Prayerfully Speaking

Hope from the Truths of God's Word

Seeing Beyond the Circumstances

Matthew 6:25-27 NLT

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

I glanced outside my office window this week and noticed the bird feeder covered in snow.  I thought, “I would be worried for the birds if I didn’t know and believe  the above verse in Matthew”. It was a casual thought – a comforting thought. I smiled and felt thankfulness for the measure of faith God has given me.

Today I am practicing this faith for my friend Joanne Heim and her family. She is a young, energetic, creative, godly woman. She is the wife of a wonderful man dedicated to Christ. She is the mother of two beautiful girls. She’s an author, a blogger, a student, a homeschool mom, and she’s remarkably beautiful – inside and out.  Yesterday she experienced a major stroke. (You can read what happened here and get updates from her husband here.)

This is what I know:

  • God has been in the healing business longer than any of us have known Joanne. Each time I think of her need of healing, I think of Elijah laying over the body of the widow’s child and crying out to the Lord “Oh, Lord, please let this child’s life return to him“. God answered his prayer, and the woman KNEW he was God’s man.

This is my prayer:

“Lord, please let the life of Joanne’s brain and body be completely restored. Breathe your healing power into her. Let us see your power. We will never cease to give you the credit.I speak the name of Jesus into Joanne Heim.

I invite all the power of Heaven to invade her circumstances. I believe You are able and I wait and watch to see You complete the good plan you have for Joanne Heim. I stand on Your promises and believe in You. I see it done. You have been with us this far.

You provide for birds. I trust you to provide all that is needed for Joanne and her family. Let it be so, Lord. ”

Please pray with me.

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

12 Replies

  1. Louanne Dietrich

    Beautifully told. I stand with you on the Word of the Almighty regarding Joanne’s complete healing. Praying for this sweet family.

  2. She is beautiful in all ways, isn’t she? I saw her today and in spite of it all-still lovely. Can’t wait to see those eyes open.

  3. I saw that you posted this on Joanne’s facebook page… it is beautiful. I don’t know Joanne in real life, but she has inspired me over the last few years… praying for her with you.

  4. Beautifully said and prayed. Kneeling with you before the throne.

  5. i’m praying with you. fervently. faithfully. with love and devotion for our Heavenly Father.

  6. Big

    God grant your servant your healing grace, through your will dear God and the love of your Son, Jesus, restore her to a measure of health that will be pleasing to you. Comfort her in her affliction and strenghten her family during this time of trial, in all things dear God bestow upon them all your Peace – all this I ask in the name of your son Jesus. Amen.

  7. Nicole Pufall

    I am praying for Joanne. Loved this, Jennifer.

  8. Sandy and Kay Steward

    Thank you Lord for what you are already doing in Joanne’s brain and body. We know you are never idle, you are constantly “working all things together for the good of those who love you” (Rom 8:26) and we thank you. Be with her husband and daughters and give them the peace of knowing that You are Sovereign and that you hold Joanne sweetly and tenderly in the palm of Your hands. We ask You for complete healing for Joanne in The Name of Jesus.

  9. Jim

    Prayers are being sent. May God comfort your entire family and friends during this setback.

  10. Agreeing with you in prayer, Jennifer, on behalf of Joanne & her family.

  11. Tammy Goodbrake

    Dear Lord, hear our prayer for our sister Joann’s circumstances. We trust that Your will is being done in her life and those surrounding her. Lord, please comfort her loved ones now and bless them with that peace and assurance beyond all understanding. We seek your healing for Joann now Father. We surrendor your precious child to you Father and trust that you will reveal your perfect plan for her life.

  12. Just came back across this.  Our God is good!