Sunday, December 25, 2011

12 days of Christmas final day


Merry Christmas from all of us at Pearl Girls™! We hope you enjoyed these
Christmas "Pearls of Wisdom" from the authors who were so kind to donate
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Jesus -- The Reason For the Season
By: Rachel Hauck

Through the narrow scope of 2000 years, Mary, the mother of Jesus, appears to
be one lucky woman. Chosen by God to give birth to His son, the Savior of the
world? All right, Mary, way to go.

“Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you,” Gabriel said.

How many of us would like a declaration like that? Highly favored. The Lord is
with you. But Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind
of greeting this might be.

The angel told her, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the
Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the
Son of God. Mary’s seems confident and resolved when she responds, “I am
the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.”

She’d just been told the Holy Spirit will come upon her, that God’s power will
overshadow her, that she’d become with child even though she wasn’t married,
and she said, “I’m the Lord’s servant. Let your words be true.”

I find this amazing! A young woman. Ancient Bethlehem. Unwed mother.
They stoned women for such things in her day. But Mary believed in God. And
submitted to His will. He gave her the Holy Spirit – the same Holy Spirit given
to us. If He gave her confidence, He will give us confidence. Even though, like
Mary, our situation seems impossible.

Listen to Mary’s song later on in the first chapter of Luke.

“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…”

Conceiving a child out of wedlock, by Divine intervention. Not a girl’s every
day existence. Yet she had a Yes in her heart to God. She rejoiced. She boldly

said, “Generations will remember me!”

How we struggle to trust God with our children. Our finances. Our emotional
well-being. We worry. We fret. And wonder why we have no peace.

Christmas is the season where words like joy, peace and love are bantered
around like Christmas candy. Let’s not take them as just words, but as truth.
Let’s be like Mary and embrace God’s favor on our lives. Boldly declare "He’s
done great things for me!”

Out of the grit of our own souls, we can reach His heart, and feel Him
reaching for ours. No matter the pain of our past, present or future, God is
there for us. He is able. Best of all, He is willing. “My soul glorifies the Lord
this Christmas!”

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Rachel Hauck is an award winning, best selling author who believes God
has done great things for her. She lives in Central Florida with her husband
and ornery pets. Her next release is Love Lifted Me with multi-platinum
country artist Sara Evans, January 2012. Then in April, look for The Wedding
Dress. www.rachelhauck.com.

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