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Today’s Blog Contributor: 

Melisa Turner

Melisa TurnerMelisa Turner is a wife of 23 years, and a mother of 2 fabulously talented and good looking kids! She serves alongside her husband as lead pastors of an Assembly of God church in North Central Washington. She is the facilitator for Blossom Ministries “Preparing Women to Bear Fruit” www.blossomministries.com. She is a team member of the NWMN Women’s Department. She sees women’s ministry; and ministry in general: “In so much as anyone pushes you nearer to God, she is your truest friend.” You can find more blogs by Melisa at Pollinating Grace.

 

A Friend is
The Mercy Seat

“The people must build a holy place for me so that I can live among them…“Then make a lid of pure gold for the Ark; this is the mercy seat…I will meet with you there, above the lid between the two winged creatures on the Ark of the Agreement. There I will give you all my commands for the Israelites.” ~ Exodus 25:8, 17, 22 NCV

I came across this portion of Exodus in my daily reading this week. Stumbled across it feels more accurate.
“I will meet you there”.
“Where will you meet me God?”
“Above the Mercy seat” He seemed to gently whisper to me.
Truer words were never spoken. The very basis of this precious relationship begins over and over again at the Mercy Seat!

Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness. ~ Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV

My God wants to live with me and the point that makes this possible is mercy!
When I stop to think about it Mercy is the basis for all relationships.
We must have understanding, patience, and compassion each day to continue forward in a positive way in every relationship we are involved in. Living together with one another requires vast amounts of mercy!
Marriage does not remain sweet without extending mercy.
Parenting involves daily forgiveness in both directions.
And let us not forget those we casually encounter all day long who need us to understand what they meant to say.
Even friendship is an extension of grace and understanding.

“A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.” ~ George Eliot

All relationships like a seesaw balance on mercy. It is where we find common ground to meet together and live with one another.
Who has shown you mercy, giving you a chance to be yourself?
When is mercy hard for you to extend?
Challenge yourself to meet someone at the mercy seat!


 

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