Mary : A Blessed Woman

Mary : A Blessed Woman

In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said , “Greetings, you who are highly favored ! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son , and you are to give him the name Jesus.He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be ,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”

“I am the Lord’s servant ,” Mary answered .”May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

Luke 1 :26-38

Who is the woman you admired the most ?

If I am to be asked I consider Mary, the mother of Jesus as the most admirable among women. Truly Mary is one woman who reveres God highly in her life. She may not be a woman of sophistication, she is just a simple ordinary woman. But she is a woman highly favored by God for she was chosen to be the mother of the Christ.

Upon learning of the Lord’s will in her life, that she is to conceive and give birth to a child , she humbly submitted to the Lord’s plan for her life.. Mary is a young woman pledged to be married to the man she deeply loves when the angel Gabriel revealed to her about god’s plan for her to conceive and give birth.. Mary never hesitated but readily submitted to God’s agenda. She may choose to reject this plan for she has already a fiancée and they will be married soon. What about him, Joseph ? What could be the reaction of the man she loves, her fiancée Joseph. Because of this unexpected conception she might lose the love and respect of her would-be-husband . He might severe his relationship with her . He may not understand what really happened to Mary.

Mary never hesitated to submit to God’s agenda for her despite the fact that she might lose the love of her much beloved fiancée. Mary is willing to set aside her own plans just to give way to God’s will.. No wonder why Mary is chosen by God to be the mother of JesusChrist on earth. Although God;s will for Mary’s might disrupt her personal plans with her would be husband, she chose to give way to God’s agenda. Mary is willing to set aside personal agenda to give way to God’s plan. This is the kind of people God is going to use.

This wonderful trait of Mary reminds me of my discipler in college , Brother Carlos Novisteros. Brother Carlos Novisteros is a fulltime campus ministry worker for more than 25 years now. Twenty years ago, Brother Carlos had a beautiful and talented girlfriend whom she loved very much.. But one day Brother Carlos girlfriend wanted him to resign from being a fulltime missionary and work a secular job.

This has been one of the most trying times in Brother Carlos life. Brother Carlos chose to break off with his girlfriend because he did not want to give up on serving the Lord full time. He let go of his lovelife to choose to serve his master and king Jesus. Brother Carlos is willing to set aside his personal agenda to give way to God’s will.

Eventually, the angle also appeared to Joseph to give explanation to the conception of Mary. So Joseph took Mary to be his wife. In submitting to God’s will Mary never lost the man she loved.

As of now, Brother Carlos at the age of 53 is still very much single, but his ministry was greatly blessed by God. He has won hundreds of disciples for Christ for nearly thirty years of full time ministry. God has indeed prospered his ministry.

In submitting to God’s will first , Mary was greatly honored to be the mother of JesusChrist. She was now considered blessed by all generations.

Truly in giving way to God’s agenda in our life, we will receive a blessedness not many men have known. For me the message of Christmas this year is submission to God’s will and giving way to God’s agenda. Just like Mary and Brother Carlos we must be willing to set aside our selfish agenda to give way for the fulfillment of God’s plan for our life. Let us always be reminded of what Christ has done. Jesus emptied himself and set aside his glory to give way to God’s agenda, the salvation of mankind.

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Cedar Cove Farm 5 years ago from Southern Missouri

Amen. We should all strive to be "highly favored". Thank you for this hub. A great reminder as we head into the Christmas season.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Cedar Cove Farm it is great to hear from you. Thank you for dropping by. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Remain blessed always. Regards.


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fred allen 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

God specializes in taking the ordinary and using it for the extrodinary. All that is needed is a willing heart. It is clear that you have this same willing heart. I expect God has and will continue to do extrordinary things in and through you!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

"Mary is willing to set aside personal agenda to give way to God’s plan."

I loved your insights and admiration of Mary for her willingness to submit to God's plan at the possible expense of her own. I had never looked at it that way before.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Thank you fred allen for those gracious words. All God want for us to have is heart willing to submit and set aside selfish agenda in order for Him to use us mightily.Remain blessed always.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Tamarajo it is great to hear from you. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated.Mary has died to her own selfish agenda to give way to God's agenda. No wonder God chose her. Blessings to you and regards.


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Decemberheart 5 years ago from Georgia

While Mary had a choice, as we all have a choice daily about who we will serve, I feel that God gave her, through his Holy Spirit, the desire to carry through with his plan. Just as God gave Aberham the courage to go to the top of the mountain to sacrafice his son. We must remember that God will also give to us all that we need if we only say yes with a true and faithful heart.


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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

Thanks for sharing your story I will consider keeping the Ministry and Brother Carlos in prayer. I feel I have a special secret attachment to Mary too, and she is The Virtuous Wife that Proverbs 31 talks about. I have a video about Mary on my hubpage called "An Ode to the Christmas Tree". Check it out. You'll see another way of showing how special she is.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Decemberheart it is great to hear from you again. It is very encouraging to read your comment. Thank you for visiting this hub. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Thank you also for the additional input you posted. Blessings to you and regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi CMCastro it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for appreciating this hub. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Thank you also for praying for Brother Carlos. Blessings and regards.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Cristina, Beautiful example of dedication. No doubt the greatest miracle and gift given to a woman was the honor to carry our Lord & Savior! What a humble and faithful example of true submission to the Lord! “I am the Lord’s servant ,” Mary answered .”May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her."

It is still an honor to carry and proclaim HIS "Living Word!" Thank GOD for JESUS CHRIST, HIS HOLY SPIRIT and HIS plan of SALVATION!

Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God is truly worthy of the Honor & PRAISE!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi DeBorrah K. Ogans it is great to hear from you again. It is very encouraging to read your comment. Thank you for appreciating this hub. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. When Mary set aside her own agenda to give way to God's plan she received a blessedness only few found. No wonder God chose her because she has a submissive heart.Now she is considered blessed by all generations. Blessings to you always and regards.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

The Immaculate conception is a bible story I love, as is Jesus Birth, Ministry, and death and resurrection. Thank you Ate Cristina.

KUYA Dave.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Dave thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub.Blessings to you and regards.


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daydreamer13 5 years ago

Amen! Well said!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Thanks Daydreamer for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Remain blessed always and regards.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for this lovely message. Mary is the woman I admire most. God Bless You. And God Bless Brother Carlos.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi James A. Watkins it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comment are much appreciated. Blessings to you always. A Blessed Christmaa to you. Regards.

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