By Elizabeth Cartier

I have to take you back to July 3rd to give you the whole picture of what happened to us at the Cartier home. My husband Dave went fishing to the Cape Cod Canal on Sunday night, July 3rd, as he has done for many a weekend night. I woke up in the middle of the night and a fear rose up in me. The thought came into my head, he is dead, is someone going to call or come to the door ? And then I heard the truck drive in and he was home safe and sound.  But the feeling didn’t go away. When I got up, on  the 4th of July, I still didn’t feel right. I felt stuck in my apprehension and fear. I didn’t know why or what was the reason for this.


That morning I received an E-mail from my friend Trudi who, unaware of my situation, expressed a burden for me and wrote, “ ….. you are stuck and  we urgently  need to agree in prayer for you to get released ”. During our prayer time, we realized that my fears were from the enemy because perfect love, God’s love, casts out fear [John 4:6]. We also discerned a spirit of death lurking in the life of my family. I was lead by the Lord to use the authority He has given me, in His name, to bind the spirit of death around my family and to loose the Spirit of life. Jesus said,


          “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy,
           I have come that they may have life
          and have it to the full.”           [John 10:10]          

           “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions
           and to overcome the power of the enemy,
           nothing will harm you.”           [Luke 10:19]          

           “If two of you agree down here on earth
            concerning anything you ask,
            My Father in heaven will do it for you”.   [Matthew 18:19]

And God used that prayer. The following Saturday, July 8th, 2011, Dave went off again to the Canal. I was encouraging him to go. I had no fear ; it had left during that prayer time with Trudi. I just wanted him to go have fun fishing and he left at about  5am. At  about 7am, I  received a call that David was in a car accident. It was a nurse who had come upon the accident and was helping Dave. He had asked her to call me. He was alive and she said he was O.K. except for an injury to his shoulder. I didn’t panic, I had peace. I started texting people to pray.

They had to med flight him to Rhode Island Hospital because it was the closest trauma unit. So my daughter Bekah and I went to see him. They X-rayed him and found out that he had six broken ribs and a badly bruised lung. His collar bone was broken. They transferred him into ICU at about 12:30 pm. I was thankful he was alive.

It is a miracle that Dave is alive. The proof is in the photos. The truck was crushed in all around him. Even the people, at the car garage, who saw the damaged truck asked if he was alive. There was no reason he should have escaped with just those injuries, except for God. God had David in a bubble of protection.

                 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that
                  this all surpassing power is from God
                 and not from us.

                  We are hard pressed on enemy side, but nor crushed,
                 perplexed, but not in despair,
                 persecuted, but not abandoned,
                 struck down, but not destroyed.”     [2 Corinthians 4:7-9]

Never underestimate the power of God in your life. It is His power in you. It was God’s power in me that enabled me to intercede according to His will concerning the life of my family. The more I found out and thought about what happened the more I was in awe that God would intercept Satan’s plan for a potentially deadly accident by calling His people to unite in prayer, and by allowing me to use the authority He has given me to stand against the enemy’s plan to steal, kill and destroy. Through Spirit lead intercession, God allowed me to release His Spirit of life into my family, particularly my husband David.


I know God has a plan for us. I can’t help but believing that now after seeing Him save my husband’s life. I thank God for my husband. I thank God for my children who are a blessing to us. Bekah was a great help; she took care of everything at home so I could stay all day at the hospital on that Sunday. My son Chris came home from Vermont to help out with our business. I thank God for the Body of Christ. I thank God for all the people praying and supporting us during this time of healing. Knowing that there are people praying means so much to me.

We can’t do this walk alone. God never meant for us to walk alone. We need each other. I am grateful to God and to His faithful saints. To God be the glory for the great things He has done.