Monday, November 19, 2007

My Holy, Redheaded Cheerleader...

Two bits

Four bits

Six bits

A dollar

All for Milton, stand up and holler.....

And Kristy did.

Over and over through the years she stood up and cheered me on.

After every sermon preached, church service led, wedding performed, funeral preached, church building built and dedicated, seminar presentation given, article written, business meeting led, banquet planned and held, revival preached, missions convention planned or preached, church quarrel arbitrated, trouble water smoothed, district event planned and implemented....this listed could go on.

She stood up and cheered me on. She picked me up when I flopped or fouled up. She carried me when I otherwise could not go on. When others went out...she came in. She has been my holy redheaded cheerleader.

Often when I was preaching and looked her way, I could see into her mind and heart and feel her support. What an amazing and exuberant cheerleader this lady is.

Now this may sound carnal and not so holy what I about to write, but as they say... so be it. Really, what I'm about to write is the way it ought to be in holy marriage for spouses. A God consecrated marriage.

She would tell me every now and then, "I'm so proud you're my husband. I really get turned on when I see you doing your work as a minister. You're mine. All mine..." She is a romantic to the core and it has been lived out in our relationship in special, loving ways.

Wow, what a partner. What a cheerleader. A holy one. Believe me. She loved and loves her man and sees to his ego and other needs. Now remember God created sexuality so don't get a religious spirit on me and miss my point.Marriage partners need to stand behind their spouses and see to their partner's needs.

Thank you, Kristy, for your faithful, committed, life to help your husband be the best he could be. Thank you for being my holy, redheaded cheerleader.

Forgive me for sounding so preachy and mushy.

How is Kristy?

Kristy is doing some better. A brain CAT scan done Sunday evening showed that there is no bleeding or increased swelling in the brain. She had a crisis early Sunday morning in which we weren't sure what was going on in her brain, but thankfully all is well there for now. She needs to get her meds leveled out so she can go home hopefully in a day or so.

She needs a miracle to live, but we serve a God of miracles.


Listen Up Ladies!

Get your guys ready, ladies. I have something to say to them. It is coming...

Won't it be great in a few days to read Kristy's blogs again! And see some pictures too.


Thank you for all your love, prayers, and kind words. It encourages us more than you know. Our church family has stood by us with their prayers and support. May God bless them all. You would be touched to know all they have done for us. I'll write about that in time.

Keep praying for Kristy....for us.

Her Husband, Milton

27 Comments:

At 10:38 PM, Blogger Lori said...

Just a note to let you know that many at Bethel Assembly in Interlachen FL are praying for you and your church. Your openess in sharing your journey is a blessing to many, and I have sent your blog to others in the body who are facing cancer.
May mercy and the favor of God follow you, and may you continue to win the battle of faith.
Lori McColley

 
At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pastor, Kristy and you are in constant prayer in our house, and , in my Mothers home in Utah. We do serve a God of miracles and healing. I should know....My Dr. said I wouldnt live through the night, and , 27 years later I am alive and giving testimony!!! Our faith has not waivered, we know in our heart of hearts that Kristy will receive her miracle. Godspeed, Rick and Peggy Peterson

 
At 11:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristy and Milton,
Just wanted you to know that you're in my prayers--I pray that Kristy gets to go home soon.

Blessings,
Patty Smith Hall

 
At 11:42 PM, Blogger Lynn Coleman said...

Hi Milton & Kristy,

The Lord's blessings on you both. Milton, you go ahead and be mushy, God is great and greatly to be praised. The fact that you and Kirsty praise God for the gift of the marriage and all it entails is a glorious testimony of a holy and sanctified marriage.

Kristy, know that we are continuing to pray and believe in God's ability to heal you completely.

In His grip,
Lynn

 
At 11:42 PM, Blogger Dayle Shockley said...

I think you've got a book title there, Milton: "My Holy Red-Headed Cheerleader." Would probably be a best-seller, too. :)

Honestly, it's most encouraging to see a man and a woman so in tune with each other, so in love, and so unashamed to proclaim it to the world... and online, no less! You and Kristy are great examples of a true love story. I've never met either of you, but I can tell by how she talks about you, and you about her.

All of you are in my thoughts and prayers every day.

 
At 2:17 AM, Blogger Lee Franklin said...

Isn't it a shame that there aren't more redhead, blonde, brunette cheerleaders in the world?

It's good to hear there are Christian examples for those in your church to follow..it's sadly lacking in a lot of churches in the world today.

The prayers are still going up.

 
At 4:22 AM, Blogger Mirtika said...

What wonderful updates, full of love and faith and hope. Kristy and you were blessed to find each other, that's so very clear. And what a joy that your family is full of faith.

I'd love to see a miracle for Kristy. I'm praying for miracles, for her and Kelli and all God's ailing children. Oh, to see worldwide healings of all sorts. To His Glory, because of love, because of faith.

Hugs to you and Kristy.

Mir

 
At 5:48 AM, Anonymous Nan said...

My husband and I continue to uplift Kristy to the Lord. I, too, am praying for a miracle! All things are possible with the Lord we all love.

 
At 6:25 AM, Anonymous Robbie Trice said...

Milton, we were shocked and saddended by this news. I have been reading yours and Kristy's blogs all morning, seeing the very special people you two are, encouraged in my own marriage by your wonderful relationship and marveling at your faith. My wife, myself and the church family and intercessors of Calvary Christian Fellowship are praying for you and Kristy.

 
At 7:00 AM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

Milton,
Thank you for your transparancy and for your love for Kristy that is so much in evidence as is her love for you. I'm praising God that she is through that rough patch and will be praying for wisdom for the doctors as they find a good "balance" for her meds.

Has the protocol for treatment been decided as yet?

Those that comment here on the blog are few in number compared to the many, many, many people who are praying for Kristy. Some as far away as Austrailia!

Thank you for keeping us up to date and yes, it will be uplifting to have Kristy back at the keyboard soon. But it's been good to hear from the hero's POV as we writers say. We who have not met you in person have had a chance to know you too.

 
At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to be in prayer along with some of my strong christian coworkers. Please give our love to Kristy and let her know we are in constant prayer for her.

Priscilla

 
At 8:18 AM, Blogger Cathy West said...

Praying for Kristy and for you as you walk through this trial together. God will carry you through...
Stay strong and rest in Him.

 
At 8:39 AM, Blogger Anna Dynowski said...

Milton, you and Kristy and your family are in my prayers. We do serve a miracle-working God!

 
At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Julie Barnhill said...

Dear Milton, Kristy, and family,

Please add my name and prayer presence to the thousands who are lifting all of you up to the Father. May grace and the unmistakable peace of Jesus be with you in the hospital room, the hallways as you speak, the waiting room, parking lot, vehicles returning to and from home, and in the deepest portion of your being.

He is faithful.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower!
Hope in God.
And continue to write of the crazy love you two have for and with one another.


Love,
Julie Barnhill & family

 
At 9:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton, Kristy and Family,
Thank you for the updates. It means so much to us to be kept abreast of Krisy's progress. When I wake up at night, first thing in the morning and all through the day, the Holy Spirit reminds me to stand with you all in believing for Kristy's miracle. He is so faithful. We love you all. May God surround you with His peace every moment of the day and night.
Love and Prayers,
Mary Jo John

 
At 9:34 AM, Anonymous angeleyes Blue said...

Kristy and family...You Stay Strong! YOU STAY STRONG! This is just a hiccup in your journey through this life. Hold your breath. The Albuquerque Tuckers will keep you in our prayers.

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger Me said...

I am blessed deeply by the beauty of Christian love shown in this blog. Milton and Kristy show the absolute miracle of the gift of intimacy between husband and wife that our world so often misses.
It is wonderful that you share your deep affection and attractio o each other in such a pure , clean, godly manner. Many spouses could leanr from reading your notes.
I am also praying for you and inspired by the peace that truly does pass understanding that flows from the words you type. Thank you.

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger Janet Lee Barton said...

Milton,
Thank you for the update and for giving the world a glimpse into what a Christian marriage should be.
And know that Kristy, you, and your family are in the thoughts and prayers of people all over the world. We are all getting the word out to pray for Kristy. And God is hearing each and prayer.
Your updates mean a lot to everyone who is following this---and that is many many more than those who comment.
Praying that the meds get leveled out so that she can come home and continue her recovery there.
JanetB

 
At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful shepherd you are! I thank God for you and Kristy and the beautiful example you are, together and individually.

From the moment I heard about Kristy, I felt as if we have all been given tough “meat” to chew. An opportunity, if you will, a time of testing of our faith and fortitude in Christ. A much greater time of testing for you, your family and Kristy no doubt, but for us as well as your church family.

I had the children on Sunday, & despite losing my voice, & despite speaking to the majority of the class through Vanessa as my interpreter, I believe they grasped the message that I was trying to share. We spoke about being Thankful (of course) and about how we could be thankful even when it seemed like we had nothing to be thankful for. Health, food, clothing, toys and chocolate (as one of the kids suggested) – can all be taken from us in an instant. However, no matter our lack, we can always be thankful because God is. Speaking to those African children, who certainly understand need and dependence on others for even the basics of food and clothing, and thinking about Kristy and her strength through this trial, I realized that God was affirming this message in my heart as well. When I suggested that they each write or draw a picture for Kristy, they ran to get paper, etc.; they were so anxious to do something for her. I hope she has had the opportunity to see their work – I was moved to tears by some of what they wrote (through Vanessa); their faith is so strong and mine feels so weak sometimes.

It is very difficult for me to know how to pray in situations like these. I know that God can heal Kristy, I just don’t know if He wills to do so, and I know His will must be done above all. Regardless, my prayer is a plea for healing AND a prayer of thanksgiving for an awesome victory through this, which I KNOW will come, because He has promised it.
- Sheila

 
At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The day that you married my husband and I (7-01-06) I shook Mrs.Dykes hand and told her that My husband an I just loved you.And Mrs.Dykes reponse was I love him too isn't he wonderful?

Still praying for all of you.
Love,
Samantha Kirby (Stanfield)

 
At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Carrie Turansky said...

Dear Milton and Kristy,
Thanks so much for sharing and updating us on Kristy's progress. Your tender words of love have touched my heart and reminded me to thank God for my husband and always be his cheerleader.

I continue to pray for Kristy;s strength and healing as well as comfort and peace on the journey. Milton, you are living up to all she has ever said and written about you! May God continue to give you the strength and grace you need for each minute of the day.

Sending love and prayers,
Carrie

 
At 11:17 AM, Anonymous //davidstocker:: said...

Pastor and Kristy, we love and are praying for you guys. You have meant so much to us. Thank you for being such incredible leaders and examples to us all.

//david&christinastockerjr::

 
At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton, bless you for keeping Kristy's blog updated. She has been on my prayer list since our mutual friend Lavada told me of her illness. She is indeed a cheerleader, such an encourager to everyone.

Many Blessings
B.J. Brooks

 
At 1:05 PM, Blogger ~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Milton, thank you so much for blogging. You are reaching out to all of us who are praying even in this difficult time--and that's amazing. Here we are praying for you and Kristy and all your family, yet YOU are ministering to US.

Love to all of you. And many fervent prayers for healing.

 
At 5:24 PM, Blogger Sharlene MacLaren said...

Praying for you and your family. Yes, we serve a God of MIRACLES! All we need is one more, Lord!

Be blessed and encouraged. Your family is precious in God's sight.

Hugs,
Shar MacLaren

 
At 5:59 PM, Blogger Carol Ann Erhardt said...

Our God is a loving God, a God who performs miracles for His devoted servants. Continuing to keep you,Kristy, your family and church lifted in prayer. I believe that you are Kristy's cheerleader, just as she is yours.

Have faith.

Hugs and prayers,
Carol Ann Erhardt

 
At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Marie B. and family said...

I have thought about ya all week constant and each time ya,entered my thoughts I begain to pray.pastor you and Christy have empacked my life in such away,you count imagine.I love you both so much and will continue to pray for a miracle.YOu have taught me God is all authority and he has the final say.

 

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