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12 Pearls of Christmas | Day 11 - Just Like Mary by Carla Anne Coroy
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Just Like Mary
By Carla Anne Coroy
Mary. Amazing Mary. Mother of Jesus. We marvel at her simple, faith-filled
acceptance of God’s will for her life. There’s so little written about Mary in the
Bible. We know almost nothing, really, about this woman that God chose to parent
His Son.
Many have speculated about the exact age of Jesus’ mother. How old was she,
really? What would it have been like to be greeted by an angel—and told you
would become pregnant by the Spirit of God?
I wonder about other things sometimes, though. Like if she had morning sickness,
or gained a lot of weight during her pregnancy. Was she overdue, or was baby
Jesus born right on time? Did she mistake Braxton Hicks contractions for the real
thing before labor really started? Was it a fast labor or did Joseph have eighteen
hours to get that place into birthing readiness?
Most women who have ever given birth to a child have shared pregnancy stories.
Everyone’s story is unique and interesting. Surely Mary’s was, too!
Then there are the stories of potty-training and conversations on how to get the
baby to sleep through the night. Did Mary bounce Jesus on her knee while sharing
recipes with other young moms?
We cannot find answers for these questions in Scripture. And as interesting as
it might be to share pregnancy stories with Mary over a cup of coffee (maybe in
heaven?) and get her tips on potty-training, we really don’t need to know any of
that to love the Son she bore.
But Mary’s example raises questions about me and my own life that get under my
Am I the kind of woman God will choose to be part of His plan? Do I trust and
love my God enough to give faith-filled answers like she did? If there were just
a few paragraphs written of my life for future generations to read, would those
words reveal a heart of willing submission to God?
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have
said.” (Luke 1:38, NIV)
God has not asked me to carry the burden of His Son in my womb. There are other
burdens He is asking me, and you, to carry instead. Are we being the women He
needs for the part of the plan we’re living in now? Am I saying to Jesus today,
“May it be to me as you have said”?
During this Advent season, let’s prepare ourselves to be used by God, filled with
faith and anticipating His grace—just like Mary.

Carla Anne Coroy is a Christian speaker and blogger, and the award-winning
author of Married Mom, Solo Parent. She ministers to a wide audience
through her website and blog at Carla Anne has served
full-time with organizations such as Youth for Christ and Crown Financial
Ministries, and is currently developing mentoring resources for women and
an international mentoring organization for youth. She also serves as a staff
writer for the online magazine Mentoring Moments for Christian Women and
is a spokesperson for Carla Anne lives in Canada with her
husband and four homeschooled children.