by Winnie Andango
She stumbles to a stop, her head is bowed and her face obscured by her long messy hair.
Her once alluring gown is now torn and hangs loosely to reveal bruised shoulders. Her body is sore from being grabbed and pushed by the angry crowd. But right now it’s the least of her worries.
She knows she shouldn’t be standing accused alone but she should have known – she bears the burden alone.
She now stands in front of the great teacher and she is sure of this – her fate is sealed.
From the corner of her eye she can see His face but it gives little away of what’s on His mind. He appears to be writing something on the dirt.
Then for a split second she catches a glimpse of His eyes; they are different, the hate and rage she saw in the crowd is not reflected there.
He begins to speak, she lets out a gasp and feels her spine stiffen. But He’s not addressing her.
She closes her eyes anticipating the stones to start raining on her already frail body. She knows it will not take much to snuff out the little life left in her.
Instead she hears the shuffling of feet, the ground beneath her begins to spin. It spins faster and faster. Finally she comes to a halt and opens her eyes in time to see the last of her accusers disperse.
As they give her a last glance she notes that this time the rage and hate is gone from their faces. Each one lets go of the stones they had been clutching.
As the dust settles the great teacher rises from where He’s been sitting, He takes a step towards her and lifts her face. As He does she can feel the shame lifting off.
Then she hears words that change her life forever;
Neither do I condemn you’
With tears flowing down her face she throws her arms around His neck. He comforts her like a father His child.
She can feel love and acceptance in sweeping waves overwhelming her heart.
I am seen, she is known, she is loved.
Her heart instantly understands, this is what she has been searching for all her life.
Story from John 8: 1-11
LOIS AND EUNICE
2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14-17)
We applaud the women who are single and raising children on their own.
I have always imagined how difficult a task single parenting must be, knowing that you have no one to help share the workload of raising children.
Timothy, was raised by his mother Lois and grandmother Eunice, two remarkable women who taught him love and the fear the Lord.
Whether you are single or not, parenting comes with its challenges. That’s why it is always good to teach children God’s principles from an early age.
The bible says, that we should train up a child in the way they should go and they will never depart from their ways.
The gurus of the world love to tell us how we should be raising our children, but God has given us guidance on parenting.
Lois and Eunice followed God’s way and raised Timothy to be a fine young man who loved the Lord.
He later became a student of the Apostle Paul.
Like Mary Magdalene there are women out there who know that they have been forgiven much.
Mary’s heart was transformed and she experienced love and joy for the first time despite all the enticements of the world she had been a part of.
Does it sound familiar?
She began to have love for her Savior which later motivated her to pour costly perfume on Jesus’ head and feet.
Imagine the drama that must have taken place as she did this!
Judas was irritated because he thought that she was wasting an expensive perfume!
But Mary knew that Jesus was worth everything she could give.
The fragrance of her gift has made her popular throughout every generation, reminding us that whatever we give to Christ as a thanksgiving will create a fragrance everywhere we go.
what fragrance is coming forth from your life?
When you realize how much you have been forgiven, no sacrifice is too great.
Mary is a Woman of Valor we can learn a lot from.
Since life is a process.
We all encounter changes and crossroads.
How are you dealing with this?
Some changes are very difficult to deal with and it takes a lot of prayer to get through.
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Start by asking for the Spirit of Grace to guide you as you go through the changes.
Are you too busy being a wife, mom, friend, sister or partner that you barely have time to yourself?
When was the last time you spent the time to catch up with ”you?”
We would like to hear from you.
Tell us how you spend time with your best friend…you!
One of my favorite verses in the bible is found in the book of Revelations where it says,
The Spirit and the Bride say come!
It is an invitation for the bride (the body of Christ) to come into an intimate companionship with the Holy Spirit.
The Apocalypse is the book of the one who is yet to come. It is a wonderful invitation that is open to anyone who wants (thirsts) for more of God
. An excellent picture of the word ”thirst” is illustrated in Psalm 42:1
As the deer pants (thirsts) for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. ”
There is so much joy in living when we invite him to lead us and give us hope in difficult circumstances.
As the Holy Spirit invites everyone to come, he reminds us, that the wall that separated man from God was torn down and we now have direct access to the Throne of God.
We have been delivered and set free from whatever it is that has come against us.
All that is required of us is to come to him as we are, and he will do the rest.
May I encourage you this day, to thirst for more of him and allow him to participate in your life.
Hoping that you get inspired and empowered through the amazing life-changing word of God.
Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
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