Am I teaching all I should be to my children? I am living out a Godly example they can learn from? What if I’m not a good enough mom? Why can’t I be more patient with others? Why did God choose me for this mission? I can’t do it!
As women, moms, wives, sisters we can easily fall prey to the doubt and worry that Satan dangles in our hearts and minds. He LOVES it when doubt and worry take over us because it distracts us from God’s promises of direction, love, satisfaction in Him and trust in His mighty plan.
As I studied Luke last week I noticed to amazing women of the Bible who were “highly favored” by God and still fell prey to Satan’s distractions. First, we see Mary (mother of Jesus)
And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Luke 1:28-30
At first, she was afraid and doubted the meaning of the angel’s message, but the angel laid out God’s plan and reminded her that “nothing is impossible with God” and she responded, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38
Then, Mary heads over to see her old friend Elizabeth (whose wife was “later in years”, had been barren her entire life, but God had blessed with a child) and she says:
But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Luke 1:43
After reading these two responses back to back it was as if they sprung off the page. Women are often quick doubt their “favoring”, blessings and gifts. Instead of embracing who we are in Christ, clinging to His word for strength, trust and direction we ask, Why me? What if? I can’t! Mary and Elizabeth both rebounded quickly to because they were close to God. Doubt can creep in, but when we are in God’s word, in communication with Him through prayer and seeking His direction we can quickly recognize Satan’s distractions for what they are, put them behind us and focus on the cross.
This month, I say we all draw a line in the sand and tell Satan to get behind it. Let’s pray for ourselves, friends, sisters and all women to hear God’s voice above all else. The One who tells us we are chosen, we are worthy, we are His children, His princesses, His royalty is the only voice we need to listen to!