"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


Already Won: Monday Manna

The purpose of Monday Manna to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. Each Thursday, a Bible verse to ponder will be posted, either here or at my dear friend Vonnie's blog, My Back Door. The following Monday, those participating will post their thoughts on the verse at their own blogs and link up at the bottom of the post in the Mr. Linky  gadget. The main purpose is to chew on the same Scripture and learn from one another.

I'm hosting this week. And here's the verse.
Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4
Looking forward to your thoughts. Mine are below.


It all starts with faith. That mustard-seed-sized belief in the God who created us and sent His Son to die for us.Belief in His love for us.

That's it. We don't need anything else.

Nothing we can do--nothing from our past, present, or future--will change our faith. And our faith equals victory. Victory over the world.

In this world, there is trouble. Famine. Illness. Accidents. Financial issues. Deceit. Selfishness. Greed. Death. And as long as we're not to heaven yet, there will be. We can't obliterate it. We can't make it disappear. No matter how we try, we cannot turn our planet into a trouble-free one.

But we're not asked to. That's not what overcoming the world is. When we overcome the world, we survive - thrive even - in the midst of the world's difficulties.

Because we have faith in God and His Son, we know that our trouble is temporary, and is being used for His glory. Jesus has already won. And since we are His, so have we. The world is overcome.

Thanks for reading. Link up below with your own thoughts on this verse below, and read others' who have done the same.

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence


  1. "Lord, increase my faith."

  2. Great explanation Joanne.

  3. Your thoughts help gird up my own this morning! Thank you!

  4. I'm surviving; working on my "thriving." Thank God this isn't it!

    So glad to have friends like you. I pray your summer filled with many kindnesses from God.



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