The Importance Of Reconciliation

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Forgiveness Brings Freedom

By Beth Walker

Have you ever lain awake at night thinking about something you did years ago that still eats at you? Have you convinced yourself too much time has passed for reconciliation? I have. I’ve spent hundreds of hours over the decades regretting my choices. I’ve also spent too many hours dwelling in a wounded heart. Both hindered me.

As I’ve sought to live a fuller life, however, I’ve discovered that what the experts say about forgiveness is right. Freedom is realized in moving forward and forgiving—even when the one who has wronged you hasn’t asked for forgiveness.

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Is God Your Safety Net?

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Have you ever read a familiar passage of Scripture and felt like you’re reading it for the first time? For me, that passage recently was Deuteronomy 31:9-13:

“So Moses wrote this Law and gave it to the religious leaders, the sons of Levi who carried the special box of the Law of the Lord, and to all the leaders of Israel. Then Moses told them, ‘At the end of every seven years, at the time when money owed is done away with at the Special Supper of Tents, when all Israel comes to stand before the Lord your God at the place He will choose, you must read this Law so all Israel will hear it. Gather together the people in your town, the men and the women, the children, and the stranger. So they may hear and learn and fear the Lord your God. Be careful to obey all the words of this Law. Then their children, who have not known it, will hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to take.’” (NLV)

Moses tells the Israelites that every seven years they are to gather together to read the Law—Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. This is a reminder of the Israelite history,= and the laws established by God. When I first read this, I was surprised that it was only once every seven years….read the rest over at The Glorious Table!

The Glorious Table: If We Can Simply Say Yes Like Mary

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“‘I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’” (Luke 1:38 NIV).

Just like that, Mary said yes to becoming the mother of the Savior of the World. I’ve often wondered, had she known how much heartache was in her future, would she have said yes?

The joy of obedience to God often carries challenges with it. For Mary, a “yes” to give birth to the Savior held the possibility of a broken engagement, public gossip, and even the possibility of stoning. Regardless of these stresses, I can’t imagine Mary expected to give birth in a stable, or that she would have to flee to Egypt to protect God’s Son. I don’t think she could have guessed in her wildest dreams she would see her baby turn water into wine, heal the sick, or die on a cross. God knew Mary would suffer heartache and stress along with overwhelming joy as she raised Jesus…God’s Son, her son, our Savior. God knew the difficult, potentially terrifying road he was asking Mary to walk. He didn’t reveal the whole story..Read the rest HERE

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My first contributing post is up today over at The Glorious Table!!  I’m so thrilled to be a part of such an amazing group of women.  I think I’ve gleaned something from every single post so far!

How to Become A Person Of Character “I was telling the story to a mutual friend of ours, and when I got to the part where I said he was back at the office the next day, she said something I’ll never forget. She said, ‘If he were a character in a book, you would know so much about him based on that single piece of information.’ ”

#ImAChristian from Tirzah Magazine “A few weeks ago, a gunman executed several people on an Oregon college campus. His only question was: ‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them, and ‘if you’re a Christian, stand up.’ ”

4 Keys to Discovering Your Calling “Many years ago, I found that my calling is to use my path to help others find theirs—that my journey could serve as a roadmap for those trying to find their way. By revealing my path, hopefully others might avoid pitfalls and stumbles along theirs.”

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