Oh Mary, Did You Know?

Monday, December 11, 2017
Every Christmas season I begin feeling overwhelmed and a bit stressed with all the money spent, gifts we have to buy, and activities I feel we can't miss out on.
It just becomes a lot of work and time for one holiday that's over in a blink!
However, once I start focusing on the real reason we celebrate Christmas, I notice my attitude change and my love for the spirit of Christmas increase.
This holiday is such a special time to reflect on our Savior's life instead of making it feel more like a "Hallmark" holiday. 
The first Christmas I spent as a mother, was the first time I really thought about what it must have been like to be Mary.
Ever since that Christmas, I love reflecting on her life and what an amazing example she is to mothers everywhere.
Like holy cow, can you even imagine being her??
The video I shared below does a great job of really helping us understand her role.
She was the mother of literally the only perfect man on earth.
She was the mother of our Savior, the Son of God.
Like guys, I can't even put my thoughts and feelings into words!
I just can't even imagine.
I feel such an intense amount of love and respect for Mary. 
Ever since that Christmas, "Mary Did You Know" became my favorite Christmas song.
I get the chills every time I listen to it, especially the Pentatonix version!
One of my favorite lines is "This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you."
SO powerful! 
Every Christmas now, I try to really think about Mary in that stable. Not in a hospital bed with an epidural, but in a stable. 
I try to imagine what it must have felt like to hold the Son of God, the one that now holds each of us in our trials and hardships.
I imagine what it must have been like to see him on the cross (cue tears), wondering why this must be. 
I imagine how it must have felt to see crowds bow before him, to see him give sight to a blind man, and to know that he overcame death.
I mean, I feel proud when Oaklyn pees in the potty by herself... I just can't even begin to imagine what she felt. 

Now, when I see a nativity scene, I see a mother holding a brand new baby boy.
I see a mother who was probably scared and had gone through long suffering just to bring him here... but a mother who is brave and faithful.
I see a mother that I aspire to be like.
Every Christmas I think about how I can be more like Mary, a mother who is one of the greatest examples of all time.
Mary was trusted with THE Son of God, and raised him in faith.
I just can't help but ponder the same question, "Mary Did You Know?"

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

Here's a few videos I LOVE!

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