Monday, August 20, 2012


I'm SOOO happy, just have to celebrate another of God's miracles in my life -- yesterday I went to CHURCH!!! 

The last time I attended a church service was 5 years, 7 months ago. And it's been even longer since I was able to go to church consistently. 

This is something I've been praying and hoping for for a very long time! And yesterday the dream came true! God's promise to me was fulfilled! And I was back with my church family for a WONDERFUL time of worship, fellowship, and rejoicing! 

I'm SO grateful for everyone who has prayed for me on this long and challenging road. Praise God for His healing power and His perfect wisdom! 

I would never have chosen this particular journey for my life, but looking back I can see that it was God's perfect plan for me. I wouldn't trade the last 8 years for anything!

I've learned that the best dreams are the ones we'd never think to dream for ourselves, but God dreams them for us. 

This is the journey I needed. This is the path God prepared so He could give me a better dream than I had imagined! 

As I celebrate this HUGE milestone in my recovery, I'm overflowing with joy and looking forward to the beautiful plans God has in store for me! =)

"I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High." -Psalm 9:1-2

Here's a photo of me after the church service with my brother and my nephew. =)


  1. It was great to see you there!! -- Sharon & Joe

  2. I enjoyed seeing you there at church and pray that it can continue. In Christ,

  3. Praise God, I am so happy for you! We serve great God... and I am so glad that He gave you enough patience, stamina, endurance... that He carried you through all of this. We are so sad that we've missed you this time. But, we'll be in touch, and maybe soon, you'll be able to come to visit us in Croatia! Keep us updated. Davor and Sandra

  4. Thanks guys!
    Davor, can't wait to come visit you all in Croatia! =)

  5. Still sappy and smiling, here! Praising God with you, Joanna!

  6. Hey! This is Janel from SEBC. Someone told me you were blogging a while back, and I've been dropping by. I am so happy to hear your good news! If you want to visit, I'm at

    1. Hi Janel! Great to "see" you again! =) I checked out your blog and am amazed at the strength God is giving you for all the challenges! Thanks for your example of faith and dependence on Him! Hugs to you!

  7. Just WONDERFUL news! Rejoicing!