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Praying over here in Switzerland. Thanks for letting us know how to pray for you all. Praying for peace and strength, and hope.


Praying in So. Cal!

Corinna Hunter

Praying in northern Idaho that all will go well and that Joanne will feel God's peace, love and comfort during this time of further healing as the ultimate goal.


You have our prayers!

Meisha H.

With every request made over the last 10 months(I log on every day!), someone in your AWESOME family has been able to give an update as to how God has answered EACH ONE!! I can't wait to read how He responds to the request made in this post as well! Interceding in Yonkers, NY!!!


I'm praying for you, Joanne--that God does His most excellent work in your spirit this week!


praying in glad you give up specific ways to pray...holding you family daily before the throne...
Blessings and all His Grace to you all...


Praying for your precious family in Mississippi!

Cassie Thompson

Praying for Joanne and your family from Louisiana..


Might Joanne know that prayers cover her from so many places - my call unto The Lord for Joanne's needs come from Canada....together we stand firmly believing Joanne.

God Bless,

~ linda @ Being Woven

LORD, I lift this beautiful woman up to You. You, and only You, can calm her with Your ever-present rain of peace. Please hold her near in these days that she would know Your Presence is with her no matter where she is. LORD, use the doctors to do Your work in Joanne, use the staff at the hospital to protect and care for her as she comes out of surgery. LORD, continue to heal her and give her strength. Oh Father, we pray for Joanne and her family. In the Strong Name of Jesus, Amen.

Karen Booker Schelhaas


kimber fenili

Psalm 46:10. This is what has gotten me through some of the most uncertain times in my life. I know that you are scared, Joanne. Know that you are not alone. Know that by staying one or two nights in the hospital you will be giving your husband and family a peace of mind that medical people are right at hand to care for your and monitor your pain. You are such a strong and beautiful woman. You are a blessing to us all. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. Lord, please give Joanne and her family the heart's ease that comes from knowing Your Love.

Auntie Mip

Prayers for peace.


Look at that! Prayers from across the country and the world. Joanne, this might seem like a setback to you, but it means a major step forward (hopefully literally, right?). It's necessary! I'm praying now that everything will go smoothly just as planned, that your stay in the hospital will be as short as possible, and that your recovery will be quick. I'll continue praying all the way until Tuesday! Don't be scared, friend. You've made it through some very dark days, and you have it in you to make it through this. You are loved by so many, but especially by our God who is bigger than all of your fears and frustrations. ...Lord, give her peace!


Prayers from Connecticut that this will go smoothly and Joanne will have greater mobility once the healing is done -


Praying for each one of you that God will wrap you in his loving arms and cover you with the peace that is needed to get you through the surgery and recovery.

Sandi in MN

I pray that you would speak truth to Joanne's heart and help her take captive every thought and make it obedient to you. Show her where the enemy is playing with her mind and help her to reign in those nasty thoughts. I ask that you would fill her with your Holy Spirit, for peace, for rest, for wisdom and strength. Thank you Lord that you have done so much in Joanne's body. I ask that you would finish the work that you've started. And I thank you for all the prayers around the world for her...around the world Lord, let that be a comfort and reassurance to her that you know her needs and you hear her heart. You've got her covered Jesus. I ask all these things in Your mighty name Jesus!


Thank you Lord for the peace that comes only from you. I pray that Joanne would feel your presence covering her daily. I pray for her surgery and recovery. I know Lord that you will be with her through the entire process.

"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:19


Linda Hughes

I pray He brings to your mind the wonders He has done. He holds you in the palm of His hands. Nothing will happen to you, that isn't for you. He loves you with an everlasting love and underneath are the everlasting arms. I also pray for Toben, the girls and all the wonderful family support group, for direction, wisdom and rest for all. God Bless You All. In Jesus Name, Amen


Your family will be in my thoughts. I have had three foot reconstruction surgeries in the past 12 years. Staying in the hospital afterwards has always been the best choice. For multiple reasons, mainaly pain management, it has been worth having to stay in the hospital. The last surgery was just two months ago. I know you wonder how you will get through it, but you just do and in the end the surgery is always worth it. Especially for you to be able to improve your ability to walk. Without my surgeries I would not be able to walk, so I understand the need to "get things fixed"! I love your family and have followed your recovery! Best of luck to you next week and I hope that once you have fully recovered the rest of your family won't be able to keep up with you.

Child of God

Praying for you Joanne! It's only a very short stay and it will be over before you know it. :) Come on hon, chin up, keep smiling and think about running. In a short time you will be walking and running around.

Jesus is with you always.

Praying and praying,

Michelle from Australia

Prayers coming from Australia. Joanne, you have people scattered all over this planet praying for you and your family. May God shine His abundant Blessings on you all.


Praying for you in Kansas! I hope everything goes well with your surgery and that you are able to get home quickly.

Take care!

Kim Feth

Two things:
1. Covering you and Joanne in prayer!
2. If you can afford it even just once or twice a week, have a private home health aide come in and give Joanne and head-to-toe bath including a shampoo without her having to even get up out of the bed. It will make her feel so much better. And lots of book on Kindle. Has she read "The Last Lecture"? I think she might really enjoy it.
Kim Feth
Apex, NC

Janet Cline



I'm praying too.


Praying for a successful surgery and rapid recovery for Joanne.


You may be the most prayed-for woman on the planet:)Praying in FL.

Pam Houston

God bless you and know that we prayer warriors are bombarding heaven with prayer for Joanne's victory. "Inch by inch...." With God all things are possible!
A So. Cal "Siesta",
Pam Houston


Praying from Alabama. Praying for you all to have the peace you so desire and for the Doctor's hands be guided by God. Praying for the surgery to be the success you need it to be. Praying for things at home to go better than you ever dreamed. Just....praying, praying, praying!

Kristi Walker

Lifting JoAnne up in prayer!


Praying for all your needs!


Learning a lot about prayer these past few years and the prayer army of our loving God. The supplications offered here are inspiration for all. Thank you for sharing your life and these challenging times in such a public venue. God holds you in the palm of His hand. Isn't that a great place to be!

Child of God

Hi Joanne,
Stopping in to let you know I am thinking of you and praying for you. Come on, Jesus has this!!

Praying and praying!!


Praying for all of you....sweet peace, hope and grace to cover all of you.


Do you think she can use a scooter like one of these after her surgery?


Praying in Nebraska! God will bring you through this challenge with the grace and strength you have shown us all this year. Joanne, I finished all the Brad Thor books thanks to your recommendation! Love them!

Susie Tiemeyer

Will pray tonight, Toben. The phrase "all things become new" keeps resonating in my mind as I pray for Joanne. I'm going to hold onto that for now.


Praying in Delaware! Looks like we've got you covered. Don't worry.


Still praying!

I actually remember from last year when Joanne set up the Christmas tree early and put Thanksgiving decorations on it and proclaimed that she would now do so every year. It was so pretty and lovely. Just a suggestion, but wouldn't that be awesome to do again? I've never met you in person, Joanne, but I'm sure you'd love it and that it would perk your spirits right up! :)

I'm also giving serious thought to doing a Thanksgiving tree as well!


Praying in Tennessee for precious Joanne, may God touch the surgeons hands with His healing touch. God loves her, and your entire family so very much, He will be there, holding on tightly to His beloved daughter. I, too have had a stroke, on Labor Day this year. My heart truly goes out to your family. Be blessed.


Praying for you today!


Thinking of you today!! Hope all goes well and this is yet another step to freedom. You have been in my thoughts for almost the complete year of following your story. God is truly amazing in how he has helped you and your family thru this time. Prayers for all involved today and in the battles to come.

Lisa Chandler

I've already lifted Joanne up this morning from Arizona! Today is one step closer to independence. :) Praying that God takes the anxious thoughts away from Joanne and she's cared for and pain-free after surgery.

All the best,
Lisa @ Truefaced


Thanks for the update, Toben! I'm praying for you, Joanne, here in Ontario, Canada. HE knows it's scary to be us. Remember: Be strong and courageous and do not be terrified, for I the LORD am with you, wherever you go! Joshua 1.9

Barb from CNY

Thinking of Joanne, and praying for her today.


Know that all of you have been in our prayers all day--and will continue to be!


Please be well! Love from Maine and Rena


Praying from Oklahoma that things have gone well and you're on the road to recovery!



I have been praying for you the last couple days. Wondering how you are doing. I thought of you this morning as I read Lysa Terkeurst blog.She and Laura Story are visiting via video. After the video plays there is a link to Laura's song Blessings. Thought you might like those links.

Still praying for you.

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