By DIANNE BROWN
Back in April 2022, my health took a turn for the worse. I lost weight to where I was literally skin and bones. I didn’t tell my family or friends because I didn’t want them to see me like that. My husband and my son had to pick me up and carry me where I needed to go. I hated this because I have always been independent. Wheelchairs, no way — but in the end, yes way.
I would call all of my favorite prayer lines so they would put me on their prayer lists and agree with me for my healing. In June, I had a doctor’s appointment. As I was waiting, I felt the urge to get one of the Mississippi Christian Living magazines off the counter. I kid you not, as soon as I opened the magazine, the first thing I read was something like, “Why can’t we just pray now?” That was exciting to me.
I read the article. It was about Mark Hikes (“How ‘I’ll pray for you’ changed my life,” June 2022). I called his church and told the young lady that I would like to ask him and his wife to pray for me. I gave her my info and he called me on Monday, June 20, and left a message at 11:31 a.m. When I called him back, he told me that he would come by. I told him I would call him back. After about 30 minutes of me finally convincing myself that I heard him say he could “come by now,” I called him back and told him to come on.
When he got to our home, I was lying on my couch. That was pretty much where I stayed most of the time. He sat on the floor — the floor — at face level with me and prayed for me.
As they say, “The rest is history.” Since then, God has really raised me up! I’m still trusting God for my complete healing. I thank God for pastors and servants like my friend and brother Mark Hikes who are willing and obedient to “go now” and do God’s will. I am thankful to everyone who has prayed, for it is keeping me uplifted.
I pray that my testimony will encourage someone to keep the faith and know that whatever your situation is, God is the Healer! God gets the glory! God is big enough!
Dianne lives in Jackson with her husband, James, and son, Kendal. She is a stay-home mom and enjoys spending time in ministry and with her family, as well as meeting new people.