Today’s Truth

[Jesus said to the woman] “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

Mark 5:34

Friend to Friend

When we read the story of Jesus healing the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years in Mark chapter five, it is hard for us twenty-first century women to imagine such a condition lasting for so long. Medical science has progressed far beyond the rudimentary knowledge of Jesus’ day. It is simply unthinkable today, but I suggest there are still many women with chronic bleeding of a different sort. We bleed from the heart.

From the time Sarah was six-years-old, her father crept into her bedroom in the dark of night and violated her little body. Now, as an adult, her heart bleeds.

When Beth was walking to her dorm room from the college library, a lurker jumped from behind the bushes, dragged her to a nearby shed, and raped her at knife-point. Now, ten years later, her heart bleeds.

After 20 years of marriage, Lucy accidentally stumbled upon a local hotel receipt in her husband’s wallet. Suspecting the worse, she uncovered past e-mails, supposed business meetings that never occurred and a trail of deceit. When presented with the evidence, her husband admitted having a three-year long affair. And her heart bleeds.

Margaret’s routine physical reveals that she has AIDS. She had only been with one man her entire life…her husband. And her heart bleeds.

Laura was laid off from her job and her mother’s words re-emerge like sewage leakage from an underground septic tank. “You’re no good. You’ll never amount to anything. You’re a loser just like your father.” And because of the lies she believes, her heart bleeds.

Melissa holds her newborn little girl in her arms and coos her to sleep. Interrupting the sweetness of the wee-hours of the morning, she hears her aborted child crying from the grave. Guilt presses down as the ever-present weight deflates her joy. And her heart bleeds.

Women hoping the pain will go away. Awakening each day with a memory that re-opens an old wound. Women longing to hear the words “Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

The woman with the issue of blood was no different from you and me. While her apparent illness was physical, her inward suffering ruled her life, but in one radical moment, one momentous decision, she reached out to Jesus and grabbed hold of her healing.

He wants to set us free from our suffering, but He will not push us out of the cell. He unlocks the jail cell, but we must walk out the door. We can choose to bleed. We can choose to remain in our suffering and pick at the scabs of the past, but hear me dear friend, it is a choice. Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10 NIV). That’s what he wants for each of us. But we have to embrace the truth and, like the woman with the 12-year-bleeding, reach for our healing.

Jesus said to the woman, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

That’s the same healing He offers to you and to me. Today, I encourage you to reach for your healing. Jesus is passing by.

Let’s Pray

Dear God, I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. Today, I reach forward and receive my healing. Yes, I want to get well—emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Please give me the faith to walk in freedom and victory.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Is your soul bleeding today? Do you know someone else who would answer, “yes”?

What does Jesus tell us in Mark 11:28?

Are you ready to give that burden of a hurting heart to Jesus? He is willing to stop everything to say these words to you: Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.

More from the Girlfriends

Today’s devotion was taken from my book, How Jesus Broke the Rules to Set you Free: A Woman’s Walk in Power and Purpose. We tend to read the gospels through the lens of the 21st century. But when we understand how oppressive the culture Jesus stepped into was against women, and how He broke a cultural rule every time He came in contact with a woman in the New Testament, we begin to understand just how radical His ministry, messages, and miracles were at setting women free. He risked His reputation to save theirs…and yours. How Jesus Broke the Rules to Set You Free: A Woman’s Walk in Power and Purpose, is now available on and (Previously titled What God Really Thinks about Women.) By taking an in-depth look at how Jesus crossed cultural boundaries to honor women, you’ll fall in love with Him all over again and have the confidence to walk in the power and purpose God intended. Bible study guide is included.

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11 Responses to “When the Soul Bleeds”

  1. crystal says:

    I loved this; however it referenced the redone bible…..NIV. I and my church believe in unchanging of the word as the bible states and use only KJV. With that aside, I loved this ….but I can’t share it b-c of the reference.

    • LaShawnda says:

      Crystal, you realize the KJV is a translation from the original languages, right? NIV is also a translation. If you agree with a message but not the translation referenced, you can still share the message with a reference to your preferred translation. Someone may be blessed from your sharing. Don’t let the version of the translation hinder you.

  2. Mandy says:

    WOW! Thanks Sharon! What a devotional! God is so good placing the words where they need to be through his messengers, such as yourself! You can’t help but feel the Holy Spirit direction here, freeing you from the heart that bleeds! Thank you Jesus!

  3. Kim j says:

    Thank you for sharing about the true freedom that we can have through Christ and how He can redeem all of our brokenness. Amen!! I do have a an issue with your opening statement about the longevity of illness. I have had a chronic illness for over 14 years that
    affects me daily, as do many others. We are often overlooked and healing does not come in the way of modern medicine. It’s not unthinkable today! I know you didn’t mean anything by it, but I just wanted you to be aware that many suffer daily, just as the woman who bled for 12 years.

  4. Jamie says:

    What a powerful devotional. Thank you Jesus for your healing power.

  5. Joy says:

    I enjoyed this devotional. Making the choice to be healed is often scary and painful, but so necessary. Thanks, Sharon for the beautiful way in which you’ve reminded me of that!

  6. Johnese says:

    Thank you for your encouraging article.

    I produce a newsletter for ministry women. Our fall theme is We’re gonna make it.

    So many woman endure the many dangers, toils and snares anchored in the past. I plan to share how to find your excellent article.

    Thanks again.
    Many blessings as you encourage Christian women.

  7. pam says:

    My heart is bleeding! Oh, how my heart hurts. I keep praying for the pain to end and the healing to begin.

  8. Paige says:

    The words I chose to live in Victory come to mind after I read this.

  9. Gina says:

    I feel you wrote this just for me. God bless you. I am reaching for Jesus.

  10. Soledad says:

    I am currently driving and enjoying the breeze and the blessing that God my Father has opened my eyes to and meditating to this wonderful reminder that Jesus gave a woman many years ago. Rejoice all those who once had bleeding hearts. Bye bye to past memories Jesus touches that part of you today!!!

    Jesus said to the woman, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

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