Posted on: March 15, 2011

How many people do you know that , as they get older, make comments such as “I’m not having a birthday this year” or “I’m not having anymore birthdays”? Really? I mean, seriously, do they even know what they’re saying when they speak those words? Oh sure, I know most people that say those things are ‘just kidding’ or trying to be funny, but, I am convinced that we need to be extremely careful with our words and what we speak over ourselves.

I am getting to know one lady (through Twitter, Facebook and some of her other friends) that I’d be willing to bet is more than excited to let you know that today is her birthday! Her name is Joanne Heim and she suffered a stroke on January 11 of this year. Oh the miracles that God has done in and through this woman! He is healing her in ways that are astounding the doctors and He is using her situation to bring others (including myself) even closer to Him and His plans for their lives. I haven’t personally heard of any yet, but I would not be surprised to find out that there are some who have come to know Him as their own, personal Savior because of what He has done in her life. Oh and her own testimony through it all is extraordinary! I can’t even begin to describe all the excitement that was felt in the “Twitterverse” on Feb. 22 when our sweet Joanne started tweeting to us!!! Yes, just a little over a month after what she’d been through, here she was sending out tweets to everyone! God is not only good, He is THE Physician and I love watching Him show off through her.

So, even though I’ve never personally met her, I just know that our sweet Joanne is more than happy to shout from the rooftops that today is her birthday and she is very happy to be here to celebrate! Also, she gets a very special present today – she will be moving from the hospital to rehab – one step closer to being home with her wonderful husband and girls!

If you have never heard of Joanne, you can check out her blog at http://www.thesimplewife.typepad.com – I guarantee you will be blessed beyond measure!

And, remember – when your birthday comes around this year – BE THANKFUL and CELEBRATE WITH JOY that God has given you another year 🙂



I think God actually showed me something about birthdays a couple of years ago….if I’m still having them, then it means He still has a plan for me here on earth. Makes each new birthday a little more of a “Happy” one.
Here’s the link if you’re interested:

Of course I’m interested – going to read it soon as I can 🙂

I have joined you as well back in January within a week or so after her stroke b/c of a friend in NM who invited me to check out her blog and read of her husband Toben’s updates! I celebrated with you on Twitter too on Feb. 22nd! Wasn’t that fabulous! Giving God the glory as well and wearing my charm bracelet all day today. Even took to workout with me this morning. Every time I shake it I say a little prayer of thanks to God for healing Joanne! Praising the Lord for his wonderful power! Thank you for posting!

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