When We Need Encouragement

“The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her,” Luke 1:35-38.


I remember the buzz in my stomach, when I learned of my first pregnancy. The excitement  rolled into one giant ball of elation. Only, I quickly found myself in a place I never thought I’d be ~ scared.

I didn’t know what to expect, even though I’d read the timeless pages of, “What to Expect When You Are Expecting.”

I didn’t know what labor would be like, even though I watched re-runs of TLC “Baby Stories.”

I didn’t know whether I’d measure up as a mom, even though everyone said I would.

Eight years ago, I met another pregnant woman and we became friends. She would have her baby six months before me. At my baby shower, she handed me a bag filled with all the birthing essentials ~ the glamorous stuff you don’t know you need: preparation H, tucks, sports bra, sitz bath salts, breast pads etc. She became a mentor and coach for me in areas I knew nothing about.

I bet Elizabeth acted as Mary’s mentor and coach as they were both pregnant at the same time, with two very special babies. Elizabeth being in her third trimester could represent the New Testament version of, “What to Expect When You Are Expecting.” Her advice and guidance probably brought comfort to a frightened servant girl. Perhaps they exchanged stories of how they became pregnant in supernatural ways. Maybe they shared in their amazement over the movement of their unborn children. Maybe Elizabeth encouraged Mary, “Yes, you measure up.” Elizabeth might have even given Mary some pointers on how to soothe a crying baby.

Nonetheless, I love the movement and sovereignty of God. He knows exactly what we need, when we need it. He knows when we need people to cheer us on in our adventures with Him. He knows following him in obedience isn’t always easy, but he wants to reassure us today and everyday that nothing is impossible with Him!


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I love that thought, that Elizabeth was Mary’s coach and mentor! God always provides what we need when we need it. He has perfect timing!
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Kelli, I love this picture of Elizabeth mentoring Mary. God always provides someone to come along side us and offer much needed encouragement. He is a good God!
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I bet you’re right, I’m sure Elizabeth was Mary’s go-to girl for all kinds of support and encouragement during her pregnancy. I don’t know what I’d do without God’s great gift of friendship. You are my #1 go-to girl 🙂 Love you!

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Interesting thought Kelli! I hadn’t looked at the two of them as having that relationship, but they certainly shared in such an intimate experience that it makes sense.

Thank you for pointing this out!

Have a Blessed Day!
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