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Frequently Asked Questions

I once read a book containing all the questions Jesus asked in the Gospels. Three hundred and seven, if you’re interested. So anytime Jesus asks a question in the Gospels, I’m intrigued. I pause and consider it, as though He was asking it of me. Like in today’s Gospel:

Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?” (Luke 24:38)

There is both tenderness and surety in these questions. He is compassionate toward His disciples, just as He is toward you and me. He desires to hear from them, to listen to their hearts and story, their grief and joy. And He desires to hear yours, too.

Imagine yourself in the room with the disciples. They argue and ask questions, some laugh despite themselves while others listen in wide-eyed disbelief. The room pulses with fear and confusion—and hope. Now, (ask the Holy Spirit to help you) imagine Jesus walks in. Let everything and everyone else melt away until it is only you and Him. Picture the look in His eyes, the tone of His voice as He asks you, Why are you troubled?

Tell Him.

All that concerns you, all that you fear, all that you’re holding onto.

He is listening with great attentiveness. He’s not waiting to get a word in. He has nowhere to be—there is nowhere else He would rather be.

When you finish speaking, He doesn’t scold or correct you. He doesn’t defend Himself or rush in with some generic platitude. Instead, like a masterful Physician pressing on a tender place, He asks another question. Why do questions arise in your heart?

Ask Him.

All the questions that have been keeping you up at night or spilling out over coffee with a friend. Every potential and possibility you’ve played out, the doubt that steadily chips away at your faith. Ask Him anything and everything.

Still He listens.

And when you’re spent from letting it all out, He leans in with such love it almost hurts.

Jesus is with you now. He’s been there all along. Listen to Him. Let Him speak kindness over you. He promises never to leave you. Look at the scars on His hands and feet. Proof that He has overcome it all. Every doubt, every fear, every sin—yes, even that situation that feels impossible—He has overcome it. And with Him, so will you.

Take a breath. Set aside time in your day to go through these exercises.

Beth Davis is a lover of Jesus, a recently retired youth minister, and the Director of Ministry Advancement for Blessed is She. She is passionate about teaching women how to develop an intimate relationship with Jesus and speaking hope to weary hearts. Her favorite things include being an aunt to her five fantastic niece and nephews, the Saint Name Generator, and whatever book she’s currently reading. You can find out more about her here.

17 Comments

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    Christina Gomes
    April 15, 2018 at 6:18 am

    ❤❤❤
    This is beautiful and just what i needed to read!! Blessings on you Beth and the blessed is she team!

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      Beth
      April 16, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you, friend!

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    Prov31wannabe
    April 15, 2018 at 8:59 am

    This. Thank you for this. Another tiny nugget of healing for me on the slog that is breast cancer. I, too, have scars. I have a tender place that needs pressing by The Physician. I have asked MANY questions, mostly of my doctors. I was a curious person to start with. I am a seeker! I love information! My questions have been perceived as arguing, disputing, over-thinking, and I’ve been chastised for asking them, when all I was wanting was INFORMATION. After all, I’ve never had cancer before. I’ve been slogging for two years now. It’s a little easier now than in the beginning. Many factors contribute to the progress, including blogs like Blessed Is She, which I only just discovered a couple months ago, not when the slog first started. Other helps come in the form of hot tea, coloring, robins, chocolate, a very supportive husband, bible journaling, hugs.
    Can you share the name of the book (and the author?) about the 307 questions Jesus asks? (Sounds like I am in good company!) I will look for it at my library. God Bless Y’all at BIS, and all of us followers, the ones who comment and the ones who don’t!

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      Beth
      April 16, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      Hi friend! Thank you so much for sharing a bit of your story with me/us. I will be praying for you as you continue this journey with much grace and trust.

      The book I referenced is called The Questions of Jesus by John Dear. I read it upwards of ten years ago, so I can’t really vouch for its Catholicity (since I don’t remember much!), but it really touched me at the time. It’s an interesting thing to study and prayerfully consider!

      God bless you, sister. 🙂

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    Priscila Nascimento Belmont
    April 15, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Maravilhoso!!!!

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    Bobbie
    April 15, 2018 at 10:59 am

    I’m going to print and save this

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      Beth
      April 16, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      So glad it resonated with you! That’s what I love about imaginative prayer… You can always go back!

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    Ieleen
    April 15, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you!!!!!! I loved your words.

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      Beth
      April 16, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      Thank you, Ieleen! God bless you!

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    Holly
    April 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    My son is very, very sick, and I don’t understand why. I don’t understand why some kids get to live and some don’t. I don’t understand how God can let this happen. I needed this tonight so badly. I’ll save it and read it again and again. Thank you!

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      Beth
      April 16, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      Holly, God bless you. This is such a painful thing you’re going through. Be assured of my prayers for you and your son. I’m asking Jesus and Mary to draw close to you.

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    Priscilla
    April 16, 2018 at 7:42 am

    My daughter was diagnoised with colon cancer three years and now with lung cancer . She has two teenager to finish raising. I found this column about a month ago. Love these thoughts. Thanks for sharing your talents. This particulate article about questions to ask God is great.

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      Beth
      April 16, 2018 at 5:39 pm

      So glad you’re here, Priscilla. And I’m so glad this devotion touched your heart. God loves you and your daughter (and her children!) so much! I’m praying you feel the peace of Christ and asking Him to heal her completely.

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    Vivian
    April 16, 2018 at 10:24 am

    I’m wondering what the name of the book is containing questions that Jesus asked in the Gospels? I took your meditation to my quiet hour with Jesus. Asking the questions that were in my heart, the same that were mentioned in your article. Receiving answers I hadn’t expected in ways that touched and healed me. Thank you!

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      Beth
      April 16, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      Hi Vivian! The book I referenced is called The Questions of Jesus by John Dear. I read it almost of ten years ago, so I can’t really vouch for its Catholicity (since I don’t remember much!), but it was helpful and insightful for me. A new way to consider my relationship with Jesus and enter into prayer. I LOVE that you prayed with it in the chapel. And I’m so glad you experienced His presence there. <3

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    Beth
    April 16, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Hi friend! Thank you so much for sharing a bit of your story with me/us. I will be praying for you as you continue this journey with much grace and trust.

    The book I referenced is called The Questions of Jesus by John Dear. I read it upwards of ten years ago, so I can’t really vouch for its Catholicity (since I don’t remember much!), but it really touched me at the time. It’s an interesting thing to study and prayerfully consider!

    God bless you, sister. 🙂

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    Prov31wannabe
    April 17, 2018 at 6:00 am

    Hey y’all, I’m so grateful and lucky to be in this thread of conversation. I’m praying for all of us! I’ll help you shoulder the load! Say, Beth, can we ask for a TrackBack feature on the BIS Blog, the next time the blog is improved/updated? You know, where we check a box and then subsequent commenters on a thread, we get notified that there are additional comments/answers? (My English Teacher would give that an “awk” for “awkward” in the margin.) awkward sentence structure

    In addition, guess what: i googled in the meantime, “307 Questions of Jesus” and I thought I had my answer: Jesus is the Question. The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered, by Martin B. Copenhaver. Who knew there are TWO books about Jesus and his Questions? I’m going to look for both/either at my library!

    I’m grateful for sisterhoods like this, where I can be a part of it from my living room recliner at 4:30 in the morning, wearing my robe and savoring my coffee. I learn so much, I am edified, redeemed, inspired, motivated, confirmed, validated, empowered, softened. At first I feel like “why bother [commenting] just keep your comments to yourself.” Then I dare, and I am rewarded beyond measure! Love y’all, gals and your peeps!

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