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Dear Reader,

I haven’t thought much about you until recently. I have paid more attention to what I had to say, to what was happening in my life and how it might help you. But for the most part, you were fairly anonymous and generic . I really didn’t know you. I heard very little from you directly. But now, I need to hear from you.

In real life, I need to have a two-way conversation. That is part of what I don’t enjoy about working online. In real life, the silence can be filled by observing the person I talk to. What effect are my words having on her? She may be processing what I have just said, but the effect of my words is often seen in her eyes or her body language.

Have I hit a nerve? Is she struggling to hold back anger? grief? or laughter? Have I come on too strong with my words even if I didn’t intend to hurt? Watching her responses helps me gauge my words and keeps me from being too intense in real life. I don’t have that protection online.

Are you one of my readers? Do you want to be? Please, answer this question…

So, for my 10’s of readers out there, or those who want to be my readers, here is my first request. In order to make this a place to help you, could you take a minute to simply tell me what your main struggle is right now? Interpret it however you want and put it into words…5 or 50. Just send it to GrittyMartha at gmail dot com. Thanks.

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So far, these are a few things I have come up with for those who will be interested in my blog. Do you fit any of these places?

  • You are a Christian or close to being one: Someone who is trusting in Christ alone for your salvation.  cf. Romans 5:1-11 (see below.)
  • You are old enough to have had some true heartbreak. It may have even come at the hands of fellow Christians.
  • You hear the word grace bandied about and wonder what it truly means. The most basic way to define it is this: grace means the receiving of unmerited favor. mercy means the withholding of deserved punishment. GOD does both, yet they are balanced with His perfect justice as well.
  • You are presently going through a challenge in your life. It may be a challenge of faith. It may simply be a circumstance you are going through now that has your life turned upside-down. You may still be in the process of untangling it.
  • A working byline I am thinking about for is “Hope for the scared, overwhelmed and broken-hearted.” That covers me in many of my major life stages including many of the small ones too! How often do you fall into at least one of these categories? These are common to much of our life experiences. cf. Isaiah 61:1-3, Isaiah 43:1-5 (see below)

 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Through him we have also obtained access by faith
into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings,
knowing that suffering produces endurance,

 and endurance produces character,
and character produces hope,

and hope does not put us to shame,
because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit
who has been given to us.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—
though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.

Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood,
much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.

For if while we were enemies
we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son,
much more, now that we are reconciled,
shall we be saved by his life.

More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Romans 5:1-11 ESV

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord‘s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.

Isaiah 61:1-3 ESV

 But now thus says the Lord,
 he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
Because you are precious in my eyes,
and honored, and I love you,
I give men in return for you,
peoples in exchange for your life.
Fear not, for I am with you;

Isaiah 43:1-5 ESV

So please take a few minutes and respond to me by answering the question: What is your main struggle right now? Add as many other comments as you care to. If you haven’t subscribed to my blog, please do so now. I would love it. In case you are worried, I do not sell names to anyone. I keep them protected. Thank you.