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Exodus 5:22-7:25

We are a people of comfort and status quo. No matter how miserable we are in a comfortable place, we find comfort in our misery. I believe the plagues and Pharaoh’s stubbornness were needed to challenge the Egyptians’ gods but also to set up both Egypt and Israel to disengage from each other. Israel had to become a stench in the nostrils of Egypt and Israel needed to become reacquainted with the power of their God. God was making sure bridges were being burned.

Being oppressed and or being in slavery destroys self-initiative because a hopelessness sets in and then one develops a sick heart (Proverbs 13:12). When your heart is sick, blood circulation is hindered and the “body” doesn’t “act” the way it is suppose to. So, not only was it necessary to bring Egypt to her knees, Israel had to move from the mindset of a slave to one of freedom. Freedom isn’t free and requires a purchase price of responsible mind. But freedom means you become aware of your value to yourself, to others and most definitely your value to God.

Moving from welfare/dole, being enslaved or dependent on the government requires one to believe that there are gifts, talents, and abilities inside that can make one sufficient. Many times that means one has to get in touch with God to discover the gift God has placed within and how to use that gift in the market place. I know about moving from welfare to work and what it takes to cross that divide, courage. However, usually, that courage comes by way of crises.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I have never been in a divorce situation...married the love of my life 3 years after high school..however, from friends and family members who have went through this..I know God's Grace is sufficient..He loves all and He is more than capable to restore relationships that are broken, either reconciled marriages, or amiable relationships after divorce. I have seen some divorcees who get along better after divorce than most married couples do today! Our pastor had issues with his first wife and her spouse when they got divorced..she took their two children, left him and gave the children the new husbands last name..that is hard to get past..but through love and God speaking to pastor's heart about forgiveness..now all 4 of them are the best of friends and have a good, good relationship with all of their children..So God is good! All the time!!

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