The time God healed me…

If you follow my blog
(which you should because I am cool like that)
You know that I have been sick for a while now.
Thank the Lord; I was finally given a diagnosis
Crohns and ulcers and abscesses – Oh MY
Not quite the catch phrase I wanted attached to my name
But it’s what I have been given and yes, I will work it!
Again Praise the Lord; I am starting to get better. My good days are more frequent than the bad.

A few weeks ago I went before some of the elders to pray for healing.
I know some of you may think this is hokey
I know that my God can do anything
He states that we should go before the elders for healing

 

James 5:14-16 (NLT)

 

Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

Before the designated prayer date we were given “homework”.
Not just Jake and I but those who would be attending.
We selected a small group of friends to join us in prayer, each given the designated homework.

Homework:
Procedural Guidelines if you would like the elders of Calvary to pray for you:

1. Read the following scripture passages: James 5:14-16, Mark 6:1-6, Matthew 8:5-13, Matthew 17:14-21, John 9:1-41, II Kings 5:1-14, Luke 18:2-8.

2. Pray fervently for understanding and direction in this matter. You may want to read Divine Healing by Andrew Murray, to help you better understand the biblical teaching on prayer and healing.

3. In the days before your time of prayer with the leaders, you and the other people praying for you, should set aside time for prayer, specifically confessing every known sin area of your life. Are there any relationships which need healing, any unspiritual habits or patterns which need to be dealt with, or bitterness or anger which could grieve the Holy Spirit? (Eph.4:30-32) You should enter into this time of physical healing, spiritually and relationally whole.

After finishing the “homework” I felt good going into the healing prayer.
The elders started by stating why we were there,
what the bible says about healing and asked me to share why I was seeking healing.
I shared my illness story and on we went.
I was anointed with oil, everyone laid hands on me or someone touching me and then
there was a very powerful time of prayer
Followed by tears and hugs

I wish I could tell you I walked away from that meeting and was 100% physically healed.
I was not.
The first few days afterwards I was really sick, fatigued and in lots of pain.

About a week later my husband and I were discussing the “homework” we had before the prayer meeting. We were discussing relationships with other people. He asked me if I had any relationships that needed to be forgiven.
I thought about and it said I did not think so.
The more we discussed it the more I thought of two relationships in my life.
I am no longer angry or upset with either party, and I feel I am “over” what had happened.
But were the words forgiven ever spoken?

The next night my husband was speaking to a very dear friend and she mentioned to him that during the healing prayer the word forgiveness kept popping into her head. She did not mention it at the time and just kept praying.

God does not work in coincidences.

Obviously he needed me to work on a few relationships in my life. I spent a few days praying about it and felt very moved that this is the direction he was taking me.

I spent a long afternoon in prayer while the Lenny was sleeping and the older kids were at school. I prayed that the Lord would allow me to fully forgive those that have hurt me. That I would no longer carry this hurt and be able to move forward in our relationships.

I began to feel “free” like, the Lord had taken my yoke.

Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

I prayed that although I may never need to verbally let these people know they are forgiven that my heart has forgiven them.

Since that night I can honestly say that the Lord has healed me. He healed a part of me I was unaware was still hurting, wounded, and open.
guess what else… can you believe there is more?!?
I started to get better.
I am getting better everyday.
I have so much more energy, less fatigue, less pain and a lot less stomach issues.
I think giving it to all to God has helped me heal physically as well.
I know that even if the Lord does heal my disease completely, he healed me spiritually.

Just as he promised,
We serve a mighty, gracious, and compassionate God.

I am thankful to be his Child.

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Sinner turned saint. Lover of Jesus. DIY crafter. Mom of 3. Blogger. Friend. married to her high school sweetheart. I blogs to share about the things I love. My hope is that my love for crafting, Jesus, family, and food will inspire you to try something new. If you enjoy what you read, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog!

Comments

  1. You are amazing and God is so GREAT! The power of God and what forgiveness does is just out of this world 🙂
    Wonderful post and great reminder!
    I am reading the power of the praying women and we talked about forgiveness a few weeks ago, it was such an eye opener.

    Praying for you!

  2. This is so great to hear! God is good and he loves us on a personal level more than we can ask or imagine. And even if he doesn’t heal in the time we want or at all, he is still good and still has a good plan. Praise the Lord you are feeling better!

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