Saturday, May 10, 2008


Milton, here for Kristy:

I have three sisters who all married ministers. Two of them are here as I type. My youngest sister, Janet, lives in St. Petersburg, FL, and called a few moments earlier and shared a vision she had in prayer of Kristy and our home.

She said she saw angels present in our home that were here to stand watch over Kristy. She said they would stay until Jesus came.

We wept with comfort and thanksgiving to know the Lord has sent angels who are watching over us.

Janet is a sweet wonderful young mother and pastor's wife--not given to over dramatic emotions. The truth is that angels are sent to watch over us according to God's Word.
We know angles are present. I sense their presence and even more I sense His presence.

Kristy has gotten weaker today. She whispers with great effort and has not eaten. We are trusting Jesus and His care for her.


At 8:03 PM, Blogger Karen Eve said...

I am certain that angels are watching over you Kristy and Milton, and the rest of your family, and always have been. I am weeping right now after reading Jennifer's post. It is hard to let go, and I'm not praying yet for Kristy's healing and peace for the family. It is interesting the tension we walk in on earth, always fighting to stay here and longer to be on the other side.
May the peace of God that passes understanding be with you all tonight and may He hold you in his arms of comfort.

At 8:32 PM, Blogger Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

I echo what Karen said. Jennifer's post touched me deeply. It spoke of the one comfort and reassurance we have when a loved one who knows Christ passes from this world into the heavenly realm. We WILL see them again.

I haven't yet posted to this blog, but I've read it. Hearing about the protection of the angels until Kristy's time and reading Jennifer's post has inspired me to write. Although Kristy and I haven't spoken in a couple of years, she was a great influence on me in the early stages of my writing career.

I wish I would have let her know sooner that I've now sold 6 books and have begun what promises to be a successful and fulfilling career writing the stories God puts on my heart. It will be even more encouraging to know she's up in heaven looking down on those lives she's touched and the ones she didn't know she touched, smiling at where they are.

So, Kristy, from my heart to yours...thank you!

And to Kristy's family, you have a real angel there. Heaven will be doubly blessed to have her. I pray God's comfort over you all as you face this time together.

At 8:35 PM, Blogger Carole Lewis said...

I have been reading your posts and praying for Kristy, you, and all of your family since Kristy's diagnosis in November. I sat with you and Kristy at the AWSA banquet a few years ago and your strength and trust in God is inspiring to me. I will continue to pray for all of you in the days to come.
Romans 15:13
Psalms 27:13

At 8:52 PM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

I had just peeked in on the blog a short while ago and saw that you had posted Jennifer's blog post which I read on her blog. Karen just now posted on the ACFW prayer loop that she had weakened and wasn't eating and I dashed over here. I read the words and went immediately to prayer, asking for comfort for all of you. I keep thinking of the song "Surely The Presence of the Lord is in This Place:

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place
I can feel His mighty power and His grace
I can hear the brush of angels wings
I see glory on each face
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place

That's how I imagine it is at your house right now. We are all there in spirit.

At 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers go out to the entire Dykes Family.

Angels are indeed watching over Kristy.

From what I have read on this blog, Kristy is one of the kindest and most pure of heart people.

We in cyberspace send all our love and prayers.

God bless.

At 9:22 PM, Blogger Lee said...

Praying for you all.


Western Australia

At 9:30 PM, Blogger brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

It's hard to type when tears fill my eyes. I just feel so extremely blessed to know Kristy for a brief time. The angels will eventually carry her home to the place that is our hope in Christ Jesus.
I'm praying for you Milton and your daughters--let our Lord's peace surround you.

At 9:55 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I weep for you and for us. For Kristy, I rejoice that she will see Jesus. How like Him to send His angels to escort her home. This earth will be a bit less beautiful without her here. However, Heaven will be that much more beautiful.

At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Audra Marie said...

I'm praying for you all to be wrapped in God's peace right now. Kristy's blog posts about marriage and true romance have touched me over the years.

She is a beautiful and vibrant lady.

At 10:07 PM, Anonymous Ki Adams said...

My dearest cousin, Milton, and family....

Jan and I have been following your blog daily since the fall and have been praying for your own immediate family as well as Kristy's family....and, of course, Uncle Oscar and Aunt Louise and our other cousins: Norma, Max, Patricia, and Janet.

I may have sent this earlier....I can't remember....but this verse spoke so powerfully to my parents (your Uncle Cecil and Aunt Hazel) during Daddy's bout with prostate cancer that I thought it might minister to you. Actually, my parents believed so strongly in these words that they had the verse printed on business cards and gave hundreds away to cancer patients in hospitals, seniors homes, and Alabama and in Newfoundland.

After reading your blog for the past six months, Jan and I feel that another line should be is in italics below.

What Cancer Can't Do

Cancer is so limited....
It cannot cripple love
It cannot shatter hope
It cannot erode faith
It cannot eat away peace
It cannot destroy confidence
It cannot kill friendship
It cannot shut out memories
It cannot silence courage
It cannot invade the soul
It cannot reduce eternal life
It cannot quench the spirit
It cannot lesson the power of the resurrection
It cannot diminish the love and faith that an amazing family like yours shares with each other.

Your transparent journey in all this has touched our lives in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.

Kinette and Jan Adams

At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Milton, Julie and Jennifer,
How comforting it is to know that you are being comforted by the angels among us.
Jennifer, your post touched me so. I loved what you said about being a breath away right behind her. I remembered what I was thinking and saying to my own mother when she was just breaths away from passing away from this earth. I told her that time is differnt in Heaven and that she'd be turning around and there the rest of us would be--right behind her.
While there is sorrow on earth when our loved ones pass away, there is joy in Heaven and comfort for us here in knowing they'll feel that joy--and that we'll be reunited again.
Kristy is a very special person and I can only wish I'd known her better. But from this blog, so many saw you all, your love for each other and your love for the Lord, and feel they know you. We all care so much for you all and are praying that the Lord will hold you up and comfort you as only He can.
In Christian love,

At 10:48 PM, Anonymous Richard and Joyce Nix said...

May peace be with Kristy and you Milton. I was prompted to read your blog after I cleared a flower bed near my front windows. It just happened that it was just after your post. Our love and support go to you and your Family

At 11:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying for you this weekend. We know what you are going through and know that God will be with you through this journey. Jennifer-you are right this is all temporary, we get to spend forever (eternity) together. See you soon!

Mike & Jeannie Tedder

At 11:08 PM, Blogger Lynette Sowell said...

Thinking of you all, and praying for you, too. May the peace and power of the Holy Spirit fill the place where you are right now!

At 11:10 PM, Blogger Peggy Blann Phifer said...

I have never posted to this blog but have been reading it regularly since Kristy's diagnosis.

You see, my sister was diagnosed with GBM two weeks after Kristy. God's angels took her Home to be with Jesus six weeks ago.

During the four months of the rapid progression of Marty's tumor, she knew of Kristy and prayed for her every day. Unable to use the computer herself, she would ask me "How's Kristy?" and I'd give her the latest report.

Marty was also a preacher's wife, though Jerry is no longer pastoring a church.

Know that there is someone here who understands, first hand, everything being experienced at this time.

Much love and prayers,

Peg Phifer, member of ACFW.

At 11:30 PM, Blogger DayleShockley said...

I read all of the comments here and couldn't help but think of the old song, "What A Day That Will Be." The second verse is my favorite:

There'll be no sorrow there,
No more burdens to bear.
No more sickness. No more pain.
No more dying over there.
And forever I will be,
With the One who died for me.
What a day, glorious day that will be.

Keeping you all in prayer tonight. I have no doubt the angels are all around you.

At 12:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We shall sing on that beautiful shore
The melodious songs of the blessed;
And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.

In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore;
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.

To our bountiful Father above,
We will offer our tribute of praise
For the glorious gift of His love
And the blessings that hallow our days.

In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore;
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.

At 12:45 AM, Blogger Russ Jones said...

Milton and Kristy

Know that we have been praying for you all the time and that there are many others whom you have never met who are also.

The Lord bless you and keep you, 
The Lord make His face to shine upon you, 
And be gracious to you, 
The Lord lift up His countenance on you, 
And give you peace.

Russ and Betty Jones

At 1:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristy, Milton and your family,
I just wanted you to know that you're in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

Patty Smith Hall

At 1:20 AM, Blogger Janet Spaeth said...

Praying for all of you. Praying and praying and praying.

At 1:24 AM, Anonymous Jean said...

Milton, Kristy & family. I love you and am praying night and day. My thirteen year old grandaughter has been following your story and she says she wants a marriage like yours. I love you, Kristy. You're a precious blessing.

Jean Kincaid

At 2:43 AM, Blogger Sangu said...

Don't pray for an easy life, pray to be strong. Try to challenge the pain.
Read interesting and sensual stories of love and romance, kiss your loved ones, read fairy tale stories, and read spiritual stories and do whatever. Don't give up.

At 2:47 AM, Blogger Sangu said...

Read interesting and sensual stories of love and romance, kiss your loved ones, read fairy tale stories, and read spiritual stories.

At 6:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still remembering all of you in prayer. God is singing over Kristy; she is His blessed and beautiful child, and He holds her close to His heart.

Nan S.

At 7:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I know your family calls you "blessed." And you have been a blessing to countless others. Even in your pain and suffering, you've shown all of us that we can depend on His unfailing love. Throughout this journey, you've praised God's goodness from a pure spirit and heart. I know you see the angels posted at your bedside, and the beautful face of our Savior.

If you're work is finished here, then we'll see you on the other side of the Jordan, precious sister. I pray I can finish the race even half as strong as you have.

Dykes family and extended family, we love you. We continue to pray.

Nancy & family

At 7:37 AM, Anonymous Eva Marie Everson said...


My love and prayers have continued for you, for Kristy, for your entire family. I am so sorry Kathleen and I were not able to get up to Jacksonville before Kathleen's reconstruction surgery (after her cancer was removed), that Kristy was not feeling well at that time. But that doesn't mean our prayers are not with you. We speak of Kristy often. We continue to pray. Thank you for your continuance to show God's glory, His love, His mercy during this time. Tell Kristy I love her and am blessed to call her my friend.

Eva Marie Everson

At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Mothers Day morning I pray a day of peace and love surround your family. What an amazing picture of the love between a mother and daughter in Jennifer's post I read it wiping many tears and just wanting to hug her.
You are all in my prayers.
Sweet Blessings,

At 8:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Milton and Kristy,

For sure, angels are watching over Kristy and will until Jesus leads her home. Jennifer's message is beautiful, and she said it so well--you will all meet again.

I feel so blessed to know Kristy. She is a dear precious woman of God. Your and Kristy's faith and testimony will continue to encourage and inspire thousands.

Milton, I'm praying that God's love and peace surround you, Julie and Jennifer at this time. May you feel the comfort of His arms wrapped tightly around you.

Angels are present.
God is present.

With love and prayers,



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