Celebrating You...His Dwelling Place



And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord  and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel,    remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.”

Luke 1:46-55

How could you not fall in love with that face?
I remember that moment. It was the first moment my heart was truly swept away. I looked into her eyes and fell deeply, madly in love. I called her Hannah in honor of all the women who long for a child. I named her Hannah because I wanted to daily give her back to God. I deemed her Hannah because I knew God had favored me as He would her.

Once a squiggly little one is placed in your arms, they are forever carried in your heart. Today I want to celebrate you. You may be a single father, a childless widow or a mother of six but you should be honored.

As Mother's Day approaches let's look at Mary's words spoken at the news of her pregnancy. God has encouragement for us all through the wisdom of the one chosen to bear His son.

Glorify - "My soul glorifies the Lord." One version says magnifies the Lord. If Jesus lives in you, His presence magnifies His message and brings Him glory. Your heart is a picture of God's love made concrete. Today I celebrate your heart.

Rejoices - "My spirit rejoices in God my Savior." Your spirit is dwelling place for joy. He has removed your spirit of despair and clothed you in a garment of praise. (Isaiah 61:3) You are literally engulfed by His joy. Today I celebrate your spirit.

Humility - "For He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant." Your mind is the castle of the Lord. He sets His thoughts in yours. He births humility within. Today I celebrate your mind.


Thank you for allowing me to celebrate you this Mother's Day. 

16 comments:

  1. And allow me to celebrate you, Shannon -- a committed mom and believer of all that God provides. You are definitely His daughter as Hannah is yours. Happy Mother's Day!

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    1. Sherrey, this is beautiful "you are His daughter as Hannah is yours." Thanks for giving me that focus for Mother's Day!

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  2. Thank you for this original blog about Mother's Day. Very nice. The photo is very special

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    1. Thanks, Lyli! So thankful we've connected!

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  4. Each child is different with personalities new and wonderful.
    Looking back, I wish I knew then what I know now but there is not turning back the clock. Do the best you can and ask God for daily wisdom to be the parent or teacher, or leader that you are called to be.

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  5. Shannon, wishing you a wonderful Mother's day! Thank you for a lovely piece and for sharing such a sweet photo of one of your beautiful girls. xo

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    1. Kathy, how was your Mother's Day? I hope you were celebrated as big as the incredible woman you are!

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  6. I love that photo! I have a similar one and I remember that moment so clear. Happy Mother's Day to you. This was a beautiful post.

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    1. So cute. I'd love to see your pic sometime!

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  7. Hi Shannon - so beautiful. Lovely post and great advice.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  8. This is lovely:) Happy Mother's Day Shannon!

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    1. Courtney, I pray your day was beautiful just like you!

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