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Mothers of the Bible Devotional: Mary

Mothers of the Bible: Mary
Written by: Vanecia Johnson

Thirteen years ago, when I found out I was about to become a mother for the first time, I sought out every resource I could find to try and ensure I was the best mother I could be.  I read, "What to Expect When You're Expecting", "The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy", and any expectant mother book you could think of.  Little did I know, I was reading the wrong books!  After much trial and error, I realized that the only book I needed was already on my nightstand.  See, over 2000 years ago, our God gave us the perfect model of a mother.  Mary's journey embodies what a mother's ministry is supposed to look like in the eyes of the Lord.      
"When his time of service was completed, he returned home." (Luke 1:23)

A Mother willingly ACCEPTS God's calling. 
I am sure Mary got the shock of her life when she found out she was with child.  Here she was, a young bride planning her wedding, when an angel appeared to her and told her that she was expecting. Scripture tells us that the news initially "troubled" Mary.  But despite the circumstances, Mary was up for the challenge. She told the angel, "be it unto me according to thy word." Often times in life, we question what it is God has called us to do.  A mother never has to question God's will for her life (I'm not saying this is the ONLY purpose, however).  By courageously accepting the assignment of the ministry of motherhood, we can be sure that we are aligned in God's perfect will.
A Mother PUSHES her child to do the impossible. (John 2)
In John 2, Mary alerts Jesus that the wedding servants have run out of wine.  Jesus essentially says 'what do you want me to do? I'm not ready to perform any miracles yet.' I'd like to think this passage supports, that even Jesus needed a little push in the beginning. She disregards him and tells the servant's to do whatever Jesus tells them to do and it was there that Jesus performed his first miracle. How many times have you doubted your abilities, only for your mother to push you to another level? Studies show that children tend to live up to the expectations of their parents whether positive or negative. Make it a part of your daily ministry to speak life into and expect greatness from your child.  
"Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" (Luke 2:49)

A Mother continues to SEARCH for her lost child. 
It's has or will happen to every mother at some point; separated from you child at a shopping mall or inside of a grocery store. I can remember frantically searching for my son in an amusement park. Minutes felt like hours and I feared the worst. Imagine how Mary must have felt after searching for Jesus for three days! In life, it is inevitable that we become separated from our children at some point. It is our job to keep searching, both literally and figuratively. When your child get's off track, keep searching!
"When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom." (John 19:23)

A Mother STANDS BY her child through thick and thin.  
Mary was with Jesus at the foot of the cross. That moment when he was being crucified and at his lowest--His mother remained by his side. Although she was not physically hanging from the cross, it is likely that she felt His pain.  Whether it be a hospital room or a court room, you are serving your ministry most when you stick by your child at his lowest point.

Motherhood is tough, but what a joy it is to know that we are on direct assignment from God. We can be sure that a mother finds favor in the eyes of the Lord, and that you are already equipped for the calling. Perhaps the circumstances surrounding how you entered into motherhood weren't perfect. Whether it be an unplanned pregnancy, limited income, or raising a special needs child, realize that God does not make any mistakes when appointing the ministry of motherhood. Continue to stand on God's everlasting promises and use Mary's example as a Biblical model of God's plan for motherhood.

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