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I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.

Psalm 77:11-12
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In Luke, we find Mary leaning into curiosity as she ponders the story of the shepherds and how they came to find her and Jesus (Luke 2:19). And before that moment, she wondered how she would become pregnant as a virgin, asking the angel, “How will this be?” (Luke 1:34). Farther back in the story we read that she was troubled and discerning when the angel first greeted her and called her “favored one” (Luke 1:29). What we find in Mary is not a silent woman who is stepped all over, but a woman who thinks deeply, considers her situation, and is curious about what God is up to. She is also a woman who moves and acts, knowing that she cannot carry this calling alone. She carries it to her cousin (Luke 1:39).

not alone

Mary runs to share her reality and curiosity with Elizabeth, and Elizabeth rejoices in the magnificent and miraculous words of God. Elizabeth pours blessing out on Mary. She speaks love and truth, and she shares in the work God is doing in her as well, attesting to the reality of what Mary is going through (Luke 1:40–45). Mary is not alone.

Both women carry a physical miracle. As Elizabeth has experienced the shame of barrenness, Mary is subject to the judgment of her virgin birth and eventual pain and humiliation of her son. Elizabeth knows Mary needs her love, support, and a reminder of God’s presence with her. She offers this joyfully. Both women are in awe of God’s wondrous works, and they share in it together.

cultivating wonder

As the women shared in wonder, they cultivated curiosity and gave courage. Many of us have lost our sense of wonder. Throughout the years we were quieted, we were told we asked too many questions, or maybe we were told we should not ask questions. Questions, wonder, and curiosity were the enemies of truth. Yet these things lead to deeper and richer truth. The exploration of our doubts and voicing our questions grows in us space to receive what God may be saying in different ways through a variety of people. After all, God is a creator! His creativity is far beyond our imagination, and we will never out-question God! We are invited to stay curious, listen to God, and connect in community. In community we share, we receive, and we explore what God is doing and saying in each of us. We pay attention to how he is moving through others, remaining open to new ways he is revealing his truth. We stay curious and we see the beauty of his creativity in and through his creation. We don’t want to miss it!

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My mom– she truly is my source of strength after God and a great source of connection. For some reason, I have never been a person who connects easily with other women, however, a I have found community in a few of our older church ladies, and they have helped me tremendously during tough times. I appreciate them more than words can say.

My girls from my recovery group at North Coast Church. These women speak the truth into my life when its difficult to hear, when I am not seeing it myself, they lift me up and love on me no matter what is going on in my life and have stood by me through some really hard times. They have helped me get sober and they help keep me on track. I love them!

The Lord in my journaling, His word, devotions from our church and time reevaluating my values and priorities
during this stay at home time.

For me it’s been close friends who are also on a journey of seeking Christ. It amazes me the level we can relate to each others situations just like Mary and Elizabeth! Truly I believe God doesn’t call us to be on our own. He always prepares people who will welcome and understand our situations, or if not are going through the same thing!

It has always been my problems honestly, been looking for an affordable online group, for a while now. Until recently, God led me a grace-filled environment of women and I’m grateful.

My champions! Their teachings draw you into the word of the Lord. Revealing the hidden treasures within the text. Just words, but life.

I am so very grateful to be surrounded by a group of women that love and serve Jesus. There are no pretences, but instead a culture of vurnerability, honesty and compassion. We all have different gifts and strenghts, and in this community of women we are all encouraged and upheld in our journey’s.

Many of my friends on Facebook – and over the phone. In ways I feel more connected now when being in groups isn’t just a normal occurrence we take for granted.

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