Mended: Week 5


Hi Friends. It’s Ashleigh again.

We are on Week 5 in our discussions of Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole. If you’ve been following along — or even if you haven’t, but would like to start — it’s not too late to comment. The way this book is structured, you can join at any point. So if you’ve yet to share your thoughts, jump in.

Our readings this week are “Wicked Weeds,” “Immediately,” and “All In.” And, I have to admit, I just finished reading them tonight. It’s been one of those weeks.

In two of the three readings, Angie focuses her attention on the Apostle Peter. In many ways, Angie sees herself in Peter. She writes, “I feel so emotionally charged when I read about Peter. There are so many details that stir me to tears because I feel like I’m there with him in it all.”

Like Angie, I can relate to Peter in a lot of ways; especially when I also “get caught up in believing that I am such a bumbling idiot that I think He can’t possibly use me anymore.” But of late, I’ve seen myself too often in Lazarus’ sister Martha. You know, busy Martha. Focused Martha. No time to sit down and take a breather Martha. Rest is hard for me. Simply being is hard for me. It’s an area I need to grow in.

What about you? Do you relate to Peter? If so, how? If not, when you read Scripture, with whom do you identify? Who speaks to you and your spiritual strengths and struggles most at this season in your life?

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Ashleigh Slater is the author of Team Us: Marriage Together and the editor of Ungrind. As a regular contributor at several blogs and websites, she loves to unite the power of a good story with biblical truth and practical application to encourage others. She has 20 years of writing experience and a master’s degree in communication. Ashleigh lives in Atlanta with her husband Ted and four daughters. You can follow her on Instagram here.

  • Ashleigh,

    I can certainly relate to having trouble just “being” instead of “doing”. I wonder if we were all honest…how many would admit we need to grow in that area?

    Sorry I have been MIA on comments recently related to the chapters. I have continued to read and have been drawn back to Angie’s words continuously, but have not taken the time to get to the computer to share my thoughts.

    I hope there are more readers drinking in Angie’s words. She is a writer who speaks straight from the heart as if you are sitting across from her.

    All that said, I am convicted by the simplicity and urgency of a child who teaches me what I need to hear. Ellis says to Abby, “Those weeds are trying to kill something. We gotta get ’em.” With the urgency of a child, she identifies a “wicked” and knows its potential impact if left to grow. She speaks volumes to me about letting the seemingly little things go. How often do I see a little sin in my life and let it go because it’s not a big deal. What happens though if I let it go? It has potential to grow and to kill something. In my relationships. In my character. In my witness of Christ in me? The seemingly little things have power in my life.

    This little one is teaching me. Just this morning I spoke something jokingly to a friend only to hang up the phone and realize the thing I spoke was not something I wanted lingering in the air between us. I sent a message to say I’m sorry. I do not want the wicked in me to win.

    • Karen, I love how you practiced not letting “the wicked win” by sending your friend a message after the phone call.

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Mended: Week 5

by Ashleigh Slater time to read: 1 min