Faith Bigger Than Fear

I’ve long been drawn to the story of the bleeding woman mentioned in Mark 5. She represents so many of today’s women including myself. When I’ve longed for healing from a sickness that I’ve battled over the last five years (another story for another day) I,like her,only have my faith in the healing powers of Jesus.

I then wonder what this bleeding looks like in today’s woman?

Are you bleeding financially?

Are you bleeding from an overbooked schedule?

Are you bleeding from past failures?

Are you bleeding from health issues?

Are you bleeding in your marriage?

Are you bleeding from infertility?

Are you bleeding from children who are making bad choices out of your control?

Are you bleeding from your own laziness/undisciplined choices?

This woman fought years,12 years according to scripture, for healing. She could almost be our entire list from above.

She struggled financially because she spent all her money on doctors.

She couldn’t have intimacy in her marriage if she was even married.

She couldn’t be hugged or kissed by her children if she had any.

She couldn’t have friendships because she couldn’t go out in public.

See in her culture she was labeled unclean, she couldn’t touch others, prepare anyone else’s food, be seen in public. She was a total outcast.

Yet she hadn’t run out of faith, she still had the reserves to reach out to Jesus. I know I can start to feel my faith waiver long before the end of a 12 year journey. That is a long time to pray, cry out, to beg the Lord for an answer and hear silence.

Until one day – one glorious day – the prompting to reach out. To take the shaky step of faith for healing. Verse 28 tells us “she thought to herself, If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”

Then can you imagine her thoughts? “Oh my, really, I’m healed? Uh oh, he noticed. I’m unclean. Will I be punished?”

But she was only met with love.

I believe Jesus knew her heart. Along with those watching. That the healing couldn’t go unrecognized, this healing needed to be public because her shame had been quite public. So He stopped, turned to the crowd and said, “Who touched my robe?”

The disciples responded with, “in this crowd, who knows, lets go.” They were in a hurry to get to the house of the local synagogue leader, his daughter was dying. But Jesus wasn’t in a hurry he knew the importance of this moment.He kept searching for the one who had touched Him.

She then came, trembling and fell to her knees at His feet to confess what she had done. He responded with “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” What a miracle, complete and instant healing. See Jesus isn’t just in the business of healing bodies but our spirits as well. He wanted to make sure that the crowd and this woman saw the healing. She had been isolated for 12 years unclean, untouchable. It’s hard for me to grasp the heartache that amount of loneliness would bring.daughter faith

I think the greatest thing is the teaching that came from the healing. While He was ministering to this woman, the child He was on His way to heal, died. The crowds are probably beginning to mumble “this distraction cost a good man’s daughter’s life. Look what this unclean, unworthy woman caused.” One response was “there is no use troubling the teacher now.” Such hopelessness.

Oh how sweet is the knowledge that our Jesus is bigger than 12 years of bleeding and of death, we only need faith. This child awoke from sleeping as Jesus called it, restored and healthy. Hope restored.

Are we allowing ourselves to be defined by what we bleed, our problems, our past, our brokenness? Will we have the faith to cry out to the Lord for healing, restoration, and hope, with faith like this woman? Our healing may not be instant, it may not be public. But it will come. It may not be your version of healing. But it will come.

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Jesus will bring the healing you need and seek when you continue to have faith in Him. So press on dear sisters, the Lord is always close.

Love and Blessings


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41 thoughts on “Faith Bigger Than Fear

  1. Thank you for sharing these words with us. I have often thought about how brave this woman was to keep going in her faith. And how sometimes I can give up so easily and just accept my present circumstances instead of pushing through and believing in Him. (Stopping by from #InspireMeMonday)

  2. I have always loved the story of this women. I find that in the stories of the women in the gospels, Jesus makes it so clear that he understands a woman’s heart, and can fulfill all the achings we have. It’s beautiful! Thanks for sharing this encouragement.

  3. Oh my goodness! LOVE this post! I just absolutely love this account in the Bible. And I love what you did with it here…showing us we bleed in many different ways. “Yet she hadn’t run out of faith, she still had the reserves to reach out to Jesus.” <—-such a great reminder! Blessings to you from "Espressos of Faith" via Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up! Tweeting and pinning this!

  4. I love the part about Jesus bringing healing–even if it’s not in a way that we expected. That happened to both the woman and the child in this story. God is the God of unexpected and surprises beyond our imagining. Thank you for linking up at #InspireMeMonday :).

  5. I was just thinking of those 12 years. I gave up waiting in a phone queue after 12 mins I do not know how I could have borne something like that for 12 years. Never give up.

  6. He will bring healing to me in every area of my life! Thanks so much for those words of comfort for me. Lovely post and great pictures! Blessings! I’m linking up with you today in Women with Intentions Link Up.

    Tayrina from TGAWrites

    • I loved your post and in fact shared it with a friend over coffee tonight! I believe I read it for her because she needed to hear it! So glad you stopped by!

  7. Hi, Winter. Great post. The way you wrote gave me a visual…very cool.
    My favorite part is when you said, “It will come.” I believe this with all my heart.
    I’m stopping by from Jennifer’s blog, His Story.
    I wrote today about fear as well…stop by.
    Thanks for the encouragement!!!

  8. Your post is filled with strong, encouraging words, words overflowing with depth. This question gathered my attention: “Are we allowing ourselves to be defined by what we bleed, our problems, our past, our brokenness?” Wow.
    This one brought a cheer: “So press on dear sisters, the Lord is always close.”
    Visiting today from Counting My Blessings.

  9. I love your post! “Are we allowing ourselves to be defined by what we bleed, our problems, our past, our brokenness?” – good questions about where are we bleeding out and that healing will come, it may not look exactly as we expect. Thanks for the beautiful thoughts! Joining you from Thought Provoking Thursdays.

    • So glad you stopped by! For myself it has been easy to say I’ve not had “healing” only because it wasn’t my version. So I hope I’m not the only one to need these words! lol 🙂

  10. I loved your insights in this post! I found much encouragement and “spurring on”.

    I have a couple afflictions; one I’ve had for over a decade and the other for a few years. The more recent one, a blocked tear duct, can wear me down. Medically, at my age, the blocked tear duct will not correct itself without surgery, but the surgery, in and of itself, could cause a host of other equally if not more annoying side-effects, let alone the fact that at my age, the surgery may only work a few years and then have to be redone.

    Sadly, I am constraining myself to what medical history states rather than what God can do. Your post reminded me that I need to continue to pray, believing for healing, trusting in how “the Lord will accomplish all that concerns me.” 🙂

    Thank you for sharing.

  11. I’m so glad you stopped by and felt His encouragement! I work part time for an optometrist, have for many years so I’m familiar with the aggravations of this problem. I pray you will have relief and healing from this ailment.

  12. Amen! I just finished a post on “Rejoicing in Trials” and was saddened by the effects of growing older and other unspoken health concerns. But I am rejoicing and singing and finding joy in the midst. Your post really touched me and I realize I am “bleeding” by growing older. It is only a natural way yet it is a struggle. You have given me food for thought about faithfully believing and knowing that Jesus is with me and I have His robe. I may still grow older but I have Jesus.
    Thankful that you are my neighbor at Sunday Stillness.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  13. Thank you so much for sharing this story and your “modernized” version and interpretation of it. Very helpful and relevant. God bless!

  14. Beautiful and hopeful post, Winter! I like the thought-provoking questions you asked at the beginning about what are we bleeding? And I hadn’t thought before about the purpose behind Jesus pointing out that this woman had faith and because of that was no longer unclean. That’s an excellent insight to this story. Thank you for sharing with us at Grace and Truth last week! 🙂
    Jen @ Being Confident of This

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