*1 Have you ever been in a situation where someone asks you to compromise your faith to make them more comfortable?
*2 Have you ever been the one asking?
"Actually, I fled. I was fifteen, and she was more of a temptation than I could handle."
*3 Michael knew being near the slave girl offered to him by his father was too much for him to handle. He was aware of his weakness. Take a moment to think about this. Do any of your own weaknesses come to mind? Situations you know would be difficult to navigate due to your weaknesses? What snare might catch you?
Angel touched the smooth pink cheek-and suddenly she saw Duke's enraged face swimming before her eyes.
Then rain started again, and with it came her old ghosts.
*We have no idea what battles people are fighting behind the scenes. In their inner lives. Just a thought.
At every turn, the girl undermined Angel's determination to remain aloof.
*4 Have you ever had a Miriam in your life? If so...describe some of the feelings you felt while she/he/ pursued you.
*5 Have you ever been a Miriam to someone who was trying to run and hide?
Angel was disturbed that hey would go to so much work on her behalf. The less they did, the less she would owe."
Expecting others to work for you and this ^...both rooted in pride. Just a thought.
Right from the first, Duke had bought her a wardrobe full of frilly frocks and white lace pinafores and filled her dresser drawers with satin ribbons and bows. Most of her clothes had been made in Paris.
*6 Isn't that just like the enemy of our souls...to make beautiful things ugly? To distort things. Can you relate? Has something lovely been soiled for you? Do you believe the Lord can renew that? Set it right?
"How could he still look at her with anything but loathing after all she had done? How could he love her?"
*7 Ever felt this way? Ever been the Michael in a situation?
"You know, sometimes you can hurt yourself more by trying to keep yourself from being hurt!"
"She's afraid of being hurt."
"She's hurting herself now."
*8 This is one of the most difficult things to watch. Have you ever lived it?
She wondered now if Michael wasn't the answer to all things for her.
Idols must be torn down. Even when our idols are relationships. Just a thought.
"He asked me to forgive him, and I told him he could rot in hell."
"He shot himself three days later."
Unforgiveness eats us alive. Just a thought.
Michael stood like a soldier going into battle. "I can't have children."
Do you think there is ANYTHING Angel could have said that would have swayed Michael away from her?
Mama had worked to keep Alex Stafford's love alive. She had tried everything to please him and keep his passion alive. Angel wondered now if it hadn't been those very efforts that served to drive him away. Mama had been so hungry for his love. Her entire life had revolved around Alex Stafford's coming to the small cottage. Her happiness depended solely on him. It had been an obsession.
The way I see it...Angel left because she was afraid she would turn out to be just like her mother ...which would eventually... turn Michael into Alex Stafford.
Whatever her motives for leaving...the Lord in His wisdom was using her time away from Michael... working behind the scenes......protecting her from idol worship.
Chapters 23-27 / Friday March 7th