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Mother’s Day

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is called blessed among all women, and rightfully so! Let’s take a closer look at Mary‘s life so that we might glean from the actions and attributes of the one who received such a noteworthy call.

No other person was as close to Jesus than Mary, His mother. Could you imagine?

   Actions:

  • When the Angel Gabriel appeared to her announcing she would give birth, Mary responds with maturity at her young age. She understood the scriptures, and it showed by her willingness to obey. (Luke 1:26-38)
  • Mary nurtured Jesus into manhood; in turn we are to nurture our children in the way of the Lord. (Luke 2:51,52; Eph. 6:4)

Attributes:

  • Nature of Purity and Holiness
  • Faithful Wife and Mother
  • Showed Courage & Strength to remain at Crucifixion (John 19:25-27)
  • Prayed in the Upper Room for a new coming of Holy Spirit (Acts 1:14)
  • Song of Praise (Luke 1:46-55)

The passage from chapter two of the Book of John is common to most of us as the first miracle performed by Jesus. It’s perhaps less familiar to think about Mary communicating as a parent to Jesus. While this may be a new concept as you read the scripture, allow yourself to focus on the details of Mary rather than Jesus alone, just this once. In other words, put yourself in Mary’s sandals.

I selected the Voice Version for this passage in hopes to gain understanding as we focus on what Mary says to her adult son. Let’s see how these attributes are played out for parental guidance.

Wedding Feast
John 2:1-12
Voice Version

Three days later, they all went to celebrate a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was invited together with Him and His disciples. While they were celebrating, the wine ran out; and Jesus’ mother hurried over to her son.
Mary: The host stands on the brink of embarrassment; there are many guests, and there is no more wine.
Jesus: Dear woman, is it our problem they miscalculated when buying wine and inviting guests? My time has not arrived.
But she turned to the servants.
Mary: Do whatever my son tells you.
In that area were six massive stone water pots that could each hold 20 to 30 gallons. They were typically used for Jewish purification rites. 7 Jesus’ instructions were clear:
Jesus: Fill each water pot with water until it’s ready to spill over the top; 8 then fill a cup, and deliver it to the headwaiter.
They did exactly as they were instructed. 9 After tasting the water that had become wine, the headwaiter couldn’t figure out where such wine came from (even though the servants knew), and he called over the bridegroom in amazement.
Headwaiter: This wine is delectable. Why would you save the most exquisite fruit of the vine? A host would generally serve the good wine first and, when his inebriated guests don’t notice or care, he would serve the inferior wine. You have held back the best for last.
11 Jesus performed this miracle, the first of His signs, in Cana of Galilee. They did not know how this happened; but when the disciples and the servants witnessed this miracle, their faith blossomed.
With a wedding as the setting of Jesus’ first sign, John shows how Jesus’ ministry isn’t limited to just “spiritual” things, but is His blessing for all of life.
12 Jesus then gathered His clan—His family members and disciples—for a journey to Capernaum where they lingered several days.

Mary knew her son had potential of a higher calling than what was evident in the world. Mary was a voice in her parenting: she saw it was time and that Jesus was ready to step into His calling.

She exhibited confidence in His given abilities. As a voice in parenting we are to speak of potential and praise to our children, helping them understand their identity and purpose well into their adulthood.

Outcome

Jesus’ demonstration miracle was a sign to all attending as far as the surrounding villages. The community now understood Jesus’ identity and purpose, perhaps not fully, as much more understanding was to unfold. Yet I do believe Mary knew this was the time in which it would be revealed.

The same is true for your children, my children: simply stated, if its God’s purposed role for our children they will rule in the community in which He leads. Others will take notice, not solely of the son or daughter but of the display of God’s goodness and glory through their lives. As God manifests His favor and grace may we be faithful to help point others to Him.

Lastly, we see an exchange of endearment in the end, as Jesus tenderly placed His mother in the care of John before He died.

May you be assured of the knowledge that God created you, your spouse and children with purpose to shine forth the glory of God. Through every season and circumstance hold fast to the faithfulness of His promises.

Blessings,
Deborah Somjak for Unfolded Hearts Ministry

Psalm 139:16-18 Voice
You see all things;
You saw me growing, changing in my mother’s womb;
Every detail of my life was already written in Your book;
You established the length of my life before I ever tasted the sweetness of it.
Your thoughts and plans are treasures to me, O God! I cherish each and every one of them!
How grand in scope! How many in number!
If I could count each one of them, they would be more than all the grains of sand on earth. Their number is inconceivable!

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Wishing you a Glorious, Rewarding and Thriving New Year.

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Giving Thanks

The book of Thessalonians was written with a focus on
The Soon Coming King.
Interesting? As you read the passage below, do you find these verses to have a stunning and resonating sound for today?

1 Thessalonians 5:15-22 (AMPLIFIED)
See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always and delight in your faith; be unceasing and persistent in prayer; in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench [subdue, or be unresponsive to the working and guidance of] the [Holy] Spirit. Do not scorn or reject gifts of prophecy or prophecies [spoken revelations—words of instruction or exhortation or warning]. But test [all things carefully [so you can recognize what is good]. Hold firmly to that which is good. Abstain from every form of evil [withdraw and keep away from it].

Did you read in the center of it all: past, present and future, these verses supply a truth that will forever remain? We can find God’s heart and will again and again. It’s found central to our giving – thanks, continual prayer, rejoicing and delighting in the faith.

Give-thanks: To be grateful, feel thankful, give thanks. Friend, this is how we stay plugged into God.

Pray continually: this one is obvious, happening all the time, always loyal.

Rejoice: success in doing, finding a source or cause of great happiness; connect your joy to your delight in the faith and you will begin to rejoice.

Give Thanks to God

Here are few give-thanks verses we find in scripture that have the same meaning as when we read in:

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Matthew 26:36 – And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude.

Matthew 26:27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.

John 6:23 – however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks—

John 11:41- Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.

Lastly, Romans 1:8 supplies giving-thanks and a prayer
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

Prayer:
Father, I humbly thank you that in the midst of your brokenness you gave thanks. You continue to walk beside me through every season of my life. In times of great hope and hopelessness you strengthen my faith, may it not fail? You’re an ever present help in time of need. Thank-you! Grant opportunities of grace so that I can share my faith effectively with others. May I rely, lean on and trust in You. Thank you, You hear my prayer!

Quote:
Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.
Zig Ziglar

Deborah Somjak ~ 4 Unfolded Hearts Ministry