• Debbie Howell

So Be Thankful – Jasmine’s Journey of Healing

As I think over this year I remember times when I was strong in my faith for Jasmine’s healing.  There were also many days when the challenges of life derailed me and I didn’t have the strength to pray for anything, including Jasmine.  In many ways this has been a very hard year and on this day of thanksgiving I’m reflecting on what I can and should be thankful for.

I’m incredibly grateful for the good days that Jasmine has had.  The days when she’s felt good enough to spend time with the family or to go shopping with me.  I’m grateful for her doctor who is confident that she will get better, but it will take time since lyme has been having full reign in her body for over 10 years.  I’m not grateful yet for the hard days she’s had or the things in my life that have deeply challenged me.  Maybe someday, as I look back, after the miracles or after the breakthroughs.  Once I can see the wisdom of God in it all I may be able to thank Him, but not yet.  It’s still to real and raw and hard.

I can, however, be thankful for the things that inspire me to hold on as I continue to believe for better years ahead for my daughter.  This morning I read a confession in “Sparkling Gems” by Rick Renner.

“I confess that I am not ruled by worry, fear, or concern.  I go to God with those things that are on my heart, and I clearly articulate what I feel, what I need, and what I expect Heaven to do on my behalf.  Because of the promises in God’s Word, I know exactly how to boldly make my requests.  I always match my requests with thanksgiving, letting God know how grateful I am for everything He does in my life.  Heaven is on my side; therefore, I know I will survive and victoriously overcome each and every attack that ever tries to come against my family, my relationships, my business, my finances, and my life.  I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!”

So I am encouraged as I am reminded that we can be real in our prayers with God but then to add gratefulness into the mix of baring our souls before Him.

So today I pray for Jasmine from the book of Psalm…

I’m hurting, Lord – will you forget me forever?  How much longer, Lord?  Will you look the other way when Jasmine is in need?… Lord, I have always trusted in your kindness, so answer me.  I will yet  celebrate with passion and joy when your salvation lifts Jasmine up.  We will sing our song of joy to you, the Most High, for in all of this you have strengthened our souls. (Ps. 13)

Be real, be bold, be grateful.

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