September 9, 2016

Whole and Well

Jesus said, “Daughter, you took a risk trusting me, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!”

|| Luke 8:48 ||

Just the other day I had the awesome opportunity to share my heart with some of the women at the homeless shelter I am currently working at. When thinking about some of the current circumstances these women are facing, I began to ask God for a gentle, simple message that the women could relate to and be changed by. Instantly the story of the woman with the issue of blood came to mind.

The woman in this passage had been bleeding for 12 years straight. She was sick without an answer from the doctors, without an answer from her family and without an answer from her community. Not only was she sick and suffering from physical pain, but I can only imagine the pain she felt from isolation. Reading deeper into this story, I know in her days, when a woman would go through her menstrual cycle she had to be alone for the period of time. 12 years is a long time to be alone.  Reading further, at this point I know she must have also been suffering financially. She gave everything she had to doctors and physicians counting on them to fix it. Yet, her issue was not fixed.

We see this woman’s curiosity emerge when she finds out that Jesus is in town. Was she really going to take a risk yet again? Was she okay with the chance of being disappointed yet again? What if she remained ill? What if her loneliness did not change? What if her money was still funny? Would getting close enough to Jesus really work, would it make a difference?

Do you ever find yourself asking these same questions when thinking about different areas in your life? I know I do.

Here is the part of this that God really impressed on my heart during my time with the ladies, it’s something that has been ringing in my ear since then, and that is:

Are we willing to take the risk once more? Are willing to jump head on into Jesus even when we’ve been disappointed? Can I trust that the Jesus who is the Hope of the world could really be the Hope of MY world? 

With pain in her body, pain in her heart, mind and emotions she crawled through the crowd and believed Jesus could be her hope, as he was the hope of the world. And guess what?- it worked.

She was healed and whole.



How often do we find ourselves consumed with loneliness, pain, financial ruts and sick hearts when facing adversity. How easily do our walls goes up when we are unsure about life decisions. It is part of being human. How hard is it to get past these moments and doubts by crawling towards hope?

I encourage you sisters, take the risk once more and love again, hope again, and most of all: trust again. The hope of this world is surely capable to be the hope of your world, and wants to be the source and strength of your life.

Jesus ends this moment by loving her with the affirming words: Whole and Well.

When we take the risk, when we believe again, when we crawl through- we can hold on to the hope of these loving affirming words over our lives as well!

Whole (unbroken of undamaged state) and Well ( free).

xoxo,

Jannelle


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Comments

  1. Lovely, I truly enjoyed this post!!!

  2. I truly love this message.

  3. Oh my gosh, this is such a good word! “The hope of the world, wants to be the hope of your world.” My Lord, that is the message, I am so encouraged to press in and on. God bless you and thanks for sharing your heart. Awesome!

  4. Lourdes Ojeda says:

    Jannelle I love the post!!! Waoo! Love you

    • Lourdes!!

      So excited that you checked out my blog! So happy you enjoyed this post!! I look forward to seeing more of you on She’s Not Sorry!

      xoxo

  5. Great post love it

  6. Jennita Howell says:

    Hey Jannelle , it’s JENNITA. LOVE & MISS YOU!!! I JUST LOVE IT. THANKS FOR SHARING.

    • Jannelle says:

      Hi Jennita!!

      It’s so good to hear from you and I am so happy you’re enjoying the Blog! Please send me your address through my “Let’s Get In Touch” page so I can send you a wristband!

      xoxo

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