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Author Archives: mannasplace
But then…our character is way more important than our comfort. From what I can tell, it takes a lifetime to build in all of the ways we want and need to be truly authentic, filled with grace and empathy and understanding. Continue reading
It is a journey that we take by choosing to walk closely with Him…or not. Choosing His way is…our perfect shot! Continue reading
“He can take all of these events, joyful and hurtful, and mix them together into a story of deliverance, just like He did in the lives of Esther, Joseph, David and most of all in the story of Jesus Christ.” Continue reading
God gave us every blessing (and…the enemy does all he can to distort each one). Whether it is music, your marriage, your child, your view of God, or the way you look at your daily circumstances or your life as a whole…recognize Who He is! Continue reading
Some days it can feel like you are trying to climb/claw your way out of a dirt hole that is several times taller than you are and much wider. Big enough to need someone to throw you a rope. Continue reading
With a prayer list so long and names to be named along with each situation, I have discovered something that I love. It helps me to remember not to tell God what to do, it keeps my prayers faith-filled (powerful) and allows me to pray for everyone on my list. Continue reading
Christians who hold to a higher standard are seen by other believers…by other believers! as narrow minded, old fashioned…out of touch. Our families are paying a high price for hiding our light. We can come out of hiding anytime. We can choose to stand and light up our sphere or we can choose to hide and let the light grow dimmer. Continue reading
These are the things He wants (has always wanted) for all of us…for you and for me. Despite our disobedience and the weeds/broken places we have allowed (or others have caused) in our garden…His desire is for any “bad brokenness” to become good brokenness. Continue reading
Remember in Matthew, the father of the child who so wanted his child healed, who said, “I believe…help my unbelief!” His child was healed, thought his faith wavered. Continue reading
Can we not trust Him enough to thank Him that (even if we don’t see it or feel it) He is bringing us through? Can we not look around us and see all that we have to be thankful for, despite the losses? Continue reading
Maybe these things are tearing you up, day after day. You wake with them in the morning and go to bed with them at night. You battle them during the day. Continue reading
God is at work…He is here…
In Him…there is always…always…hope!
Here is the blessing we celebrate tomorrow…the one the pine trees proclaim with little crosses! Continue reading
True, we aren’t supposed to hate the sinner or get up in his/her face in ways that lack love. But how often we forget to speak the truth in love…because we are afraid and because we aren’t truly walking closely to our God moment by moment. Continue reading
Let’s face it, sin comes out of some measure of ignorance/blindness, self-imposed or not. Wise people who have truthfully thought through and faced the consequences of sin…are not going to choose to carry it through and ultimately allow it to become “a life”. Continue reading
Keep giving the person who binds you to God. Each time something new and hurtful comes up, ask Him how (if) you should respond. Then…respond in the way His peace leads you.
All of this takes intentionality, practice and often, a good amount of time (sigh) but remember…
His peace is on the way!
Stooping…a Beautiful, Powerful Thing…!
The Jewish leaders and Pharisees brought a woman caught in the act of adultery and quoted Scripture to prove their point and catch Jesus in the act of breaking the law of Moses. “Moses’ law says to kill her. What about it?”
Knowing they were trying to trap Him, he stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. So often we want to know what He wrote in the dirt. As I read it today, I thought… “What a distraction to focus on what He might have written.”
Instead, maybe we should think about this:
Don’t you suppose their lack of mercy toward the woman made Jesus angry as did their false accusations toward Him? He was fully God and fully man. Surely His anger was rising. You know the feeling…that fire of indignation that starts in your belly and rises up toward your tongue!
But Jesus stooped. He didn’t fight back…He stooped. When someone you care about comes to you and speaks harshly toward or about you…do you fight back, or do you stoop?
Gosh, I wish we could see it. So often, we use the same angry tools the person who is treating us poorly uses. They aren’t spiritual tools. They are foolish and futile earthly tools not meant to fight the spiritual battle we are really fighting. Ephesians 6:10-12 (Below)
But Jesus…Jesus stooped. Do you think maybe He was lowering Himself out of the line of fire, so they wouldn’t get more angry and defensive because of the righteous indignation they saw in His face? Do you think perhaps by lowering himself, avoiding eye contact, and distracting the conversation, He could have been providing them an opportunity to walk away rather than hanging on to their pride and staying, simply to avoid being the first to back down?
How many times do we show that kind of wisdom, restraint and mercy, especially when we are right and the one accusing us is oh, so wrong?
We sometimes behave like a bratty little kid whose Dad is restraining him by holding his long arm against his son’s chest. The child is punching and kicking furiously but gathering only air. Nothing he does is effective. He is so prideful and angry that he just…doesn’t see it!
How quickly we forget that it isn’t about being right or even winning the fight! It is about the redemptive work of God in the person who is fighting us and…the redemptive work of God in us.
Jesus humbled Himself so often when He could have called an army of angels or simply stared at those around Him and melted them to the ground. But…he knew that restraint and love provided the best opportunity for their redemption and now…ours.
Isn’t that what we are supposed to do for the people in our sphere?
Oh…if we could only see it…remember it in the heat of the moment and then…
John 8:7-11 (TLB)
7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, hurl the stones at her until she dies. But only he who never sinned may throw the first!”
8 Then he stooped down again and wrote some more in the dust.
9 And the Jewish leaders slipped away one by one, beginning with the eldest, until only Jesus was left in front of the crowd with the woman.
10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to her, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
11 “No, sir,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
Ephesians 6:10-12 (NLT)
10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
God understands us though. He knows that to force us would mean an unrepentant, unchanged heart. He knows that eventual desperation will give us the best opportunity and desire to call out to Him. Continue reading