Three Reasons Mary Was Favored by God, and Why We Can Be, Too



by Heather Bock

Imagine an angel approaching you with the words, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you” (Lk. 1:28) and to follow with, “you have found favor with God” (Lk. 1:30). Yes, it might be more shocking that an angel is speaking to you in the first place. I also know these words spoken to Mary pale against the brightness of other words promising she would give birth to the Son of God, the Messiah her people had been expecting for at least 700 years.

All that put aside, think about just the words that Mary was favored, and that the Lord was with her. Would you not love to hear these words? Continue reading

What’s Your Wish List for Your Father God, Part Two


by Heather Bock

Last week I wrote¬†about how we make a wish list for God, but just like my son choosing an off-brand Lego set that falls apart as he tries to assemble it, we don’t always know what are the best items to add to the list. We might ask His will to be done in our list, but often, we’re really desiring our own will to be done. Sometimes, just as I double check my children’s Amazon wish lists and talk to them about questionable items, I believe God, as a loving Father, says no to some of our items as well.

However, let’s not forget that our Father (and He is a good Father) wants us to go to Him with our requests. Continue reading

God’s Kindness through Disappointment Leads to Repentance


by Heather Bock

I was absent-mindedly skimming through my Twitter feed when I came across a tweet about an event called Lit by Living Proof Ministries for women with a passion for writing, speaking, and/or teaching in their 20s and 30s. I clicked on the link and disbelief took over as I saw that Continue reading