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Through the Eyes of Women

For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Luke 1:37-38

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You can tell a lot about a person by who surrounds them. Jesus was surrounded by both men and women, and the women around him were faithful friends. He was encircled by women who knew him, who learned from him, who raised him, and who trusted him. These women followed and sacrificed, they cried out and asked questions, they believed and did the unbelievable. These women were ordinary but made extraordinary by Jesus. He lifted them up, raised up their voices, healed their bodies, and placed upon them value, worth, and authority. He loved these women, and he loves you. Each of these women was uniquely created and called to a specific purpose in the life of Jesus as well as for the sake of those in their communities and even for us today.

favored one

First among these women was Mary, Jesus’s mother. Mary, who had no accolades or family line. Mary, whose identity was “highly favored.” In Luke 1, Zechariah, Elizabeth, and Joseph are all given identities that have to do with their family names as well as their character and social situations. Mary is simply called “highly favored” or “favored one”—twice (Luke 1:28, 30)! Mary’s identity is repeated as she receives the news that she will carry the Son of the Most High. Mary saw her identity through the eyes of God. As the angel repeated her identity to her, so we often need our identity repeated to us: beloved, delighted in, created in God’s image and so much more.

rooted surrender

As Mary was strengthened in identity and rich in faith, she chose surrender to God (Luke 1:46–55). She said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). She chose surrender and trust. She believed that whatever God said, God would do. The surrender is found in “let it be” and the trust is found in “according to your word.” She trusted who God said he was, and she trusted that God would fulfill his Word. Mary had a humble confidence. Like Mary, our surrender is rooted in believing God’s Word. Do we know and believe God’s words to us?

our names

Mary’s identity was grounded in how God saw her. Yours is the same. How does God see you? What does God call you? Do you hear it? Can you see it? God’s Word says many things about you and your name. The psalmist talked about how his soul knew God’s works were wonderful (Psalm 139:13–14). How about you? Does your soul know that God’s works are wonderful? Or do you use different names for yourself? Names that shame. Names that turn you in on yourself. Names that destroy you from the inside out.

Mary’s identity was grounded in how God saw her. Yours is the same. How does God see you?

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What names do you use to identify yourself? If there are names that aren’t from God, ask him to replace those names with truth so you might know your name and be able to respond to him with the humble confidence of Mary.

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I have called myself and/or been called stupid/simple minded, dumb blonde, procrastinator, lazy, spoiled, needy, goodie two shoex..

Heavenly Father please help me change the names I’ve been called or have called myself to names that speak your truth about me. Names like daughter of the one true King, light, loved, righteous, merciful , etc…

I am daughter, sister, editor, leader, single person, American, follower of Jesus etc. I don’t know that I have let my name define my identity as much as I let my doubts get in the way of the peace God offers me. Maybe my identity as "anxious" or "doubter" are the names I unconsicously gave myself and need to give up. Lord help me to remember your name for me is beloved Daughter with a Father she can trust. Amen.

So many unkind names come to mind. I need to remember how God sees me, but I also need to act like I want Him to see me. I also need to remember how God sees others and treat them how God would – with love.
If Day 1 is a sign of what is to come, I can’t wait to continue!

Satan has told me I am a failure, and a waste of space. I pray that I am reminded of the purpose filled titles that I am given by God.

I battle a lot of words of shame every day. I’m growing in taking those thoughts captive and pointing them towards Christ!

The names I use to identify myself are negative and positive… probably more negative. I ask God and pray to Him to help guide me, to help protect me, and help me see myself as He sees me which is: beautiful, confident, kind, loving, caring, and full of joy

Oh if we could only see ourselves more like our Father does ~ through His spotless, beauty-full, perfect son Jesus. We are complete in Him, and I truly believe the more we spend time with Him, surrounding ourselves with what is true and good (including people who reinforce His truth and goodness), we will actually start living it.
Not that it won’t be a struggle, some days more than others, but there will always be a still, small Voice anchoring us to Love no matter how loud the other voices may get. ♥️

God called me as His daughter, He said I an wonderfully and fearfully made while I feel I am ugly and worthless .
He said I am created to spread love and joy to the people and by His promise : I am never been forsaken as an orphan ( As my name Iris means rainbow in Greek , it means Covent from Lord biblically )

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