Nov 21

What if Mary Said “No”?


“What if Mary had said no?”

This was the question Liz Curtis Higgs posed to me this morning. Not over a breakfast coffee, although I would have loved that. But in her Advent book “The Women of Christmas.”

Liz reminds us of the wisdom of God, “That’s why the Lord chose Mary. He knew she would say yes. God did not have a Plan A, Plan B, Plan C. Mary was The Plan.”

Liz’s words take me back to my own direction changing story. The season was coming to an end. I was done with school and had no idea what God had for me next. I had tried to open a door, only to have it quickly slammed shut. Now what? Sharing my dilemma with my counselor, she asked me if I had prayed about it. Why, of course I had prayed about it! The problem wasn’t me , God simply wasn’t talking. Then she said these wise words, redirecting my focus:

“When you reach the point, that no matter what God says, the answer is “yes”, you’ll hear Him.”

That’s what God knew about Mary.

Her answer would be “yes”. Mary made it about God; not about Mary.

With each character in the Christmas story, Liz does the same. Not even a moment does she allow the spotlight to stay on the female character in the story. She always redirects back to our Savior. “Mary was full of God’s grace simply because God chose to bless her. We have no description of her being holy or pious or deserving. She was a virgin, yes, but not perfect, not without sin. For Jesus to be fully the Son of Man, his mother had to be fully human.”

Maybe like me, you need a little redirecting this holiday season. The focus back on the Savior. Let “The Women of Christmas” lend a hand.

Be sure to take a moment to take in the many FREE resources Liz offers, bringing us to the manger, at including “How to Have a Sane and Sacred Christmas”. 

Women_of_Christmas_large     The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary and Anna is available everywhere books are sold, including your favorite local bookstores and these online booksellers:


Liz is so generous to be giving away a signed copy of this beautiful book. For your chance to win, please enter a comment below sharing one tip for getting our focus on the Savior in the days ahead. If time is short, just say “I’m In!”  I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday on my “Wednesday Wisdom Tip”.

The winner of Rescue: Raising Teens in a Drowning Culture is Susan who posted at 2014/11/20 at 10:26 pm. I will send you an email Susan. Please send me your full name and address and I’ll get it sent right out! 





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