As I waited in the long line at the grocery store, I looked over to the magazine rack—a place I loathe. I saw “Life Magazine.” On it was a beautifully painted picture of Mary. It simply said, “Mary, blessed art thou among women.” The irony of seeing this beautiful magazine cover next to the other filth was almost too much to take. I felt a lump in my throat as it hit me hard: “Mary, blessed art thou among women.” There, this beautiful picture depicting Christ’s mother, next to the trash that is portrayed and slung in our faces on a daily basis. What a contrast!

I bought the magazine. The entire thing is about Mary and where she is from and how people around the world revere her.

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THIS is what I want my daughter to see on the magazine rack at the grocery store. THIS is a worthy role model for women.

You can read the whole story of how Mary became the mother of our Savior HERE. In Luke 1: 28-31 it says, “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled by his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salvation this should be. And the angel said unto her, ‘Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.’ And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS.”

I believe Mary was HUMBLE. I believe that even though Mary worried about this calling she had just received, she WILLINGLY accepted. I believe that in order to be favored by God, she must have been OBEDIENT. I also believe she was KIND and GENTLE.

All of those attributes that I believe Mary had are not necessarily valued in women in 2018! The world tells us we need to be fierce, powerful, and boast of all of our accomplishments. It tells us we need to be sharp with our words to be heard. The world tells us we need to look, talk, and act certain ways—most of which is the exact opposite of how I believe Mary was. I know there is power to change the world in a woman who is HUMBLE, OBEDIENT, and GENTLE.

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If you are looking for a role model to emulate, may I suggest Mary, the mother of Jesus. I know I am striving to be more like her to find “favor with God.”

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Merry Christmas!

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