By: Carley Fischer
In today’s rapidly changing and fast-moving society it can sometimes seem like we need a road-map for navigating life as a modern Christian woman. It can be hard to understand where the advice stamped on our phone cases and pencil bags like “keep your head up” and “follow your dreams” fits into our faith life. My Quiet Time has helped me tremendously in my daily faith walk. It is my way of gaining the strength and the discipline I need to stay true to who I am in Christ. One way I open the Bible during my Quiet Time is focusing on a specific individual and how their faith influenced the actions they took. For example, one woman I know to be steadfast and strong in the Lord is Jesus’ very own mother, Mary. Her character of faith is one I hope to learn from. I can dive into scripture passages featuring Mary and gain insight from her life to help me with my own. Here are a few snippets of things I have learned from Mary:
We were not made for control.
Think about this for a minute. When Mary was a young woman she was engaged to be married. Then out of nowhere before the wedding she was found to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Was this something she had pictured for herself? No. Was it all a part of God’s plan? Yes. Thank goodness we are not in control of our own lives. His ways are so much greater than our own. (Luke 1:26-38)
Prayer is a strong community builder
It can be hard to connect on deep levels in today’s social media and technology-inundated society. Friendships seem to just scratch the surface when all that unites them are a few text messages sent every so often. Pray together. Community is never strong unless something bigger than its members bring them together. Following Jesus’ death Mary was without family but surrounded by his disciples in fellowship. (Acts 1:14)
Lean on the Lord for strength
It can be easy to feel like a failure when it seems like nothing is going the way you imagined. It is important to remember you are not alone. Lean on the Lord for strength.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible, “For nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37) was said to Mary after she found out she was pregnant. Later in Mary’s life, she watched our Savior, Jesus Christ turn water into wine. In this instance, Mary trusted in Jesus without even understanding what he planned to do. We have no business doubting the Lord. (John 2:1-12)
There are so many amazing individuals and stories to learn from woven throughout the Bible. I have so many questions that I would ask Mary about how she followed the Lord despite her unique situation. Still, the Bible tells me all I need to know about her. She was human like all of us yet her faith led her to a greater calling. God has called us all to the impossible in our own lives. We must lean in to Him, accept his control, pray, and trust in His divine plans and timing.
Carley Fischer is a 1st Grade teacher living in Jacksonville, Florida. One day, she hopes to use her teaching experience to write curriculum for children’s ministry at her local church. Carley enjoys spending her free time biking around the beach area, in coffee shops, in yoga class, or with family and friends. Her ideal quiet time is a quiet spot outside with her Bible and a cup of coffee.