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Weekend Devo — Faith of a Mother

IStock_000005466158XSmall Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.”

Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”

“Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”

Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
—Matthew 15:21-28

The mother's faith in this passage caught my attention this week. She is one persistant woman! First the desiciples try to get Jesus to send her away, then Jesus counters her request twice. I don't know what His reasoning was there, but I have a feeling it was for the disciples then and for us now.

The message? Don't give up! Despite the visible oposition, this woman persisted in asking for her daughter's healing and knew Jesus was the only One who could do it.

As a mom I love this woman's heart. She fought for her child. So many of us have children facing challenges in a world with little to no understanding for them. But this story shows us Jesus cares! And He hears our prayers.

I'm still battling for my own daughter's health and well being. My prayers aren't being answered the way I want, nor is anything miraculous happening as with the girl in this story. BUT, I know from this Scripture that sometimes things aren't as they seem. God is in control and has a purpose in it all. He's working in my daughter to help her walk into the plan He has for her life. In the meantime, I will keep praying and believing!

Hope you will too.


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