Miracles and Wonders Today

If there is a story to be told of the place I have been the last few months, it would be this: I waited for a miracle. I lived in hope and I waited for a miracle. I know I am not the only one.

These days, so many hearts are waiting for miracles and wonders: the miracle of healing. The miracle of new life in a barren womb. The miracle of a broken relationship being restored. The miracle of repentance and renewed faith.

But what if there are no miracles or wonders?

What if there is no healing on earth? What if an apology will never come? What if our loved one never returns to the Lord, to us?

Miracles and Wonders Today

Oswald Chambers writes, “We look for visions from heaven, for earthquakes and thunders of God’s power (the fact that we are dejected proves that we do), and we never dream that all the time God is in the commonplace things and people around us.”

What if the miracle and wonder has always been about what is done in our hearts, in the midst of the messy and the mundane?

The countless times that I have been on my knees in prayer, my heart pleading desperately — for hope in a hopeless season, for a forgiving heart, for repentance or restoration, for a new chance or a new beginning. And yet, the miracle has always been right there — my heart turning to the Lord of all in faith.

And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well. And the woman was made well from that hour.” (Matthew 9:20-22)

This woman, she was in a desperate condition and she had been for twelve years already. She was considered unclean, an outcast in her brokenness. If she were to touch Jesus, she would be condemned — and this is why she decided to touch the hem of His garment, to approach Jesus secretly. She did not openly ask Jesus to heal her; but her faith was sure that He would heal her just the same.

There are many things to this woman’s faith that are not necessarily right, starting from her superstitious belief that touching the garment of Jesus would heal her. Yet her faith, though not perfect, was enough for her to receive from Jesus what she wanted. She was made well.

I think of the ten lepers who Jesus cleansed, and yet only one of them returned to give glory to God. To him, Jesus said: your faith has made you well. These ten lepers, they all walked away with healed bodies but the one leper who returned to Jesus to glorify God — his heart was healed as well. Is that not always the greatest miracle in this world, when our brokenness is met and His great love heals us.

So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:17-19)

What if the miracle and wonder has always been about what is done in our hearts? What if the miracle right here, right in this moment — is found in our praise, in the echoes of faith lingering in our hearts in the moments of despair and darkness? 

The miracles we are waiting for? They might never come while we are here on Earth. That is for the Lord to purpose and plan. All is in His hands, and all is in His timing.

Our faith is imperfect at best; our weaknesses are many and they abound. Yet we live in a land of hope: the light of grace shines bright and we are close to His heart of mercy. Our hearts are changed, from glory to glory as we bring praise to the One who holds our hearts.

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Devotional on the Book of Job

Friends, today I have the pleasure to introduce you to Kayla from The Accidental Nomad Life. She wrote this devotional on Job 4:6 — and if you have read through the book of Job, you know there are some golden lessons for us to learn. So join me today as Kayla shares with us on finding our confidence in the Lord.


I’m going through the book of Job right now and as I was reading, Job 4:6 stood out to me very strongly the other day. It’s at the beginning of the first lecture he receives from his friends. As the chapter opens, his friend is very gracious with him, reminding him of Job’s faith…

I believe his friend could have stopped at this verse and let it be at that.

“Is not your fear of God your confidence and the integrity of your ways your hope?” (Job 4:6)

Isn’t that just a beautiful reminder?

I feel like, no matter what we are facing, this is the very best question to be asked. It poses the question, “where is your faith” without accusing; it challenges you actions “well, you HAVE been faithful, haven’t you” without being condemning…

As a friend, I know that I would get defensive if anything else was spoken to me, but the way that Eliphaz words this challenge, I feel is so gracious. It is simply a reminder rather than a condemning question.

Is your fear of God your confidence? How does one get to the point of being so secure in the fear of God that we fear nothing here on earth?

We pray. We ask God for that. There is nothing that he would like to give us more than intimacy with him. That’s what we were created for.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:31)

He was so excited about creating us -and in his image no less- he said, “They are Good.”

Grow your confidence in Him. Dig in, ask him to reveal himself to you, ask him to draw you into him. He will answer. It won’t look the way you want it to. It won’t be a simple answer. Maybe it’ll be something difficult or crushing, like what Job went through, but on the other side, I guarantee that you will see his beauty on the other side of it.

“Jesus answered him, “if anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home within him.” (John 14:23)

I love that promise. Find your confidence in his words today, sweet friend!

Kayla has been married to her husband, Andrew, for almost 8 years. They have three boys – 6, 4 & 2 and a new baby due in June. They have moved four times over the course of their marriage which is where the title of Kayla’s blog, the Accidental Nomad Life sprung from. Kayla blogs frequently as her stay-at- home job; she loves photography, graphic design, and anything crafty and DIY. Kayla has a heart for sharing her story and encouraging people – making the social media life less perfect.

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Weekly Grace and Links

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Hi friends! This week I am vacationing in Madeira, Portugal — and it is quite amazing, this thing called rest. I am enjoying sunshine and being by the ocean, hiking, resting, and reading. I am enjoying life, and I am so thankful for our good Father who gives us so much more than we even dare to ask. He is so good to us.

Good reads from this week:

This piece on does dating prepare us for marriage or divorce left me thinking for a long, long time. It was honestly a great read and I would recommend it for anyone to read in a heartbeat — whether you are single, married, or divorced. There are always people in our lives, if not ourselves, who need to hear this.

My Joy in the Desert. Christians can rejoice in the trials, because Christians find more of God there. “God uses suffering to strengthen and purify our faith in his promises like nothing else. What we hold faithfully through trials, we are more likely to hold in the face of temptation.”

Love That Doesn’t Cost Is Just A Feeling. Yes, love will always cost us — but not loving people costs us even more. Which is why it is so important for us to remember that love that doesn’t cost anything is just a feeling.

Have you ever felt let down by God? Wondered why God is always silent? What Good Is God? by Vaneetha Rendall Risner is a good read for anyone in that place right now.

Tips For Balancing God and School

This is a topic very near to my heart, given that I am four years into university and currently working on a Masters – and life can get very hectic so easily. I can remember thinking and praying about this so many times, trying to figure out how to balance God and university when the season is incredibly busy and I cannot fit everything into my schedule.

Looking back, I can see that God has been there in every moment, answering every prayer and desperate cry. It is definitely not always easy, trying to make time for God every day. But there is grace for every moment, and God will meet you where you are. He gives strength to the weak and rest for the weary.

So here are a few tips on how to balance God and school, for those of us who need to keep working on this.

Tips For Balancing God and School

Make time for Jesus in the morning.

Maybe you are not a morning person. Maybe it is quite painful to be waking up so much earlier that you would have time for devotions – but I find that this is essential. Once you are in school, life has a tendency to take over and suddenly there is so much more to do than you even thought there would be. So make time for Jesus in the morning – half an hour is enough to read the Bible and pray. That way you will go, with your heart in the right place and your ears open to hear God’s voice through the day.

“O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.” (Psalm 63:1-2)

Pray for the day and the assignments.

I go through these seasons when I honestly am not even sure how I will make it through it all, with exams and assignments and everything. But God will answer every one of your prayers. He will give you strength and wisdom. So pray for the day and the assignments, that God will go before you and help you, give you wisdom and understanding. Then see how He will answer those prayers and praise Him every time you realize that He has answered you once more.

“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer” (Romans 12:12)

Know that it goes in seasons. 

There are seasons when I am excited to wake up in the mornings to spend time with Jesus before heading out to school. And then there are seasons when I am so incredibly busy with school that there is no time to even live life, and it is a fight to make time for Jesus and meet all the deadlines. But it always goes in seasons, and a new season will eventually come.

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Consider making time for Bible study at school.

For a couple years, I used to meet up with this sweet girl in my class once a week during the school days when we had a skip between classes. We studied through a few books of the Bible together, discussed about God and what we had learned, and prayed for each other. It was so, so good and encouraging.

Extend grace to yourself.

It is okay not to get the best grade in everything. It is okay to feel like you cannot handle it all. That does not make you a failure. You are still very much loved by your heavenly Father. He will help you and give you everything you need in this season. It will be alright.

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

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