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. 201
    STEPHANIE says:

    Father God~

    You are holy. Your daughter, Joanne, one of Your own, is in desperate need for a touch from YOU. Please anoint her with Your Holy Spirit, in JESUS’ NAME, and for HIS sake! Please allow her to have a full recovery of body, soul, mind, and spirit so that she can raise her children, love her husband, and fulfill all that you have called her to BE for Your Kingdom purpose! We ASK You because we have the freedom in Christ to approach Your Throne of Grace for this request. May it be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen and Amen!

    Choosing JOY, Stephanie
    PS: I will continue to lift up this family before God!

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    Andrea S. says:

    Sweet Joanne & Family,
    Praying Psalms 46 over you over and over this morning. I am hoping and praying you can feel the love and prayers surrounding you.

    Heavenly Father-
    I raise up Tobin and Joanne and their girls to you today. I ask for your hand upon them, your comfort, your love, and your perfect peace. Father I pray for there to be no swelling in Joanne’s brain, and that they would experience no hemorraging. Lord- I ask for your healing to come upon this beautiful wife, mother, sister, and daughter. That you would heal her and restore her.

    In Jesus Name.

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    Cheryl says:

    Dear Lord, our Great Physician, please pour your healing power over Joanne and let her family rest in your comforting Spirit. Use those doctors and nurses as intruments of healing and may she recover with all praise and glory given to you. AMEN

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    Pam says:

    Praying !!

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    Dianne says:

    Dear Father,
    Please be with Joanne today and pour Your healing power through every part of her body. Let her feel Your presence even now. Be with Toben, Audrey and Emma and the rest of their family and comfort them and assure them of Your presence right now. Please be with every person attending to Joanne and equip them with the ability to make the right decisions for her care. Nothing is too difficult for You, Lord. Thank You for hearing our prayers for our precious sister and her family. I ask all of this in Jesus Name! Amen!

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    Lord, you said that if two of us on earth agree about anything we ask for, it will be done for us by Your Father in heaven(Mat. 18:19). We believe that by Your stripes, we have been healed(1Pet. 2:24). We agree for complete healing through Joanne’s body in the name of Jesus, our Healer. We all stand in agreement for her healing.

    In Jesus’ precious name, AMEN!

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    Debra says:

    Dear Heavenly Father, we unite in Spirt to pray for Joanne and ask for complete healing and recovery for her. Only You, Father, know the plans that you have for Joanne and we know they are for her good and not for evil. Shine Your face upon her husband and give him the wisdom to make the decisions that need to be made, to create normal routines so the children will not be swept up in emotion. Thank you Father for taking care of them and providing the comfort and peace that they need during this critical time. May they keep their eyes on You and not the situation. Give the doctors, nurses, and anyone else connected the wisdom, understanding and compassion that is needed to help Joanne recover one hundred percent. We thank You, LORD that we can come to Your throne of mercy and obtain grace to help in time of need. Thank You for hearing our prayers and for giving Joanne the best that You have for her. We plead the Blood of Jesus over Joanne and her family at this time.In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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    Erin says:

    I’ve been praying, and will continue to ask the Great Physician to grant wisdom to the doctors and nurses and complete healing to our Sister.

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    Renee says:

    …still praying for Joanne and her sweet family this morning.

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    Jill says:

    What beautiful, heart felt prayers have been lifted up on behalf of Joanne. I stand in agreement with everyone of them! In Jesus name Amen.

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    Sharon Meekins says:

    Dearest Lord Jesus,

    You are the Great Physician! I pray that You lay Your healing hand on Joanne. Pour out Your comfort, peace, and love over her family. Father, I praise You in advance for what You will do in this situation. Thank You, Father, that we can come boldly before Your throne and lift up Your precious child, Joanne. In Jesus Name.

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    Kathy Gerlach says:

    Lord, I do not know Joanne, but You do. You know all the things she has done in Your name and for Your Glory. Please, now, be with her and her family at this time of need. Place your loving arms around her, and heal her body. Be with the doctors and nurses as they minister to her physical needs. Be with her husband and girls, give them the strength they need to get through this time. We ask these things in your Son’s precious name, Jesus. Amen

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    TJ Weeden says:

    Your eyes are searching to and fro to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to you….This I pray today…For those involved….that Lord, if they are in need today, strengthen them….give them strength….please… Father….please….

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    jane says:

    Jesus, I pray that you are glorified in all of this. Please comfort them. Please guide the doctors.

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    Cindy says:

    Praying for Joanne and her family.

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    Ginny says:

    Praying…and will not cease.

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    Anne says:

    Lord you are the Great Compassionate Physician! May your incomparable healing power rain down on Joannne and may her family experince your peace and presence comforting them. You are a God of miracles and nothing is difficult for you. May Joanne come out of this with no lasting changes except a mighty testimony that glorifies you!!

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    Roselyn says:

    I just prayed for Joanne and her family.. and will continue to pray for them.

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    fuzzytop says:

    Father – You are the mighty healer, and the source of our peace, joy, and strength. Lord, if it be your will, I ask you for full healing for Joanne, grant her full restoration. You still perform miracles, and I pray miraculous healing be given Joanne. May your Spirit within her give her peace, and comfort; may she know with full assurance that You are with her, and will never leave her or forsake her.

    Lord, I pray that the medical procedures will go smoothly and flawlessly, and that you would grant divine wisdom and skill to all who attend to Joanne. Lord, may Your glory be revealed in her healing!

    Father, I pray also that her family – Toben, Audrey, Emma, Kristen, and her parents, would have peace and comfort, and be freed from stress and worry. Comfort them and draw them close to You Lord, and I pray you will surround them with friends and church family to minister to all their needs.

    Father, we are all in Your hands. You know all, see all, and You are in control of all things. Oh, how you love us!

    In the precious name of Jesus,

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    annette says:

    Heavenly Father,
    I am so thankful for a community of caring sisters and for the way a young woman in Colorado can invade my heart. Joanne needs Your healing touch. Only say the Word, Lord, and she will be healed. Speak healing over Toben and Audrey and Emma and give strength to go the course. Your Healing Hand is all over this, and I am already thanking You for all You’ve done and will continue to do on our sweet sister’s behalf. Grace them with Your presence in that hospital room. Bless them with knowing their needs before they even ask. You are all we need, Lord. Keep us safe in Your Arms. In the Name of Jesus, to this and every prayer listed here, Amen.

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    Candice says:

    Jesus, When I read the news already over 200 women have lifted up our sister- thank you for the Body of Christ, thank you – you are good, you are God. Lord, Joanne is resting in your arms right now- may you also bring comfort to her husband and her precious young girls. May their faith be strengthen during this time- may their trust in You grow. Lord, we come to you- we lift up Joanne knowing that our hope is found in only You- that you are the everlasting Father who loves His children such a great love. Thank you. Lord, I lift up other siestas who face difficult medical problems today as well. Lord, you know every name and every need. I praise you and thank you- Amen.

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    kimberly says:

    i just read on her blog that her husband is claiming ps 46 and ask that everyone claim that for her as well. off to claim! love, kimberly

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    Stacey in Midlothian,VA says:

    Sovereign Lord ~

    I pray your presence will be heavy on this family as they go through this difficult time. May they sense your complete control of this situation and have unexplainable peace during such a scary time. Diminish the “what ifs” from their thoughts. Holy Spirit, remind them of God’s promises. Gather up your children to encourage and support them, to rally around them. I pray complete restoration of health and for all to know this was the Lord’s work! May You be glorified in this situation.

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    Betty Fulkerson, Montgomery, TX. Beth my heart goes out to you, your friend Joanne and her family. My Heavenly Father I come to you this morning to ask you to place your loving arms around Joanne and heal her, give her family peace and let them know that you are in control, you are our Great Healer. I ask all this in your Preicous Son’s name Jesus Christ. AMEN

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    Crissy says:

    Praying for you sweet sister!!

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    Marije Visser says:

    Praying for Joanne… I love her blog! Can´t believe how this can happen in an instant. Believing for healing.

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    Lifting this dear sister in Christ up to You now Father. Be with her family. Bring angels to her children’s side and comfort them. Strengthen her husband. Bless the hands of the doctor’s and nurses. Let Joanne feel Your presence and peace like NEVER before. Your will be done…

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    Shanna Rainey says:

    Dear sister in Christ, you are being bathed in prayer:
    Father God, I lift up Joanne, Toben and their precious children to You as the Great Physician and Healer. Pour Your Grace over them Father. Comfort them, guide them. I praise You and I love You!!!!
    In the Holy Name of Jesus I ask these things. Amen

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    NURSEGIN says:

    Lord we know if we ask you hear us so please be with sister Joanne and her family. To GOD be the glory.

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    Father, please heal our precious, beaufiful Joanne. In the mighty name of Jesus.

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    Father God, I lift up this dear Siesta and her family to you. May they know your love and compassion for them, and trust Your perfect plan throughout all of this.

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    crystalw says:

    praying for you and your family…thank-you Lord for all you are doing in my life…

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    Dear Lord Jesus, I come to you right
    now powerless, humble, and weak…
    My friend Joanne, Lord…she is the same, and
    she is fully mindful Father, that YOU are in control,
    that it’s you that brings the very air into our lungs.
    Please Father, do NOT let me or anyone DOUBT
    you in this situation, we know that WE ALL have
    to believe. My heart hurts Lord. This time reminds
    me of many. Please Father, be there for Joanne,
    Be there for her sweet family. I ask you Lord to
    bring peace to everyone involved right now in
    the hospital. Lord, I ask that you be the surgeon
    as the skull is removed. Father, I beg you…show us
    your glory in this situation! We know you are
    the ONLY one that can heal Joanne…I KNOW
    it is out of our hands…it’s YOU, it’s all YOU,
    but I believe Lord that you are a GOD that does MIRACLES
    and a GOD that keeps your promises. I believe
    you are a God that ALWAYS meets us where we are…
    I’m asking Lord, PLEASE meet Joanne where she is now,
    she is such a servant for you. Thank you so much
    for healing her inadvance, for your continued
    protection, and for teaching us all a very powerful
    lesson in this time. I will BE STILL AND KNOW THAT
    YOU ARE GOD! (Psalm 46:10)

    In Jesus Name…amen!

    Love you sweet Joanne, and I’d love to learn
    from you someday of all the Greek you have,
    you inspire me.

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    Cathie Byers says:

    Praying for Joanne to feel God’s sweet hands holding her through this and to let her family feels his arms wrapped tightly around them.

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    Kim says:

    Beloved Father,

    It is with a firm belief and an assured confidence in You that I ask for a blessing for Joanne and her family. Please keep Joanne in Your safety and care. Let her know Your healing power in a divinely miraculous way. Wrap her family up in a comfort beyond the familiar.

    In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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    I pray for Joanne Heim, be with the physicians that treat her guide them in all they do. I pray for healing in Joannes body.You Lord Jesus are the healer above all. Father comfort her family during this time. I thank you and I give You praise.


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    Letha Mahan says:

    In all Your great wisdom and mercy, surround this family with your love and healing grace. Amen

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    Mary says:

    Praying that God will be HUGE in this situation!! He is a miracle working God … yesterday, today and forever!

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    Kathy Knoblock says:

    Dear Merciful Father God, Please bring healing and complete restoration to our sister Joanne. Give her wise and skilled Doctors and tender, skilled and wise Nurses to care for her. Surround her family with peace and evidences of Your love and presence. I ask this through the Mighty Name of Your Son Jesus

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    Suzi says:

    All your ways are good, even when we just can’t understand. So many of us are crying out to you today we know you hear the cry of your Saints. Lord please let the Heim family sense your presence so fiercely. I know you’re holding Joanne in your arms. I’m begging you to touch her body now, please heal and restore her fully. I pray you will be glorified through all of this. You are in control. Be with Toben let your peace cover him like a blanket. I specifically think of her precious daughters Lord be with them I beg! We’re praying for a miracle Father and trusting that You, The Great Physician will heal by the power of your precious name. We love you and thank you for Joannes faithfulness to you and the amazing testimony she has for you, how she love you! Please grant her more years on this earth so that you will continue to be glorified through her life. I know she is safe with you, your will be done. I love you and ask these things in Jesus’ Mighty name Amen.

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    Hattonmom says:

    Abba Father – You are in control and you love us so much.
    This band of sisters are united in lifting up our dear sister, Joanne for a special touch that can only come from you.
    We also lift up Toben, Audrey and Emma Lord. Give them your peace that passes all understanding in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen

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    angel smith says:

    Dear Abba Father,
    We come to your throne fully aware that You will listen and hear our cries to You for our sister…Send the comfort and peace that only YOU can provide in a time like this, and may we all rejoice with the family and give You honor and glory for You have a hope and a future for us.
    In the name of the strong Son of God, Jesus our Lord!

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    Katie says:


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    Debbie K. Summersville, Mo says:

    It is in your hands, Lord your will not ours. I ask you in humble pray Lord, that you lift our sister Joanne up. Give the doctors the knowledge, let them be your tools, Lord to help her. Place her family in your loving arms Lord and carry them as only you can do.
    In Jesus’s Holy name Amen

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    Jan says:

    Praying in NE Alabama for Joanne and the rest of the family! “What time I am afraid I will trust in Thee.” Ps 56:3

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    Bev Brandon says:

    With tears rolling down my eyes, I’m taking a break from teaching and stopped by Toben’s last blog. Matthew 8:15—just as Jesus touched the hand of Peter’s mother, I’m touching Joanne’s hand on the computer picture. God, would you show up for them this afternoon? “Only say the Word” Matthew 8:8. She’s a beautiful girl who loves you so! Isaiah 40:2 – would you lower this mountain she faces? Standing with her and all of you in prayer for this precious friend! Eph 3:17-20

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    Praying Paula says:

    Praying for Joanne in the mountains of West Virginia.

    May God bless all those who was set ahead of time to minister to her body as well as this community (LPM) to her spirit. Lifting her up before our Great Physician.

    Proverbs 3:5-6

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    Laura says:

    Heavenly Father, You have the final say in all circumstances, and how grateful we are to know that, what a comfort that brings. Father, I pray for a miracle right this moment, I pray for a healing, I pray for Your glory to be demonstrated as the doctors stand amazed at your handiwork. Oh Father, I pray for strength for this family, may they feel your arms that are around them and may they feel the prayers that are going up to the throne for them right now. May you provide for the financial needs, the physical needs and the emotional needs. Jesus, I know how precious children are to you. May they feel themselves being held by you as they struggle with understanding all of this. You never cease to amaze us, so we wait expectantly, to once again…be amazed. We love you and we trust you and rest in your character that never changes and thank you for your faithfulness. There is no shadow of turning with Thee. All we have needed Thy hand hath provided. GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS

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    Father God,
    As our dear siesta, Joanne, The Simple Wife
    Once again goes under the surgeon’s knife
    LORD, I ask, no, I plead
    Be every thing Joanne needs
    The exact spot where there is in her skull swelling
    Let it be a reservoir of Your Spirit’s filling and dwelling
    Come Great Physician and do a mighty work
    Joanne is YOUR own child, and her, YOU do not shirk
    Come Great Physician and do a mighty work
    Thank you for the friends and family that are there to totally surround
    Do an amazing work Father, in YOUR glory, please amaze and astound
    No thing is to difficult for YOU
    DO IT GOD, only what YOU can do
    Swoop in and redeem any function that has been lost
    And I ask for no lasting effects or debilitating costs
    Swoop in and heal. Swoop in and save. Swoop in and totally restore.
    We give You the praise, We give You the glory, today and forever more.
    In the Mighty, Magnificent Name Above All Names, JESUS. Amen.

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