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.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Our homeschool sale (InfertilityMom.blogspot.com/2013/07/home-school-sale.html) is going very well. I'm surprised we haven't sold more My Father's World, but the rest is going better than I expected! I'm trying to keep good records, but this process is definitely brain/organizationally quite a bit more of a challenge than I anticipated it would be for me. I'm trying to view the whole process as "therapy." I just hope I can keep everything straight and not promise anything to more than one person or blow it in the process of trying to get everything organized! I keep finding more things to list - hopefully tomorrow! Still no word on our daughter's acceptance into 5th grade next month, so please keep praying!!!

Pain levels continue to grow. I really didn't even think that was possible, but the pain in my left leg is now so excruciating whenever I take a step, that I am near to admitting defeat and returning to a wheel chair. :( Even at rest, I noticed when I napped today (more and more of a daily necessity as the pain levels become so terribly draining) I noticed that three of my four limbs seemed to vibrate with pain.
I'm really excited about the Bible study I get to attend each Tuesday this summer. It ties right into the themes of my Harvesting Hope from Heartache (book in progress). I am going through this book, one-on-one, with a friend on Wednesday afternoons. She is helping me to refine areas that aren't as clear as I would like and we are both blessed by the study and fellowship time together. I have been saying, since late last year, that I hoped to submit a proposal to a publisher "this month" and more and more months keep passing by and I keep finding more sections of the book I had though were already finished and are not, or that I actually have written, but early enough in my stroke recovery that they are filled with illogical sentence fragments and require re-writing. Maybe this month, or at least sometime yet this year... *sigh* I have to remember God's timing is perfect.

I am excited to receive a local speaking invitation for later next month. This is what I've been praying for for many months. Suddenly, I'm filled with doubts and the question of, "What would I say?" But if God opens doors and cares for all the details, I can trust Him to supply the words at the right time, in the perfect way, too. Would you please join me in seeking His wisdom and direction in this? It would be the first time I have done any kind of public speaking since the strokes.

My list of stroke resources continues to grow, so I have moved it to its own page at strokeofgrace.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_8.html. Please let me know if you have any suggestions to share.

Facebook - Just because this made me laugh. :)

Quote: "God's love for us often looks like suffering. It often looks like the silhouette of the cross when in fact, it is the sun, beyond that silhouette, rising on the third day." ~ Emily T. Wierenga via Lindsey Van Niekerk
 "Because of Jesus, we fight FROM victory, not for victory." -Max Lucado

Some verses I totally would have related to, not so long ago, but tonight I can no longer relate so much with these feelings:
Surely, God, you have worn me out; you have devastated my entire household. Job 16:7

I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. Psalm 6:6

I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God. Psalm 69:3

You said, ‘Woe to me! The Lord has added sorrow to my pain; I am worn out with groaning and find no rest.’ Jeremiah 45:3

I, Daniel, was worn out. I lay exhausted for several days. Then I got up and went about the king’s business. I was appalled by the vision; it was beyond understanding. Daniel 8:27


  1. So sad to read about your pain increase! Maybe your body is re mapping those nerves....