John: Day 11

He Heals the Blind

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Today's Text: John 9:1-41, Genesis 2:7, Romans 1:18-20

Text: John 9:1-41, Genesis 2:7, Romans 1:18-20

I believe in Jesus with every cell He created in me. I know He’s the only hope for those who are adrift from His love and truth. And yet, when it’s time to share the gospel, sometimes my palms start to sweat.

What if I take a detour off the Romans Road?
What if I create more confusion than clarity?
What if I get snagged on questions about the finer points of propitiation?
What then?

Tucked here in John 9, we find a remarkable story about hope, healing, and the beautiful simplicity of the gospel. At the center of the story is a man born blind. Surely, every time he glanced toward something his eyes could not see, he was reminded of his brokenness and need for a Healer.

When we come face to face with our inability to be holy as God is holy, or to “fix” ourselves, we realize our need for a Savior. We try to go a day without sinning and fail before our feet hit the floor, once again realizing just how broken we are.

Then the God who healed this man’s eyes lifts ours.

After his miraculous healing, the man is pressed by the religious establishment about his encounter with Jesus. He doesn’t debate the points of the Law, or drop a truth bomb, leaving the room in stunned silence. He simply tells his story. Pay attention. It sounds like the chorus of one of the Church’s sweetest anthems.

He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
- John 9:25

This man didn’t have Jesus all figured out. He couldn’t explain a God willing to break tradition on the Sabbath He created. He couldn’t reconcile the Pharisees’ perception of God with the reality of his encounter with Jesus, but he did know one thing: “I was blind. Now I see.” He was preaching the gospel.

Whatever else the gospel is, it most certainly is this: “I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.”

Those words were penned by John Newton, writer of the hymn “Amazing Grace. What the blind man said before the Pharisees, Newton transformed into an anthem for the ages. He cuts to the quick of both our deep need and our source of hope. Like dead eyes revealed this man’s need for a healer, our sin reveals our need for a Savior. Both needs are met Jesus in alone.

The Pharisees simply could not stand against the undeniable testimony of the the man who had been healed. So radical was his transformation that his friends and neighbors declared him a changed man, “No, he only looks like him” (John 9:9).

Friends, the gospel is not a treasure to be hoarded. The call on each of our lives is to shout it from every rooftop, whisper it in every coffee shop, declare it to every fellow sinner (Matthew 28:16-20). But how? Maybe it’s as simple as Jesus rubbing mud on a blind man’s eyes.

When we simply put the story of God’s grace in our own lives on display, we declare, “I was blind. But because of Jesus, now I see.” This is our anthem of hope, and it’s hard to deny hope. We don’t have to have all the answers; our explanations won’t woo others to Jesus. But the aroma of Christ Jesus in us will. It’s His healing presence in our own lives that draws the lost and the blind to the One who brings healing.

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Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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  • Jackie Alexander

    I love John 9:3 “…but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” Insecurities and anxiety have been recent plagues. This study has been such a great reminder to walk with Jesus, being constantly aware of his presence. If we do that and remember God has made us exactly who we’re supposed to be. We can glorify and thank Him by JUST being ourselves and relying on Him. How awesome is that? PRAISE!

  • The verse that I noticed for the first time this reading was John 9:35 – “Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him, he asked him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?'” Jesus went to find him! He didn’t just let him wrestle with his new feelings and observations alone; he came near to him and asked a simple question – not to test him but to reassure him that the answer he already had was enough. I love that so much.

  • The big question for my family lately is, why did both my daddy and my brother have to end up with Dementia… at the same time? My mama has really been struggling, and she is of that generation who was raised to believe that it’s all about works…. the idea being that if something bad comes into your life, surely you did something to cause it; or, you have to work really hard for good things to come into your life, and especially for your salvation. So this has been so hard for her. She wants to know what she did. I like this reminder that our sufferings in this world are not a reflection of our sin. Yes, there are consequences for our sin, but that’s different. I know God is using it for His glory, even though I can’t really see how yet… and maybe I won’t see it. But I still know He is, and that’s what reassures me.

    • Grace Heidel

      I’m so sorry, Cheri. I’m praying for special encouragement and understanding for your Mom.

    • Kylee

      Praying for you guys, Cheri. So much love.

    • Kim Pruszynski

      God is always going ahead of us for His glory and protecting His flock, even if we can’t understand why at the time. Maybe you can explain to your mom that Jesus lived a perfect life, the most perfect life ever, yet he suffered in many ways even beyond just the physical ways that we normally think about. If he suffered so badly yet never sinned, where does she get this idea that when something bad comes into your life, surely you did something to cause it? Hope this helps

  • Heather Fringer

    Realization moment in tonight’s reading (we’ll catch up reading). There does not always have to be a sin for someone that is suffering from something. Such as me prior to my back surgery. Some christians believe that you must have sinned to have deserved it. “Neither the man not his parents sinned, This came about so that God’s work might be displayed in him.” Proof is right here in the scripture. I’m just living proof of a loving God that can heal and it took me until now to realize that I did NOTHING wrong to have that happen. Boom.

    • Melanie

      I love that, too! There are also some who would look at infirmities such as these and say that it disproves the goodness of God, but He uses these things to show His goodness and power and to bring glory to Himself through us. Praise God for using your life in this way and for giving you eyes to see it!

      • Heather Fringer

        Melanie when it happened 7 years ago and for a long while after that I didn’t think that about my situation because I had not met my now husband who introduced me to the Lord and even after 5 years of church I am finally seeing this isn’t a bad thing at all!

  • Naomi LaBoo

    This is so true! The best testimony is what God has done for me! I don’t have to have a degree in theology to be use by God, nor do I have to be perfect and have it all together! Amen!

  • Sharing your life brings hope to others. Is that the need for Instagram? A way to display Christ? What does that look like for me? How do I share that hope that my life has? Lord teach me how!

  • Christina

    It’s amazing (or maybe not?) that the Pharisees could take such joyous occasions as these and completely move the focus off of what was done for the hurting, what their healing would mean for them now, and turn it into a witch hunt of sorts. I’ve been in that Pharisaical place. Lord, help me never go back there.

    And the man born blind… He sounds so much like Jesus! Like he had been following His teachings and had been given a quickened mind to understand and believe Him. I love his response to the Pharisees and that he was willing to be expelled from the synagogue over his testimony.

  • I just love that Jesus used SPIT and MUD to heal the blind man! Gross! Helps me understand that sometimes He uses the ‘yuck’ in our lives to clean, heal, and bring freedom!

    • Gema Muniz

      Love this!

    • Christine Marie

      So true! Great point!

    • Leslie

      I love that!!! Where God has us, in the mud and the grime, is where he can use us! It is HIS cleaning us up that is the powerful message…not us doing the cleaning, healing, redeeming. How great is our God?!?!!!!!

    • Leslie

      I am reminded as I read this well known story and Erin’s beautiful devotional of a sign I have in my home. It simply says, “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words when necessary. ” Our lives and the transformation that only Jesus does in them is enough. I don’t have to be able to answer every question. What freedom to know this!

  • Christine Marie

    I love how the blind man followed Jesus’ command without being able to physically see on the way to the water. Jesus asked him to go wash in the water, and the man followed His command, no questions asked. It wasn’t until he listened and did was Jesus had asked that he was able to see.
    This reminds me of myself and how often I want to know/see what is ahead. But If I knew it wouldn’t require faith. Jesus is calling us to be obedient, and to trust that He sees what is ahead. I don’t have to know all of the answers, I just need to do what my Savior is asking me to do, and trust that He has a plan.

    • mixmemeg

      Ah so good Christine Marie, thanks for sharing!

    • Sarah D.

      Oh. My goodness. Thank u for this, Jesus is speaking to me through ur words!!! I thought knew that I needed to trust Jesus even when I don’t know the answers, but I forget so easily!!!! Praying to trust that He has a plan.

  • This is timely because of something I heard in church this past week that has been working on me. Paraphrased: “when we don’t share the gospel with someone because we think they won’t be receptive for whatever reason we are saying that the power that transformed us isn’t strong enough to transform them”. WOW. How guilty have I been of this time and again. Praising God that it isn’t our responsibility to transform them, it’s simply our job to be obedient and share what we know to be truth. God does the rest of the work. Praying that we would have faith the size of a mustard seed to proclaim his truth and to be the salt and light!

  • John 9:1-4 answers so plainly the questions surrounding whose “fault” it is when “bad things” happen. When people are afflicted in their bodies or minds, or even in losing the ones we love. It isn’t God’s fault, it isn’t your fault for not praying hard enough or having enough faith; its nature, gravity, the fallen world we live in, but everything GOOD always comes from God. He makes beauty from ashes, restores hope to hopeless situations, and whether or not miraculous healing takes place, He can be glorified through it all; trauma, abuse, disease, addiction, grief, you name it. No matter what it is that disables, He makes us able. Thank you God for your word and these women here today.

  • Jennifer Wood

    The opening paragraph of your devotional really snagged my heart, Erin! I am an M.Div. with years of mission field experience, and I feel those same panics when it comes time to share the Gospel. What if I mess it up? What if I do it wrong? Reading John 9 brought me back to my childhood when I used to share the Gospel quite freely. I remember one time in particular when I was about 10 on a playground. A little girl told me and my sister that nobody loved her, and I immediately insisted that Jesus loved her and walked her through the Gospel story and led her to Christ. It was so marvelously simple and I so over complicate it in my head now that I’m a “sophisticated adult”. Faith like a child! That’s what I am pursuing all over again!

  • Wow, this story resonates with me as I reflect on the journey I’ve been on the last few years. I went through a long season of blindness. Though I had accepted Jesus, I had turned Christianity into a to do list of tasks that would please Jesus and earn me my salvation. Years of this led me to feeling exhausted and resentful because I was always falling short.

    I got the sense that I had things wrong somehow, but I didn’t fully understand. Every time I felt like I was being a “bad Christian” I would come up with more things to do that would please God and make me feel better about my shortcomings.

    A couple years ago, I discovered She Reads Truth. And slowly but surely, the scales began to fall off. I remember reading about God’s grace being a gift that cannot be earned, that needs to simply be accepted. The feeling I got when that truth finally clicked for me was just indescribable.

    I knew from that moment that God was doing something in my life, although I wasn’t sure what it was. Nine months ago, I realized I needed to obey what God had laid on my heart to do for a long time – set aside time to really seek Him, in prayer and in Bible study. I had to stop expecting She Reads Truth to spoon feed me and study His Word for myself. I had to taste and see that the Lord is good.

    I am amazed at the change God has made in me since then, how my relationship with Him has deepened and grown in ways I didn’t even know were possible for me. I was a child when I first heard this story and for the first time, I truly understand how the blind man felt. I find myself unable to keep quiet about what God is doing in my life. He has given me boldness to share my testimony with others and is helping me to overcome my fear of public speaking.

    Verse 25 reminds me of the bridge in the song All This Time by Britt Nicole:
    “I hear these people asking me
    How do I know what I believe?
    Well I’m not the same me
    And that’s all the proof I need”

    So thankful for God’s amazing grace today. Even when we don’t have all the answers, He gives us all the proof we need to proclaim, like the blind man, “Lord, I believe.”

    • Jennifer Wood

      Wow! Praise God! What a great encouragement for the women who have invested in this ministry!

    • Tina

      Well,Hellloooo Sister…isn’t it just amazing how when we realize.. the need is to share the Good news… of the God who delivers always…
      He reigns supreme….Amen..

      Hugs to you Kristi.. x

    • Cassie Kendall

      This is so me too! I always thought my rule following was just what God ordered for my life-but I was so wrong! Praising Him today for showing us that there is so much more than that!

    • SuzD

      Thank you for sharing. I am trying to learn & study the Word myself as well.

  • Rhonda Bohart

    I used to gloss over this story, it’s a beautiful story, but nothing that I literally experienced. Then my first son came two years ago. He was born missing parts of his left lower leg (he now wears a prosthetic). Now this story hits me like a ton of bricks. Every. Time. Who sinned… I am so thankful that God answered this question for every parent out there with special needs. He turned a curse into a blessing. No one sinned, it has been done ‘That the works of God might be displayed’. I have found this to be true. Having Justus’ missing leg has opened up so many conversations and allowed us to meet so many people who we otherwise would not know. God has turned it into a blessing and given us grace upon grace.

    • Cheryl yost

      My husband was born with bilateral club feet. I see the same thing true in his life because of the disability.

    • Lindsey

      I can also relate to your story as my oldest daughter who we adopted from China was born without her right eye.

    • Tina

      Amen.. to you all who have commented here…
      Praying God continue to bless you with love, grace, and to protect your hearts with His truth..

      Sending love and hugs to you all…

  • Yesterday I read John 9:3 in a book I’m reading about seeking God in infertility and pregnancy & adoption loss and was so comforted and here the passage is again today in a different light! Praise God for His beautiful word! Anyways, I know there are several other ladies on here struggling with infertility so I want to remind them that it’s not their fault. God isn’t punishing you for your sins or your parents sins. Maybe He created you with broken reproductive organs like He did me and like He made the blind man blind, so that His glorious power could be displayed! That brought me so much comfort yesterday. I hope it can bring someone else hope today. Jesus is faithful to our desire to be mamas. We will get an amazing testimony about the amazing work He did in us to knit together our babies, whether by birth or adoption. He is faithful.

    • Stephanie

      Thank you for your post Casey! These are great words of encouragement and I might not have even applied this verse to our situation until you mentioned it….God has the perfect timing… always!

  • What a great post today regarding the readings! God makes it so simple…and we make it difficult. Today’s study just put joy in my heart!

  • Crystal VK

    Wow, I was blind, but now I see

  • Kathy Olive

    Wow! My first day as a subscriber, my lowest ranking spiritual gift on every inventory ever taken, and a great new definition. Seeing evangelism as “simply put(ting) the story of God’s grace in (my) own life on display,” what encouragement!

  • Thank you Lord that you are the God of miracles! Thank you that you are still healing the blind today!

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  • Diane Huntsman

    I was blind but now I see.

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  • I absolutely love this. It’s heartbreaking how the Gospel has been given such a bad look because of those who wrongfully portray it. It’s such a beautiful gift which is why those who really know Christ and the Truth, we have to share Him with others. And testimony is the best way to do so. I’m not one to be able to preach and toss out bible versus for every situation… but I do have a strong testimony that I know can help others and lead them to God if I share it with them. The goal is not to shove “religion” down their throat or curse them to Hell, but to show them God’s love and mercy. What better way to prove He is our Savior than sharing how He saved us? At the end of the day, it is their choice whether they choose to believe or not, but they won’t know if we don’t speak up. That’s what God wants <3

  • I love the confidence the blind man had when speaking to the Pharisees. He just could not handle their unbelief and was growing frustrated at answering their questions over and over again, yet he continued to speak the truth about his encounter with Jesus. I know the Holy Spirit will give me the confidence to speak the truth to those I encounter as well.

  • “The gospel is not a treasure to be hoarded…” ugh, how often I forget that simple, all-powerful truth. So often I want to just grow closer to God without making myself or others uncomfortable by sharing his grace! That’s just not His will, and I’m trying each day to allow that heart change to give me the courage to share his love more openly with the people I pass each day. Why is it disciplining feels easy, but evangelism puts a pit in my stomach? I think part of it is that evangelism requires being cast out in a sea of people who probably won’t accept me, and still choosing to share openly the work He has done in my tender heart. I’m more fully understanding that it’s only his acceptance that matters. God, Give me your strength today. We are called to it, and I’m so thankful to spread God’s love!

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    • Christine Marie

      Olivia well said! God never promised us comfort. He wants our obedience even if it makes us uncomfortable!

  • rebecca7395

    My husband is a Pastor. He stands before people and speaks about God every week. He witnesses to strangers in coffee shops, and is always ready to explain the Bible and the gospel. I could never do what he does. It’s not my calling and I’m not trained to do it. But I am a mother to 5 blessings, and I believe with all my heart that I am to raise my children to know the Lord. Teaching them about God is easy. It’s living out my own faith as an example that’s so incredibly hard. Showing mercy and compassion instead of anger and selfishness…admitting my own sins and modeling repentance…feeling like I’ve failed so many times but knowing God is there to work through my mistakes. My circle of influence broadens as my children and I go out and about, meeting new people, making friends. It’s funny how I’m not a preacher, yet if I think about it, my children and I are witnessing to everyone we meet.

  • The Pharisees ruled by intimidation and fear. The parents were afraid of being thrown out of the synagogue if they believed their own son. How horrible! Yet the young man had no fear he knew only the simple truth “I once was blind and now I see!” Truth that could not be denied. The world around us tries to intimidate us and keep us silent too. I want to be like this young man and have no fear of man. “I once was blind and now I see!”

    • cj8of8

      Simple Amen here sister. .. to God, who causes, creates all things and situations for a timely, kindly placed witness to share her testimony. He will do the rest. .

  • churchmouse

    Oh one thing more – “Amazing Grace” by Celtic Woman. Those bagpipes. Chills. Sweet Jesus!

  • SingingLiz

    I love that Jesus is bigger and more amazing than any box we can conceive for Him! I want more of You, Jesus! Heal our blindness! Break our chains! Blow our socks off!

  • What a beautiful reminder of how our testimony is an act of sharing the gospel. This man, who was blind from birth, had an incredible healing from Jesus. When asked how he was healed he shared his testimony, his encounter with Jesus. Through the sharing of his testimony lives were changed. It led to the man being throw out, which led to Jesus having an encounter with the Pharisees, which led to a Pharisee believing in Jesus. A simple act of sharing a testimony…. We all have our own testimony to share. I know I do. But at times I forget who is at the center of my testimony. I forget to tell the part where Jesus is the one who healed me. Jesus is the one who saved my life from 4 strokes. Jesus is the one who ensured I would walk and talk again. It was Jesus. Not me. Not my change in lifestyle, not my diet. Today’s reading is a reminder from God to tell the best part of my testimony. To not leave my Savior out of the story. When I include Him, my testimony turns into sharing the gospel. It shows others Jesus is real, He heals, and He saves! Be encouraged sisters to share your testimony and include the best part of all… The part where Jesus stepped in and changed you!

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  • I grew up ALWAYS needing to know all the right answers. Years ago, when I found the song “What If I Stumble” by DC Talk, I played it over and over and over, trying to soak it in.
    (It’s worth a listen!)

    Thank you for the reminder!

  • churchmouse

    Look again at vs 30-33 and see the head knowledge the blind man possessed. How eloquently he spoke of what he knew. Yet the power of his testimony came from his personal encounter with Jesus. It’s as if the words were held back until his heart caught up. He knew about the truth but it became real when he met the Truth. So real he couldn’t keep quiet even if it meant he would be banished (vs 22) from the synagogue – probably the place where he first received his head knowledge. May I realize my own testimony is best spoken from my own heart, rather than my head.

  • “He couldn’t reconcile the Pharisees’ perception of God with the reality of his encounter with Jesus..” How many times do we limit the work of God in our lives because it doesn’t line up with what we want Him to do? Praying God would get me out of my comfort zone of how I would like Him to work and into the abundant life He promises when we allow Him to have His way in our lives.

  • Thank you for the reminder in the importance of sharing the Gospel – even in its simplest form – and not hoarding it. I love this healing story and what it represents in the children of God!

  • candacejo

    I am given the opportunity to share my testimony in our ministry travels. Every time I beg my husband to skip over my session, every time he has to coax me into it all over again. I feel inadequate, I feel as if they will be bored and I feel as if they have heard it all before. But, because God is in it, every single time, I can look at those broken hearts staring back at me, watch them grab for their tissues (sometimes even the men!) and know that God is doing a work even if I stumble, ramble or forget where I was going.

    As soon as the seminar is over, I can guarantee to be surrounded by those that say things like, “I thought I was the only one”. See, I am not a great speaker by any stretch of the imagination, but just like Jesus told the crowd that the blind man’s disability was not because he had sinned but so that God would be manifest in him! It is the same with you and I. He has given each of us a testimony, no two alike, and when opportunity presents itself, when we pray for an open door, He will give us the words to share what God has done for us. Someone, somewhere needs to hear it and will be blessed and encouraged by what you share and more importantly could stand beside you when you hear those words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant!”

    • Tina

      Amen.. my dear friend…

      Happy New year.. Hope all is well with the family and that little Nora jane is growing most beautifully…and I bet, if joy could be spelt Nora, it would be…
      I miss you friend, its lovely to see you here from time to time…praying every blessing for you and the sweetheart, and the family…and a special hug and love to little miss Nora Jane..xxx

  • It really hit me today how simple it is to share Jesus with others. Even a small testimony of “look, I don’t know how we’ve always had money to pay our bills even though we were unemployed or in between jobs, but I do know that we’ve always tithed and God is faithful” can mean so much to someone and open their eyes to Jesus. Thank you SRT, for explaining that to me!

  • In the small group I teach, I find that the girls are so afraid of talking to Jesus “wrong.” They won’t pray out loud because they don’t know how. As I sit here, I realize I am in the same situation, just with sharing the gospel. But just like I tell those girls, there is NO wrong way. Be truthful, be honest, and be raw. It is okay if you don’t know the answer to something. I just need to continue to give God glory and share his love with those around me.

    • candacejo

      So true! Moses was scared to death to speak to Pharaoh but God told him, “Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth, and teach you what you shall say.” Many times I have found myself in that situation and words will come flowing out of me or scripture that I didn’t even know I had memorized! I knew it was God giving me just the right words that my friend needed to hear. Coolest thing ever!

      • Candy

        Yes! I have had that happen to me too! I see where I am in a situation and quickly pray-“speak thru me Lord” and it is amazing!! You feel like Jesus is standing right beside you holding your hand! Now that I think about it we should really seek out more of those moments!

  • This was such an inspiration to me this morning! The transformational power of Jesus Christ!

  • Yesterday we read about Jesus being light and today we read about Him opening the eyes of the blind man so he could see that light. I praise Him for opening my blind eyes, for calling me “out of darkness, into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9). My prayer as I go forward today is that He will open the eyes of those around me to the light that is in me. That the aroma of Christ in me will woo others to His presence.
    I love the song “Let Them See You” by the JJ Weeks Band. The chorus says,
    “Let them see You in me. Let them hear You when I speak. Let them feel You when I sing. Let them see you You, let them see You in me.” My prayer for all of us.

  • Sarah_Joy

    All of these comments resonate with me. And the story of this man – uneducated but wise, previously cast off but now emboldened. My palms sweat when I think about sharing the gospel. I want to believe that the little ways that I love people are enough, but I know that there’s a Truth that needs to be shared. Help me to be more than a good neighbor and a kind friend, Holy Spirit, give me the words, the wisdom and the courage.

  • Thank you Miranda and Tina for your thoughts this morning. Though I do not know either of you, I praise God for you.
    I am so like the blind man. Blind in sin for so long, it’s hard to even imagine. But God, but God did His miracle and now I can see. Now I can see His grace and His mercy. I want to shout it from the mountain top! Why would I be afraid of doing that? Sometimes I am. Lord, You were gracious enough to open my eyes to your Glory. Please help me to share this with others. I know Lord, all I have to do is share You and you do the rest. Let me be a light for you today. Thank you Lord.
    Peace to you ladies.
    Xoxo

  • It is no secret what God can do…
    Those of you here, that have journeyed a while with me will know, I am useless, fearful, and feel totally inadequate to evangelise.. that is, to tell of God, His Son Jesus, my Savior and the Holy Spirit…yet. … give me a God given moment, a God filled testimony, a heart beat that is filled with Gods love and grace and I will sing sing sing of His goodness, provision, grace, love, kindness…hope.

    Earlier this year, I mentioned the gift of my christmas tree..( Lord of the Sabbath), give me a song and I’ll sing it… I’m still singing…. The funny thing is I do not like to stand in front of groups and certainly not big numbers of people… the sort of numbers that will require a microphone , yet, already this year I have stood in front of 2 such crowds, not to mention to many others of the goodness and heart of God..
    He has even given me a voice to fearlessly stand and speak of His Great love of me and my family and the small details, that He so wants us to know He cares about…
    I stand today alongside the blind man talking about the Man who came to save..him, me my family, not just on the surface of our lives, but deep, deep, deep in our hearts to open our eyes to who He is and what He can do…
    It truly is no secret, what God can do…. to those of us walking with Him, but to those in darkness/ blind to Him, WE need to tell in testimonies, because these are OUR truths, our stories now..to tell them to those who will question and listen….sow the seed…even if they look at you in a baffled way…sow the seed..?.. Amen

    Praying God turn His face to shine brightly on you today my sisters… sending love across the pond., xxx

    • churchmouse

      Oh Tina, every day I look forward to hearing your sweet voice sing of our Lord. You sing a melody that, though tinged with sorrow because you have experienced great grief, is a tender and powerful melody that draws many near to Him who gives you the strength. Out of your mess He has given you a message. Not for yourself but for us all. Out of your tests, He has given you a testimony. Not for yourself but for us all. Speak, sister, for I long to hear. Sing, sister, for you draw me near. I pray that in my mess and in my tests I will follow your footsteps and speak and sing of our Savior. He alone is worthy. (I lift my cup of coffee to your cup of tea from this side of the pond, my heart to yours, sister in Christ.) and to all my sweet SRT sisters, let us all lift our voices in a chorus of praise today and always. We once were blind but now we see. Praise God!

  • This is incredibly encouraging. So often I get overwhelmed trying to figure out all the “right” ways to go about things that I just give up before I start. & how especially sad is it in regards to telling others about Jesus! Lord I pray that I realize that You are everything. I don’t need all the answers, I need Jesus.

    I’m going through the Bible chronologically and am currently in the story of Saul. Today I read: 1 Samuel 15:22-23
    “So Samuel said:
    “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
    As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
    Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
    And to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
    And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
    Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
    He also has rejected you from being king.”
    Obedience over sacrifice ❤️

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