“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, Bold Mine)
Many people, who need to come to Jesus and obtain His help and mercy right now, are instead waiting to come to Him. Some wait because they think they need to clean up their act, or change some behavior(s), before coming to Jesus with their need… but nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is that Jesus is most willing and able to receive us just as we are, and help us no matter what we’ve done, or are doing. When the Lord was showing me this truth, He brought two powerful examples to my mind to share with you, and they both reveal Jesus’ heart of love for us and prove that we can indeed come to Jesus just as we are.
In the book of Mark, Jesus is seen in His love healing a leper who approached Him in public (Mark 1:40). Although as Christians we are no longer under the law (Hebrews 8:12-13), it is important to note here that when this leper came to Jesus to be healed of his leprosy, he was breaking God’s law right then and there. The Law of Moses commanded that lepers were to be put out of the camp…isolated from people (Leviticus 13:46). This man, however, came to Jesus in public, (a clear violation of God’s law), fell down at Jesus’ feet and sought the Lord for healing. Clearly, this man wasn’t perfect in his behavior, and he wasn’t perfect in His faith either, but Jesus healed him immediately, because he came to Jesus just as he was (Mark 1:42). Notably, the guy wasn’t perfect in his faith, because he knew Jesus was able to heal him, but doubted in his heart whether Jesus loved Him enough to be willing to heal him (Mark 1:40). This man was imperfect inside and out when he came to Jesus. Nevertheless, the grace of God was demonstrated, because even though he was flawed in actions and beliefs, Jesus healed him. The same is true for us today. When we come to Jesus just as we are, bringing every imperfection we have with us, Jesus lovingly answers our prayers…in fact He over answers our prayers!
Again, we see Jesus’ heart of unconditional love when a woman who had an issue of bleeding came to Jesus while He was in a crowd of people, and touched His garment in order to be healed by Him (Mark 5:25-32, the entire account). Again, although we as Christians are no longer under the old covenant of law, it is vital to note that this woman when she came to Jesus, she was breaking God’s law. A woman with a discharge of blood was not supposed to be in public (See Leviticus 15:25). Nevertheless, Jesus healed this woman completely! He didn’t wait for the woman to remove the sin from herself…Jesus would still be waiting, because as humans we have no power at all to remove our own sins. Only the blood of Jesus does that. This woman came in the midst of sinning to Jesus, the Savior, and the result was, she got saved…saved from sickness and from poverty, because the bible said that woman spent all she had trying to get healed of that disease (Mark 5:25). Jesus’ love covered all her wrong, and He simply supplied her need. This is why I love Jesus…not because He is holy, although He is holy. But, I love Jesus because He first loved me. He loves me like He did this woman, and the leper…right in the middle of my mess! And if He did it for them, and Jesus did it for me, beloved, Jesus will do it for you. So just come…come as you are.
“The Lord has appeared of old to me saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you” (Jeremiah 31:3)
Published by Dr. Siohvaughn Funches
Dr. Siohvaughn L. Funches is a loving mother, renowned public speaker and a now two-time published author! Spearheading her own publishing company, A Wow Woman Publishing Co., she has authored and released two books, The True Story for God’s Glory: The Life of Siohvaughn L. Funches-Wade and You Gotta Let God Finish! And being so filled with both the wisdom and revelation of God’s purpose for her life, this diligent woman has already commenced her third literary work!
To truly know Siohvaughn is to know that her greatest passion, aside from being a mom, is A Woman’s Worth Foundation, Inc., otherwise known as “A Wow Woman Foundation.” Having been inspired by God, she founded and remains President of A Woman’s Worth Foundation, a non-profit Christian organization with a focus on issues affecting women. In furtherance of this Foundation’s mission, she has dedicated a large part of her life to helping women know and understand their God-given identity in order for them to fulfill their God-given destinies. This is what inspired the WOW Woman idea. Christ has indeed made these women, WOW Women with a divine purpose! WOW women standing for: Women Of Worth, Women Of Wisdom and Women Of Wealth! Siohvaughn’s dedication to sharing this life-transforming truth as it is revealed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ has her impacting this entire world in a major way, one life at a time.
Siohvaughn Funches is certainly a woman of worth. She is enriched with the love of God and is a continual support for women all over the globe. With a deep passion for purpose, Siohvaughn counsels women from all walks of life in order for them to understand their worth. This woman of worth knows that a woman’s true value does not lie in what she possesses, whom she knows, or what she looks like. Rather, her worth is found in whose she is, and she is Jesus Christ bride. This truth cannot be changed and likewise her worth cannot either. Women of worth are and always will be; the one God says is worth Him dying for! That worth certainly cannot be measured but is far above material possessions, outer beauty and the company a woman keeps. The worth is priceless! As Siohvaughn imparts these transforming-truths into women around the world, their whole lives are being changed and enriched for the better!
Siohvaughn is also passionate about restoring a revelation and sense of worth to women survivors of domestic violence (DV). Having overcome domestic violence and it’s deadly effects herself, she has dedicated a large part of her life and Foundation to helping other women survivors of DV be healed, restored and secure in their God-given worth. Dr. Funches has provided countless hours of Professional Domestic Violence Counseling to these brave women as well as provided transitional housing at The Safe Haven of Hope, a shelter she owns for women and children survivors of domestic violence. In sum, Siohvaughn is a most gracious and powerful woman who has had every area of her life transformed for the better because she understands the truth about a woman’s worth, and because of her love for women she continually shares these life-transforming truths with woman around the world so that they too will have their whole lives enriched!
Dr. Siohvaughn Funches is also a woman of wisdom. Dr. Funches has earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology, a Master’s level certification in Professional Counseling, a Doctorate in Theology and a Juris Doctorate degree in law. Having graduated from Law School Magna Cum Laude, this brilliant woman earned a multitude of academic accolades throughout her Law School career. Not only was she placed on the Dean’s List for outstanding academic performance in Law School multiple times, she also received the Cali Excellence for the Future Award on numerous occasions for being the top student in her class. In recognition of her outstanding pro bono work in the legal field, she received the prestigious Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears Award. Dr. Funches was also awarded the honorable Edward J. Henning Memorial Award for her excellence in the Alternative Dispute Resolution field.
Currently, as a part of her legal profession Dr. Funches owns her own alternative dispute resolution firm, The Mediation Matters Firm, LLC, and provides a variety of professional alternative dispute resolution services to clients. As a Registered Civil Mediator and Arbitrator with the state of Georgia she mediates numerous cases for several judges in Georgia. Sworn in as a Guardian ad Litem in the state of Georgia, Dr. Funches also advocates relentlessly in court for abused and neglected children.
Siohvaughn Funches is also a woman of wealth. This wise and savvy entrepreneur owns her own real estate investment firm, which provides hotel-style rentals for business executives as well as vacation rentals for families on the coast. Like any wise investor, Dr. Funches understands the principle of diversifying and therefore, has begun her own women’s clothing line.
To obtain more information on this WOW woman and to book speaking or event engagements visit her website at: www.awowwoman.com
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