I realize you have many, many things to pray for in your own circle of family, friends, acquaintances and outreaches... but something I read on a blog has touched my heart and I am posting it hear to ask you to pray.
Joanne Heim, a believer, suffered a stroke earlier this week. She is the 38 year old wife of Toben and mother of Aubrey (12) and Emma (9). She has written a couple books including "Misplacing God" and "Living Simply"... you can read her blog here as well as the updates her husband is posting on her health. I don't know Joanne, and only came across her blog when her sudden stroke was mentioned on two other blogs I follow here and here ... the thought of these two young girls waiting for their young mother to "wake up" breaks my heart. Joanne is only 7 years older than me. She was running on her treadmill in the basement when the stroke happened, and one of her daughters found her on the floor in a seizure-like condition. Their dad had already left for work, so you can imagine the horrific panic these girls would have been in. As of last night, Joanne was completed sedated with hoses, wires and tubes running in and out of her body... CT scans show dark masses in her right hemisphere that indicate major damage.
But we know God is over all, and this isn't happening without His knowledge or His permission. He has a plan and a purpose... but we will do what we're commanded to do: We will pray. Lift this family up before our God - the Great Healer... plead with Him on their behalf... look to Him for a miracle...and trust Him for the outcome according to His Plan.