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Verses and Songs we claim for Luke

Luke loves to sing and praise God!  He sings loud and with great passion.  For the last few weeks he has had a new favorite song that he learned in Bible school.  I wanted to post these for everyone to read, and when you hear these songs think of Luke and lift him up to God.   

“You’re Powerful”

You’re powerful!  You’re unshakable!

You’re powerful!  You’re unshakable!

You shake me, you break me, you make me whole again!

Your nature, unchanging,

All fails, but you remain!

You’re powerful!


This verse was quoted while we were on our knees for Luke that first night.  It has stayed in my heart and we are claiming this for Luke.  I could not find where this verse was in my Bible- I looked all day yesterday.  Last night when Ben and I were spending some quiet time with Luke I opened my Bible and told Ben that I have to find this verse.  Not more than 10 seconds later Ben got an email on his phone from some new friends from church(who we just met on Sunday morning, and have become so special to us in such a short time), he said he just felt led to share a verse from a new devtional he read.  It was the verse that I had been searching for! God is good!

The Lord your God is with you,

He is mighty to save.

He will quiet you with his love,

He will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17


Some other favorite songs recently have been:  “My Savior My God” and “Revelation Song”

Thank you everyone for your prayers and love!   We feel so blessed and encouraged, you all will never know how much it has meant!


Luke playing baseball!



July 8, 2009 - Posted by | Week 1


  1. I just wanted to let you know we have been praying for Luke and for your family. You have been constantly on my mind even though I don’t personally know you…my heart just goes out to you! We were so thankful to see the blog and see his miraculous improvement so far! Praise God!

    Comment by Alicia Burns | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  2. Your post has made me once again realize how awesome our God is! We have been praying for Luke, and the family during this time, and I am so glad to hear that he is doing somewhat better! We will continue to keep ya’ll in our prayers!

    Comment by Summer Mast | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  3. Wonderful Blessing! AMAZING GOD – praise and glory to him! Thank you for keeping us informed with the latest info. We will continue to pray for complete healing and full recovery.

    Comment by Tana Parker | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  4. Lindsey I just keep whispering prayers of strength for you–My mama heart has been crying and pleading to God with you–You are not far from my toughts.

    Comment by Richard and Kris Whetzel and family | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  5. I just wanted to let you know that you guys are on my mind all the time. I have been in constant prayer for you all. Lindsey, you are so strong, even if you don’t feel it right now. You should be proud of yourself for all that you did in those first few seconds you got to him. I pray for strength and peace for you. I love that song “unshakable!” Madison learned that song too at bible school this summer and has been singing it everyday. I love that picture of Luke playing catcher! It reminds me of our mini-minor all-star days!! 🙂 God is a God of miracles! I am so happy that things are looking up! Praise the Lord!! Lots of Love, Rene

    Comment by Rene | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  6. Powerful. I have spent most of the afternoon worshipping and praying over you all. I will keep a jounal of the songs He leads me to, as well as the prayers the boys pray. I hope to also put together a CD with some of the songs so Luke will have that to enjoy later. Lots of love sent your way.

    “You stay the same through the ages
    Your love never changes
    There may be pain in the night
    But joy comes in the morning
    And when the oceans rage
    I don’t have to be afraid
    Because I know that you love me
    And your love never fails…

    You make all things work together for my good
    You make all things work together for my good…”

    “You Love Never Fails” (Youtube, under Jesus Culture)

    “You Are God Alone” is another that keeps coming to mind…

    ~Heather Baker

    Comment by Baker Family | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  7. I am a good friend of Heidi King’s and I just wanted you to know that My husband and I have been and will continue to pray for your family specifically your precious son. I believe that nothing is impossible with God. He is our refuge and strength, an everpresent help in time of need!

    Comment by Becky | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  8. We serve an amazing God and we are rejoicing with you for the improvement Luke is making! We continue to pray for you all and believe He will keep you in perfect peace!

    Comment by Jon and Tonya Yutzy | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  9. Lindsey-do you have the CD from Crocodile Dock? If not, would you like me to send a copy to someone in your family, to have, when he wakes, so he can enjoy the music? Let me know–or pass the word to Darrel/Heather and I’ll get it for you. We have copies laying around at work (church). I’m such a fan of music playing a HUGE role in healing the mind, body and soul!

    Comment by Jessi Cooper-Bowditch | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  10. Lindsey, thanks so much for posting this! I have been constantly thinking of you and praying for Luke for the last almost 48 hrs. When you are raising kids, especially boys, the thought of something like this looms over you constantly. There is nothing that a boy won’t climb on, under, or over! I have given my three boys extra hugs and kisses so many times in the last two days, and everytime they ask why I am crying while i do it! I am so happy that you have your little Luke to hug and kiss as well, and I hope you are able to make peace with what you experienced and see how strong you were and will continue to be for him. I think any mom can only hope to be clear headed enough to help when there child is in such a crisis! We love you and will continue to pray!

    Comment by Tara Jackson | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  11. Hi Lindsey:
    We have prayed and let so many others know to pray through Facebook and through our church email list and also at my workplace. Then we have of course been blessed to tell them all how faithful God has been in answering these prayers for you little Luke! It is almost unbelievable; yet He did it! Dondra sends her love and support as does my mother in Texas who has been in prayer for your family. Rest in God’s hands and enjoy the Peace that passes all the World’s understanding! You have been greatly blessed and we rejoice with you and yours. Your Aunt Cindy (and Uncle Verlin too)

    Comment by cindy hochstetler | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  12. So so happy to hear the good report from the doctors, we will continue to keep Luke and the rest of you all in our prayers! You have been in my thoughts so much these past few days, my moms heart crys out in anguish for you all. Our God is a awesome God! Sounds like Luke thinks so as well =) Love and Prayers, Heidi ( and Anthony Rhodes and family)

    Comment by Heidi Rhodes | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  13. We and our children have been praying for you since we heard the news. We rejoice at each glimpse of progress and praise our Savior and your faith. I led worship at Covenant’s VBS this summer and “You’re Powerful” was one of the songs my children loved but I always wondered if they could fully know what the words mean… “you shake me, you break me, you make me whole again….” without much life experience. Because of your Luke, they understand a much deeper meaning to the song. His life has caused my children’s faith to grow. I just wanted you to know that.

    Comment by Beth and Bob Richardson | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  14. Wow, Lindsey, I am in tears in awe of the strength and power God has given you & your family & LUKE! Keep your strength & faith in Him!!!

    Comment by Elizabeth (Byler) Younts | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  15. Lindsey,
    I have been in prayer since I read about the accident on Rene’s fb page. It is in our biggest challenges that we see the awesomeness of God’s grace. I have faith that God has a special plan for Luke’s life. I know I haven’t seen or talked to you in many years, but you have always been a strong cookie. I hope that I get to see you again and meet your beautiful family.


    Comment by Daphne Gutierrez Ticola | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  16. I don’t know if Ben remembers me but I went to RBI with him back in 96′. I found out about Luke through my friend Janelle Kauffman and I just want both of you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I praise God for the progress Luke is making and I am praying for his complete healing. My brother TJ sustained a serious head injury three weeks ago, I know the pain of sitting helpless beside a hospital bed. I will be lifting you up in prayer.

    Comment by Shana Schrock | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  17. We are so happy and thankful for the good news and we will continue to pray for full recovery! As a new mother, my heart goes out to you especially Lindsey and we will be praying for God to rid you of those horrible first memories. It’s amazing how much He’s done already!! Wish we could be there to give you a big hug and show our support, but know that we love you and will continue to pray for God’s healing. Thanks for taking time to do this blog and keep us all informed!

    Comment by Danica Anderson | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  18. Your family is on our minds and in our prayers! May God bless you richly.

    Comment by Jeff and Carole Ishee | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  19. Luke, Lindsey, Ben and the rest of the Yoder Family!
    What a blessing your blog is to communicate with so many who are petitioning Jesus on Luke’s behalf. Our family is praying for Luke, expecting a quick, miraculous recovery. When this crisis is over, we pray that you will be able to look back and be amazed at God’s handiwork through it all and His faithfulness at carrying you through!

    “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
    Psalm 23: 4

    Praying for healing and restoration for Luke and His God-only peace to your family!
    Kathie Long (BRCS parent)

    Comment by Kathie Long | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  20. Praying for you Luke! And the entire Yoder family!
    You are absolutely right, God is POWERFUL. He has the power to make you whole again!
    I have a 7 year old, and his favorite Crocodile Rock song is the same as yours…. #5 on the VBS CD. That is all we listen to in the car. Now as we drive down the road, we will think of you and keep lifting you up in prayer.
    Blessings <

    Comment by Cindy Wertman | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  21. Lindsey,
    I was sorry to miss you yesterday, but glad you were able to steal a few moments. I wanted to hug you in person, but will send you this “cyber hug” instead! 🙂 Just know how much Luke and your family are loved by us. I’m praying that God will uphold you with His supernatural strength in these days and the days ahead.

    Much love,

    Comment by Karen Barlow | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  22. Lindsey–

    We have been praying for you all like crazy and are so happy to hear the progress Luke it making! A ton of my friends are also praying, anyone we can get on board.

    Do you know He is Mighty To Save by Hillsong? Your verse made me think of it. I’ll think of Luke when we sing it in church. It is talking about salvation, but that’s ok. He’s mighty to save in MANY ways!

    We love you all and will continue to keep your near in our prayers.

    Here are the lyrics:

    Everyone needs compassion,
    Love that’s never failing;
    Let mercy fall on me.

    Everyone needs forgiveness,
    The kindness of a Saviour;
    The Hope of nations.

    Saviour, He can move the mountains,
    My God is Mighty to save,
    He is Mighty to save.

    Forever, Author of salvation,
    He rose and conquered the grave,
    Jesus conquered the grave.

    So take me as You find me,
    All my fears and failures,
    Fill my life again.

    I give my life to follow
    Everything I believe in,
    Now I surrender.

    My Saviour, He can move the mountains,
    My God is Mighty to save,
    He is Mighty to save.
    Forever, Author of salvation,
    He rose and conquered the grave,
    Jesus conquered the grave.

    Shine your light and let the whole world see,
    We’re singing for the glory of the risen King…Jesus (x2)

    My Saviour, He can move the mountains,
    My God is Mighty to save,
    He is Mighty to save.
    Forever, Author of salvation,
    He rose and conquered the grave,
    Jesus conquered the grave.

    My Saviour, you can move the mountains,
    You are mighty to save,
    You are mighty to save.
    Forever, Author of Salvation,
    You rose and conquered the grave,
    Yes you conquered the grave

    Comment by Dondra Underwood | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  23. Dear Yoder family,
    It was so inspiring to visit you guys briefly today at UVA. It is quite obvious that you are a very close knit family and your faith is STRONG. Ben, we witnessed a very poignant moment when you greeted your dad and told him you missed him while he was gone for a period of time today. You expressed to him that you “weren’t worried about him but concerned for how he was feeling”. To see a young man hug and express such kind words to his dad was very moving. I know your love for your son is strong as well. We are remembering your request that we pray especially for your son Andrew and your dad. You didn’t ask us to pray for you…….you were concerned about others. We will be remembering those request, you and your family, as well as the medical team.

    We give to you this promise from Lamentations 3:22-23
    Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed; for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

    Blessings to each of you – parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.
    Steve and Jeannie Smith

    Comment by Jeannie M Smith | July 8, 2009 | Reply

  24. It wasn’t so long ago that I was in a UVA hospital bed with a broken body. The chorus that kept running through my head was, “No storm can shake my inmost calm when to the Rock I’m clinging, for if love is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing.” This chorus is from “My Life Goes On.” God will carry Luke through this storm and he will sing again. During my ordeal, I thanked a doctor for putting me back together. He said “we can only put things back where they belong, you’re just a good heal.” I responded, “No, I have a good Healer.” Praise God for His healing powers! We pray for continued healing for Luke and Carson and calmness for the rest of the family during this storm. Keep clinging to the Rock.

    Comment by Denise Sauder | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  25. I am Jeff Watros’s sister and was with Wendy when she got the call about Luke. I began praying then and continue to pray for him and his cousin and your entire family. I’m back at my home in Syracuse, NY but Wendy keeps me updated and now I check the blog for updates. Just know that you have extended family up here in NY and you are in our prayers.

    Comment by Janet Watros | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  26. Dear Yoder family – as soon as we got the call we, along with hundreds of others, started praying. God is so amazing and He is always on time. We don’t have to know each other to realize that God knows us and what we need! Blessings, The Pleasants family

    Comment by Mike/Janet Pleasants | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  27. Praying for Luke. I heard about his accident through the Sonlight homeschooling forums. We live in Thailand. Just wanted you to know there was someone way over here praying for your family.

    Comment by Miriam Avrit | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  28. Wow, how encouraging to hear of God’s miraculous power working on your behalf.

    Chris said fequently while driving to New York that he wanted to see Lukey. He loves seeing Luke’s catcher picture!

    And you know I love hearing that Luke worships loudly at home :).
    Love the songs and scriptures you are singing over him!!!

    In continued prayer,

    Wendy and family

    Comment by Wendy Watros | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  29. Lindsey,

    I am so excited at God’s greatness! How good our God is. I am praying all day and night as the Lord has lead me for Luke, You, Ben, Andrew and Shea.
    The Lord has placed a verse in my heart it is 2 Corinthians 12:9 and it is best said in the Message “My Grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. ” God’s grace is all around you and he will lift you up when you need it most.

    Comment by Melissa McCullough | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  30. Okay, how cool the words to that VBS song…”You Shake me, Break me and make me whole again”

    Comment by Wendy Watros | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  31. Ben and Lindsey, We are rejoicing in the latest update on Luke! Your family is in our prayers. And we will be praying for a full recovery.

    Comment by Lori Sommers Aguilar | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  32. we are praying for you and your family, God is good !!! It has been encouraging to see even the small bits of progress with Luke. we will continue to be praying for complete recovery for Luke, (and carson).

    Comment by Alvin Brubaker family | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  33. Hey guys! especially you little man, were praying for you every day! Dr. Steller and I are always here for you!! you’ll be up and running in no time! Gaurdian angels are a beautiful thing, while your laid up in bed, I want you to comlor some pictures for our kids room at the office!!

    Comment by Devon Mitchell | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  34. Dear Luke,
    I hope that you are feeling better. We have been praying for you with all the kids at our Bible School this week. God loves you!
    Your friend,
    Karis Buchanan

    Dear Luke,
    “Cast all your care on Him, because He cares for you!” 1 Peter 5:7. I hope you continue to feel better. We have been praying for you a lot the last couple of days. We will keep praying for you.
    God bless,
    Hannah Buchanan

    Dear Yoder family,
    We are lifting up Luke to Jesus and praying for grace for your family. We rejoice with you over this latest report! God is so amazingly good!
    Karen and Rob

    Comment by The Buchanans | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  35. Dearest Yoder family:

    May you know God’s renewed love, compassion, and faithfulness for this new day as you continue to wait on (to hope in) Him:

    Lamentations 3:22-24 says:

    22 Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

    God is love and you are loved by God and by us…
    kerry & kim

    Comment by Pastor Kerry | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  36. Lindsay,

    I am so broken to have you go through this. Luke is going through the fight and he has two beautiful parents and extented family who are falling before God with this petition for his ecovery. The power of prayer is strong and God is already do His great work. We will continue to pray for Luke and all that he nedds to be well again. Much love to you and Ben Love Esther

    Comment by Esther Byler | July 9, 2009 | Reply

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