|Faith by Margot Cioccio|
There are no F names for women in the Bible. There are only a couple of mens names Felix and Festus. So for letter F, I tried to dig for a bit. I looked for names that meant faith or faithful and came up with an interesting person who's name ment faithful, who traveled with the apostle Paul. You probably missed him, I did. His name is Tychicus. I had hoped he was a woman listed with her husband Trophimus from the province of Asia. Turned out as I kept digging that she was clearly a man. Oh well, let me briefly introduce you to him anyway.
Acts 20:4 (GNT)
4 Sopater son of Pyrrhus, from Berea, went with him; so did Aristarchus and Secundus, from Thessalonica; Gaius, from Derbe; Tychicus and Trophimus, from the province of Asia; and Timothy.They traveled with Paul from Macedonia to Jerusalem and may have been with him in Rome.
Here's what All The Men in the Bible has to say about him. Tychicus [Tĭch'ĭcŭs]—fortunateor fortuitous. A Christian in Asia Minor, who traveled in advance of Paul as well as with him at times (Acts 20:4). Paul sent him to Ephesus where he delivered, and likely read, the circular letter, the Epistle to the Ephesians, to the Church there (Eph. 6:21). Then he went to Colosse and did the same with Colossians (Col. 4:7). He also had a mission to fulfill in Crete (2 Tim. 4:12; Titus 3:12). Paul speaks of him in affectionate terms—“A brother beloved and faithful minister in the Lord,” and able to “comfort your hearts.”
Here's a guy who gets mentioned 7 time and you probably have never even noticed him in your Bible. Here's where you can find him, Acts 20:4, Eph 6:21, Col 4:7 and 18, 2 Tim 4:12 and Titus 3:12 His name means faithful and it is pretty evident that he lived up to his name.
So its back to the drawing board. Next stop was to look for someone that Jesus called faithful. Ta da! We don't know this Canaanite woman's name from Matthew 15, but Jesus says “Woman, you have great faith! so we are going to call her Faith for today's post.
Here's her story from Matthew 15:21-28
The Faith of a Canaanite Woman or Faith the Canaanite Woman
Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David,have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
|Emma the Miracle Child|
|Emma helping decorate the tree|
Yes she still had Turners syndrom but the mildest kind, and even with that who knows what x's are missing.
Emma has turned out to be pretty normal she has some Turner symptoms, the most noticeable is her ears are curled in a cute way. She is closely monitored by the doctors and has had to have painful growth hormone shots, Turners kids can be midgets with out them. She has had some issues with her immune system and has had to have some extensive treatments to build it up, for the most part she is a beautiful healthy child.
|Leah with my Tree of Life mosaic|
I'd love it if you would be lifting them both up in prayer as you remember this post. With Emma its hard to know when those missing x's will show up as she develops, so far we have seen them to be in relatively minor things. Leah is a single mom, facing lots of tests, and possible surgery. She trying to figure out how she will manage and take care of her kids should surgery be necessary.
Prayer: Lord I lift up Leah and Emma before you and ask that you would continue to heal and restore them both. Thank you for the the people we each know who do not give up trusting you in-spite of sometimes terrifying obstacles and reports. Thank you for the people who model for us what it is to be an overcomer.