Tuesday, May 06, 2008

LIVING FOR EACH MOMENT


Milton, here for Kristy:


Every day brings new challenges as we walk this journey of faith. Kristy rested most of Monday and is sleeping more and more.

She rouses when family enter the room and shares her sweet warm smile and loving heart.

I am continuing to post as this has been her specific request from the beginning.

Our dear family members and friends are standing with us and we are all thankful.

Kristy feels she is going to heaven soon. We are praying for her healing and know that our Lord is with her and will keep her.

44 Comments:

At 9:13 AM, Blogger Missy said...

Dear Christian Family,

As you can see from the many, many comments - You are touching so many lives. I have been reading your story since November and have HAD to check in every day. I feel as though I know you and I feel as though my heart is rejoicing with you, while also breaking a bit too.

It is never easy to say goodbye to someone you love so dearly. However, Kristy has lived such an amazing life and has touched so many people. I can only hope that I can make the kind of difference in this world that she has made - in fact, she still is making.

God bless you all and please know that Missy in Ohio is praying for you and praying for God's big arm-chair to slide in behind Milton and the girls as Kristy gets closer and closer to dancing with Jesus. She is a beautiful woman of God.

In Him,
Missy

P.S. And just so you know the impact this journal has made on me, I have held my husband a lot tighter and told him I loved him a lot more because I see the kind of marriage that God ordained us to have through your words. You are a wonderful example of His commands.

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

Praying for a miracle here but trust God either way. I pray for great days while all of you are together.

 
At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Margaret said...

Dear Kristy and Milton,

Although I've only posted a comment here once before, I've been praying for you and your family daily.

One of my favorite Scripture passages is 2 Corinthians 4:17-18. I'm sure you know it well already: "For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure,/because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal." That passage always gives me hope and strength--not only in dealing with health challenges, but all sorts of challenges, large and small, agonizing and merely annoying. And you all have been living out your own faith in these precious words. Kristy and Milton, your witness to the world is making an ETERNAL impact upon those of us who follow your story.

As an old Irish blessing says,

MAY GOD HOLD YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS HANDS,
Margaret

 
At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton,
Please tell Kristy that her ministry through writing continues to make a difference for our Lord. I once read that the Lord knows what we need to advance His kingdom, to bring Him glory, and to conform us to His image. Thank you for walking a life that points to the Savior! My prayers are with you and your family.

 
At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As believers with a Hope so true, so high, so mighty, we are all "leaning on the Everlasting Arms." Please know that we are praying for this most sacred time in the life of your family.

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

I don't remember how I found your blog since I don't really read many blogs but your faith in God as you have walked this difficult and painful time in your life has been such a testimony to me and many others. I pray for a miracle of healing for you. What I've read about you, your husband and daughters, your work and your ministry tell me that God has used you in many awesome ways during great health and He is using you now in your illness to continue that ministry, all the while pointing to Him and all He has and continues to do your life. May He bless you this hour by taking away any pain you may feel and let you enjoy this day without fatigue and nausea.

 
At 10:03 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Kristy, you are an AMAZING woman! Thank you for your joy in the midst of a struggle most of us can't even imagine. Jesus must be so proud!

It is my privilege to know you and I continue to pray for God's perfect will in your life.

Also praying for your precious family.

 
At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton, thank you for being so courageous during the battle. I'm reminded this morning that the "battle is not ours, but the Lord's..."

Jennifer, you're so beautiful and bright..I see your Mom in you, as well as your Dad. You're becoming the woman your Mom dreamed you'd always be..such a Godly woman, trusting and believing--not always understanding, but filled with faith in the midst of it all. That's what God wants from us, and you're doing it, honey.

My beautiful Kristy, I love you and admire you. I looked at your smile for so long this morning. It's such a contagious smile. You're such an unbelievable woman, touching and inspiring so many throughout this journey you've been on. You've blessed me beyond description just "watching" you and seeing the woman of faith that you are. You're my hero, Kristy.

Julie, you're a precious, dear daughter. God is going to see you through this trial of your lifetime. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." OUR FATHER, POUR NEW STRENGTH AND COURAGE INTO AND ONTO JULIE THIS MORNING.

Thank you all, for letting us see into your hearts and lives, even when it hurts. Trusting God, and knowing that He knows what's best for us...even when we can't see beyond the very moment...KNOWING THAT GOD CAN DO ANYTHING, ANYTIME - TRUSTING HIM BEYOND MEASURE FOR HEALTH, HEALING, AND HAPPINESS even in the valley.

Our Love, and Prayers
Tennessee Warriors

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger Becky said...

Hey Kristy, I check your blog everyday when I probably should be working. It has always been a privilege to work with you on publishing your stories, and now I count it a privilege to pray for you and your family.

Watch the mail. The Barbour team is sending you a little something.

Blessings,
Becky

 
At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Kristy, Milton, Jennifer and Julie,

Sending love and prayers to you all. Thanks for the sweet photo and words that continue to help us look up at the face of Jesus and find our hope and comfort there.

Your lives of love and faith have touched thousands and you have been faithful to your calling. I know God is so pleased with the way you have traveled through this journey. Wonderful rewards await you all, and someday you will hear each story of the people you have encouraged and helped.

We love you and will continue to pray for God's comfort and grace to surround you.
Love,
Carrie

 
At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God continue to give you strength. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.

Jones, Camden, Stanfield family

 
At 11:00 AM, Blogger Daughter of the King said...

Kristi and family,
you are an example to all of us....of MANY MANY things...
The way you lived your life and then prepared to enter into the sweet presence of Jesus is what this walk is about. I have been convicted and humbled by my lack....
You are teaching thousands I am sure what the meaning of life is about..this earthly life and also eternal life. I know it is hard, best rest assured, you have many burden bearers out here.
Deby
Seattle

 
At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Family,

I have been following your blog since the day you were diagnosed Kristy...and have prayed that God would use this journey in a mighty way to bring Him glory. He has answered my prayers. I am continuing to pray His strength carries you through each day and ministers to your souls. You are all an awesome testimony of genuine faith through a raging storm.

Judy Hampton

 
At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristy,
Just this morning as I was hanging up my clothes, I caught a glimpse of my aqua-blue shirt and thought of you. Your walk of faith in the face of this disease has challenged me in my own walk and I thank you for that. Just know that you, Milton and your girls are a constant in my prayers.

Blessings,
Patty Hall

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger DayleShockley said...

If only everyone could face death so bravely. Like Paul said, "To die is gain." It is heartbreaking to lose the people we love, but seeing Jesus in Heaven is our ultimate goal. It is what we live for! We grieve when death calls, but not in the same way as those with no hope of Heaven.

As you said recently, Milton, life on earth is just the beginning.

Please give Kristy a hug from one of her AWSA sisters.

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger Loving Our Homeschool said...

Milton, thank you for honoring Kristy's request to keep posting. I'm sure it is not easy and not something you would choose to be doing at this time, but your words and her words on this blog have touched so many lives, including my own, and I thank you for that.

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers throughout each day.

Heather

 
At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying for you and thinking of your family. I check in each day still amazed at Kristy's sweet nature and how she is accepting this. God has a special mansion he is building for her, I am sure. Probably with lots of aqua decor, my heart is heavy for the family though.

Alabama

 
At 2:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton,

My love and Prayers are with you, Kristy, Julie and Jennifer.


Lisa

 
At 2:26 PM, Blogger Arlene said...

Dear Milton,

Thank you for keeping us posted.

Please know there are thousands of us in cyberspace that are praying for Kristy, Julie, Jennifer, and yourself.

Kristy, you are so very loving and brave. I pray for you often, and think of you constantly.

With love to the Dykes family.

 
At 2:38 PM, Blogger Patricia W. said...

God's will be done.

Having prayed that, I can honestly say my selfish prayer is for Kristy to remain with us. I feel as though I've gotten to know her heart through this blog, even before she received her diagnosis. And add me to the list of people who have been encouraged in their marriage by reading your daily posts.

I pray for strength for the entire Dykes family. You have been such a blessing to us. May that be returned to you a thousand-fold.

 
At 2:58 PM, Anonymous Katy McKenna said...

Kristy and family,

I am reading an Ann Tatlock novel called "I'll Watch the Moon." A character who has survived the Holocaust describes meeting a rabbi in the prison camp. As the rabbi watched unspeakable horrors happening before his eyes, he said, "I wish I was God." Someone asked, "Why? Would you do things differently?" "No," the rabbi answered. "If I was God, I'd understand."

Someday, all of us who are children of the King will understand as He does. Until then, we trust....

Many prayers for you!
Katy McKenna www.fallible.com

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger bryan mcgee said...

We love you guys and are praying for you. Reading your story has been hard and inspiring at the same time.

Be strong and of good courage. We love you!

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

I just got home and immediately came to Kristy's blog to see the latest news. What a surprise to see a photo of you three. Kristy never ceases amazing me with how well she looks in spite of being so ill. It's the Lord indwelling her that is doing that. She radiates the Holy Spirit.

I remember when my best friend died of cancer almost five years ago. She had that same look on her face as Kristy does, only she had no hair. She didn't need the hair for the way her face glowed. I think as each minute passed, she was moving closer to her Lord and that is why such joy lit her face.

I'm continuing to pray for all of you.

 
At 3:38 PM, Blogger Sharon A. Lavy said...

I appreciate you very much. My sister in law had brain cancer two years ago. She only had two weeks of life after she knew she was sick.
God has allowed you to touch so many lives ~~ she touched a lot of lives too, just not as long.

Thank you for sharing the journey

 
At 5:37 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Please tell her I love her and after Jesus, she'll be the first friend I look up when I get there. I know she'll have things all organized for us. She'll probably have a writer's choir going. Tell her to save me a spot.

I'm praying for an easy passing for her if God calls her. And for you, Milton, to see her joy as Jesus meets her. May He sustain you.

What I can't get over, though, is that she sure doesn't LOOK like a woman who is dying. She glows. I guess she isn't dying but getting ready to be born.

 
At 6:35 PM, Blogger Karen Eve said...

Kristy looks so radiant. I know if Daddy God does call her home early that she wins and if he extends her life she wins. I feel so much for you Milton, Jennifer, Julie, all the grands and the rest of your family. None of us wants to let her go, yet in a way I envy her. To really be home with Jesus, not just get glimpses. My heart just aches for everyone. Thank you so much Milton for continuing to share this journey with the rest of us. You'll have to gather this all together some day. Prayers are continuing for healing, strength, and peace. Bless you all.

 
At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Patti said...

Dear Kristy and Family:
We have never met but I have been praying and am continuing to pray for all of you. Wow - - what an inspiration you are, Kristy!! May the Lord give each of you the strength, comfort and peace you need. Blessings,
Patti (from
Georgia)

 
At 6:47 PM, Anonymous sharon hoffman said...

From an AWSA Sister

Thank you for the beautiful picture of you three at Hospice. Kristy has shown us all how to live and may very well be showing us how to die. Praise our Lord for His strength and joy in her life!

Lovingly, Sharon Hoffman

 
At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are the MOST inspirational family I have ever seen. Kristy's sweet attitude has humbled me so. I have a son who is bi-polar and I blamed God and stopped going to church; I know I never completely left God because I was raised in church and attended faithfully until the last 3 years. Through your story it has made me realize that I have so much to be thankful for so I redicated my life to God about six-weeks ago. What a breakthrough and relief!!

Thank you for sharing your journey; you will probably never know how many lives have been changed through your story. I have never read one negative post by either of you and it is soooo refreshing to see a christian walk the walk as well as talk the talk.
You both are a real light to the world and show how true christians display the love of Christ.

I hurt for you Milton and your daughters, and will continue to pray for you and Kristy and the rest of the family.

May God wrap his loving arms around you all,

Teresa from Alabama

 
At 8:07 PM, Blogger Mary Connealy said...

You're in my prayers.

 
At 10:27 PM, Blogger Jennifer Hudson Taylor said...

I have lurked on your blog several times through your journey. I've also prayed for you all. I too have been inspired by your story and your journey. I pray for God's in your lives and peace and contentment.

 
At 10:31 PM, Blogger Margo Carmichael said...

Holding you all close in my heart and prayers.

 
At 10:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dear Milton & Kristy...
For months now I've followed your journey, daily. You've blessed me abundantly, sharing your tests and trials, seeing you continue on serving and praising God!
At this point in your journey, I pray for a supernatural power from on HIGH! Just lean into Jesus, and onto Him. He knows your hearts cry, and feels your pain. We know that God CAN HEAL, GOD CAN SUPPLY OUR EVERY NEED, and no matter what it may look like - GOD STILL ANSWERS PRAYER. Just call on JESUS......I'm calling on Him - right now.
"Jesus is the sweetest name I know. And, He's still the same, as His lovely name. That's the reason why I love Him so...for Jesus is the sweetest name I know."

"Jesus, Jesus, Jesus - there's just something about that name. Master, Savior, Jesus like the fragrance after the rain. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus - let all heaven and earth proclaim. Kings and Kingdoms may all pass away, but there's something about that name."

Praying Always,
Cathy

 
At 10:41 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Grace and peace to the Dykes family, Milton.

Kristy has lived a life that has blessed others and glorified God.

Please tell her that for us!

Rachel

 
At 11:06 PM, Blogger Rose McCauley said...

Thanks to Kristy and Milton for letting us share their love stories--both for each other and for the Lord! You have impacted more lives than you will ever know!

 
At 11:33 PM, Blogger Janet Lee Barton said...

Kristy, Milton, Jennifer and Julie,
You've touched so many as you've shared your lives with us...your sorrows, your pain, your joy of each minute you have with each other and especially, your faithfulness.
Prayers are going up everywhere for you all. Thank you for continuing to post and update us.
May the Lord hold you up, strenghen you all and give you comfort. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. Our love to you all.

 
At 12:18 AM, Blogger Lee said...

Praying and Praising.

That's all we can do.

Lee

 
At 2:11 AM, Anonymous Evonne said...

Historic Prophesied Healing
Revival MOVES to Joker Marchant
Stadium in Florida Friday Night
(and Saturday and Sunday)
with Todd Bentley

This is Lakeland Florida. Can you get Kristy there? HUGE HEALING MIRACLES are happening...

We know God is in control...is healing on this earth still his BIGGER plan?

I pray for Kristy a lot and have all of you on our internet prayer team for the last several days.

Hang onto Jesus and ask God if Kristy should go to Lakeland.

Love in Jesus,
Evonne
Chico CA

 
At 3:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog daily for many months now and have started to write a comment here many times, but somehow I didn't feel I should intrude.
But,I would just like to say what a huge inspiration both of you have been to me (and of course to so many others)

Kristy: Thank You - you are one beautiful, sweet and courageous lady.

with much love...
An atheist from London, UK
xxx

 
At 4:16 AM, Blogger Kevin & Robin McGee said...

You've all been on our hearts and in our prayers this week. Thank you for continuing to update your blog - I'm sure it cannot be easy with all that you have going on right now.

I just have to share something that happened yesterday. There are a few great Christian bookstores here in Nairobi, Kenya, and I went into one quickly yesterday to buy some books for some MKs who are graduating out here from high school soon. I walked past a book display and stopped in my tracks! There, on the display rack right inside the door, was one of Kristy's recent books "Kiss the (cook) Bride!!! I had to buy it!! Who knew I would come across a relative's book it on the far side of Africa?!?

We've been reading since before Kristy's diagnosis and have been praying for you all along... we are continuing to pray, even more fervently - for grace, peace, and the overwhelming presence of our Heavenly Father's deep love for each one of you.

Much love and prayers,
your shirt-tail relatives
Kevin & Robin,
Mary, Christina & Jonathan
in Nairobi, Kenya

 
At 6:49 AM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

Checking in this early a.m. to see the latest news. No new post, but I wanted to let y'all know my prayers continue heavenward for all of you.

 
At 8:16 AM, Blogger Debby Mayne said...

Kristy, Milton, Jennifer, and Julie,

My prayers continue to be with your family. Kristy, you're a beautiful, joyful woman who never fails to bring smiles to everyone you meet. Milton, your strength throughout this whole experience is amazing and obviously a gift from God. Jennifer and Julie, your mother often talked about how grateful she was for both of you.

Your family is a blessing to everyone--a shining example of how Christ wants us to be.

 
At 8:27 AM, Blogger Janet Spaeth said...

Holding you constantly in my heart and in my prayers. With great love...

 
At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scripture from my devotions this morning and felt impressed to share with the Dykes family.

He spoke the word that healed you, that pulled you back from the brink of death. So thank God for his marvelous love, for His miracle mercy to the children He loves. Offer thanksgiving sacrifices, tell the world what He's done-----sing it out!
Psalm 107: 20-22

 

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