Mercy Bible Study: Session 4 Reflection

Did you make it through all the readings for this session. There were a lot, right?! I many of the readings but I wasn’t able to finish them all. It was okay because, as you may have noticed, it was easy to get the gist of the themes.

Mercy Bible Study: Session 4 Reflection

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I have to be honest and admit that this session was a little dry and difficult to get through. However, my biggest takeaway from this session was the reminder of God’s faithfulness. Father Pacwa writes:

“In fact, the reason he shows the people mercy is because he remains faithful to the covenantal relationship, even when they become unfaithful” (75).

No matter what we have done or do, God remains faithful. So often, we turn away from God and sin. We live as if He doesn’t exist or doesn’t matter. Still, His love is constant and continual. He gently tries to get our attention and showers us with graces but they often go unrecognized.

Thankfully, He is always ready to take us back the second we turn to Him. This is a sign of His great mercy. There may be consequences for our actions but God does not punish or turn away from us. He accepts and loves us just as we are, with all our faults and foibles. God remains steadfast and faithful and we can put our trust in that!

What is your biggest takeaway from the lesson? Did you find it dry and difficult to work through? Why or why not?

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What are Your Words for 2014?

What are Your Words?I don’t remember where I got the idea, but a few years ago, I began, after prayer and reflection, choosing a new word for the new year. It was a word that was meant to remind me of my goals or focus for the New Year.

For example, last year, 2013, my word was “peace.” Now, the year was anything but peaceful but that word was my focus word and it reminded me that, in God, peace could reign in my heart in every circumstance.

Recently, I came across a post by Chris Brogan that suggested using three words; a word for each area of focus (check out his post here). His idea made sense to me and I decided to do three words this year to correspond with my goals for the year. These words are:

Intentional, Love, Brave

As I wrote in the post about my goals, I want to be intentional and less reactive to life. I want to be more loving toward others and myself. I also want to step I also want to be brave, to be bold, to step out of my comfort zone. I want to be brave in how I share my faith and reach out to others ways I haven’t before. I hope that with God’s grace, these words will be anchor words that will help me be reminded of my goals and the desire of my heart.

Now it is your turn. What are your goals and desires of your heart? What word (or words) sums up those desires for you? You don’t have to share your goals or desires if you don’t want, but I’d love if you could share your words in the comments.

And let us pray for each other that this New Year will be a year of growth in all areas of our life for all of us. God bless you!

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(Linked to Sunday Snippets)

Giving to God What is God’s and to Caesar What is Caesar’s

Barb over at Suffering with Joy, has a fantastic, thought-provoking reflection about our Christian “rights, duties and obligations” as citizens of the US.

Here’s a peek:

“Our society has become confused as to what is Caesar’s and what is God’s. A large percentage of society, in fact, doesn’t believe in God and therefore doesn’t believe that anything belongs to Him. And so we have the fallacious law of behavior: what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine. And I’ll pay Caesar with your money to get the free stuff that Caesar “owes me”.

I highly recommend and encourage you to go to Barb’s blog and read her post here.