It is so good to be back to studying the Word again! Every summer break, I promise myself that I'm going to spend time in scripture. I have an amazing study book for Esther (my favorite book of the Bible) that I've been meaning to do for TWO YEARS! Yet I never manage to get it done. I really have to work on my commitment and self control...
Our questions today focus on the women in the line on Jesus as found in Matthew 1:1-17: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary, the mother of Jesus. As part of our study today, we read about each of the women and made note of facts about them that stand out to us. As I was reading about Mary, these verses jumped off the page:
And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months pregnant! Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.
At first, I honed in on verse 37: Nothing is impossible with God.
Because it's true! Five years ago, I would have told you that, even though I wanted another child, it would never happen. R was too set against it and I had made a commitment to prayerfully submit to my husband. And yet, here we are! Through prayer, communication, and learning to "love the verb" each other, we came together in unity to put our family building in God's hands. We committed to a single cycle and trusted the Lord with the outcome, knowing that His plan for our family was best. (More to the point, I finally came to a place where I trusted God's plan over mine and submitted to HIM.) And He has given us a child!
I never, never thought that I would be here. God is so good!
And then I looked at verse 36: Elizabeth... everyone called her barren and here she is six months pregnant!
And I thought of you. All of you/us who make up with community. Please know that you are still in my prayers and that I believe God will do amazing things in your life. That He can work in mighty ways to make you a parent. Scripture tells us that "He gives childless couples a family, gives them joy as the parents of children. Hallelujah!" Yes and Amen!
Thank you for supporting me in this pregnancy. I am praying for the day when I get to pour out my support for yours.