Memorial Box Monday: Your Steady Friend

“For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. 
And I will hope in your name,
 for your name is good.
Psalm 52:9
**I actually first told today’s 
Memorial Box Monday story on February 3, 2009. 
We were living in the hotel after just losing our home to the fire. 
I will share it again, each year, right around the anniversary!!**  
Earlier today, when writing about the Memorial Box giveaway, I mentioned how God told the people to tell the story over and over and over and over and over….and this is one of the stories I will tell over and over here because so many people doubt that miracles are for today.  So many wonder if healing is possible?
Well read on, sweet friends….read on…
It is a miraculous story of God’s powerful healing touch! 
If, per chance, you read it in the past – 
please rejoice with us again!
February 3, 2009 (from the hotel):
I have to start off by telling everyone that I was actually going to type this January 14, 2009 {the morning of the fire}.  Weird to think I was going to tell this story of God’s miraculous power but instead I stood and watched our little log home burn.  
 This story goes back to January 10, 2006.  
If you are new to our Place Called Simplicity 
and are wondering what in the world 
a Memorial Box is,  please read about it here.
As many of you may or may not know, I have Multiple Sclerosis. 
It showed up when I was in my late 20’s and 
then I was officially diagnosed in 1991. 
I grew up in Buffalo, NY and Buffalo is known as a
‘hot spot’ for MS.  
My cousin has it, friends of mine from 
high school have it, a girl Dw dated for ages
 while in college has it and one of Dw’s
 cousins even died of it.   In fact, my sister-in-law, 
Mary, had three sister-in-laws {one has since passed away from it} and she even a sister with it! 

Really, MS seems everywhere in Buffalo, NY.

My MS started out slowly, but after about 10 years it got much more aggressive and soon I was having exacerbation after exacerbation on a regular basis.  
Before long I needed a cane to walk with for support.   
With my cane for balance and support on my right side, often family or close friends would allow me to use their arm for support on my left side.   Walking was often a struggle.

I also had exacerbations that affected my hearing, my speech {slurring for weeks like I was drunk}, my vision, my balance {I would fall into walls regularly} and so on. 

Multiple Sclerosis is a very yukky disease.

{My cane looked like this one [except the flowers were purple – my personal favorite!]….beautiful and flowery……I figured if I had to use one it was gonna’ be feminine, flowery and spiffy!!}
Then in about 2001, I had a major exacerbation that left my right arm and right hand trembling and shaking 24/7 – permanently! It was embarassing. It shook boldly all the time. From the moment that exacerbation started there was a never, ever, ever, ever even a moments break from the trembling, twitching and shaking. I could not lay on my right side because my body would vibrate so much that I couldn’t sleep. 
I love to write long hand letters to special people in my life but I did not like to write anymore because of how 
awful my handwriting looked. 
It was humbling to be in a prayer circle and hold hands with someone who didn’t know me because of how my hand and arm continually bounced and trembled.  I would accidentally knock things over without much effort.   So from 2001 there was not a moments reprieve from the trembling, twitching and shaking of my right arm/hand.
And the MS continued to daily make my body a mess. We finally had to build a handicapped accessible home for my wheelchair. I affectionately named him Charlie, as I would have to, from time to time, spend a day or two in him.
In June of 2004 we moved to Colorado to pastor. We had been told by doctors that it would slow the progression of an autoimmune disorder like MS to live in a drier climate.
THEN one day, January 10, 2006 to be exact, Dw and I were on a four way call with treasured friends of ours {Dan and LaVonne} who live in San Antonio, TX. We had wanted to pray with them about a prophetic word that the husband, Dan, had had about me. It’s a long story, maybe for another day (but probably not), just suffice it to say that what we were praying about had nothing {directly} to do with the MS.   
It was a monumental time of prayer, 
but we didn’t really  understand the extent of just how monumental it was about to be.
Dw and I were tucked away in our master bedroom as we talked with Dan and LaVonne and then prayed together. I prayed, Dw prayed and then our friend Dan prayed. We were asking the Lord to move in the supernatural in a huge way about something 
from 40+ years before.
When we finished praying we hung up 
and I walked out to the kitchen.
As I was walking over toward the island
 where Graham was sitting I felt
like the Lord said, “Look down at your arm/hand.”
I looked and there stood my right hand and arm,
that had only seconds before shook
 uncontrollably for the last 5 years,
now completely and perfectly still. I started to
squeal and turned to Graham, “LOOK GRAY! LOOK!”
He looked down to find both hands of mine positioned
next to each other and both were absolutely and perfectly still.
Graham started gasping and screaming along with me and everyone came running….yes, my hand and arm that had trembled and shook for FIVE years was now motionless!!!!
We called our grown kids and friends around the country – it was a true miracle!! Everyone who knew me was in shock!! I felt like the man with the withered hand that is mentioned in scripture. For months, many, many, many times a day I would stop and just stare at my hand/arm. I can’t imagine that man with the withered hand did any different – stopping and staring and remembering and rejoicing!
The following Sunday when we told our church during both services people stood and cheered. God had moved in a mighty way – and we hadn’t even been praying for the MS to be healed!!
What I firmly believe is that when Dan, Lavonne, Dw and I asked God to move in the supernatural He indeed moved. I felt like He said, “I am doing what you asked in the supernatural and I am going to evidence it in the physical by healing your arm/hand.”
From then on I would stand many times a day and just stare at my two hands. That right hand was just as still as my left now – after all those years. It was a true healing miracle.
When I showed my neurologist my right hand and arm – he literally jumped up and hugged me and with utter delight said, “Linn, it must be God – Multiple Sclerosis does NOT go away! I bet God is going to completely heal you.” These words from a man who has said he does NOT believe in God!!
And then a few months later……..even though I had used my cane for many years, after the instant healing of my hand/arm I began to notice that my legs began to feel stronger. They were actually feeling really strong!! I was wondering what was going on. Could the words of my neurologist been prophetic?
Within four months even people at church began commenting that it looked like I hardly needed my cane. By mid-July of 2006, I felt like I should take the courageous plunge and try a day without my cane. The rest is history and I have never, ever used my cane again.
I call my arm/hand healing 
“my microwave healing”

done in an instant!!

I call my legs healing “my crock pot healing” – slow and steady. There are occasional days yet when I know that my legs are still not 100% healed….and if times get really stressful they still can go a teeny-bit “funky-chicken” like.  
BUT to this day, I have never used my cane again. 
So on this Memorial Box Monday, I invite you to praise with me Almighty God and thank the Lord for His miraculous healing of my arm and hand and legs. He is truly the Miracle-Working, Mountain-Moving, Awe-Inspiring, Gasp-Giving God – Jehovah Rapha the healer of trembling and shaking arms and hands, Jehovah Rapha the healer of broken hearts, Jehovah Rapha the healer of broken dreams, Jehovah Rapha the healer of painful pasts, Jehovah Rapha the healer of blind eyes, Jehovah Rapha the healer of deformed limbs, Jehovah Rapha the healer of traumatic memories, Jehovah Rapha the healer of wounded relationships, Jehovah Rapha the God of the universe!! 
Yippee Jesus!! 
Rejoice with us!!
The symbol for this Memorial Box story is a rock…as rocks are steady and solid….and I usually sign emails to our sweet treasure- friends, Dan and Lavonne in TX who prayed with us:
Your Steady Friend

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14 thoughts on “Memorial Box Monday: Your Steady Friend

  1. I think this is one of the first posts I ever read here on your blog. :) And I love, love, love this story.

    And I can't remember if that second to last paragraph has always said all those things that Abba is healer of, but I really needed to read that part tonight. <3

  2. Wow. What an amazing story of God's goodness. I remember you wearing your high heals at church that one day this summer and telling me and another lady about how you used to have MS and wear those heels now because you are able to after God healed your MS. Praise His name!! After knowing you, without you telling me about your MS, I never would have known you had it. God is so good.

  3. Thank you, thank you for sharing this. I read it before and I read it again and LOVE to hear how God loves on us when we trust in Him!
    Only GOD!
    Celebrating with you, Linny! He is using you in so many ways :)

  4. I loved your wonderful story of God's miracle working power. I have a daughter with MS. She is not walking with the Lord but I continue to pray. I have always believed that God has healed her since she has never had any recurrence since her diagnosis about 10 years now. She does injections every other day so she claims that is the probable reason. She would never go for further tests due to expense and in the beginning her neurologist said to only test if there was a change in her condition. Anyway, she had to undergo a physical to enter the police force. A new MRI showed no new mylenation and a reduction in places that had been there. Your saying that your doctor said "MS doesn't go away", just confirms my belief in what my God has done for my daughter. I am believing a day will come when she acknowledges that herself.

  5. Yippee, Jesus! Thank you, Linny, for posting such an amazing and wonderful story of God's goodness and faithfulness. Your entire blog, let along the individual entries, is a testimony to God's goodness and faithfulness.

  6. I so loved you reminding us of this story. I remember telling friends about your healing of MS, it really amazes people.
    After reading this I thought…
    As the fire took hold you and your family were held steady in the Lords arms, he protected you throughout. Now 6 years later you steady arms are holding Miss Ruby and it is so wonderful to see her in your arms. A mothers love, so strong and full of protection. To feel safe and loved.
    I thank the Lord for your miracle and for the blessing you are to your family and blog friends. XXX

  7. I've heard people say that God doesn't perform Bible style miracles anymore, nut touts just not true at all.
    What an incredible miracle and one I'd like to remeber for the next time I hear someone who had lost faith in God's miracles.
    I missed seeing this in the first go around. Thank you for sharing it again!

  8. I think I've read this story of yours before. Praise God for healing you! I also have a friend who was healed of MS. She was blind; now she drives and everything! Though she was/is on experimental drugs for her MS, she still credits God with healing her.

  9. Wow, wow, WOW! God is so, so good. I've commented a few time in the last weeks as I've rediscovered your blog. I was came over from Mckmama's community after the fire, but "lost" you in the virtual world. I found you again through Rachel, Mr. Daddy and Tiffany.

    This post spoke greatly to me. I needed the reminder that God is the healer of all things. He's asked me to trust Him to redeem, and through your words reminded me to trust Him for healing. Blessings to you and yours.

  10. I didn't know about your blog when you first wrote this, so this is the first time I'm reading this story. I just need to tell you that something happened after I read the paragraph talking about Jehovah Rapha. I felt prompted to read it aloud, and did with tears in my throat, feeling as if this is Holy Ground. There is some healing needed in a crucial relationship in my life, and from all appearances, it looks totally and completely hopeless, just as it has for nearly 30 years. But God is faithful. And I still hope. May He choose to be Jehovah Rapha in that particular situation.

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