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Rachael Graf is an aspiring freelance writer who has a passion for words and sharing them with others.

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  1. This really spoke to me in ways I never expected. I too am like that father, but today I don’t want to limit my God. I want everything He has for me. Since I have expected little, that is all I have received. Thanks for sparking my “Aha” moment. Blessings!

    • Truth is when we become depressed we can become helpless, overwhelmed, and even hopeless. Think of it, t de-press something is to compress it. Push the air out of a beach ball and it goes flat!
      We were not made to be this way but it can happen. Then we need an in-filling of love.
      Of course if there is sin we must address it. But often there is just a battle worn woman warrior who needs others to come lift her up.
      Sometimes we are the LIFTER and sometimes we are the LIFTEE. We are either a mission or on one. Thanks for sharing. Blessings

      • Amen I suffer from depression and PTSD and it sometimes like I’ve been compressed in this box and wonder if our great God will ever talk to me again like He did before. I admit that since my son’s murder 11 years ago sometimes I feel like I’m just going thru the motions with life and sometimes my prayer life and with God but I keep trying hoping He will rekindle the fire for Him and life again

        • Cherlyn, I too have fought the battle you are in now. Just this year after being disgnosed with depression then bipolar disorder
          And finally generalized anxiety disorder (20 years ago) was healed completely from it by our loving God. I know somewhat the pain you are going through about your son’s loss. My cousin was stabbed in her throat barely missing her jugular vein. Her life was spared. My uncle committed suicide. Also both of daughters(20 yrs/26yrs okd) were born with very rare disease and we almost lost them. If it wasn’t for us knowing to check our second daughter for it she would have died. Praying for God to reach out to You in an almighty way so peace and joy can once again fill your soul. I love you! Your friend in Christ, Kimberly

  2. Rachael, thank you for this affirmation that even my unbelief is a bridge to knowing Christ better — if I bring it to Him and wait for Him to work.
    So many blessings to you as you make the move from college to career — and may you find much chocolate and many friends to enjoy it with in your future!

  3. Our future was suddenly changed when my husband lost his job recently. He wasn’t ready to retire and we wait for what God has for us next. Sometimes waiting includes more changes. I couldn’t sleep last night and I was discouraged because I don’t see God’s answer. I spent some time in prayer as I could not sleep. We spend, or waste time waiting it seems. I wonder if I learn anything in the waiting sometimes. This was encouraging! Thank you.

  4. Thank you, what an awesome reminder of Jesus’ words ‘all things are possible for those who believe’ .. I was also struck by the summation that the boy and his father were healed after that encounter with Jesus. Very insightful!

  5. Thank you Rachael for this, today. How many times have I prayed this in the last 4 years? If you can God…and then not going further with MY step in faith. I have tears in my eyes when I read Jesus’ response. He still heals the boy and he still walks beside me I just need to believe!

  6. Rachael, thank you so much for sharing this. It really spoke to my heart. I to identify with the father of the young boy. Many times I cry out to Jesus “I believe, please help me with my unbelief.” Jesus is always so good to me during these times. Jesus is so compassionate to us and no matter how many times we call out He always answers. As He said in Mark 9 “Anything is possible if a person belives!” That is my prayer today and everyday, that we just believe in Jesus. He always belives in us. God bless you. Sending lots of love, Stephanie xo

  7. Rachel, I praise the Lord for these uplifting words of faith on faith. With God all things are possible if we by yield to His gentle will and tender arms having faith in His provision and care. Its a grace to hear that the Lord heals both father and son, it brings hope that He will heal any wobbly faith in me. May we each reach out to our heavenly Father today, asking for His help to deeper faith, to greater trust, and the help to take the next step forward and be healed 🙂

  8. Oh my goodness, this post gave me goosebumps! So vivid, I could “see” the whole scenario and this applies directly to what I’ve been struggling with! Thank you so much!

  9. They turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. Psalm 78:41, I think I always had high hopes and now I know why. I don’t think I was limiting Him.

  10. Rachael,

    I can relate to this: ” You expect too little.” In that moment, I realized the truth. I have made my God too small. I had a tendency to make God small. That was until I witnessed a miracle. My aging dad was having major dementia and health issues. Last year I thought my dad would need a nursing home or would die soon. God had other plans. I prayed for relief for my dad. God healed him and he is now in a new assisted living enjoying life more. WOW! Also had a friend completely healed of stage 4 colon cancer. Keep seeing miracles and answered prayers. Now I pray more fervently using scriptures.

    I come to Jesus tired and helpless all the time–but believing now. He heals and forgives me over and over. AMEN!

    Blessings 🙂