"Peace In The Valley"
In early spring, February of 1998, I was working for a doctor as a nurse. I led a fairly active life, aside from my busy work schedule, I was also a 4 to 5 day a week square dancer, and lived a relatively care free life with no apparent health problems. Infact, I couldn't even remember being sick or even having a cold or the flu for years.
The doctor I worked for decided to sell his x ray machine and being the one who took all the films, I decided to take a chest x ray and get a physical. The doctor said my film looked like I had lungs full of "lint" and suggested I go to a more professional x ray lab and repeat the process. The new film came back saying I had pnuemonia in the left lung and the other was so dense they could not make out what was there.
I was a former smoker and grew up in a household of smokers. I also did a lot of commercial sewing for a dance store, especially on an overlock machine that cuts and hems all at once and in the process, unfortunately, releases a large amount of lint from the fabric. I never dreamed I could be inhaling all of this lint!
At this time the doctors began to have me return to the lab for weekly sputum tests, blood tests, more x rays and so far nothing was showing up bad until they decided to order some cat scans. Then 7 months later in September, while I was at work, I received a call from the doctor saying I had lung and windpipe cancer. I was then given a death sentence, as I was told I had only three months left to live.
I was asked to go and get a broncescopsy at the hospital. I was also told this tumor was so large that I didn't have any hope for survival. By the time I was scheduled for the broncescopsy, I was coughing very badly and having horrific bouts of bleeding, not to mention I was now breathing like someone that had just run a mile!
As a nurse, having seen my share of death and dying, I felt like I had better make a will out quickly. I refused any treatment at this time as I felt there was just no use, I knew I was dying. I cannot express accurately the great stress and agony I was going through at this time as I was now losing a lot of weight daily. The bleeding bouts were so terrifying and were at times so bad they would cut off my air supply and as a result, would cause me to choke.
It was during this time of my life that Dan Downey, the visitation Pastor from our church, came to see me. He spoke of healing and that Jesus was the same today as He was yesterday. He spoke to me of healing being the will of God for us today, as we have been redeemed from the curse of the law. But, as I was so depressed and weary, I hardly heard a word he said, but he was really set on giving me the Word of God in this matter.
I started radiation therapy in December of 1998, and by this time I was so weak that I was desperately breathing with the aid of an oxygen tank that was now always with me. I could not even lay flat on the x ray table because the blood in my throat would cause me to choke. I was so depressed and weak that by this time of my life, I really didn't even care any more. They had me scheduled for 30 treatments, but I instead had to go with 40, one a day for 40 days! It was very grueling.
Again, Dan Downey paid another visit to me and began to speak healing and comfort to me. He said I needed to make up my mind if I wanted to live or die, and if I wanted to live I would have to change the way I was speaking! He told me about some tapes by Norvel Hayes called "How to live and not die." To be honest with you, I could care less! He called a Christian bookstore that he knew of that had the tapes in stock, and made provision for me to get a hold of them. I listened to them one time and then put them on the shelf.
I didn't know it then, but I know it now, Jesus had a plan in all of this. One day I had a notion to hear those tapes again and one of the things I heard this time made a great impression on my mind; "One Scripture believed and acted upon will bring about results - God's Word will work for you!" So in my weakened state I decided to believe and agree with Psalm 90:10 that states: "The days of our lives are 70 years and if by reason of strength they are 80 years." I was only 60 years old, so I made up my mind I was too young to die and I would have what the Word said I could have - I would live and not die and have the blessing of life that the word speaks of.
The Visitation Pastor, Dan Downey, was right, Norvel Hayes was right - speak the Word as God spoke it! Not only did I begin to speak it out and lay claim to all of the Healing Scriptures I could find throughout the day, but I read them over and over, meditating on them, gleaning the great truth contained therein. I even made a tape of my own voice quoting these Scriptures and played them over and over. I even kept it playing while I was asleep! Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God - Romans 10:17
As I remained diligent, my condition began to change as healing ensued. I am now going on 2 years since I had the radiation and they had told me I would be dead within a year of the treatment. The doctor doesn't even ask me anymore how I am, as I am completely healed. To him, I am not supposed to be here, to him I should not have survived.
Today, my x rays do not show any sign of a tumor or cancer. I am truly a miracle of the Lord and I never cease to thank Him for it. I still confess the Word daily, and that I am cancer free, that cancer has no place in my body. One of my favorite Scriptures, that I'm standing on now, is found in Nahum 1:9 - "Affliction shall not rise up a second time." I still begin my day focusing on the healing Word as soon as I get out of bed - it is my life!
I am now believing and confessing miracle #2, as I have scar tissue in one lung and my vocal cords and nerves were burnt during treatment. I am commanding this mountain to be removed daily and it will come to pass - after all is anything to hard for our Lord? I've gone through the valley of the shadow of death and have passed through victoriously because of the work on the cross and His wonderful healing Word!
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