I am following the blog, faiththroughturmoil.wordpress.com, written by a lady who survived breast cancer. She has to battle fear constantly. Every pain makes her wonder, “Is cancer back?”

Jesus knew fear is present when you are sick. When he spoke to the woman with the issue of blood, he addressed her fear first!

Mark 5:34, “He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction!’ ” Modern English Version


Matthew 9:22, “But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her, He said, ‘Daughter, be of good comfort. Your faith has made you well.’ ” Modern English Version

Jesus brings comfort the same way a daddy does. He holds us and assures us that all will be well.

Dear Father God,

Thank You for healing. Thank You that we do not have to live in fear that a sickness will return, see 2 Timothy 1:7. Thank You for caring about our emotional health as well as our physical health.

In Jesus Name,


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Promise to Set You Free

In May, 2008, Bromfed was taken off of the market. Bromfed was an antihistamine that was popular in the fifties and it had a high concentration of decongestant in it.

(I assumed it was being used to make meth and that is why they removed it.)

It worked for me better than any antihistamine. When they took it off of the market, it felt like a sentence to me…a jail sentence.

I was already housebound, and without it, I felt I would never be free. When I read Ezekiel 37 I was depressed because I felt like the dry bones.

But it is now 2014, and not only am I free, I will be playing at an outdoor concert this Saturday night at the Fairfield square!

These dry bones live; and Ezekiel 37 is now my favorite chapter in the Bible because God did the same for me!

Ezekiel 37:12, “So tell them, ‘I, the Lord God, promise to open your graves and set you free…'”


Yesterday I had the house to myself. I closed the curtains, locked the doors and stripped down to my underwear. Nothing fits; and I think the weight gain from this round of Prednisone will only come off through fasting and prayer.

My play list as been songs proclaiming healing all summer long. I started with…

…”In Jesus Name,” by Darlenef Zschech and Israel Houghton. I sang at the top of my lungs as I marched to the beat.

I felt like King David when I started…

…”Dance,” by Jesus Culture. King David removed his kingly robes and danced in his…ahem…”underrobe.”

I stomped in the middle of…

…”Dance Again,” by Life Worship, and imagined the devil under my feet. I expected something good to come from it.

Revelations 14:19, “The angel swung his sickle on earth and cut off its grapes. He threw them into a pit where they were trampled on as a sign of God’s anger…” CEV

“Pit: It was the custom to put grapes in a pit (called a wine-press) and stomp on them to make juice that would later turn to wine.” CEV Bible Notes

After cleaning up, I called the doctor.

“I am starting to taper off of the Prednisone. The first week I was restricted to my house. May I attend church at least once a week?”

I was shocked when the nurse said…


I have been restricted to my house in August for ten years! Today, when I exercised, I didn’t only stomp…


Healing and Grace

I have been revamping on my third blog. I chose a new theme and renamed it, “Healing and Grace.”

I want the emphasis to be on what God offers us, not the health issue.

I re-wrote my “About” page and have asked three others who went through years of devastating illness to be contributors. Their words inspired me and I know they will inspire others.

In the spirit realm we are all healed, as I read in today’s verse.

Hebrew 2:8, “…God has put everything under our power and has not left anything out of our power. But we still don’t see it all under our power.”


Dance Again

Dance Again, by Life Worship


“Praise Him, when your heart is breaking,

When your strength is almost gone, sing out your song, and


Praise Him, in the fire and fury, in the dark night of your soul.

Your God is in control.


Chorus: Tears will dry; hearts will mend;

Scars will heal; You will dance again.


Praise Him; tell your neighbors all about Him.

Let the whole earth sing and shout it.

Our God is faithful.


Praise Him for His love and mercy.

Praise Him for His grace and favor.

Praise Him Our God is faithful.


Praise Him; He is strong and mighty.

Praise Him, He is holy, holy.

Praise Him; He is always in control.

His love has conquered all.

His love has conquered all.


Chorus: Tears will dry; hearts will mend;

Scars will heal; You will dance again.

Of His Kingdom there will be no end,

Christ our King is coming back again,

Is coming back again,

Is coming back again,

Is coming back again,

Is coming back again.


La da la da la la.

La da. La da la da la la.

La da. Lift up your  song and


Praise Him; He is strong and mighty.

Praise Him, He is holy, holy.

Praise Him; He is always in control

His love has conquered all,

His love has conquered all!”


I heard the story behind this song yesterday and decided it would be my new life song!


Today’s verse emphasized the fact that God is in control.

Jeremiah 10:23, “I know, Lord, that we humans are not in control of our own lives.”








A favorite picture of Jesus depicts him as the Good Shepherd, holding a staff in his right hand and a lamb in his left.

When a lamb wanders away from the flock, the shepherd will catch him in the crook of his staff and drag him back.

If the lamb is persistent, the shepherd will break its leg, and carry him everywhere, until the leg heals.

I am that lamb.

Proverbs 17:10, “A sensible person accepts correction, but you can’t beat sense into a fool.”

Yesterday, God “broke my leg” and today he is carrying me. I accepted his correction.

Deuteronomy 32:39, “See now that I myself am he! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.”

“Draw Me Close to You/Thy Will Be Done” – Marvin Winans


As I was reading along in Psalms, I thought, “I don’t have any enemies…unless you count pollen, dust, ragweed, hay, etc.”

When I read today’s verse, I realized those are not my enemies either. My enemy is Satan, who lies to me. When I am sick he tells me it is much worse than it is and he is constantly telling me it will never change.

He is wrong.

Psalms 5:9, “Nothing they say is true! They just want to destroy. Their words are deceitful like a hidden pit, and their tongues are good only for telling lies.”

Those voices inside my head telling me I will never be healed come from Satan.

My enemy lies.

January 26, 2014

John 16:33, “I have told you this, so that you might have peace in your hearts because of me. While you are in the world, you will have to suffer…”

Sickness is a part of living on this earth. At some point we all get sick. But this is the only hell I will ever know. I have to trust that God is doing what is best for me.

John 16:7, “But I tell you that I am going to do what is best for you…”

I feel so weak, but I am not weak…I am indispensable.

1 Corinthians 12:22, “On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.”

I did go to church, and even when all of the medication wore off, I felt no pain.

“Better is One Day” by Kutless

This post brought to you by the prayers of Rick and Mary Brecht. On those prayers I was able to fast lunch and play for the nursing home service after playing at the regular service.

January 25, 2014

I got a sinus headache last night. I still have it today. All day I questioned God. I haven’t finished the antibiotics from the skin infection and now I may have sinus infection?

I fought the pain, dizziness, feeling  light-headed, and light sensitivity. I spent the day in my darkened bedroom and wondered if I would be able to go to church.

The one thing I did right was to not talk about it. When Jesus was going through a mental struggle he also stopped talking.

John 14:30, “I cannot speak with you much longer, because the ruler of this world is coming. But he has no power over me.”

I didn’t call anyone and tell them about my struggle. Maybe I should have called for prayer.

At 8:30 p.m Derek came upstairs and prayed for me. I felt immediate, but temporary relief. I waited until nine, took my last antibiotic for the day and went to sleep.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord, Matt Redman

This post brought to you by Derek Fishel, without his prayer I would still be in bed!