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(in)courage is a place where authentic, brave women connect deeply with God and others. In the middle of your unfine moments and ordinary days, you are invited to become a woman of courage.

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  1. Mary,
    Thank you for this reminder that God will never ignore us or leave us “bleeding on the road” when we bring our requests to Him. I needed the reminder, as I’m seeking His help with struggles and temptations that have plagued me for years, that He responds with mercy and grace rather than anger and condemnation. How wonderful to know that He is gentle and kind even when He doesn’t answer like I imagined or wished He would.

  2. Thank you for sharing this. So timely, both in my personal life and in our world, where so many are silently suffering.
    I have struggled with PTSD and autoimmune disease, and all that that entails physically, mentally, emotionally, for 25 years. The burden is heavy, and is made even more so because of the toll it takes on my children and my husband. They suffer silently, if not bravely as well. People don’t understand; they have no idea the depth of pain and discouragement that is a regular part of our family’s daily lives.
    JESUS understands. He is all-knowing and merciful and unconditionally all-loving. This is my saving Grace and I am eternally grateful for His unwavering Love.

  3. I remember years ago suffering very heavy periods as woman. It caused me to have seizures. Before my period and during it. Plus after it. One day I was not well. Out of the blue. I took a seizure out of nowhere. It scared my Husband. He didn’t know what was happening to me. My Mum was alive at the time. They both were scared. Then every month when I was due my period or before it. Mum then and my Husband would live in not knowing what to expect. From I get up. To I go to bed at night. As with my seizures. I get no warning. I could be talking to you one minute the next out of nowhere take a seizure. It was offal. Because my period was due. Or I had it or it was nearly finished. It was very very heavy. I had to have hysterectomy. To see would it cure the problem. I didn’t want kids. Not that I didn’t love kids. As I was Registered Childminder for 19 years. Love my Niece’s and Nephews. But no not brave enough to give birth. I admire you women that do give birth. I can relate to the women in the Bible with the issue of blood for 12 years. Mine was not as long. But I lost weight and was not well. I trusted Jesus all the way through everything. Plus when Jesus had me see what Doctors he had to say too me all those years ago. Before I was put on the waiting list for my hysterectomy. When it came to me having my hysterectomy on 23rd of October three years ago. I was not scared. I knew it was the best thing for me. Something told me. I knew it would be the only way to stop my seizures. I even used to have them in my sleep and during the day. I got this saying before my operation. Don’t worry about tomorrow God is already there. That is so true. That saying is so true for all of us especially in this Covid 19 pandemic we are in all over the world. God was all ready there for me to do with my operation. I went through it with no problems. Because I also had so many people praying for me as well. I am hear today because Jesus took me through it with an act of courageous simplicity. I knew Jesus guided the secretions hands doing the operation. Plus I only had one we tiny small seizure since. I trusting Jesus that I will have no more. Like the women with the issue of blood for 12 years or more she knew to trust Jesus by touching and pushing through the crowd to get to touch the heam of his clothes to get her healing. I keep trusting Jesus every day for my healing and keeping my eyes on him. Reading his word the Bible and Prayer every day also. I know Jesus will take care of me. Jesus will do the same for you all reading this. Like Jesus did when I was going through my operation and before I got the operation. Jesus was with me and my Husband plus my late Mum help them help me and them through the difficult days. When I was not well. During those days I never nor did my Husband we never stopped trusting Jesus. We knew Jesus was helping me and giving us the strength to cope. I thank God I am were am today. It because of Jesus I am so well today. I trusted him all the way. That was an act of courageous simplicity. Thank you incourage for another excellent reading. Keeping you all in prayer. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xxxx

  4. Tank you so so much for this wonderful writing. Been feeling just like this woman for so long. I’ve been so blessed by your website, always the right words just when I need them. I live alone and have 2 upcoming surgeries to face and so afraid. God bless you for your help and encouragement.

  5. I can see the love, care, compassion and complete understanding of our Lord in this incident. He was kind, caring and tactful. He accepted women just as they were. His attitude towards them was even more radical than in modern times. Our Lord Jesus is so wonderful and extraordinary in every way.

  6. When in courage started I remember longing and praying for a friend. Yesterday I felt very alone and cried out to God for a close friend. Today I went to a World Street Eats in a Square in my city. I am always alone when I go to these things. I ended up chatting to two different groups of people, one I invited to church! Later I met three couples I hadn’t seen for ages and I even got a hug! My state has been covid free for about 5 months! I just got home and read this message. God spoke to me when I read,’ Don’t give up, friend. ‘ I saw God’s love in all the people I connected with today. It was emphasised when I read the words above. Iam 72 and have always been single and my two sisters live in other states. Your message wasn’t about healing for me but about not giving up. Thank you!

    • He really is a friend to the friendless, amongst all others we need Him to be in our lives! He’ll also respond to your prayer for friends, and the right kinds too! I’m a witness, after thinking I’d truly received that “sister” longed for before we were, no more. Some connections can truly hurt. Glad you reconnected to those couples and met some new people. Continue trusting what God can do for you!

  7. Mary.

    The beauty of the bleeding woman’s story is that she showed the world true faith. She had nothing else to lose. Out of money, ill & getting worse, plus shunned by everyone so why not give this a shot. She proves that faith & hope can bring about a cure. She wanted it so much she risked everything just to touch the hem of Jesus’s robe. It proves that Jesus can & will heal you in His way, & time. We must have that kind of faith & hope. Keep on praying day & night. One day God will come with His healing touch to your life. Never give up hope or faith!!

    Blessings 🙂

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