A Story of Faith and Healing

Today’s post is written by my husband, Scott Smail. He shares the story of our daughter Ashley and how she was healed of epileptic seizures.

Do you need a miracle? Have you received a bad report from a doctor and you’ve lost hope?  At some point in our lives we all face things that seem bigger than we can handle.  This is when we must turn to God, after all He is the miracle worker!

A Story of Faith and Healing

On December 20, 2001 my wife and I sat in one of the hundreds of patient rooms at Akron Children’s Hospital.  We were waiting to find out what was wrong with our oldest daughter Ashley, who was 5 1/2 years old at the time.

We arrived at the hospital very early that morning because she was getting a brain scan (EEG).  As they connected what seemed like hundreds of probes to her head, we assured her everything would be okay, but we really didn’t know what was wrong.

Finally, the doctor came into the room.  He looked at us and said “I’m sorry to tell you this, but your daughter is having epileptic seizuresWe don’t know how she got it or why she has it, and there’s no cure.”

He said, based on her scan results, she was having “100 seizures every day”.  He continued by giving us the following list of limitations that needed to be placed on her:

  • She can’t play outside like other children
  • She can’t learn to ride a bike
  • She can’t take a bath without adult supervision
  • She might not learn like other children & may not be able to go to school

When we are handed a bad report, we are faced with a decision that we must make.  Are we going to accept it as a fact or receive it as the truth?  You see, there is a discrepancy between facts and the truth.  Facts are what you can see in the natural, but the truth is based on the Word of God.  She was diagnosed with epilepsy, that’s a fact, but the truth says By His stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;  The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Thankfully, I was already studying the messages of faith and healing.  I was also reading the amazing testimonies of people like John G. Lake, Smith Wigglesworth, Kenneth E. Hagin who was my father in the faith, Jim Hockaday and so many others.

I reached out to other believer’s, but I soon realized that not everyone believed that God would or could heal Ashley.  Some told me that God gave Ashley epilepsy and was judging my past sins, others told me it was impossible for her to be healed.

I chose to stick with the truth of the Word of God and found healing scriptures and made them mine!  So much so, that the Word became more real to me than the epilepsy.  I began speaking the Word over Ashley and seeing her whole.

Psalms 103:3 Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases (NKJV)

Psalms 107:20 And He sent His word and healed them (NKJV)

2 Timothy 1:7 God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (NKJV)

To tell the complete story of Ashley’s healing would really require a book, but not only was she completely healed of epilepsy, she has traveled all over the world on mission trips giving her testimony.  Here’s a video of Ashley in 2013, when she gave her testimony during a large crusade in Honduras.  I believe you’ll be inspired to take a stand!

No matter what you’re facing, your answer is found in God.  I want to encourage you to find out what He says about your problem, take a stand and don’t accept anything less than what the truth says!

We have the victory through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus!  Please leave a comment and let us know how this helped you.

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8 thoughts on “A Story of Faith and Healing

  1. This made me cry! So excited and thankful for the truth! Our adopted son is diagnosed with executive functioning disorder and a form of reactive attachment disorder. Both of which are said to be not curable or reversable. We continue to pray and hope. As of last year his reactive attachment disorder was reduced to a lesser form due to the progress he has made! The Psychiastrist said it is a miracle and just doesn’t happen. We know tho who has His hand in it! Thank God every day for his healing and continued healing. I refuse to accept the diagnosis and will continue to praise God each time He shows progress. Thank you for this blog Loretta! I look forward to reading it!

    • Thankful this helped you Steph! No one believed Ashley could be healed either, but the truth is we are already healed. Remember, of all the disciples (believers), only 1 got out of the boat and walked on water. Determine today to be a waterwalker!