Looking for lovely

For over a year I have been working thru Annie Downs Bible study Looking for Lovely. Today I wanted to share with you what I learned.

This weeks lesson was titled Women of Influence. The title made me smile as this topic is near to my heart. Going back to the first Influence conference where I learned that we all have influence right where we are. To the IF:Gathering conferences where I learned how to use my influence to grow the kingdom. As of today I am blessed to be in a friend group who encourages and cheers each other on as we use our influence in our community.

Annie says this: “Being a woman of influence (spoiler alert, you are) often means outwardly holding it together even when you are inwardly may be struggling, hurting, persevering, or processing.”

The first woman we hear about in this study is Mary, Jesus mother.
Annie has us look at two verses in the book of Luke that help us see a growth and influence in Mary.

Jesus birth: Luke 2:19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Jesus at 12 yrs old. Luke 2:51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.

In both sections of scripture we see Mary treasures God’s promises and fulfillment in her heart. In the first story she treasures the shepherds account of who Jesus is as told by angels. In this story she also ponders the information. Trying to understand it all. In the second story she hears Jesus refer to the temple as his father’s house. She again treasures this in her heart. Being reminded of God’s plan.

Each time she treasures or stores the information in a secret place in her heart not running to blab it to the world. I feel like this is something that gets harder and harder with our generation. We have ways to communicate right at our fingertips. (like me typing this post to you). How do we know when to treasure and ponder and when to share?

I think the only way is to be in constant communication with God. To be able to hear his quiet whisper and feel his gentle nudge.

Friends i challenge us both to stop and listen. Wait for God to tell you what to do with the beautiful stories he has given you. I honestly believe if we are constantly talking to him and taking time to listen we will know what to do.

Have a great week.

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