strongholdsDid you ever have a person offer you forgiveness, then turn around and find yourself struggling to forgive someone else? A wise person once told me that if we struggle to offer grace and forgiveness to others, it's because we haven't yet come to believe in its reality in our own lives. Praying today, that God's grace will feel true in our own lives, so we can help it be true in the lives of others.


Great Deliverer,
My life had such strongholds—
Seemingly unbreakable cycles.

But You sent Your Word
And healed me.

Help me to believe the grace You give,
So that I may extend grace to others.

With no pride,
With no fear,
I let go of anger and revenge.

I choose grace.

I cast off the spirit of heaviness
And call on Heaven
With all that is in me,

Trusting that You, Father,
Through me,
Will do the impossible.


As a child, Marcia Gunnett Woodard was an avid reader, often disappearing into a book for days at a time. By her late teen years she realized that she wanted to be able to use words to weave a spell that drew the reader into the story, like her favorite authors did. Since then, she has enjoyed trying her hand at a variety of writing forms, including fiction, poetry, and theatre scripts.

Although she still lives less than 100 miles from her birthplace, she has traveled internationally and has shared her thoughts with groups as near as a local university and as far away as Vladimir, Russia.

When she isn't writing, she enjoys camping, traveling, sewing, playing word games, and surrounding herself with family (her husband and their children and grandchildren) and friends (both real and imaginary).

Marcia firmly believes in the power of story. Since learning that the words parable and parabola have the same origins, she considers her writing to be a catapult, using the parabolic arc of story to launch projectiles of truth into walled-off hearts and barricaded minds.

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