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Session 10

A blessed life is not always an easy life

Read: Luke 1:39-45

Mary’s experience as Jesus’ mother was anything but peaceful. Her calling was a blessing, but it was also costly. Mary nearly lost her fiance. She was disowned by everyone around her, and she would eventually see her precious son murdered. 

Being blessed isn’t always easy, but if we keep our eyes on the One who calls us we will experience a level of joy and fulfillment that cannot be found elsewhere. When we choose faithful obedience, God promises to lead the way and walk with us, just like He did with Mary.

God didn’t desert Mary. He provided supernatural reassurance to match her radical faith. When Mary learned that her cousin Elizabeth was pregnant, she rushed to see it with her own eyes. As soon as Mary arrived, Elizabeth’s baby leaped in her womb, and she exclaimed, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed” (Luke 1:41-42). 

Mary faced some big hurdles, but she experienced an even bigger blessing. Mary’s toughest seasons were directly tied to a miraculous gift. And though that gift was disguised to the world for a time, He was and will be revealed in glory (Matthew 24:30-31).

If your circumstances are less than merry this Christmas, remember Mary’s story. God is always at work, and His plan for you is good. 

No matter how bleak your circumstances may be, God has not deserted you. He is bigger than our understanding, and He loves us more than we can fathom (Isaiah 55:9). That is a reason to celebrate in every season.

Reflect: 

  • What hurdles are you facing right now? 
  • Are you focusing on your circumstances or the One who wants to lead you through them?
  • What is one practical way you can remind yourself of God’s love even when you don’t feel it?

1

What are you waiting for this Christmas?

What are you waiting for this Christmas?

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2

Jesus came to be a different kind of king

Jesus came to be a different kind of king

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3

Has God forgotten you?

Has God forgotten you?

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4

How to find peace this Christmas

How to find peace this Christmas

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5

Do you believe God is with you?

Do you believe God is with you?

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6

Four clues to who Jesus wants to be to you

Four clues to who Jesus wants to be to you

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7

The surprising benefit of being honest about your doubts

The surprising benefit of being honest about your doubts

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8

The importance of preparing the way

The importance of preparing the way

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9

When the situation seems impossible, remember this truth

When the situation seems impossible, remember this truth

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10

A blessed life is not always an easy life

A blessed life is not always an easy life

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11

How to accept praise and stay humble

How to accept praise and stay humble

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12

When the right thing is not the easy thing

When the right thing is not the easy thing

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13

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

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14

What happened when Jesus came to earth and why it’s a big deal

What happened when Jesus came to earth and why it’s a big deal

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15

God can do great things through imperfect people

God can do great things through imperfect people

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16

This is really good news

This is really good news

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17

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

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18

What you miss when you only know half the story

What you miss when you only know half the story

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19

What does it look like to worship?

What does it look like to worship?

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20

The most beautiful gift you can give this Christmas

The most beautiful gift you can give this Christmas

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21

What if the miracle doesn’t look how you thought it would?

What if the miracle doesn’t look how you thought it would?

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22

A reason to be generous this Christmas

A reason to be generous this Christmas

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23

How to celebrate Christmas all year long

How to celebrate Christmas all year long

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