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Life is full of surprises.

I loved the ministry opportunities God was giving me in teaching, speaking, and writing. And then, came a cancer diagnosis bringing with it a doctor’s grim advice to “take a year off. You’ll need that to recover from surgery, chemo therapy, and radiation.”

When one’s plans are being dashed, what is the right response? Mary the mother of Jesus became my example.

What were Mary’s plans? Marry Joseph to whom she was engaged and have a family. But God had other plans. One day, the angel Gabriel told her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and she would become pregnant with God’s Son. How did Mary respond?

Couldn’t you wait until I marry Joseph?” No!  “I am the LORD’s servant,” she said. “And I am willing to accept whatever he wants.”
I’m willing to give up my agenda for God’s agenda.

Mary took the risk of obeying God. Becoming pregnant out of wedlock could cost her everything she valued in life. She would lose Joseph, she would bring shame upon her family–the whole village would brand her as a harlot. She could even be stoned to death.

But Mary focused on the privilege, not the pain, of being chosen by God to be the mother of the long-awaited Messiah.

Obedience is about discovering God’s will and obeying it, not about avoiding unpleasant consequences. I am trying to see my present “detour” as an opportunity to put my roots deeper into God’s character and His Word. It’s learning about trusting God even when I don’t understand and acting in complete dependence upon Him.

It takes courage and humility to say,

I am the LORD’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever he wants.

But what joy and peace come with surrender!

Mary lived an ordinary life in a small town in northern Israel. She lived her life in relative obscurity, yet the world has celebrated her obedience to God for over two thousand years.

I wonder, could our obedience to God have far-reaching results too?

by Helen Lescheid
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thoughts by Helen Grace Lescheid Thoughts by Women

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In my trouble God is greater,
In my weakness He is strong;
In my trial God is dearer,
In my sorrow He’s my song.
In my burden God is mighty,
In my storm He calms the sea;
In my tears I know His comfort,
In my life He’s all to me.

If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since He did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for His own? No one — for God Himself has given us right standing with Himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” ) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:31-38(NLT)

by Roy Lessin
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