Mothers, Mary, and Christmas

Mothers, Mary, and Christmas

This morning there was something in my inbox that caught my attention because it referred to Mary the Mother of Jesus.  One of the things I like to do is collect different images Mary and I look forward to putting them up at Christmas time.  I don’t get too fancy…I use tape and put them all over the inside of the front door and one of my favorites I put center front on my Christmas tree.
There is just something these beautiful images’ do for me as I look at them. as I think of Mary and who she was, her role in Heavenly Fathers plan, how she must have felt, what she must have gone through and the incredible things she must have experienced being the chosen, willing mortal mother of Jesus Christ I am filled with a greater degree of love and appreciation for my friend and Savior.  It’s hard to put my finger on why these images bring up a greater depth of gratitude and personalize my love for Jesus Christ.  Perhaps it’s because I relate in a very small way to Mary and have such great love and respect for her.
I know that I am not even close to what and who she is but because we both share the bond of motherhood, we are both women and both have sons we love dearly I can just ponder on her life and experience and the spirit helps me to know that in our own very special way that I am highly favored of the Lord and that I have a special mission to fulfill as a mother of a son who is noble, valiant and came here to do amazing things.
I play a vital role in his success and my willingness to cultivate and incorporate the same traits  Mary had as a mother will make that so much more possible and make my experience and journey more hopeful, meaningful and aligned with the Fathers will for me and my son.
Heavenly Father knew Mary very well, he had confidence in her abilities and was willing to help her and lead her through/in all she would experience in her divine calling of mother.  We have a special bond with her as women and in motherhood.  We also share a special truth…Heavenly father know us very well, has confidence in our abilities and is willing to help and lead us through all we will experience in our divine callings a s mothers.
I found such great insight through the spirit as I made a purposeful effort to learn from Him as I read, studied and wrote about the things I was learning about how to incorporate the 7 traits we learn from Mary in my own efforts as a mother.
My beautiful, powerful friends…you insightful strong mothers, I challenge you to do the same as you read further and consider Mary’s example and how to incorporate just one tiny thing you learn through the spirit that will improve your efforts with your son/loved one and make you feel the Lords help in greater abundance in your stewardship.
I bare testimony of the reality of our Savior Jesus Christ and how much he loves us and desired to help us in our role as mothers.
Merry, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Words can never express how much I love and appreciate you and how grateful I am for your goodness and strength or how you inspire me and lift me to fight more valiantly with and for the Savior, Jesus Chris.
Karen Broadhead
(Karen is our Parent Specialist.  She preimarily helps Mothers get through some of the biggest fears of  the experience of Mothethood.)

7 Lessons for Moms from Mary

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In all of history, there was no one like Mary, the mother of Christ. She was chosen by God to be the mother of His Only Son. And while we will never be like Mary in that way, we do share the bond of motherhood with this highly favored young woman.

Here are 7 things we can learn from Mary:

1. Mary pondered.

Luke 2:19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.

2. Mary prayed.

Acts 1:14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary, the mother of Jesus…

3. Mary trusted God.

Luke 1:38 I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”

4. Mary was humble.

Luke 2:19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.

5. Mary engaged.

Luke 4:28 His mother said to Him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

6. Mary believed.

John 2:3 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord… For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

7. Mary was faithful.

John 19:25 Near the cross of Jesus stood His mother…

Seven Lessons for Mom from Mary the Mother of Jesus:

About Maurice W. Harker, LPC

Director of Life Changing Services, Director of Sons of Helaman, Facilitator of the WORTH group, Consultant for the Daughters of Light program.