Saturday, January 26, 2008

THANKS FOR YOUR PRAYERS

ALL DAY YESTERDAY, this thought kept coming to me: You're going to die.


My prognosis is bleak. Does anyone survive brain cancer? GBM, stage 4?

I remembered 1) what Lennie said to tell me, "It's going to be okay." 2) His wife Cheryl, his wife, said: "Kristy, when we were Young Life sponsors, a beautiful young sixteen-year-old girl came to our meeting and accepted Christ. We were thrilled. A few months later, she came down with cancer in her leg. Five months later, it had spread. 'Questions bombarded me,' Cheryl said. The girl walked the graduation line and then died. I couldn't understand. I said, 'Lord, how can you do this? Take this young girl who just accepted Christ and has a lifetime to of living?' Cheryl said the Lord said to her: 'Cheryl, I'm only taking her a blink of the eye in front of you.' She said that comforted her, to be reminded that life is short for all of us, compared with eternity.

Others sent so many encouraging things, I could write a book. My brother Terry, as well as Carlos, a deacon, and a few others who wrote me about King Hezekiah's unusual story of healing have been particularly meaningful, plus the other scriptures people have sent. Keep them coming.


LAST EVENING, around six or seven, the black veil lifted, and in its place came peace, joy, and love. I had I know it happened because people are praying for me. It's a wonderful thing to know that when you don't feel like praying--or, can't pray, God sends people to pray for you.


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I like this picture. It made me smile.

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Milton, here:

All of us choose what we dwell on. We can't always control what comes to our minds, but we can choose to change the subject or our thoughts. Kristy has chosen to meditate on the good things of the Lord. Thank you for praying for her and us. Prayer changes things....

16 Comments:

At 11:13 PM, Blogger Karen Eve said...

Kristy,
Although it's been hideous, going through radiation is doing something tangible in the fight. I don't know what the next steps are, but besides being poked and prodded, but it may not be as active as surgery and radiation treatments, and may not feel like you're fighting it the same way. I pray that you'll be able to abide and know that you're a champion in fighting in the spiritual, after all, our fight is not against flesh and blood. I pray that the 'inactivity' will not be discouraging, but will give you time to write and live - for a long, long time. I'm praying for a total healing and extension of life. Anyway, I'm rambling on now - you're a heroine - live, love, laugh. May God continue to bless you with peace that passes understanding.

 
At 12:54 AM, Blogger DayleShockley said...

Dear Kristy,

Every day is a precious gift for all of us, and even more precious when you're told you have a deadly disease. Just remember that God's time-table is not like ours. The Bible says that a day to us may well be a thousand years to Him. (2 Peter 3:8) I say forget the calendar and live life to the fullest. After all, nobody has the promise of tomorrow, and all of our days are in His hands.

Praying for you all continually.

 
At 12:54 AM, Blogger Beth Goddard said...

Kristy,

I'm praying for you all of the time--every since I heard about this. I have your blog's feed on my igoogle page, so I can read your new posts as soon as you write them. . . .

Blessings!
Beth

 
At 11:03 AM, Blogger Aimee said...

I read your blog all the time - I check back daily - but I've never posted.

I felt compelled to post today.

I am a Christian also, and I pray for you daily. I'm actually crying as I type this, because I can't imagine how hard it is not to dwell on your prognosis.

You and your husband show such an awesome love for one another - and that's just through a blog - I can only imagine what it's like in real life! I only pray that my husband and I could be so in love after so many years of marriage!
I admire you guys!!

I don't know what else to say, except that I am praying for you - and your family! God Bless!

 
At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Ed & Joan said...

Kristy,
What do I say, and how do I say it? We love you and Milton and are praying for for you and your family. Like you, I don't understand. but I guess we are not supposed to understand everything, but to trust Jesus to know what is best, and continue to pray for healing, strength and encouragement!
Joan

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger Kay said...

"Take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ!"
Take that thought, tie it up, throw it in the corner and tell it is has no choice but to obey Jesus.

 
At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Mary Jo said...

Dear Kristy,
One thing we know for sure is that satan is defeated! He may try to discourage us; but, as Milton said, we have the power to choose to think on the good things as the Word admonishes us to do. You have been so faithful in doing just that over the course of events. You asked us to keep sending scripture, and I felt that what I needed to share today is Philippians 4:8: "Finally, brethern, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsover things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any priase, THINK ON THESE THINGS." Praise the Lord!

Kristy, you are a very special lady; and I'm praying for your complete healing.

Love, Mary Jo

 
At 12:55 PM, Blogger Deanna Shrodes said...

Hi Kristy (Milton too),

I'm Deanna Shrodes, pastor's wife at Northside Assembly, Tampa...and I found your blog and have been praying for you DAILY. I am believing for your miracle and standing daily upon Psalm 118:16-18 for you ~

"The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death." Psalm 118:16-18

As I pray for you I am dreaming and envisioning you getting up on platforms everywhere all over the world and giving the testimony of healing before the people, declaring the works of the Lord.

Thank you for your EXAMPLE.

Much love and peace to you today.

 
At 1:22 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Kittens and rainbows and all things tourquoise! Grandbabies and angels, too. Those are the things I'm praying for you.

Above all, I'm praying healing, peace and the knowledge that you'll fulfill what God has for you to do.

I love you, my redheaded writing buddy.

 
At 1:57 PM, Anonymous April said...

Dear Kristy and Milton,

Jim Reece's daughter here....just want you to know that I am praying for you and I read your blog at least every 2 days. I am praying for your complete healing this afternoon! Jason and I stay inspired, also, as you so openly share your romance with the rest of us.

Believing in God's healing power for you....

Love,
April Gordon

 
At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Carrie Turansky said...

Dear Kristy,
Keep up the good fight, don't allow a spirit of fear to steal away one minute of the precious days God has given you and Milton. I know this is a huge challenge to focus your thoughts and trust God, but I am praying you will be filled to overflowing with God's supernatural grace and peace. Here are some more verses on peace for you:
"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in you." Is 26:3
and:
"Let the Peace of Christ rule in your hearts and be thankful." Col 3:15
and:
The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace."
Romans 8:6
I am praying for you this evening, my dear friend.

Love and prayers,
Carrie

 
At 9:49 PM, Anonymous Lisa Buffaloe said...

Sweet Kristy,

My prayers are lifting you and your family up to our Heavenly Father. May His love surround you all with the peace that passes understanding.

Praying in Christ's Love,

Lisa Buffaloe

“The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ...And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” DT 31:8, Isa 41:10, Mt 28:20

 
At 10:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristy,

I can only share one thing with you.

My family and I were going through what I can only call a trial. The end result was not death, but it was like death only in that it meant the end of all we knew as a family.

In the midst of this storm, when I asked God what to do...for there was nothing for me to do but endure..for I could do nothing to change or improve the impossible..nothing but pray...I heard these words.

Be still and know that I am God.

Being still and trusting in God instead of doing something, anything was bitterly hard.

Yet the impossible happened. THe thing that everyone said could not happen did.

It was God at work.

You have done all you can do. Now, in my opinion, comes the hardest part. The praying you've always done..but the waiitng.

Waiting to see what God does.

We found we needed to live freely and lovingly as we waited with the sword of destruction poised over our heads.

It seems to me you already live freely and lovingly...so all I can share from my experience is to continue what you are doing.

Liive, Love, and Laugh. Pray. Love some more.

Wear plenty of turqoise.

Know that Jesus will never leave your nor forsake you.

And go about with joy.

Peace to you and your loved ones,

Rebecca

 
At 11:00 PM, Blogger Patricia W. said...

I'm reminded of a message I heard once by Carolyn Savelle which highlighted for me just how much choice we have as Christians, in our beliefs, our actions, our responses, our attitudes, our thoughts.

Continue to think on the good things as we continue to pray.

 
At 12:42 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, asking God to heal!

Love, Rachel

 
At 6:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristy,
Even Jesus is praying for you...

Instead of going to save his disciples from the high seas, he went up and prayed first.

I love you and I am still praying

 

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