Hoping for the Long Haul (Vanessa)

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”  Luke 18:1
We don’t know exactly how it works, but Jesus uses the example of a woman who petitions an unjust judge so much that he eventually helps her to teach us not to give up praying. We know that our God is so good all the time and always wants good things for us, like health and healing, yet sometimes these things delay. The hope in the midst of the delay and the courage to continue asking are challenging but rewarding parts of this testimony sent by Vanessa.
Hello friends~
I want to give testimony to the goodness of our God, to his healing power in our lives and His great love for each of us.
I have struggled with chronic back pain and headaches since I was a child.  I remember my first of many chiropractic appointments was around age 5 and my mom was sending Tylenol to school with me in Kindergarten already, for the headaches.  My doctor at the time, didn’t want to approve the Tylenol at school because he said a child my age shouldn’t be experiencing headaches.  I’ve pretty much been dependent on chiropractic care my whole life, sometimes more than others.  At times I would even go twice a week but always needed to go at least once a month and still was never pain free.  I believe God has revealed to me that the pain was due to deeper emotional struggles and hurts that I didn’t deal with.
I began coming forward for prayer for my back about 2 years ago at church.  I felt God prompt me to trust Him and step out in faith, which was a big deal for me in the first place.  I didn’t want to be disappointed and didn’t want to “put myself out there”.  I also felt silly because I thought my pain maybe wasn’t bad enough for God to heal and others with more serious illness, needed it more.
This is not to elevate anyone, but I would be remiss to not share that I’m so thankful to Chris and Nancy and also the rest of the ministry team, for faithfully praying and stepping out in faith to see healing and trust for the impossible in people’s lives.  You truly bless the body by your love and faith for people.
We’ve prayed many times for my back and each time, I began seeing some healing…the headaches started to decrease, my back pain slowly got better, some of the prayer times I actually experienced God’s hands moving parts of my back into alignment and strengthening other areas.  One area where I experienced a lot of pain, in my right shoulder blade, is now completely pain free – praise God!  The pain in my shoulder blade had been constant before, and was getting so bad that I was having trouble sleeping because of it.  I responded to words of knowledge, we kept praying and now I can say I’m completely healed in my back, but also have come into a rest and peace that I’ve never known.  Thank you Lord!
I have been blown away by the love of the Father and how He cares so much for us.  Its been over 6 months now since I’ve been to the chiropractor and over a year since I’ve needed to go regularly.  I never expected healing like this or to be touched so personally by the Father.  He truly is good and we can trust Him with everything.

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