“You Wanna Bet?”


I was going to write my second blog on identity, but I was so amazed by my latest discovery I couldn’t help but share. Are you ready? Drum roll please……I can touch my toes!

For years I have been told that touching my toes without bending my knees would be impossible. When I was in seventh grade I fell out of a tree and injured my neck, back and ankle. Not only did the 15 foot fall cure me from tree climbing for 30 years, since my spine and neck had healed incorrectly, it also caused me years of pain. My 2007 X-rays showed that neither my spine nor neck had any curvature and both had bone spurs, lots of scar tissue, and some degeneration. My last chiropractor in AZ said, “You could come in everyday and it wouldn’t be enough. Trying to adjust your back is like trying to move concrete.” Not very encouraging!

As friends kept praying, and I kept stretching, God intervened and my pain lessened considerably. But even though my flexibility increased, anytime I attempted a toe stretch, my fingers never extended below the middle of my shins.

Tonight when I did the first stretch for my new Pilates DVD I expected the same results. But when I reached down, I felt my toes.  “Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!” I exclaimed, “I just touched my toes!” I couldn’t believe it! Just to make sure I wasn’t delusional, I ran into the other room and showed my father. The day the chiropractor said that I wouldn’t ever be able to touch my toes, I think God looked down from heaven, looked into the future, smiled, and said, “You wanna bet?”

As I continued to touch my toes I thought about other impossible situations God had brought me through.

Due to pesticide poisoning, at 19, I was told by my doctor and a couple of Swedish specialists, who had just videotaped my central nervous system reactions, that I would never be able to go back to college. They also informed me that I would never be able to go back home to Corpus Christi, that I would probably be in a wheelchair the rest of my life, and that my only hope for survival would be if I were to live in a cabin in a remote area in Colorado.

Within a week, God made a way for me to go back to college, and in 1984, I graduated with honors. In 1986, I was miraculously healed. I am now living In Corpus Christi.

When I was pregnant with my first child the doctor said, “You are probably going to miscarry.” Not only did I carry my son full term, but he was strong and healthy. He did his first push up just minutes after delivery. The doctor immediately gave him a 10 for his apgar score.

In 1999, I developed emphysema as a result of having the whooping cough a few years earlier. The doc shook her head, and the nurse said “poor thing!” as I blew into the tube and failed yet another breathing test. A month later, God miraculously healed my lungs when a guest evangelist prayed for me.

As a home schooling single mom, many people said, “You need to put your kids in school and go back into the work force. God will not provide.” But God showed His glory as He miraculous provided for us, often bringing our needs to our door.

Last year, I was told by quite a few medical professionals that my shoulder injury (torn ligaments, dislocated clavicle, ulna, and radius and torn rotator cuff) would not heal without surgery. But today I have over 90% range of motion.

Tonight as I touched my toes in the living room, I could see my baby brother in the other room. He was curled up holding his puke bucket while struggling to breathe. He has stage four cancer. His situation seems hopeless. But as I look back at all the nevers, would nots, will nots and probablys that were spoken over me, I know that God—MY INCREDIBLE GOD—is looking down from heaven and smiling. And I can’t help but think as He looks at my baby brother and his impossible situation, that He is once again looking into the future and saying, “You wanna bet?”

May the Lord turn all your impossibilities into His possibilities!

“But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘with men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible”(Mark 10:27 NKJV).

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14 NKJV)

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”(NKJV)

Have a blessed day!

Jeannie Diane


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