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“But if he does make them void after he has heard them, then he shall bear her guilt.” Numbers 30:15

This chapter of Numbers covers laws about vows. It was a little more complicated for women. Their vows could be canceled or acknowledged by their fathers and/or husbands.

Oh Lord, please help us to submit to You and one another in love, returning us to our rightful places, on our faces at Your feet. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Non-Stick Guilt

There is nothing done
or not done
apart from You
and no guilt can stick
for failing to submit
to oppressive
human made

Please pray with me about this post! And add more to it as He leads. I feel too close to it and may not have represented His heart in it as well as I would’ve liked. Thank you!


  1. Deb, I am grateful that no guilt can stick for failing to submit to oppressive human made rules. That is so freeing! I hear you. This speaks of things heavy and dark…that people try to do to others, and sometimes succeed in doing. And things do often seem to be more complicated for women in burdensome ways. What a beautiful thing when captives can be set free! And your words point the way!

  2. Praying that part is really scriptural though A! Cringing some. I want it to be, but I don’t get to make the rules or write those Words. πŸ™‚ But I’m so glad that you hear me and understand. You are especially good at that! God bless you, Angel of His, as you fly free for Him!

  3. One thing that I routinely pray for my wife and I is that He restore all areas of our lives – that He would restore our ‘original settings’. Knowing that our enemy has done a lot to destroy them, I pray for them to be restored.

    Who does not need healing in some way or another?

    I feel your pain. πŸ™‚

  4. That is a beautiful prayer and a good one. One that I pray often for us too, as a family, that we be healed and restored. Thank you! And God bless you and your sensitivity to His Spirit!

  5. Whoa
    I have nothing to say. Ha ha
    I do love that “restore to original settings ” prayer.

  6. Deb, I believe your poem is scriptural. Just look at Romans 8:1-3:

    Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.

    Peace, Linda

  7. “Oppressive human-made rules” sums it up well, Debbie. Most of the problems we have as Christians are caused by divisiveness (My way or the highway, forgetting that it’s not “my” way at all, but God’s); most of the problems we have as Americans are rooted in the same hubris. Boundaries, as in country and state lines, are not visible on the ground – only on the ever-changing maps, all drawn by men. Time to get a little more female energy in the global dialog! Peace, Amy

  8. Love your poetry and the heart it comes from! Poetry has a way with me as no other form of literature.

    My best,

  9. “Oppressive human made rules” – that seems to do it every time. How often we get caught in being the center of the world, focused only on ourselves! One of the themes that I contend with is the idea of running, either from, or to, God. When I’m obedient to Him, I run with Him. How I enjoy those times!

    I love your poems and the faithfulness in which you write! You really are an inspiration to me! And the way in which you open yourself to share these moments, is just as amazing! Thank you for letting me be a part of this …

    There is nothing done
    or not done
    apart from You
    and no guilt can stick
    once I turn
    and embrace

  10. Now, don’t clam up . . .let ‘er rip! πŸ™‚ Mike is really good and I love that too! God bless you as you keep being a hero to your family and us!

  11. Thank you, Linda, for your strong grasp of His Word and your ability to share it! It gives me peace too, about it. Accept if I’m not walking in forgiveness . . .a whole ‘nother matter, and one I will take up with my Jesus now. He always helps.
    God bless you and how He uses you mightily each day!

  12. Divisiveness . . .that is a good way to explain it, Amy. I forgot about the possibility of fiesty you reading this and what you could add! ha! God bless you and thank you for your understanding and insight!

  13. Eric . . .you are amazing. I loved the part about running with God. Yes! And the different Eric-ending on the poem? I appreciate that sooo much and feel it says more what He would like me to say with this. I am so blessed that you came and read, encouraged and added!
    God bless you and yours and that special heart you have for Jesus and others.

  14. Hi Dean! So glad you stopped by and hope you will straighten me out poem wise when I need it. Which is quite regularly. ha! God bless you and your amazing family as you serve and love Jesus!

  15. Thanks, Deb.

    John 8:32 “… then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free”

    Thanks for always sharing Truth. You write ‘simply’ beautiful and the simple way you share the Word makes it easy for anyone to understand and come to know Him.


  16. Deb,

    I liked both your poem and the passage (I went back and looked at the 30th chapter of Numbers. I must confess that it is not a book that I often go to, but I saw some foreshadowing (I hope that is the right term).

    I am thinking about titles. Christians have quite a few. One is “The Children of God”. Another is “The Bride of Christ”. God is often referred to as “The Father” and “The Bride Groom”.

    I know that both males and females alike are sinful, and weak (often having a great lack of wisdom). The Lord is so merciful. He knew that women had their own unique struggles and in a sense it was an act of mercy, because men were not given a way out, should they make a foolish vow…

    I just went and did a little reading to see if I might be off track and I just loved what I read! I might even post it later…really good stuff. πŸ™‚

    I really liked your poem. I think it really was insightful.


  17. I have a big ‘non-stick’ smile on my face!

    Peace to my sister, hugs to your wonderful and loving words for us!

  18. Thank you Ann, for encouraging me and for adding John 8:32. πŸ™‚ Feeling . . .humbled and want to stay close to Him (Truth) with what I write and think and pray. The blog thing is a blessing in so many ways. It just scares me sometimes. Could you pray for me, to stay submitted to Him about what I write and share? Thank you and God bless you, gracious one!

  19. Oh Theresa . . .thank you for going back and reading. That is something that concerns me at times. I try to keep it short and simple, but don’t want to take things out of context. God bless you!
    A not good part of me wanted to say “well, the men only had one paragraph in that chapter. The other 15 were taken up addressing women, what we can and cannot do, who we must submit to and when and where and . . .” I was feeling put upon, struggling.
    When I read that part about the men bearing the guilt, I had the same reaction you did. Mercy. My pride was getting in the way. Yuck. And I need to remember that, each time I submit to my husband, that God is covering us both, with His mercy. He knows what is going on and He is with me.
    Excited about what you have found! I love how you are inspired and search out His word and He gives you what to share!
    God bless you, our wonderful woman of the word!

  20. Like teflon you think, E? πŸ™‚ Thank you and God bless you for who you are in Christ . . .so beautiful!

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