If Jesus Gives Me Healing, Why Do I Need a Doctor?

God has a specific design and plan for each avenue of His healing power. Doctors do serve a unique purpose in His design and most certainly have their place in our healing progress, without becoming a hindrance to our faith.

Healing comes through many avenues

It can manifest in the form of doctors with western medicine, all natural herbs and remedies, lifestyle changes, or a pure miracle of God. No matter the way, I believe that all healing comes through God.

I will declare every day of my life that Jesus took my sickness and death in His body, and nailed it to the cross right along side my sin. I receive my healing because of what He did at Calvary. “By His stripes, I am healed.”

But, you know, I’ve never really had to put that part of my faith to the test until now.

God has a specific design and plan for each avenue of His healing power. Doctors do serve a unique purpose in His design and most certainly have their place in our healing progress, without becoming a hindrance to our faith.

Enter, Chronic Disease

Recently, one of our kids was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, a rare autoimmune disorder. Since the diagnosis, we have been slammed with test after test to help determine the right treatment plan. We’ve found ourselves watching for the smallest symptoms, questioning past medical problems, learning a whole new vocabulary, and researching the best treatment plans.

We’ve prayed for healing and the right direction to take. We praised God that His timing was perfect, since He had just planted us right in between two of the best hospitals in the nation. He led us to a neurologist who I put my full trust in. But then, as the weeks passed by, I found myself feeling somewhat like I had betrayed God by putting our kiddo through all of these tests, and not simply waiting for a miraculous healing to manifest.

After a particularly challenging day last week, I found myself asking God if I was walking in doubt and unbelief? I cried out to Him with questions like, “I know you said he has already been healed, so why am I still taking him to the doctor? Scheduling these tests and juggling our schedules to get him to them is overwhelming, when will it end? Do I really need to have him on this medicine every single day? Why is he still having these symptoms if he is healed? Is he getting worse, or am I going crazy? How long will all of this last? Am I denying your truth by trying to seek his healing in the world?”

Those questions really troubled my heart. Maybe you’ve been there too?

God has a specific design and plan for each avenue of His healing power. Doctors do serve a unique purpose in His design and most certainly have their place in our healing progress, without becoming a hindrance to our faith.

BUT GOD!!!

 God came through for me, like He always does in His time. He reached right down from Heaven to comfort me in my time of trouble. Instead of letting me get all wrapped up in worry and fear, He brought the story of the 10 lepers that Jesus healed to my mind.

“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him – and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner? Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Here’s what I took away

  • The men seek Jesus first for healing.

    • I need to seek Jesus first for all of our healing needs, too.
  • Jesus sends them to the priests.

    • The priests during that time were very similar to our doctors today since the priests were the ones who had the power to declare someone “clean” or healed. Proof that sometimes Jesus does in fact use doctors as an avenue for declaring our healing to the world.
  • The men obey, and THEN their healing manifests.

    • I need to listen for what God is specifically speaking to our situation, and obey. If He says to see the doctor, then I will go. If He says to stay, then I will stay, trusting in Him all the way, no matter how long it takes.
  • The man who returned praised God loudly.

    • When he came back shouting praises to the Lord, you better believe the crowd witnessed that moment and it brought glory to God! I too will praise the Lord during the entire journey, which will in turn bring glory to God. And anytime I bring glory to God, I will trust that He uses that moment to reveal Himself to someone who desperately needs Him, like maybe a doctor, or someone following our journey!
  • Jesus healed all 10 men, but only says to ONE that his faith has made him well.

    • Isn’t that just like God? He has compassion on all people, whether they realize it or not. God heals them all by way of the priests regardless of how big, small, or even non-existent their faith is. But to the one, He says YOU’VE been healed because of your faith in me! Gosh, don’t you think that if we live out our faith like that, then when our judgement day comes, we’ll get to hear God say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”? I sure hope so!
    • And what if its possible that the other 9 were healed by default simply because they were fortunate enough to be in the presence of someone whose faith was activated? I am so blessed knowing that people around me are touched by the hand of God simply because I walk by faith.

The moral of the story

God does in fact use doctors as a way to bring healing. The Scripture didn’t say how long it took for the healing to manifest, but it does say that the men had to obey before that happened and go show themselves to the priests. Then it makes a perfect case for the idea that God used the priests to bring glory to Himself, and point people back to Christ. God can and will use our doctors for the same beautiful purposes!

Blessings and love,

Tiffany

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God has a specific design and plan for each avenue of His healing power. Doctors do serve a unique purpose in His design and most certainly have their place in our healing progress, without becoming a hindrance to our faith.

Is God Your BFF? Part 2 Getting to Know Jesus

To fully develop a relationship with God, cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. How well do you know Jesus?

How well do you know Jesus?

Is He your best friend and constant companion? Do you think of Him as Messiah, teacher, Savior? Or is He just some really nice guy that lived a long time ago? Maybe you’ve heard He’s the Son of God, but don’t know much more? Whether you’re a curious bystander, a fence straddler, or someone totally sold out for Jesus, this week’s message about developing that relationship has something for you. So let’s jump in because I can’t wait to share it!

We’re talking this month about fully developing our relationship with God. And in order to do that we have to cultivate the key qualities that make any good friendship last: quality time, good communication, and knowing Him FULLY as Father, Spirit, and Son.

To fully develop a relationship with God, cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. How well do you know Jesus?

You’re joining me today for the second part of a  3 part series to understand why quality time and communication with each member of the Trinity is important. Stick around to get practical tips for developing each one of these relationships.

Last week we talked about cultivating a relationship with God the Father, if you missed it, check it out here. Then next week we’ll dive into developing a mighty friendship with God living right inside you, the Holy Spirit! As for today, I am so excited to explore just who Jesus is with you, while we work on developing a personal relationship with Him.

Jesus, the Son

Jesus Christ, Messiah, the anointed one. He is the long awaited, prophesied promise of a deliverer and Savior.

Fully God, and fully man. Born of a miraculous hypostatic union between a teenage girl and the Holy Spirit. Finally, God made flesh! Its awe inspiring, and completely unique to the Christian faith, that God would lower Himself and take on the form of a man. But Praise God, He did, and He did it to save us all.

So, why do we need to know Him and develop a personal relationship with Him?

Because He is the ONLY way to God. Knowing and accepting Jesus as your Savior is the ONLY way to seal your eternity in Heaven. He became a man so that by living a sinless life, something no other man is capable of, He could forever wipe our slate clean. Because of Him we are made right with God. We can connect with God the Father again through the sacrifice of Jesus. He’s our redemption, our Savior.

We also find our hope in Him and in the example He set for us. Every possible situation we find ourselves in, every emotion we experience, every trial we face, every joy we celebrate brings us closer to Him because He has been there too. He’s experienced our pain, shared in our joy, and drown in our sorrows. The Rock is our strength when we have nothing left. Emmanuel, “God with us” carries us through our valleys. Our Victor lifts us up on our mountain tops. And the Unwavering One stays with us everywhere in between.

Getting to know Jesus is, has been, and always will be the best experience of your life.To fully develop a relationship with God, cultivate quality time and good communication with each member of the Trinity. How well do you know Jesus?

How to spend quality time with Jesus

Get in the Word! The book of John states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 14, emphasis mine)

Jesus IS the Word! Your Bible IS Jesus right in your hands. Read it! Jesus is revealed in every book, in every chapter, and on every single page.

The absolute best way to spend quality time getting to know Jesus is to read the Word.

See Him revealed in every book of the Bible

In Genesis He is the Creator & promised Redeemer, in Exodus the Passover Lamb, Leviticus the High Priest, Numbers the water in the desert, and in Deuteronomy He becomes the curse for us. Then in Joshua He is the Commander of the army of the Lord, in Judges He delivers us from injustice, in Ruth He is our Kinsman-Redeemer, 1 Samuel all in one, He is the Prophet/Priest/King, 2 Samuel He is the King of grace & love. 1 Kings He is a Ruler greater than Solomon, 2 Kings the powerful prophet, 1 Chronicles the Son of David that is coming to rule, 2 Chronicles the King who reigns eternally.

In Ezra He is the Priest proclaiming freedom, Nehemiah the One who restores what is broken down, Esther the Protector of his people. Job shows Him as the Mediator between God and man, Psalms our song in the morning and in the night, in Proverbs He is our wisdom, Ecclesiastes our meaning for life, Song of Solomon the Author of faithful love. Isaiah calls him Suffering Servant, Jeremiah the weeping Messiah, Lamentations He assumes God’s wrath for us, in Ezekiel He is the Son of Man.

In Daniel He is the stranger in the fire with us, in Hosea a faithful husband even when we run away, Joel He is sending His Spirit to His people, Amos He delivers justice to the oppressed. Obadiah He is the Judge of those who do evil, in Jonah the greatest missionary, in Micah He casts our sin into the sea of forgetfulness, and in Nahum He proclaims future world peace we cannot even imagine.

Through Habakkuk He crushes injustice, Zephaniah He is the Warrior who saves, Haggai He restores our worship, Zechariah prophesies a Messiah pierced for us, and in Malachi He is the sun of righteousness who brings healing.

And on into the New Testament

Matthew calls Him the Messiah who is King, Mark the Messiah who is a Servant, Luke the Messiah who is a Deliverer, and John the Messiah who is God in the flesh. Acts says He is the Spirit who dwells in His people, Romans calls Him the righteousness of God, 1 Corinthians He is the power and love of God, 2 Corinthians He is the down payment of what’s to come. In Galatians He is our very life, Ephesians the unity of our church, Philippians the joy of our life, Colossians He holds the supreme position in all things.

1 Thessalonians calls Him our comfort in the last days, 2 Thessalonians He is our returning King, 1 Timothy the Savior of the worst sinners, 2 Timothy the leader of the leaders, Titus the foundation of truth, and Philemon our Mediator. In Hebrews He is our High Priest, James He matures our faith, 1 Peter He is our hope in times of suffering, 2 Peter He is the One who guards us from false teaching. In 1 John He is the source of all fellowship, 2 John God in the flesh, 3 John the source of all truth, Jude He protects us from stumbling, and finally Revelation reveals Him as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, The Alpha and the Omega, The Beginning and the End, He is coming again and the One who makes all things new.

How to have good communication with Jesus

  • recognize who He is in your life, and give thanks continually
  • praise Him as your Holy Intercessor (*Did you know that God knows your requests before you even ask? And Jesus is sitting at His right hand right now praying for YOU. Before you even mutter a word, Jesus has already pleaded before God on your behalf! If you’ve ever felt like no-one was praying for you, you couldn’t have been more wrong. The most powerful prayer warrior in the history of the world has taken up your cause, and He prays with out ceasing. Be thankful unto Him!
  • live, move, and have your entire being in Him, as if you are locked inside the person of Jesus Christ. Going where He wants you to go, saying what He wants you to say, believing what He wants you to believe, doing what He wants you to do, being who He wants you to be, praying what He wants you to pray.

Scriptures to help you get to know Jesus

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Getting to know Jesus personally is the best decision you’ll ever make, I hope you’ve got some great ideas for cultivating your greatest relationship. Let me know how your journey is going and any other helpful tips you might have in the comments below!

Blessings and love,

Tiffany

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Who Is Jesus Christ? 5 Things Everyone Needs to Know

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Do you ever wonder just exactly who is Jesus Christ?

Maybe you know Him as the Son of God…

Maybe you know Him as your Savior…

Maybe you know Him as your Teacher…

Maybe He’s your Healer…

Maybe He’s just some guy that lived a long time ago…

Whoever He is to you, your going to want to stick around and read this post!  Hopefully you will have a fresh perspective and renewed revelation about exactly who Jesus Christ is.  Let’s get going!

I always love reading through the book of Mark.

It’s such a fast paced book though, that sometimes I can get so caught up in the constant movement that I forget to stop and reflect on the lessons God is trying to teach me.  After reflecting on this particular passage for a while, I have been truly blessed by what I’ve learned.

God has completely renewed in me a love for who Jesus is and re-ignited my faith in Him.

Today I’m going to share these 5 things that everyone should know about Jesus with all of you.  I pray that you will be encouraged by it.

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Here’s the passage for today’s message:

Mark 1:40-45

“A man with leprosy came to Him and begged Him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’  Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man.  ‘I am willing’ he said.  ‘Be clean!’  Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.  Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning.  ‘See that you don’t tell this to anyone.  But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing as a testimony to them.’  Instead, he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news.  As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places.  Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.”

1.  Jesus always has compassion for hurting people

“A man with leprosy came to Him and begged Him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’  Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man.  ‘I am willing’ he said.  ‘Be clean!’

Here is a man, most likely a social outcast because of his ailment, in desperate need of help.  Jesus is so filled with compassion for him, that He immediately takes action and heals him, no questions asked.

Jesus isn’t afraid to touch this diseased and contagious man, he just reaches right out and offers his help.  And then the man is instantly cured!  What a great picture of Jesus’ ministry.

He never judged people’s situation, He just offered them compassion and truth, which led them to victory. [bctt tweet=”Jesus never judged people’s situation; instead, He offered them compassion and truth.”]

Over and over in the Word it says that Jesus was “moved with compassion” because of His great love for people.

If Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, then just as He was moved with compassion for this man, He is also moved with compassion for you.  No matter what you have done in your past, no matter what you are burdened with, no matter how ugly you may appear to the world, He LOVES you!  And the instant you come to Him, He is moved with compassion for you and acts on your behalf.

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We serve a good God!

Who else in the world can ever have that kind of love for you or for me?  

No one, that’s who.

Only God can truly love us unconditionally.  And the good news about unconditional love is just that… its unconditional, without conditions!

There are no limits to God’s love!

He doesn’t just love you if you are acting right, he loves you through all of the wrongs.  He doesn’t just love you when you are clean and pure, he loves you in the dirtiest, messiest, mess.  He doesn’t just love you when you are humble and just, he loves you when you are selfish and cruel!

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from, He loves you right where you are! God doesn’t love you because of what you’ve done, He loves you because of who HE is!!!  He IS love.  And He is moved with compassion for you.

That’s good news!

2.  Jesus is our ultimate healer

After Jesus tells the man to be clean, it says “immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.”

Notice though, what it does not say.  It doesn’t say that all of the symptoms left him, it also does not say that he felt any different.

I don’t know if all of the visual or physical symptoms of leprosy instantly disappeared or not.  But the Scripture does say that the leprosy left him and he was cured.

I know from my own experience that healing can feel like a tricky thing.  There have been so many times when I have prayed for healing, and believed in my heart that I had received it…  but then I didn’t feel better.

So, I just wallowed in my sickness a little longer, speaking it over myself and accepting that I had it.

But if I accept the symptoms of sickness, then I’m not really believing in my heart that I am healed, am I?

The lesson here is that we live by faith, not by sight!  [bctt tweet=”We live by faith, not by sight.”]

Jesus said the man was clean and he believed it.  It doesn’t really matter  if his symptoms left him in that moment or not because he was healed, regardless of what he saw or felt.

Jesus said it, he believed it, period.

It is God’s will for us to be healed.  3 John 2 says, “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”  The Bible tells of quite a few different ways healing comes, but the most important thing to understand is this…  It is His will!

And the Word says that if we pray according to His will, we know we have the petitions that we ask for.  Just like that!

I am not going to put my full faith and confidence in a doctor’s report or in the symptoms that may be displaying in my body.  I am going to put my faith in God’s Word that if we (who are filled with God’s Holy Spirit) lay our hands on the sick, they shall be healed (Mark 16:18).

That’s it.  Jesus said I’m healed and that’s what I believe.

Healing comes through many different avenues, but the point I’m making here is that we have to get in agreement with the Word.  He says I’m healed, so I say I’m healed! AMEN!

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3.  Disobedience is still disobedience, no matter what your motive is

“Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning:  “See that you don’t tell this to anyone.  But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”  Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news.”

Jesus told this man not to tell anyone what had happened but instead to go show himself to the priests.

On the surface, this verse puzzles me.  Why wouldn’t Jesus want the man to tell of the miraculous healing God had given him?

Well, truthfully, I have no idea!  But I think that is precisely the point.

Maybe the man in this Scripture thought he was doing something good for Jesus by spreading his news?

Or maybe he just plain and simply didn’t care what God said now that he had received his healing.

Again, I really don’t know the reason.

But what I do know is this, Jesus gave him a direct command, and he disobeyed.  The reason why really doesn’t matter.

The Bible clearly says there is a way that seems right to man but in the end it leads to death.  DEATH!!!  That’s not just talking about death in your body, which happens to every living being; it’s so much worse than that.

It is talking about spiritual death which is eternal separation from God.  That’s the worst possible condition a man could suffer from.

I certainly don’t want to head down that path that seems right.  Instead, I want to travel down the straight and narrow path that I know is right.

Now don’t miss what I’m saying here.  I’m not talking about the mistakes we make.

We all fall short of the glory of God and that is why we need a Savior.

I’m talking about willful disobedience, knowing the right thing to do, and choosing not to do it. James 4:7 makes it plain and clear:

“Anyone who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”

Craig Groeschel wrote a great book dealing with this called The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living as if He Doesn’t Exist.  You should check it out!

Sometimes we are given commands in the Bible that are hard to understand and even harder to follow.  It can be really easy to “rationalize” the Word with human reasoning.

Its even easier to  just throw the Word right out the window in tough situations in exchange for a “feel good” alternative, courtesy of the internet.

But here’s the kicker, 1 Corinthians 3:19: “the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.”  Never turn to the world for an answer God has already given you.  [bctt tweet=”Never turn to the world for an answer God has already given you.”]

The Bible is like our user manual for life.  Its full of wisdom from above and great promises of prosperity for our lives.

But we can’t just choose the things that make us feel good, and ignore the rest.

That’s just not the way it works with God.

With God, we choose all or nothing.

Jesus says in Revelation, “because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

Gross!!!  If we only obey the Word when it suits us, or when its easy, or when it makes us feel good, then we are acting “lukewarm”.

And that makes Jesus want to vomit!

I NEVER want to act in a way so dishonoring to God that it makes Him want to vomit!!!

4.  Disobedience isolates Jesus

“As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places.”

As a direct result of the man’s disobedience, the Scripture says “Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places.”  That’s a pretty loaded verse containing a very sad, but very real result of disobedience toward the Lord.

Here’s some food for thought… as Christians, when we disobey by “loosely following God’s Word” we are actually pushing Jesus out of the places that need Him and isolating Him from communion with His people!

That’s a seriously sobering idea to me.

When I willingly choose to disobey God’s word for my own selfish fulfillment, I am pushing Him away from communing with me, and quite possibly pushing Him away from someone around me that desperately needs an encounter with Him.

God’s ways are mysterious and there is so much about His plan that our finite human minds just cannot comprehend.

I wonder how many times I have hindered myself because I isolated Jesus?

I wonder how many times I have stopped someone else from finding Jesus because I didn’t obey something that I knew I should have?

I wonder how many times I have directly stood in God’s way and have allowed myself to become a stumbling block to someone else?

Paul teaches that we should not cause someone who is weak to stumble because of our choices. (1 Corinthians 8:9).

And again, in Romans 14:13, he says, “make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.”  

As Christians, we are called to a higher standard of living.  People around us are always watching us to see what we do.

Is that fair?

Not really, but that’s the way it is.

If others are constantly watching us, then we should live our lives in such a way that it makes them doubt their  unbelief.

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5.  God’s plan will always make a way

Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.”

Willful disobedience is wrong.

It hurts us…

It isolates us from fellowship with Jesus…

It turns others who are lost and in need of an experience with their Savior away from Him.  

We can really mess things up by willfully disobeying the Word of God.

Thankfully, He is never surprised by our willful disobedience.

Hebrews 4:13 says, “nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”

God has given us a wonderful (although, sometimes it doesn’t feel that way) gift called free will.

God will not control us.  He has given us His Word, our rule book for life, and now its our choice whether we learn it and obey it, or not.

So what is the good news of this lesson?

If my willful disobedience has pushed someone away from God, can they ever find their way back?

YES they can!!  The good news is that God always has a plan!  

In the Scripture in Mark, the man willfully disobeyed Jesus, causing Jesus to be isolated, yet people still came out of the woodwork to find Him!

God is always drawing us to Him in one way or another.

John 6:44 says “no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him,” and 2 Peter 3:9 says, “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

He seeks all people out, He speaks to every one of us as that still small voice inside, then He waits so patiently for us to listen and respond to Him.

God reveals himself to the world through creation and He calls out to us constantly.

Even when we push him away, run from Him, deny Him, persecute Him…  He still pursues us!!

He knows we are going to mess up and yet He still calls us to Him!  

He knows we can never live up to His glory, but instead of just wiping us off the planet, He gave us a Savior.  

He knew we would never “get it” on our own, so He authored the greatest book ever written and freely gave it to us to navigate through this life!

God is GOOD!!!  

Be encouraged!

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:6-8

Blessings and love,

Tiffany

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The Simple Way to Live BIG Faith… Inspired by a Child

live boldToday I had one of those moments as a mom that just blesses your soul.

And then, as if that wasn’t enough to make my day, I got to experience it a second time!

This morning, I sat at the table working on some projects while my 3-year-old sat nearby working on a simple puzzle.  It was one that really didn’t have a “wrong” way to do it, pretty much any combination of pieces would have worked.  He had already quietly finished several others and then, in the midst of his concentration, he stopped.  Then, he looked at me and very casually said, “mommy, will you pray for Jesus to help me do this puzzle?”

<<<JOY!!!  I really do love these moments.>>>

So, I said a simple little prayer to ask Jesus to help him.  With a quick, “amen” and a “thanks mom,” he was happily back to work.  In just a few minutes he finished the puzzle and exclaimed with pure joy, “I did it mom, I did it!  Jesus helped me to do it!!”

And there’s the moment.

That tiny fraction of time where I saw my baby put His full faith in Jesus and then recognize the blessing that came from it.  The joy in his voice backed by the faith in his little heart almost brought me to tears.  It was something so incredibly simple, but he knew that he could accomplish it with Jesus and he wasn’t afraid to ask.

Then just a short while later, my 1st grader was working on a reading assignment.  This particular assignment has proved to be a little intimidating to her, up until today.  While she was opening it up, she took a deep breath.  Then, instead of following it with the flutter of nerves I am accustomed to seeing, she  bowed her head and closed her eyes for a few seconds.  Then she calmly read through the assignment and aced her test, no problem.

That girl jumped right out of her chair, turned around to hug me, and shouted, “mommy I prayed and asked Jesus to help me and He did!!!  He really really did mom!!  I can’t believe it!  I just did it so easily!  It was awesome mom!”

Score 2 for Jesus!

Twice today I was subtly reminded of Jesus instructions for us to live with bold faith.  Our complete and total reliance on Him, trusting Him in all things.  Kids aren’t tainted by the disappointment and let downs of the world, they simply trust in the goodness of their Savior.  This is the kind of faith Jesus tells us to have…  trusting that whatever we ask according to His will shall be done simply because our God has promised it; and then believing we have already received what we ask, before we can see it.

Matthew 7:11 says, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”  A child believes the promises of his parents because at his very core he knows his parents want to give him good gifts.  So, just as a child believes in his (sinful and tainted) parents’ goodness, how much better off will we be by trusting in the goodness of a holy and perfect Father?

I want to live every single day looking to the goodness of my Father instead of at the brokenness of the world.  I want to spend my life living in the confident hope I have been given in Christ.  I want to be bubbling over with joy all of the time simply because He has given me such big and wonderful promises!  I want to look to Him with pure, untainted eyes, trusting wholly and completely that His Word is right and true, and that ALL of His promises are “YES” and “AMEN”.

May bold faith be yours today and every day!

“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.

Blessings and love,

Tiffany