Worth Every Drop of Blood

In Whom we have redemption through His blood,the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:14 (NKJV)

The day after our sweet baby Joel was born, I was propped up in my hospital bed, trying to read my One Year Bible while the rest of the family was at church.  It was hard to concentrate after being poked by nurses all night long.  I prayed for Jesus to show me something in His Word. There were many verses of Jesus’ healing, and suddenly there was something there for me!

God showed me the story of Jesus healing the woman hemorrhaging for 12 years. As the lady reached out to touch Jesus, He felt power go out from Him and she was healed!  Just the day before, I also had been bleeding too much; so much the doctor told me this is how they used to lose moms in the old days.  I wondered if the Old Testament Jacob’s beloved wife Rachel died from bleeding after Benjamin was born?

Baby Joel’s birth was the second time I had bled too much. The first time was when I miscarried our baby Gloria Anne. At least this time I had the joy of holding our sweet baby for an hour before painful contractions began again.  Joel’s daddy cradled him and went to the waiting room to see our older three kids.  I wondered if they were on their own then, as a team of nurses and my doctor took charge to save my life.  I kept praying, “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.” Psalm 118:17 (NKJV)

Jesus sent His power into that delivery room.  Two nurses appeared at my head to calm me (God bless Ruth and Judy).  Another nurse gave me a shot in the leg to reduce bleeding.  God sent extra nurses to start another IV in case I needed a blood transfusion. They couldn’t find a vein, so ended up poking my arm in five places before succeeding.  Those painful pokes reminded me of the nails Jesus endured for me.  More nurses were pressing on my stomach.  And as I prayed between sobs, the doctor removed a blood clot from me that filled the palm of her hand, and I was healed.  Thank you, Jesus.

As the pain ended, I thought, “I can’t do this again.”  But now, when I look into the face of our precious Joel, I tell him, “You are worth every needle poke and drop of blood I endured.”  Just as when Jesus looks at us He says, “My precious child, you are worth every nail hole and drop of blood I shed for you.”

Jesus blood and the power that went out from Him to heal the bleeding woman remind me of an old-time hymn. The chorus proclaims…

There is power, power, wonder working power
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb. by Lewis E. Jones, 1899

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Read the story of the bleeding woman with fresh eyes today.  Thank Jesus for the healing He has done in your life.  Claim the promise of His power to help you through any healing you need right now.

Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”
When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”
But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.”  Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer;your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”  Luke 8:43-48 (NKJV)

New King James Version (NKJV)Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

3 thoughts on “Worth Every Drop of Blood

  1. Dear Jenny and Kent, Congratulations on the birth of baby Joel.I’m so happy to hear you are both home and that the baby is healthy and the bleeding was taken care of. God is good to him be the glory!How fun to see the pictures of Joel and the two of you. What a precious family you all are.Jenny your kitchen is decorated so cute. I wrote earlier, but it wouldn’t go through. A card will be coming your way soon.Love, Kathy

  2. Jenny,
    What a wonderful testimony of God’s love! Congratulations and thanks for sharing your good news.
    Keeping the family in our prayers,
    Chris and Greg

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