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He Has Done Great Things
Series: Reclaimed - Uncovering Your Worth
Week 6: Rising Action: Mary - Day 2
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name, Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits (Psalm 103:1-2 NIV).
Let’s pick up where we left off. Mary has had an angelic encounter and responded to a message from the living God. Just like any of us would have done, she ran as quickly as possible to share the news with her girlfriend, or in this case, her cousin Elizabeth. Women have a tendency to want to share less earth shattering news than that with each other, and Mary was no exception. She made her way to the home of Elizabeth and Zechariah. Read Luke 1:39-45.
What word does Elizabeth use to describe Mary on three separate occasions?
The word blessed can have different meanings for different people. What does that word mean to you?
There are times I feel as though the hand of God literally picks me up and places me in the direct line of something good He is doing. I notice He chooses to use me to accomplish something significant in my own life or in the lives of those around me. Have you ever felt that? Something happens that is so wonderful and so beyond your expectations, that you find yourself in the middle of circumstances you could never have dreamed up yourself. A check is placed in your hands for the exact amount needed to cover your house payment for the month. Words are spoken to you by a friend at the exact moment you needed to hear them most. In the midst of moments like these, it is nearly impossible to deny that God is responsible. I must confess there are times when my first impulse is to take that thing He has done and claim it as my own. It’s not pretty. It’s far from humble, but it’s the truth.
I am, at the very center of my nature, a people pleaser. And what do we people pleasers crave more than anything else? The praise of those whom we seek to please. When we people pleasers get that praise we long for, we ingest it and we gobble it up like we’ve never been on the receiving end of a compliment before. If I was Mary, and Elizabeth called me blessed over and over again, I might start thinking that the blessing must have something to do with me. Surely, this gift bestowed is a direct result of my considerably pure and chaste character. I might take that blessing and hoard it. Hi, my name is Christy, and I am a blessing hoarder.
How about you? Please tell me I’m not the only one that does this. Can you identify? Write your answer in the blank below.
But here is the thing about that word blessing. By definition, a blessing comes to us as the result of someone else’s actions. It is very difficult to bless yourself. Unless, of course, you are sneezing, in which case it is not only acceptable but also encouraged. A true ble ...
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