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praying-grabbed the button-keep looking to Jesus! xoxo


Is there a button or link to post to facebook?
Praying continually.

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife

privileged to help in every way and will encourage others to do the same!

A Morganlawrence

Please Pray for Joanne & her family...


I'm passing this along on my blog as well. To God be the glory in all of this, as He brings the body of Christ togther in prayer for this sweet family! God Bless y'all. We will pray.


"Peter was kept in prison, but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him."

"Show thy marvellous loving kindness, O Thou that savest by Thy right hand them that which put their trust in Thee from those that rise up against them"

Praying unceasingly!


Thank you for doing this. I will be grabbing the link for my blog.
Sending love, prayers and blessings to the family and to Joanne.

Caroline Perez

Continuing to pray and start back with Memory Monday with Psalm 46 this week for the Heim family. Thank you for the fire and love of Scriptures that Joanne has helped fan in my life these past two years. God's Word is the only hope we have.


Thank you, Joanne's dear friends, for putting this together. I will certainly be putting the link on my blog.

It is Memory Monday, so my verse for today will be Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Saying extra prayers for the girls today as well. I have never met them but wish I could just give them a hug...

Michelle Comerford

Will definitely be Praying Unceasingly for Joanne and believing in the Miracle that will restore her. Psalm 46 will be in thoughts continually. Joanne has been such an inspiration and friend to so many.


praying for Joanne and her family.


Cornerstone Pres. in Fort Collins is praying for you Joanne. :-)

Sandi Erickson

Praying and praying more. God will not let Joanne out of my mind. Even felt compelled to fast the day yesterday. Maybe we should do that corporately also.

Thanks for the updates Janna, will keep checking back for more. Even though I've never met Joanne, I feel a connection as a Siesta and also as a homeschooling mom of three.

cassie, in Louisiana

Praying. Thank you for information on how to help.


Major prayer coming from the Blairs breakfast table this morning...


Continually praying for Joanne and her family.

Jessica Martin

Continually praying as well !!

Leah C

Continued prayers for Joanne and her family...


Along with the throng of others, sending prayers and love.


My heart and prayers are with you.


I'm praising God for answered prayer. Only God can make Joanne's numbers come down so dramatically.

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21)

This morning in my quiet time and prayer for Joanne and her family, God revealed that though Joanne is physically in a coma...some of His children are spiritually in one. I believe He is using Joanne to awaken all of us.

From her sisters blog, I read that we need to claim what we pray in if it were already done. Here's the direct quote from Kristen's blog on sharing an excerpt from "Jesus Calling". When you bring Me prayer requests, lay out your concerns before Me. Speak to Me candidly; pour out your heart. Then thank Me for the answers that I have set in to motion long before you can discern results."! Be still and know that I am God. He hears our cries and petitions. Oh Lord help us to wait on you.

Your entire family is in our Prayers Toben.


PRAYING!!! praying for Joanne and Toben, the girls and her family! I have been praying since last Tuesday when I added her at The Lighthouse of Prayer, where people can come and leave a prayer and updated today. Added her button there as well! So thanks for all the updates, the button and the webinar on Joanne's behalf. Claiming Psalm 46 with you:
"God is Joanne's Refuge and strength; an ever present help in time of trouble!!!
Therefore Joanne and we, will not fear...
The Lord Almighty is with Joanne and Toben and all the family...
Come and see what the Lord has done..."
and now I will...
"BE still and know that HE IS GOD..."

Love ya' Joanne, Toben, girls and Kristen, and all the rest of the family, may God surround You with His Presence and Jeremiah 29... hang in there with God and hold on,
Rest, trust, JOY and peace in His Comfort,


My prayers for Joanne, her husband and family. I now have the button on blog. God bless and keep you all strong.

Julie From Inmates

Praying for all of you during this tough time. I just can't imagine what you all must be going through. Claiming a full recovery for Joanne.

yanna westmoreland

I'm a Siesta and just clicked on the coperate prayer but not sure how that works...I read the latest update with the swelling going down. I wanted to share with Joanne. Every morining at 5am my husband and I walk the local high school track. It has become my hour of prayer. As I walk the laps I lift those in need of prayer to Him. This morning I thanked Him for the answered prayers of so many I have prayed for and spent the remaining time covering Joanne with prayer. I so wanted to say Psalm 46 but did not have it memorized so I asked God to honor His Word and have Jesus and His Spirit intervene and say it for me. So I spent one lap in quiet with tears streaming down my face, as I felt them speaking the beloved Psalm. I knew Joanne would have a good day.


Just posted the button on our blog. Will continue to pray for Joanne and the family.


Thank you to Joanne's sweet friends for organizing this! I grabbed a button for my blog and will continue to lift Joanne up in prayer!


I am continuing to lift Joanne up in prayer and your family as well and Toben specifically. I went through a similar injury with my husband and can relate to everything you are going through. His brain injury was a result of a car accident but the same, medical induced coma, ventilators, every day scary and hopeful at the same time. He was 29 at the time and we had one son who was 2. He is now 34, back to his job and we have two more sons. God is good and even in the impossible will do more than we can ever imagine. I will keep those prayers coming. I pray that your wife will recover in the same miraculous manner that my husband did. Praise God for such wonderful family support. It is what continued to give me the strength each day to get up and get through.


Lifting your whole family up in prayer! This is the first time I have read Joannes's blog - found it through another blog where they, too, are lifting her up in prayer. I've signed up to receive e-mail updates - will certainly keep the prayers and faith coming!

Megan Hughes

Friends of Sean and Linette Sheridan in Minnesota are praying...


I have been visiting Joanne's blog since I received an email from my niece who works with a friend of Joanne's. I have been lifting Joanne up in prayer and will continue to do so. Her family is in my prayers as well. God is still in the miracle business so keep looking to Him. My sister had a brain aneurysm to rupture and was given no hope to live. 5 weeks later she was HOME!!! 28 years later, she is doing very well, and you would never know that had even happened! She truly is a walking miracle and it was through power of prayer that she made it. GOD IS SO GOOD! I am joining you all in praying for another miracle, as I know it can happen. God bless you all, and know that your sweet wife/mother/friend is being lifted up in Tennessee by many!!! I have Joanne's button on my blog as well!

Praying for a miracle,


I am praying for dear Joannes full healing. We turn it over to Jesus and expect a miracle. Just know there are so many praying with you. Jesus heals.
Blessing to you and your dear family,


Definitely praying and have posted on my blog along with Facebook for more prayer warriors. May the Lord be with all of the friends and family right now also as he will give everyone the strength and faith to help pull Joanne through all this. He is so faithful. God Bless!!

Big Fat Mama

I have just featured Joanne's story on my blog's ministry A Meal in the Mail, where readers can send you a meal in the mail through gift cards, restaurant cards, ect.

Before I came to this blog I wrote about rest, and how when we are at rest we hear God best. Then I came to this blog and read Toben's words from yesterday's post, "we want her brain completely at rest." God is speaking LOUDLY, and I pray His favor surrounds Joanne tonight.
Big Fat Mama


Thanks for setting this all up. The corporate prayer was wonderful...a blessing to everyone and Glory to our heavenly father. I don't now how much planning or cost there was in the corporate prayer webinar but I would love to do it again?!!??

Kimberly in Houston

Dollys Cherry Heart

Our thoughts and prayers are with Joanne and her family!

God Bless, Dolly

Melanie Raabe

Your blog was brought to my attention through a friend. PRAYERS from Omaha NE.

Janel Breitenstein

Praying for your family, Toben--for God to do great things. My heart breaks for you. Praying for your peace and wisdom, too.


Mama Pea

I've installed the button on my sidebar and will be asking my readers to pray for Joanne. Though I hadn't had the pleasure of coming across her blog until tonight, as a mother, a writer and a sister in Christ, I feel a deep connection to her.

God bless you.


I will absolutely pray for Joanne. Continue standing in faith and trusting that God is God in ALL seasons and is worthy to be praised always. He will never leave you or forsake you. God bless you and your family.


I added the button to my blog. Prayers continued.

Marty Watson

I realize $10 is barely a drop in the bucket, but if all of us that have admired Joanne through her blog in the past (and are now following her medical updates) each committed to a donation, any donation, well, there would certainly be a nice chunk of change to help the family out in such a stressful time, not only emotionally and physically, but financially as well. God bless.

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