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A Picture of Health


I want my children to be healed. All of them. From breathing problems, to heart problems, to joint and leg pain, to special diets, from foot pain to bone disease. I'm tired of sickness. I'm tired of praying about it. I'm tired of talking about it. Enough already!


The other afternoon while waiting on Elijah to finish rehearsal, I tearfully sat reading my Bible. Other moms were around, some talking, some reading. Some were staring at me. I didn't even care.


Father, it's just not fair! Why do my kids have to be so sick? Why can't Jonah run without pain like other 10 year old boys? Why did Chase have to quit gymnastics? Why does it hurt him to run and jump? Why can't Brooklyn even draw in enough breath to sing? Singing is her love, her calling! Would the enemy take this too? I know our dear oldest son is also suffering. How many times do I have to pray for you to heal my children? Aren't you hearing me?


As my tears stained the pages, I began to turn page after page of my Bible looking for times when Jesus healed. I read each one, Gospel after Gospel. I listened to each pleading heart…


Lord, have mercy on my son!


Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly…


Have mercy on us, Son of David!


My little girl is dying, please come and put your hands on her, so that she will be healed and live!


But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.


In each of these instances, Jesus responded. I mean, He healed. Why wouldn't He heal my children?


At first, when all these sicknesses started falling on our kids, I didn't pray for healing much. I just kept looking to the Father, knowing that He was in control. Oh, occasionally I would whisper through my tears, Father help us! Keep us strong! Hide us under the shadow of Your wings!


I was determined to trust Him. I still want to trust Him! But my heart is breaking over the suffering these past few weeks. I want to be strong. I don't know if I can be.


Maybe I'm not as tough as I thought I was. And what about our children? They are hurting too. Four out of our five biological children are struggling with pain and serious illness.


That's when Elijah, our fifth biological child, realized his suffering and sickness. Late one night.


"Mommy, I need Jesus. I don't want to wait any longer. I know I need Him as my Savior."


Can a 7 year old really understand? This one did. I knew he was serious when he knelt beside my bed and tearfully prayed his own prayer, giving his heart to Jesus, for the rest of his life…


…the ultimate healing.


That's when I realized that God was answering. He is bringing health to my children! He has heard my prayers!


Early in the morning, I see her. Whether she can breathe easily or not, whether she has chest pain or not, she is there. Bible open, praying to the Father, looking to Him for help. Brooklyn seeks Him. She loves the Father. She trusts Him. Health.


Chase spends hours learning guitar and praise music. He loves to sing to the Father. He loves to worship. He reads his Bible each morning and prays to the Father. Health.


Jonah is burdened for our neighbors. He prays for them daily. He watches for them to come out of their houses so that he can speak a kind word. I hear him in the early mornings, reading the Bible aloud in his room. Health.


Now Elijah knows Him.




Father, forgive me.


Why am I focusing so much on the physical? How could I forget what is most important? It's true, I want my children to have strong hearts and legs, feet and lungs! Oh, how I want them to live long and normal lives on earth! But that's not Your goal, is it?


You look deeply inside -- not at the connective tissue, not at the bones and marrow, not even at the airways and heart rates.
You are looking at the heart that beats for You.


And You have brought healing to them. Even as I've been praying continuously, You've been healing. You've been reaching out to them. Your healing touch has been wrapping itself around their spirits.


They love You; they seek You. They are a picture of health.


But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him,
and by His wounds
we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5



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