Mary, did you know that your baby boy would someday walk on water? Mary did you know?
Good Monday morning Friend!
Honestly, these verses make me weepy with admiration and inspiration. They need no introduction just a whole bunch of reflection and memorization.
Let’s break down Mary’s song and the overflow of a sold out heart!
His mercy extends…
He has performed great things…
He has (and will) brought down rulers from their thrones…
He has filled us with great things.
In His grip with you my friend!!
46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me-
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.” Luke 1:46-55 (NIV)
Who we really are and what we really believe is squeezed out when we are under pressure. We can’t hide it or fake it. When we are in trouble, afraid, threatened, or hurt, the abundance of our heart will overflow every time. In these verses we see an example of a woman after God’s own heart. We see why Mary has “favor” and why she is blessed. Mary fully believed that God would accomplish His purposes for her life, even in a time of trouble, fear, threat and heartbreak.
Every time I read through these words I have to ask myself, “is this how I would respond?
Am I a woman who has positioned myself to receive all God has for me?”
1. My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
A heart of praise
2. Mindful of the humble state of his servant.
A heart of humility
3.Generations will call me blessed.
A heart of confidence in which God designed His perfect plan for her life!
4. Mighty One has done great things for me– holy is his name.
A heart of gratitude
5. Lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things.
A heart of surrender
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you never give up on me. Thank you for GRACE and for the fresh chance of every new day. Fill my heart with faith Lord and teach me your ways. I long to honor you in my life and for the overflow of my heart to sing your praises! Amen.
A Gift For Your Unstuck Holiday Home!
A Mint For You!!! Two recipes that will get you in the holiday mood (www.thegraciouswife.com)! Click on the pictures for a printable version.
HOMEMADE MINT WHITE HOT CHOCOLATE
Homemade Mint White Hot Chocolate combines creamy, white chocolate with a burst of peppermint flavor to create a perfect decadent holiday treat.
Author: The Gracious Wife
2 cups milk
2 cups half & half
1 bag white chocolate chips
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional: A few drops of food coloring
Marshmallows for topping
In a large pot, add milk and half-and-half, and heat over medium heat until steam-y but not boiling.
Stir in the white chocolate chips. Continue stirring until chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is creamy.
Stir in food coloring and extracts. Stir until smooth. Serve warm.
MINT OREO TRUFFLES
With just 4 ingredients, these smooth, minty, and rich Mint Oreo Truffles could not be easier to make! They’ll be the star of the show at your next holiday.
Author: The Gracious Wife
Serves: 2-3 dozen
1 package mint Oreos
1 8 ounce package cream cheese
¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
1 package white chocolate chips
Optional: food coloring and sprinkles
Add Oreos to a food processor and process until the Oreos are fine crumbs.
Add cream cheese, cut into chunks, into the food processor with the Oreos. Process until smooth, like cookie dough.
Add peppermint extract and process again.
Remove dough mixture from processor and place in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours,until dough is firm and not too gooey to handle.
Roll dough into 1½ inch balls. I like to refrigerate my dough balls again at this point for an hour or two so they don’t melt in the chocolate, but it’s optional.
Melt white chocolate in a medium mixing bowl in 30 second intervals, stirring in between each interval. These short heating spurts helps the chocolate from getting burned. Stir in your food coloring, if you’re using it.
Dip each ball into the chocolate, covering it completely. Then set the truffle on a sheet of foil or wax paper. I like to scoop my ball out of the chocolate using a fork, scraping the bottom of the fork against the bowl rim to get rid of the excess chocolate.
Add sprinkles on top, and repeat dipping for each of your balls. If you refrigerated your balls, the chocolate will set fast, and you will want to add sprinkles immediately after dipping so that they’ll actually stick.