Transformation Garden

Sign Up For Your FREE Bookmark & Daily Devotional

Biblical stories of eighteen New Testament women who Jesus encouraged, empowered, and loved.

When a Woman meets Jesus, BookHow could a man who had no wife, no children, no home, no job, no money, and wandered the hills of Judea with twelve men relate to women of his time, much less women in the 21st century?

That's the question that led author, Dorothy Valc√°rcel, to search for biblical women whose lives intersected with Jesus. As she explored the lives of every woman Jesus met, she discovered that they faced many of the same challenges women encounter today.

Available on:
Barnes and Noble

Devotional Week 10, 2019 Tuesday

Week 10 Tuesday

March 5, 2019



“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”            

Psalm 119: 105





How To Handle Stress: 5 Lessons from the Life of Jesus


Lesson #3: Take time for Edification.


“Edification” – Intellectual, moral or spiritual improvement and enlightenment. Instruction.


“The Bible should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet.  It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s guide, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, the Christian’s character.”

Author Unknown


Have I found comfort and peace by studying God’s Word?





“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom…and all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.”

Luke 2: 40, 46-48



            The text we begin our “Inspiration” with today was written by Dr. Luke, one of Jesus’ disciples, and he was relating the experience of Jesus as a young boy -- only 12-years-old -- when in the temple in Jerusalem He astonished the teachers with His knowledge of Scripture. In fact, the word “amazed” in Greek, meant – these learned men were “struck with astonishment” by the wisdom of the child – Jesus.


            Throughout Jesus’ ministry, we find people amazed at His knowledge of the Scriptures.  Obviously, as Jesus’ taught on the hills, in homes and in the Synagogue, His constant reference to the writings of the Old Testament prophets made it apparent to all who came to listen that the study of God’s Word was essential to His life.  If the Son of God found such instruction so critical, how much more can you and I benefit from time spent in the Word of God.


            The well-known evangelist Charles Spurgeon, encouraging his listeners to study God’s Word noted: “You know more about your ledgers, than your Bible; you know more about your magazines and novels than what God has written; many of you will read a novel from the beginning to the end and what have you got?  A mouthful of foam when you are done.  But you cannot read the Bible; that solid, lasting, substantial, and satisfying food goes uneaten, locked up in the cupboard of neglect; while anything that a (person) writes, a best seller of the day is greedily devoured.”


            Several years ago, while discussing the Bible with a friend, she informed me in no uncertain terms that she thought the Bible was an “absolute bore.”  Then she asked me an interesting question.  She said, “Tell me, Dorothy, what do you find in the Bible that brings you so much comfort and peace?”  Thankfully, I could tell her about times in my life when God’s Word has lightened my load; lifted my downcast spirit; and calmed my frayed nerves.  It is my hope you, too, will find the Word of God to be a solace for the stress you encounter every day.

            But in order for us to be “edified” or instructed by God’s Word, we must commit time to studying this Heavenly gift. As R.A. Torrey so eloquently wrote, “One must look a long time at the great masterpieces of art to appreciate their beauty…so one must look a long time at the great verses of the Bible to appreciate their beauty.”


            Lesson #3 in combating the effects of stress in everyday life is revealed in Jesus’ reliance and study of God’s Word. We, too, can find, in the prayerful study of the Bible, heaven’s answer to the hectic pace of a busy life.


            I love our affirmation today.  It’s called “God’s Emergency Numbers.” If you ever feel your life is ready to boil over, do what Charles Spurgeon advised, “Draw the honey out of the comb of Scripture, and live on its sweetness.”




             God’s Emergency Numbers


“When in sorrow – call John 14

When you are lonely or fearful – call Psalm 23

When you want to be fruitful – call John 15

When you have sinned – call Psalm 51

When you grow bitter and critical – call I Corinthians 13

When you worry – call Matthew 6: 19-34

When you feel down and out – call Romans 8: 31-39

When your prayers grow selfish – call Psalm 67

When you are in danger – call Psalm 91

When your faith needs stirring – call Hebrews 11

When God seems far away – call Psalm 139

When others fail you – call Psalm 27

When you leave home to labor or travel – call Psalm 121

When you want assurance – call Romans 1: 1-30

For Paul’s secret of happiness – call Colossians 3: 12-17

When the word seems bigger than God – call Psalm 70 and Jeremiah 33: 3

If you believe in Jesus Christ call Him up”

Author Unknown




Your friend,


Dorothy Valcarcel, Author

When A Woman Meets Jesus



 P. S. Thank you so much for the gifts you send to Transformation Garden which continue to assist our ministry here in the United States and in 192 countries around the world.  100% of your donation goes directly to providing for our daily devotionals and gift bookmarks. Transformation Garden is a non-profit organization so your gift is tax-deductible and you will receive a receipt for any gift you send. 


Also, if you should happen to miss a devotional for some reason, you can go to and you will find archived devotionals.  

My book, When A Woman Meets Jesus, is available wherever books are sold and on the internet at or by calling toll-free, 1-800-Christian.  Thank you so much for your support of Transformation Garden.