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This Christmas: When Believing Seems Impossible

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This Christmas meets your heart with dread, insecurity and brokenness. The twinkling lights bring you back to a place you can no longer go. The star at the top of the Christmas tree seems like it is pointing to nowhere. Hope, you feel right now is gone.

Christmas is not the easiest time of the year for many of my friends. Some just stand idle as this season begins after a sudden loss of a dear loved one. Others have family they simply cannot touch due to the incredible, separating distance. Some of my friends have lost their financial security this year. I have three dear friends that are fighting for their very lives.

How do you approach Christmas when believing in miracles simply seems impossible?

Can you put your shaking hand in mine as we meet at the manger?

[tweetthis]How do you approach Christmas when believing in miracles simply seems impossible? [/tweetthis]

After Mary learned about her new calling in life, she immediately rushed to perhaps the only person she thought would understand the message she had been given. She ran to Elizabeth who was miraculously pregnant herself. Even if you have read these words before, stick with me. There is Truth packed in here that will change the way you look at Christmas:

Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” (Luke 1:42-45 NLT)

Did you catch that last phrase? According to  this passage…

Mary was not blessed because she was chosen by God. (God can choose us, but we must be willing to follow.)

Mary was not blessed because she prayed more or had more of the Scriptures memorized. (Knowledge is not faith.)

Mary was not blessed because she carried the Son of God for 9 months. (But no doubt this experience changed her life.)

No. God blessed Mary because of her willingness to simply trust and obey.

You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.

Elizabeth had every right saying these heart hesitating words because her husband failed to believe God would give them a son at their old age. He failed to believe in miracles. He had given up hope. The thought that God still wanted to bless him with a son was no longer a dream tucked deep in his heart. Instead, it was a source of deep sorrow and pain.

But Mary believed the Lord would do what He said.

As Joseph planned to divorce her quietly…Mary believed the Lord would do what He said.

As she rode the camel across rough terrain well into her pregnancy…Mary believed the Lord would do what He said.

As she looked into the darkness of the stable that holy night…Mary believed the Lord would do what He said. 

As she swaddled the newborn King and placed Him where animals had just eaten…Mary believed the Lord would do what He said. 

Can you just imagine the emotions ripping through this mamma’s heart that night as she looked around at the cattle hooves and sheep-filled stable? How is this our Messiah? Why would God choose this entrance? What have I signed-up for?

Yet Mary trusted.

From the buckets of hay in the stable, to the buckets of water at a wedding feast, to the buckets of blood at the cross, Mary believed the Lord would do what He said.

Do you?

I know we say we do, but your thoughts, your emotions and your actions share your faith much louder than your words ever will.

Sometimes, you need a friend to grab your shaking hand and allow you time to kneel at the manger. Here, you can look into His eyes and reclaim His promises. Here at the manger you can look into the eyes of a mother that believed in miracles. Look into the eyes of a mother that simply could not give up on the promise God gave to her.

And you know what?

That same Abba has given you so many abounding promises too, available for you to claim, own and find rest for your aching heart this Christmas. Even in the midst of shattered dreams, broken relationships and a feeding trough for God’s Son, we can believe that the Lord will do what He said.

He has done it before. He is doing it again.

[tweetthis]From the stable to the cross, Mary believed the Lord would do what He said. Do you? [/tweetthis]

Friends, put your name in these passages today:

Whom have you in heaven, Bethany, but Me? You desire Me more than anything on earth. Bethany, your health may fail, and your spirit may grow weak, but I will remain the strength of your heart; I am yours forever. (Psalms 73:25, 26 NLT)

Bethany, can anything ever separate you from My love? Does it mean I no longer love you if you have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is yours through Me, I love you. (Romans 8:35, 37 NLT)

 

When believing in the miracles that surround Christmas seems impossible, simply kneel at the manger, look into Mary’s eyes and remember, YOU can believe the Lord will do what He says.

 

About the Author Bethany

I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. I am an author, blogger, ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach, Motivational and Inspirational Speaker and encourager. More than anything, I define myself as a child of God. I simply desire to use my passion for thriving (getting every single drop out of life) to inspire others. I have overcome disabilities (coloboma vision-loss, severe hearing-loss and a small right arm). I am a double brain cancer survivor. I use the story God has given me to move beyond what I am surviving and thrive in His promises. I enjoy being a wife to Steve for over 12 years and mother to three boys (ages 9, 7 and 4).

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20 comments
Susan Shipe says December 3, 2014

Bethany, THIS WAS EXCELLENT. In every sense, perfect. I hope everyone reads it and BELIEVES it. Our God does what He says. I want to dance!!!

    Bethany says December 5, 2014

    Dance! Dance! Dance!! Love it!! I’ll start the music! Thanks so much for making me smile!

Julie Ann Filter says December 3, 2014

I totally get what you are saying here! We are in this type of a season right now where continuing to simply trust Yahweh for His provision is paramount. My husband just separated from the Navy and we have now been in a season of unemployment for 10 months. But, Yahweh has provided for our needs, met us where we are, and is taking us through step by step. Trust is hard, but it sure is simple. Thanks for sharing your heart on this critical component of faithful living =0). I couldn’t agree more!

    Bethany says December 5, 2014

    Julie – Our family has walked through that unemployment journey. It’s so hard, confusing and just plain lonely during the holidays. Praying for you all right now. Please check back in later and update me, okay?

Wendy says December 3, 2014

This is excellent! Thank you.

    Bethany says December 5, 2014

    Thanks for dropping by Wendy!

~Karrilee~ says December 3, 2014

So Much Amen!!! This is so powerful and so on point! Let Hope Arise, Lord! Let Hope Arise!

    Bethany says December 5, 2014

    God is amazing, isn’t He? Thanks friend!

susan says December 3, 2014

I’m so thankful that “Mary was not blessed because she prayed more or had more of the Scriptures memorized. (Knowledge is not faith.)” – that kind of overwhelms me to even think about. If knowledge and competitive “doing” were required for God’s blessing I would be in so much trouble!

I’m so thankful that Mary was blessed simply for following in obedience and faith.

    Bethany says December 5, 2014

    Susan – As I went back and re-read that post, that part made me smile. I love how God works!

Tracie says December 3, 2014

I am in tears reading this tonight.

Especially the verses at the end with my name in them.

Very powerful.

    Bethany says December 5, 2014

    Oh Tracie – I love hearing others putting their names in these verses! It is life changing!

Anita Ojeda says December 4, 2014

This is just incredibly beautiful. Thank you for helping me see in a different way today–once that affirms my faith and makes me eager to share the blessings with others.

    Bethany says December 5, 2014

    This means so much coming from you Anita! I love how God speaks to me through others words…I sometimes forget it goes both ways!

Jennie Goutet says December 4, 2014

I loved all of this, but especially this: “From the buckets of hay in the stable, to the buckets of water at a wedding feast, to the buckets of blood at the cross, Mary believed the Lord would do what He said.”

There’s so much hope in this post.

    Bethany says December 5, 2014

    That’s one of my favorite parts too! Thanks Jennie!

Ronja says December 5, 2014

What a beautiful and important message, Bethany! It is so true, we will be blessed when we obey the Lord — and all the more when we truly trust Him. He is, after all, the Almighty God. He is greater than any of the storms or battles we face. Thank you so much for sharing this, and for the hope that this post brings!

    Bethany says December 6, 2014

    Agreed Ronja! He is hope! Perfectly stated friend!

Deb Wolf says December 5, 2014

Bethany, Thank you for these encouraging words. You’re right, there are many hurting this year. Coming to Him in faith, trusting His love and believing He is able. I love personalizing His promises. So much to lift our hearts here. Thank you for linking up at Counting My Blessings!

    Bethany says December 6, 2014

    I almost never posted this writing. It was one of those passages I was chewing on for the past few Christmas celebrations. Looking at it now, glad God gave me the courage to share it finally this year!

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