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I had tears in my eyes reading Treasured Redemption first hand. Enjoy this beautiful Christmas devotional for moms written by my dear friend Durenda Wilson.
It wasn’t until I became a mom, that the reference to Mary at the Nativity scene really stood out to me.
Motherhood changes our lives forever. It changes our perspective on relationships, money, food, homes, cars and so much more. It greatly affects how we think about God.
From the moment we find out we are expecting, our thinking begins to be transformed. No longer does our world revolve around us, but around this tiny little one that is growing inside of us.
Adoption is no different. Our awareness of and love for this child that will be placed in our arms grow exponentially. It’s hard to think about anything else because it’s so all-consuming.
Unlike us, Mary was acutely aware of who she was giving birth to and what his purpose would be. I can’t imagine expecting, giving birth to and raising a child I KNEW would be crucified. Yet Mary seems to be able to be fully engaged in that moment after Jesus’ birth.
Luke 2:19 (NIV) says: “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
What exactly was Mary treasuring up and pondering? No one can really say for sure, but as a mom who has had 8 children, my guess would be that the flood of God-given, love-filled hormones that happen as our baby is placed in our arms was an important part of that picture. But also, I’m guessing, the realization that she had just given birth to the Savior of the world and the significance of that was rolling over her like waves of the sea.
God with skin on, cradled in her arms. She could actually see him, she could kiss him, she could hold him close to her heart.
The angels sang, the shepherds came to see for themselves, then spread the word about what they had just witnessed and Mary…..she “kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.” (NLT)
Click here to continue reading this Christmas devotional for moms and ponder about this treasured redemption and what all of this means for us as moms…
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