Rejoice with me

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This is my best five minutes on: ‘Dance’

We delight in You


When was the last time that you heard such good news that your heart bubbled up with joy?


For me, that was this morning. A bloggy friend had posted a prayer request: her daughter was going into hospital for a biopsy on her lymph nodes. It looked like it could be cancer. She herself had been wrung through the mill of cancer; her daughter had been close to death from another illness 3 years ago.


Although I have never met her, her story smacked me in the gut. There are some people in this world who taste more of suffering’s bitter gall than others – sometimes it doesn’t seem fair. I ached for her and cried out to God, ‘please Lord, be merciful.’


Today I read her blog post: her daughter is cancer-free. The largest lump was reduced and rubbery and flatter, the other 50 lumps disappeared. The doctors have no explanation.


She does, though. She is praising God, the healer, the maker, the restorer, the merciful. She is dancing with praise and joy and thanksgiving.


And I find myself, on the other side of the ocean, flooded with joy and tears. It is a privilege that we can carry one another’s burdens, share in their joys, carry their prayers to our same heavenly Father.


Today I’m thankful that I have people praying for me, and maybe even more thankful that from my bed, I can pray for others. I can partake in things of eternal and spiritual significance, fight heavenly battles and rejoice with my sisters and brothers in God’s gracious answers to prayer. I am dancing with her.


Over to you:

  • When did you last have the joy of the experience of an answer to prayer?

Read Genevieve’s account on her blog, Turquoise Gates

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23 Responses to Rejoice with me

  1. Amy in Wanderland 29th June, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Oh, Tanya, LOVE this. And—I’m praying you are healed in exactly the same way. Our God is a healer! Blessings to you, and thank you for stopping by my blog today and leaving such kind words. <3

    • Tanya 30th June, 2012 at 9:30 am #

      Lovely Amy – thank you so much for your prayers – it means a lot. And I am delighted to have discovered your blog!

  2. Nikki 29th June, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    That is worth dancing over indeed! God is good all the time. what better reason do we have but to throw our hands in a rhythmic praise?


    • Tanya 30th June, 2012 at 9:30 am #

      Yes! Praise Him!

  3. Shelly Miller 29th June, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Yes, God is the healer, He hears our prayers and answers. And the way God brings us together through blogging to carry burdens, what a gift! I’m praying for you too, and hope to do the happy dance for your recovery as well. You are a gift.

    • Tanya 30th June, 2012 at 9:29 am #

      Shelly, you have such a gift of encouragement! I always feel uplifted by your words – thank you. Thank you so much for prayers across the continents and spiritual realms. 🙂

  4. Sylvia R 29th June, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Yes, what a surprising and beautiful fellowship this is, which comes out of blogging in community, this dancing of hearts together, celebrating the victories and the wonders of God. Yes, such blessing!

    • Tanya 30th June, 2012 at 9:28 am #

      ‘this dancing of hearts together’ – such a wonderful way of putting it! thanks for stopping by.

  5. Dana 29th June, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Praise Him! And Amen in agreement and standing with you.

    • Tanya 30th June, 2012 at 9:27 am #

      Thanks for standing with me as I stand with Genevieve. 🙂

  6. Linda Stoll 29th June, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    What encouraging, heart-lifting news for you, for yours, for all of us to celebrate!

    • Tanya 29th June, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

      It’s amazing when God answers prayer, isn’t it?

  7. richelle 29th June, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    praising and dancing with you. God is amazing.

    thanks for sharing this story!

  8. Robin Dance 29th June, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Oh, Tanya…yes…yes….THIS is dance! Celebration…gratitude…and relief for this child.

    What a lovely tribute you’ve paid your blogging friend this morning; what praise to the King.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog today, giving me opportunity to meet YOU!


    • Tanya 29th June, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

      Thanks for your comment – you really DO dance – even with words! 🙂

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