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Mended: Week 5

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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?

Ashleigh Slater is the author of the books Braving Sorrow Together: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life is Hard and Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage. With over twenty years of writing experience and a master’s degree in communication, she loves to combine the power of a good story with practical application to encourage and inspire readers. Ashleigh lives in Atlanta with her husband, Ted, and four daughters.

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Mended: Week 5

by Ashleigh Slater time to read: 1 min