“A Heart Prepared: Savor the Story of Christmas Advent Legacy Journal” had me to reflect on having confidence in the Lord.
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. (Luke 1:28-30)
Can you imagine Mary doing whatever she was doing then an angel comes to her and speaks. That had to be scary at first even though the news was The Lord was with her and she was highly favored. She was probably waiting for the “but”. Thank goodness he was able to encourage her to not be afraid and that God had her back.
I have been there. Every time God speaks to me about something he needs me to do, it is never something I am at first ready to do. “Are you kidding?” I would ask. His ventures for me are always something I can not do on my own strength. But time again and again He is able to make me do what looks like the impossible or absolutely crazy!
My assignment today was to consider a marriage I admire and to ask the couple how they knew the other person was “the one” or write my story. The couple I admire are my parents. Here is an exert from “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”.
My parents met in Sunday school. My dad was two and a half years older than my mom. She was fifteen and he, eighteen at the time. He had no interest in her. Then one day in February 1953, he was crossing the street after church heading to work to wash trucks. My mom called, “James!” Dad turned around; this girl he knew in Sunday school had grown up. He crossed back across the street and they had a conversation. The very next day, Dad got a notice in the mail. He had seventeen days to report to the Army; he had been drafted. My mom and dad had a quick courtship in those seventeen days. During the next four to five months, they wrote each other every day. After he completed boot camp and got stationed, they were officially boyfriend and girlfriend. They were married September 11, 1954 while Dad was stationed at Fort Niagara. He came home every other weekend, even if he didn’t have a pass. He managed to get passes from soldiers who could not go home and used theirs to get home to Cleveland by bus, train or hitch hiking. He was discharged February 1955. While Dad was in the service, my mom rented an efficiency down the street from her parents. Being married and out from under her parents was the best thing that had happened to her.
My God put my parents together so that I can exist to do His will.
Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, and walk long distances with friends. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.
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