What Does Jesus Expect from Us?

What Does Jesus Expect from Us?

March 17, 2017

“Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” John 12:3 (NIV)

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Every year I count on a special gift from my husband: a small, 1-ounce bottle of my favorite perfume. If I limit myself to a few careful squirts a day, I can make that beautiful scent last the entire year.

The last thing I would do with something so precious is pour it onto a man’s feet (yes, even the feet of a man I love). But that’s exactly what Mary of Bethany did.

Just six days before the Lord’s crucifixion, Mary of Bethany broke her alabaster jar of perfume and released every drop, saving nothing for herself. Ounce after ounce drenched Jesus’ skin, soaked the hem of His garment and pooled on the floor around His heels. With the fragrant perfume running through her fingers, Mary anointed and massaged His feet right there in front of God and everybody.

Friend, it was scandalous. And glorious.

Was this aromatic substance cool to the touch or warm? Sticky or silky? Only Jesus and Mary knew how it felt. But everyone knew what it meant. I love You, I honor You, I worship and adore You.

And she wasn’t finished. Following the same path as her perfume, her dark hair spilled across His feet, as Mary of Bethany “wiped his feet with her hair” (John 12:3a). The original Greek simply reads “the hair of her with the feet of him.” Yes, that’s it. Her hair. His feet.

Since a woman’s hair, then and now, is closely tied to her sense of self-worth, Mary was quietly letting go of self — her longing to be looked up to, her desire to be attractive, her need to be liked.

This devout follower, this beloved sister, used her long hair to dry a man’s feet, the lowest job for the lowliest servant. She laid her whole being before Him: her pride, her reputation, her social standing, her clean hands, her pure heart.

“And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume” (John 12:3b). In fact, the scent carried right out the door, since the aroma of spikenard oil could travel half a mile away. Their neighbors in Bethany no doubt lifted their heads and sniffed the evening air.

Today we marvel at Mary’s story and stand in awe of her sacrifice, but we’re also left wondering how we could ever hope to duplicate it. Her perfume was worth a year’s wages” (John 12:5b, NIV) — about $30,000 in today’s currency. Is that what the Lord expects us to do? Give up everything we have?

Yes. But don’t panic.

Everything we have comes from God — our possessions, our bodies, our talents, our spiritual gifts, our everything. So, He will provide what He intends us to sacrifice, and He will give us the strength and courage to let go. That’s how amazing our God is. He is “… able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8, NIV).

What does Jesus expect from us? Only what He’s already given us.

Lord, we long to be as generous as Mary of Bethany, pouring out our lives for Your glory. Help us trust You to provide what’s needed, certain You will fill our hands and hearts with every good thing, so we may give them back to You with joy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Romans 12:1, “So I beg you, brothers and sisters, because of the great mercy God has shown us, offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him — an offering that is only for God and pleasing to him. Considering what he has done, it is only right that you should worship him in this way.” (ERV)

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Jesus said of Mary of Bethany, “She did what she could” (Mark 14:8a, NIV). He knew exactly what she could do and expected no more — and no less. What has the Lord provided that He might be asking you to sacrifice as an act of worship?

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Comments

  1. I love this take on this story. So convicting yet so true! Just a sweet reminder that everything we have we can use for His glory and His love, not our own. He is so patient with us as we learn to embrace what this love is and what it looks like.

  2. This is my sole quest in life. I want to be more of a Mary in this Martha world. I want to lay it all at Jesus feet. I want to serve him , be so in love with Him that when He returns He immediately will say, “Indeed this is a faithful child of mine , and not of this world.”

  3. A beautiful reminder….thank you!

  4. Joanie Boersma says:

    I long to get closer to Jesus every day, and love to spend each day during Lent dedicated to this journey. Thank you for guiding me on my journey. God bless you.

  5. Folakunbi Disu says:

    Its always been my hearts desire to follow Jesus and discover how to love Him out Loud in my life, daily. However, whenever I read this story of Mary of Bethany I fear that even today, if I were to replicate her actions, I would probably hesitate or flat out not know the spiritual significance of those actions. I have to believe the Holy Spirit teaches and guides God’s children now, yes even me, so that I won’t think with my flesh about such things but understand through the Holy Spirit the joy of letting go of All of ‘ME’ to experience ALL of ‘Him’ on a daily basis. I love how this devotional presented this story today, I have a new perspective.

  6. This was a beautiful devotional!! I know the story well, but was reminded of how amazing God is even in our lowest and that when we give our lives to serve him and to sacrifice some daily comforts, we’d see the glory of God!

  7. Jody Jondo says:

    What a wonderful idea for a book. Looking forward to reading it!

  8. Penelope Meunier says:

    I loved this devotional on the outpouring of love shown by Mary Magdalene. I did not appreciate that the perfume was valued at a year’s wages. Also from another devotional I learnt that Simon had not offered to wash Jesus’s feet which was a real mark of disrespect. I love how Jesus relates to women and would love to learn more. Thank you so much. Peppy

  9. Julia Trogden says:

    Thank you for the chance to dig deeper!

  10. This is so perfect right now! Thanks for your encouraging, challenging words Luz. Something about your writing always hits the spot for me.

    My husband has just received notification this week that he’ll be made redundant. I’ve been getting anxious that we’ll be needing to shut down on all spending and generosity and giving. But everything we have is from God and it always has been. So if he wants us to keep on he’ll provide what we need to continue.

    It’s time to stop clinging and holding tight to the things I have and let them go cause they won’t just disappear…they’re God’s already.

    I’d love to read the stories about the women of Easter. I was named after Joanna, one of the women who went to attend to Jesus’ body.

    Thanks again Liz. God has used you to encouraged me so much many times! Jo x

    • Jo,
      I had no warning that I was to lose my job and wasn’t serving the Lord at the time but HE used this as an opportunity to bring me back to Him! At the time we were living payday to payday on 2 incomes without really getting anywhere. Since the Lord has brought me back to Him, my husband never knew and still is hesitant to join us at church, (but I did get my FIL to come and my MIL curious now both reading their Bible and attending church) HE has provided us with everything we need and a surplus! Now the recent car repairs I needed hurt us but did not put us out of commission (like they would have before), we pushed 2 bills instead of all of them and still had groceries, I just couldn’t take my 4 year old out to eat after school for our regular adventures to the library for 2 weeks! We’ve been slowly paying off debt and shifting our priorities towards being debt free since I began to realize that He is providing for us. My “job” now is Sunday school teacher at my church and stay at home mom. I learned lots of new skills but started/ was sell my soaps to earn money for things for my kids at Sunday school and my tithing, I am uncomfortable taking “his earned money” for something he does not agree with.
      I pray my small testimony helps to calm your fears and know that God has us in HIS hands to provide us with all of our needs!

    • OnlyGodknows says:

      Read Matthew 6.
      I have went through some earthly financial medical woes for the last 30 years. I have made points where I have sold off anything and everything in this house. Why? To cover groceries, and to pay for different things. You cannot take your earthly treasures with you. The Lord may have supplied your needs. But there is a time where you let go. You not only are releasing your earthly item. You are blessing a need you have to meet. Sooner or later you will find a peace that passes all understanding

  11. Heidi Mell says:

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  12. I find myself daily at the feet of Jesus with my suffering. This devotional reminded me that I can offer up not just the sacrifice of my health to Him; but also to give him daily the gift of myself; my faith,love, and trust in Him alone as my Lord and Savior.

  13. Would love to win a copy! Thank you for this opportunity.

  14. Thank you for serving this way. I love your uplifting encouragement.

  15. Sherill Beatty says:

    Thank you, Liz, for your beautiful devotion on Mary of Bethany’s selfless act. God bless you!

  16. Thank you for the beautiful message today, Liz!

  17. Tammy Warren says:

    Great devotion, Liz! When I think of the women of the Bible … “The Women of Easter” being the first to see the empty tomb, I am reminded how original our God is in the purposes and plans for each of us. How amazing would it have been to be there with them; yet we can be even today.

  18. 3 amazing women!

  19. Patti Strain says:

    So brave! I love that all the gospel writers tell her story!

  20. Beth Hurst says:

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful story today Liz. What a beautiful heart Mary had !

  21. Lea Curlee says:

    Would love this. Thank you.

    • It was such a blessing reading this today. I am a backslider and my desire is to re-commit my mind, body and soul to Jesus Christ our Lord. Reading about Mary’s giving of herself to Him was such an inspiration. Pray my strength in the Lord that His devine will be manifested in my Life.

  22. S Daniel Paul says:

    Devotion is simply great. Thank you for the thought inspiring message today, Liz!

  23. Thank you for sharing this devotional. I would love to read your book and share it with my daughter.

  24. Always doing what I can with joy in my heart! Thank you for the great devotions!

  25. Cathy Copes says:

    My Bible study group just finished your Rachel and Leah study this past
    Fall. Thank you for your work.

  26. Elaine K says:

    Thank you for this message today. It was God-timed.

  27. Yes, He certainly gives to us abundantly in many ways! We need to realize this and share willingly and generously with what we have been given.

  28. How wonderful to win a copy of The Woman of Easter I would love to read it during this prayerful Lenten Season…. to God be the Glory

  29. Kendra Honea says:

    I want to surrender ALL of myself for the Lord

  30. Thank you so much for this devotion! It certainly gives me alot to ponder. I want to be like Mary, to give my entire life, my whole heart to the Lord holding nothing back. To pour out my life to bring Him glory and honor. This was beautiful and convicting. Thank you.

  31. Thank you for your words that help me look deeper into scripture and see where my own heart should be challenged! Blessings

  32. Thank you Liz 🙂

  33. Bethany Tuttle says:

    Thank you for First Five. This is how I try to begin every morning. Before I even get out of bed I start with these devotions and meditate on God’s word. What a way to begin the day in a calm manner before the stress begins.

  34. Lori schoonover says:

    This looks wonderful! In my journey to be a holy woman, it’s inspirational to read about it omen of great faith who have gone before me

  35. Sulynn Carlin says:

    What a beautifully written message today! Liz, the way you express God’s word speaks right to my every thought and fear! Thank you for your faithfulness and how you let God use your gifts to speak directly into the hearts of women who desire to serve Him with all they have!

  36. So excited to know more about this book.

  37. Sheri Alsbrooks says:

    The 3 Mary’s of Easter – sounds wonderful. Mary of Bethany was a true worshipper!

  38. Florence Kuek says:

    Thanks for your article, Liz.
    Indeed, as our age catches on, the only sensible thing in life is to keep doing beautiful things and pursue a life that reflects the fragrance of Christ. Looking forward to read your book.

  39. God bless you in this Season of Lent as you look forward to Easter!

  40. Cyndee King says:

    It was the women who first recognize that Jesus was not in the tomb. Hallelujah!

  41. What a beautiful picture of a servant’s heart.

  42. Love to have one of her books.

  43. Brenda Adkins says:

    I would really enjoy to read this book.

  44. Sheena Strudwick says:

    I ask myself, if I was living in Mary’s time, if i could do what she didi. I pray for the strength from God that I will be able to do so in this life. Thanks foe going to the cross for me. Love you Lord

  45. “Everything we have comes from God — our possessions, our bodies, our talents, our spiritual gifts, our everything. So, He will provide what He intends us to sacrifice, and He will give us the strength and courage to let go.” — This passage is what got me! We are struggling to teach our three year old about sharing and that not every toy in the house is his. It’s not as obvious as a toddler tantrum, but I struggle to share with my time and resources as well. Thanks for the reminder to trust Jesus!

  46. I’m intrigued by the title and would love to win a copy!

  47. Cecilia Bellon says:

    Thank you for sharing your love for Jesus with us. I love getting my “Encouragement for Today” every morning.

  48. That was a beautiful devotion. Thank you

  49. Laura Elliott says:

    What a great present this would be! March 27 is the day I was born. Thank you for the chance to obtain through a random drawing.

  50. Barbara Mullen says:

    Thank you for being th conduit to my prayers each day. In Jesus name. Amen

  51. Mandy Eley says:

    Yes, please. I would be blessed by this book.

  52. Mandy Eley says:

    Ye, please.

  53. Mary possessed a jar of perfume worth a year’s wages — how did that happen?

    This act of worship is a clear break with the past. She pours her history at the feet of Jesus, trusting him for her eternal future.

  54. Sounds like such an interesting book!

  55. Thank you for this devotional. To have such a heart, and faith in the God of our everyday.

  56. Laura Guevara says:

    I would love a copy of this book.

  57. I loved the devotional this morning. Would love to read your book!

  58. I would love a copy of this book!

  59. Linnae Peifer says:

    Always inspired to understand more about women of true, great faith and their walk in life.

  60. Thank you for sharing God’s truth every single day! I am always blessed and encouraged by the P31 devotional. I am thankful for the opportunity to win a copy of this book.

  61. Ashley Bennett says:

    My husband and I recently started to tithe, which seems huge! I have to remember that He isn’t asking for more than He gives!

  62. Rhonda Hendrix says:

    I love learning about the women of the Bible.

  63. Natelie Correll-Lowe says:

    As I read this devotion it occurred to me that my child is in His hands. I was blessed to have her and raise her but she belongs to the Lord. I need to let go and trust Him to take care of her and her to continue to grow in the Lord. It is difficult sometimes but when I remember who God is then I can relax and trust.

  64. Thanks for the reminder that God has already given me everything. That gives me perspective that I have that love to share with others as well as that I have the strength to make it through my tough situations.

  65. What a beautiful devotion this morning. But that I can love our Lotd as much. You’re a blessing.

  66. Donna Biehn says:

    I would love to read “The Women of Easter” to learn more about the women in the life of Jesus.

  67. Jewell Suber Williams says:

    May GOD continue to replenish you as you give so generously to others.

  68. Thank you Lord, may i live today for you

  69. Oh to be like Mary! What a perfect example of laying down everything for your love of Jesus. Mary’s pouring out of her perfume onto Jesus’ feet was an extravagant gift to the Son of God, the only man worthy of such!! May we all find a way to extravagantly pour out what we have onto Jesus to thank him for his unfathomable sacrifice on the cross!!!

  70. Love proverbs 31 ministry

  71. linda johnson says:

    Thanks…would love to win.

  72. Michelle Shanley says:

    What a great way to celebrate Easter, by looking at these precious women.

  73. linda johnson says:

    Thanks

  74. Eileen Specia says:

    You made the breaking of the alabaster box very real to me and intense in a way I never thought of before…thank you

  75. Kim st. Germain says:

    I would love to read this book!

  76. Elizabeth says:

    Look forward to reading this book. I would love to know more about the women of Easter.

  77. Lori Lambright says:

    I would love to learn more about “The Women of Easter”. So many Mary’s in the bible that I tend to get them mixed up. Reading the book would help me to learn more about them and their part in the life of Jesus AND what they can teach us today.

  78. Virginia Monyer says:

    Would love to read this book as part of Easter prayer and preparation.

  79. I love reading what you write. You’re so easy to connect and relate to. Thank you! 🙂

  80. Natalie Howard says:

    Oh this was an absolutely beautiful word. So timely for me!

  81. Jennye Lumpkin says:

    I liked your devotional. I would love to win a copy of your book.

  82. Great devo! I have read the Women of Christmas and would like to add the Women of Easter to that! Mrs. Higgs opens ideas to these people one might not normally consider. Have a blessed Easter.

  83. Heidi Contreras says:

    I loved your reflection today. Everything I have been blessed with belongs to God. What an important reminder. I would love a copy of your book to learn more about the women of Easter! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  84. Clarissa Parrish says:

    Would like the opportunity to study for the women of Easter.

    May you continue to be blessed in your writing and spiritual journey ✝️

  85. Your book sounds amazing. I can’t wait to read it.

  86. Cindi Blazina says:

    Thank you for this much needed reading. Praise God for His provisions. Would love to read more about these women of Easter.

  87. I love this. I once heard a speaker say that the perfume was so strong that a week later Jesus could still smell the fragrance wafting up from
    His feet as He hung on the cross. The sweet fragrance of worship .

  88. I would love to learn more about the three Mary’s.

  89. Carol Wallace Gravante says:

    As I sleep the Lord, according to Zephaniah 3:17, sings over me all night long. Last night the songs were reverberating, Lord I need you, take me home, you are the air that I breathe … Lately songs about being in God’s presence and desiring nothing else and focusing on nothing else but him has been reverberating through my head all night long. The story about Mary pouring the oil on Jesus’s feet in the way you described it in the blog did not, to me, talk so much about generosity necessarily…. it was her adoration and that is, with the Lord speaking to me, is the need to adore him so much that I give everything to him … He lately has been speaking so much about how he is coming soon and all we need to do is just look to him and focus on him and adore him and obey him and worship him . I want to be like Mary and I and blessed by reading this. I had been two nights full of songs but refused to get out of bed as normal to write what he had me to write. This was a confirmation upon reading this blog that my adoration was lacking …

  90. Momstarr says:

    I remind myself often of 2 Corinthians 9:8. I need to remember that He indeed has given me all I need. If I think I am lacking something in order to live for Him then I will fall prey to the devil’s lies.

  91. Judith Myers says:

    Would like to read your book

  92. Beautiful reminder of what an intimate relationship with Jesus looks like. I count all as loss. Jesus is worthy:)

  93. Pam Johnston says:

    This was a wonderful devotion for today and every day. I wish to learn more about the women of the bible. These 3 brave and loving women stayed by Jesus’ side. I thank God every day for the blessings of good and not so good things in my life, as it draws me closer to him and helps to grow me in to a strong woman for Christ.

  94. Gabrielle Marshall says:

    Love, love, love Liz Curtis Higgs! Her joy and zest for life always comes through in her writing as she pours out her own alabaster jar on her Lord, and inspires me to do the same ❤❤

  95. Misty Humphries says:

    Would love to win the book–

  96. Wow! Liz, you are allowing God to use your talent for Him. Thank you! 😘. God’s Word is perfect.

  97. Sarah Morgan says:

    I love Liz!!! She came to Southside last year and was our speaker for the Women’s conference. It would be neat to win this book.

  98. Lyz Alexander says:

    These look like a great tool for centering your family around Christ during the Easter Season.

  99. Lorna Cook says:

    Ooh I would love dearly to win this book. Would be such a joy to read and a good read incorporating the Word and quiet time with Him is very rare these days.

  100. Deb Gann says:

    What a great idea. I have read the book “Woman of the bible” it was very interesting I know these Easter cards would be a great addition to the book. God bless

  101. We are studying Twelve Women of the Bible..would love to read the Women of Easter that includes 3 of them.

  102. Easter is my favorite a holiday!

  103. Would love to read your book and spend additional quiet time with our Lord.

  104. Amy Mathis says:

    This sounds like a great study of these women!

  105. This was beautiful! Thank you.

  106. Susie Roth says:

    How I wish I could have been the “Mary” who poured the perfume over the feet of Jesus. Hopefully I can serve Him & honor Him in my everyday actions & words. Thank you for this today!

  107. Brenda Hooghuis says:

    I really needed to read this message today. Honestly I have not been tithing. When I read this email it explains to me to let go and to God and God will supply because He has blessed me. I need to be care full with the resources God has blessed me with.

  108. I would love a free copy. I read the daily encouragement every morning.

  109. I want to humble myself and wash people’s feet today! I want to surrender my whole life to Jesus! Great word! ❤️

  110. Julie Guffey says:

    This touched my heart today. Thank you!

  111. I love God vine. It’s my morning routine reading Gods word first! Love all the contributors too! Liz Higgins. I love you and your walk!!!!!

  112. Sharon Hess says:

    I love Easter and would enjoy focusing on these three woman at this special time of year.

  113. That is such a beautiful picture of worship. Thank you for that good word!

  114. I love this – thank you!

  115. Beautiful! Our family of six read this very story last night and taught the word “vial” to our youngest.
    Liz, The Women of Christmas is my favorite book to read during Advent. I am thrilled to know that you have shared your insights again for Easter!

  116. Liz Curtis Higgs speaks my language… and in so doing helps me understand His language much better! I bless God for the people He gifts with those abilities that further His kingdom thru sweet understanding of His heart and ways!

  117. Eva Sonnier says:

    I love this experience in the Bible. To have been there would be awesome!!!

  118. Mary in NH says:

    Thank you, Liz, for this good devo. I’ve been blesssed with some extra time this weekend, and I’m praying that I can use it to be a blessing to people in a couple of different areas. I know I promised to lend my support, but, now I have to make sure I do it with a smile, no complaints. All this involves, cooking, serving, some clean up and a short drive out of my way to make someone’s day. Giving up free time when you want to relax . . . But I remember I’m strong, healthy and called to bless others.

  119. Agnes Wickware says:

    I would love a copy of Women of Easter since this is the 8th Year and month of my baptism on the 23rd getting to know about these women are a double blessing God Bless each and every one of you for your Proverbs31

  120. Stephanie says:

    Thank you for this reminder today! He will give us the courage to let go of what He has given us.

  121. Debra Alexander says:

    I have been blessed to see and hear Liz and would love to be blessed with a copy of this book!

  122. I am so thankful I read this today. How many times I’ve heard this story but this struck me in a new way today. God has been gently reminding me that my life is not my own. What a gift life is! I want to lay it all down and open my life for God to write my story, all of it! To God be all glory, honor, and praise! The words of this devotion today helped slow my mind down to really see, feel, smell, taste, and experience what Mary was doing. This story fills the senses. Lord, humble my heart and help me surrender it all, help me to serve you as you call me to.

  123. I would love to have a free copy. It’s very encouraging to read stuff on here

  124. Thank you for the devotional today. It gave me a deeper perspective on the story of Mary and the oil washing of Jesus’ feet. How lovely to think of the scent traveling and lingering.

  125. I am just starting out on my daily devotional journey. I googled “daily devotions for women” and this page popped up. I remember hearing about it on KLove so I knew I was in the right place. Reading the story and scripture brought tears to my eyes. I am not sure if it was because of the complete sacrifice of Mary onto Jesus, or the void of being distant from God and His word, and it now being filled…..I am sure it is a little of both. Either way I am excited to have found a place to go each morning, before the hustle and bustle of the day. Where I can be in the Word, drink my coffee, and know that He is with me. I don’t have to do life on my own. This is a very special feeling. Thank you

    • Wow, Virginia, your words brought tears to MY eyes! So good to be reminded and encouraged by the words of someone newly re-kindling a relationship with the Lord. Seeing it from fresh eyes is good for the heart. Thank you for your action on the prompting of the Holy Spirit to write today!

  126. Lynn vaughn says:

    In my reading this morning read story of Lazarus, how cool that you wrote another story about Mary!

  127. Jamie Leden says:

    Thank you for sharing and I enjoyed reading this devotional

  128. Priscilla Metros says:

    Today’s devotion was beautiful. I lay it all down, that which was all given to me by the Lord Almighty.

  129. Becky Wilson says:

    I appreciated your devotion this morning about sacrifice. What does God want? All of me. And…all of me has already been provided by God.

  130. Thank you so much for this devotion! I look forward to reading “The Women of Easter.” I’m sure they will amaze me, comfort me, and encourage me as much as “The Women of Christmas.”

  131. Love Liz Curtis Higgs!

  132. K. Marshall says:

    Thank you for the reminder in this morning’s devotions of the amazing gift–that when we give up all we have and are, that Jesus is always just a prayer beside us, ready to fill and complete us with His restoring grace. Tho we are undeserving, He is always willing to forgive because of a miraculous resurrection.

  133. Would be neat to learn more re this at Easter. Thank you! Lord bless!

  134. Kim Anderson says:

    This devotional stirred up many thoughts for me this morning. My husband and I have done devotions together in the morning since we were married almost eight years ago. Only two years ago, I found Proverbs 31 through the promptings of my husband and find it very fulfilling and directly relational to myself. He gets anxiety about his new job, kids, grandkids, and our relationship; does not sleep well and before we know it were right back to where we were and it’s frustrating. This devotional got me wondering where I need to sacrifice something. I hold on to them because they are things that I feel complete me to who I am. They are good things but our lives are so crazy, but its gets me so angry inside when he blames me. I feel like he’s all over the place, but I know I need to be the strong one and have faith in all circumstances, even when I let something he says diminish my faith and gets me doubting everything. In other words, please pray that I can have strength to look to Christ, not my husband for “feeling good” and that I will know what things I need to lay down and lay them down without resentment and be there for my husband during this time of his uncertainty. Kim

  135. Janet McKay says:

    what an awesome reminder that it is all God’s and I can’t out give Him. Thank you for reminding me to keep a servants heart! What an encouragement!

  136. Thank you

  137. Marisol Andrades says:

    This was a great devotional, thank you!

  138. Laura Manahan says:

    Thank you for a glimpse of Mary and her all in devotion to our Lord.

  139. Tracy Newberry says:

    Beautiful devotional. Gives me encouragement to give more of myself, all of myself to the Lord.

  140. Love these quick devotions in the morning. With 3 kids it can be hard to find time but the encouragement of these devotions gets me through my days

  141. I can’t wait to read Liz’s new book! I’ve loved her since she was a radio DJ here in Detroit. Liz has a way of bringing the people of the Bible ALIVE with her words. She is an amazing lady and a true angel of God.

  142. Sheryl Duncan says:

    Beautifully, spiritually written… uplifting and fulfilling! Amen!
    Thank you.

  143. Jesus has given me so much more than I am worth and has been my true savior in the depths of despair. He is my only hope I am sure I can trust. I have been touched by him coming to me, not in the Earthly reahlm or understanding but in a spirit unknown to us here. The message he gave was this life is about “Love and Forgiveness”. When I share this experience people look at me as if I need a psychiatrist. But I will keep sharing this, the one most important powerful, exhilarating experience of my life. If only each person could know this there would be so much more peace and love. I also understood this won’t happen totally on Earth but it will in Heaven. It was unexplainable to humans all our senses at their height combined combined with something beyond with nothing​ verbal but a clear distinct message. I just wanted to share. Much love. God Bless and walk with Jesus every moment. Not an easy task but it grows.
    Jodie

  144. I have enjoyed reading your other books Bad Girls of the Bible and Mad Mary. Would love it get and read your new book!!!

  145. Mary Ellen Ward says:

    I have been a follower of you for years. Thanks for your talks and inspirational writings. They are enjoyable and fulfilling to me. Thank you.

  146. Beth Neel Massey says:

    I’d love a copy of this book! It is always amazing when we are reminded that the women (and men) in the Bible were just ordinary people like you & me…with doubts, fears, sins, etc.

  147. I’ m glad I found your daily encouragement. You give me a lot to think about. 😃

  148. Rebekah Raiteri says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book.

  149. Your devotional on Mary of Bethany blessed my soul greatly this morning. Thank you. I would love to read more of your writings.

  150. Kathy Howell says:

    Jesus is there for the broken hearted. . . and that includes me. Sometimes we can feel detached and isolated but He is there everyday drawing us to Him. Easter is a fabulous time to be drawn to the Spirit of Jesus. Proverbs 31 is a wonderful ministry and blesses my heart with the rich wisdom it imparts. I have read some of Liz Curtis Higgs’s books and have loved them.

  151. Victoria Walker says:

    Thank you for this beautiful description of the selfless sacrifices we should daily give to our loving Father.

  152. Vicki Alfred says:

    Thanks for the reminder that everything God wants us to give to Him has been given to us by Him. He is worthy of our every sacrifice!

  153. Julie Woodman says:

    Thank you for your words and reminder that God provides.

  154. Reading God’s word 1st and your devotion 2nd. What a blessed way to start every day! Thank you!

  155. John Weikert says:

    I am a husband, father of 5 and a grandfather of 13. I read your devotional everyday because i feel it’s important to listen to women and hear their concerns. I use a lot of your devotions in my Sunday school class because they apply to men as well as women. I would love a copy of this book to read about how they viewed their experiences. Thank you for helping me start my day with a word of encouragement.

  156. I have always been fascinated by the role women played in the Life of Jesus. WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS BOOK

  157. Donna Madden says:

    Love “The Women of Christmas” – would love to read this one, too! 💞

  158. Love this devotion & Mary’s love for Jesus❤️

  159. Such a good remindereminder of what it looks like to live surrendered to Jesus. At His feet worshipping Him and giving Him everything He’s give us. I love your books, Liz! I would love to win this one! God bless you

  160. Rachel Zimny says:

    Thank you I needed to hear this today. I desire to give myself wholeheartedly to the Lord and it’s comforting to know that He will help me do it. People pleasing is a real struggle for me, and I want to change!

  161. I would enjoy reading her insights into these three women’s lives/ hearts.

  162. I’ve always loved Liz Curtis Higgs’ perspectives on the women of the Bible. I’m sure this one will not disappoint.

  163. I love this…This Mary sat at His feet, fell at His feet (when Lazarus died and grieving), then came to pour herself out at His feet and surrender all she had to this Lord of Love.

  164. I have always been amazed by Mary’s willingness to empty herself completely at the feet of Jesus, no matter what anyone else in the room might be thinking. Risky, but Jesus right away acknowledged her sacrifice…I imagine him gazing into her eyes and assuring her of his love and acceptance. In that moment, when we come to him broken and lay it all down, he tips our chin in his hand, lifting our face toward heaven, looks us straight in the eye and says “I love you in spite of all of that.” THAT is my Jesus!

  165. Great devotional thoughts.

  166. These Lenten devotional have been wonderful! I’m sure this book would be a beautiful and powerful way to experience Holy Week. I thank you for helping me with my Lenten journey!

  167. Vickie Dority Taylor says:

    I have found these devotional readings to be so inspiring. Thank you so much for bringing me closer to God. Bless your ministry

  168. It is always good to be reminded of what we have been given to honor Him with.

  169. Gwyn Nick says:

    Thank you for this picture of giving all to Jesus! I would love to win a copy of Women of Easter!

  170. Lynetta Dwight says:

    I really enjoyed the lesson for today. It showed me that we must honor God with all of our heart, soul and mind. It doesn’t take material substances, but our bodies.

  171. Rose Boily says:

    thank you for sharing think it was beautiful to read that I need that encouragement pray for that it can’t be hard at a time

  172. Would be so happy to have this book!

  173. Jill Fenrick says:

    I would love to hear more of your writing! It is so thought provoking…God has given us much, so we can give Him some back with a joyful heart.

  174. As always, you speak truth that I not only can understand but I can apply. I never thought of living my life for Him in this way. Thank you…

  175. Victoria says:

    Thank you for encouraging/challenging thoughts this a.m. Would like to win the book….title is intriguing!!

  176. Love this time of preparation for Easter! And love looking at the perspective of characters in the shadow!

  177. I love being inspired by faith filled women!

  178. Trisha McBrayer says:

    I LOVE EASTER and everything written by Liz Curtis Higgs!!!!🐣💐

  179. Thank you. Would love to read this book!

  180. How wonderful it must have been to sit at the Lord’s feet! I pray that I can be a blessing to Jesus and all I cross paths with daily.

  181. Lord, I Believe,,,, Help My Un-belief. Help this broken heart, to Trust You,,,,, with All that I am,, & All that I have.
    In Jesus name, I pray.
    Amen.

  182. I’m struggling with my dad’s aging and needing him to transition to assisted living. I ask every day for Jesus to show me my way. It has been a difficult road since our mom passed in Feb 2016. Dad’s health is declining but he doesn’t want to let go of things he and mom worked so hard for. Thank you.

  183. Danielle Renard says:

    This devotion was very eye opening to what Jesus expects from us in our relationships with Him. Nothing that we have is of our own gain, everything we have is from God, my job, my home, my loving godly husband. They are all gifts form God, and he wants us to use those things for His glory. I am so thankful to have a heavenly father who knows what my needs are even before I do, and who provides them for me in His perfect timing.

  184. I think He is asking me to “sacrifice” my time.

  185. “He expects only what He has given us.” I love that. I want this to be a daily practice I strive for, to give everything I am and I hope for to Jesus. It’s all His anyways. Thank you for this reminder and encouragement!

  186. Anonymous says:

    Awesome devotional!! Would love to continue reading about it in the Easter Book!! 💕❤️

  187. Telena Haneline says:

    Lovely! Thank you for this lovely devotion.

  188. Myra Rasmussen says:

    I love Liz Curtis Higg’s books, they make the characters come alive to me. Thank you for being “real” Liz.

  189. Oh Liz how I love your insights! They always make the Word that much more alive, and help me see and FEEL things in a new way. Thank you for following God’s calling in your life!

  190. Beautiful! And, humbling.

  191. Judy Musgrave says:

    I’m stepping out in faith. I work full time and I’m bringing my mother, who has dementia and is in a wheelchair to stay with me for 1 month to give my sister a break. I would love to share this book with my mom during her stay.

  192. Lori Ferreira says:

    Liz I love your books and have read them all! You bring the women of the Bible to life in a way no.oyher has. Thank you!

  193. Sherri Stumpf says:

    Many thanks to Liz Curtis Higgs for her insightful devotion about the woman pouring perfume on Jesus’s feet. When I read God’s word the Holy Spirit speaks to me. And that is sufficient, but as I also read Liz’s thoughts, I feel I’m in a personal one on one bible study with an anointed believer.

  194. I am always delighted by the stories in the Bible. As a child I was raised in the Catholic faith & didn’t hear those stories growing up & after my husband & I were married & became Christians there was a movie about one of the stories in the Bible & I was so fascinated by it & my husband couldn’t believe growing up in the Church & never hearing those stories. So I always enjoy reading or watching stories about my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

  195. I would love to read this book!

  196. I wrote in my journal a quote from today’s devotional: “What does Jesus expect from us? Only what He’s already given us.”

  197. Jennifer Sisson says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to receive this book. God bless you!

  198. Sharon Gosselin says:

    Today’s devotion on Mary spoke to me.A good reminder that we need to give God our all. I would like to read the book about all the Marys.
    I would like to share this book with friends and as a church librarian I think it would be a good addition to our library.

  199. Was really struggling this morning. Still am. Found out my husbands check didn’t come in and that is a lot of what we needed to pay off monthly bills. I was frustrated that my husband would tell me as soon as I awoke this morning knowing that I would fret and worry. But then he and I prayed before I left for work. and then the radio came on and the song moved me. I only heard the last line of the song. I pulled into the parking lot and tried again to give it all to God. Then I sit at my desk and I get a little excited, my favorite part of my day is reading my devotions that I subscribe to. this devotion is another reminder. GOD HAS THIS. I just finished writing that and I just got a call from my husband saying it will be fixed. God is so GOOD!
    Thank you for this reminder. I needed this so badly today. I will worship all day, because this day is His.

  200. Sonjia Kerr says:

    Liz is such a great story teller! I always feel as though I am present in the moment, and am motivated to respond. He only wants it all, but it all comes from Him. The book will be a great read!

  201. Michele Carlson says:

    I love the way that Liz can express the same feelings that I feel in her writing. So often, I read something of her’s and think, “yep, me too.”

  202. Sallye Jordan says:

    Would love to have this book. I am so glad I found Proverbs 31 Ministries. First thing I read every morning. Loved this devotional.

  203. Thanks for the reminder of just how precious our Savior is! He deserves our best worship! I pray I can put myself aside more for His sake. Blessings.

  204. Learning more about Jesus through the perspective of these women sounds incredible!

  205. Elisabeth says:

    What a great devotional this morning. I’d love to read this book!

  206. Monya L Brown says:

    Bless you Liz Curtis Higgs! Bless you!

  207. Renée Taylor says:

    Finances are tight, would love this book!! Thank you for blessing us with this give away.

  208. Liz this devotion is perfect for right where I am and, I suspect, for right where each of us is today, because it’s true. Thank you so much

  209. Suzan Adams says:

    Thank you for sharing the story of Mary. It is fascinating to read and learn that women and men in the Bible were REAL people.

  210. Janet Miller says:

    I love Liz! Read her books to my kids for years, and now I love hearing her heart on Proverbs 31!

  211. Judy Ports says:

    Thank you, Liz, for reminding me that ALL is the perfect amount to give.

  212. What a beautiful story and a gentle reminder that I must be always willing to give “back” all I have with no restrictions.

  213. Tonya Seitz says:

    This will be an awesome book to read and share!

  214. Maureen Couture says:

    Mary demonstrates her love and devotion to Jesus by pouring out all she had at His feet. She has taught us what God expects from us.
    Thank you proverbs 31 women for pouring the gifts you all have into the lives of others. I am blessed by these daily devotions!
    ❤🙏

  215. Robin Wilson says:

    What a lovely reminder of sacrifice in worship.

  216. Mika Davis says:

    Wonderful devotional (and reminder)! Thank you Liz and Proverbs 31 Ministries!

  217. Judi Jackson says:

    I read this to my daughters this morning. Such a powerful image of such love and sacrifice.

  218. LINDSAY BELISLE says:

    Excited for this book!

  219. Alisa Hugdahl says:

    Entering for a chance to win this book. I look forward to carving out the time to be transformed back to His feet. Thank you for this opportunity.

  220. Wonderful reminder of the giving spirit of Mary. Thank you for sharing.

  221. Linda Hansen says:

    To give my everything? Difficult to do but when you remind me He gives me everything I need how could I not live this way. It was so good to read your devotion today. You have an amazing gift to share God’ s word. Thanks Liz!!!

  222. Thank you Liz! What a wonderful way to start my day.

  223. Amy Byman says:

    What a beautiful devotion today!

  224. Total sacrifice. Not just a little here or there. I think that’s where we struggle the most, by giving just enough to feel good about our efforts but still fear going “all in”. Thank you for sharing! I needed this 🙂

  225. Christine Lewis says:

    I would love to read this book, and learn more about the women who followed after Jesus! Thank you for the devotional this morning, it was much needed!

  226. Connie Moore says:

    Loved this beautiful and sacrificial loving description of Mary. I want to know her more~

  227. Thank you, Liz. Makes me wonder if I would do the same as Mary of Bethany if I were in her place.

  228. Jerrilene Smith says:

    Thanks Liz for reminding me that all I have is His, so I don’t need to hoard my time or possessions. He gives freely, and so should I.

  229. Thank you Liz Curtis Higgs! I always love your devotionals because I feel your transparency, your curiosity and your love for God’s Word! You’re also a great story teller. This familiar story always teaches me a little more.

    When you put the value of that oil in today’s currency, it becomes even more astonishing that she poured every drop of it at the Master’s feet. Oh what an example Mary left for us, but like the Proverbs 31 woman, it seems almost impossible to live up to that model without feeling inferior or that somehow we will miss the mark if we don’t do what they did.

    Thank you for the reminder that He equips us all differently and His expectations align with what He gave.

    What a relief and such a blessing! His Grace continues to overwhelm me!

  230. Jamie Mahoney says:

    This article is perfectly timed. I just paid for a woman from my small group to go on a spring break trip with CRU at her college. I was nervous though because I also just have a very large amount to another woman in my small group that has cancer. For the first time in my life, I feel God calling me to give. He has set me in a season and placed opportunities and needs all around me. This was a perfect affirmation that everything I earn is God’s! So I do not have to be afraid to give freely. He always provides.

  231. Joyce White says:

    I pray my life will reflect the amazing love Jesus has for all of us. Never glory for me. Only glory for Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

  232. Vickie B says:

    How timely, as I have just been doing a more in-depth study of the Godpels. What impresses me the most about Mary of Bethany is her complete abandon in her love of Jesus. She demonstrated to all women that our place is at His feet in worship & attentiveness. Thank you for shining such an honest light on her precious relationship with Jesus. She set the bar high for us!

  233. Enlightening as always. Our Ladies Sunday school class has done many of your Bible studies. Thank you for your devotion to spreading the word with your flair for storytelling. It makes the stories come to life!!

  234. O God our Father, have mercy and pour Your Grace on Your people who trust and obey. Give us strength and courage to finish well. We want to be ready when you come. Oh Lord Jesus help us. Send Your heavenly armies to protect and defend our country and the world from evil. Your Will and Your time is in Your capable Hands. All thanks, glory and praise to Jesus our Hope. Amen

  235. Each morning the Lord knows what my heart needs to hear–and be reminded of: THANKS!

  236. Love Liz Curtis Higgs! Thanks for the opportunity to win her book!

  237. Best devotion and insight on John 12:3 I have ever read. So timely yet timeless! Thank you!

  238. Marcia Poston says:

    I cannot even fathom how many times I have read this passage or heard it in sermons through the years. Today I had the aha moment and really grasped the significance of it. Thank you Liz for your direct and insightful explanation. You are a blessing!

  239. sarah engle says:

    Thank you Liz- I love your words and you have been an inspiration with your journey-
    It reminds me to be patient every day and walk in the word with you all!
    Sarah

  240. Pamela S says:

    Thank you Proverbs 31 ministry – it is the first thing I ready when I get to work – I simply cannot start my day without it! I loved Liz’s devotion today – truly everything we have is HIS. Trust, faith and believe in him. God will never leave or forsake us even when he brings us to our lowest point. Finances are very tight in my family – I have learned to not want or desire anything and be thankful solely for my faith and health. It keeps the perspective centered and focused. Not easy though in our material world. Thank you Liz for your great reminder – truly you touched my day.

  241. I love everything by this dear woman. Would love to win her book!

  242. Marcia Staten says:

    Powerful message, give of yourself as Jesus gave himself.

  243. Mandy Fong says:

    Thanks for the reminder!

  244. Rebecca Lange says:

    I have just been introduced to Liz Curtis Higgs as an outstanding Christian writer. Just started reading GRACE IN THINE EYES yesterday. Know that she is the kind of Christian writer who helps one grow spiritually. And lo and behold, today’s devotion is by her. Isn’t our Lord and Savior amazing!

  245. I have always wanted to read “The Women of Easter” along with “The Women of Christmas”. What a lovely devotion this morning; I pray it blesses an abundant amount of women! Thank you!

  246. Wonderful reminder for a reset this morning! Everything we have comes from Him! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win your book! Exciting!

  247. Thank you, Liz for your powerful devotion…it spoke right to my heart this morning. As a wife, mother and daughter of aging parents I’m often questioning if I’m doing enough to honor God…so thankful to be reminded that He goes before and has planned our every step…Yay God!! ❤️

  248. What a Beautiful story of Mary and Jesus giving all she had to him. That story touched me and I learned a lot from it. The sacrifices she made we need to make also.

  249. I love this beautiful reminder….”He will provide what He intends us to sacrifice, and He will give us the strength and courage to let go.” It’s so easy to get into the mindset that I have to figure it out and do it myself. Lord Insurrender to your leading and depend on You to give me strength and courage!

  250. Caroline Baxley says:

    This is so true…that He WILL provide what He intends us to sacrifice, and He WILL give us the strength and courage to let go…YES what an AWESOME God! Thank you Liz for sharing! I would love to read The Women of Easter and share it with other women as well. Thank You! And God Bless!

  251. Seeing this story come alive while reading your devotional, Liz!

  252. Kathy Morton says:

    The book sounds so beautiful…I love to read about strong women and their lives. What a privilege to read this account during the season of Lent!!

  253. Sheri tucker says:

    3 of my favorite women of the bible. I would love to win this book.

  254. Linda Glandorf says:

    I am intrigued by a book on The Women of Easter. I have always been touched and motivated by the women in Scripture.

  255. Thank you for a precious devotion to start the Easter season. I have taught preschool for twenty years & this is my favorite Bible story series to share with my three year olds.

  256. Tanya Deer says:

    What a blessing to receive your book! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  257. Linda Thomson says:

    I have a cousin who has just come to know the Lord. I would love to gift this book to her.
    She found Jesus in jail. God uses what we see as a bad situation for his glory!
    Her name is Mandy and I would appreciate your prayers for her.
    God is good all the time and in every situation!!!

  258. Elaine Segstro says:

    Thank you for this devotional and for making the story so meaningful. I love your writing and would love to read your book.

  259. I would love to read Liz’s new book !

  260. What an honor to have been a woman who was worthy to be mentioned in God’s word. A great reminder of how everything we have is actually His. What a beautiful story of love and unselfishness. Giving
    Back to Him as he has blessed us. Thank you for your beautiful devotions.

  261. Laura Johnson says:

    What a great look at Mary and what she did with her perfume! I’ve never quite seen this passage in such rich explanation and application. I would love to win Liz’s book and read more.

  262. This devotion spoke to me in such a powerful way. Life changing. Thank you

  263. Katherine Baugher says:

    Love this devotion 🙂

  264. What a lovely reminder! Our sermon series at church is about going “all in” for our Lord. As I try to implement it further in my life, this mornings’ devotion was extra sweet. Thank you for the encouragement!

  265. Christie says:

    Heard this story so many times, but this puts it in such a different way.

  266. What a reminder to have the goal to get so wrapped up in Jesus that nothing else becomes more important! Thank you for your message today!!

  267. Esther Uramkin says:

    Thank you for this beautiful devotional. I read over this passage recently and didn’t stop to ponder. Thank you for the insight I missed.

  268. Vicki Bezems says:

    Liz’s devotion really brought home to me what Mary’s sacrifice was worth! We can also sacrifice more than just material things: We can give up our daily sins for him, the sins we love. Now I want to look for sins, habits, and selfish motives I can give up for Jesus.

  269. Patrick van Nel says:

    I am planning a mini conference for this Easter with another assembly from a neighboring city. Taken how I was challenged by “What Jesus expects of us” I think this book will provide us with valuable information and guidance to really equipe God’s children and to enhance our worship. Thanks a lot for the inspiration

  270. Mallory Kincaid says:

    Wow! This really spoke to me today. My husband recently lost his job and we feel the Lord moving us from our current home…this has been so hard as we are nearing the end of his paychecks and praying about the place he has for us next. What a great reminder that everything we have comes from him and he will provide and give us strength and courage. Thank you for this wonderful message!

  271. What a beautiful story! This is one of my favorite passages.

  272. What a beautiful devotion. The book sounds like it would be a great study also.

  273. Slaves to righteousness not to sin. Mary’s act demonstrates the depth of her repentance.

  274. I love Liz’s writings. I am so inspired to read about these women and the sacrifices they made. Thank you!

  275. Delma Tingler says:

    Thank you for showing us this perspective on Mary’s offering. It touched my heart and enlightened me to how great her sacrifice actually was.

  276. Janice Emick says:

    A great reminder to give our best everyday.

  277. Keturah Reed says:

    Beautiful devotional! God equips the called.

  278. I would love to win that book!! Thank you proverbs 31 women, you all have been such a blessing and an encouragement to me my life is being transformed into something beautiful because of your willingness to share God’s unconditional love to us women!! Thank you all love you!! Joyce

  279. Thank you for sharing this wonderful example of love and devotion. I have been so thirsty for the Lord’s word and the people of Proverbs 31 have been such a blessing to help me in my daily walk with our almighty God.

  280. This is so beautifully put. It really made me stop and think that Jesus asks no more of us than we are already given, and He has given us everything, so He has provided what He asks us to give.

  281. I look forward to each P31 email! I’m going through a trial that is requiring more of me than I’ve ever experienced before. With the help of these emails and online studies, I am learning how to fully rely on my Savior in a way I’ve never done before.
    This email, in particular, really speaks to my heart. Thank you to everyone behind the scenes of this ministry. I am grateful for you!

  282. Molly Johnson says:

    It’s sometimes overwhelming to think of giving everything to Jesus. I love the author’s words, “What does Jesus expect from us? Only what He’s already given us.” Everything.

  283. Deb Tonniges says:

    My Bible study group loves to do Liz Curtis Higgs studies. She is such a hoot but so down to earth in her explanations and her love for Jesus.

  284. Diana Wright says:

    Well I Just have finished reading for the 1st time Bad Girls of the Bible & really Bad Girls of the Bible ,
    now they are on loan to another lady & my Neighbor is waiting to read them after that ..so everyone is enjoying your wonderful writing style and God’s awesome truths !
    Thank you Liz for relating in a real way to us all . Diana
    Hoping I am a winner 😉

  285. Angie Payne says:

    Thankyou for putting this on today’s encouragement. I haven’t been reading them all like I should but I read this morning’s and it helped me. God is good. If we open our full minds and hearts to Him, fully trusting Him;then will reward us. When we are children we fear almost nothing. When we get grown we fear a lot more. God doesn’t want us to be scared. He wants us to fully trust him as if we are little children. Sometimes it is hard to do but when I do I feel safer. God is good and has our best interests at heart. Life isn’t always easy. But He knows us better than we know ourselves. Trust Him its worth it even if that means getting persecuted because of Him. Don’t deny Him or He will deny you when the world ends and Hell isn’t where anyone wants to be.

  286. I just love love love how Liz describes these event. She makes them so real and so relevant. I have also found this to be true…whenever I am prompted to give something Sacrificial lyrics, it is always somehow provided by the Lord. He is so faithful, and it is my joy to be faithful right along with him. I look forward to reading liz’s book!!

  287. I would be thankful to read about these women of the Bible. I want to grow in my faith. Messages like these help us all to be more like Jesus, loving and righteous.

  288. I loved this devotional – a help to see Mary of Bethany’s sacrifice with fresh eyes.

  289. Monroe Dugdale says:

    Beautiful

  290. Tissa Boyer says:

    Thanks for this beautiful, articulate explanation of Mary’s sacrifice! I enjoy your writing very much! God has gifted you! Currently, reading ‘Here Burns My Candle’. Thank you for being a servant of our Lord Jesus Christ and for sharing with us.

  291. Barbara Harpham says:

    Thank you for you wonderful devotion I really enjoy them.

  292. Tammi Post says:

    I would love this book! I already have the women of Christmas. Thank you Liz for your wrirings.

  293. Penny Major says:

    I would love to have this book!

  294. Seeking to go deeper and in these chaotic times I am reminded of the acts that display our sentiments go beyond our mere words or desires. At his feet I am…

  295. Amanda D. says:

    Am I willing to make the sacrifice? That is the question I ask myself! Lord, help me. Would love to win a copy of this book.

  296. Penny Major says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book!

  297. Deanna Bates says:

    I never realized the true beauty of Mary’s actions.
    Thank you for starting my day with this!

  298. Vicki Anderson says:

    When I read what does Jesus expect from us? Only what He has already given us. It released something in me. A very grateful heart for all He has done in my life. All that I am or will ever need is from the Lord and he is very gracious!!!

  299. What Love! Mary had no care for what others thought – only her Saviour. Thank you for this lovely reminder.

  300. Judy Nickless says:

    May I be like Mary of Bethany and pour my oil upon Christ’ feet. Love your devotions every day,, thank you.

  301. Shana Keenan says:

    I would love a copy of this book!

  302. Jacki Surles says:

    So love her works. This devotion is such a wonderful reminder that all I have belongs to Him.

  303. Would love to read this book and pass it on to my daughter and granddaughter’s and see their appreciation for these bible stories that they can apply in their lives just as well…

  304. Jan Coton says:

    Thank you for this devotional this morning! I would definitely appreciate getting this new book. I still remember what a joy it was to study Ruth in your book – the girl’s still got it- My small group thoroughly enjoyed it- laughing and crying together!!
    You are a Blessing!!

  305. Anne Dahnke says:

    The strong women of today know that there have always been many strong women – only their strengths have often been revealed only to Jesus.

  306. It’s very encouraging to know that God provides us with all the tools we need to do His will.

  307. Proverbs31 is truly God led and God fed. I read it daily and daily the Holy Spirit speaks to me through the devotions. Thank you for providing such an inspiring tool to spend time in the Word as I begin each day!

  308. Brenda Kukuruza says:

    Thank you for this encouragement. It really touched my heart.

  309. Sabrina Sentell says:

    Thank you for making me see the “normal” Bible Stories in a different light. Love reading daily

  310. Tracy M. says:

    I would love to have this book! I am at a period in my life, that I am trying to dig deeper in His Word and understand it at another level and bring forth revelation on it. Trying to make the connections on it then and in today’s world. Thank you for making this possible.

  311. Kate Lackey says:

    Proverbs31 devotional has been an incredible blessing to my life. My family has been struggling through the loss of my husband’s job and I was searching for something to start my day off with. Proverbs31 devotionals have impacted my life in a truly amazing way. Thank you for giving me the encouragement and conviction that I need to grow closer to God.

  312. Liz Curtis Higgs, You have such a gift of words, to make us smile and touch our hearts! Thank you for sharing and encouraging each of us.

  313. This was probably my favorite Proverbs 31 email I’ve ever received. Thank you!

  314. Debbie Holm says:

    Love Liz’s books. Would love to read this one. Thanks for the give away.

  315. This will be my first of many times returning to this devotional. Liz is one of my favs!

  316. Becky Prasek says:

    I never feel like I have as much to offer as the next women. Thank you for this beautiful reminder of the Truth. And oh….to give it away all so willingly and extravagantly.

  317. Well said Liz. I think often we hear the word sacrifice and panic. all we have is given to us by God. I must pray on what God is asking me to give back. Then open my hands and let it go

  318. This is beautiful. And like you, every year for my birthday I ask for perfume and try to make it last until the next birthday.
    He wants all of our worries, struggles and sins because he loves us. He doesn’t want us to suffer, feel alone or feel less than. He wants all of us. Praying to him all day everyday has brought me so much comfort and a lot of peace. I don’t have to carry all of the weight that I had been carrying for years and years. Leave it at his feet!

  319. Nicole w says:

    The Lord is teaching me something new everyday I’m here this book will add to more of what I’m learningfrom him as a new believer.

  320. Tommi Lindsey says:

    Beautiful lesson, Liz! Thanks! I would love a copy of your new book!

  321. Oh, to sacrifice without hesitation like Mary. My hearts yearns to trust God to that extent in this world.

  322. Janet Jackson says:

    I love Liz’s books, and this is such a beautiful message!

  323. Abby Knigge says:

    As I read your devotion this morning, I began to smell the scent of daffodils I have in my Vase, It took me right there with Mary washing our Lord’s feet.
    Jesus Christ is that scent of life calling us forth as his princess warrior bride to carry that beautiful scent (Jesus) to Those still wounded on the battlefield and to wash them with the scent of life which equals salvation and life with second chances, even for the God’s unborn to safely live and grow in their mother’s wombs until time of birth. God began to fill our life with his beautiful scent when he fearfully and wonderfully knit us and created a beautiful heart garden within us in our mother’s wombs.

  324. Looking so forward to reading this book!

  325. Mavis Morton says:

    Love your books. You make the people of the Bible come alive. They become real and I can picture Jesus in an unforgettable way.

  326. Connie Gibson says:

    I love your tender explanations!!

  327. I would love a copy of the book to read about those faithful eomen

  328. Thank you so much for your daily encouragement! My mother is 94 & loves to read stories from the Bible . I would
    love to win this book for her.
    Blessings,
    Ann

  329. Blessed by His grace.

  330. Thank you for today’s devotional, I love your books, they make us feel like we are there in the story. Thank you for using God’s gift of writing for His Glory.

  331. I love the scandal of Mary’s love that drove her to knees at Jesus’ feet seemingly unaware of the at least 15 men staring at her as she worshipped! My prayer is I would be as intentional in my worship and that many around me would smell the sweet fragrance of Christ and join in ❤️

  332. “So, He will provide what He intends us to sacrifice, and He will give us the strength and courage to let go.”

    I needed to hear this today. Money is tight but we are keeping a financial commitment we made to our church’s building campaign. It was hard to write that check, but at the same time, my heart is light knowing we planned and saved and God made it happen!

    I’d love to have a copy of the book to keep me going!

  333. Hearing this story is always a wonderful reminder that nothing of this earth is mine, so give generously.

  334. Debbie Cawthon says:

    Thanks so much for the chance to win. God bless you real good!

  335. Rebecca L says:

    Very interesting and what an example we should all follow. I’d love to read the book and find more information. Thanks for this.

  336. Pat McMillen says:

    What a gift we have in Liz! She has such an amazing way with words. Thank you for your thoughts that always touch me.

  337. What a powerful reminder that He has already given us everything that we can joyfully give back to Him. Oh what joy lies on the other side of my self when all I am and have is for Him and His glory.

  338. I would love to win that book, The Women of Easter!!!

  339. Blessings to you today for this opportunity!

  340. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for very encouraging devotion!

  341. Tammy Dyer says:

    Liz….such an awesome tribute to women of God and their role in praising and spreading God’s love and promises! I look at these women in the Bible differently now that you brought this to my attention. Blessings on your book and the message it delivers to women…God loves us and wants us….we need nothing more to determine our worth, but sometimes have a hard time believing it….I am one of those…but climbing up with messages like this!! Blessings to all who comment and seek the message of this book.

  342. He will provide what he intends us to sacrifice, I love that! Thank you for the great devotion!

  343. I appreciate and enjoy your writing. As librarian of our church library I know there are a lot of us who eagerly await any new book of yours. I would love to be able to place a copy of your book in the library for all of us to enjoy.

  344. Blessings!

  345. Debbie Darlington says:

    The more details I learn about Mary’s gift to Jesus, the more in awe of her I am! I have been blessed with much and pray often to hold His gifts with open hands that God will take it and use it for His glory.

  346. Vickie Spires says:

    Women of Easter – what a great topic for a book!

  347. Suzanne barclay says:

    I appreciate your writing

  348. Mandy Bowman says:

    I loved this devotional today, thank you. I would love to win a copy of the book.

  349. Janice Kesterson says:

    I would love to read this book. Thank you for your devotional today . It was a great blessing!

  350. Susan Knight says:

    Looking forward to sharing Liz’s amazing story telling brought to life in yet another book. I have learned so much through her books.

  351. Reading this devotion while heading to the mtns.
    Such a blessed read while traveling
    Spoke to my heart in areas I need to improve on

  352. I can only pray to be like Mary and to be willing and able to sacrifice all I have for God. It is so hard to do when the world around us yells for us to get and hold onto more and more and more. I have to remember that all I have comes from my Lord and all I have should be returned to him.

  353. What a great tribute to Women. I am a Martha but want to be more like Mary. This encourages me. Blessings

  354. Melissa Stocker says:

    I am so blessed by Liz’s teachings. I know I would love her new book.

  355. Dana Nutt says:

    I can only imagine reading this book and would love the opportunity to pass it on to my daughter in laws.

  356. My heart leaps when I wake up to Liz! I love her devotions, as they always leave a lasting impression. I would love to read her book! God bless Liz and her inspirations!

  357. Colleen Davud says:

    Would LOVE to Win!!

  358. Such a touching devotional today. This is one of my favorite stories from the Bible and it was beautifully reiterated by Liz. What an amazing reminder to know that EVERYTHING that we have is His!

  359. I enjoyed thinking about the description of what she did with the perfume being “scandalous…and Glorious.” I’m sure she had no thought of that herself, but her action flowed from her grateful love for Jesus. I would love to have something I do for Jesus, today often being seen by what we do for “the least of these”, being seen as something I’ve done because I am so grateful to Jesus for what he has done for me; that I love him so much and it is seen in an obvious way that I am not even thinking of the cost to me. I am not there. I am encouraged by her life. I am also encouraged to use my imagination to place myself into her story and learn something of what it may be like to do something like this. Thank you for the opportunity to remember this story and share in this devotion, especially before Easter.

  360. Colleen Davud says:

    Trusting in Him!

  361. Colleen Davud says:

    Praise Him!

  362. Katie sexton says:

    Thank you for this devotional. I need to hear this.

  363. Teresa Ogletree says:

    I love reading the daily devotions. and it touches my heart to read about how the women treated Jesus. Thank you proverbs 31 for the daily encouragement. There is always something that you can read that will help you with your daily walk. GOD BLESS

  364. Bette Graybill says:

    I would love to learn more about the women of Easter and would be grateful to have the book. Saw Liz at a Women of Faith event several years ago. Thank you for offering this to women.

  365. Jada Mullins says:

    Would LOVE to win a copy of this book! Women we should all live like!

  366. Sally Ann Price says:

    Thanks for your great devotion. Hope you have a beautiful day. The Lord made us who we are today. We have an awesome God. He sent his one and only son, Jesus to pay the price for our sins, and was risen. Amen.

  367. I have never thought about this act in this manner. It helped to give me a new perspective of sacrifice and being transparent before the Lord. Thank you.

  368. Rosie Findley says:

    At a time when I’m learning to turn every ounce of myself to the Lord, this seems like the perfect book.

  369. Thank you, Liz! Great stuff! I especially love your message that Jesus will give us the strength to let go of what He has given us… letting go of Self and everything else according to His Will and timing! Happy Friday!

  370. Renee Snyder says:

    Thank you for the opportunity and the devotion on Mary and Jesus.

  371. Thank you so much for daily encouraging me and others with your online devotions. I would love to continue reading i this new book…..have a blessed day,

  372. I love this! <3

  373. Elizabeth W says:

    The timing of the Lord is precious as this morning was the time I needed this beautiful reminder. Thank you

  374. I am so blessed by the picture portrayed of Mary anointing Jesus, prostrating herself before our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Also what Liz Curtis Higgs encouraged us with that Everything we have to give to Jesus he already provides. How awesome is the Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am so blessed in Him, through Him and for Him. Praise His Holy Name!

  375. I have never thought about this perspective-the amount the perfume would have cost. And yes, what we are asked to give up was gifted to us by Him in the firs place! Thanks for giving me my a-ha! moment this morning! Blessings!

  376. Jann Mitchell says:

    I have read that story many times, but I have never seen it in exactly that way before. Very eye-opening and thought provoking. Thank you.

  377. Rachel Collier says:

    LOVE this devotional and story!!! Gets.me.every.time!
    Your details and new knowledge are such a Blessing ~ Thank You, Liz!!
    First read your work in The Pumpkin Patch Parable, The Easter Lily Parable, and the Pine Tree Parable. These have really touched our lives through the years!! {saving them to read to Grandchilren one day 😉 }
    Just thank you for who you are, and for sharing your gifts with each of us!! Powerful.

  378. Brandy Beekman says:

    I’d love to study this book and share it with the other women in my life.

  379. Kelli Cameron says:

    Can’t hold back the tears on this one. In His perfect timing, a message I needed to hear, through Liz. So grateful. Thank you Liz and Proverbs 31. ❤

  380. Sally A Little says:

    I truly appreciate your minestry. Today as I read this devotional, I’m reminded just how much I take for granted. All Jesus asks from us is our heart, in return he gives us the simplest purest firm of he’s unconditional LOVE. Thank you for this reminder….I think I can smell the perfume in the air:)

  381. Sally A Little says:

    I truly appreciate your minestry. Today as I read this devotional, I’m reminded just how much I take for granted. All Jesus asks from us is our heart, in return he gives us the simplest purest form of he’s unconditional LOVE. Thank you for this reminder….I think I can smell the perfume in the air:)

  382. Love your daily encouragement. I would be so blessed to win the women of Easter!

  383. Lord I pray for my spiritual eyes to be open to your truth and to trust you with all you have so freely blessed me with-please help me to learn to release to you my natural nature of holding tightly to things.Open my heart to your ways and my ears to your guidance. Thank you Lord

  384. I would love to get a more in depth perspective of what these women experienced!

  385. Marie Blumenthal says:

    Thank you, every morning I receive your emails, and i can not wait to read what is for today it lefts my spirit . thanks

  386. I loved this devotion and the book sounds fascinating.

  387. Melissa Conaway says:

    Would love to win a copy!
    God Bless

  388. Thank you for your devotional!

  389. Thank you for the devotional today. God is good and faithful.

  390. RHONDA RENSHAW says:

    I can’t imagine being in the presence of Christ, and then to experience the loss of him….and then to have him rise again. What a roller-coaster of emotions they must have felt. What a tremendous sacrifice so that we all could be spared!

  391. Rhonda F. says:

    Thank you for this devotional today! I find this story in the Bible to be so interesting. Jesus has given His all, and Mary is responding to Him by giving all that she has. How beautiful this love is!

  392. I loved today’s’ devotional. It is what I needed to hear. I found out about a month ago that I have an autoimmune illness. This makes the third autoimmune illness I’ve had. I’m thankful it isn’t something worse, but it was a bit overwheming, given I’m a mom of 4 children and I need to completely change my diet to heal. I overcame the last two autoimmune illnesses and with God’s help and the surrender He is calling me to, I will find healing. It will take full surrender in the area of food, emotional eating, etc. I need to be able to be healthy to serve my husband, children, family and others and this is how He will bring me to surrender to break strongholds, through my desire to do His work. This book would be a wonderful help along with His word in the task that lay ahead of me.

  393. Trish Johnston says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a great book of encouragement as we see these women in a new light.

  394. I love reading these messages! My life in the past year has been through domestic abuse, loss of my younger brother, my job, and home. The powerful strength that these women have had to go through the seasons in their life are so inspirational to me! Thank you!

  395. Rebecca Tellez says:

    I first met Liz at my first women’ s event as a baby Christian at the tender age of 53. She has impacted my journey with Christ ever since. I would love to win this newest book to add to my collection. Thank you Liz and Proverbs 31 for your commitment to helping us along this journey with Christ.

  396. Mary Gegare says:

    I pray God so sweetly picks the winner. Even if I don’t win it, I am definitely buying it. This entry alone, so beautiful how could I resist…

  397. Kimmie Bowser says:

    Thank you Liz for this beautiful devotional. I have facilitated a Titus 2 ministry called “Sharing Lives” for single, young-adult women since 2002. Your book sounds perfect for my girls! I love the way you write, brings me right to the room, I could almost smell that beautiful aroma poured out on Jesus. I love Proverbs 31 ministry because I am introduced to beautiful women who love Jesus! So thrilled to now know you. God bless you Liz, and thank you!

  398. I love the story of Mary and Jesus. I would love to read the book. Thank you for the chance to win. If I am not chosen I will look at buying the book.

  399. As I read the devotional this morning, I began to think of the Mary’s in my life. My dear daughter, Mary Catherine, my sister Mary Dean, and dearest of all, my grandmother Mary Jane. Mary Jane was and the most single influence for my Christian faith that I ever experienced. The pickle dish I inherited and treasure from Grandma is nothing compared to the deep sincere faith she exhibited every day. She was a prayer warrior and I watched and listened as she and my Grandfather began every day with scripture reading and prayer. Because they were parents of 10 children and grandparents to 36 and pastored small churches across Southeast Missouri for many years, they had many people to pray for. Their intercessory prayer requests were many and specific and always laced with the request was the knowledge that God’s will would prevail and extended to a request for us to understand and acknowledge that His plan would lead to the best end even if we didn’t know why the plan wasn’t as we requested. Grandma Cook was a true soldier of the cross. I am so lucky to have had this sweet lady to influence me and only wish that I could be more like her.

  400. Tina Colley says:

    I want to be more like Mary,giving my all to Jesus,who gave all to and for me.

  401. Stacy McKnight says:

    This is a wonderful example of giving that I need to follow. It is so difficult to lay it all down to the Lord. Fear of being outside my comfort zone keeps me from doing all I should for God. I pray that will continue to help me grow in love and worship and service to Him. I appreciate your devotions and your books. May God bless you.

  402. What a wonderful devotion. God bless you!

  403. Heidi Schaumburg says:

    I LOVED seeing you in Germany 20 years ago. My school kiddos have enjoyed your Pumpkin Patch Parable every sense!

  404. Wanda Canady says:

    What a wonderful devotion. I would love to have this book. Going through a huge change in my life, my desire to love and know God is greater than ever! I do appreciate these devotions.

  405. Thank you Liz Curtis Higgs for sharing your life with us over the years. You are a great inspiration to me! May God bless you!

  406. CC Carpenter says:

    What perfect timing. I just said to my husband that I need to read more and I believe Liz’s book what be an inspiration to identify with women that walked with Jesus.

  407. Kim Wilkes says:

    Thank you Liz, this was a true blessing this morning. I love your books and I know this one will also be a joy.

  408. Thank you for an opportunity to have your book!

  409. The reflection today about the woman’s anointing ofJesus’ feet brought about a profound sense of love and worship of Jesus! Thank you for sharing this with us all! May you be receive abundant blessings this Easter.

  410. Truly enjoyed this devotion today

  411. What a great reminder to give God our best.

  412. leah morris says:

    I appreiated reading your devotion today.I’m going through some trying times and it’s good to be reminded that when we worship him he will bless us even more with his lo e and care.thank you for this message.

  413. Thank you for this beautiful devotion. Your words really spoke of complete surrender and complete trust of our God who is our sufficiency and provider. God Bless!

  414. Teresa Jameson says:

    I would love to give this book to my Mother, the good thing about that is she always gives it back to me when she is finished reading it.

  415. Julie Overstreet says:

    What a great devotional !! But they all touch my heart. I can really relate to the perfume. My grandmother (who was born and lived in England) had the best smelling perfume. It was just a nice soft fragrance. It was called “April Violets” by Yardley of London. I would always make it a point when we would visit to purchase a bottle of this perfume when we visited, but never even thought to buy a bottle for myself. I would always use her’s when I was there. I did eventually buy myself a bottle and when it was gone I tried to find the perfume through the Yardley website, only to find that the scent was discontinued. I was very sad. But after searching, I managed to find it. They had about 12 bottles of the perfume at a great price and my husband bought them all for me. This has been some year back and I still have 4 or 5 bottles. I make it last. But everytime I wear it, my mum says, “I smell Nana Allen.” 🙂 She was such a dear giving grandmother!! I miss her so very much. We have so much to be thankful for and have been so blessed !! GOD IS GOOD–ALL THE TIME!!! I thank HIM for everything I have and I thank HIM for bringing me to Proverbs 31 for these wonderful devotionals and OBS. Thank you all at P31 for sharing your hearts with us. God Bless you all !! I would love a copy of The Women Of Easter 🙂 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

  416. Angela Perry says:

    I was so blessed and encouraged! I had a liver transplant this past September and as I continue to recover I have been praying for the best direction for my life to allow God to use me to bring glory to him and help others since he has given me a new chance at life. He wants everything! I am willing!

  417. God will provide what he wants us to sacrifice, I love that.

  418. Oh Liz,
    I love your books. I love the way Ruth and the God who rocked her world !!
    And I’ve got to read Bad girls of the Bible. I just love your books so I am looking forward to reading The women of Easter. Blessings , LaRayne

  419. I can’t wait to read ” The Women of Easter ”
    Blessings, LaRayne

  420. I love everything about this devotional. I’m now excited to read “The Women of Easter.”
    God bless,
    Kristin

  421. Friend, it was scandalous… That made me chuckle. Thank you for this beautiful devotion.

  422. Lori Haley says:

    Thank you for the reminder that everything we have belongs to Jesus. It is easy to forget this even though in my mind I do know it.

  423. “She did what she could” That is a noble goal to have said about you. Working to do what I can.

  424. Lovely words straight from holy scripture! I am a man who tries to follow Christ and grow in faith and truth each day. My growth is slow in ways and my faith gets thin sometimes. I cherish enlightened, Holy Spirit inspired teaching and preaching that encourages and gives fresh insight. Teaching and writing from women offers a different view point than male teaching – special and complimentary. Gods design is awesome and perfect. Liz has blessed my spirit and instructed my worship of God!!! I am praying for her life and this much needed ministry.

  425. Wendy Peebles says:

    If only I could be more like the women in the Bible that became self-less to serve our Savior. It is definitely a different kind of walk and path that we each travel in our journey with Christ. I would love to read your book, The Women of Easter, and then share it with other women in my family and friends.

  426. Yvette Smith says:

    I can only imagine what an amazing experience…to wash our Lord’s feet & then to dry them with my hair….what an Awesome thing to get to do!!!

  427. Sheryl Gray says:

    What a Beautiful Devotion! You have truly touch my heart. I love your books. I’m going through a change in my life, my desire to love Him and Be all God want me to be. Thank you for sharing this beautiful devotion and I really need that. God bless you Sweet Sister in Christ!!

  428. JoAnn Mares says:

    Beautiful message, praying God guide me to give more. Thank you.

  429. Cynthia Smart says:

    My heart longs to embrace and be embraced by Jesus, lover of my soul. I seek Him relentlessly to consume my sense of self and pour out to others.

  430. I want to be “Mary of Earth”!!

  431. I want to be “Mary of Earth”!

  432. Beth erlander says:

    Wow… all the Mary’s. Want to read more!

  433. I love Liz. I love Easter. I would love the chance to love this book.

  434. Louise Owens says:

    I enjoy reading about the three Mary’s of the bible. They offer me many ways to love and serve the Lord

  435. I think it would make a great, new Easter tradition to sit down as a family & read these cards together, the week of/before Easter, as a preparation for & for rememberance of such a important holiday. I want to instill, in my daughters, the TRUE meaning of Easter: The death & resurrection of Jesus. Not the bunny, baskets, candy, eggs, & hunt.

  436. Kathleen Boren says:

    Three Marys, three blessed women who loved Jesus as father and son. Would that I loved Him that much. God give me a Mary kind of love.

  437. Julli Barnes says:

    What a wonderful story. Would love to read “the rest of the story” in your book.

  438. Sharon Stockton says:

    I would love to read this book!!

  439. Would love to win one of your book.

  440. virginia says:

    This book sounds fabulous! I would love to win and read it!!

  441. Rachel Moen says:

    After a full 24 hours of learning things will fall away according to love Him more, this was encouraging!

  442. It would be a blessing to be taught further the love & the devotion of these godly woman. So we can become more like our Savior through our sanctification. Reading this makes me ask myself where is my heart.

  443. This was perfect timing! We discussed this at AWANAs this week.

  444. Thank you for the reminder that Jesus only expects of me what He has given.

  445. Sharon Flemimg says:

    Liz,
    Have seen your presentations many decades ago. You have always inspired my life. Thank you for this devotional reminder of God’s blessings and His expectations. Going through a transition in my life right now for which this has given me food for thought and action! Thank you for your ministry to women.

  446. I never looked at what Mary did that day in quite this way. I knew she did it to show her love for Jesus,, but never really applied it to myself. That it is a pouring out of myself sacrificially to Him. Thank you for making me see this special act of love for Christ in a brand new way!

  447. This is such a good reminder that Jesus doesn’t ask for MORE than what we have, or more than we can give, but only what we have, what he has provided. Thanks for the great post!

  448. Suzanne Hughes says:

    I loved your daily devotion. I’m new to the faith in Jesus and grow daily in my love and knowledge. Thanks for considering me for the free copy of your book. God Bless you and yours and have an awesome day!

  449. Cama Campbell says:

    I love your writing style and I know I would enjoy reading your book!

  450. Judy Flores says:

    What a beautiful and might I say hard reminder of what God wants us to do. Thank you for sharing your word picture of His word with me! Blessings!

  451. Judy Flores says:

    What a beautiful and might I say hard thing for us to do. Why do we want to hold on to stuff that doesn’t last. Thank you for the word picture you created from this passage. Blessings!

  452. What a beautiful reminder of her sacrifice! Grace is so wonderful, as you said, Jesus give us what He expects of us. There is a sense of freedom in that. We don’t have to strive or worry about our sacrifice. Just be willing to give what He has already given us and the fact He will give us even more in return. The fragrance of the oil that filled the air, I am sure also stayed with him to his death and reminded him of her sacrifice. Such a meaningful devotion. Thank you.

  453. Jamie L Hitt says:

    What a wonderful devotion and something I really needed to hear today. God Bless!

  454. Kayla Newton says:

    By your stripes we are healed. Thank you Jesus

  455. c Rogers says:

    I love the Lord and long to do the same thing!

  456. Thank you for sharing these words from God to your pen went straight to my heart. Jesus give us strength to love you as Mary did and put you first in our hearts and lives. 💞

  457. Twylla Langenhoff says:

    God Bless you 😊

  458. Denise Campbell says:

    I have to say that your reading today has left me feeling awed, naked, amazed. Mary bore herself totally and completely before our Lord and he ‘stood up for her’. Immediately, as persons started making comments…does He know who she is, why was this not sold for money to feed the poor….He made them know that she was His and He would continue to protect her no matter what they said.
    That gives me a feeling of safety from an AWESOME, LOVING, GRACIOUS, God, Father, Friend!!
    Thank You Lord!!

  459. You are awesome at putting your words on paper. I am going to buy your book, but there is a client that came in to the law office today that really needs to read your book. She desperately needs some encouragement!

  460. Katherine Gregory says:

    Keep our eyes on Jesus. Fill ourselves with His wonderful Grace. Worldly are dimly compared to what is in store for us when we see Jesus face to face.

  461. Sherry Adams says:

    In your stories of the women in the Bible you always help me see some truth that I have somehow missed. Thank you!! You

  462. Rhonda Slater says:

    Love to read about inspiring women in the Bible who challenge us to live a life bringing glory to God.

  463. Joanne Levien says:

    This book looks great. I am an old follower of Liz. Thank you for this opportunity.

  464. Tasha Beck says:

    What an incredible devotional! Thank you! I long to be like so many women in the Bible!

  465. Thank you for this message today.

  466. Wow. Great article.

  467. Tanya Tomasovich says:

    I have been going through a 7 month trial, and Our Lord and Savior has been with me and my husband every step of the way! Although it is a difficult period, I so love Our Lord! I Praise you Lord!

  468. Thank you for the devotion and for the opportunity receive the book.

  469. Bret King says:

    What a precious and beautiful example of pure love and adoration Mary set by using her perfume on Jesus’ feet. We should ask daily, “Lord please show me what more I may do”.

  470. Carol Martin says:

    Your writing style is so personal and inviting — getting to know these people is very exciting.
    Please write more. Thank you.

  471. Loved the devotion today. It spoke to my heart about ‘letting go’ of the things that God already owns which He gave me to enjoy!

  472. I appreciate this devotion! thank you for sharing!

  473. I so enjoyed today’s devotional about Mary’s hair and Jesus’ feet. How beautiful to give Him everything.

  474. What a beautiful reminder that everything I am is because of Christ. I want to live my life as He intended.

  475. Amazing the love Mary had for
    Jesus. Love this devotion.

  476. Traci Lacayo says:

    Oh wow this devotion spoke to me. I am not perfect. In fact I feel like the woman at the well..Never felt like I was good enough for anything. Just in the past year and a half have I begun to see the Lord in a whole new light. See the love He provides and see Him for what He truly is. I think I had to come to the end of myself before I could see Him. I am married to a man who doesn’t believe and that makes life hard but God shows me almost everyday that He is right there with me. I love this story how this woman wipes His feet with her hair, it is my prayer that I am given the opportunity to show God’s love to others like this woman was.

  477. Megan L. says:

    Thank you as always for bringing the bible to life. I would LOVE to read and share your new book.

  478. This was literary balm. Beautiful truth. Thank you.

  479. Jonnette Mulch says:

    What a great reminder that the things we sacrifice belong to God in the first place! He was the ultimate sacrifice — how can we do anything else but to worship and adore Him!

  480. I would love a copy, Liz! Your words are always such a blessing!

  481. Connie Robbins says:

    I am in awe that Mary did this for many reasons. She gave freely of an expensive possession and of herself. She showed the utmost love and respect for Jesus. I long to be this way by daily giving my all to Him.

  482. Michelle Weaver says:

    Leaving a comment for a chance to win a copy of The Women of Easter. 🙂 <3

  483. Tiffany Perry says:

    Thank you for your ministry! I love reading the encouragement and allowing myself to reflect.

  484. I would love to read The Women of Easter! Thank you for sharing!

  485. Thank you for the chance to win!

  486. I have always loved this story about Mary and her love for Jesus. I especially enjoy the way Liz Curtis Higgs explains the sacrifice Mary made for Jesus.
    Thanks for sharing!
    All the best,
    Christa Schiffbauer

  487. Stephanie Daniel says:

    I have read this account in the bible so many times, but today it spoke to me. Mary gave up her perfume (expensive) (Spikenard oil) and let down her hair. She gave self (all she had) to Jesus. How amazing!!! What would you give for Jesus?

  488. Amazing and difficult to let go of what you think you should have and God isn’t ready to give it or finds something better but not what’s expected

  489. Veronicajuarez says:

    I would love to read this devotional book, I need some encouragement.

  490. I have so enjoyed following this study on Facebook.

  491. Katherine Nelson says:

    What a great reminder that we have what we need from God, and to focus on gratitude.

  492. Patricia Williams says:

    Wow, Dear Abba Fathe Daddy GOD, help us to love JESUS as Mary did; any one of the three, in HIS mighty and matchless NAME I pray believing. I love you n adore n worship You n glorify Your Holy NAME, Amen.

  493. Betty Sue says:

    What an uplifting love story. Thank you!

  494. Kathleen Tamplain says:

    Dearest Liz , as always I love your heartfelt writings.I am so blessed to read and share your teachings and devotions.please enter me in the drawing to receive your new book .Ty and bless you xoxo

  495. Helen Rhodes says:

    I could just imagine the fragrance in the room that day. Amazing!!

  496. Carol M. says:

    What a beautiful post. I am going to try to find spikenard…really curious as to the fragrance.

  497. Lora Lord says:

    I’d ❤ to win!

  498. Lynn Gates says:

    Liz,
    I led my group through your Women of the Bible study and we all just loved it! Thank you for being real! This devotion of Mary and her anointing Jesus with all she had really makes me realize that God does provide what I need to honor and love him.
    Thank you and all the women of Proverbs 31. You all have so much Godly wisdom to share.
    A sister in Christ,
    Lynn

  499. Grace Crapitto says:

    I would love to read this! How fascinating to hear the stories of these women who were right there with Him while He was alive! Wow!

  500. Darlene Ruthenbeck says:

    Jesus loved women and yet we can learn from them that were closiest to him hope to read thanks for the opportunity!

  501. Elsie Samuels says:

    I gave up my close family life which was so dear to me and became the “last lady” so that my husband could minister to the
    flock without controversy.

  502. Tina M Bain says:

    I enjoy your writing and would be honored to have your book. Tina

  503. Pamela Ann Sherrill says:

    Im always in Awe of God when i read these wonderful Bible truths.

  504. The beauty of surrender…but oh the difficultly of it as well…love how you pointed out Mary laying down her Entire being before Jesus…I have recently had to surrender someone very dear to me, my husband of 22 years…I am trusting the Lord will bring good even out of this, but laying him on the altar has involved laying down my entire being before Jesus too, with all my pride, security, comfort & fears…He does require 100% sacrifice, not the fraction I’ve offered in the past…so hard, but so sweet the fragrance of a pure fully dependent heart.

  505. Jennifer says:

    This devotion is a blessing to me. My family is going through a time of waiting and change. I love the reminder that God provides the very things He wants us to sacrifice. I would love to read more about the Marys.

  506. Liked your devotion today-thank you! :0)

  507. Shantell says:

    The opportunity to have a deeper walk with Jesus is simply wonderful. Understanding these women and how they loved Jesus! Learning through personal experience is a blessing!

  508. Susan G. says:

    Thanks once again Liz, for opening our eyes and our heart to understand God’s amazing Word. So beautifully written, as only you can do!
    Blessings!

  509. Linda Rude says:

    I really enjoyed this devitional. Thanks for the books you have written. I enjoyes the Bad Girls books.

  510. Loved this devotion today. What a great reminder to give all and not part of self to God.

  511. Cathi coleman says:

    I would love to have a fresh touch of understanding and knowledge for this season.

  512. That’s so beautiful, we have to give it all to Him, that’s the way to happiness.

  513. Marilyn Dotson says:

    Your devotions are a blessing to me. I love reading them daily.

  514. Priscilla Reynolds says:

    Sounds like an interesting way to hear a story often told. Seeing it anew from a different perspective.

  515. Brandy Thomas says:

    I would love to behin preparing my heart for Easter! I love the debotionals! Thanks for this minisyru#

  516. Brandy Thomas says:

    I would love to begin preparing my heart for Easter! I love the devotionals! Thanks for this ministry!

  517. What a beautiful picture of giving our whole-selves to God! I want that fragrance for my life-an out pouring for Jesus -for all to know He’s the one I serve and love! What we can learn from this story! What we can learn from the women of the Bible–women that truly have hearts like us!

  518. Kathy Scott says:

    What a beautiful gesture that Mary gave to Jesus as she anointed His feet with the precious oil and used her hair to dry his feet as well. She knew in her heart that Jesus was her precious redeemer and gave all she had to her Lord. May I have such an attitude of total devotion to the Lord and give Him all I have in life and let Him direct me in His ways, not mine. This is the true worship that puts off the self and lives for Christ in all that is done and said. Thank you for your beautiful words to convey how essential it is to make Jesus our Lord of our lives.

  519. Christina Hall says:

    Thank you Jesus for this wonderful book and your blessings on Liz! Thank you for blessing me with this book. Bless be the name of Jesus!

  520. Erin Petersen says:

    This was such a beautiful devotion. I pray that let go of self completely every day to be so humble as to wipe Jesus’ feet with my hair. I long to give Him my all with every breath I take.

  521. Catherine Michael says:

    Am deeply touched by this message…
    All I own belongs to my Creator.
    Thank you so much for the wonderful message.

  522. Catherine Michael says:

    Thank you so much for the message.
    I am deeply moved by words you shared…All I have belongs to my creator. Amen

  523. Joelle Foong says:

    Was tearing when I read this devotion. As I seek the Lord this morning about a decision, He places upon my heart to give up on a painting workshop that I’ve attended for almost 2 years. The hobby isn’t taking much of my time, neither is it an idol in my heart. However, there is a person in the workshop that I’ve developed good feelings and respect for. I know the Lord doesn’t like it for he’s not a believer. I don’t think the feelings are deep yet, but I’m worried about how well my self-control is. That’s the reason why I consulted the Lord if I should continue with the workshop. His answer is not something my heart desires, for I want to continue with the painting workshop and at the same time for the Lord to protect and guard my heart. The Lord is very clear with His will for me, He wants me out. I want to be like Mary of Bethany, always waiting upon the Lord at His feet, giving up all she has for Him. Lord, You have given me the talent to paint and You know my desires to touch the hearts of others with my paintings, to show Your love to others. I believe that if You closes this door, You will open another door for me to use this talent to worship You.

  524. Kathy Munson says:

    These devotionals are such a blessing to me. I found you on Facebook and I love having these reminders each day how to serve Christ. Blessings

  525. Connie Duncan says:

    I really enjoyed this devotional. It made me really stop and think about what God has given to me and how I can use those things to glorify Him and whst I can sacrifice for Him. Thank you for the reminder.

  526. Courtney says:

    Always love what Liz Curtis Higgs writes!

  527. Valerie Neil says:

    About five years ago God brought four women to Parkview Church in Orland Park.Il to study Liz’s Bad Girls of the Bible. Our hearts and lives made a deep connection and the Bad Girls continue to meet and study His Word. After reading this devotion I plan to share it with my Bad Girls. Thank you Liz for giving us a deeper look at this act of love for Jesus. Have a blessed Easter!

  528. Rhonda Leininger says:

    I love the story of Mary of Bethany. Her trust in Jesus was so pure and unselfish. I long to be that way.

  529. Reading this after reading 1 Samuel 10 yesterday is so cool!

  530. Constance Christian says:

    Powerful!

  531. Carolyn Kindle says:

    Several years ago I studied Bad Girls of the Bible with a group of friends at my church in Madeira, Ohio. A beautiful experience! Many of those friends have moved away but I meet with another group. I would love to introduce them to Wonen of Easter.

  532. Tracie shurelds says:

    It will truly be a blessing if I can get this book to read God is doing a new thing in my life today I’m learning to serve you and to give up everything to make a difference in the lives of others as he change me and mold me and to what he purpose me to be I asked for your prayers as he pore new wine in me.

  533. Sarah Taylor says:

    Let us not forget, everything we have comes from God — our possessions, our bodies, our talents, our spiritual gifts, our everything!

  534. SallyAnn says:

    Thank you for this lesson and for the giveaway.

  535. Traci Conner says:

    Broken and Spilled out.. Loved this devotion

  536. I surrender all, all to Jesus precious Savior, I surrender all.

  537. Ahhh….gentle reminder that worship is so intimate and intentional. Thank you for the gentle reminder that a surrendered heart is GREAT and SPECIAL to OUR GOD!

  538. Kandi Allen says:

    This book sounds like a very interesting one to read. I would enjoy reading it. Thanks for offering it!

  539. I am seeking stories from women of the bible who found strength and courage through tough times. And I believe this book will help edify my spirit. Thank you for being a blessing.

  540. Thank You for opening my eyes. Would love to read

  541. Rena Hall says:

    I enjoyed this devotion and I’ve read several of Liz’s books and have enjoyed and learned from them all. Thanks for the chance to be given which I am sure is another great book!

  542. Teri Ware says:

    This devotion reminded me that I have been spending more time asking God to answer me than I have worshipping Him.

  543. I would love to win a copy of Women of Easter. Thank you

  544. Laura Thrush says:

    I am currently studying bad girls of the bible with my bible study. I would love to add this book to my collection too.

  545. Christine Knepley says:

    I’ve recently discovered Proverbs 31 daily devotionals, and I am greatly encouraged by them. I plan to l lead a woman’s study in May. These insights have greatly encouraged me in preparation for this class. Thank you.

  546. This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. A few years ago our Ladies Wednesday Night Bible Study did an 8 week study on Mary and Martha. Naturally this story was included. During the study, I came across the song “broken and Spilled Out” and gave the lyrics to the class as the lyrics poignantly described the story and the love of Jesus. Indeed special during the Lenten season!

  547. Karen Prosser says:

    Sitting Still with Jesus. Kids are raised. Wonderful life and journey with my husband who is with our Lord for one year now. Looking forward to seeing what amazing life to live is still to come! I would love to read your book!

  548. Karen Prosser says:

    Very important for all women to hear and know the love the Lord is always pouring out to us and to not be afraid to pour it back out!!

  549. sue nelson says:

    Thank you for your writing the stories of these women. You give flesh and blood to stories that we read so often
    Too often I read these stories quickly not soaking in all that they mean Thank you

  550. I would love a copy of the Women of Easter…I am feeling such a connection to them in my life right now. Liz’s March 17/17 reflection describing Mary of Bethany with Jesus moved my heart and I felt like I was there observing her faithful example of humility, love and devotion. Thank you.

  551. Wow good read! I would love to read the book!

  552. Jan Yost says:

    It seems I live my life trying to be above reproach and not be involved in scandal. Yet, your Proverbs 31 devotional points out how scandalous Mary of Bethany was. I yearn to be that scandalous. Thank you for sharing these thoughts with us.

  553. Missy Grantham says:

    I loved reading about Mary. What a beautiful retelling of this story. I would love to read The Women of Easter. So thankful for Proverbs 31 Ministries and all those who make it happen.

  554. Sharon Schneebele says:

    I opened my container of essential oil bottles and selected the spikenard and for the first time savored it while thinking of this story. I took some time and enjoyed it’s essence, it’s different notes as it floated out into the air. This made me connect even more closely to Mary’s offering and her gift to Jesus and ourselves. I never thought of it this way before, but her example was a great gift to all who have come after her. Thank you for expressing this so poignantly.

  555. Would really like to read this book.

  556. Thank you for today’s beautiful message. I pray that I will have the opportunity to show my devotion as Mary did.

  557. Gail Curran says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to read the book

  558. I’ve had troubles with my marriage and recently watched the war room, I’ve started writing down my prayers and reading proverbs 31 in my inbox and also the first 5. It is very difficult when you know the enemy is fighting against you. But this explains it all, when I was first married I used to give my husband foot washes and rubs. I need to get back to that. Thank you so much for this blessing, the enemy won’t win! Thank you Jesus!

  559. I would love a copy of this book! I’d like to worship with these women and become a woman of Easter also!

  560. Here’s my comment! I hope I win! 😉

  561. Thank God for this devotional and bringing a clearer understanding of this familiar bible story.

  562. Beautiful message. What could I have to give Jesus … I can’t imagine … My heart for sure ….would I be brave as Mary was?

  563. Jeanette Zaragoza says:

    Praising God and giving Him all the honor and glory this morning! Loving Jesus, feels so great 🙂

  564. Vickie FR says:

    My dear friend who is my “spiritual” girl friend, sent me this site just today. I am in need of this spiritual writing. My Lenten journey thanks to my friend, has been a beautiful journey and I now realize how Blest I am . Your site is now one of my daily stops. God Bless you for your God given gift to reach all of us on our own personal journey.

  565. Thank you, I would like a copy of your book

  566. In my 44 years, it has been in the last two, since embracing Jesus as my only Lord, that I am coming to know what truth in surrendering my life is. The most difficult part has been in the endurance of suffering, knowing He is the way through suffering. My daily struggle to cling to Him, and only Him, shows me that every moment is an opportunity for that choice. To keep reading and knowing His Word and truth, and letting Him breathe it through my life is my life. I would read this book prayerfully, asking the Lord how He would have me respond to it.

  567. Brenda Voth says:

    Thank you for the reminder of how much Mary gave up to honor Jesus. And the encouragement that I can give up to Him that which He has already given to me.

  568. Andrea Jimenez says:

    Thank you for that beautiful devotion about Mary and her act of love towards Jesus. It really struck a cord with me. Why is so hard for us to give back to the Lord when he has given us everything?? It is truly food for thought and I am grateful and blessed.

  569. Thank you for the beautiful reminder of how to love Jesus ❤

  570. Thank you for posting this!

    I’ve been really struggling here recently with the thought that I don’t have enough to do great works for God’s Kingdom, and that the small things I’m doing out of obedience and that I want to do aren’t “big” enough to make any impact at all. But in the past few weeks I’ve been reminded every few days that small is good and can change the world, and that nothing is insignificant in God’s hands, and that obedience to him is everything. Thank you for posting this! It’s really discouraging when everyone around you seems to be doing big things, so I need the reminder that obey8ing God and doing what he’s called me to do, even if it seems “small”, is actually really important.

    I’m not sure I’m really explaining what I mean. So I guess just….thanks. 🙂

    ~Sarah

  571. Danna Vanarsdale says:

    I love reading about the women of the Bible…good and bad. The three Mary’s mentioned were in the stories of Jesus’s Ministry here on earth. How great to learn from each of them during this time of Lent.

  572. Jen Spoores says:

    I loved reading your blog.

  573. Debbie Shives says:

    Since having to retire early almost 2 years ago due to chronic fatigue God have provided. I had worked since I was 18 and wondered how my husband and I would make it on his salary alone. Each time I prayed and asked God if this is what he wanted me to do he gave me the answer. He wanted me to be like Peter and step out on faith. I did this with out worry and God has supplied our every need.

  574. Thank you I really needed this today!!

  575. Pami Ballington says:

    He will provide what He intends us to sacrifice, and He will give us the strength and courage to let go. I am praying now for the courage to let go of serving in the way I always have and seeing how He wants to use me now

  576. Jennifer Umland says:

    Love the devotions! …always what I need to hear when I need to hear it!

  577. Becky Edwins says:

    I love Liz Curtis Higgs’ books!

  578. I would love to win a copy of this book

  579. I enjoy reading this blog and learning more about God’s love for us.
    Thank you

  580. Love how Liz makes bible stories come to life and gives them fresh perspective! Such a blessing to fully understand Mary’s sacrifice!

  581. I write poetry and it’s stories like these that give me chills and continues to inspires me to write as I do. Thanks for the inspiration

  582. Your devotional reminded me of things I really needed to hear and dig into again. It’s amazing – I think we don’t often think of sacrifice the way Romans 12:1 describes it: “…Considering what he has done, it is ONLY RIGHT that you should worship him in this way.”

  583. The inspiration and love I feel from the daily devotions, Thank you Jesus for sending this wonderful ministry.

  584. Sandra Woolfolk says:

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder as I prepare my heart for Easter.

  585. Jama Vestergaard says:

    Thanks for the devotional on the extravgent worship by Mary. May I be just as open to doing the same. I woud like to win a copy of the book, never read any books by Liz Curtis Higgs’

  586. Patricia Swayne says:

    This was a beautiful devotion about Mary of Bethany and her devotion to Jesus. I had to look up in my bible the rest of the story because I love this one so much. I am getting back into my walk with God and Jesus again after some time. I never lost my faith just had so many hard times that caused me to stop studying and furthering my walk. Every morning and before I go to bed I am coming and reading the Proverbs 31 devotional reading. I thank you and all your other sisters who write the devotional reading so very much in helping me back on my walk with God and Jesus every day. I would really love to win this new book to further along my study and walk with God. God bless you in all that you do. Patricia

  587. Catherine S says:

    A great reminder! Thank you!

  588. Marilyn Cowden says:

    Sincerely enjoyed this article. Thank you for your obedience in sharing!

  589. JE'NISE MALONE says:

    God loves us and shares His love daily. As followers of Him we have b to give Him our BEST at all times. Mary of Bethany was giving her BEST. She gave of herself which is our ultimate sacrifice to Him. Jesus expects us to give ourselves ultimately, completely, and with no reservations, as our sister Mary did.

  590. Thank you Liz for sharing the depth and meaning of the great sacrifice of Mary. May I live my life in such a way to honor my Lord.

  591. You’ve run out of easter cards. Please provide more!

  592. Everything that was written in the past is to teach us. What an amazing example of worship and sacrifice.

  593. Would love to read this book!!

  594. Looks like a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  595. This book sounds incredible,can’t wait to read it. Mary, such a pure heart of devotion and love for Christ. Thank you

  596. Erica Rogers says:

    I would love to receive a copy. Thank you.

  597. Roslyn T Goode says:

    Thank you for the devotion this morning when Mary of Bethany gave such a sacrifice for Jesus prior to His entrance to Jerusalem. I never knew the name of the perfume Mary poured out on our Lord and how its fragrance lingered.

  598. I think this is what I need…digging deeper into the bible..just one event at a time..perhaps this is my sign….let’s start with Easter ❤

  599. Amy Dutkiewicz says:

    This would be great for my husband and myself to read together ❤️

  600. Tracy Massey says:

    Bless you😊

  601. Keesha White says:

    Thank you Jesus for today and everything.

  602. Debbie Hegler says:

    What a beautiful devotion written by Liz Curtis Higgs!!! This was just what I needed to hear this morning!!! Blessings!!!
    Thank you!!!
    Debbie Hegler

  603. Bonnie Brown says:

    Really meaningful meditation. Liz is a gifted writer whose thoughts reflect the heart of the Lord! These daily meditations are so uplifting! Thank you, Crosswalk!

  604. Kim Breland says:

    I would love to read this book!!!

  605. Nancy Sikes says:

    Would love to win this book! Such beautiful devoted women…..I long to be so close to Jesus as they were. So much baggage here!!

    • Nancy, I was touched to reach out to you and say…your heart is where it should be simply because this matters to you; and your “baggage” was left at the cross, never meant to be reclaimed ! See yourself as God sees you which is new and transformed by your faith in what Jesus did and now your heart after Him. When we don’t let go of the past, we are essentially saying what Jesus did was not enough…and it WAS…It is finished! Free yourself by grasping to and proclaiming the truths and promises of The Word. Lord I lift up Nancy and thank You that You will bless her and keep her, make your face shine upon her and be gracuous to her, and Lord fill her to overflowing with Your peace that passes all understanding; in Jesus’ name, Amen.

  606. Jennifer Lott says:

    Thank you for this devotional. I really loved how Liz put a current day value on the perfume used to anoint Jesus’s feet. That really opened my eyes to her gift and sacrifice.

  607. 2 Corinthians 2:15. Wow! Just think of how very beautiful the fragrance of that perfume is! The very best in the world!

  608. I got a new perspective on the whole event and sacrifice. Thank you for this- that God already gives us what He would want us to give back/”sacrifice”. It is indeed His (already His). I hope it will help me to let go easier of things when He asks me. I hope to remember this truth- it is already and has always been His- He might have just entrusted it to me temporarily.

  609. Awesome! I would love to win a book!

    Thank you

  610. I pray I will recognize and act with God’s strength & courage to give all I’ve been blessed with to Him.

  611. Shirley Lanham says:

    Thank you for this powerful devotional – it has helped me further my steps on the path of building a deeper intimate relationship with my Father GOD and Christ Jesus the King and has helped me see that HE doesn’t want anymore from me then what HE has given me – which is EVERYTHING – Amen Hallelujah – I surrender ALL – Peace Love God Bless

  612. This was a beautiful devotion……I knew this before; however, this devotion had the grace to reach me on a different level. Everything that I have only came from Him, He gave it to me so I can in return give it back to Him. My talents, my worship, His word. Lord, thank you!

  613. Thank you Daughter of the Palace, for powerfully changing hearts and helping us in our daily walk with Jesus.

  614. Traci Clark says:

    Brings us to scripture of Luke 12:48…where much is given much is required…our existence and this all within this world is ALL because of Him, ALL about Him, ALL for Him Who created it ALL for His glory.

  615. Mary Ann Brown says:

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful words of wisdom from God.

  616. What a wonderful explanation. Thank you.

  617. Claudette Wilson says:

    All that I have and all that I am is because of His generosity so all that I am and all that I have really belongs to Him.Nothing less than 100%.

  618. Michelle Baker says:

    Thank you for your wonderful picture of the way that I should give God back what He has given to me.

  619. I loved your interpretation of this scripture story. After spending 3 days holding a garage sale to feed our little children in Africa at our school, I truly DO BELIEVE God blesses our lives so that we CAN be a blessing to others. Praise God for opportunities HE puts in our paths to be His hands & His feet on earth.

  620. Thank you for this beautiful story by Liz. It is like magic to hear something so familiar repeated in a fresh new light. No matter how many times I’ve read this … it was so endearing to me today. Thank you Liz. If I win this book I plan to share it with a good friend who is a recent widow.

  621. Thank you for the words of wisdom and encouragement. I go here everyday for a spiritual pick-me-up and encouragement.

  622. Such a fresh word! Thank you for reminding us of how much our Lord has given us ,preciousness in His presence alone. My husband (reminds me of how I can give by developing homemaking skills) and grandchildren the gift of time.

  623. Natalie Castleman says:

    I would appreciate a copy of this book!

  624. Donna Stravers says:

    I love all books and studies written by Liz Curtis Higgs. It would be awesome to have a copy of The Women of Easter.

  625. Lynette Fort says:

    I would love to read this book about the women of Easter!

  626. Holly Copeland says:

    Would love to read this book. God bless!

  627. Leshia Fyne says:

    Thank you for the motivation devotional

  628. amberj224 says:

    thanks for the reminder to be generous; thanks for the reminder to lay my heart at the feet of Jesus; thanks for the reminder God has given me everything that i have; thank you for reminding me it is ALL for HIS glory

  629. Denise Kennedy says:

    Wonderful story and such an encouraging ministry. Thank-you for pouring hope and truth into my heart on so many occasions. Many blessings from Ireland 🇨🇮
    Denise
    Ps the book sounds really interesting!😀

  630. Liz Curtis Higgs, painter with words, opens hearts and minds to be in the moments she describes to almost see, touch and smell each moment along with the women of the Bible. Thank you for sharing your insight and God given talent!

  631. penny mccain says:

    Every day I try to learn something new in the Bible. I have a cancer for two years and I try to pray every day for God to please cure me of this cancer. Last night I prayed to God just let me please live to be a grandchildren. I pray that he heard me and will cure me of the terrible disease. Through the Bible I have learned to put my trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and I know that I will he heal me one day.

  632. So excited about reading this book! I read the messages from Proverbs 31 everyday, in the morning and at night, and if I can in the middle of the day. It calms me, recenters me and let’s me know I’m not alone in anything. Thank you for this ministry.

  633. Erin Grass says:

    it can be terrifying to put all that we have into our relationship with God. mary didn’t hold back, though. she can learn from her past and how she turned to the Father, now giving her whole life to Him.
    what a reminder to us!

  634. Barbara Geoffroy says:

    Thanks for this encouraging ministry, and thank you, Liz, for taking us a little deeper to watch another’s (Mary’s) devotion with abandon AND Jesus’ accepting, loving response to her.

  635. Cammi Hevener says:

    What an exceptional story!! It is hard to imagine what they all went thru that day.. Thank you for the story!!

  636. CC Shuttlesworth says:

    Thank you for sharing your heart through this devotion! I enjoy it. I am a mama to three sweet little girls (4,2,1). I used to be a girls minister,and right now this stage in life God has me still a “girls minister” but it’s to the little feet in my own home 🙂

  637. Theresa Harning says:

    No DOUBT I wish I could be as selfless and generous as Mary!!! The Easter season is full of SUCH sacrifice and love beyond our wildest abilities. I pray that I may be more like those women in the Bible. Would LOVE a copy of Liz’s new book!!!!🙏🏼

  638. This is a beautiful reminder of what it means to worship our Lord with reckless abandonment! I think I will share this lesson with my wednesday night class.

  639. Sherri Hynden says:

    Thank you for this lovely reminder. I long to be a living sacrifice. Thank you Lord for loving us so much you laid down your life!
    Women of God, keep up this great work you are doing!
    Love you all!

  640. What a wonderful way to prep my family and myself for Easter!

  641. Thanks for writing this book.It enables us to get a behind the scenes look at these women’s lives. I never thought of these women as the Easter women before, but that is exactly who they are. Easter brings new life. Thanks again for enhancing what Easter is.

  642. Whitney Mullins says:

    Wonderful way to be reminded on a Monday morning that even our Mondays are God’s. I am often dreading Monday mornings but this morning I am not. God has brought me to this Monday for His purpose and His Glory only. I live and breathe because of Him. This job I have is because of Him. My income is because of Him. Lets stop this morning and be grateful for all He has blessed us with and give all of ourselves to Him this day and everyday!

  643. ♥ I love your writing. I am anxious to read your new book.

  644. Robin porter says:

    Loved reading your devotional on P31. Look forward to reading the book also!

  645. I would love to receive this book!

  646. Jennifer says:

    This was beautiful… she poured out EVERYTHING she had at His feet. And found everything she ever needed.

  647. Amy Shetler says:

    I would love to read this book!!❤

  648. The 3 Mary’s always confuse me.Hopefully this book will clarify their roles.

  649. Lorraine Green says:

    I am so inspired by Liz kurtis Higgs and would love to have her new book, I love reading her books she is a true woman of God, I have gained strength,wisdom and faith through her ministry and love of God..I want to know him more and love him more..just a closer walk with thee..

  650. Beautifully written! Thank you Liz for your encouragement! I recently read this scripture, Romans 12:1, too. Yes, we need to be willing to surrender to the Lord and give him all our heart, praise, worship, talent, etc… He is the only True God that deserve our praise and worship. Amen!

  651. I found you on Pinterest today. I read the article about giving what God has given you. I would love to have the Easter cards for inspiration and reflection. Thank you for your site.

  652. Karen Ray says:

    Liz, Thank you for your encouragement. I am learning to surrender all to my Lord and Savior. I am preparing to be baptized next month as an adult. The baptizing will be before our Church family on Easter Sunday. I have gained so much strength and wisdom in my studies of His word. God’s Blessings to you and your family.\

  653. Susan Daugherty says:

    Thank you for the reminder that God will provide what he wants me to give!

  654. Gert Kashuba says:

    I have àlways enjoyed hearing Liz speak, and love reading her books.
    Blessings

  655. All GLORY to GOD, Our LORD, and SAVIOR !! Giving us, His Wisdom, Knowledge, and All Understanding. I Thank You for this “Reading”, and Scripture…..It has helped me to (continually) grow and develop in GOD’S WORD, and expressing (Agape) Love, Grace and Giving towards others….. as GOD has Graced Us!

  656. Such a good reminder!!! Thank You!

  657. Will I have the same heart to show God my love. Giving my precious perfume. Staying hidden as Esther and laying my life on the line to save my people before the ruler of my countrt?

  658. I really love when you say – What does Jesus expect from us? Only what He’s already given us.
    Love it! Thanks so much for this devotion. I do think what Mary of Bethany did was amazing and makes us think of what we can give Christ.

  659. I remember being so afraid I couldn’t make it on my own as a single woman…God provided everything I needed and more!!

  660. Liz – This is so powerful and so timely for my life….right now….at this very minute. Thank you for your wise insights and the challenge to reflect on what Jesus is asking me to sacrifice as an act of worship. Which is time…to assist in caring for my aging mom.

  661. Thank you for the gentle reminder to “let go of our obstacles” and see, really SEE, how Jesus is working in our lives each and every day. If we are too busy worrying or complaining or being anxious, we are blinded and cannot see what HAS been provided to us. We must “MOVE ON” each and every day and be aware of the miracles and blessings all around us! AMEN!

  662. Thank you for the gentle reminder!

  663. Tarina Leinenbach says:

    If my hands are clinching the possessions I own, trying to hold on to everything I have, it is not open to receive the blessings God has for me. God has provided for me everything I need, when I need it. I want my hands to be open to receive and give back. To God be the glory! Thank you Liz for reminding me today of what is truly important.

  664. Simply beautiful

  665. I’m excited to review the devotionals each day.

  666. Stephanie Hannam says:

    I would love to win her book. I’m working through her books on the bad girls of the Bible!

  667. Trish Williams says:

    Just finishing Bible Study on Bad Girls of the Bible ….. yay, it’s an awesome book ….. would love to read / study this book too !!!

  668. Dana Knight says:

    I have read many books by Liz Curtis Higgs. Her writings are so relate-able and encouraging. I would love to read this new book!

  669. Gerry Hammons says:

    I want to do so much for Jesus but I’m here in this nursing home. I don’t know what to do. I wanted to take some pastoral classes online from Liberty university, but I can’t afford the classes. is this God’s Will for me? I’m so confused.

  670. Barbara Whittington says:

    It’s been a struggle with some issues and this article is one of the peas in a pod I needed to hear. Thank you.

  671. I ❤️ all of Liz’s books and DVD’s. I would be honored and be humble to receive a wonderful book on obstacles? I’m facing a lot of things that I need help! I hope I can be able to read this new book! Thank you 😊

  672. Peggy Hall says:

    Thank you for your message of Mary anointing the precious feet of Jesus. Believing that Jesus has equipped us to give of ourselves–simply put, yet deeply inspired of the possibilities wherein we will choose to honor Christ. Blessings to you, Liz.

  673. Anita Moffett says:

    I love learning more about the women of the bible and how their roles are so important

  674. I’d love to win a copy.

  675. Mary hare says:

    I pray that I can be like mary one day!thank you for your encouraging words.

  676. Thank you for your encouragement. I hope to win a copy of the book!

  677. Thank you, Liz! I would love a copy of The Women of Easter! I enjoyed your book The Women of Christmas and know I would love this one too.

  678. Been in a storm for long time. I need prayer. Strength,comfort and direction

  679. Thank you for this devotion!

  680. Always enjoy your godly perspective and especially love your kids parable books, give them as gifts to new parents. God bless!

  681. I read this devotion on the day it was sent out initially and again today, Thursday. The title had me ask what does Jesus want from me? I really desire to please him. I’m married, work, have a teen that will be graduating soon an older child and grandchildren. I want to please Jesus in every role. I’d love to win the book. Thanks

  682. Deb McLaughlin says:

    He truly is MORE THAN ENOUGH! May our minds and hearts be able to grasp it. Thank you for this wonderful reminder!

  683. Jesus expects us to trust him! Mary showed us as women how to do that. I don’t know if I could have poured out my expensive perfume, but to her it wasn’t perfume it was her life. I’ll have to say that I’ve given my life to Christ, but I don’t know if I’ve truly poured it out on him. I think maybe it’s been all about me.
    Like Mary, I wang to pour myself out as an offering. I want to adore Him and no one else or thing more than Him. I wand to lay everyone and everything of mine at his feet. I want to lovingly walk away trusting Him with my all. I want this offering to be fragrant as a sacrifice should be. I want to finally say to Him, “I trust you Lord.” I want to pour my life’s perfume out on Him! Lord, please receive this offering as I relinquish my rights to all you’ve ever given me. They are beautiful and priceless, and they are not mine to hold onto anymore. As an act of love and adoration please accept my life’s perfume and this offering may it be as fragrant as nard!

  684. Jasmine Cheatham says:

    This was powerful for me. Thank you for bringing us this word. I would love to win the book but if I do not I pray it touches the hearts of those who get it.

  685. Sylvia Wynn says:

    I am just now starting to learn more about Jesus and am anxious to enhance myself spiritually. I have this emptiness inside me and desire for it to be filled with God’s love.

  686. leana isaac says:

    I have fallen in love with reading your books. I have enjoyed all the books “Bad girl’s on the Bible” I have found them up lifting and have found myself in some of the women of the Bible. It has been eye opening and encouraging. THANK YOU

  687. I love your devotion. I would love to learn more about the Mary Magladene.

  688. I love the story of Mary and how she gave her ALL to the Lord. I’m in the process of taking my granddaughter to church with me because I’m the only Jesus she will experience. Her parents don’t take her to the house of the Lord so I’m starting to do that. Train them up in the way they should go and when they get old they won’t depart. I would love to receive the books of Mary to teach my granddaughter more and learn more myself. Thank you for your encouragement and God bless. It’s very helpful!

  689. What a beautiful testimony. Mary was so very grateful for all Jesus had done for her & she wanted to show him. This is one of my favs. Thank you!

  690. Cecilia Bond says:

    It would be an honor to receive this & to learn more of these great Women of Christ

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