I wrote this journal entry more than ten years ago. While "Favored, Blessed, Pierced: A Fresh Look at Mary of Nazareth" has given me new insights, this post demonstrates how to take a passage of scripture and pray it back to the Lord.
Mary was between 13 and 16 years of age when the angel visited her (according to most scholars) because that's the age girls got married in those days. But I wonder if my friend isn't onto something? I wonder if God chose a young girl because she also had child-like faith?
For Lent 2020, follow Mary of Nazareth from the manger, through Galilee, past the cross, to life with this reading plan.
This morning a wave of guilt washed over me. I forgot the tenth anniversary of my mother's death! Then relief quickly followed as I realized I had the wrong date. I hadn't forgotten it after all. I still had time to honor her.
Do you sometimes doubt that God loves you? Does the example of your earthly father make it hard for you to believe this truth? Can you relate easier to Jesus, the Son, than to God, the Father?
After 10 hours of driving, my husband and I walked into his parents’ house. I love coming to their spacious home. It is a place of beauty and respite for me. My mother-in-law has both the means and the talent for creating spaces worthy of a photographer’s lens. Over the years, I have come to accept that her taste and style far outweigh mine. So I should have been prepared to find, as soon as we entered, that the back wall wasn’t where it used to. Added on to the rear of the house was a large, bright sunroom.
“You should write a book. You should publish this Bible Study,” my friends told me over and over again. For years, I did nothing for several reasons. First, I didn’t know where to start. I didn’t know anyone who had published a book so I had no one to help me. Furthermore, I didn’t believe I had anything to add to the current array of books and studies already available. While I appreciated praise for my writing, I still didn’t believe it was good enough. Fear also deterred me. Fear of becoming public, inviting criticism or conveying a false message. Fear of being proud. I thought authoring a book would promote myself.
Eva answers some questions about Favored, Blessed, Pierced to explain why she wrote the book and how you might benefit from reading it.