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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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Beloved, chosen, His workmanship and child of God. I have been on a journey of seeking God’s Word for who He says I am and replacing the names that have been given to me by myself and others with the names given to me by the One who created me. Some days are better than others and in some seasons I have to put sticky notes everywhere to surround me with His truth, yet I find comfort in knowing that His Word IS the truth and the final word that holds weight. It is His words what I must choose to own, hold on to and believe.

I believe God looks on me and sees the righteousness of Christ. I am clothed in his righteousness. The pure, clean, and bright robe of Christ. I know the accuser would love to point out every flaw, every failure, every short coming of mine, but Jesus stands victoriously in the GAP of all my flaws, failures, and short comings. Jesus has given me a new identity that I am loved and that I belong to Him. He claims me as his own and that gives me peace to know that Jesus sees me as his child who he delights in.

As I worked on this prompt first in my journal, the names I wrote down were my given name, daughter, sister, aunt, friend. What was striking was that my religious identity didn’t spring to the top of the list, even though this is for Bible study. But in reflecting on it more, those are names that God has given me through relationships that have been placed along my path. He has surrounded me with a community that some days bring me closer to Him, and others that challenge my relationship with Him. It’s through these roles that I learn faith, compassion, and how to be other-centered instead of self centered.

Names that aren’t from God. I know the truth but for some reason have a hard time believing them. I’ve recently been on a journey of "finding my purpose" and I think this is God telling me I cannot get into fulfilling my purpose until i believe the truth of who He called me to be, and that is my purpose right now.

Very true! Thanks for sharing! I have been there in my life before. May Gods words resonate in your heart as truth and may you stand in confidence you are equipped for His purpose and in His time it will be revealed.

Child of God. Wife. Mother. Daughter. Sister. Aunt. Daughter in law. Sister in law. Partner. Friend. Neighbor.
New chapter in my life now….waiting with open eyes to see where God directs me. Not wanting to fill my day up so I am too busy to be ready to fullfil God’s direction for me or am I letting opportunities pass me…thinking I’m waiting on the Lord

I am loved, I am forgiven, I am delighted in…and when I sometimes forget who God says I am to Him, I go to Him in prayer with tears in my eyes and heart and He reminds me with grace and love!

I identify myself as a child of God, a new creation, an image bearer of Christ. I still struggle during times of failure to not see the mess up as a part of my identity. My prayer is always that He guides my heart and mind to know His truth which helps not to get stuck in misidentifying. Thankful that God continues to be where I truly find my identity.

Mother,sister,friend,grandmother,coworker are some of the names I use to identify myself and those are wonderful identities but I forget to see myself as God sees me.

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