God’s Invitations

MarySharon Gartland is passionate about helping women balance their professional careers and personal lives. Her reflection on the pregnant young Mary invites us into this seasonal storyline of expectancy and new birth. Here are excerpts of her article, Advent: God’s Invitations, from The Well.

“Mary is about to do an amazing thing, giving birth to the Savior of the world in less than ideal conditions and with no epidural. Her accomplishments are impressive, but I admire her most for saying “yes” to God’s invitation to play a part in his Grand Story. She recognized God’s invitation . . . and responded in faithfulness and joy.

“Each of us needs to learn to discern which invitations are from God and then, like Mary, have the courage to say “yes!”

“My advice to each of us is to structure our daily lives in such a way that we don’t miss the invitations from God. Let us begin each day by giving God permission to speak into our choices and ask to be open, like Mary, to hearing God’s voice.” Read more »

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