Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.
— Deuteronomy 8:5

"Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
— Job 5:17

9. God restored her.
I am so thankful that God not only forgave her, but He restored her. So much we need to be reminded that God can restore us. He can give us new strength, new purpose, new vision and a new life. And even when we forget to ask for it, because our heart is heavy laden, He gives it to us anyway.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
— 1 Peter 5:10

10. God had a purpose for her life.
When God told her to go and sin no more, he gave her a new future. A future where she could share with others what Christ had done for her. A future where she could be a witness to others about Christ's love for her and his provision for her. If God was finished with her, he would have just left her. He not only defended her, protected her but he redirected her with a new beginning -- a beginning with purpose.

Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.
— Proverbs 19:20-21

Each day I  bend over in shame and disgust with my sin. Struggles that I had thought I had overcome only to see them pop up again. During all of this, each day, each hour, each minute, Christ is waiting to pull me back up, look me in the eye, wipe away my tears and somehow make me understand that he died for me – for my sins today, yesterday and the even the ones from 20 years ago that I have a tendency to bring back up. He has forgiven me. But with this forgiveness, like this woman, there needs to be a turning away from the sin. I am thankful of the strength God has given me over the years to turn from so many of my sins, drawing closer and closer to being like Him.

So where did the woman go? What is she doing? I don't know. But with Christ as her Savior, her friend, her father, it doesn't matter because He had a plan for her life just like he does with you and me. It is up to us to go to Him for that plan to be worked out. Through him all things are possible, even despite the bad choices we have made in our lives. God can use it all for His glory.

Although I didn't deserve it, he died for me. What did he write in the sand? Maybe it was her name, their names, my name or perhaps your name.

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Kris Swiatocho is the President and Director of TheSinglesNetwork.org Ministries. Kris has served in single adult ministry in various capacities for the last 20 years. An accomplished trainer and mentor, Kris has a heart to reach and grow single adult leaders so they will in turn reach and grow single adults. She is currently working on her second book, "Jesus ... Single Like Me," and her first book, "Singles and Relationships: A 31-Day Experiement," was co-authored with Dick Purnell of Single Life Resources.