Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Milton, here:

Last week Kristy and I planned to write with each of us writing together alternating our thoughts on the same post. Now that seems impossible. We have co-authored several published articles while driving the highways of Florida heading to ministry assignments. We feed off each other in many different ways including writing.

One of us would have an idea then I typically would offer a few points and Scripture and then we both would add an illustration or two. She'd give it some pizazz with a catchy intro and would polish the thoughts. She likes her writings to simmer for another few days. Then we would edit and finalize our thoughts and send it off for publication.

It was fun and yet hard work. Most people love to "have written" as Kristy likes to say quoting some famous author. Writing isn't easy and few people have the grit and gumption to get it done, but the computer keys fly when Kristy starts writing.

I hope we can write together on this blogg again. There are many things in both of our hearts to be shared.

Is there something you would like to do with your mate or friend that you just haven't found time to do?

Go do it!
Go do it soon!
Go do it now!
These pictures were taken on a get-a-way trip to the Smokies this past Fall with Norma and Ron, my sister and brother-in-law. We didn't really have the time to make this trip, but looking back, I'm so glad that we did. Life is short. Get to living while you can.

How is Kristy?

She had a better day--not as sleepy or confused. We were able to get out for lunch with Terry and Sandra, her brother and sister-in-law, who are here for a brief visit.

She walked through the house praising God while lifting her hands toward heaven. "God is good. God is so good to me," she would repeat over and over.


At 8:58 PM, Blogger Carolynn said...

Milton and Kristy,

I've been reading your blog since November...and though I may not be the most spiritual person, I do believe. And I believe even more after seeing God in two wonderful people such as yourselves. You embody strength and love.

You're in my thoughts and prayers.


At 10:16 PM, Anonymous Carrie Turansky said...

Thanks, Milton, for your honesty and encouragement. It's wonderful to hear how you and Kristy coauthored so many articles together.

I continue to pray for Kristy daily. I'm glad to hear she was able to get out and enjoy lunch with her bother and sis-in-law today. What a blessing. I am going to take your advice and go give my honey a big hug right now.

Love you both,

At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Carrie Turansky said...

Oops, I meant her brother...not her bother! Hope that gives you all a reason to share a laugh. : )


At 10:26 PM, Blogger DayleShockley said...


You're all in my prayers daily, even though I may not have time to say so. You both have stood like sentinels during this stormy season, and what a testimony to what it means to have steadfast and unfailing faith in God. Whatever comes, my faith remains firm.

My sisters and I took a girl's trip to the Smokies this past fall, as well. I love the picture of you guys at the table. If you have time, I'd love to know what kind of camera you have. The colors are so intense. You can email me at dayle@dayleshockley.com, but only if you have time or the inclination.

Thanks for nudging folks to get out there and spend time with the ones they love. God bless you all.

At 11:25 PM, Anonymous milton dykes said...

We have taken all these pictures on a Kodak EasyShare C703 that Kristy bought at Walmart for $30. That's right $30. She was looking for a camera and asked a sells clerk what to buy and he said we have a sell on these cameras in this shopping cart.

It does a pretty good job. Kristy is a pretty job shopper too.

I wish she had bought the whole cart. We could have made some money. HA!


At 11:27 PM, Anonymous milton dykes said...

I meant to say, "Kristy is a pretty good shopper too."


At 12:16 AM, Blogger Margo Carmichael said...

Kristy is a pretty shopper, period, especially in that turquoise! LOL

At 1:53 AM, Blogger DayleShockley said...

Thanks, Milton. Great little camera. Great shopper!

At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton & Kristy,
Please know that I have been lifting you all up in prayer in the mornings by name. So amazing how God can put a love & appreciation for a brother & sister in Christ that you have never met. To hear that Kristy is still praising the Lord is such a testimony. I share your story of love & faith often.
Love & Prayers,

At 9:46 AM, Blogger Daughter of the King said...

to both of you, indeed...life is short.
What a good lesson on Redeeming the time and making the main thing the main thing.
Your blog is a daily read for me here in the Puget Sound.
God is Able

At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Pastor Milton,

Please give beautiful Kristy a kiss and hug from us. Let her know we continue to pray and that we can't wait to see another post from her. (Though your posts are always a blessing, as well.)

I had a vision this morning that the Holy Spirit--like a blanket of peace--is comforting you & Kristy and your precious family. Yes, He is called the "comforter." But I saw Him descend silently, softly, like a blanket/comforter. Glory to God.

With our love & prayers,
Nancy & family

At 10:02 AM, Blogger Robin Bayne said...

Still praying, for all of you.

At 3:56 PM, Blogger Susan Wales said...

Dear Kristy and Milton:

I pray that you and Christy will be blogging together again soon. Ken and I pray for you, and I check in frequently to check on the two of you and be encouraged! You two are an amazing testimony.

A friend of mine, who was suffering with lung cancer, was in total denial about her disease and was carrying on as though nothing was happening. We hadn't been able to have one of those great conversations of 'how much she meant to me', etc. Yet last week she was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. The doctor said she was fine and she was going home the next day. However, I decided to share the day of the blog when Kristy wrote about the cloud and the chair. I also described the heart-shaped cloud on the blog and she was quite moved. Kristy's words really helped my friend accept her illness. It also gave me an opportunity to tell her how her friendship had mean to me through the years, which she had never allowed me to do before. Somehow, Kristy's words about the chair and the cloud released my friend Ann from fighting to hold herself together. She died that night, and it was so wonderful this morning when her daughter called to tell me that she had died for me to tell her daughter, yes she had finally faced her illness and death. My friend Ann is with Jesus this morning, and I thank Kristy for her blog because I got to say what I wanted to say to her before it was too late. Kristy's blog was the perfect opening for our heart to heart talk.

Please let Kristy know that her words, even in her illness are blessing others in a mighty way!

And I'm still praying for a miracle for Kristy!

Love and Blessings!

Susan Wales

At 9:30 PM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Susan, thank you for telling me about your friend. It thrills me, to know that she found peace. And ultimaly the best gift of all: seeing our Savior. That's what life is really all about. Thanks for sharing.


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