get up and go…

Usually this time of the year I am obsessing over what it must of been like to be Mary. What a woman, so many times I just stop in my tracks thinking of what it must of been like for her to carry the Christ child, to raising Him, to watching your son being tortured to death. Unfathomable really!

But this year,it seems my focus has been more on Joseph and the righteous man that he was, as the word says he was. He was protective of Mary, thinking of what this ‘news’ would do to her, so he was willing to put himself aside and bow out quietly even though he believed and loved her.

The other thing that strikes me about Joseph, an angel came to him in a dream on three different occasions and every time, no questions asked, no delay, he instantly did as told. He led his wife and was a foster father who cared for and guided them as the Lord instructed. I am sure the weight of responsibility on his shoulders must have been overwhelming, yet, the Lord gave him what he needed to get thru it.

Aren’t these all traits we want to have? Righteousness, obedience, protective of the things the Lord has intrusted to us? I want to know that when I am asked, no matter what the circumstances around me look like, I will ‘get up and go’, for this is Joseph the earthly father to our Saviour.

Linking up with Jen and friends today…..

Merry Christmas to you!

December 21, 2010 - 2:45 pm

It's Grace - Amen! Mary and Joseph both were such faithful and obedient servants of the Lord. Joseph is an excellent model for a husband and father.

Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2010 - 3:51 pm

Natalie at Mommy on Fire - You are so correct, Marlece! I love the comment you left on my blog last week regarding this exact point. Joseph absolutely could have had Mary stoned to death and yet his steadfast and committed faith prohibited him from doing so.

I agree with Erin – what a beautiful model of a husband and father to our men and a graceful figure of faith to us all.

Merry Christmas, Marlece!

December 21, 2010 - 5:22 pm

Jenay - Beautiful perscpective. I love how it is the same story we’ve heard and love and celebrate every year, but every year we just get a different or new and added insight to the beauty of Jesus’ birth.

December 21, 2010 - 5:39 pm

Amy Sullivan - Doing what is asked of me. Now there’s something I struggle with. I swear to you if an angel came to me right now and gave me any kind of direction, I would toss about ten questions his way before acting. Imagine the faith it took Joseph.

Thank you Marlece for your bloggy friendship. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

December 21, 2010 - 7:08 pm

Jen - I never thought about how Joseph never questioned. He never said, “Are you sure?” He didn’t say, “Please give me another sign.” He didn’t say, “This is too much for me.”

These are all things I say to the Lord. Perhaps it is time to be a bit more like Joseph. Thank you for this.

December 21, 2010 - 8:43 pm

The Angulo's - Marlece, Very insightful post. Thanks for sharing. God bless you!

December 21, 2010 - 11:28 pm

Shauna - With you! Joseph has been on my mind too. At Sunday school they briefly touched on the fact that Joseph was a carpenter and probably had made a cradle and made arrangement with the local midwife for Mary. Once the census was issued Joseph must have been confused and nervous that “the plan” was being messed up. I can only imagine as Mary was in labor and not finding a room, he must have thought this was all wrong and not in “the plan.” But it was and it was perfect and Joseph was obedient in it all. Trusting God! What an example to us!

December 22, 2010 - 12:39 am

Tiffini - ” instantly did as he was told ” AND under the circumstances! I can learn much from Joseph…thank you for the reminder.

December 22, 2010 - 1:48 am

Gina - WOW, amazing… I too have been thinking about Joseph. It’s so easy to recognize Mary’s contribution and the huge call on her life… but it was not just her. They BOTH were called for the same purpose. And Joseph was committed too. The angels did not clue him in on God’s plan until AFTER he already accepted Mary being pregnant.
SO telling isn’t it?
I have been wanting to write a post about this myself. When being a blended family get’s hard… I always remind myself that Joseph was a step-dad and they were a blended family.
Good one, girlfriend.
Love you!!

December 22, 2010 - 3:06 am

Big Fat Mama - Marlece…this was so so good and something I really needed to read tonight! You are right – when God calls us we need to not question or delay but just be obeident and trust. I’m so thankful God inspired you to write this!!

December 22, 2010 - 3:19 am

Nabila Grace - What a beautiful post my dear! :o)

December 22, 2010 - 5:19 pm

Graceful - A wonderful, insightful look at Joseph. To have his obedience to God…I can only aspire to that!

December 24, 2010 - 12:20 am

Gerie - I Just found your blog,

Good post,
and when you compare Joseph to Zacharias, father to John the Baptist, and also high priest, look at the difference.

There wasn’t immediate obedience and he had to have his ability to speak taken away for a little while because he didn’t believe the angel that actually appeared to him and not just in a dream like Joseph had.

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