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The Parables, Week 5: As Jesus Began to Teach

Linnea White


Luke 12:13-14

“Someone in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?!”

As Jesus Began to Teach

Even Jesus was faced with issues. People wanted to dispute with him about topics and would ask Him to intervene on disputes. Instead of jumping into ANY arguments and proving He was right (because let's face it, He is Jesus the Son of God, so He is right and always will be!), He kept His eyes on the course! This doesn’t mean that Jesus avoided confrontation, because He did make a point when it needed to be made and He did often show the Pharisee’s what was up. But, He discerned when to step in and when other things were distractions.

As you and I can see we have so much to learn from Jesus and I believe that this is a BIG one. We have to be walking in the spirit, always keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. When we walk in His will and in His promises we will able to see distraction and not let it distract us from His goodness. Not walking in the spirit allows distraction to defer us from what God has called us to. If Jesus would have done what the man asked Him to it would have kept Him from what He was called to do. And that was to teach a parable.

This is a perfect example how we as Christians should be with all of the events happening around us. Instead of posting articles or comments that hate and often condemn, we should keep our eyes fixed on what God is doing and is calling us to do.

When we look at the scriptures we can see that it is to "love your neighbor as yourself." I believe there is a reason why the Pharisees tried to stump Jesus when they asked what the greatest commandment was. He did not hesitate and He replied with the Shema: "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." And followed it with, "the second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:29-31)

God calls us to keep our eyes fixed on Him and to love our neighbors as ourselves. That means to love them regardless of their sexuality, gender, or religion. Love them - Gay, Straight, Trans, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Black, White, Asian, Syrian, or American. We are to LOVE THEM as ourselves.

Jesus Love Your Enemies | Photo by Megan Tiernan

Jesus also commands us to love our enemies and continues by telling us to do good to those who HATE you. (Luke 6:27) This means that we are called to love those who hate us - not spread lies about them, not gossip about them, not post hateful articles and yell slurs at them, not alienate them and judge them. We are called to LOVE them, and not only that, but to pray for them, to put them in high regard. This does not mean that you have to like what they are doing. This does not mean that your feelings are going to change over night. It does mean that you are being obedient and are glorifying God.

Friends, I encourage you to stay pure in heart and to keep your spirit, eyes, heart, and mind in tune with God. Keep the Shema first in your heart. Love God and know that He alone is God, and fueled with His unconditional love, live each day choosing to love your neighbors as yourself.

Be blessed, Meg


Read more from this Darling Devotional series on The Parables.

Devotional Series: Ruth, Week 4

Linnea White


Ruth, Week 4 | Worth

In line with Hebrew custom, the man in closest relation to a widow would marry her and look after her - he would be called a kinsman redeemer.

Boaz promised Ruth that he would marry her if the first man in line declined to do so. The man first in line did decline and in doing so Boaz stood in front of ten elders and declared that Ruth would be his wife! When he did so the elders replied:

“May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. Through the offspring the Lord gives you by this young woman, may your family be like Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.” Ruth 4:11-12

When we break down the blessings they said, it allows us to see that this marriage between Boaz and Ruth was clearly God’s providence. The elders were blessing the marriage to be fruitful and amiable - to have many children and to have a pleasant marriage. It is significant they blessed “the woman who was coming into his home” to be like Rachel and Leah, because they were women who were not of Jewish lineage who became Jewish, just as Ruth did. Since the beginning of time, God has had his hand on his people and has been intricately weaving our stories together to advance his kingdom. The second part of the blessing from the elders was, “may your family be like Perez.” This was a great honor because Perez bore children and carried on his family lineage (that eventually led to Jesus), after his first three wives did not bare children. This also foreshadows Ruth and Boaz conceiving after Ruth was barren.

“So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. Then he went to her, and the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.” Ruth 4:13

The Lord enabled her. The Lord was in control, and the Lord is still in control. The Lord used Boaz and Ruth to conceive Obed.

Obed was the father of Jesse, Jesse was the father of David, David had Solomon, Solomon had Rehoboam, Rehoboam had Abijah, Abijah had Asa, Asa had Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat had Joram, Joram had Uzziah, Uzziah had Jotham, Jotham had Ahaz, Ahaz had Hezekiah, Hezekiah had Manasseh, Manasseh had Amon, Amon had Josiah, Josiah had Jehoiachin and his brothers, Jeconiah had Shealtiel, Shealtiel had Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel had Abiud, Abiud had Eliakim, Eliakim had Azor, Azor had Zadok, Zadok had Achim, Achim had Eliud, Eliud had Eleazar, Eleazar had Matthan, Matthan had Jacob, Jacob had Joseph, Mary’s husband - the Mary who gave birth to Jesus.

At the time Boaz had no idea that his obedience to Jewish custom would result generations later in the birth of Jesus Christ.

When Ruth was a widow she had worth to God. When Ruth was married to Boaz she had worth to God.

When Ruth was a pagan she had worth to God. When Ruth was a jew she had worth to God.

When Ruth was a foreigner in the land of Judah she had worth to God. When Ruth called Bethlehem home she had worth to God.

When Ruth was alone, God was with her. God never left Ruth’s side and regardless of her circumstances God always saw worth in Ruth.

IMG_0962You have worth. You are valued. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

“So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:31

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:13-14

Friends, you have a mighty purpose in your life here on earth. You are made in God’s image and he delights in you. Whatever you are feeling is real, but the truth is simple: You are chosen and loved by God. Just like Ruth, regardless of your circumstances, God always has seen worth in you and always will.

xo, Meg

Devotional Series: Be Free, Week 8

Linnea White


The Be Free Series Continues: Week 8 | Gentleness

Have you ever had someone say something to you that felt like a sword just pierced you in the chest? Have those words been hard to forget? I have, and I have had to continually forgive the person that spoke them to me. One of the reasons why the pain lingers from hurtful, harsh words is because our words carry much weight and power.

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

Harshness is the opposition of gentleness.

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17

We should aim towards using our words to speak blessings over one another, and to be gentle in spirit towards one another. Jesus is the perfect example of being gentle towards others lived out how He spoke.

In Matthew 11:29, Jesus says, “I am gentle and humble in heart.” The apostle John , in chapter 8, accounts of the time Jesus encountered an adulterous woman and showed this gentleness. Jesus spoke gently to the adulterous woman, knowing fully that she had sinned. When the Pharisees were lined up to throw stones at her, as per Jewish law, Jesus stepped in and said, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” Jesus knew that each of these men were also struggling with sin in areas of their life. This passage shows how only the sinless are free to throw the first stone. This does not mean that we should sweep sin under the rug. It does, however, teach us that we should be slow to speak, and, in gentleness, steer others and ourselves away from temptation and sin.

Jesus then was alone with the woman and she said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

“No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Jesus lived a sinless life and instead of throwing the stone at her, he instead showed her merciful grace out of His gentle spirit. Let us aim to live as Jesus did and speak in gentleness of both truth and grace with one another.

I encourage you this week... “To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” Titus 3:2

xo, Meg


My hope and prayer for this devotional series is to have each of us grow together and grow in our relationship with Jesus. May we gain a better understanding of our identity in Him. I have been seeking His voice and guidance on where to start this devotional and I believe that this is the best place to start – this “Be Free” series. It will take us each one step closer to being truly free in Jesus. There is no freedom apart from Christ Jesus, who died for our sins, and once we experience that freedom, we can truly live.

Each week during this series we will soak in His truth and apply it to our daily life – one fruit of the Spirit at a time.

Devotional Series: Be Free, Week 1

Linnea White


Be Free | Introduction

My hope and prayer for this devotional is to have each of us grow together and grow in our relationship with Jesus. May we gain a better understanding of our identity in Him. I have been seeking His voice and guidance on where to start this devotional and I believe that this is the best place to start - this "Be Free" series. It will take us each one step closer to being truly free in Jesus. There is no freedom apart from Christ Jesus, who died for our sins, and once we experience that freedom, we can truly live.

Each week during this series we will soak in His truth and apply it to our daily life - one fruit of the Spirit at a time.

be free week 1

I pray that this devotional series will be a community for women to be open and honest about their struggles and hardships, praises and victories, and the pruning that takes place in order for us to blossom!

For some women, loving others and serving them humbly comes naturally, while for others, it may be having a gentle spirit. All in all we are here to grow with one another and be transformed into women of God who love, uplift, encourage, and serve one another. This will allow us to be more comfortable in our own skin as our identity in Christ becomes whole and renewed. My hope is for each of us to gain freedom from judgement, freedom from fear, and freedom from comparison.

Week 1 | Love

Galatians 5:13-26

"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other."

I know the majority of people, whether you call yourself a Christian or not, heard in their childhood the command to love your neighbor as yourself. But what does this truly look like? Are we as women going out of our way to uplift one another?

We can start applying this in our own circles, with friends, family, and the woman on the street corner asking for money to buy food. When we love, like Jesus loves us, our intention will be pure. We will love with a serving heart, not for outward reward or recognition, but truly for the love of another, for the love of a Sister.

Women, smile at one another, compliment one another, serve one another, and do so with a pure heart.

My challenge for you this week is to love. Go out of your way to change someone’s day.

I can tell you this truth: doing so will help set you free.

Be Blessed my friends!

Xo, Meg