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Baby Believer

1 Peter 2:2 – “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”

My daughter has a good friend that accepted Jesus as her Savior this school year. Since that time, she and my daughter have been reading and discussing the Bible together. It’s really cute, if one forgets to read a chapter, they have to give the other one a dollar.  If they neglect to read more than one chapter, they have to buy a spirit ribbon on Friday and the other one gets to decide where they wear it, like on their forehead. Not something I would do, but it is the way they hold one another accountable.

Last night, they were face timing and discussing what they had read the night before. My daughter’s friend had made a list of questions to talk to her about. She is a new Believer who is hungry and thirsty for the Word. She has been taught so many different things from so many different people that she just wants to know what Jesus says about everything. And what better place to find it than the Bible.

When was the last time you and some close friend of yours had that sort of discussion? When was the last time you were hungry for the Word of God? When was the last time you made a list of questions to discuss with someone about what you read in the Bible?

Heart pricking, isn’t it?

The older we get, the less likely we are to ask questions. We don’t want to look foolish. But this young lady doesn’t care what she looks like to others. She wants to know God more and more. And her questions are thought provoking. They make you stop and consider what was going on, who Jesus was talking to and why. It’s a great way to learn. 

I also think that we ebb and flow when it comes to reading God’s word. We have times when we are really diligent about it and other times when “stuff” gets in the way. Maybe we all need some sort of accountability partner to keep us reading. I think it would be good for us. Maybe it would get us to sincerely desire the Word of God in a whole new way. 

So this week, I want to challenge you to read His Word diligently. Let His words so seep into you that you are contemplating long after you close the Book. And ask questions. Teachers always tell their students at the beginning of the year that there is no such thing as a stupid question. And it is so true. More than likely, someone else is thinking the same thing. Go, learn and grow.

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Remembering and Pondering

Luke 2:19 – “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.”

Mary. She was an ordinary girl yet God had extraordinary plans for her. Of all of the eligible young virgins, she had been chosen to carry the Messiah. It wasn’t a task to be taken lightly. There could have been grave consequences. But God kept her safe. She knew that as long as she willingly followed God and allowed Him to lead her that she would be alright.

Can you imagine traveling all those miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem nine months pregnant with your first child on the back of a donkey (more than likely)? She had to have been terrified. And I’m sure that Joseph was a basket case as well. He was probably realizing with each clomp of the donkey hoof that he was going to have to deliver the child himself. He probably had no clue what he was getting into.

After it was all accomplished and everyone was settling down, the young family had visitors – shepherds. And they came with a marvelous tale – angels singing in the sky, proclaiming Jesus’s birth. How amazing!

Mary must have remembered her own encounter with the angel when he told her about the coming of this little bundle of joy she now held in her arms. I just can’t imagine what it must have been like to hold the Messiah in your arms and brush His hair with your fingers and gently kiss Him on that sweet little head. But as she sat there listening to the shepherds, she couldn’t help but wonder what this little baby was really going to do.

You see, I don’t think that Mary truly comprehended all that Jesus was and is. I don’t know how she could. I don’t get it and I have the completed Word of God.

Jesus came to this earth as a baby. He had a big gummy smile. He took His first steps. He learned and grew just like any other child. The only difference was is this – He did it without sin. That is the key. Had He grown up exactly like any other child, there would have been disobedience and rebellion. But not from Jesus. That’s a whole other blog post to consider.

What I want you to get out of this today, princess, is that Mary was living her ordinary life, planning for her ordinary wedding when God stepped in and offered her something amazing. And she took it. She chose to accept God’s will in her life. And Mary was able to experience and witness some amazing things in her life because of her obedience. But through it all, God gave her the gift of remembering and pondering. Take some time today to remember and ponder all that God has done for you in your life. You may just be an ordinary person like me, but I would guess that if you stop and think about it, you will see some extraordinary things that God had done in your life because of your obedience. Thank Him for that today. Thank Him for the gift of remembering and pondering.