Monday, June 09, 2008

TWO SLEEPY-HEADS...

Milton, here for Kristy:

Oops! I overslept.

For the last weeks Kristy has been sleeping more and more and I have been sleeping less and less. This morning I overslept and boy does it feel good. If I can get another night or two sleep like this, I will feel half human again.

Kristy rested in the night, but woke up around 5 AM to talk. Rebecca and Julie slept in her room with her, and Kristy called to Rebecca to talk to her. Kristy can't always say what she is thinking. It just won't come out right. Then other times she is so clear yet speaks in weak whispers. Rebecca comforted her and assured her everything was OK.

Kristy has a major in journalism and a minor in communications so this is so hard to bear from one who has always been so vibrant, perky, and focused in what she says.

***

Dad preached for me again yesterday and did a super job. Tricia, my middle sister, and her daughter Stephanie came with Mom and Dad, and we enjoyed having them in our home for the afternoon. Kristy loves seeing family even if she can't always fully communicate or know what is happening.

A sweet couple in our church brought us food from Olive Garden for Sunday dinner. Oh was it good. The love of our church family is amazing and so strengthening.

Mom, Dad, Tricia, Stephanie, Rebecca and I had a wonderful time of prayer with Kristy before my parents had to go back home. God's presence filled the house. We prayed in faith with great love and with an unusal peace that settled in the room. It was a sweet time of prayer.

We need His strength, comfort, and grace.

He is faithful.

13 Comments:

At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Milton,
What a statement of FAITH and your trust in God has this blog been. So many in the Mobile, Al. area r praying with you and for your family. We can only imagine the toughness of your journey. As we pray, I think of Moses' word to the tribe of Asher. Duet 33:24-27 Your shoes are heavy but the oil of God is there and "..as thy day, so shall thy strength be." v. 26 Praying for and with You.

Gary & Ida Finch

 
At 12:01 PM, Blogger One Mother with Cancer said...

I continue to pray for you, and your family.

 
At 1:54 PM, Blogger Richard Mabry said...

Milton,
You, Kristy, and the family remain in our prayers. As I thought of what you're going through--a walk I've taken myself--I recalled these encouraging words from a hymn by Natalie Sleeth, Hymn of Promise. May they give you strength and comfort.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

Blessings,
"Dr. Richard"

 
At 1:56 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

How sweet is God's family to care for one another.

I know how hard it is to see Kristy struggle. My mother died of Alzheimer's Disease. She'd taught in a Christian school for years. She had three generations of families in her classes. It was hard to see her become so confused, too.

Isn't it wonderful to know restoration awaits us all?

As always, I'm praying for you.

 
At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have lots of prayers being sent to your area; I check in on Kristy everyday. I am so happy that she has her daughters with her; I know what joy they are bringing her as well as you.

Teresa

 
At 5:48 PM, Blogger Arlene said...

I pray for you daily and think of Kristy, you Milton, the girls, and the 2,4,6,8 grands constantly.

My heart although it hurts for your family, rejoices in your faith in Him.

 
At 7:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton, so glad you've gotten some needed sleep and rest! How welcome and how sweet is rest when it's needed!

Praying, praying, praying for all of you!

Cathy

 
At 8:41 PM, Blogger brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Always praying. Thank you for being vigilant in keeping Kristy's blog up to date for us, Milton.

 
At 11:54 PM, Blogger Janet Spaeth said...

Thank you, Milton, for keeping us posting the updates. I check your blog every day to find out how she's doing.

Praying for all of you....

 
At 12:18 AM, Blogger Deborah Raney said...

Words are so inadequate, but I do want you to know that I'm praying and am so touched by the testimony of faith your entire family has given. God has used this for His glory again and again. Give Kristy my love, and thank you so much for letting us all share your joys and sorrows through this blog.

Keeping your whole family in my thoughts and prayers.

Deb~

 
At 12:50 AM, Anonymous Diana said...

Hello Milton. I am quite sure you wouldn't remember me. I was just a Freshman at Southeastern long years ago, and attending your church while Larell & Cindy Strickland were working with you. I was in Cindy's Sunday School class and had the privilege of getting to know you and Kristy for just a little while. I remember, very fondly, as a matter of fact being 'loved on' by the both of you and invited to your home for lunch and dinner a time or two. Big smiles, your laughter that shakes your body when something is really funny--and Kristy, so very beautiful and full of the love of God with eyes so sparkly and sweet. White dining room furniture, delicious food, and such a warm atmosphere. Thank you for that. Mark & Glenda White have been my 'family' now for 28 years. When they asked us as a church family to pray for Kristy at the end of last year, I was heart broken for both of you and for your family--church family, as well as those so very close to you both. I have prayed and I have watched with you. I have checked in on you by reading this blog. If you would allow me the privilege, I'd really like to share something with you. I would like you to read it to Kristy and tell me what she thinks about it. I have read and read 'Milton here for Kristy" just as she wants you to do. Now I have a gift for both of you....it goes something like this..."Diana here, for Kristy--of course..."
From a wonderful home in Florida, there shines a Great Light. It is the Light of God's love, the Light of promises that are all we are and all we hope, all we trust. A Great Light that we all can bear witness to in the life and in the breath of Kristy Dykes. There is nothing known to God or to man that can dull the brightness, the glory of that hope. Not the pain, not the suffering, not the grief. It shines at night. It shines in the rain and through the clouds. Because of the Light, Kristy is about to receive all of Him whom she has worshipped, everything she has long awaited. All of her heart's hopes and dreams, all of the love we as mere humans cannot contain at present. Like a small child on Christmas morning, she waits to behold His many gifts for her. Oh the excitement that must fill her soul. She may not be able to express her pleasure at the thought of meeting the One Who has loved her from the very beginning of time; but if you know her at all, you must know it is in her heart. I feel sure that her only concern is in knowing the family that she has loved so dearly will be alright. Grief of the deepest measure is obvious; but know this...the Comforter is here. Though it will be difficult, share that joy with her now. In a little while you'll all be together again and will rejoice in Heaven as well. I plan to join you! Years ago, after my baby daughter went to be with the Lord, I had a beautiful dream. I was so grief stricken at the time, I couldn't pray, couldn't even read the Word. I would go to sleep at night with the Word open and laying across my chest as if to say, "Lord, please let Your Word melt into my heart--because I no longer have the ability to take it in on my own." I cried my self to sleep one night in particular. All of a sudden I floated softly into my bedroom. I saw myself sleeping just as I had gone to bed that night---only something was very different. There was the most amazingly beautiful and indescribable light of such brightness that words still fail to express it. The Light appeared without gender but sat on air with flowing layers of robe-like veil. And as I looked closer, the Light had enfolded my right hand within itself and sang to me in words and music I had never heard before and have not heard since. "Griefs and sorrows are so hard to bear but Jesus will be with you everywhere..." The song went on all night long, though I could only stand to gaze at the Light's beauty for a short time. Such beauty.That dream has come back time after time in my life; to bless my soul, to lift me up, and to focus my gaze on God's promises. Though there is so much we do not and cannot understand, we trust in Him. Deuteronomy tells us the secret things belong to God. On this earth and in this life, we see through clouded glass; but when we see Him face to face...that will be another story all together. Trust and not be afraid. The Comforter is here. May the many blessings of the Lord fall on you and your house this night. May your hearts be lifted high by the promises that are all Yea and Amen from a God Who does not lie. Love to you Kristy Dykes...I await Christmas morning with you and will rejoice beside you. By the way, that Light sure is beautiful down there from South Carolina!

 
At 2:12 AM, Blogger Jan Parrish said...

We are continuing to pray. I put you on the prayer list on my blog as well. He is holding you both in his arms right now.

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 
At 5:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still praying for Kristy and for your family. I lost my mother to cancer and my youngest sister to an eating disorder six years later. I take comfort in knowing I will see them again in heaven.

God bless you all.

Barb

 

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