Gracefully Broken: The Resilient Woman
by Michele Williams
This world is full of many offenses that we never could have imagined years ago, many are so deep in their troubles and worries that they believe that there is not a God that can heal them. But I’ve grown to learn and understand that God is sovereign, He is waiting with arms open and offering his grace to us. A woman in labor endures the pain and suffering of giving birth, but through this process brings forth a beautiful child. Although you may be a diamond in the rough when under pressure and being weighed down for a long period of time, the suffering will cease the end result is a beautiful stone that is brilliant and bright. The trials of your life are just a testimony for the glorious work that god is doing in you. Hold onto the faith, fight the good fight and don't quit. This is the key to being Resilient.
A large crowd followed and pressed around Jesus. A woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal while under the care of many doctors. She had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better, she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His cloak, because she thought, If I just touch the hem of His garment, I will be made whole. Immediately, her fountain of blood had stopped. She felt healing in her body. She was free from her suffering. In an instant, transformation had come. At once, Jesus realized that His virtue was gone out of Him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched Me?”
The disciples responded and said, “You see the people crowding against you, and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ Jesus continues to search, looking around to see who had touched Him. Then, the woman, knowing what she had done, came and knelt at His feet, and trembling with fear, told Him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be whole of the plague.”
We see in this scripture that the woman suffered for 12 years. This woman was suffering from hemorrhage, which made her weak. She had used up all her finances on doctors. Now, she was left with no means of support for housing or food. She was considered ceremonially unclean and anyone she touched would be also. This problem was related to something from her past. She had an infirmity, an issue of blood that no physician could heal, but she had faith and she heard about a man named Jesus and pressed through and touched His garment. Instantly, she was healed. Jesus called it out, that infirmity of times past. He spoke to the sickness, the issue, and the power of His Word healed her instantly. Jesus was the prescription she needed after suffering 12 years when she was healed.
Faith Hebrews 11:1
Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Not later, but now, when you believe it is done. I love this scripture.
This woman was at war with her body, a war inside of her. She was suffering physically, but some of us suffer in the mind and in our emotions.
And behold, there was a woman with a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him, and said unto her, Woman thou art loosed from thine infirmity. Luke 13:11-12
No matter how long you have been in bondage, you can be free from the chains that have you bound. We must trust God and walk in faith. All that we hope for and all that we need is in the healing power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Therefore, I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Dr. Michele Williams currently serves as an ordained Evangelist under the leadership of Pastor Dr. Suzette M. Myles For His Glory Church Ministries in Hartford, Connecticut. She was baptized and received the Lord as her Savior in 1985 along with her son Michael at Little Zion Church of Christ in South Norwalk. She was ordained as an Evangelist in 2005. She is also a professor at North Carolina Bible Institute-New England. She attended Mattatuck Community College for two years and completed and graduated in 1983 with an Associate degree in Science from South Central now, Gateway Community College. In 2009 She received a Certificate of achievement from Side Street to Main Street 12 Business and Leadership Development Program. In 2012, she graduated with her Master’s degree in Biblical Studies, from Elohim Christian Center. In 2017, she received her Doctorate in Biblical Studies from NCBI-New England. The author is a retired worker from the State of Connecticut she served as a School Instructor after twenty four and one half years of service. Evangelist Williams currently resides in East Hartford, Connecticut with her daughter and granddaughter. The author’s life experience is proof that she is a testimony of what God can do. Her love, commitment, and passion for others stem from her belief in Jesus Christ; she believes that there is nothing He can’t do. Delivered from drugs, alcohol, low self-esteem, rejection, abandonment, depression, and PTSD, she continues to walk in integrity as a servant of God as she matures into a virtuous woman. In this book, she discusses how you too can be made free. Discover the truth as you read and compare your life with those women in the Bible who have suffered in their time as much as women today, but found faith and strength.
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