Thursday, April 22, 2010

My God Heals

This little darlin' was very sick by the time she came home at 3 years of age. She acted a year younger than she was, she had malaria at some point, and besides being hunger, sick and very weak, the BIGGY was Hep. B. This little darlin' grew up in a refugee camp (they now call them "displaced person's camp" looks the same to me - BAD!!!!).  She had a rough start I can tell you. However, our God is a God of HOPE. 
I really needed our book study, Praying The Names of God, this week. And this little darlin, Joeliana is a living witness to the truth of "The LORD Who Heals". 
As most of you know, it has been a hard week for my mother. On top of finding out that there is a new problem in her crushed leg, she has spent the last 3 days with a high fever...really SICK. I loved this verse from our study...a promise from His Word; "This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says' I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you." II Kings 20:5
Also, I felt the LORD showed me Psalm 71 this week; verses that pray "Forsake Me Not When My Strength Is Spent". Especially these verses "Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; For you, O LORD, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth. 
But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more.
O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim you wondrous deeds." (All of these are from Ps. 71)
See, I look at her...

...and where she was...

and I look at her...
...and where we are...
and though, mother I WOULD NEVER SAY YOU ARE OLD;
this verse if living in our family right now...
"So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come." Psalm 71:18
You see, my mother had cancer at one point and wasn't even sure if she would see children of her own.  My parents had not been able to get pregnant, then came cancer, then surgery, then A! My mother prayed she would live to be a witness of Gods goodness to her children. After my birth and my brothers birth, no more babies came. However, not only did my mother live to bless me, she is now blessing and teaching "another generations"...her grandchildren. And some of the grandchildren have already come through some pretty difficult and painful things. 
And so, my precious ones, tonight may we all remember that from "our youth" to "old age", HE IS our YAHWEH ROPHE- The LORD Who Heals; and somewhere in that TRUTH and that PROMISE, we rest, and pray and tell the next generation that His love and goodness and healing is there for us all. 
Thank you, Mom and Dad for living this before me every day of my life...with you both beside us, Steve and I will "proclaim Your might to another generation".
"My Precious Yahweh Rophe, please heal my precious mother!"


  1. Beautifully written. I'm trusting with you that HE can heal her. :) Love,love the pictures!!

  2. Hallelujah! You got us shoutin' over here!

  3. Jehovah Rophe is a name of God I pray to often living with MS and lupus...God is also faithful to heal our minds from worry and distraction. Praying for your mom. You have a beautiful family!

  4. Beautiful Shonni!

    AMEN! Praying with you for your Mom and daughter!

    Lots of love,

  5. Shonni,
    Your post made me cry. How fortunate you are that the Lord has blessed you with a mother that walks in faith and is a shining example of Christ's love in your family. And your darlin angel Joeliana, praise God you can see the light in her eyes, I did not know she was in a refugee camp what an incredible story she will have to tell of the healing of our God.
    I will be praying for your mother.

    Blessings :)

  6. Shonni,

    Praying for you today. And thank you for this post...I needed it today!

    Praying that God would heal your mother in a profound way. In a way that only He can and in a way that would leave us in awe of His grace and power!


  7. A beautiful testimony of God's wonderous grace!! One to hold on to in times of trouble!

  8. He is so FAITHFUL!!!!!

    Praying for your Mom!

  9. He is able.....
    God's healing......


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