Have you ever considered that missionaries also contribute to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering®? Here's how we did it when we were missionaries in Latvia.
Matthew 1:18–25 tells us Mary was “found to be with child.” Matthew records this followed her return from a visit with her cousin Elizabeth. But how was Jesus’ prenatal presence found? Was there already the glow of pregnancy on Mary’s face as she returned home? Were there subtle womanly changes? Did Mary sit down with her parents and tell the angel story?
Genealogy and family trees held little relevance for me as a young woman. I skimmed through the genealogies in Chronicles with a “ho hum” failing to appreciate the importance of Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus.
When I was growing up, one of the most popular verses to memorize was Jeremiah 29:11-12.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (NIV).