Photo Credit: Felicia Sundgren
Photo Credit: Felicia Sundgren
“Let your light shine for all to see the love of Christ shine through you!”
Praying that you have a blessed new year!
Photo credit by Carol Hinojosa
Even as a young child, I was drawn to accounts regarding the profound miracles Jesus performed.
In Mark chapter 5, a woman presses her way through a crowd just to get a glimpse of Jesus. Out of faith she touches his clothing and immediately Jesus asks, “Who touched my garments?”
After discovering who it was, Jesus assured her.
Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.
In a chaotic and frenzied setting, Jesus not only acknowledges the woman’s humility and faith, but instantly performs a miraculous healing in her body.
Discovering this story strongly impacted my faith. This gracious healing assured me that the nature of Jesus in itself is miraculous.
Every effort thrown at us by the enemy was meant to destroy us, yet God was doing a work within us that was much greater! Christina Calk
He desires to bring complete wholeness and healing.
When our world feels chaotic and turbulent, following Jesus wherever he leads — willingly carrying out whatever He asks, and expectantly awaiting whatever miracle He desires to do in or through us — remains the same as when he healed a woman who simply touched his garment.
I have personally experienced miraculous healing through Jesus, yet in ways I never expected, through one overwhelming tragedy after another.
I suffered through a difficult and complicated pregnancy, and delivered premature twins at 32 weeks gestation. One of my babies did not survive.
Doctors told me that our surviving preemie daughter would likely not walk, see and may be deaf. She remained in the NICU for months struggling to survive, yet proved to be a fighter.
A few years later my husband was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle. He suffered multiple injuries requiring over 27 corrective surgeries, numerous doctor’s visits, and years of recovery.
Not long after his accident I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. I went through numerous rounds of invasive testing, procedures, and several cycles of immunosuppressive therapy.
Needless to say, we were anguished, languishing in strength and often felt hopeless.
There were two common threads that existed within each of our struggles. First, every battle we faced required extensive treatment, long stays in the intensive care unit and a fight to survive. We were individuals that the enemy wanted out of commission.
We never wavered from calling out to the Lord asking, believing and claiming healing in Jesus name. Every effort thrown at us by the enemy was meant to destroy us, yet God was doing a work within us that was much greater!
We faced arduous circumstances and to this day still face battles, yet through Jesus we are victorious and more than conquerors!
Healing arrived in the complete physical healing of our daughter.
Healing came in the form of emotional and spiritual healing of my husband’s wounded spirit.
And in me, healing from hopelessness and restoration of joy is ever present as I minister to those who suffer.
Each of these are miracles through faith in Jesus.
Guest Blog Excerpt from Suzie Eller http://tsuzanneeller.com/2016/06/21/miracles-in-hard-places/
Parents certainly go through their share of tough times, such as illness, financial issues and other stressors. Dads and moms often lose perspective on how to encourage their children, especially when they themselves feel overwhelmed or deeply discouraged. With that said, it is completely normal for a parent to feel overwhelmed, fearful, discouraged or even inadequate during tough situations.
Acknowledging these feelings is a great place to start. As parents navigate the grueling duty of facing adversity, they should address any of their child’s concerns by openly discussing with their children what is happening. Remember, children don’t have to understand everything all at once, so use short, clear explanations when sharing details about a difficult challenge.
In essence, just give an honest, age appropriate interpretation of the situation. Sharing struggles with other parents, friends, family, clergy or counselors can provide much-needed encouragement, and parents may even consider seeking out similar sources of support for their children.
By openly expressing feelings and concerns with their children and others, parents are actually demonstrating the ability to effectively communicate, empathize and work through difficult situations.
When children realize that hardships will occur but can be worked through as a family or team, they’ll be better prepared to deal with adversity as they mature into adulthood. —Christina Calk