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I have been pretty quiet, comment wise, but keep up on your are amazing, and don't forget it. Will be praying that you will be able to reestablish your quiet time soon and get those meditations on paper. You have been given this incredible challenge for a reason and I know that you will glorify God!

Sandy Chapin

This post makes me very happy! Enjoy your break and relax with your family. So happy you are sleeping better, I know it can make a world of difference. Also feeling like God is near and talking to you is huge. Love you!


Isn't spring break wonderful? I'm glad to hear you might be ready to "get some things on paper." Writing is my best therapy. Bless you!


I have also been quiet with my comments lately....but praying for you always. The Lord puts you on my heart daily....and I am thankful to read your post.

Looking forward to hearing from you more as you have your quiet time with God and share what He wants you to reveal to others. You are courageous and remain someone I look up to for so many reasons. I hope someday our paths will cross on earth:)

I will be checking in again soon.


Jen Medeiros (bloggy friend from Redlands)

Jan Maniatis

WONDERFUL to hear you are sleeping better - I pray it continues. Glad to hear that you made it to the grocery store! Good for you - another normalcy - type thing. Hope your week with the girls is just amazing, restful, full of smiles, with little delights each day. Hug - j

Jill Donnelly

SO glad you are sleeping! whenever I am awake at night, which happens in fits and spurts but always goes away, I pray for you that you will be sleeping instead of me. Your week sounds like it will be awesome!

Marla Taviano

This post makes my heart sing. I know things are still so, so hard, but THANK YOU for sharing your rays of hope. I love you, friend, and I'm praying this week is full of love and laughs and God and NORMAL. My girls are on Spring Break too--so wish we lived a couple thousand miles closer! Love you!!


So happy to read a post from you! Here's to a wonderful spring break (love the plan not to have a plan:) and continued progress in every way. Blessings.

Cheryl Veenstra

Thank you so much for sharing your excited that you guys have a peaceful, restful, warm weather filled week ahead!!!

I too, have been struggling with God's quietness the last couple years as my family has gone through some really yucky things. This song has brought me some comfort the last couple weeks...wanted to share it with you.

HUGE (gentle) HUGS Joanne...I truly hope to have the opportunity to chat with you someday soon...

Cheryl Veenstra


so thankful for the good better...your girls...praying for a wonderful....restful...energizing spring break:) blessings to you all~


Joanne, you are sounding wonderful - and as if life is creeping back towards a -normal- for you.


So excited to see a post from you on my reader!
Thankful you're hearing His voice again,that is priceless.



praying and praising with you, joanne! love love a new post from you!

Michelle From Australia

Joanne, so good to read that you are getting more rest. Sleep is the most restorative thing, other than loads of physical therapy, we can do to help ourselves heal.

We will continue our prayers for all four of you.

Jenni Saake "InfertilityMom"

It's so wonderful to hear you are ready to put your thoughts on paper again. Praise God for breaking through this season of silence.

Praising God for answering praying for sleep too.

Had to giggle at the idea of you pushing that shopping cart. I just tried for the first time today and it wasn't a pretty picture, but now I have some very specific ideas of how to pray!


How absolutely wonderful! It is so nice to hear that you are feeling so much better. I heard that when we are taking tests, the teacher is silent. How inspiring to hear you are hearing His voice. May He continue to bless you with rest and healing. Love to YOU!

Steve Lambert

My wife's aunt suffered a massive stroke in her early 40's and lived 35 more years. Though she was never able to return to her career as a physical therapist, and despite suffering significant paralysis as a result of the stroke, she lived a full, rich and amazing life. She never lost her sense of humor and she continued to have a meaningful impact on the lives of so many around.

While you've already been an inspiration to many over the past year, I can see limitless possibilities ahead for you. You have MUCH to say and to write after all you've been through. And there's a world waiting to hear your story; the good, the bad and the difficult. We can all be "encouragers" when life is easy, but it takes someone extraordinary to continuing encouraging others even when they're suffering.

"We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed" 2 Cor. 4:8-10

Each time you post I see a bit more "Life" in your words and I continue rejoicing- knowing that the day is coming when you'll be a voice of hope for so many.


I am so glad to hear about the sleeping! I hope and pray that good sleep continues. Enjoy your spring break. :)


It is lovely to hear your voice! I am glad things are going better and hope your family's spring break is deeply wonderful!


I am so thankful and delighted that there is improvement! Will be praying for you and your beautiful family Joanna.

Linda Hughes


Your message is so encouraging it brings tears to my eyes.

Praying for you all,
Linda in Seattle

Lora Osburn

Joanne, I am so glad to hear you are sleeping better! I rejoice with you! How I'd love to tag along with you to the Denver Art Museum. I love you, my friend. Continued prayers.

A Facebook User

I anxiously await you posts and was so happy to see your message. You and your amazing family are truly an inspiration. I hope you enjoy spring break with your girls.


So very thankful that you are sleeping well. That is HUGE :) I don't believe that I have ever commented before, but I have been following you and lifting up prayers for a long time. While your physical healing has not been complete, your healing has been a miracle. I am so thankful for all that you can do. God bless you and keep you...

Child of God

Hi Joanne,
I am glad to hear you are sleeping better and hearing God again!! Praise Him!

I pray for you and your family often and will continue to lift you up into the love of Jesus.


Amy J.

I too have been quiet for quite awhile, but I was so moved by your post that I had to write. I am so happy and thankful for the blessings you are receiving. Spring is so full of hope and renewal. I will continue to lift you up in prayer.


I'm so excited that I might be reading your thoughts and ideas soon. I will keep your requests in my prayers.

Kristi Walker

My heart absolutely smiled at this post!


Bless Your Lovely heart xx How precious to read your Blog xx Your an amazing family xx



Praise God for miracles! Love that you were able to sleep in!

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife

Hey darling J. Can't tell you how happy it makes me to hear from you and to behold again a miracle. I love you, my friend.


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