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Moms are Modern Day Shepherds…

 {My own personal little “flock”}
{Image credit: Marie Kelley Photography}

God treasures those who the world sometimes doesn’t see.

I LOVE that God REVEALED the birth of His Son…..Jesus, to common everyday…..shepherds.

His first “birth announcement” was sent to a group of men who didn’t have “degrees”, didn’t have it “all together” and probably weren’t in their “dream job…” Yet God used them right where they were at and now, thousands of years later we are reading about this heavenly birth announcement God decided to start with them.

Shepherds, these were men who:

… held an occupation that didn’t hold respect.

… go unnamed…..yet were chosen by God to be the very “birth announcers…” the first ones to share and tell others about the “good news of great joy that will be for all people…”

God chose them, the unseen, unnamed…..to tell of the “Good News.”

I love that He sees and chooses those who no ones else does.

If God would of had a marketing committee……I think they would have laughed at His idea of sharing this important birth announcement  with these lowly shepherds……yet I love that my God’s ways are not man’s ways……for God looks at our hearts.

I LOVE that about God!

I believe God has a tender spot for those who care for His “lambs.”

Many times as moms, whether we work inside our outside the home, we feel our work done in our homes goes unnoticed.

Unseen……

Unappreciated.

Yet I know that is not the case because God sees everything!

We, as moms, women who are raising the next generation for Christ……are modern day shepherds. Our jobs, our workload, our sleepless nights may go unnoticed by some…..but not by God.

He sees it all…..

Some of us might not hold the degrees we wish we had. Some of us might think we are not in our “dream job”, yet it’s in this job, this occupation, that we learn to touch eternity as we invest ourselves into our families…..tending to our own personal “flocks.”

It’s in the tending to our little lambs, that we can help spread the “good news of great joy for all people” …..one life at a time.

Have you ever specifically considered that, in being a mom, ( or a grandma, a daughter, sister, aunt) you have been called……YOU have a calling!

Tend to the lambs who are in your flock…..you never know what God has planned for your life.

Or who one day, may pay you a visit……

{Image credit: Marie Kelley Photography}

Love God Greatly!

 

 

 

 

 

Your Adventure Begins When You Say “Yes” to God- {Luke 2}

Welcome back to week 2 of our Living Like Jesus: Luke 1-8 online Bible study!

I’m so glad you’re joining us!

Let’s get started!

One word that stood out to me as I read and mediated on Luke 2 this past week was {Obedience}.

Mary and Joseph were both obedient to God and His plan for their lives…..even when they didn’t understand the plan.

When I was a little girl, I remember wondering why God choose Mary instead of me to be the mother of Jesus. “What was so special about her?” I remember thinking. Now as a mother myself, I see one of the reasons why God choose Mary…..she was obedient. I love reading her response to the angel when he told her she would have a child…

“I am the Lord’s servant.” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.”- Luke 1:38

Mary didn’t understand God’s plan for her life at the time she said these words…..yet she trusted and obeyed Him anyway.

What is God wanting you to trust and obey Him with today? What actions can you take this week to live more like Mary and obey God with your life….walking with Him in obedience.

I firmly believe God has an exciting adventure for all of us…..but we first have to take that step of faith….that step of obedience and trust Him. Our wonderful adventures begin with one step, are you ready to take it?

My prayer for us this week is that we will put our faith into action and like Mary….obey even when we don’t see the whole plan.

As we read chapter 2, notice how obedient Mary and Joseph were, even though they weren’t perfect, God still did something mighty through them for His glory ……God can do something mighty through you too!

Here is this week’s video….I hope you enjoy!

(If you can’t see the video click here.) 

This week we will be reading Luke 2……here is our reading plan.

Digging Deeper Resources: For those of you who would like to dig a little deeper into our scripture for this week, I’ve provided some commentary links for you to read and share with the women in your groups.

John Piper

A Big God for Little People

A Savior Is Born! Glory to God, Peace to Man

Simeon’s Farewell to the World

Preparing to Receive Christ: Looking for the Consolation of Israel

Fasting for the King’s Coming

The Son of God at 12 Years Old

John MacArthur

Testifying to Jesus: Joseph & Mary

Testifying to Jesus: Simeon, Part 1

Testifying to Jesus: Simeon, Part 2

Testifying to Jesus: Anna

The Amazing Child Who Was God, Part 1

The Amazing Child Who Was God, Part 2

The Amazing Child Who Was God, Part 3

 

Week 2 Memory Verse:

Higher resolution download link:

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NLT – Luke 2 https://dl.dropbox.com/u/97605723/NLT%20-%20Luke%202.jpg

NLT B&W – Luke 2 https://dl.dropbox.com/u/97605723/NLT%20B%26W%20-%20Luke%202.jpg

We also have the image saved in a “web-friendly” format for you to save and share with your friends in your GMG groups as well.
Until next time…
Love God Greatly!
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