Wednesday, January 16, 2008


My girls are crying, and I am, too.

It seems so unbelievable, what has happened to us.

We talk on the phone several times a day, and as a mother, I can sense their need for me.

"Things continue on as normal for people," Jennifer said. "But I feel like shaking them and saying, 'Do you understand what happened to my mom?'"

And then the Holy Spirit comes and sooths us all. In biblical imagery, the Holy Spirit sometimes took the form of a dove--a gentle bird.

And Jesus said the Holy Spirit is our COMFORTER.

The Greek for Holy Spirit is paracletos which means, "the one who walks along beside us."

A dove...


The One Who Walks Along Beside Us...

The Holy Spirit is right beside me as I go into the cancer center day after day and see the same people and wonder what their stories are. The Holy Spirit is by my side as they lock my helmet/mask across my face and raise the steel table until I'm under the huge, round radiation machine. He's there when the whirring stars and when my nostrils start burning and when my head starts tingling. He's there as my hair falls out by the handfuls, and I wonder how much longer until I have to shave my head and wear a wig?

And He's right there beside my beloved daughters in their blue times as they yearn to keep me here a long time so I can read to their four children and play with them and go on family vacations and outings.

And the Holy Spirit is right there beside Milton, too, supplying exactly what he needs, whether it's faith to believe for healing, or comfort, or even answers to the questions deep in his heart. I know they're there. I'll catch him staring at me a lot.

I'm crying again. But it's a good kind of crying. The Holy Spirit just came into the room...and He did what He does best: HE COMFORTED ME.

"Holy Spirit, I ask You to go to Puerto Rico and Tampa and find my girls and comfort them. Set their faces aglow with bright smiles. Overflow their minds with faith and hope. Amen."


At 8:58 PM, Anonymous Nicole said...

For you . . .

Psalm 103:3-6
Isaiah 51:1-3
Luke 8:43-50

. . . with love.

At 9:27 PM, Blogger DJ said...

You Are so Loved by Our Precious Lord, your family and many,many friends!
Sending lots of Hugs, Prayers and Love Your way. God Bless You! I'm shedding a few tears for you here too. HE has Blessed you with so much strength Dear one.Stay Strong!
We All love you.

At 10:18 PM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Thank you, Nicole and Jackie. Just the things I needed to hear.

At 10:47 PM, Blogger Belinda Peterson said...


You and your family are such an inspiration. Praying for you.

At 6:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest Kristy,

We continue to believe the Lord for your healing. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. You and your precious family are a blessing to so many! We cry with you, we laugh with you. You're a gem, beautiful, sweet sister!

Love always,

At 7:46 AM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

Hi Kristy, I missed you the last couple days! Boy, can I relate to what your daughter said. I remember when my step-mom was sick with cancer and I'd be talking on the phone from work with my dad, getting an update. In the background I could hear women chatting and laughing and I wanted to say the same thing to them. "Don't you know my stepmom is sick with cancer? Don't you know?" Life does go on. The normal things happen like the mail arriving each day (along with the bills), someone still needs to go to the grocery store, etc. So Jen isn't alone in her feelings.
I continue to pray for you Kristy and your family.

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Robin Bayne said...

Good to hear from you! Do you ever get a chance to speak with the other patients getting rads?? I bet you would be such a comfort to them. Praying!

At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Lisa Vella said...


I am friends of Julie and Jennifer and Priscilla from college. Pris told me last month about everything that was going on, and I have been deeply saddened.

I wanted to say in advance that I am praying for you and the family. You have such a lifted spirit.

I wanted to also tell you that your courage and unwaining faith is such an inspiration to others, that you have no idea. I know quite a few people that have cancer (my aunt, family friend, and a random woman I met.) I send them to your blog, and they are immediately comforted.

I just wanted to share that with you and let you know how many lives you are touching.

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

You all have encouraged me. Thank you for your wonderful comments.

Lisa Vella, so good to hear from you! I have good memories of being with you and Julie and Priscilla and other friends. Thanks for prayers and words of inspiration.

At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Carrie Turansky said...

Dear Kristy,
I've missed hearing from you for the last couple of days. I check here often for an update and to know how to pray for you. Today I cried with you when I read your post, and for your dear daughters too. I am often thinking of them and praying for them and Milton too. It is hard to see the ones we love going through such challenging times. What a comfort to remember the Holy Spirit can be with them and comfort them as He comforts you.

Here is a verse for you: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1 May you sense His presence today!

I am sending love, prayers, and a big hug.

At 11:05 AM, Blogger Kim said...

I haven't posted a comment lately, but I come here to read every day. When I have my quiet time each morning the Lord whispers your name in my ear and I pray for you and your family.

Watching your family love the Lord through this trial has been an amazing experience. There really aren't words enough to convey the encouragement, the hope, the strength that comes to so many through these posts.

Please know that I have come to love you and your family, and I pray for you all daily.

In His Service,

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Daughter of the King said...

I am the daughter that is crying now with you..and yours..
You see..what I have not I lost my mom to brain cancer 2 years ago March...and now my younger brother has a I am following your story and in prayer for you and yours...and know this..our tears our in HIS bottle(s)...and there is no crying in Heaven..and I share..your praying for your daughters..

At 12:40 PM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Carrie, you have been a great encourager to me, and I'm grateful for you.

Kim, appreciate your affirming comments.

Deby, thank you for your prayers, and for sharing what you did. You have walked this path through your mother, and now your brother. I will pray for you, and for your brother.

At 1:15 PM, Blogger brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Kristy, I been waiting for your post. I continue to pray for you and your family and ask God to continue blessing you as much as your posts are blessing me. :)

At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was reading in Job this morning and thinking about you. I told our Lord that while I really wasn't questioning his sovereignty, that this is very difficult to understand. We pray for healing, believe for healing but all the while submitting to his ultimate will. I continue to pray for healing and for comfort for you.
As a mom with 2 adult daughters, I can only begin to imagine the pain of knowing their pain. Thank you for being so transparent with all of us.
By the way you are a really good writer. I have enjoyed your work here of late. It just leaves me feeling good. All those years ago in choir at SEBC I never dreamed we had a writer among us. reba turner woolverton

At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lately, I've had this image of Him as my "hand holder." I'm praying with you and your family.

At 2:41 PM, Blogger Lisa Taylor said...

Thank you for writing to us and for us--for keeping us informed. You (and Bro. Dykes and the girls) are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. I am so blessed by your faith and witness. You and Bro. Dykes have impacted our lives(now, and in Bartow). I learned many spiritual truths from you and Bro. Dykes. He used to say, when preaching, "The Bible says..." (I can still hear him saying it:) I agree with his theology--that's the only thing that counts. Please be encouraged today to know that so many people are joining with you in believing the Bible's promises and power for you and your family. We love you dearly!
Mike, Lisa, and MaryLisa

At 5:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristy reading your comments has become one of the daily things I do, and when you haven't written anything in a day or so you are greatly missed by a multitude of your blog readers.

You remain in my prayers. May God heal and comfort you daily.

Of all your many articles and stories I believe this blog has touched more people bringing them to God through your strong belief.

Continue writing and we will continue praying. God has a plan.

Many Blessing / Barbara

At 7:33 PM, Blogger Arlene said...

Dearest Kristi,

Please know that I pray for you on a daily basis.

My daughter Lisa, knows Priscilla and was also a friend of your daughter Julie. That is how I heard of your story.

I read you blog every day. Please know that there are so many of us who are praying to our Precious Saviour on your behalf.

At 10:42 PM, Blogger nannykim said...

It is such a blessed gift to have the Holy Spirit and to know that he can touch your daughters and family no matter how far away they are!

At 11:22 AM, Blogger One Mother with Cancer said...

You and your family are in my thoughts often.

At 1:19 PM, Anonymous Priscilla said...

Ella and I pray for you and your family every night before bed and we are trusting him for healing, comfort and strength!

At 10:46 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Wow! So many more comments have come since I commented, above. Thank you, all, dear ones. For those I know, I am now envisioning you praying for me. You all touched my heart.

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Sharon said...

You are so blessed with such loving and caring daughters. I keep you in my prayers. May God richly bless all of you.

Hugs, Sharon

At 10:52 PM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Thanks, Sharon, for your prayers.


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