Soul Healing for Lily

Lily got creative in the kitchen the other day 😊

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Ps. 147:3, NKJV).

A year ago today, Lily and I were airlifted out of Iquitos in a military plane. She was in a medically induced coma on life support. This whole month – the anniversary of the month that we spent in the hospital – has been a time of reflection and healing. Over and over, I look at Lily and my heart overflows with gratitude that she is here with us, and that she is full of vitality and life.

I mentioned healing. This word particularly applies to Lily herself. Last year, her body slowly healed from very serious illnesses. However, there is more to her than just her body. Her soul was left with wounds that have healed more slowly than her body. For months, she has periodically been having moments where she remembers her time in the ICU. The memories that she has are of the days after she woke up from the coma. She was six years old; alone in a somber, unknown environment; surrounded by masked faces and gravely sick children… and they would hardly let me in to be with her, except for one hour a day. This was very scary and lonely for her.

So, we’ve been talking about it, whenever she’s wanted to. She’s been sharing her memories with me, with some tears. I have been holding her close and encouraging her that Jesus wants to heal her heart. I’ve been encouraging her to invite Him into those hurting places.

The other night, the moment came. We had read a Bible story and were praying at bedtime. Suddenly, she got teary, remembering again. Holy Spirit led me to put my hand on her heart and begin to pray for healing. His presence came over us in a tender, tangible way. I could feel Him leading me in every word flowing from me.

I encouraged her to visualize handing her heart to Jesus, with its pain. She did so, and told me that it looked like a “piece of chicken.” I think she was referring to the rawness of it. She saw Him receiving it lovingly. Then she said to me expressively through her tears, “He’s talking to me.”

I asked her what He was saying. She answered readily, “That He loves me very much and He is with me. That even though the ICU is a sad place, I don’t need to be afraid. He says He is always going to protect me.”

Jesus also told her that the sadness would not stay. He let her know that it was leaving and she would be able to “just have fun again.”

After we had prayed, she informed me, “I asked Jesus to write those words He said to me on my heart, so I could read them there if I ever get scared.” “Did He do that?” I asked. “He’s doing it right now,” she said, and smiled. The sadness had indeed evaporated and disappeared. She went to sleep that night full of His peace, and so did I.

Holy Spirit put it on my heart to share this with you. Here’s why: He wants you to know that He longs to heal the wounds on the inside of you, too. He shows no favoritism; His beautiful gifts are for all of His beloved children… and that is who you are! He is an indescribably kindhearted, faithful Healer. His heart was broken at Calvary so He could restore yours. Is your soul needing healing today? With great tenderness, I encourage you, invite Him into those hurting places…

“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted… and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair” (Is. 61:1,3 NIV).


Do you know Jesus as the Healer of your soul? Have you experienced His healing touch?

27 thoughts on “Soul Healing for Lily

  1. Once again, Jennifer, you have reduced me to tears. The lockdown I am experiencing is not nearly as hard as that of many others. But still, there are sad times. When I miss loved ones, mainly. But I know Jesus is here with me and I draw on His companionship. Sometimes though, and I am sure He won’t mind me saying this, it would be good to have a hug from someone in the flesh. Missing human touch is a missing out on a fundamental need of survival. I didn’t realise how important it is until it was gone.
    I’m okay really – just some days are hard – but God is good and will see me through. Thank you for this post. Sometimes the release of tears is just what we need. God bless you and your family. It’s lovely to see pictures of Lilly smiling and happy.

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    1. Aw, Mandy, I get you SO very well! I deeply understand. And I know Daddy God understands so, SO much deeper than I do. You are absolutely right, He doesn’t mind at ALL. He’s the one who gave you that need! Sending a very big hug in spirit and praying right now that He strengthen and comfort you, precious sister ❤ ❤

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  2. It takes a broken heart to touch the brokenness of another. As God walks us though our own journey He allows us to share with others the comfort we have received from Him… The paths of the great Shepherd are filled with His wisdom.

    “…and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” Such is our call especially in this day.


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  3. This is a profound TRUTH you have expressed for us ALL. The message of salvation and soul/heart healing is true for a beloved child like Lily and all the lost broken and still resentful of past trauma for all people. Healing of our souls and issues of wronged hearts must NOW be dealt with. This is part of the lock down focus of this
    virus. Let GOD deal with the whole of us. How about your heart is it pure before your GOD. I know He is dealing with mine. Blessings! Thank you and ongoing blessings for Lily.

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  4. Such a precious testimony of Jesus love for his little ones – and even a reminder that each of us at whatever age is his little one. So thankful for your Lily and the way she expressed her experience.

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  5. I’ve made poor decisions in my life, more than I’d like to admit, and since of these have led to pain for myself and others. I have progressed to the point in my relationship with Jesus that I can figure others but I realise I find it hard to forgive myself, even about little inconsequential things sometimes. Focussing on building this relationship with God helps me move closer to loving myself and who I am, including all my foibles.

    Thank you. 😊

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    1. Hamish, you are truly welcome. I pray you are blessed today by the overwhelming love of the Father that washes away all of our pain in His beautiful revelation of love! May He empower you to love, forgive, and cherish yourself as He does!

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