Have you ever experienced trials that seemed unrelenting? What do you do when it seems the odds are against you? Lean In during the hard times. Lean in to Jesus.

My husband had just received word that he needed a biopsy of a new suspicious growth. With his history of cancer, his doctors were leaving nothing to chance. Every time he had needed an updated scan, I unconsciously held my breath. This latest report led to the same.

My mind raced and my thoughts swirled about me in an unfocused worry, the polar opposite to “unforced rhythms of grace” that Jesus talks about in Matthew 11.

The woman with the issue of blood

I was reminded of the woman with the issue of blood. She had suffered for years. If I put myself in her shoes, I have to wonder if she ever felt hopeless? Abandoned, rejected and lonely? Do you think she ever felt overwhelmed by the enormity of her problems?

The odds were against her. Because of her hemorrhaging, she was considered an outcast. The Bible says many doctors had already treated her, taken her money, and left her worse off than she initially was.

When you feel overwhelmed, abandoned, rejected, and lonely, lean in to Jesus.

There’s one thing I know: when she leaned in, when she pressed in toward the source of her solution and healing, Jesus honored that. The Bible doesn’t say that she tried with all her might. Nor does it say that she clung to Jesus. It doesn’t even imply when she tried everything else and was desperate, she went running to Jesus in desperation.

She touched His robe.

“Just then a woman who had hemorrhaged for 12 years slipped in from behind and lightly touched his robe. She was thinking to herself, ‘If I can just put a finger on his robe, I’ll get well’” (Matthew 9: 20-21 MSG).

When she was overwhelmed and nothing else had healed her, she simply touched His robe in faith, believing that would heal her.


The woman who had the issue of blood leaned in to Jesus during the hard times. When it seemed her situation was unsolvable in her own strength, she leaned in. Read more for hope during the hard times.


When her situation was unsolvable in her own strength, she leaned in to Jesus

Jesus said it was her faith that healed her. Not even her touching his garment, but her faith. I think the Bible mentions her touching his robe, however, so we get the benefit of seeing how she put her faith into practice.

What about you? Do you have a situation that requires you lean in to Jesus? It’s my prayer that He blesses your faith.

Hope Prevails,
Dr. B



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What do you do when you experience trial after trial, and it seems like the odds are against you? Or, you feel overwhelmed, abandoned, rejected and lonely? We learn from scripture what one woman did when it seemed her situation was unsolvable in her own strength. Read more for the hope to lean in during the hard times.