Testimony: Joanne Friesen


It is to the glory of God that I’d like to share the following experience with you. I thank God for salvation, that I can walk with Him on a daily basis, and that I can have a very real and active relationship with Jesus. Daily I am blessed with His provisions, sustenance, strength, comfort, and peace. 

I suffer from osteoarthritis and consequently from much joint stiffness. Every morning and each new day I am thankful for mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Though my physical health leaves a few things to be desired, I am grateful for every day that I can walk, move about, and still have the strength to do my daily activities. Some days are better than others. But, what I want to share is that many of my struggles are conquered with much praise and worship to my wonderful Redeemer, Savior, Helper, and Great Physician. Often, I spend time simply praising God for His goodness and claiming the healing power that lies in His wonderful name! Frequently this praise time is spent sitting many hours at my piano, playing, singing, and praising God in worship to Him. It gives me much comfort and helps combat feelings of discouragement and despair. There is power and victory in thankfulness! If you are also someone who suffers pain, I encourage you to offer heartfelt praise and to continuously claim God’s promises and healing power. He honors such gratefulness and hears those prayers. God is so good! 

“He himself took our illnesses and carried away our diseases” (Matthew 8:17, NASB).

I am so grateful for the privilege and power of prayer! His power is only one call away. It also gives me great joy to intercede for fellow believers and lift them up in prayer. There are truly so many needs all around us. By the grace of God, I have been blessed with a wonderful husband and children who are serving the Lord. My heart goes out to those (and I put myself under their burdens) who suffer the pain and heartache of unsaved loved ones. As children of our loving heavenly Father, we all can be certain that we won’t fall through the cracks and be forgotten. He hears our pleas, and in His time, He will make all things well. It continues to be my desire to trust God and serve Him faithfully. May I encourage you in the same desire? 

Joanne Friesen

Steinbach, Manitoba

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