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, December 25, 2013

Jesus' Birthday

I am setting this to pre-post today to simply say Welcome, Jesus!

The kids and I tried to make a Rice Krispy train yesterday. They say it is nearly impossible to mess up rice crispies. Guess what? I am the master of "impossible"! :D Culinarily, it was a dismal failure. Memory-making and the all-too-rare gift of laughter to the point none of us could catch our breath, I wouldn't have had the entire messy disaster any other way!



Fellow author and young mother / strokie (the same year!), JoAnne, The Simple Wife, wrote an eloquent piece on post-stroke Christmas observance, grace and the flip-side to the emotions I posted yesterday. So This is Christmas - I found myself nodding all the way through. I think we would both readily tell  you that God's still on His throne (and we are so thankful to be where we are today rather than back where we were to Christmases ago), but I was so touch by this oh-so-true description of the sorrow of grace.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death
        even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father. - Philippians 2: 5-11


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