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How Did Mary Hold It Together?

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Only one woman in history has had the experience that Mary had. The blessed Word of God leaves enough room in her story to make me wonder what on earth that young, unmarried pregnant-with-God’s-Son girl must have been experiencing? The mental weight of what she was bearing is unimaginable to me.

How did she hold it together? How could she even breathe?

I believe the answer is there for us in the Scriptures. Mary’s prayer in Luke 1:46-55 shows us that this young girl knew her God personally, trusted and believed Him fully — in breathless awe, fear and wonder. And yet, so much of what she experienced she couldn’t even put into words.

Some things are best left pondered, treasured deep within our hearts, shared only between God and us.

Take a listen to Amy Grant’s song “Breath of Heaven” sung from Mary’s point of view.

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Maybe, like Mary, you’re carrying the weight of something that is overwhelming. Maybe you need the Breath of Heaven to hold you together today?

Jesus is here, now, ever near you, holding you together. “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17, ESV)

Merry Christmas!

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Punky Tolson heart’s desire is to help women fall in love with Jesus and live the life they were destined for. She has invested in the lives of women of all ages, teaching God’s Word, showing them how the Scriptures really do work in their everyday lives, and how Jesus makes all the difference. A writer, blogger, disciple-maker, and a passionate communicator of God’s truth, Punky (the nickname her Daddy gave her) speaks locally and nationally at women’s events teaching the Scriptures and sharing her life with her audience. Her story of finding identity, true love and lasting satisfaction in Christ is full of transforming truth; her amazing God-story of marrying at the age of 43 will captivate you no matter what stage of life you’re in; and her battle with breast cancer will reassure anyone experiencing any kind of difficulty that you are more than a conqueror in Christ. Along with her husband, John, she is co founder of The Tolson Group, a discipleship-based ministry in Dallas, Texas. Punky is also the host of the Life-on-Life podcast -- practical teaching and truth to help women know, love and follow Jesus … and challenge them to pass it on.

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