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Mary and Joseph–From Fear to Faith

Has God ever asked you to move out of your comfort zone? Were you afraid?

Mary and Joseph ornament. Photo by Judy Royal Glenn.

Animals are not running around with bows on their heads or lights strewed around them helping me capture great Christmas wildlife photographs, so I decided to change gears for a few weeks.

In a previous post, I mentioned how I used to make wooden Christmas ornaments each year for my family. (If you did not get a chance to read about the never-ending miracle story of one of my ornaments, read it here.)

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I also decided to use the next few posts to tell the story of Christ’s birth through my wooden ornaments.

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to not be afraid and to take Mary to be his wife. She would conceive from the Holy Spirit and would bear a son, and His name would be Jesus.

Mary was visited by an angel of the Lord and was troubled when he told her she would bear a son even though she was a virgin. “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!” (Luke 1:30, NLT)

Then, just as the scriptures said, Mary gave birth to a son, and He was given the name Jesus. Can you imagine what was going through Mary and Joseph’s heads as they stood their looking at Baby Jesus?

They each had been through so much before they arrived at this point in the story of Jesus’ birth, but the angel of the Lord told them to not be afraid.

We too need not be afraid. Maybe we feel the Lord has asked us to step out of our comfort zone and do something different. If He asked us to do it, He will give us what we need to accomplish the task!

Be like Mary and Joseph and move from fear to faith!

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