Sweet Friends, I am delighted to continue my series of December guest posts with some inspiring words from my dear friend, Carey Scott. Carey encourages the deepest places of my heart. She has a way of tenderly peeling back the layers of my heart to allow God deeper inside. I can't wait for you to take this journey with me as Carey shares with us her perspective on the prophetess Anna who witnessed Jesus' dedication at the temple when He was just days old.

by Carey Scott

“There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. 
She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 
and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. 
She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.
Coming up to them at that very moment,
she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.”
(Luke 2:36-38)


I’ve held hope in my heart for so long and now I get to see – face to face – the Christ. 

The Messiah. 

He is here… right in front of me.

And I knew it was the promised child the moment I laid my eyes on Him.

That beautiful face. Those tiny fingers. The cooing noises gently escaping his mouth.

A limitless God coming to earth in human form to experience the confines of flesh. The Great I AM stepping out of the perfect Heaven into a sinless world… with the goal to save the world.

I am so humbled to be among the first to bear witness to this miracle child. 

With great thanks, I praise the Father for Jesus.

God is so faithful.

While my 84 year old body is giving up and deteriorating, the fulfilled promise of this baby brings a much-needed rejuvenation to my weary bones. I feel an excitement for this long-awaited answered prayer.

Finally… our deliverer has come!

Some may doubt me because I am a woman and not seen as a credible source… some may not believe me because I’m proclaiming that our Messiah has come as a poor peasant child… but nothing will stop me from sharing this exciting news with all the faithful believers that cross my path.

I will to shout to the world that the Redeemer of Israel has come at last!

And now I pass that blessed task on to you. 

It’s your turn to remind others about Jesus.

It’s your turn to celebrate His birth rather than go about business as usual.

It’s your turn to share the miracle and reveal Christ to an unbelieving world.

My friends, don’t be intimidated to speak out.  Be bold in your remembrance!  We should observe Christmas with gusto! 

Because it’s no ordinary birth we are celebrating. 

Joy to the world… the Lord HAS come!

An inspirational speaker and writer, Carey is honest about her life journey…stumbles, fumbles and all. Her goal is to challenge others to be real and authentic and she does this through her blog titled “Let’s Get Real”.  She’s a little in your face, always honest and relentless in prodding you to stop living a life of comfort and instead get on the battlefield. 

Carey gets authentic with moms every Wednesday on Moms Together where she serves as a moderator and panelist. She also leads women through her position of speaker and writer for the LeadHer organization.You can connect with Carey online through Twitter and Facebook.  She is a happily married mom of two living in Colorado. 


  1. Hi Shannon and Carey - this will be my first year blogging and I am determined to make Christmas about Jesus and not commercialism. Great post. Jesus - is the reason - for the season
    God bless

  2. Tracy... what a privilege to celebrate HIS birth!

  3. Great post! I love how you brought Anna to life! Jesus IS the reason for Christmas, and what better time of year to tell others about Him?

  4. I've always found Anna to be such a fascinating woman. It's hard for me to imagine living a life of such devotion, or to see with your own eyes your hearts desire in answer to decades of prayer! What an inspiring woman, thank you for sharing her with us today Carey!

  5. Beck, I so agree. I'm prayed before for several years before I saw God's deliverance. I can't imagine waiting into my 80s. What faith! So inspiring!

  6. Gwendolyn, for sure. Carey is a master at shedding new light. I just LOVE her!

  7. Gwendolyn... thank you for stopping by! I was honored to write from Anna's perspective. Can you even imagine getting to see that baby face to face???

  8. Beck, interesting you brought out the part about her patience for answered prayer. Oh, that was so convicting! She is indeed and inspiring woman!

  9. Love the perspective - great interpretation and picture to behold... Love seeing this angle of the story and love this style of writing too...

  10. Amanda, so honored by your visit and I totally agree - Carey has an incredible writing style!


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