The LET’s TALK #32 | Interview with Jodi Miller on Let’s Talk illustrates what it’s like to be a woman who truly loves Jesus and experiences the beauty of his salvation. From the beginning of the show, it’s evident that her love for God has grown stronger year after year. What a sweet lady! Isn’t she just that type of person that you’d love to have coffee with or meet up at the park while our children play?
While the details were not explicitly shared, Jodi tells how something tragic happened to her when she was 13 years old. A situation so tragic that it rocked her world and stole her innocence and joy. She expresses that it was the first time in her life that she really experienced true suffering. And while her family and friends rallied around her to help, there was really nothing they could do to take away her pain. Have you ever experienced this too? This is such a lonely place to be at for sure.
However, one day her mother’s friend opened up the Psalms and set the Bible on Jodi’s lap. In this particular Psalm, David is crying to God to deliver him from oppression. As Jodi begins to read, she says that she was literally healed somewhere between the beginning and the end of that passage. Isn’t this amazing? I am reminded over and over that in an instant, God can take the old-our pain, suffering, ailments-and make it brand new. I too have experienced this same grace.
In 2011, I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. The cancer had spread to my lymph nodes. Within two weeks of the diagnoses I was in surgery. My thyroid along with 70 lymph nodes were cut out of my neck. Tests showed that the cancer had spread into 19 of the 70 lymph nodes that they had removed. Yet, I had so much to be thankful for.
They had caught the cancer just before it had extended outside of the nodules, which is when the cancer cells transfer to other parts of the body and wreak havoc. Papillary thyroid cancer is generally slow growing. I was relatively young—late thirties. I had a great surgeon and insurance, etc. But I was not prepared for the amount of pain that I would endure. Actually, it was better that I had not known. The pain was excruciating. As a result of the massive number of needles, tubes here and there, hospital visits, radiation, etc., I developed a form of PTSD. My 1 year old also had his own medical issues, so between him and me, we were in the hospital a lot!
A few years later, I had the privilege to walk aside another woman who had to undergo the same surgery. But each time I sent her a text, a prayer or when I prayed for her just before she was wheeled into surgery, my heart would race as my own memories of what I endured flooded into my mind. My prayers of complete healing for her turned into prayers that she would have zero pain. By faith, I prayed that she would not have to endure the painful recovery that I had—and even still experience to this day. Three days post-surgery, prayers were answered. She woke up absolutely pain free! If I showed you a photo of what her neck looked like, you would know that this was not naturally possible
Soon afterwards, I was driving to an annual cancer appointment and thanking God for all that he had done for my new friend. But then memories so strong flooded my mind and I had to pull over. I was shaking from head to toe, sobbing, and I was having a hard time breathing. I whispered, oh God help me! And literally in that instant peace washed over me. I stopped shaking. I stopped crying. I felt good. A little dumbfounded, I thought out loud, is that it? Yes, from that moment I was emotionally healed!
I have had to remind myself of that emotional healing from time-to-time, but from then on I have been good to go!
If you are struggling with a memory so deep or were wounded in a way that has leaves you paralyzed in certain situations, dig your heels in a little deeper and cry out with thanksgiving (in advance) for your healing. Healing is something that God is really, really good at! As you grow deeper in your faith and reach out to others who have done the same, you will begin to hear testimony after testimony of how God is providing healing and restoration over and over.
The really cool part is that if you have asked God to be part of your life, that makes us family. And God says that he is not a respecter of persons—meaning, what has been done for Jodi and for me is also part of your inheritance.
I love how Jodi sums up the healing that she experienced—that you too are entitled to receive. She says, “It was done. Whatever [had] happened to me was put in its place where it needed to be and it was done. It was finished. And I was OK. I was whole. Spirit, soul, body, I was fine-unharmed.”
There were so many quotes from this interview that I wanted to illustrate into a product. For example, Jodi says that, “What was gained far outweighs what was suffered.” Yep, that’s a God thing people! That’s just one part of what He does for us.
Talk soon! – Celina❀
She Inspired me to…
create this sweet pillow design. My goal was to capture the innocent time in Jodi’s life as she described her love for Jesus at a young age.
“I rest in you”
She describes that “it’s in that small and quiet space” that we are able to experience his peace. My hope is this design will remind you to take pause and push out the stresses that plague—for at least just a moment—to rest in Him. He will refuel you, inspire you, comfort you, heal you, bless you, encourage and protect you.
You can see it in the shop here.