It’s Ascension Day – and we have much to celebrate!

Why you and I should celebrate Ascension Day.

Did you know that today is a special holiday?  We have something wonderful to celebrate today – the Ascension of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Personally, I hadn’t given this day much thought until the last few years.

We all know that Christmas is when we celebrate Jesus’ birth into this groaning world in desperate need of Salvation.  Then, there is Easter where we focus on the cross and the
reason Jesus Christ became a man.  {The Reason?  Jesus went to the cross on our behalf, so that we could live Loved, Redeemed, Forgiven, and Secured.  Making the life-changing decision to accept that Jesus Christ died for you, defeated death, and rose on the third day – That’s what it means to “be saved”… to be saved FROM sin, self, destruction, and eternal separation from God, who loves you so!… and to be saved TO a beautiful purpose, a clean slate, eternal security, and the sheer Peace and Joy that comes in not being the only one who cares about the details of your life. (Read this  if you want to know how to receive Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.)}

We readily celebrate Christmas and Easter.  But there is another day that should mean a great deal to those of us who belong to Jesus Christ.  It is the 40th day after Easter… the day that  Jesus ascended into Heaven.  In fact, I’m realizing that the way I celebrate Easter should actually continue until this day.   Why?  Because the life I’m living would be without purpose and hope if it hadn’t been for what Jesus did on the Cross.

It’s what we celebrate during Easter that is life-altering for those who believe.  Yet, we tend to quickly dismiss this “Easter” celebration so shortly afterward.  I’ve been guilty of this for most of my life.  But not this year.

After reading Barbara Rainey’s blog post, Why I like Easter better than ChristmasI realized how important it is to continue to bask in the miraculous joy that is ours because of the victory Jesus took over death.  I still have our “Rejoice” banner hanging from the fire place, and the decorative eggs are still in their baskets around my home.  Every time I see them I am reminded that 1) Jesus is alive and victorious over sin and death! and 2) Because of Jesus’ victory and the fact that He is now living within me, I, too, can be victorious over sin and it’s decaying effects in my life and relationships.  Praise the Lord!

The Bible tells us that after the resurrection, Jesus spent an additional 40 days on this earth preparing His followers for their future, both on this globe and in Heaven.

During the forty days after he suffered and died, he (Jesus) appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.”Acts 1:3

Acts 1 continues to tell us:

Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 1:4-5


But the disciples were still focused on earthly kingdoms.  (Oh… aren’t we SO like them???)

So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?”  Acts 1:6

And on this day, for one last time, Jesus patiently reminded his followers not to worry so much about the temporal things of life.  God had those things covered. (See Matthew 6:25-34)  Instead, on this day He issued them a greater purpose and focus – a call to do Kingdom work – to be his witnesses, even in difficult and unfamiliar places that might take them all the way to the ends of the earth.

He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Acts 1:7-8

Then this happened:

After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him.  Acts 1:9

Can you imagine what these Christ-followers were thinking?  Were they standing there dumb-founded?  I would have been.  So God, in His grace and understanding of the human heart, sent another blessed assurance to them:

10 As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them.11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”  Acts 1:10-11 (NLT)

On the 40th day after Easter, Jesus returned to Heaven to take His rightful place as King (Rev. 19:6) over Heaven and Earth.  And all who live through Him from that day on are awaiting His glorious return.

Actually, Jesus had spoken about this ascension to His followers many times before, but they just didn’t “get it” yet.

In John 16:28 Jesus said, “I came from the Father into the world, but I am leaving the world and returning to the Father.”

But the Christ-followers of that day were focused on what they could see right in front of them, wanting Jesus to solve their immediate problems with their earthly enemies.  (Is anyone besides me relating to this today?)  By the grace of God, Jesus had a greater plan.

In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you.  John 14:2

In John 17:7 Jesus also said,

 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away;
for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you;
but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you
[to be in close fellowship with you].

John 16:7  (AMP)



So… WHY should we celebrate on this Ascension Day?

Because Jesus is victoriously seated on His Throne, we enjoy these privileges while living on this earth.


  1.  We have someone praying for us.  Always.  Even if we think no one else ever prays for us, Jesus is doing so right now.  What a blessing!!!  What a gift!!!
    Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.  Hebrews 7:25 (AMPC)
     {emphasis, mine}
  2. We have the presence of the Holy Spirit living within us, comforting, guiding, reminding, and convicting us.  We aren’t alone!

    But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.

    27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]  John 14:26-27 (AMPC)

  3. We have the promise that this world is not all there is to life.  Jesus is preparing a place for us in Heaven with Him… and those to whom Christ is Lord will live with Him forever!

    Jesus said to his disciples, “Don’t be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me. 
    There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I wouldn’t tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you. After I have done this, I will come back and take you with me. Then we will be together.  John 14:1-3 (CEV)


HOW can we celebrate on Ascension Day?

Barbara Rainey offers these 5 ideas for children and family celebrations on her blog, EverThineHome.  

For me, I want to spend this day thanking Jesus for His life, for humbling Himself to become a man, for loving me enough to die in my place, and for making a way for me to live eternally in Heaven.  (Philippians 2: 5-11 and John 3:16-17)

Also, I am recommitting the focus of my life to be about God’s Kingdom… I want to embrace a Kingdom mindset while living as a stranger and alien among this planet. (1 Peter 1:1-3)  I am continuing to learn that

In the Kingdom of God
{Which is from now on to be my
frame of reference for the world in which I live}

God has given each of us
that are unique to us –
Steward them well
as we Serve Jesus Christ
and Influence the world around us.

My “JOB” is to remain humble, available, obedient, and praying
while I steward well the present place God has me –

“Living faithfully is a large enough task for today.”
Mathew 6:34 (VOICE)



This year it will be one of those quiet celebrations of the heart – with gratitude and renewed joy in the life God has called me to live right where He has placed me for such a time as this.  (Acts 17:25-28 and Esther 4:14)

How about you?  Will you join me in the celebration of the life you have in Jesus because He is reigning eternally in Heaven?

30 There are also many other signs (attesting miracles) that Jesus performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;31 but these have been written so that you may believe [with a deep, abiding trust] that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed), the Son of God; and that by believing [and trusting in and relying on Him] you may have life in His name.  John 20:30-31


I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”  John 16:33 (MSG)

After the Lord Jesus had charged the disciples in this way, He was taken up into heaven and seated at the right hand of God.  
Mark 16:19

With deep joy and gratitude, Happy Ascension Day, my friends!





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Encouragement – Especially if you are in a Storm.

Seven years ago today James officially started his new position at First Baptist Church in Cleveland, Mississippi. The kids and I we’re staying back in Nashville so they could finish the school year, and on this May 1st Sunday morning, the skies opened up and dropped down, eventually causing flooding in our home town. 

I will always remember this particular set of days as the “week of the flood.”  It was such an uncertain certain time, if that makes any sense, both personally and city wide. The flood of fear & destruction all around was overarched by the flood of God’s faithfulness and love. The Walkers watched The Lord do on a grander scale in the Nashville area just what had happened in our own family’s life as He allowed the storms to keep coming and the flood waters to rise, all while continuing to carry and care for those who were calling out to Him for help. 

What a Mighty God we serve!(*1) How grateful I am that His plans are so much higher than anything I can think of! (*2) God is always watching over His people (*3), and is actually walking WITH us in the midst of the storm (*4). We are NEVER alone (*4). Blessed be His name (*5)! 

Best part: As Ecclesiastes 3:11 promises, “…God makes everything beautiful in His time.” Seven years after the flood in Nashville, you would never know that the city had been hit (unless you happen to smell a few musty basements! Haha). It has vibrantly recovered. And so have we. 

Seven years here in Cleveland, MS. It seems like God used a storm and flood of His own choosing to loosen our grip on the life we thought we would always be living so He could wash us down the MS river and settle us in this wonderful MS Delta town. 

God’s ways are higher than ours. Always. All ways.    (PS: feel free to grab and print the pic below if you need a reminder of this truth for yourself!)

God's Ways are higher than our ways. All Ways.

May 1st begins the week of the flood in my mind and heart, the beginning of the end of a storm God used to get us where He wanted us to be… for our good and His glory. 

A storm which caused us, who have walked with Him for so long, to question with affectionate awe, “Who is this that even the winds and water obey Him?” (Mt 8:27) And we’ve just begun to learn that He is King Jesus.

Through the storms God has allowed us to go through, we know Him a million times deeper than we did a decade ago.  And through those storms on the horizon, I expect to know Him in even more intimate ways after passing through.

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He brought them out of their distresses.

He hushed the storm to a gentle whisper,
So that the waves of the sea were still.

Then they were glad because of the calm,
And He guided them to their desired haven (harbor).

Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonderful acts to the children of men!

Let them exalt Him also in the congregation of the people,
And praise Him at the seat of the elders.

Psalm 107:28-32 (AMP) 

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his compassion and love and kindness endure forever!  Psalm 107:1

He is our trustworthy Savior. Is He asking you to follow Him through a storm today?

Who is this that even the winds and water obey Him?

The Lord your God

wins victory after victory
    and is always with you.
He celebrates and sings
    because of you,
and he will refresh your life
    with his love.”
Zephaniah 3:17 (CEV)

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
    “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so my ways are higher than your ways
    and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT)

The LORD himself watches over you!
The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade.
Psalm 121:5 (NLT)

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)

Blessed be the name of the LORD now and forever.
Psalm 113:2 (NLT)









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It’s been 17 years now… The Story of How God Healed Me

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Dearest Readers,
When I started this blog almost 10 years ago, I made a promise to the Lord that for as long as He allows me to live and write, I’d keep posting the story of How God Healed Me every April 1st – certainly not for my glory or touting but for His alone!!!  Though some are celebrating April Fool’s Day, I’m celebrating the anniversary of the Lord blowing wide open my expectations of Him, healing my sick body, and restoring my life and family.  So with the greatest gratitude and joy, it’s my honor to retell this most amazing miracle that happened to my family and me seventeen years ago today.



I still can hardly think of it without my eyes growing heavy with grateful tears, and my pleas lifting to the Lord on behalf of those longing to have a similar story…

Why me? I still wonder. Only God knows, while I remain humbly in awe.  And I still wrestle with a gazillion questions like these: Why not my dad when he needed it most?  What do I say to others who are desperate to be healed and haven’t been yet?  What about those you don’t heal?  What do I say to them or their loved ones?

I don’t claim to have these answers, but soon after this miracle, the Lord helped me get a tiny grasp on the truth that I won’t ever truly understand the multifaceted purposes of the Lord in this miracle.  I bet you thought I was going to reveal something profound. wink.  But it IS profound!  We will NEVER fully understand God’s “yes, no, wait” ways and purposes – that are so much higher than our finite minds can comprehend!  (Isaiah 55:8-9)  What we CAN know for sure is that God will never leave us or forsake us, and that He will use everything for our good and His glory – everything!!!  (Heb. 13:5b, Romans 8:28)

On this day 17 years ago, as the Lord would so graciously work it out, someone made a picture of me (and a few characters in my life – haha) and sent it to me (see above).  Little did this young mama know how her world would change within just a mere hours from posing for this photo.  I left this event sick, and before I walked into my front door that same afternoon, I was well.  Praise the Lord!!!

For as long as I live, I’ll never get over the overwhelming sense of gratitude to God for what He has done for my family and me. I don’t deserve it. In fact, we were living a fine life without it. God was our Strength, Provider, and Joy. He was enough. But He gave us so much more than “enough.”  Right now, there are several of you on my heart who are desperate for the Lord to work a miracle and bring healing to you or your loved ones lives.

I’ve been praying for you, sweet friends. And I’ve asked the Lord to use His story of His healing of me to strengthen and encourage you as you wait upon Him.

“With man, it may be impossible. But not with God. With God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

To share my story, I’m reprinting an article I wrote back in 2001 for the Lifeway magazine “The Minister’s Family“. I had written an article the year before called “Answering the Call (of being a minister’s wife) When the Phone is Out of Order.” In that publication, I shared how the Lord had helped and enabled me to be a minister’s wife, mom, and serve Him beside my husband in our church(es), while living with major physical limitations.

By the time that article was published, the Lord had healed me! So, I wrote a followup article that was printed the next year. It’s called “I Am Now A Leaping Cow”. 🙂

The name comes from Malachi 4:2, which is the verse the Lord gave me on the day He healed me. “But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves [released] from the stall and leap for joy.”

That’s exactly what I did! Here is my story…. I am Now a Leaping Cow!

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Do you need encouragement that God STILL does miracles? This blog post shares a miraculous healing story with verses to cling to when you need a miracle.

“I Am Now a Leaping Cow” Article by Jennifer Crawford Walker


Do you need encouragement that God STILL does miracles? This blog post shares a miraculous healing story with verses to cling to when you need a miracle.




“Answering the Call (of being a minister’s wife) When The ‘Phone’ is Out of Order” was the story of my life. At the age of thirteen, I knew that God had called me to be a minister’s wife, a mother, and an encourager of women. But four years later, I had a severe case of Mononucleosis, which was the catalyst that started me on a downward spiral with my health.

I went from a life of marching band, tennis, cheerleading, and power walking to hardly being able to walk up porch steps. During some periods of life, I would be stronger than at other times, but life as I had known and imagined was changed forever!

For fourteen years weakness was a daily companion, but Jesus was my Faithful Friend. He NEVER left me with a need. He gave me strength every day to do the things He had called me to do. He planed and grew a husband just for me – one with the motivational gift of service! He allowed me to have two children, and provided care for them everyday – either through giving me strength, or allowing my husband to work from home, or sending friends to step in when we didn’t know how we would get through the day.

When our four year old (additional insert here: who is now 20 1/2) was a baby, I became really weak and couldn’t lift him. God worked a miracle and sent us a home-schooled girl who tithed her time to help us. She came into our home to care for our son, and I would help her with her lessons. We were overwhelmed at God’s detailed provisions for our every need.

Daily, God reminded us of His love and of His promise in Hebrews 13:5 “…be satisfied with your present circumstances and with what you have; for God Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down (relax my hold on you)! Assuredly not!”

As a family, we clung to His promise and began to accept this “thorn” as what God would use to bring me into His likeness, and to bring others to Himself. There were days when Jesus helped me honestly thank Him for being physically weak, because He really did make His strength visible in my frailty (2 Cor. 12:7-10). I soon learned that anything I accomplished (even the task of brushing my own teeth) was really Jesus in me and through me. I could do nothing without His power.

After nine years of going from doctor to doctor, and being labeled with one diagnosis after another (Epstein Barr and Multiple Sclerosis, being a few of them), the Lord led us to some doctors in Nashville, TN.  They discovered that I had a different form of fibromyalgia, a disease in the rheumatoid family. (another 2017 insert here: At this time, fibromyalgia was just beginning to be accepted as a true disease.  Up until this point, people were told it was something in their minds.  I was part of a clinical study at Vanderbilt research hospital where they were trying to get a handle on this disease.  For me, it had become debilitating.  Though we had a general name, there was no specific medicine or treatment to help like there is today.  Back then, we just took a sleep medicine at night.)  There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but the symptoms can be eased with medication, exercise, and healthy eating habits. We were so thankful to have a name for the physical problems that had been plaguing me since high school!

God continued to strengthen and sustain me year after year. Many times I would call out to Him to use doctors, medicine, exercise, vitamins, magnets, or the latest health craze to heal me. His answer was always a loving “No, but I will never leave you without help and support (Heb. 13:5).”

Along with Scripture, God used a quote from the movie, The Robe to encourage me to joyfully embrace the life He had allowed me to live. An unbelieving Marcellis questioned a paralyzed woman who found peace and faith in Jesus:

“You say He could work miracles, but He left you as He found you.” She gently replied, “I used to wonder at that myself, until faith taught me the answer. He could have healed my body, and then it would have been natural for me to laugh and sing. And then I came to understand that He had done something even better for me. He had chosen me for His work. He’d left me as I am so that all others like me might know that their misfortune needn’t deprive them of happiness within His kingdom.”

Jesus, His Names, His Words, and His Promises became sweeter to me every day. When I let Him do as He desired with my day, He always lifted me, walked with me, carried me, loved me, encouraged me, supported me and held my hand. Jesus became my Rock, Provider, Anchor, Protector, Daddy, Joy, Teacher, Leader, Lover, and Friend.

I wish I could say that I walked obediently filled with Him every day, but I didn’t. Yet He remained Faithful and True. He kept His promise to never leave nor forsake me – even when I grumbled, complained, cried and demanded answers from Him. (Job 38 through 42:6 are sure fixes for a demanding spirit toward God!)…

In February and March of 2000, God led seven special friends, who for years had been faithful prayer warriors on my behalf, to call me and tell me the same things. They each felt led to ask me, “What do you believe about God healing you?”

Without praying and asking God to help me answer that question, I would quickly give the reply, “I’ve asked God to heal me, but for now, His grace is enough, and He will be my strength.”

After the seventh call, my husband and I “got the message” and decided to ASK GOD what He had for me in the way of healing. God led me to a scripture study in Matthew 17 where the disciples asked Jesus why they were not able to do the work that Jesus had sent them out to do. In verses 21-22, Jesus explained to them about the seriousness of faith, and consecration to the Father by prayer and fasting.

I began to pray and fast, although I didn’t go on any 40 day fast. I didn’t even go on a three day fast. I would fast when the Lord would tell me to, but because I didn’t do a “marathon” fast, I didn’t expect God to work a miracle in my life. (Truly, I know better than to think that anything I do is ever good enough for me to gain God’s approval, or astonishing enough to twist His arm to do what I want Him to do. – But my actions showed that I still chose to put limitations on God and on what He could and would do for me.)

To be honest, I was praying and wanting God to heal me, but only in the ways I deemed appropriate for today. In the past, I have rolled my spiritual eyes at people who talked of being healed, as if they are just a little bit more peculiar than I am. Of course I would always respond with words like, “Wow! That’s Great! God is still in the miracle working business! Praise the Lord!!!” But in my heart, I would be thinking, “I’ll just wait and see if it really works before I will believe it.”

However, on April 1, 2000, God humbled me, went beyond my limited belief in Him, and worked a miracle in my life. On a regular day, going about my regular business, God interrupted my life, and brought healing to my body!

Do you need encouragement that God STILL does miracles? Read the story of how God healed me 17 years ago and be encouraged that He still does miracles today.

I was visiting with my sister and a friend of hers at “A Taste of Heaven” Tea room, when God used the owner, Benita, to speak His words of Scripture to me. I had accepted “MY illness as MY thorn”, but God was saying to me that this was NOT “MY” illness, but “His tool”. He whispered in my heart, “This is the day that I will heal you. Humble yourself before Me.” I bowed my head and said “Lord, I believe, Help my unbelief!”

Then for the first time ever, I asked God to heal me without adding any suggestions of my own.

As we prayed, and as I let go of all preconceived ideas about how God could work in my life, He healed me!!!

I experienced a heat that coursed through my body, and when I lifted my head, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I had been healed! My legs no longer hurt, my arms and hands no longer hung limply at my sides. I cried and laughed for joy at the same time!!! I jumped around and my legs didn’t bother me at all! God had restored my body, and I felt better than I had in 14 years. I felt like a teenager again!!! Praise the Lord!!!

On that day, I met my Savior as my Healer, and He made me well!! I can not find adequate words to express my excitement and joy, and my amazement and awe that God would choose to reveal Himself to me in this way!!! I am bursting to tell everyone that He really does still do miracles!

As soon as I returned home, I asked my Healer for a verse to commemorate the beginning of this new stage of life for me. He led me to Malachi 4:2, “But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in his wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and *gambol like calves released from the stall and leap for joy.” (Amplified version) *Gambol = skipping and leaping about in play! I am a leaping calf, and thrilled to be called one!!!

I am studying every scripture passage I can find that contains words about healing. I have so many questions. But I know that as I keep on seeking God and His wisdom, He will continue teaching me what He wants me to know and understand. At this point, I can only share four things that my Lord has illumined to me about His healings.

1. Only God heals (not man, not methods, nor medicine), but if God so chooses, He can use man, methods, and/or medicine. (Isaiah 57:18-19; 2 Kings 2:19-22; 20:5-7)

2. God may not choose to heal our bodies, but always chooses to be and do exactly what we need. ( 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Hebrews 13:5)

3. When God chooses to heal, it is NOT because we are “spiritual enough” or have done anything to deserve it. He heals only because of His great love, and His majestic mercy. He chooses to heal for His glory, and for His name’s sake. (Psalm 30:2-5, Jeremiah 17:14)   (2017 insert here:  God did not heal me for me.  He healed me because from April 1st, 2000 on, He knew that He could and would receive more glory through my body being restored than He could from it being weak.  God had plans to use this body for something different from that date on, and strength and wellness were a part of that plan.  He healed me for His sake and His work.  Because we are trying to live for the Kingdom of God here on this earth, my family and I are simply enjoying the side benefits of God needing this body to be well, after the years of using it sick.)

4. God always heals the broken hearted. Through His Words, His Unconditional love, and His forgiveness by way of His Son, hurt hearts can be mended, and diseased lives can be made whole. (Isaiah 53:3-5, Psalm 107:19-20)

The Lord used a lesson from Beth Moore’s Bible study, Breaking Free, to help me grasp the balance between faith and healing. “Christ is fully God. He can heal anyone or perform any wonder, whether the belief of the person is great or small. Christ isn’t asking us to believe in our ability to exercise unwavering faith. He is asking us to believe that He is able.” (week 3, day 1, pg. 55)

How I so desire that every sick person would be healed! Yet Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us that God’s ways and plans for us are so much higher and better than the best we can dream-up and design. Jesus loves you so much, and is at the Father’s right hand interceding for you this very moment (Romans 8:34).

Jesus told the disciples in Luke 10:20 that the only thing to truly rejoice in is the fact that He has saved us, and that our names are written in Heaven. If for no other reason than this, please join me in leaping for joy at being released from the stall of sin to the vastness of victory in Jesus!

Are you in need of a physical healing?

2 Corinthians 4:16-17 is an encouragement to look to God and His workings in and through our weaknesses and pains.

“Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day. For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!], since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.” (AMP Bible)

If you are physically broken:
• Refuse to be defeated,
• give your body (pains and all) to God to use for His glory,
• daily remember that God will NEVER LEAVE YOU HELPLESS!! (Heb. 13:5)

Does your heart need to be healed?

Jesus said, “The ‘Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity]” (Luke 4:18, Amplified Bible). Jesus is the Healer of broken hearts.

If you are heart-broken:
• Release your heart to Him,
• read His Words of love,
• Trust Him to put you back together day by day, and piece by piece.

Every day that our Lord tarries can be a day for Him to work in and through our lives so that others will see who He is, and come to know Him as Savior and as Wonderful Daddy Lord (2 Peter 3:8-9).

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There it is… That’s my story… I can honestly say that if the Lord had chosen to allow us to live with that sickness for the rest of our lives, He would have continued to help us and live through us, and He truly would have been enough! Inspite of all of the struggles, we had a wonderful life, because we have a wonderful Lord!

I pray that if you are in need of a miracle today, you’ll see that you actually already have one. You are still living and breathing, and The Lord has not left you, nor has He forsaken you (Heb. 13:5). He loves you, cares deeply about you, and nothing is impossible for Him!… Nothing!

I also want to encourage you to remember that the Lord’s purposes, timing, and ways are so much higher than ours.  Because He loves you so, if you are surrendered to living for His glory, the very MOMENT He can best be glorified through your body in a different way, He WILL act and change your body to that different way. Until then, know that He is working in you, and through you for His glory in the mightiest of ways as you continue to live totally dependent upon Him.  It’s all about His glory and where He can shine the brightest through our lives.  

There is never a dull moment in a life of trusting in the Lord. He is always faithful to those who trust in Him, {especially} when He doesn’t do what it is that WE think He should. God is good, all the time… And today, though I’m no longer sick with that disease, we Walkers continue to walk in places of blind trust and through seasons of severe waiting on Him in areas of a faith-stretching-God-glorifying life.

Honestly? If I had to choose between a life of ease that would keep me from getting to know the Lord intimately through trials, or a life peppered with difficulties that throw me into His arms and push me to seek His face in order to make it another day…  I’d choose the life of trials.  Every time.  Because that’s how I’ve come to know and love the Lord, and experience the reality that He loves me.

I am praying that the Lord will take these words and use them in your life, for His glory. And, I’m praying for you, friends… and thanking the Lord for what He is doing in each of you.  Leave a comment if there is a specific way I can be praying for you, and I promise to do it.

Always God is good.

Always, God is good. Always God is faith-FULL.  Always Praise the Lord.







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