In Luke 1:28 Mary is referred to as being "favored" of the Lord. Mary had to have had so many amazing qualities in order be chosen as the Mother of Jesus- the Savior of the world. In Luke 1:26-56, we find out that Mary is:
-favored of the Lord
-blessed among women
-her soul magnifies the Lord
-her spirit rejoices in her God
I feel like I need to work on having my spirit rejoicing in God. Yes I keep the commandments. Yes I pray, read the scriptures, go to church, and all in all feel like I am pretty good person. But does my spirit always rejoice in God? Am I pre occupied with other things that my heart and soul is not always as devoted as it should be? Do I murmur and complain about my circumstances, rather than rejoice for the many blessings I have. I think about Mary and how she was told by an angel that she would bear the Son of God, even though she was a virgin. She had no husband. So although she was to be pregnant before "knowing" Joseph, she spirit still rejoiced in her God. I want to be more like Mary and be believing and faithful, and rejoice for the many blessings the Lord has given me. Even though we are in the middle of some pretty stressful times, (Thomas recently graduated, having to move out of our home, staying with family, being rejected by several job opportunities) I know that I need to increase my faith and be grateful for what I do have. Having a rejoicing spirit in my God would allow me to see the good. Thomas has an education. We had to move, but at least we have family to stay with and a roof over our heads. We have food to eat. We do not have a job yet, but maybe it's in preparation for something better. He has a plan for us and I have so many reasons to rejoice in my loving, understanding Heavenly Father.