As a child I had suffered with severe tonsillitis, so when my 5 year old daughter showed symptoms of tonsillitis one Tuesday, I knew from my own experience that it would mean the rest of the week off school and a course of antibiotics.

A few weeks prior to this our teaching on a Sunday morning from Pastor Dawn had been about healing and that by prayerfully and diligently studying the Word of God we can get to a place where we are so full of His Word that faith rises up when sickness tries to attack our bodies. She had used Proverbs 4:20-22 as the basis for the teaching and shared how it was a key to God’s medicine for our bodies:

“My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.”

So I had over the next week put together all the healing scriptures I could find. I typed them up on the computer and, taking Pastor Dawn’s advice, I recorded myself speaking them. I then listened to them several times over the few weeks that followed.

Therefore, when the symptoms of tonsillitis appeared I kind of felt that I was at a place where I could put the Word of God in action. Normally I would have booked a doctor’s appointment and got her on some antibiotics pretty quickly, knowing how painful it can be and that medicine can make a huge difference even in the first 24 hours. Part of the teaching on healing had mentioned that just like the doctor giving a course of antibiotics, e.g. Take 2 tablets 4 times a day for 10 days, we should speak the healing scriptures in the same way over our bodies and,like with antibiotics, see the course through to the end. Pastor Dawn also spoke about healing being a process and how it’s different to a miracle which is instant

Feeling positive and trusting in God, I initially prayed with my daughter and we agreed that healing was hers. I then started to listen to the scriptures I had recorded 3-4 times a day; I even played them to my daughter once or twice.

That Friday at school was a chocolate tasting day and she seemed very determined to go, I myself was not so convinced and felt she needed the extra day to recover fully, even though she was much better and God’s word was definitely working on the tonsillitis. In the end I agreed, but it was only a few hours into the morning when I got a phone call from the school, asking me to pick my daughter up! She was looking a little ill when I got to the school, so I got her home and she snuggled up on the sofa and rested there until bedtime.

The next day at about lunchtime, she took a turn for the worst, her temperature started rising again and she looked really awful. I suddenly started to feel very guilty that I hadn’t taken her to the doctor. It was one thing to believe for healing for myself, but was it fair to ‘try’ it out on my daughter? What was I doing to her making her suffer when antibiotics would have sorted it out quicker! Well as the enemy started to attack my mind with all these thoughts, I walked upstairs as I could feel myself getting very upset about it all. When I reached the top I fell on my knees and cried out to the Lord, Why was she getting worse? What did I do wrong? This isn’t how it’s supposed to be! Then all I heard was this still small voice say “you stopped taking the medicine”. Wow, God was right; I had slowed right down and wasn’t maintaining the 3-4 times a day listening to His word as medicine for my daughter! How simple, yet I let what my eyes saw in my daughter’s symptoms move me more than trusting in God’s word and following His guidance.

By the evening my daughter was looking much better. It was amazing to see the difference. I kept on listening to the scriptures and she was back at school on the Monday. She was completely healed – all thanks and praise to The Lord.

I was later reminded that even with antibiotics, you still feel ill with a sore throat for at least a week but God’s way was definitely quicker. Healing is a process, with or without God’s help. Our part is to believe and trust in Him, as He is always faithful and His Word always does what He planned and purposed for it to do. Hallelujah