Urgent Siesta Prayer Request

My Dear Ladies,

It has been *so* long since I have written on this blog. WOW. Things have been so busy at work and around the Fitzpatrick house but today I got some news that compelled me to get on the blog immediately. Joanne Heim, a dear siesta, suffered a stroke this morning. She is the thirty-eight year old wife of Toben and mother of Audrey (12) and Emma (9). Some of you around here may know her as the Simple Wife. Joanne has inspired me countless times with her witty and profound comments. She is a brilliant student of Scripture, an amazingly devoted wife, and a fun and creative Mom. The last time I heard from her she told me that she was teaching her girls Greek. My heart was pierced when I heard the news a few hours ago and I have not been able to get the Heims out of my mind. Please hear me when I say that I know nothing except that Joanne has been in surgery, they located a blood clot, and she is out of surgery. I have been stalking news about her on Twitter, and apparently she is still sleeping but has been responsive by squeezing her husband’s hand.  The family will not know anything substantial until she wakes up.  I am not an authority on what is going on as I have very few details (and the ones I do have are from Twitter!), but Mom, Amanda and I do want to invite you to pray for our dear sister Joanne. If you feel inclined, please use the comments on this post as prayers for Joanne and family.  We have been told that there is a call to prayer tonight at 6:00 CST. Check Twitter (@joanneheim/#prayingforjoanne) because the last we heard, they were going to try to Skype. No matter when, no matter where, let us all join together and pray for all things concerning the Heim family.

Love to you all,



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  1. 1
    Karen E says:

    Praying with you!! May God’s healing power and presence be evident to all, and may Joanne trust His peace through it all.

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    Siesta OC says:

    Joanne – you didn’t know some of us before, like you know us now. You are being prayed over abundantly.
    What likely happens, isn’t usually what my Lord rolls with, HE IS A REBEL in the Good Way! You are permanatly in my thoughts and lifted in prayer and you family, that they would just be wrapped so beyond words in HIS love and peace and that their eyes would be fixed on JESUS!

    LORD how we love you, and know you are in control. Totally! Bring full healing and restoring to Joanne, knock the medical community off their feet, in Jesus Name Amen!

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    melanie says:

    I am praying for healing and restored health for Joanne and for strength and peace for her family and friends and for wisdom for all of her doctors and nurses. Praying now!

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    Sister Lynn says:

    “Is anyone among you in trouble? … Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
    James 5:13-16 (NIV)

    Praying with my siestas for our sister!

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    Michele says:

    Sometimes Twitter can be a distraction and devour our time, but today it was a blessing. It has been a privilege to join with other siestas from all over in lifting Joanne and her family up in prayer.

    Many of us spent today sharing the emotions, quoting Scripture, praising God, and realizing just how special Siestaville is. I am so thankful to be a part of it.

    Love you guys

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    Marilyn-Peterborough Canada says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Joanne, I am lifting her up in prayer.

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    Earlene says:

    Oh Father God, I pray for Joanne and her family! Oh God restore her life to wholeness! I claim victory for her and her family in this hour! Oh God bring peace, mercy and grace to her family as she recoups from this! May Jesus be an ever presence in her room!

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    We’ve been praying here all afternoon. I KNOW Jesus is with sweet, Joanne and her precious family. May the God of all comfort fill those around her with His presence and His peace. Nothing takes Him by surprise and He is faithful to us! I pray for complete restoration, healing and peace while He shows us who He is. He is the author and finisher of our faith and writing a story that I KNOW Joanne will use to glorify Him with everything in her. Praise your Holy Name, Father!

    LPM, thank you for your obedience to this online community. Something that is so difficult to explain has proved to be so beautiful today. God knits people together that would never have chosen each other 🙂 We are all better because of Him and because of you. Thank you.

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    Groovewoman says:

    The Siesta’s are in FULL FORCE In PRAYER for Joanne. The Lord is Her Healer and NOTHING is Impossible For Him! PRAISE THE LORD!
    I am Praying AGAINST permanent damage, swelling or bleeding. I am PRAYING & BELIEVING IN absolute FULL Healing & Restoration for her!! I Believe & Trust In Him our Mighty Healer!

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    Dori says:

    Jesus, I’m reminded of what a holy and sacred moment it is when we come before You. Because when we cry out to You, I know that You lean in close to hear.

    Jesus, we are doing that — crying out to You on behalf of our sweet friend, Joanne. Your Word tell us that our life is just a vapor and that You have them all planned out before the first one flies off the calendar. We’ve been reminded of this today in such a powerful way because just this morning we were giggling with our Joanne about her firebuilding woes and then the horrible news came.

    Jesus, we will not stop asking for Your healing for our friend. We hear that her doctor’s have done what they have been trained to do. Now we ask You do to do what only You can do. You created her beautiful mind and now we ask You to heal it through and through.

    God, I KNOW that Joanne will declare Your praises no matter what. But I KNOW FOR A FACT that no one will give You glory for complete healing like she will. That’s what we want for our friend — for You to completely heal, completely restore and completely redeem.

    Jesus would You wrap Your arms around Toben, the girls, Jo’s sister and her parents? Would You give Toben clarity of mind to make decisions for His wife’s good and answer the difficult questions I know those sweet girls have. Would You bring many people to come and minister to this family?

    Jesus, I pray that even right now every cell of Joanne’s brain is being healed thoroughly and that step by step she is made completely whole.

    And could You come in and do what only You can do — do the miraculous in this situation. Lord, I’m amazed by You. Amaze me once again. Astound the doctors. Make them speechless at the healing that will take place so that all they can say is that they have no idea, but that Joanne was given a miracle!!!

    We adore You, Jesus. You are our everything! We lay ourselves at Your Mercy Seat. Meet us there, Precious Lord. We fall facedown before You.

    In Your powerful Name, we say AMEN!

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    Cindy Hunter says:

    Lord please intervene for this Child of yours.

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    Heavenly Father, you are powerful. I pray for my friend Joanne, Father, touch her with your powerful hand. Heal your servant. Father, I specifically pray that you would protect Joanne’s brain from swelling and bleeding, in Jesus’ name. I pray for all of the medical professionals who are tending to Joanne, move over them with your mighty power. Father, give each of them wisdom and knowledge beyond their capabilities, so that they can be their absolute best as they are taking care of our Joanne. Father, comfort and strengthen Toben, Audrey, Emma, and Joanne’s parents, and sister. Give them an extra portion today, that they would know your goodness, and your presence with them. Father, take care of their every need while they are sitting with Joanne. Send others to surround them, support them, and build them up. God, you are in control, and I trust you even when I don’t understand. I believe you have your daughter, and I pray that we will see a true miracle this day. In Jesus matchless, and holy name. Amen.

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    Lynn says:

    I will petition the Throne of Grace for my dear siesta and her family. We serve a God who performs miracles!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mary Watkins says:

    Praying tonight for Joanne Heim and for her family. Lord, extend your healing touch to our dear sister in Christ. Nothing is too great for You, Lord. Father, you are the Great Physician. We know You hear our prayer so on behalf of this dear one we ask You to tend to the needs of Joanne.

    Thank You, Lord.

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    Shelby says:


    I know You can do anything. Thank you for being a great, huge and HEALING God. Lord I lift Joanne into Your arms right now. Lord please heal her of anything that might have happend to her today. Lord I pray she wakes up soon and has a very very quick recovery. Lord stay with her family and friends as they also deal with this. I love you Jesus! Amen

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    Tiffany Morse says:

    Dearest Lord
    It is always a wonder to me when something tragic happens, and we see the Church your Body, Your beautiful bride come together to truly pray for the wholeness of one of our members…this has truly touched my heart! You are too good to us! You deserve all Praise and Honor and ALL the glory! I adore you Lord Jesus! We are lifting before You one sister and her family! Joanne,she is a treasure to us and even more to You! You are not surprised by this tragic situation even though we are ! It is greatly comforting to know that you love us and are working life and good in our midst! But we are boldly asking Your healing…COMPLETE healing in the life, mind and body of Joanne…Lord Jesus You are completely able! Work mightily in her today Lord! Her family that is by her side, her children that have experienced more hardship today than they cared to ever, Lord shield their minds and imaginations, that their trust would be completely in YOU and that the sweet family would bond greatly in and through this hardship! you are going to work all things for Your glory in this Lord let us see you in this time! Let them see you in AMAZING ways Lord, make yourself extremely evident to them O Lord! Let not one ounce of this be in vain Lord, You are in the details!! We praise YOU and rest in YOU! Bring forth healing Lord, quickly!! You are magnificent Lord, I Love YOU! AMEN!

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    Ash says:

    Inspired by Matthew 8 – Jesus, just say the word and she will be healed. I am considering it a done deal and believing she will be fine.

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    Miss Kathleen says:

    I neither know this woman or ever wrote to her or recall a posting she made on this site. Yet you know herfor you are her Creator. You are her Savior, You are her EVERYTHING!! You are the great and mighty physician so we as her siestas lift her up on eagles wings to you holy God. Take care of her and touch her in a mighty and powerful way. You know the very hairs on her head you are trustworthy and dependable to come to in this hour of need. Hold her Father and we pray for healing and strength for not only her but her family too.
    We ask this in all humility and in the powerful name of our Jesus……
    Amen and Amen

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    Bobbie says:

    Praying now for sweet, sweet Joanne and her family. She’s such an inspiration to so many of us! Thank you, Melissa for letting us know and I’m so grateful for Siestaville at a time like this.

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    Kristy Holland says:

    Praying for you Joanne and your family – for healing and strength.

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    sherrylu says:

    i will be and honor and privilege to pray for this dear siesta and her family.

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    Allison C. Lee says:

    Thank You tonight in advance for all you will do in this horrible time. We wait for Your name to be Glorified in the miracle you will give. We love you, and we call on you through Jesus.

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    Dixie says:

    Lord, heal Joanne and sustain her life. Give her family peace and confidence, answer this prayer early that they may rejoice and be glad all of their days. May the glory all be Thine. In the name of Your Son Yeshua. Amen.

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    Angie says:

    Heavenly and almighty Father, I pray for our dear Siesta Joanne and her family. I want to thank you for all the things you will do for this family. I know you are the awesome creator of all and this is all in your hands. Father, only you know why this is happening but I ask that you give her family peace of mind so that they know you are in control Father. I pray for her and her family in your son’s name.

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    Pat from Kansas says:

    Dear Father,
    We beseech you on behalf of our siesta for her healing. Lord, be merciful to her and her family. May You be glorified in this situation.

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    Kristi says:

    Lord God, Just this afternoon I was talking to a friend about how we just don’t ever know how you will work things out for our good. We think we have such good ideas sometimes, but then You go and move or work in a direction we never even considered. You are awesome, Lord. I ask that You do the most amazing thing in Joanne’s body right now. Something we never even thought of. For You are God alone. And You can do more than we can ever ask or imagine!
    Thankyou, Father. Thankyou.

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    OceanMommy says:

    Thank you Lord Jesus for Joanne. For her life, her testimony and for the way she has shown me what a faithful wife looks like. Thank you that today was not a surprise to you. Please, Lord, heal her. Use this to show the world that you are our Healer. Comfort Toben, the girls and their family tonight. Sing a little louder over them and I ask God that the weight of your presence sit on them and hover so around Joanne that the Dr.’s and nurses feel you when they come to care for her. Thank You for this community and the way we are connected. In Jesus name…..

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    Christina says:

    I have been praying for Joanne all afternoon- I saw this terrible news on another blog. She has been such a blessing to me just through her blog and her wonderful books- I feel like I know her and so this was so hard to hear! Father- it is hard for me to understand when things like this happen, but I do trust that you will use it all for your great glory. I pray for healing for Joanne, peace for Tobin and her girls and family and most of all that you would be glorified. Please give her doctors and caregivers strength and wisdom. In Your Holy name Jesus.

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    Jessica says:

    Father, I just lift up this family. I pray that they would know Your peace during this time. That your love and favor for them would be evident. Oh, that they would rest in the knowledge that You hold them in the palm of Your mighty and righteous hand. Surround them, envelop them, overshadow them with Your love. Father, may Your name be glorified and magnified! In Jesus name.

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    Jean M says:


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    Roxanne Worsham says:

    Dear Father in Heaven,

    We lift Joanne and Toby up to your Throne of Grace, Healing, and Love. Please continue to hold Joanne close to you, Father, and allow the healing to come quickly and completely. I know this was a surprise to this precious family, but it did not come as a surprise to You. I know that you are working things out in the supernatural that we clearly have no idea. Thank you for doing that for all of us. I thank you ahead of time, Gracious God, for the testimony and witness Joanne’s miraculous healing will be. Father, even baffle the doctors so Your name may be glorified and You can bring many to the saving grace of Jesus. Joanne already has the victory because of Jesus. Raise her from that sick mat and let her testify with her mouth that her faith has made her whole.

    We love you, Abba, and bow before your majesty!!!!
    In Jesus’ name we give thanks!

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    kathypinkbicyclearkansas says:

    Dear Father, Great Physician:

    WE lift up Joanne our Siesta, our freind from The Siesta Fiesta. You know Lord what her body has suffered and you the Great Healer know the outcome.

    We pray that you will heal her and hold her family very close right now. We love Joanne and we love that she loves you and serves you. Her blog is a testimony of that.

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    LuAnn says:

    Dear Heavenly Father – I don’t know this woman, but you do. You know everything about her, thank you father for her and her life and her family. Lord God I ask now that you show yourself strong in her life that you touch her and bring total healing to her body. I ask that you carry her husband. Help him to be sensitive to his daughters and their needs and fears. Give the girls a peace that passes all understanding. Please father give her doctors wisdom that is beyond their own, guide her treatment. May you and you alone be glorified in this situation Father.

    In the precious and mighty name of Jesus, I pray.

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    Yolanda says:

    I am praying Psalm 41:3 over Joanne. I am praising God in the midst of this storm and for His faithfulness.


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    Kristi Walker says:

    Heavenly Father,

    We are weak, and You are strong. May You be glorified, even in sickness. I bow with my sisters in Christ, and ask humbly, but with all confidence of Your goodness, that you bring swift and complete healing to our sister. May the doctors be servants of Yours, or mystified by her healing. May her family be comforted with Your peace. Thank you, Lord.

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    staciedichsen says:

    We lift Joanne up to you and ask you to reach down and heal her fully. Give wisdom to her doctors and caregivers, and peace and courage to her family!

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    Kara says:

    I’ll be praying. Thanks for letting us know.

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    Ohlookaduck says:

    Lord, please be with Joanne and her dear family and give them your blessings of healing and comfort. May Your name be glorified!

    Gentle hugs,

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    Esther Burrougha says:

    In the power of His Name…

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    Kathleen says:

    Will be praying for Joanne and her family. Please keep us up dated if you can. I do not twitter.
    Dear Lord, Please watch over this family, comfort them, guide them, hold them in the palm of your hand as Joanne heals. Amen.

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    HI I just hopped on over to the Lpm blog so I will be praying for Joanne as I lifted up a silent prayer as I read the blog Lord show off in this lady life heal her completely Lord help her to be strong again and help her to not have no lasting side effects be with her children and comfort them and her husband.
    We ask in Your Name Jesus Amen

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    Alicia says:

    Praying for her!

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    Amy says:

    Go Jesus! We thank you for your miracles, your abundant grace, and the testimonies of healing that were on this blog last month, all to the Glory of Your Holy name. Let Your name be revealed as Healer, Jehovah Raphe, to this precious family. I pray for absolutely no residual effects from this stoke – I pray wholeness and peace throughout her entire body according to Your word in 1 Thess 5:23. Let this be a miracle of healing that will confound the wise.

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    kendal says:

    praying for life.

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    Laura says:

    Dear Lord,

    We come to you together united in prayer for a dear person who is in need of Your Healing. Jesus, You are the Healer and we put this wonderful lady in Your more than capable hands. We know that you will restore her. All praise be given to Your Holy Name!

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    Karene says:

    I just discovered Joanne’s blog when she commented on the hidden disabilities post. I have her e-mail on my refrigerator because I wanted to e-mail her this week. What a strong woman of God!

    Jesus, we call on you on Joanne’s behalf. Our sister needs Your divine healing. We come before Your throne humbly yet boldly and ask You to place Your hands on her, and restore her to full health. Please comfort her husband and children. May they know Your presence and peace. In all, Thy will be done. Thank You for hearing our prayers!

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    DigiNee says:


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    Lee Ann says:

    Oh my goodness! I just connected with her through this site and we both had a love for The Pioneer Woman and Bullfrogs and Butterflies! Thank you for posting. Will be praying for her right now and in the coming hours!!!!

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    Rebecca says:

    Thank you in advance for what you are going to do in the life of Joanne and her family. I pray for her team of doctors and nurses, that they have wisdom, clarity and a steady hand as they work to decipher all that is going on her body. I pray they will be careful when they do her bloodwork. I pray for her children and her family as they wait.I pray that Joanne, in this time of being still, have no doubt that You are God. May they all be completely overwhelmed with your presence and your peace. Lord, we do not know the outcome of this situation; yet, I praise You because You do. In your most amazing name I pray … Amen

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    Siesa Stephanie says:

    Our Dearest Heavenly Father
    I pray for Joanne and her family during this time of illness and uncertainty. Lord hold Joanne in your loving healing arms and let her know your presence. You are the Healer, The Comforter and Protector. Lord please guide all the Dr and Nurses in how to care for her .Lord I pray for her husband and children to know your presence and know you are in control. In You Holy Name I Pray

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