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Courageous Women of the Bible: Mary of Nazareth

Throughout the Bible there are many women who, through their immense courage, teach us how to be courageous in the face of life’s greatest struggles. These women inspire the messages in our women’s Christian ministry, and we hope that they will inspire you, too.

Mary of Nazareth is perhaps the most important woman in the Bible. As a young woman, Mary was chosen to give birth to Jesus Christ – and her brave decision to accept God’s plan for her, even if it meant she would go through serious hardships, is what defines her character.

Mary’s Story

Mary of Nazareth was visited by the angel Gabriel, who informed her that she would give birth to the son of God. You may think that this would be joyous news, but Mary had more than a few reasons to be afraid.

  • ·         Mary was betrothed to Joseph at the time, and they had not yet married. Mary knew that she would have to explain her pregnancy to Joseph, and she may have feared being accused of adultery. The punishment for adultery in those times was death. She had no way of knowing that Joseph would receive his own message from God, so she probably feared his reaction to the news.
  • ·         This was a huge responsibility being placed on her shoulders. Being chosen by God was no small circumstance, and the fear of failing in her responsibilities as the mother of the son of God might have stopped other women in their tracks.

In addition to these initial struggles, she also had to face hardships during and after her pregnancy. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the nativity story. She had to watch her son suffer and die, and still trust that this was God’s plan.

What We Can Learn From Mary

The most important thing that Mary can teach us is to trust God. Our women’s Christian ministry often works with women who are in their darkest hour. When we find ourselves in dark times, trusting God is extremely important. Understand that he has a plan for you, and this hardship is making you stronger so that you can fulfill that plan.

Contact our women’s Christian ministry today to schedule a tea party or speaking engagement for your women’s support group. Our ministry’s main goal is to help women connect both with God and with each other.