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The Arms of Mercy

only Jesus was left with the woman standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you, “Jesus declared, “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
John 8: 3-11



Sometimes the best place to be in our sin is face to face with Jesus.

You see, this lady was caught in adultery by the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees. They brought her to Jesus to be judged and stoned to death. Jesus looked at this woman, bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger. Jesus asked them if any one is without sin then they could throw the first stone at her.

When everyone around this woman wanted to condemn her for her sin, Jesus saw it as an opportunity to display His mercy toward her.

Sometimes God wants to get you alone so that He is the only one left standing there for you to notice.

Dear Merciful God,

Thank you that you love us so much that you want to have an intimate relationship with us. You will not let us drown in our sin too long before we have to confess it before you.

Thank you that you are a God of mercy and that you do not give us what we deserve because you already paid the price once and for all on the cross. We pray Lord that we never take your sacrifice for granted.

In the Name of Jesus,
Amen

Charity O

Powerful Protector

“Fear not, I have redeemed you, I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, You God, the Holy One of Israel, Your Savior…”
Isaiah 43:2-3


Life is full of unexpectedness. We can be going through life just like all other days and then it can change in a moment notice.

The greatest news is that we will never go through it alone – God will carry us through. When we look back whether it is the day after, the weeks after or years we can see God was there.

I am so thankful that we have such a Powerful Protector aren’t you?

Dear Mighty God,

Thank you so much for promising us that when we go through the trials in life we do not go at it alone. Praise God that you never get too tired of our neediness. You are always there to strengthen and encourage us.

I am so thankful that You are a God of love and compassion and that You will lever leave us. Praise God that you have redeemed us and that You know us by our name.

Allow our journey to stay fresh on our minds so that we can use it to encourage others who are going through their own rivers or fires in life.

We pray that our faith has matured so that when we do go through challenges again we respond with assurance that we are shielded by our Powerful Protector.

In the Mighty Name of Jesus,
Amen

Charity O

God Never Fails

“I remember my affliction and my wandering, and bitterness and the gall. I will remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:19-23


Does Satan want to keep you wallowing in your sin or burdens?

Do you keep replaying the past in your mind?

Guess what dear friend…with Jesus there is HOPE! There may be times that we may feel like a failure – but once we receive the forgiveness from our sin – Christ sees us as Fabulous!

Dear Faithful Father,

Thank you that you are patient with us and never tire of our mistakes no matter how many times we goof up. We pray for discernment between words of Truth and deceiving lies from Satan.

Help us to use the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17) to strike at Satan – because we know that with the sound of JESUS, Satan has to flee!

Please forgive us for doubting in your faithfulness.

In Jesus Name,
Amen

Charity O

Bee Holy

The ways of the Lord are right, and the righteous walk in them.
Hosea 14:9


The Regional Spelling Bee would shortly be decided. Only two contestants remained, one being my daughter. Kristina had won her school bee and had now edged out around 100 competitors.

She had participated in this arena before so we were familiar with the good - and the bad - surrounding these events. After each round, the eliminated contestants and their parents may appeal the judge’s decision. If successful, the contestant is able to re-enter the competition.

We’ve been astounded by some of the arguments presented from these ousted contestants - and usually more vehemently from their parents. Lies, manipulations, etc. abound. Before the bee, Kristina decided that she didn’t want to win that way, therefore she wouldn’t appeal.

Kristina spelled her next word wrong. Her face revealed the dejection she felt. Because the round ended, the moderator asked me if I’d like to appeal. I wondered if Kristina’s integrity would remain in the thick of the battle.

She had studied hard for four long years. The winner received an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for a week for two to participate in the National Spelling Bee.

I looked to my daughter before answering. What would she decide? She shook her head. I said, “No.”

If her opponent spelled his word correctly, he would win. To all our amazement, he spelled it wrong! Now my daughter was back in the competition. She spelled one word and became the Regional Spelling Bee Champion!

I was a proud mama to see Kristina win the bee but even more proud to see her win the spiritual battle.

The ways of the Lord are right, and the righteous walk in them (Hosea 14:9).

God’s ways are always right. It isn’t always easy to walk in them but when we do, God is glorified. No one on earth may ever know that we have chosen the right way, but God knows. And His face is beaming with pride as He says, “That’s my daughter!”


Terri

A Slithering Tale


For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
Psalm 91:11, 13


What a day! The warm sun on my face. The smell of spring flowers. The snake on the road. At least it has been flattened and killed by a car, I thought. My dog and I passed by it within a few inches. I marveled at the snake’s interesting markings.


I turned back to look at it more closely. As I leaned over, I thought, I sure hope it’s dead! I picked up a stick just in case. When I looked up, the snake had slithered into the grass.

Thank you, God for your protection! Twice my dog and I were within inches of the snake’s mouth. It could easily have bitten us but it didn’t.

God opened my eyes to His safeguarding from the snake. I wonder how many times a day I walk along unscathed, unaware of impending danger. God’s word says in Psalm 91 that He sends His angels to watch over us. Perhaps an angel closed the mouth of the snake as in Daniel’s story with the lions. Psalm 91 also says we can tread on snakes. I’m glad I didn’t have to!

The world can be a scary place. Until Jesus returns, evil will be present around us. Jesus made provision for us by asking the Father to watch over His followers. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one (John 17:15).

Jesus left us an example to pray for ourselves and others. Deliver us from the evil one (Matthew 6:13). We don’t have to worry when God is on watch.

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name” (Psalm 91:14)

Thank you, Lord, that I never have to fear because You and Your angels are with me.


Terri