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How to Have a Mary Christmas

How do you have a MARY Christmas?  Read all of Luke 1 and consider yourself about to receive a miracle!  He has many to give to those ready and willing to receive as Elizabeth and Mary were. 

Experience His Presence- Then the angel said to Mary, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!  Jesus said it again: “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:20 NLT).  Through tragedy and triumph, be sure of this: He is with you ALWAYS and nothing that can change that.   

In my weakest cancer recovery days, when I could not rise to kneel or even to read, I lay in bed with my palms open to receive the warm presence of God.  From my head to my toes and my heart in between He filled the lonely shadows. In my weakness I found renewed strength.  His personal presence can only be found in the quiet place.  Seek Him there, wait silently and listen.  In fact, He is already there.

Banish fearful thoughts:  The angel went on to say, ““Don’t be afraid, Mary…for you have found favor with God.”   When we expect FAVOR, fear is not able to enter the mind.  Though it push against the gates and try to “blow the house down,” we will endure in the FAVOR of God. 

Rise up each new day with confidence in God’s personal love and expect favor.  Not wealth, not popularity, but something much better.  To know that whatever the day brings, the Lord is there in the midst, walking beside, leading before, and protecting behind. 

After all, it’s a NEW day – that should tell us enough!

                “This is a wonderful day.  I have never seen this one before.”  Maya Angelou

Always Expect Amazing,

Diane Strack