Women of Advent and Christmas: Elizabeth, Christian Parenting and Family

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The Women Of Advent :Elizabeth 

Nobody knew her name, but then she burst into history after a long life. Elizabeth was a failure by the standards of her culture, but God loved her. Just when most friends thought her time had passed, Elizabeth found herself at the beginning of Christmas.

There is hope in her life for any of us.

God acts when the time is right and can empower anyone, at any time, in any place to do His will. Elizabeth loved God and God did not forget her. She was there at the start of Christmas.

Advent and Christmas means getting together with family, and visits can be emotionally complicated, but only Elizabeth faced the surprise Advent visit of a very pregnant Virgin Mary. She faced this guest while very pregnant herself with a husband who had been cursed by an angel.

When Mary discovered she was pregnant, she knew where to go. Most anybody would guess, gossip or judge her swelling belly, but Elizabeth would take her into a home and keep Mary safe.

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