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God Uses The Ordinary To Do The Extraordinary

By, Hollie Vaughn

What comes to your mind when you hear “Mary, the mother of Jesus”? We think of the greatest miracle ever known to mankind. The virgin birth of Jesus, the Savior of the world.

When we dig in and read about young Mary we find that she is really, very ordinary. She didn’t come from a prominent or rich home, but we can gather from Mary’s character and knowledge of the Scriptures that she came from a home of faithful Jews.

It was Mary’s love and obedience for the Lord that made her the perfect candidate to carry the Son of God.

When we think of blessed women we tend to think of the popular ones. You know, the ones who can sing the best and have the all the solos at church. Or maybe the ladies who can teach and everyone seems to want to follow them. Or it’s the lady who cooks and serves everyone because her house is immaculate. It could be the lady that has a quiver full of children and they are always neatly put together (and perhaps even all matching).

We gauge ourselves based off of others gifts and we even set out to achieve what someone else was gifted with.

Mary was the opposite.

This heavenly gift (Jesus) was bestowed upon her, but it meant giving up everything. She was young and engaged, but not married. In her culture she could have and should have been stoned to death. If was not for God’s intervention and Joseph’s obedience that spared her life.

I encourage you ladies today to stop looking at the gifts of others and start counting your own blessings.

Things look differently on each of us.

Mary was “blessed among women” but from the outside that was not what the world saw and accepted right away. Life was hard for her, but she trusted God. - Luke 1:42

She didn’t demand respect. She didn’t exalt herself as the Son of God’s mother. No, we see a humble handmaiden willing to fulfill God’s purpose and calling on her life.

What about you? Do you get upset because you don’t feel like you get the attention you deserve?

Do you feel undervalued and try and promote yourself?

This could be at church, at home, or even at the workplace.

Try this instead...just do right and love God.

That’s what God saw in Mary when He chose her. Her inward qualities of faith brought her God’s favor.

Let’s start humbling ourselves and allowing God to do the lifting. Just imagine what God can do in and through you when you pray and wait on God’s blessings.

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord,
and he shall lift you up.”
James 4:10
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God,
that he may exalt you in due time:”
1 Peter 5:6
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