting more and more on Mary and what she was going through – carrying the Son of God and preparing to give birth to Him. Now that I, too, am carrying a son, I can’t even begin to imagine her emotions. Not only was she carrying the blessing of a baby boy, but she was carrying God in the flesh. Is there any greater privilege?

I have experienced God on a whole other level since being pregnant. I have seen His sovereignty, His plan, His creation – forming a LIFE inside of me, His love, His peace and His grace. It is unlike anything I have ever been through before, and it is only through Him that I am able to experience it.

But Mary, she must have experienced God in ways that are unfathomable to us. She was holding Him, caring for Him, meeting His every earthly need just as He was meeting hers. She fed Him physically as He fed her spiritually. She held Him in her tiny arms as He carried her in His magnificent strength. It was a union that had never taken place, and could never be recreated.

My precious baby, the life that God has placed inside my womb, is a direct gift from Him – created and woven for a specific purpose and for our joy. Praise God that He has chosen me to be this child’s mommy! My heart is full and I am eternally grateful for this gift of gifts this Christmas, but even more than this baby tucked away inside of me, I am most thankful for the gift of Jesus Christ, who was born those thousands of years ago exclusively for you and for me.

To Him be the glory!

Merriest of Christmas’ to you all.


Luke 1:46-50
And Mary said:
"My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.”

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I will see you all in the New Year. I've been out of town for a few days and will continue to be through the day after Christmas. I may have time to do a few posts in between Christmas and the New Year, but we shall see. Until then, God Bless! :)

35 comments:

  1. There is definitely something about being pregnant at Christmas that makes you appreciate everything that happened that year a little more and in a different way! It is truly an honor to carry and parent the child that He has chosen to give us.

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  2. How beautiful...thank you for sharing that with us!! You are going to be a wonderful little mommy!!

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  3. Isn't it so crazy how being pregnant just leaves you in total awe of God. Makes you realize how truely precious the miricale of life truely is! Merry Christmas!

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  4. I, too, am especially "Blessed" to be a Mommy this time of the year! To know that my children KNOW the TRUE meaning of CHRISTmas, touches me straight to the core! I know that your son will be Blessed to know! TFS

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  5. What a beautiful post!
    I'm so lonely today! Don't you want to come in for a couple of hours and keep me company??? Merry Christmas! Have a FANTASTIC break!

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  6. I was away from my computer, so I didn't get a chance to say, "Yay! Your having a little boy!" Congratulations! I am so happy for you and your husband!!!

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  7. That's funny, I was thinking about Mary yesterday, too. I was thinking about what it must have been like to wait 30 years for Him to finally start His ministry on earth. I cannot imagine what kind of thoughts she must have had toward Him while He was growing up and anticipating how He was actually going to change the world. I had never really looked at what it must have been like to be her before that! Enjoy that little baby!

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  8. Oh my goodness, I just posted about Mary and used the same scripture reference. Beautiful post. You are such a wise and gifted writer!

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  9. Our church service yesterday was about Mary... about how she had to ride on a donkey full-term for days... about how there was no room in any hotels in town... (can you imagine being that pregnant and your husband dragging you days from your home to a place with NO BED!)... then about how Jesus was laid in the place the animals ATE. Talk about an eye opener. Yet Mary was able to see through to the fact that she was carrying the Son of God. Ah-maz-ing!

    Congratulations on your warm and fuzzies... I'm excited for you guys! How many times have you said "NEXT Christmas...." ... hehe. :)

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  10. sweet sweet sweet. love those thoughts- what a wonderful devotional for the day :)

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  11. GREAT post! I can't wait to meet Mary someday and hear what that must have been like. and to be picked by God to mother and nurture His Son! WOW!

    Merry Christmas to you, Hubby and Baby Lovie!!

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  12. What a touching post! Merry christmas to you and your family.

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  13. Being pregnant during Christmas - and with a son, especially - there's just nothing quite like it. You've captured it. Many blessings to all 3 of you this Christmas!

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  14. You and Lindsey are in sync this morning with your Mary posts! ;) I love reading her side of the story each year out of Luke. Have you ever read "Two From Galilee"? It is sort of a lightly fictionalized but Biblically based perspective of Mary and Joseph and what they must have felt going through all of this together. Neat book. You might try and pick it up sometime! :)

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  15. What a great post and a great reminder. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    That is the thing I look forward to the most... knowing that God blessed me with a life inside of me - how cool is that. And just the whole process of a 9 month pregnany is amzing - God is awesomr isn't He?!?!?!?

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  16. What a beautiful post. Being pregnant at Christmas time is a very humbling experience. Thanks for the reminders of how important this season is to all of us. What an ultimate sacrifice our Savior made for each of us.

    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

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  17. I very much enjoyed reflecting with you today. It is an amazing thought. God is so good.
    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas

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  18. What an inspiring post! You are so lucky to be a mommy!

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  19. I tell ya what, you think you empathize with Mary now, just wait until you are in labor and realize that she did all of that while galloping along on the back of a donkey. What a woman! Enjoy this Christmas with your little bundle of joy.
    -Meredith

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  20. Wow, thank you for the reminder of what Christmas is all about. I like what you said, especially when you said, "She fed Him physically as He fed her spiritually". I never thought about it that way. How profound.

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  21. I am struck by God's power every time I look at my baby girl's face- creating a baby from a bundle of cells can be nothing but an act straight from above! Babies can only be gifts from heaven!

    It's amazing how you take Mary and her role for granted until you become a mother yourself... thanks for the awesome post!

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  22. Oh Whitney ~ that's beautiful! You are indeed carrying such a precious gift from God.

    Merry Christmas to you and husby!

    Hugz,
    Michele

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  23. Nice post. Just wait until you give birth--you'll wonder how the heck she ever did it in a stable!! She was one tough cookie!

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  24. I love this post. Baby Lovie is going to be so blessed, and how wonderful that he has already blessed your lives in such a great way! Just think..this time next year you'll have him in your arms! :0)

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  25. I loved this post. I'm pregnant too with my first baby ( a boy!) and it's just brought the Lord and I closer and I'm just so incredibly thankful for His blessing.

    I couldn't find it on your blog, when are you due? I'm due early march.:) I'll definitely be reading your blog, I love to see new moms raising a boy!! :)

    God Bless you and congratulations on your miracle blessing!!!

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  26. One of my favorite talks I gave for a church group was one on the things that Mary pondered in her heart. It was just a few months after I had Katie and was so revealing to me. Lindsey is right-you are a gifted writer.

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  27. A beautiful post and wonderful reminder of what this time is all about.

    I hope you and your husband have a lovely Christmas, the last as just 2!

    Saskia x

    PS I've tagged you!

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  28. Merry Christmas!!!

    What a great post!

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  29. What a beautiful post!

    You are going to be an amazing mother!

    Merriest Little Christmas to You and yours!

    xo

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  30. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and send you warm wishes for a Happy New Year!

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