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Was up all night praying. Still am.


Just prayed for her.

Kay Harms

Praying through Psalm 46 for Joanne. Blessings to you all...

Lisette M Delgado

Praying and Praying for your family. This is so heart breaking to read.

Beki - TheRustedChain

Praying, praying, praying....


Sending love and prayers to all of you and claiming Pslam 23 v6 - that you will ALL know God's goodness and unfailing love pursuing you every day ...


Continuing to lift you in prayer Joanne. Praying for you also Toben and your girls as well. I cannot imagine what you, the family, must be experiencing. We all know the Lord is right there with you. Praying for the Lord to embrace you all and comfort you as you wait this out.


Praying for your family from the north Georgia mountains...




Praying for your family.


Just found out about your family. I prayed Psalm 46 over Joanne a moment ago.

Praying for the Ultimate Healer to do his work.

Provincial Homemaker

In my prayers too.

Deciduous Heather

Praying for you in OH! May the many whispered prayers cover you and comfort you....



Tom Judson

Praying for her and i'm praying for Him to give you strength! love ya Brother


Praying for Joanne and the rest of your family!

Cary Garner

Praying in Arkansas.............


Lifting you up prayers from Indiana Joanne. For you, Toben and the girls.

Kim Feth

Still and constantly praying for Joanne, Toben, and the girls.
Kim Feth
Apex, NC

Praying over Psalms 46 for Joanne in the precious, victorious Name of JESUS!!!! All of our love & constant prayers of healing! xoxo


Praying for all you


I don't know of Joanne but heard about her situation in a couple of blogs today--lifting her and all of you up in prayer.


Lifting you up in prayer!

Patrick King

Praying for God's healing, peace and restoration. God's blessings brother.

Lisa R-p

Toben, Audrey, Emma,
My heart is breaking for you with worry. Please know that I am praying for Joanne. Although I have never had the pleasure of meeting Joanne in person, we have exchanged emails and even did a blog project together a couple of years ago. Joanne provided advice and inspiration to me when I was going through a tough time. Joanne is a very big hearted, compassionate person. I will keep your whole family in my prayers.


Praying for Joanne a seista in Albuquerque NM
Lord you are her strength and you are her sheild and Lord you are singing over her right now and You Lord are holding her in your arms.


Still praying in California, for your whole family.


Praying in Alaska!!


we lift our eyes to the hills...
from where does our help come from?
our help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of Heaven and Earth...
Heartbroken for you and your precious family


You have no idea how close to home this hits. I am a fellow stroke survivor and also go to Denver Seminary. Since I heard the news from Sarah Heiser I've been crying and praying for Joanne. I went to Littleton Adventist for 3 weeks, Porter for 2 weeks, and regained everyday functioning like walking, talking, and swallowing at Craig Hospital in Englewood where I was for almost 3 months. Praying for Joanne. Wow.


You know, I don't know who you guys are. I just saw a post that Candice (Watters) made on her Facebook page. But wow, you guys are so heavy on my heart today. God keeps bringing you guys to mind and I'm praying for you whenever He does...which seems to be a lot. I wish that I could lift your worries and fear and that I could send you all a great big hug. But, while I can't, I know that there is One who can and I'm praying that He'd speak words into those unspeakable areas. It's always comforted me to know that Jesus is interceding for me and that the Holy Spirit is interceding with "groans that words cannot express" whenever I'm facing something that is too heavy for me to bear and so much that it steals words from my lips before they can ever open in prayer. Praying that He's interceding for you guys and for Joanne tonight and praying those prayers for you.

Asking Him to wrap you all in His big and tender embrace and to wipe away the tears, settling those fears and bringing you peace,


PS: One more thing that I pray for is that you don't lose courage, that you don't lose hope, that you don't lose HEART.

When you are utterly shaken and feel yourself coming apart at the seams, know that your Maker stands in the gap with you guys and will never leave you or forsake you.

"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord who has compassion on you." (Isaiah 54:10)

"Nothing can separate us from the love of God." (Even when it feels like He's a million miles apart. He'll never stop loving you guys).

"In this world you will have tribulations but TAKE COURAGE. I have overcome the world." (Jesus--can't remember the verse number, but I remember that verse).


Prayers going up to our Father from Maryland! Philippians 4:7


Praying for your whole family. May God hold you in the palms of His hands.


Praying for your precious wife.


Praying as the Lord brings you all to mind...

Leah Mick

I found out this news today, I'm so sorry. We are praying for God's graciously and miraculous healing and also strength for your family. Try to get rest if you can.


Praying for you and your beautiful family, I hope for the very best outcome possible.


My heart aches for your family...please know that prayers are being sent to our amazing Father by one more person. Our daughter suffered a major stroke when she was four months old, and she is a living miracle and testament to God's hand. He has healed her, and I know He can do the same for Joanne. Continue to speak life over her (Proverbs 18:21). Love and prayers...


I am praying for Joanne as well. I do not know your family but saw the request for prayer for your wife on another blog I read. 5 years ago my husband suffered a severe brain injury in a car accident and I know that the power of prayer, many prayers lifted up across the country from people we did not even know, made such a difference to our family and my husband has miraculously recovered as a result of the prayers of many. I'll be praying.


Lord, i know you are worthy of our praise whatever path it is You have for Joanne. we pray to You tonight that it is a path of life and healing. Lord be with her, be her strength. be her family's shelter. be her girl's and her husband's shelter. let them feel Your love ever strong.




Prayers for all of you!




Praying for all of you...



praying peace, healing, and restoration over joanne... Jesus' Name



I am praying for Joanne but I am also very much praying for you. As you lead your wife and girls through this...God will sustain you. My four year old Abby prayed for Joanne at dinner tonight. I explained that your family was the one who prayed for us when our Daddy was sick. I think it really touch my 8 year old. We are praying as are a two churches in Houston.


i wish I knew something to say other than that my heart goes out to you and I'm praying.

Keli Gwyn

Lifting up prayers in California.




I read about your wife on Angie's 'Bring the Rain' blog. I have been praying, & trusting the Lord to give you faith, strength, & a peace that only HE can give. Praying that your wife will be restored fully to you, & be a testament of His healing power.

Alana@A Kiss, A Hug, and A Squeeze

Praying fervently for Joanne and your whole family.


"You are radically dependent on God to do something in your life you could never do."

You wrote this in your blog on 1/5/11... how true that has proven to be Joanne. Praying (from Hawaii) for radical healing for you and strength for your husband, precious daughters and parents.


Still praying!!

Janine Longoria

Praying for you all and our sweet girl. Lord your will be done on earth as it is in heaven

Becky Johnson

We will continue to pray without ceasing. Alone, together, as a family, we are begging for HIS healing...
Love, Becky & Charlie Johnson (members of Mission Community)

sandie posthumus

Praying for you in Denver.


Your wife has been such a blessing and encouragement to me. Praying for healing and for peace and for strength.


praying HARD and OFTEN....for Joanne, for you, for the girls, for family, for close friends, for the doctors and nurses and caregivers...I will continue to lift all of those who are close in this situation in prayer again...HARD and OFTEN.

Vicki L H

Came to this blog via Living Proof ministries' blog.
On my knees praying here in northwest Ohio for all of you!

Jan Hullett

Prayed since hearing of this, yesteday, during the night, and all morning in NE Ala. Joanne has been an inspiration to me thru her blog! Praying for u too Toben and the girls!


Praying for all of you.



Joel and Emily Nyquist

Praying fervently for Joanne, and for you all from here in Virginia, and spreading the word to our friends and family to pray as well.


praying for Joanne to improve and strength for you and your girls

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