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So Much More: Creating Space for God (Lectio Divina and Scripture Meditation)

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S2 Ep 2B | Blythe Daniel on Mark 2

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Blythe is a literary agent and has co-authored two books with her mother, Helen McIntosh. Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters and I Love You, Mom!: Cherished Word Gifts from My Heart to Yours.   Take a few minutes to meditate on Mark 2:1-12 and then tune into this interview to hear where God led Blythe.   Some highlights from our conversation: We discuss how the man in this passage was physically paralyzed and needed healing – and how we might be paralyzed in other ways and also in need of healing. How Jesus not only forgave the man, but also healed him – and what that says about Jesus’s true identity. What it was like for Blythe and her mom to write a book together. How her mother, Helen, broke the cycle of destructive parenting and what that taught Blythe as she parents her own children. How Blythe seeks to build bridges and not walls with her children.   The exact verses read in this podcast are Matthew 15:21-28 in the NIV.   You can find Blythe and Helen at You can follow Blythe on Instagram: @blythe.daniel And on Facebook: @blythe.daniel The exact verses read in this podcast are: Mark 2:1-12, NIV A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 9 Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
June 08, 2022
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Jodie Niznik is a seminary-trained lover of God’s Word who has served in vocational ministry for over twelve years. She helps people create space for God in their lives through her Scripture meditation podcast and equips them to take another step with Jesus through her Real People, Real Faith Bible studies and teaching. You can connect with her at
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