23 In Faith

I’ve Been Marked – A Healing Testimony

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I have been on a continual pursuit of the love of God.  If you were to visit my “about me” page, you would find this:

I am a child of the King of Kings and have been marked by the love of a relentless God who will never stop pursuing me.  I have captured His heart and He delights in me.

I made this statement, not because I feel it is true, but because I know it is true.  But in reality, His love for me is something that I am striving to understand.

See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. (Isaiah 49:16)

God chose me before the foundation of the world to be His.  He has “marked me”, even engraved my name in the palm of His hand.  But what does it mean to be marked by the love of God?  I’ve been searching this out for many years.  I would ask God for the tangible evidence of a marking of His love upon my life.  I wanted God to reach down and leave His imprint on me, that I would know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was His, and that He loved me.

God heard my cry, and has marked me, tangibly, by His love.

Several months ago, I began to experience pain in my right wrist.  I was diagnosed with De Quervain Syndrome.  It hurt to write, wave, paint or open doors. Anything that involved the use of my wrist to any degree was extremely painful.  I endured a few months of intense physical therapy to try to get relief.  Some of you followed me on Instagram as I showed off my weekly therapy appointments.

From ice, to electro-shock therapy to cortisone to painful stretching, nothing would take the pain away.  I finally asked for a cortisone shot, thinking for sure this would do the trick.  But after a few weeks, still nothing.  I received lots and lots of prayer.  And still nothing.

Until one day in July.

I came home from church one night and realized I did not have any pain in my wrist.  I had not realized that God came silently and suddenly and completely healed me.  Here’s the Instagram message I put out on July 12th:

I cannot tell you exactly when it happened.  But my birthday was on July 3rd.  It is not surprising that God would choose to heal me around my birthday as His gift to me.

I’ve Been Marked.

About a month after the healing came, sometime in August, I noticed a pigmentation on my wrist.  By itself, this is not a big deal.  But the discoloration is in the exact location where the pain was and it is in the shape of a heart — a pure, white heart.

It took me just a couple of days to realize that my heart’s cry for a marking of His love upon my life had been realized.

It’s been over three months now and the marking is still on my wrist. Some days it seems brighter than others.  And on those days I think of all of the people in my life who need healing and I remember to pray, believing for their suddenly from the Lord.

I do not understand it.  To those who do not know the Lord, it is just pigmentation that looks like a heart.

To me, it is a reminder of His love and faithfulness towards me.  I know now beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am His, and that He loves me.

I’ve been marked, forever changed by His love.

Today I am thankful for His healing and His marking of love upon my life.

Has God left a marking of His love upon your life?  I’d like to hear about it.

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23 Comments

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    Helen Tisdale
    November 7, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Barbie! You just make me cry sometimes! I am so happy for you! This encourages me for healing of diabetis, and also a skin disorder. I missed when you were going through all that! I had a lot of trouble with my computer off and on this year! Lol! Continue writing your story girl! You do have an amazing testimony!

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      Barbie
      November 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Thank you Helen. And yes, I am believing with you that God would miraculously heal your diabetis. I know that He can do this for you. Thank you for your encouragement!

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    Dawn St Amand Paoletta
    November 8, 2012 at 5:37 am

    WOW! Just wow, Barbie. Beautiful. Rejoicing with you!
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      Barbie
      November 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you my friend!

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    Wendy
    November 8, 2012 at 8:48 am

    What a testimony! How beautiful to have a sign directly from Him!
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      Barbie
      November 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      I know, I still can’t believe He’s done this for me!

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    Jennifer {StudioJRU}
    November 8, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Beautiful and amazing and wonderful, Barbie!!
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      Barbie
      November 9, 2012 at 12:22 am

      Thank you Jennifer!

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    Wanda
    November 8, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Such a sweet and encouraging post Barbie. Happy to hear of your healing. Love how some times He just moves us a past a thing and we can’t even really marked the day but our lives are evident of his transforming work.
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      Barbie
      November 9, 2012 at 12:23 am

      He’s so faithful. I knows and understands exactly what we need. I needed a mark! He’s so good!

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    Child of God
    November 8, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Barbie, I remember both of these comments and the awesome joy I felt inside! Thank you for sharing again, another bit of encouragement to keep on pressing in and never give up.

    Blessings,
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      Barbie
      November 9, 2012 at 12:23 am

      Amen my friend. We keep believing and contending, no matter what our eyes see!

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    Dalia
    November 8, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Barbie what a glorious gift, a beautiful and blessed testimony. Thank you for sharing it with us. Hugs.

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      Barbie
      November 9, 2012 at 12:24 am

      Hugs t you my friend!

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    lindy
    November 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    amazing & beautiful!
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      Barbie
      November 9, 2012 at 12:24 am

      Thanks for stopping by Lindy!

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    Diana Denis
    November 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I’m sorry you struggled for so long but to Him be the glory for showing up when you didn’t expect and blessing you with such favor. I love the mark you now wear; what a beautiful reminder!
    PS you’re on instagram? I’m going to have to find you and connect!
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      Barbie
      November 9, 2012 at 12:26 am

      Yes! Please find me! I am barbieswihart on Instagram. And please let me know how I can find you!

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    susan@avintagefarmwife
    November 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    What a wonderful story of God’s love you have to share with others! This will be an encouragement, I know!
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      Barbie
      November 9, 2012 at 12:26 am

      Thank you Susan!

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    Lisa
    November 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Praise the Lord for His goodness!
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      Barbie
      November 9, 2012 at 12:27 am

      Thanks for stopping by Lisa!

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    Jenilee
    November 10, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Absolutely beautiful and amazing!!! God is SO faithful and SO good to us! What a precious reminder of His unfailing love. Thanks for sharing with us!
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