Monday Manna-from Castro’s Corner of Chicklit Power!

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Happy Monday Manna!

I hope that each and every one of you had a blessed weekend. It’s incredible how fast the weekends go by. I’m still living by the quote “There are never enough hours in the day.”

If you joined me last Monday for Monday Manna, I did a recap of our Valentine’s Day weekend and shared the details of our accapella song performance for our wives before dinner. It still amazes me that we were able to finish the song without any threats from the manager of the restaurant. Maybe one of these days I’ll share the lyrics! 🙂

I’ve been reading and praying about the topic of discussion for this week- Giving Grace. Why should we ever pray for someone who has wronged us? It wasn’t until recently that the Lord spoke to my stubborn heart and provided me with an understanding of what grace truly is.

Let’s face it; men handle insults and verbal confrontation much differently than women do. The automatic fight-or-flight response will initiate; our blood will begin to boil (don’t let our confident body language fool you, ladies), and men will either prepare for all out-war or walk away thinking of what we can do to get even. Then comes conviction. Ouch. This reminds me of a passage in the Old Testament.

In 2 Samuel 16:5, King David and the mighty men of Israel were making their way through a city called Bahurim when a man named Shimei began cursing the name of David calling him a “blood thirsty man.” When David was asked by Abishei, one of the mighty men of Israel, “Why should this dead dog curse my Lord the King? Please let me go over and take off his head” — Seems a little extreme, right? — David responds by telling Abishei “Let him alone, and let him curse; for the Lord has ordered him. It may be that the Lord may look upon my affliction and that the Lord will repay me for good for his cursing this day!”

We can all relate to David’s situation. The hardest thing to do right then and there is pray for that person, but after those hurtful words are spoken, or that wrongful act is committed, the heaviness that you feel in your chest and those wild emotions that are running through your mind are brought to a halt as you realize that there are some serious underlying issues at hand.

Do you ever wonder if God brings people like these into our lives through divine appointment, so that we can pray for those people who need it most? If we’re not praying for them…who is?

Has there been a Shimei, or is there currently a Shimei, in your life that knows the chinks in your armor and seemingly seeks to destroy your confidence and fellowship with Christ? Fear not, for when God is watching over us, there’s no need to attempt to protect ourselves. Pray for those who need it most, because no one else may be praying for them. God Bless you!

Warmest Regards,


Garrett Castro

P.S. Join Steve and Kim (Evinda) for 30 minutes of relationship talk as they share how to love who you love! Tune in at at 1:00 today and if you can’t join then, listen when you can:)


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One Response to “Monday Manna-from Castro’s Corner of Chicklit Power!”

  1. Jan Bachelor says:

    Very true statement. I remember a Pastor I was listening too talk about speaking in tongues and it’s importance. He mentioned that when we are praying in our personal prayer language our Holy Spirit might be praying for our enemies or those who offend us and cause pain in our lives. Very insightful.