Jesus heals a bleeding woman

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Jesus Heals

The woman on the phone explained that she had just been through surgery. I murmured sympathy until she stopped me: “It was just lipo,” she laughed. “I had cosmetic surgery.” I stammered out a wish for a speedy recovery. When I got off the phone, I put my hand over my mouth in shock. Is plastic surgery normal now? The lady had announced her liposuction surgery as if describing a hangnail removal. Then I thought about the girls I mentor online. The teenage girls who cut themselves open so they don’t die. That’s what one of them told me, that she cuts herself so she won’t commit suicide. Another one told me she was burning. Burning what? I wondered. Until I looked it up and discovered she was burning herself, branded like cattle. I think also of the post I read about the advertising world which plasters lie upon lie of beaming, happy girls frolicking around. When the reality is they are cutting themselves open so they don’t die. They are going under the knife at a dangerous rate. How much do you have to hate yourself to do that, I wonder. How do you become addicted to cutting yourself with a razorblade, a knife, a pair of scissors, so deep sometimes you have to go to hospital? Then I remember I was addicted at their age, too. I drank away my pain, while today they cut away theirs. I drank to escape overwhelming emotions and life circumstances too heavy for any teen to cope with. Same goes for the girls who self-injure. I believe addictions (drinking, self-harm, overeating, drug abuse) are spiritual problems. I believe we need to surrender our will to God’s in order to be healed from them. I believe Satan is behind these addictions and only Jesus can bring true healing. The kind of healing that doesn’t count days since the last drink or self-injury but the one that yells “I’m free!” because it’s true. I touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and He stopped my need to self-medicate. He helped me through my feelings which I felt sure would kill me if I felt them. He did what I had been trying to do for years by my own willpower. I pray these girls will reach out to Him, too, and He will feel the healing power go out from Him as they receive it.

Luke 8:43-48

43 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding,and she could find no cure. 44 Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. 45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.” 47 When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. 48 “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” {Linking up with these lovely blogs)

Comments

  1. Cutting is a scary thing. It is so prevalent today. I chose drugs and alcohol at that age to try to deal with life, which certainly wasn’t any safer. I completely agree Satan is behind all of those behaviors. I know he had a hold on me back then. Praying for these precious teenage girls you are mentoring, Laura!

    • laurakimconnell@gmail.com says:

      Thank you, Candace, for keeping those girls in your prayers. I know Jesus can heal anything but we have to accept His love first.

  2. So grateful for the hem of His robe, Laura! Keep reaching out to those girls. Give them the Truth which set you free so that perhaps, they will find freedom as well. Praying for you & those girls today!

  3. laurakimconnell@gmail.com says:

    Thank you, Joanne. I sure do. Pray that they will accept Him.

  4. Powerful post. I’ll keep these girls you mentor in my prayers. I know Jesus can set them free.

    Visiting from the Unite link-up today.

    • laurakimconnell@gmail.com says:

      Hi Cathy, nice to meet you. Thank you for keeping them in your prayers. Andrea, especially, if you would.

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