Thursday, May 08, 2008

ARE YOU PRAYING?

Milton, here for Kristy:

Kristy will be going home this afternoon. She is stable and not having pain or nausea. She continues to doze through the day but is also alert and very clear in her thinking, though occasionally mixed with confusion.

As a couple we have always prayed together and this continues in our lives and especially with Kristy. Yesterday she pulled Jennifer close and had Julie on the phone and offered sweet prayers for God's blessings on their lives and their children and family. She will often lift her eyes toward Heaven, remembering those in need. It is so sweet and tender to see her loving, caring heart, again bearing the burden of others.

If there is a takeaway from today's post it would be to make sure you are praying for those dear and special to you. God answers prayer and if you will call on His name for the needs of your loved ones, He will hear and answer.

17 Comments:

At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Lindy & Alister Belbin said...

Thank you for your lives of witness to our Lord.

I (we) - here in the north of Spain - have been following your Blog since November.

A neighbor, whose close friend in Italy, is going along the same journey as Kristy, cannot believe that anyone can be filled with praise and song, thanksgiving and prayer.

Your lives are reaching others in this part of the world.

Lindy & Alister Belbin
Missionaries to Spain

 
At 10:58 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Kristy mirrors Jesus. When I see her sweet spirit, I see Him.

Thank you for the reminder to pray for our loved ones. So often we get caught up in the tyranny of the urgent, when only the eternal really matters.

I continue to lift up Kristy and all of you, Milton. As a daughter whose mother is in Heavne, I especially pray for your girls. My prayer is that they won't feel lonely but rejoice that they'll see her again.

Just think about how many lives she's touched through this journey. She's going to need help casting that crown at Jesus' feet. It'll be filled with more jewels tha she can imagine!! :)

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger Karen Eve said...

Thank you for sharing Milton. It is so important to bless your children and grandchildren. It is a lost legacy in our culture and we are the worse for it.
Blessings on you and Kristy, your daughters and sons-in-law, your grandchildren, the rest of your family and extended family. And thank you again for sharing this journey. I'm still believing and praying for God's healing, but even if he doesn't heal the way I want, I will still know that God is good and either way, Kristy gets healed.
BTW - I'm so glad to hear that Kristy gets to go home. I'm sure she is looking forward to being back in her own home, no matter how good they are at the hospice.

 
At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton,

I spoke with Julie last night, and was able to share with her just how much you all have touched so many people's lives. I know she you all are hurting right now.. I cannot begin to know the pain. But, I know she found some comfort in the fact that you all have helped so many people during this time..

Lisa Vella

 
At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Carrie Turansky said...

Dear Milton and Kristy,
Thanks for the sweet reminder to be praying for our family and all those we love. I will take these words to heart. You have taught me so many wonderful lessons through through your words and example.

Here are a couple answers to prayer that I thought would be an encouragement for you to hear. My daughter who worked as a missionary in Africa last year and had to come home because of serious illness is now engaged to a godly young man and planning for her wedding on August 9th. My younger son in the Marines is seeking the Lord like never before. Praise the Lord for His faithful work in their lives.

Thanks for sharing from your heart and reminding us of what things are most important in life. God is pleased by the sweet sacrifice of prayer and faithfulness that you all offer to Him daily. We are blessed in that, too.

Love and prayers,
Carrie

 
At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, that sounds like Kristy. I've always said she has one of the purest hearts and kindest spirits of anyone I've ever known. Now, when life has narrowed to the basic, her core being is revealed as true and honest, still pure and sweet. She does not have a mean streak to show up. Kristy is a gift. So are you, Milton, and your writing and sharing from her heart are deeply appreciated. Admiration and love and hugs and prayers to you, Kristy, Julie and Jennifer, Ronnie & Norma, Terry and Rebecca and all the families.
Kathy

 
At 1:14 PM, Anonymous The Scott Family said...

Yes, yes we are. You and Kristy and your family are at the very top of our prayer list and have been, and we love you all so much and have shed many tears. And through it all, we know, you all are being held in the palm of God's hand right now. Let Him love you, hold you, shed tears with you, and comfort you as only our Heavenly Father can.

"This is what it is to be loved and to know
That the promise was that when everything fell
We'd be held.

The wise hand opens slowly
To lilies of the valley and tomorrow.

If hope is born of suffering,
If this is only the beginning...
Can we not wait, for one hour
Watching for our Savior?
This is what it means to be held"

With much love, respect, and oh so many prayers,

Dawn and Skip Scott, and son, Dallas

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

Thank you for the reminder to pray for our loved ones, family and friends! Persistent prayer is what the Lord wants. To never give up.

Kristy is such a wonderful example to all of us.

I'm so glad she is able to go home. Will she be on hospice care now at home where they come on a regular basis? Hospice is a wonderful service to those who are terminally ill and to their families as well.

 
At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Milton, Kristy and girls:
Our thoughts and prayers are continually with you all.
Thank you so much for sharing your lives with us.
Kristy, you are truly an amazing Christian and your faith is....I don't have words to say. But you have been an inspiration to me throughout this time.
God Is Faithful and remains Faithful in our trials. His promise is He will never leave or forsake us.
You are one of God's great heroes and now ours!!!!!!!!!!!
We love all of yall,
Donna Odom:)

 
At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful thing to remind us to pray for our families!!! I agree with everyone that you and Kristy mirror Jesus and his love and compassion. I wish there were more leaders like you, then winning the lost wouldn't be so difficult. If the world saw your story they would see true christian leaders; so many are turned away from church and frowned upon because of their faults etc.. How blessed your congregation is.

Please keep on keeping on; so many of the church world has conformed to the world but not you....steadfast and true.

 
At 1:40 PM, Blogger brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Praying for all of you as you are facing difficult days ahead. It's hard for me to comprehend that such a vivacious, cute, lovely lady that sat with me at the Nashville Conference is so sick. God bless you Kristy for blssing me!!

 
At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God answers prayer and if you will call on His name for the needs of your loved ones, He will hear and answer.

O Lord, I am calling to you. Please hurry!
Listen when I cry to you for help!
Accept my prayer as incense offered to you,
and my upraised hands as an evening offering.
Take control of what I say, O Lord,
and guard my lips.
- Psalm 141

 
At 1:48 PM, Blogger Karen Eve said...

Answered prayer is not dependent on our faith. I know that Milton and Kristy know this, but I felt that I needed to share a story for someone here. BTW - Faith is good when you pray, but mustard seed faith is good too and if you're praying, you at least have a hope...
This is a story that a friend of mine shared with me about 12 years ago. About 10 years earlier his sister had been dying from brain cancer. She was stage 4, nothing more they could do for her, took all the treatments, get your stuff in order. The family was totally depressed and to add to it, she and her husband had young children. The sister was probably in her early to mid thirties at the time.
My friend's mom met with a group of women from her church to pray each week. Not bring down the house, kamakazi prayers, but nice Baptist church lady prayers. Nothing wrong with that, but we're not talking Katherine Kuhlman here. The prayer group invited his sister to come and get prayer one week and arrangements were made. She came, they prayed. When they were done, she told them she was healed. They didn't believe her and thought it was wishful thinking and advised her to go see her doctor before stopping any meds (excellent advice even if you believe someone was healed, especially if stopping meds could cause harm). She went to the doctor - he confirmed she was 100% cancer free and was amazed by the miracle. My friend, her brother, accepted Jesus as Lord as the family depression was of course lifted. At the point he told me she was about 10 years cancer free. Yes, it was a wonderful, miraculous healing, but what is even more encouraging, these women did not have a lot of faith that she was going to be healed. It was probably as much to honor the mom as it was to heal the daughter. Their faith was microscopic, but their prayers was all it took for healing.
I don't understand any better than anyone else why everyone doesn't get healed. I have lots of faith for healing and have experienced miracles in my own family as well as witnessed amazing healings. I have also seen a lot of people continue to suffer with a condition or get healed in heaven. The reason for the story is to help someone let go of the guilt about their faith level when praying. Faith will grow by seeing prayers answered. Record your prayers in a journal and watch and see that the Lord is good.
Kristy, I'm still praying for you for total healing, and continued total peace and strength for you and your family. God is good. Thank you Kristy for setting an example of how we can always pray.

 
At 1:58 PM, Blogger Shana said...

praying for all of you, and for my loved-ones, too. thankful that God listens to His children.

 
At 2:53 PM, Blogger Arlene said...

My deepest love goes out to your entire family.

I am also praying for you and for my loved ones.

 
At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad to hear Kristy will be home again...Praise God!

Tha Lakeland Healing Revival is still going strong. Lots of healings from various sickness and diseases (including cancer and tumors)over the past 5+ weeks that it has been going on. Try to catch it on GodTV on DirecTV or on the internet at GodTV.com or IgnitedChurch.com. (Internet streaming is not the best way - but it works.) Better still, get there in person if you can. The anointing is strong!

Bless ya,
Sharon

 
At 9:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just heard that the Father's House on Monument Road has the Healing Revival "on the big screen" everynight and local ministers are ministering to the local folks.

 

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