Frankly, On Faith: Cast the First Stone

Frankly, On Faith: Do All Things

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

Frankly, On Faith.

Frankly, On Faith.

We live in an era that glorifies differences. We’re on one side of the fence or the other, but rarely are we perched atop in perfect balance.

Worse, that fence is not often wire. We can’t, or choose not to, see through to the other side. Our vision is blocked by hard wood or brick, or we’re only allowed a glimpse through holes or slats.

It’s sometimes the same with our actions. We don’t always see how what we do affects others. We don’t always care. We keep heaping our own plates higher and higher, with minimal consideration for “all things in moderation.”

We martyr ourselves in our own minds; believing we have it worse because we feel alone. Unloved. Uncared for. We separate ourselves from our community.

We can’t see the other side of the fence.

It makes it hard to see the other person’s story, to walk a mile in their shoes.

When I’m in a moment of frustration or anger toward someone else, I remember how God forgave me. How He bundled me up, healed my hurts and kissed my forehead. Then, He set me back on my feet and gave me a pat. “Go and make disciples of all the nations.” (Matt 28:19a, NLT).

He didn’t ask me to be perfect, to know everything, or to see the horizon before I took a first step. He just asked me to go. And to do so in a spirit of acceptance and forgiveness.

“They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”
~John 8:7, NLT

Instead of using stones to hurt, or to build more walls, try laying a path.

This week, I challenge to take one step closer, to stretch your hand out farther, and to smile at a stranger. Step outside your thought-box and see things from a different perspective. Give someone the grace you would like returned to yourself.

How will you begin to tear down your walls?

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With stepping stones and a peaceful heart,
~Molly Jo

Frankly, On Faith: Cast the First Stone

Frankly, On Faith: Cast the First Stone

And Frankly, My Dear . . . That’s all she wrote!

Frankly, On Faith: I almost forgot Easter.

Frankly, On Faith: I almost forgot Easter.

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

Frankly, On Faith.

Frankly, On Faith.

I have a confession to make. A terrible, dark, sinful confession. Can I trust you?

I almost forgot it was Easter.

It’s true. I have been running ninety miles an hour and breaking through that end-race tape only to find it was really just the beginning of another race. Ever feel that way? Yeah. Glad I got my Skechers on.

At some point I ran to the water cart and saw the calendar. That can’t be right. But it is. Easter is upon us, and I’ve done very little to prep for it.

What’s that? You’re in the same race? Sweet. Let me share some refreshment with you.

God doesn’t care about the prep work.

He cares that you showed up.

You know why? Because that’s what He did. He was, is, and will always be here. He showed up. In the beginning. Before there was a beginning. He was the Beginning. And He will be the end. He overcame what we thought was the end. In Him, there is no end.

Wait, you say. How can you have a beginning without an end? Good question. I don’t have a good answer, except to point to Him. Because He is what I know, and He’s way smarter than you or I can ever be.

Some things require only faith. Some things we will never understand, but that’s okay. Not knowing why or how doesn’t make anything less real. I don’t know how my shoes are manufactured, but they still protect my feet on the pavement.

From the beginning, before the beginning, in the beginning, God and the Word were united, the same. They came together even though they already were. It’s like a wind picking up more wind; they’re the same but separate and stronger and together and unique and a whole . . . You can’t separate a breeze from a wisp.

 

In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
~John 1:1, NLT

 

God showed up. In the beginning. Now. Later. He was, is, and always will be, here.

And here you are, showing up. Now. In this moment. And you’ve been here. For a second, a minute, an hour, a day . . . It doesn’t matter. Time is no element to God. You are here. He is here. We are here together so He is here, now, with us.

Time cannot hold Him. The Grave cannot hold Him. He is too big and great and powerful and mighty to be held.

Except by your hand.

Hey. Do you see that? He’s smiling and reaching. He wants to run the rest of the race with you. Will you let Him join your journey?

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With running shoes and a hand to hold,
~Molly Jo

Frankly, On Faith: I Almost Forgot Easter.

Frankly, On Faith: I Almost Forgot Easter.

And Frankly, My Dear . . . That’s all she wrote!

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