What was it like to be a mother to God? It is difficult enough to raise human children. I can’t imagine having the Most High God Himself in my house as a toddler or a teenager!
Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”
In reflecting on the events surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection, I feel pulled to ponder the events from Mary’s perspective. We usually think of the mother of Jesus more at Christmas time, but she was very much a part of the first Easter as well.
Several times, Luke mentions in the first couple of chapters of his gospel that Mary pondered the deeper meanings of all that was happening and treasured these things in her heart. Let’s follow her example and ponder for a while.
Have you ever sensed God calling you out of your comfy boat to walk the waves beyond? Did you do it? Did you try and then sink like Peter? Or is fear holding you back from even stepping out? What’s keeping you from walking on water? Maybe you still haven’t figured out how to get your boat out of the harbor. I have days like that. I’m right there with you!
The first month of a new year is almost history. How are your New Year’s Resolutions working out for you? Yeah, mine too. I always tend to overcomplicate things with lists and goals and checklists. I’m already longing for simplicity in the new year. Fortunately, I had the privilege of hearing my amazing sister and best girlfriend, Rev. Christina Hildebrand, preach on January first. I love what she shared and I wanted to share it with you. (She said I could!) If you’re weary from working on your resolutions, rest in the embrace of God’s grace instead.
New Year Simplicity
The New Year is upon us! It is the biggest – “I’m starting my diet today” day of the year.
Treadmills are on sale at sporting goods stores. There are coupons for low-fat yogurt, brown rice, quinoa, and chia seeds, and I have officially received my postcard in the mail inviting me to join WeightWatchers for a special January discount price.
As 2016 draws to a close and 2017 approaches, it’s enjoyable to watch our highlight reels from the year we’re wrapping up. This has been another incredibly busy year, but even with all the flurry of keeping a family of 10 on the rails, I’ve managed to post 65 times in 2016. Not too bad! There would have been more, but I’ve taken several breaks from blogging to concentrate on my book.
I found it interesting that most of the Top 10 from 2015 are still some of the most popular posts with my readers. For this list, I only included posts I published in 2016. So here are your favorite posts from this past year. Enjoy rereading the ones you liked and catch up on the ones you missed.
Most Popular Posts of 2016
#1 I wrote How to Help Your Teen Become a Responsible Adult for the Life of a Homeschool Mom blog. In it, I share about balancing boundaries and freedom with your teen. We currently have two teenagers and one almost-teen in the house, so this is a relevant topic for our family. Our oldest has successfully navigated into adulthood.
#2 Which leads me to the second favorite, When Your Boy Becomes a Man. I wrote this on the eve of my eldest son’s 18th birthday. It was another post I never meant to write. I’m always surprised how the spontaneous posts are the ones the readers like the best. (The ones I invest my whole self into often go mostly unread. There’s a lesson for me in there somewhere!)
Have you lost some of your wonder of Christmas in the busy-ness of your preparations?
We’ve all heard the Christmas story before, and our familiarity with it can cause us to be complacent. If we’re not careful, we will rush past the nativity and plow through our holiday preparations, forgetting to make room for the One we’re supposedly celebrating. Sadly, somewhere in the midst of the wrappings and lights, we’ve allowed the holy to become the ho-hum and the miraculous to be reduced to the mundane.