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
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…
have mercy on my son!
Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering
mercy on us, Son of David!
little girl is dying, please come and put your hands on
her, so that she will be healed and live!
if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.
of these instances, Jesus responded. I mean, He healed.
Why wouldn't He heal my children?
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!
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.
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.
when Elijah, our fifth biological child, realized his suffering
and sickness. Late one night.
I need Jesus. I don't want to wait any longer. I know I
need Him as my Savior."
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…
when I realized that God was answering. He is bringing
health to my children! He has heard my prayers!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
You; they seek You. They are a picture of health.
He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for
the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him,
and by His wounds
we are healed.
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