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Patty Mullins

Hello, Joanne! We've not had the pleasure of meeting in person (yet), but I've been following your progress for the past few weeks and have been praying for you. My Mom had a stroke 10 years ago... it was a pretty bad one, too, with a pretty grim prognosis... and she is doing so great now that you probably wouldn't even know that she had ever had the stroke unless someone told you! And, though it's a little funny to say, we've seen many blessings come from it. I know God is using your situation and one day you'll be able to look back and count all the blessings that have come from it. Praying that the pain you've been experiencing will subside. Have a good night!

Paige Szajnuk

Praying Psalm 139 over you tonight, Joanne.

1You have searched me, LORD,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, LORD, know it completely.

In Christ - your Siesta, Paige Szajnuk

Patti in Craig

Hi Joanne. Want you to know I have been following your blog now since January. I am encouraged by your progress and continue to pray for you and your very precious family.


Hi Joanne!! I am praying your head, neck, and shoulders stop hurting. You have inspired me for a long time, but after seeing how much people love you, I know you are even more amazing in person. Your strength is blowing me away!!

Angie Platten

Girl, are you practicing Greek on us? LOL!
Praying you a good nights rest with popsicle dreams!

Helen at A Work of Heart

Hey Joanne,

Big hugs and love from Portland. We are trying hard here to have a snowstorm but it is not cooperating...unlike Colorado. Praying for you and especially that your pain would subside!

You are loved...but you know that don't you?!


I think everything hurts more when we are alone. Joanne, you are not alone. Joanne, we are here for you, God is with you. I know it is not the same as being physically present with you, but we are with you.

Praying for your comfort and peace, courage and faith.

Kate Stidd

Joanne- stay strong. I think of you every day and pray for healing and less pain. You and you family are pretty amazing, but you and Toben demonstrated that to me years ago when you welcomed me as a friend at Whitworth and even made me dinner in you cool married people apartment. Please know this memories are special and reflective of just how loving and Christlike you and Toben are. Gid bless and know that you are all in my heart.


Keep posting, we will get this figured out, keep using your computer, even if your fingers hurt, using the computer will excercise them. And we love to hear from you. We need you as much or maybe even more.
You are lighting my faith on fire, thank you.

Cindy Simmons

Lots of Prayers and hugs coming to you from Georgia!! There are several of us that have been following your progress and we are so proud to be a part of your healing!! May God continue to bless you and heal your body!! You are such an amazing person!! Hugs, Love and Prayers to you and your family!!

Marla Taviano

Girl! It's too late for me to figure this one out! :) But I am LOVING your texts, and I can read all of those!! Love you so much!


What a joy it is to see your posts! I am sure God is up to something BIG in your life and NOTHING about what you have been through will be wasted. I hate that you have pain. God, please deal with this. I am glad you have your family to support you through this. Fight hard for every day's victory! Listen to your mom. She is always the one who knows what's best. Your last word in this post, "HURTD," is the only one I think I understand. And it says a lot.

Father in heaven, Joanne has pain. Bear it for her. Give her a break in the pain, Lord. I pray that You would be actively creating her mind in the areas that have been hurt by the stroke. Take captive any defeating thoughts in her mind and heart and replace them with Your thoughts towards her. You love her. You are strong when she is weak. You have good plans for her...a future...full of hope. Lord, give her a time of blessed sleep each evening so that her body can restore and heal. Thank YOU for every thing You have done to bring her this far. Bless her journey and may we all keep her close to our heart and in our prayers. God bless those who are lacking support there at this facility. Stand in the gap for them, Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Goodnight, Joanne!
Much love to you.

Paige Szajnuk

I'm so sorry you're hurting, Joanne. I'm praying for you - for comfort, peace, rest and relief. God bless you tonight.

Andrea S.

Hey sweet girl!
I love love love to have you blogging on here! I want you to know that you don't "know" me....but I've followed your story from a prayer request orginating on the Beth Moore blog. I have been on my face for you dear sister in Christ! Our family went through a similar struggle last summer when my father-in-law suffered a stroke.
Just wanting you to know how loved you are...we are thinking of you every day...praying for you always...and checking on you often!

Love you girl!
Andrea S.

"Heal me Oh Lord; and I will be healed. Save me and I will be saved. For you are the one I praise!" Jeremiah 17:14


Joanne, I think it says you are hurting. I am so sorry honey. I am praying for you everyday. Much love!


I just love seeing your updates!!
I am praying James 5:15
"And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well;
the Lord will raise him up."
I am praising Him for all He is doing!!! He is our awesome God!!!
Praying for all your pain to go away too! In Jesus' name I pray! Amen!
Keep up the terrific messages!! :-)


Sweet Joanne, I am praying for you, and in the name of Jesus I pray He will take away your pain tonight and give you rest. You encourage me and I know the thousands of others who are praying for you are encouraged as well!


I saw the yummy apple pie that your sister baked for you. I might not have bothered with the fork after not having any pie for such a long time! You are so polite. I hope you keep getting proper food from home because no matter what, the hospital diet is yuck and you deserve YUM. Tell them, you need more yum in your life and apple pie for breakfast sounds like a reasonable start to the day to me :)
I hope you are now sweetly dreaming.
Good night.


(I think she said that everything hurts tonight - even her fingers. )

I am praying for your Joanne - that God will help you get through the pain and sleep tonight.

Suzy Louk

Praying for you tonight here in Florida.
KEEP ON KEEPING ON! You are doing great.
I am so inspired by your families devotion to you and their willingness to be completely dependent on the Lord. I have no doubt that the Lord is using you, your situation, and your family for His Glory. Lives are being changed for His kingdom.
I hope that brings you comfort.
Sweet dreams.


Prayers for peace and rest tonight. Keep up the good work! You are determined! You will go far!!


I'm up late in colorado praying right now for peace, pain relief and restful sleep. Don't give up Joanne--everyone is so proud of you!

Julie M ~ The Little Red Shop

Praying for comfort for you, Joanne...for continued healing and strength beyond measure! : )

Kim Feth

So glad to hear from you again! Praying for the pain to go away, comfort, good sleep, and great therapy sessions. Praying that the girls are doing well back in school. Praying for Toben's energy and focus.
Kim Feth
Apex, NC


Hey Joanne and family,
We have been praying since I "ran across" your blog in January. My husband has you on his daily prayer journal, as well.
We have been down this path you are on with our sister-in-love. It's a journey that you are sharing with all of us here in blogland, too. Just know that you are being prayed over in NC as well.
So, sooo good to see you blogging!
Love and hugs to you all,

Laura M

You are in our prayers! Keep going!! God is doing amazing things through you (and in you!) You are an inspiration!! May God's healing power continue to flow over you!


Morning Dear Lady!
I just wanted to jump in and say that I am sooo excited and happy to see you back on here and on Twitter! Everytime I see a new tweet from you, I squeal just a little. The people at work love it, let me tell you! ;) Well they really DO love it because I tell them that you're tweeting or posting on here and they get excited too! I've shared what you're going through with them and they've all been praying and asking about you practically every day! You're such an encouragement and blessing to everyone who hears your story. God is constantly amazing me with all He's doing through you, your family and this whole situation!

I pray you continue to improve and feel better! May each night's rest be better than the day before!

Praying for you and yours!
Love you dear Joanne!
NikkiPoppins ;-)


I'm sorry you are hurting!

Isabel Woods

Joanne, know you're thrilled to get to be blogging again! Don't know you personally, but have been following your blog since January. Got to hear Toben on the radio yesterday! You're so blessed to have him for your husband! I pray for you every day when I'm praying for my daughter in law, Courtney. Courtney is your age and is battling a brain tumor. So glad our God is bigger than strokes and brain tumors! May you continue to improve and to God be the Glory! He is using you in a mighty way!

carla Sorensen

Hi Joanne~
So glad to see you have blogged again! Please keep it up. We all LOVE hearing from you.

This is my "status" today on Facebook. I thought of you~

There is never a day,there is never an hour, there is never a moment when you are outside God's thoughts. "The Lord thinks upon me" (Psalm 40:17).

God bless you, sweet sister in the Lord,
Carla in Maryland

Paige Szajnuk

I was so pleased to read on Twitter that your pain subsided enough for you to get some sleep last night, Joanne. Please know that God loves you and is for you; we love you and are for you. I'm so sad for you in this current season, but I'm so glad God has used it to strengthen the faith and prayer lives of so many people. You don't know me, but I'd love to help you in any way I can. For now, I'll continue to pray in Kansas.


How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum ot them! Psalm 139:17

You and your family bless my heart. I am praying for all of you. Did you ever imagine that you had so many who care so deeply for you? What a tremendous blessing. I love the body of Christ. Blessings to you today, Sister.


Hi, Joanne! Just wanted to let you know you have a friend in PA praying for you, too! I heard about you thru Ryan Dobson on the radio, and have been following your blog. So GREAT to have you posting, again, too!! You are an inspiration to me! I am married and have a 6 yr. old girl and 4 yr old boy, so reading your past blogs on marriage and family have been a blessing to me! We are praying for healing and strength for your body and soul! You are a blessing to me!! May God bless you in the coming days and weeks!
Love and Prayers,

When my son's head hurts he types very similar messages.
When his head clears so does his typing.
Praying for the pain to stop.

Elizabeth Reiter

Joanne, you probably do not remember me but we met at the Family Talk Christmas Party. You are such an inspiration to everyone who reads your blog and has been praying for you since Jan. 11th. It brings much joy to my heart to see you communicating with all of us.
I am praying that the Lord will give wisdom to the Dr., so that they can help you manage your pain. I am so glad that you can let everyone know what you need now. I am praying for comfort and healing for you.
You are an amazing women of God & you have blessed me more then I can say. I look forward to seeing you at the next Family Talk Christmas Party, I hope before then too!


Your headache finally went away last night, that's really great news.
We have our first snow day here, that makes for very happy kiddos.
Keep working hard and please keep inspiring us with your miracle posts.

Jenny S

Joanne! :)

It does my heart SO good to see a post from you! :)

Continuing to pray for you!

Love & Hugs,


Amy Morgan

We love you and are continuing to pray for your and your family.

I hope that your pain goes away soon.

God Bless.

Heidi St. John

Hi Joanne!
We have never met personally but I did a radio interview with Toben and Ryan back in late fall. I found your blog back then because Toben raved about it :) and thus began my Joanne "blog envy". :) You are a talented lady! It is amazing and wonderful to know you are blogging again.

We pray for you all the time and are thrilled beyond words at your progress.

It looks like you're in pain as you write your latest entry - and even though I can't decipher exactly what you are saying, God knows so I'll be praying He brings you comfort and relief.

You are amazing.
Blessings from WA State,
Heidi St. John

Susie Tiemeyer

I am so impressed, Joanne! Even though I couldn't interpret your message, anyone can see that you were able to log into your blog account. That takes some mental acuity and physical dexterity!

Am praying for your regularly, especially that the headaches stop.

Susie Tiemeyer


It's great to hear from you-we've never met though we did go to highschool together. You are a miracle and I hope you know we are all praying for you and hope your pain passes quickly!

Tracy Stoffell


So happy with the progress that you are making. Still praying for you and your family.


Hi Joanne,

It's so lovely to see a post from you. I'm so sorry you are in pain. You are in my thoughts and prayers for healing, comfort and continued recovery.

God bless you.

Heather Clement

Praying, sweet friend! Love you!

Julie Reynolds

Keep at it Joanne! We will keep praying! We love you and are so thankful for all the miracles taking place in your life right now! Thankful in Alabama.


Dearest Joanne, praying like crazy for you! (((Hugs))) Erin


Hi Joanne!
It is so good to hear from you! I'm praying that our Heavenly Father will rock you to sleep every night. I'm sending a BIG hug to you!


These are precious words. I have been reading your blog since hearing of your stroke. You have inspired me by your words. You encourage by your strength, sense of humor and love for the Lord. Praying the Lord will keep you, heal you, bless you, and provide for your every need. You are so loved and the world is a brighter place because of you and your family. Blessings and peace to each of you.
Praying in Seattle

northern girl

I saw a photo of your left hand that your sister took. By the looks of it you have some tone in your hand.

Can you please try to wiggle your fingers and your thumb?

Praying for you girl from Canada


Dear Joanne, I have been reading your blog for awhile now and am glad you feel well enough to text. Have a good day tomorrow. Cheryl


so sorry you are hurting. Praying for peace to flood you like a river and for all your pain to be washed away. You're doing great!


Praying for total healing for you. I am amazed daily at your progress and the power of prayer. I was born and raised Catholic and always considered myself a "good Catholic", but when I think about it I didn't really believe in the power of prayer. I would half heartedly pray for things and never really saw any kind of response -nothing tangible. I am sorry to have to say that. I have followed you through your blog and your books for a few years now and was so sad and horrified the day I saw the post you had your stroke. I went to our church and prayed for you and was amazed at how everyone got together and prayed. It was something tangible. I felt it and saw the direct result. God is amazing and prayers were answered. You will heal. You are a warrior and you will fight through all of this. Your progress has been a miracle. That is the only explanation I have for it. Thank you so much for letting us into your lives in such a personal way. It has meant more to me than I will ever be able to express. We are praying for you


Hi Joanne! We have never met (and probably never will because there are many states and quite a few miles between us), but seeing you post really made me smile! I've been praying for you and rooting for you and sending all kinds of good thoughts your way. Hang in there my long distance friend! You're doing amazing!

Courtney Walsh

Praying for you, Joanne. Praying for complete and total healing. So glad to see you are back to blogging and on the road to recovery! :)

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