your faith has made you well.

Matthew 9:20-23

As Jesus was on His way to see Jarius’ daughter, a woman (with a 12-year blood condition) touched his garment.

In these times, a woman such as this would have been outcast from the community, considered unclean (even by her family), and unable to participate in synagogue or temple rituals.

What a difficult, lonely life she must have lived with very little hope.

But it was these years of suffering, tears, and pain that led her to seek out the One whom all mercies flow. Her trials led her to this moment when she would divinely be at the right place, at the right time, only to stretch out her hand for just a touch of His garment. And when she did, the unthinkable happened –  He looked at her and He saw her.

The woman who has been overlooked and shunned from everybody else. She was seen by the Creator of all things, the One who holds the power to heal and destroy. He saw her and knew her faith, the kind of faith that could only be produced by such great suffering. And with just a few words: “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well,” her life was forever changed.

The faith that was produced from suffering brought her to the feet of the Savior of the world.

“Made you well” in the original Greek literally means “saved you.”

How is it that the seemingly horrible circumstances could bring her to an eternal salvation? This is our God. The One who made the heavens and the earth (Nehemiah 9:6), who holds all things together (Colossians 1:17), who controls all things (Proverbs 16:9), knows all things (Psalm 139:4), and has a steadfast love that will endure forever (Psalm 136:1). And we know that “all things God works for the for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

This includes a socially rejected woman whom no one else saw, wanted, or cared for; but He did.

Friend, do you believe this could be you too? Do you believe in the all-powerful authority of Jesus Christ in heaven and on earth? Do you believe that with just a touch of His garment, you too could be saved? Confess. Repent. Believe.

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12


It’s been a weird, but helpful season for me. Two months before I got married, I was laid-off from my job due to Covid-19. I was really upset because not only did I loved my job, but I would be entering our marriage unemployed. Luckily the months following the lay-off were extremely busy – planning a wedding, moving, home renovations, actual wedding, honeymoon, and holidays. 

But then came January 2, 2021 and everything was over. My to-do list dwindled, my errands became one errand (weekly grocery shopping), and sinking thoughts of “What do I do today?” filled my mind daily.

I became a full-time housewife, which for many women, that’s a dream! And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but for me, I have always loved being out in the community and working with people. Plus I assumed I’d be a stay-at-home mom for a while once we started having kids, but staying home now? 

As I began to pray more fervently and share my thoughts with my husband and gal pals, I kept thinking about a few verses:

Matthew 25:23 – His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

Luke 16:10 – “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.”

Proverbs 28:25 – The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.

FAITHFUL OVER LITTLE. The conviction set in.  Am I okay with what God has given me today – even if it’s what appears to be “little” to me? Am I okay with spending my day on making my husband’s meals, cleaning our house, washing clothes, etc.? It is the complete opposite of the lifestyle I am used to. I mean I cooked and cleaned for myself, but that was in between my “real work.” Spending all of my time in that regard was vastly different than I ever imagined before children.

BUT, do I trust that the Lord knows what’s best for me? The common theme in the verses above is not the work itself, but the heart of the matter. Am I being faithful in the little and remembering that whatever I do “in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, givings thanks to God the Father through him”..?

Jesus is always more concerned with our heart rather than the work. We learned that all throughout the Gospels as He ministered about the Kingdom of Heaven and called out their Pharisees for being “white-washed tombs” (Matthew 23:27-28).

I decided to start ministering to women online. I figured since I am home caring for my husband and looking for a job, I could also devote time to pursuing my dream of starting a ministry. And well, I don’t know if you know anything about producing and growing online content, but it is HARD and EXHAUSTING!!! I watched YouTube videos and read articles about “growing your platform” and I just wanted to curl up into a hole.

Friends, there are SO MANY tricks and techniques and you basically have to live online. I quickly realized, I am not made for dedicating my life to growing an online ministry and that it would have to be a miracle from God to have a large following online to minister to. And then I thought, “Why do I need a large following?” Yes, more followers, would mean more people hearing the truths of the Gospel, but what about being faithful over little?

Culture emphasized more, more, more. But as Christians, we are set apart. We are not like the culture and God often does incredible things in the little. Look at Christianity. It started with Jesus teaching 12 below-average guys. And yet, here we are 2,000 years later, still reading about those little, but significant lives that God used to bring the Gospel to the world. Do you know what we often don’t read about? The little everyday teachers, mentors, moms, dads, siblings that live a life unto the Lord and teach His truths to others. Most are often not written about or publicly recognized, but their faithfulness over little will be rewarded with the much of Heaven. So whether three women or 30,000 women, I know the Lord would want me to be faithful with whomever He sends and trust Him with that.

AND THEN LAST WEEK I RECEIVED A JOB OFFER. It is for a ministry doing incredible, Kingdom work! But then they showed me the salary – significantly lower than what I am used to getting paid. After a day of contemplation with God and a few friends, those three beautiful, yet convicting words came to mind – faithful over little. Could our family survive with this salary and my husbands? Yes. Would we be able to save as much? Probably not. Would I have stricter boundaries around my online purchases, LOL? Yes. (sorry Amazon) But again, this was the Lord’s invitation to be faithful with what He has given. 

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17). And what a good gift it would be to work at advancing His Kingdom, while being given means to live. For the believer, there is no good thing that He withholds (Psalm 84:11). Being a housewife, having a small ministry following, and a work-from-home job with a lower salary are the good things that He has for my life right now – regardless of my feelings or my thoughts or my perspective. He is ALWAYS right. He is ALWAYS faithful. And He is ALWAYS loving. And because I know His character and what He’s sacrificially already done for me on the cross 2,000 years ago, I can trust Him in the little and in the big. He is faithful because I’m often not. May God be the glory. Amen.

Am I listening to false teachers?

In 1 Thessalonians 2, Paul gives examples of what he was and was not doing when teaching the gospel of Jesus. He said these things so the church of Thessalonica could see a contrast in true teaching and false teaching. 

Similarly today, we have many individuals who may claim to know Christ, but the words they share and the life they live are off. As women who trust in the truth of the gospel, we are called to know what that truth actually is and when we are being misled. When hearing teaching of the Word…

—Does he/she teach on scripture? Or do they fit scripture around their own message?
—Are you being entertained more than learning the Bible? 
—Do you have to open your Bible? 
During a weekend church services, are you learning how to make your life better or learning about the life of Jesus?
Does the teacher make the Bible verse about you? (i.e. are you David in the story of David and Goliath?) **Spoiler alert: You are not David
—Are you feeling a sense of self-motivation instead of relying on the strength of God?
—Do you admire him/her more than the truth they are sharing?
Do they emphasize “experiencing God” over knowing God through his Word?

Ask the Holy Spirit for discernment (Psalm 119:66) and wisdom (James 1:5). God gives generously to all without reproach!

but take heart.

One of my favorite attributes of God is his sovereignty. It has brought not only a deep sense of comfort in hard moments, but provided a lens to see all of life through. I think back to conversations I had with my unbelieving dad about what God was doing in my mind and heart when I first became a Christian at age 24. He would listen and often say, “Well, that’s great to hear, Pumpkin” (he rarely called me by my real name). As time went on, he began to ask questions about eternity, salvation, morality, science, etc. He was being drawn to the things of heaven. His 58th birthday was coming up in September 2015. I decided to be a little bold and purchased a large-printed (he liked anything large-print) bible. I went through this Bible and highlighted answers to many of the questions and conversations we had. I put tabs that said topics like heaven, suffering, hope, salvation, science, and miracles. One of my favorite scriptures I had highlighted under the tab of peace was John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” My dad had fairly severe neuropathy, diabetes, and other health conditions that made his everyday life very difficult. I reminded him quite often of the hope and comfort in the life to come if he put his trust in Jesus. He liked John 16:33 because it affirmed the hardship of his life, but spoke of a peace from another world that seemed possible to have right now. I remember picking apart this verse with him over the phone. I said, something along the lines of, “Dad look what it’s saying…”

I have said these things to you – Jesus first reminded the disciples of who He was. For Jesus to have been able to tell them everything we read in chapter 16 and before, they would have to recognize He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and fully sovereign over all things. Literally in verse 28 He said He came from the Father into the world, and was about to go back to the Father. He’s the Kingdom on earth.

…that in me you may have peace – He reminded them of what they have in their relationship with Him – something that nothing this world could offer – true peace. He is their unbreakable rock, their strength, their hope, their salvation – they would soon know, he was the Savior of the world.

In the world you will have tribulation – Jesus doesn’t say they might have hard times, he says they will. He’s preparing them for the days to come in which he would be crucified, but also the reality for life here in the fallen world.

But take heart – Don’t lose hope; be encouraged because…

I have overcome the world – He shared the hope and saving grace that was about to come – Jesus conquered it all. Jesus lived the perfect life that we could not live, He died the death we deserve to die, and just when things looked horrible and impossible, He raised himself from the dead to give us new life with Him. He won.

I remember shortly after my dad received this Bible, something in his heart began to soften. That December, he sent me a birthday card with words that were different than anything he’d written before. He said, “You have done so much in a short amount of time. But I’m most proud of you getting saved by God. -I’m so thankful-“  My eyes filled with tears. Was God answering my prayer for my dad’s salvation? A few months later, I got a call from my aunt letting me know my father was admitted into the hospital. I flew to Indiana to receive the news he had Stage4 cancer and his body was shutting down. I sat in his hospice room for six days reading scripture to him, praying, and laughing. One night he looked at me and said, “Pumpkin, you were right this whole time. Jesus is real and I’m going to see him soon. I wasted so much time here, but not anymore.” Three days later, on May 26, 2015 my dad looked up smiling and said “I can see it, I see it,” and closed his eyes to pass into glory a few hours later. That night, John 16:33 became a reality for my dad. He experienced what Jesus conquered for him, for you, and for me.  “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13

numbered days.

Reflecting back to January 2020, I don’t think I read anyone’s “Word for the Year” being something like “quarantine ” or “pandemic.” I saw most blogs, Facebook posts, and tweets claim goals and themes revolving around the notions of happiness, self-care, growth, and transformation. And yet, within a matter of weeks, here we are, experiencing a global hardship that very few saw coming. What words will our current culture cling to for hope and inspiration now?

If you’re familiar with the Old Testament, you’ve probably read the journey of the Israelites being brought out from the slavery of Egypt and into the Promised Land. Because of their lack of obedience and faith in God, their quest was much longer than they anticipated with more trials than they imagined.  In a rare psalm written by Moses, he gives his fellow Israelites a reality check as he laments to God. He reminds them in the midst difficult circumstances who God is, how powerless we really are, how quickly life goes by, the weightiness of God’s anger, and the hope that is found only in Him. After Moses reminds the audience of these truths, he transitions into an ask. He pleads with the Lord to “…teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” In many bible translations, the titled authorship of Psalm 90 acknowledges him as “The Man of God.” Moses had a direct, personal relationship with God.  It’s interesting to note that with this type of access, he does not petition God to change their current circumstances in the wilderness or meet a physical need. He asked for something much different; much greater. He asked for help to live in light of eternity.

Think about the life of Moses – from the way he was born, sins he committed, fears he had to overcome, suffering he endured, direct communion with God – all these things impacted his understanding of life and how fleeting it is. There is something about hardship and suffering that forces our eyes to look up. Moses asked God to help the Israelites recognize their days are numbered, this life is not all there is, and the only way to steward the remainder of their time on earth well is through a heart of wisdom. Proverbs 1 tells us that wisdom is directly linked with the fear of the Lord. Moses is asking God to help them live their lives with a pursuit of holiness, godliness, and purpose because they will one day give an account of their lives. 

How does Psalm 90:12 apply to us today? I would say the same way it did when it was originally written. Every day we have an enemy that works to keep our minds on the things of the earth and lose sight of the things above. As years progress, it seems as though his job is becoming easier with the enticing distractions and false experiences of security found in technology, money, sex, food, material possessions, alcohol, work, relationships, etc. All throughout biblical text and especially in this psalm, our focus is brought back to the brevity of life, the urgency of sharing the Gospel, the judgment to come, and the beauty of the free gift of salvation. 

If you call yourself a Christian today, do you feel the weight of your life? Every thought, every word, every deed will give an account to what you truly believe. If you are a Christian, you house the Hope that the world longs to have, but searches for among the dust of the earth. If you really believe the Bible is true and the Gospel is the answer, then how could you not respond with your one, significant, fleeting life shouting to all that that will listen:  God is real, judgement is coming, and very soon every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.