Update: Stroke of Grace has become In Darkness Sing and has moved to JenniferSaake.com.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder, Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes via vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office, including brain stem and cerebellum bleeds, in Oct. 2011. Jenni remained hospitalized for nearly 2 months and was not expected to live (near death experience) nor recover, but if she even survived, she was slated to live out her days in a nursing home or, best case, to maybe come home but wheelchair-bound and needing 24-hour care. At 5 years, 7 months God showed how He was writing her story from the beginning.

Jenni is currently writing more books and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. Stroke of Grace became In Darkness Sing in early 2018 and has moved, along with all five of Jennifer's active blogs, to one location at JenniferSaake.com.

Since Jenni's chiropractor carried no insurance and moved out of the country soon after the accident (thus avoiding any legal or financial consequences), if you would like to help contribute to the Saake (pronounced like the two small words, say and key) family's massive financial needs (medical expenses alone are estimated to cost between $1- and $1.5- Million in Jenni's lifetime), please visit Jennifer Saake's Stroke Survivor GoFundMe Page. (This support information has been added in direct response to several reader requests.) The Saakes sincerely thank you for your prayers and if God prompts and equips you to send any monetary assistance as well, this is a significant added blessing.

Saturday, February 23, 2013


In the year prior to the strokes, I was passionate about emphasizing the idea of Scripture memory to our kids. I told them that, the way we are so quickly loosing liberties in our country, I believed it quite conceivable that they might loose access to the Bible in their own lifetimes. I challenged them that there could easily come a day when the only access they had to Scripture was that which they could carry in their own hearts.

In the hospital, when I couldn't recall enough language skill to always even put together consistently coherent sentences, I am told my ability to recall relatively long passages of Scripture with a surprising level of accuracy, was rather uncanny. I do remember laying in the hospital bed, trying to stare out through terribly blurry and doubled vision, absolutely unable to even read the big E on a reading chart, and realizing that God had been putting that passion on my own heart, not so much for the (at least not) immediate benefit of our children, but so that I would be ministered to and filled with a well-spring of peace at the most vulnerable time of my life, and a time when I no longer could read His Word for myself! Amazing!

  1. So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. - Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)

1 comment:

  1. That is a great story, and part of the reason we send our kids to Awana.