Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Kristy Dykes
August 2, 1951 ~ July 21, 2008
My beloved is healed and is dancing on streets of gold. I will share soon about her glorious transition from my hand into the hands of her Lord and Savior. She is rejoicing with her mother, father, and dear loved ones in heaven. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Her Hero


At 2:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Milton, for letting us know. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you. We prayed for a different turn out, but we know, indeed, that beautiful Kristy is dancing on streets of gold with our beautiful Savior.


At 2:25 AM, Blogger Lee said...

Praying for all of you.


Western Australia

At 2:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are one STRONG man! God Bless You for being there for Kristy till the end. I weep with your family. Heaven received a wonderful angel today! She will watch over your family. I will pray for you all.
Jonesboro, AR

At 2:45 AM, Blogger Cheryl said...

I have been reading your posts, almost daily, and you all have been in my thoughts and prayers. I checked again tonight, after I got home from work, to see how Kristy was doing. On one hand I am so very sad as I have felt the intense pain of watching ones I loved so deeply die-yet I have a glimmer of the rejoicing that is going on right at this moment.

At 3:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I awoke at 2:20 a.m. and prayed for Kristy to be released into the arms of God. I tried to go back to sleep, but couldn't, so I came here to learn that she's with Him. I thank God that He's allowed each of us to know Kristy and you, and your family through this trial. You have been a blessing.

"The Lord Your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." --Zeph. 3:17

Our Lord, our Savior is rejoicing over Kristy.

Nan S.

At 3:31 AM, Blogger Kathy Kovach... said...

I'm one of those people who only had a brief encounter with Kristy, but that meeting made an impression on me. I knew she was one special lady. Below is what I just wrote on my blog. I'm putting it here in its entirety because this isn't about growing readership.

I'm grieving right now. I just heard that Kristy Dykes has passed on. She had been diagnosed mere months ago with brain cancer. We briefly spoke at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference two years ago, when we found out we'd both be in the compilation, Florida Weddings. Her's is the story in the middle, Heart of the Matter. I knew of Kristy, but had never spoken to her until then. When she learned I was living in Colorado, her spunkiness came out and she asked how I was qualified to write a story in Florida. Not mean-spirited, but definitely on fire for her beloved state. Kristy always started her posts, "Greetings from sunny Florida." After I assured her that I had lived there for ten years, she seemed satisfied, and I found myself excited to be associated with her in this project.

Kristy, Lynn Coleman, the first author in the compilation, and I had talked about doing a booksigning when Florida Weddings came out. Even though it would have taken some major money for me to fly out there for a week of book blitzing, I was looking forward to getting to know Kristy better.

Then came her diagnosis.

I never got to talk to her about this exciting project. I never even got to celebrate with her. I never got to sit at a book table with her and soak in the Kristy that I've been reading about on her blog. A dynamic woman passionately in love with her Lord. Her husband, Milton, has been writing posts about this journey. At times, it was too painful for me to check in on it. Other times, I poured over every word, wishing I could see her again, happy, whole, and healthy.

Here is her blog link. www.christianlovestories.blogspot.com. Even if you have no idea who I'm talking about, you will be blessed to read even a portion of the posts Milton wrote.

Good bye, Kristy. We'll talk later.

At 3:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've anchored my soul
In the haven of rest.
I'll sail the wide seas no more.
The tempest may sweep,
O'er the wild, stormy deep,
But in Jesus,
I'm safe evermore.

from kristy's blog

kp jonesboro,AR

At 4:07 AM, Anonymous anon from London, UK said...

You are a wonderful man Milton.

My thoughts are with you and your beautiful family...

At 5:54 AM, Blogger kjpynes said...

Dear Dykes Family
I know the lose you feel right now and the joy of knowing Kristy is with her Lord and Savior. It will be a change in your lives that you'll need to trust Jesus even more now. My love and prayers go out to you.

Love and prayers


At 6:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your family has touched so many lives and Kristy was an amazing person. As one of Julie's best friends since childhood I have witnessed firsthand your unfaltering committment to Christ and your love for people. Kristy was always so giving and even through this trial she gave to so many people. My heart hurts for you and your family but I rejoice that Kristy is in heaven and that we WILL see her again. Our prayers are with you and we love you.

Priscilla and Chris Julian

At 6:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to Keep, If I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my Soul to take. I prayer that I say many times before I go to sleep. I too was not able to sleep last night just srairing at the walls, looking at the hall light, looking outside, tossing and turning until 2:30 AM to get up at 6 AM to read your blog, The picture is so beautiful.... Our heartfelt sempathy goes out to the Hero and your Family, God's Grace will Comfort You - Love Richard and Joyce Nix

At 6:46 AM, Blogger Cecelia said...

Thanks for letting us know. She's no longer in pain, which is a comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

At 6:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton, Julie, Jennifer and Family,

THis is Lisa, one of Julie's friends from college. Julie informed me last evening about your loss.

I share the same sentiment as Priscilla. Your strength, love, and all else is the most amazing of anyone I have met in my life. I can only strive one day to be half the person you and you family are.

Please know I am thinking of you all in this time, and that my love and prayers are constant.


Lisa Vella

At 7:16 AM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

So many words have already been said. Today I sit here with tears. I knew this day would come, but with each time she seemed to slip, she rallied and God extended her earthly life once more.

Was it only eight months ago we read her post on the ACFW loop with the subject line "My Brain Tumor?" I remember staring at that line and wondering what on earth. Then I read her announcement about the diagnosis she'd just received. It was a shock. But God knew about it waaaaaaay before we did and He has been in this all the way.

May He continue to strengthen you, Milton, Jennifer and Julie, and the grands. May you all feel His loving arms around you as you go through these days ahead.

They won't be easy, but it will be a comfort knowing exactly where Kristy is. If she could, she'd be sending us back a message saying, "Greetings from glorious heaven where we don't need the sun because we are illumined by The Son and all His glory.

God bless you all!

At 7:21 AM, Blogger Grammy/Grandpa said...

I feel like I have lost a friend. I read your post first thing each morning and have prayed for your family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you today. Thank you for sharing her life with us.

At 7:27 AM, Anonymous mimi said...

I am lost with words, chills and sorrow are on me as i read all this. Your family has been so strong thru all of this .God Bless you all and still praying.

Mimi -- Bartow, Fla

At 7:30 AM, Anonymous Sharon Bailey said...

Dear Milton, Julie, and Jennifer

May God's loving presence surround and comfort you in your loss. You have all been a witness to the power and strength of the Holy Spirit. Having read Kristy's blog every day since last October, I feel I know you. Thanks so much for sharing your journey. Reading your heart-felt messages has drawn me closer to God. Only eternity will show how many lives Kristy's blog has touched. My prayers are with you and your family.

In the shadow of the cross,

At 7:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Milton, Julie, Jenniefer and the Entire Family,

My deepest sympathy to your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Kristy was a wonderful woman. She was truly a mighty woman of God...Hold and cherish all the memories...

Prayers are going out to you and your family...

In Gods Love

At 7:48 AM, Blogger Merrillee said...

Dear Milton, Julie, Jennifer,
May God be with you and comfort you as you've lost a precious loved one. Kristy was a special lady who touched so many lives with her many gifts. Thank you so much for sharing her journey.

Praise God that she is with the Savior. My prayers are with you and your family.
Merrillee Whren

At 7:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I mourn your loss today, but praise Him for Kristy's healing. As lively as Kristy always has been, I'm sure she ran through the gates, singing and praising the Lord, stopping only to wrap her arms around her beloved Jesus. I will be praying for you in the days to come.

Patty Smith Hall

At 7:55 AM, Blogger Debby Mayne said...

Milton, Julie, Jennifer, and family, my prayers are with all of you.

At 8:04 AM, Blogger Ruth said...

Praying for you all.

At 8:16 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Praying for you, Milton! Kristy is such a sweetheart. I say "is" because she is more alive now than she's ever been. Her pizzazz and enthusiasm just went up 1000 times.

At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grieve for your precious family, Pastor Dykes. Truly Kristy lived out her faith to the very end. You both have taught us how to live as committed Christians, and how to walk the path when it grows narrow and steep. Bless you for allowing the world into your journey.

The words of a great old hymn spoke to my heart this morning. May it minister to you, as well:

Light after darkness, gain after loss,
Strength after weakness, crown after cross;
Sweet after bitter, hope after fears,
Home after wandering, praise after tears.

Sheaves after sowing, sun after rain,
Sight after mystery, peace after pain;
Joy after sorrow, calm after blast,
Rest after weariness, sweet rest at last.

Near after distant, gleam after gloom,
Love after loneliness, life after tomb;
After long agony, rapture of bliss,
Right was the pathway, leading to this.

...With love and thanksgiving for a life lived well.

At 8:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gods peace to your family as your mourn the loss of your beloved, your wife, your childrens mother, and your best friend.

May the love that kept you two all these wonderful years provide comfort in this time of brief separation.

Praying for your family.

At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first thing I do is check on Kristy each morning. I am so sorry !!!! But what a time she must be having!! It's you and the rest of the family who need our prayers now. My heart breaks for you all.

Teresa from AL

At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Sheila said...

My heart is touched with both sorrow and joy at the same time. Sorrow for you, Milton, for your family and for our church family for the loss of such a source of happiness and strength in our lives; yet I can't help but smile when I think of Grace, and Aunt Tine (aka “Sister Peek”) greeting her at the Gates and dancing with her on those Streets of Gold. Imagine how beautiful that red hair is with the Light of God shining through it... I’m praying for you, your daughters and your precious grandchildren.

At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you all.


At 8:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers continur to be with you and your family. God will continue to hold your hand and see you through.

Stanfield, Camden & Jones Family

At 8:39 AM, Blogger Carrie Turansky said...

Dear Milton, Julie, and Jennifer,

Through my tears I am praying for you all, asking God to comfort you in this time of loss. We love you like family, and we are family. One day we will all be reunited and rejoice together.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this amazing journey with us. Kristy's unfailing faith and your love and trust in God have taught me a heart-lesson I will never forget.

Love and prayers,
Carrie in NJ

At 8:40 AM, Blogger B. J. Brooks said...

Milton and family. I too woke up in the middle of the night with Kristy on my mind. Many prayers for you during the night and more this morning upon hearing that Kristy is Dancing in Heaven. I can see her now smiling and laughing as she twirls around.

Many Blessings
B.J. Brooks

At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What joy that Kristy is free from her earthly body and has no more pain. What sadness that she is sorely missed on earth.

Many prayers are with you.

At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a Ray Boltz song:

"The anchor holds, in spite of the storm."

My thoughts and prayers are with you and with your family. It is the knowing that your loved one had such an eternal impact on that with is temporary. The memory of the righteous is a blessing.

At 8:46 AM, Blogger spenjen said...

Mr. Dykes, Jennifer, and Julie
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Jeni Spencer

At 8:46 AM, Blogger NancyMehl said...

I've read Kristy's blog almost every day since her diagnosis. The only times I missed were when I was out of town. Although we've never met, I feel like I'm a part of your lives. I grieve for your loss, but rejoice that Kristy is looking into the face of the One we all love so much.

God bless and keep you all.


At 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May the "cloud of peace" and "chair" that Lord placed over and under Kristy remain in your home and in the hearts of all the family members who loved her so dearly...
Thanks for sharing your lives with us.

God Bless,

At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Eva Marie Everson said...

We love you.

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Praying for you and your family. Kristy will be greatly missed, but the rippling effect of her life's testimony will continue to encourage and bless others.

At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton, Julie, Jennifer, the 4 Grands and the rest of the family!

My deepest condolances to you!

Kristy was a very brave lady! For someone who did not care for medicens and so forth, she put a good fight and is now singing and dancing with all her loved ones ~~She won ♫ ♫ ♫

She was an angel on earth, and now an angel in heaven!

Take care of each other!

My prayers are with you!

NickyK in Canada

At 8:59 AM, OpenID robinlee said...

Dear Milton and family -

My heart aches for each one of you, even as I rejoice that Kristy is even now with the Father. Thank you for the witness you have given through this blog. May you and your children and your grandchildren all experience God's peace and even His joy, which is your strength, as you walk through the days ahead.

Your sister in Christ,
Robin Lee Hatcher

At 8:59 AM, Blogger Arlene said...

I met Kristy through this blog; my daughter Lisa went to college with Julie.

Through cyberspace, I came to know and love your family.

Pastor Dykes, Julie, and Jennifer my prayers and love are with you.

I am grieving for a woman I met through your wonderful blog.

Kristy is indeed with Jesus.

Milton, your love for Kristy, her love for you, and your love for serving Christ is a testament to Him.

To Julie and Jennifer, and the grands, my love and prayers are with you.

There are so many people who's lives your family has touched.

I am sorry for your loss, but rejoicing that Kristy is indeed dancing in the Streets of Gold.

At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton and Family, The "World was not worthy" of the Faith of your Kristy. Heaven and Her "King of Kings" is the only One who can reward her for the faithful trust that she believed and lived. We will continue to pray and know that God's strength will be with you. "Now unto Him...."

Gary & Ida Finch
Mobile, Al.

At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Shell Washam said...

Milton and family, as I sit here with tears flowing from my eyes, my heart goes out to you. That meeting I hoped for with Kristy will have to wait just a little while longer. Some day I'll get to tell her just how much she inspired me and how much difference she made in my life. There are few words I can think of right now to say to you and your family, I can't fathom what you are going through; but please know that if love and good thoughts can take your hands and wrap around your hearts from a distance, that is exactly what I am doing. My tears fall with yours, my heart goes out to you and my thoughts are with you.

Kristy, I look forward to meeting you in heaven sweet sister and until that day comes I will share your legacy of faith and strength with all who cross my path. May you spend your days in heaven dancing with angels until we all meet again.


Shell Washam
AWSA Sister
Newport, TN

At 9:00 AM, Blogger Janet Spaeth said...

I am so sorry. So sorry....

Kristy has left a legacy of love that touches all of us.

I am so sorry.

At 9:00 AM, Blogger Deborah Raney said...

What a blessing it has been to witness a family of faith go through the most excruciating pain imaginable with love and dignity and integrity and faith. Watching your example has strengthened my own faith and brought me closer to the Lord, as I know it has for many. Praise the Lord that we don't grieve like those who have no hope. It's hard to imagine because right now we are slave to so many earthly limitations, but in God's timing, it will be a mere twinkling of an eye before you are reunited with Kristy, and then your joy will know no bounds. For now, we weep with you because Kristy will be deeply, deeply missed. Oh, but what an amazing legacy she leaves behind.

Keeping you in my prayers...

At 9:01 AM, Blogger Sharon A. Lavy said...

Praise God for He is good. Thank you again for sharing the journey. What a wonderful testimony Kristy left for all of us.

At 9:02 AM, Blogger Mary DeMuth said...

I've been a lurker these many months. I hadn't had the pleasure of meeting Kristy in the writing community circles, but your eloquent prose helped me meet her in an even deeper way. Thank you for sharing her heart with so many.

I will certainly be praying.

Mary DeMuth

At 9:02 AM, Blogger Anna Dynowski said...

Milton, Julie, and Jennifer,
my prayers are with you all. Even as the Lord rejoices over Kristy, may He hold you up in His love and strength.
God Bless!
Love & Prayers,

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Lynette Sowell said...

It's a time for tears, but I pray that through the tears you will feel the Holy Spirit's presence and comfort. He can comfort like no one else can.

I only met Kristy twice, but like others have said, once you met Kristy, you never forgot her. Elegant. Sweet. Graceful. :)

At 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know we all have tears streaming - tears that are a mixture of great sorrow and great joy.

A quote from D. L. Moody:

"Someday you will read in the papers that Moody is dead. Don't you believe a word of it. At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now. I was born of the flesh in 1837, I was born of the spirit in 1855. That which is born of the flesh may die. That which is born of the Spirit shall live forever."

I know we have read that Kristy has died, but today she is more alive than she has ever been.

Blessings and prayers for all of you.

Gaylon and Barbara Benton
Birmingham, AL

At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Lisa Buffaloe said...

Dear Milton and family,

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Thank you for allowing us to share in the journey with Kristy. Her life is truly an inspiration. There is rejoicing in Heaven as she is Home safe in her precious Savior's arms.

My prayers are with you and your family.

At 9:13 AM, Blogger One More Writer said...

I wept as I read this morning. Yesterday you were all heavy on my heart and I found myself continually in prayer for Kristy and her family.

MIlton, your chronicling of your journey together through this trying time has blessed me beyond what I can express. Thank you for opening your heart and your home for us to share these last few months with you all.

My prayers will continue to be with you all.

At 9:14 AM, Blogger Tom Morrisey said...

Milton, I rejoice with you at Kristy's victory and I grieve with you at your loss. I live in Orlando, brother. If there is anything that I can do, please give me a shout: morrisey@cfl.rr.com. My family and I are praying for you; and as you well know, you will be with her again in a place where death never calls. God is good.

At 9:15 AM, Blogger ~~Deby said...

Sharing your sadness...your loss and also rejoicing that Kristi is where we ALL want to be, why we live our life for the Lord....she is in no pain, there are no tears and I am waiting to meet her in person one day...
Puget Sound

At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Suzie Eller said...

To you and your sweet daughters,

May God wrap you in His arms today and tomorrow and the next as you grieve your loss, and may He warm your heart as He shows you eternity with Kristy ahead.

At 9:20 AM, Anonymous heather said...

I woke up around 330 this morning, and all I could think about was Kristy. I somehow knew that she'd left this life and gone on to better things, and began to pray for her.

I am so sorry for you and your daughters, Milton, but I am happy that Kristy is no longer in pain in this world anymore.

Blessings on all of you.

At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God's peace to you and your family as you walk through this time. I expect to get an email from Kristy one of these days that begins, "Greetings from an even sunnier Heaven!"
Donna for the Christy Awards

At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Many prayers are with you and the family.


At 9:24 AM, Blogger Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

Milton, you have been a true encouragement and blessing to those of us who knew Kristy during this difficult time. Your dedication to this blog and sharing your heart has been a tremendous inspiration.

Just like your wife was to so many.

She was the first author I met at ACFW back in 2002 who literally took me by the hand and told me to never give up. That God had laid this desire on my heart, and it was my duty to pursue it.

We connected and laughed about being redheads and the common heroines in most romance novels. :) But then we became fellow writers and authors for our Lord. Her vibrance and passion exuded from every part of her. You couldn't help but be effected. Her books and stories always touched my heart with each one I read, and it was a true pleasure getting to know her in person these last few years.

It was heart-wrenching hearing of her battle with brain cancer, but it's been a true testament of God's love to see her family standing by her through it all.

Now, her pain is gone, and she is healed, rejoicing with our Heavenly Father and watching over all of us. She leaves behind a legacy of ministry, service and love that I hope one day I can leave as well. Kristy touched so many lives during life, and I'm confident this recent struggle will bless many more for years to come.

Thank you, Milton, for being that hero for your beloved. You too are leaving a legacy through your love, faith and hope.

Blessings to you and your family during this time.

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Richard Mabry said...

Words are inadequate here. You and your family will remain in our prayers in the days to come. Thank you for honoring Kristy and letting us walk along with you both in this journey by continuing the blog.
"Dr. Richard"

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Through my tears, I can see her dancing on those streets, but my heart aches for your temporary loss. When our loved ones move to Heaven before us, the separation is hard. I'll continue to pray for you and the gilrs, Milton, and the grands.

Kristy is reaping her rewad - priase God.

At 9:31 AM, Blogger Robin Bayne said...

Also grieving for someone I never met in person. Praying for you all.

At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Katy McKenna said...

Milton, girls, and grands,

I, too, only met Kristy once (at ACFW). But I have not missed a single day of your Christian Love Story. Thank you so much for showing us a beautiful marriage, a faithful family. We will never be the same.

Prayers for comfort and hope to be poured out on you all. And joy at every remembrance of your lady.

At 9:35 AM, Blogger Karen Eve said...

I know that Kristy is free, but I'm grieving with you and your family. I don't have words, just love and prayers for you all.
God Bless

At 9:38 AM, Blogger RR Mama said...

Milton, Jennifer, Julie, and family,
Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I am very sorry to hear of Kristy's passing. I know she is in heaven, whole once again. It was only a few short months ago, I found this blog. What a blessing it has been to me. I pray God will surround all of you with a peace and comfort like no other.

In His name,

At 9:42 AM, Blogger Blissful said...

I am so sorry. Love to you all

Lauralee Bliss

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Grace said...

I found this blog a couple of weeks ago as i was googling for christian love stories. And i have not been dissappointed. Milton you have exemplified christ's love.
I pray for you, julie, jennifer and the grands...may God comfort you. And may so much peace come your way in knowing where kristy is.

God bless,
Nairobi, Kenya.

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Martha W. Rogers said...

My heart is saddened at this news, but I know Kristy is having such a wonderful time with her Father and her family. Our loss is heaven's gain. I will never forget her or the energy, faith, love, and encoruagement she gave to everyone who knew her. What an inspiration her life and death have been to everyone and will be for many years to come.

Thank you, Milton for your willingness to share this journey with us. We have been blessed by your words of love and devotion.

Martha Rogers

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Rachel Overton said...

From the Steve Green song, Safely Home:

Children, precious children I Know you're shaken,
A loved one taken. Oh but hear me. Come, draw near me. Their pain is passed now. They rest at last now, safely home.

They are strong and free. They are safe with me.

This life is merely shadow. Today there's sorrow, but joy tomorrow. Safely home. Safely home.

One day you will join them, all together, this time forever, safely home. Safely home.

My prayers are with all of you. I am especially thinking of Alex today. As adults, we may understand a little better, but he is at the age where childlike faith begins to struggle with the realities of life. I pray especially for his protection and comfort.

These will be difficult days for all of you, but know that HE will never let you go.

Thank you for letting us share this journey with you. So many, many lives have been touched.

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Kathy Collard Miller said...

I rejoice with Kristy and grieve with you all in your great loss.

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Gail Gaymer Martin said...

Milton and family -- Though my heart is so heavy, I rejoice with your strength and your victory for Kristy. She made an impact on those of us here filled with her special pizzazz, and I can only imagine the spirit that's zinging along in heaven with Jesus.

Her battle is done, and your new battle is beginning. I pray the Lord blesses your family and you find comfort and strength in your Lord and Savior. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

May God hold you in the Palm of His hand.

Gail Gaymer Martin
Sister in Christ
Fellow Novelist for the Lord

At 9:54 AM, Blogger PastorMac's Ann said...

May Jesus' tender love comfort you as only He can in this time of tremendous lose. Our prayers are with you and all those who will feel the void that Kristy leaves.

At 9:57 AM, Blogger Margo Carmichael said...

Dear Milton and all,

Through tears, "I can only imagine" the wonderful time Kristy is having, free of pain, dancing with Jesus, her dazzling self, and more, glorified.

For the rest of us, it's not as wonderful. I hurt and rejoice with you all.

Several yew years ago, I emailed Kristy, something about writing, and a few days later, was surprised to find a brown manila envelope in my mailbox. She had sent me three of her books, to "show, don't tell me," how she did it. I was so happy when I finally met her at a conference.

I wish I could be at the service.

I send you all hugs and love and blessings, and prayers that the wonderful Holy Spirit do His good work as Comforter.

Click here: "I Can Only Imagine"

At 9:57 AM, Blogger Nelson & Rennae de Freitas said...

Yesterday I was thinking about Kristy all day. I had a headache and I guess it just made me think about the suffering that Kristy has been through. My heart was heavy and I felt such a burden for you all. I hadn't checked the blog in weeks and I wondered how she was doing. So after traveling all day long, when we finally arrived at a place with internet I immediately checked the blog and said a prayer for you all. When I woke up this morning I got the word. I just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you all. I am in awe of the powerful spiritual connection that we have as the body of Christ. I am sure that I am one of many who felt the need to pray yesterday...and today.
We rejoice because we know that Kristy is completely, perfectly healed and with her Savior but we also cry because we know that she will be greatly missed.
Rennae de Freitas
Missionary to Dominican Republic

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Mary Connealy said...

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 niv

At 10:01 AM, Anonymous Nicole said...

Only God's words cut it now: No more tears, no more suffering, no more pain . . .

So deeply sorry for your loss . . . and the rest of the world's.

Weeping with you.

At 10:12 AM, Blogger Patricia W. said...

I never met Kristy but I knew her, from her stories and from her blog. She poured out her heart and shared with so many of us, encouraging and strengthening us with her smile, her humor, and many well-chosen words of wisdom.

She will be missed.

I pray peace for the entire Dykes family.

At 10:19 AM, Blogger Dee S. said...

My deepest sympathy for you, Milton. Kristy is a treasure here and in Heaven. You and your family are very blessed. Stay encouraged.

At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Tracy Fernandez Rysavy said...

I met Kristy only briefly at a couple of First Coast Romance Writer meetings, and thought she was a graceful, lovely person. I've been so moved by your blog--I haven't yet read any of Kristy's books, but I'm sure this blog and her amazing example in it ranks among her very best written work. I'm so sorry you're missing her right now. My family will continue to keep you all in our prayers.

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Shannon said...

Thank you for sharing your journey with us. My heart has been with both of you during these past months and many times all I could when reading this blog is cry ... and lay you and Kristy before the throne. You both have been such an amazing blessing.

May we all remember, and likewise choose the joy, the trust, the praise in all things.

~Shannon McNear
Goose Creek, SC
ACFW Southeast Zone Director

At 10:26 AM, Blogger JoAnne said...

I sang Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus to my baby girl as I rocked her for her morning nap a bit ago. Then I came to my computer and learned that Kristy had gone to be with Jesus.
"Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace."
My heart aches for your family. I am so sorry.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus and cling to the knowledge that Kristy is basking in His glory and grace right now.
Many prayers for you and your family,

At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Milton and all of your family; Words cannot express the heartfelt grief I feel for you!

As many others have commented, I, too, could not get Kristy and the family off my mind yesterday and last evening. The old song, "Does Jesus Care" kept playing over and over in my head. The words are below:

"Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?

Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?
Does Jesus care when I’ve said “goodbye”
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks—
Is it aught to Him? Does He see? "

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Through tears....

Annette Barr Grahl
SEBC Class of 1971

At 10:30 AM, Blogger ~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Oh, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. I am so sad. Words don't come. I can only repeat Jesus' name as a prayer for you, Milton, and the rest of the family. May God's loving, tangible arms be wrapped around you. I need no longer pray for Kristy. She is now perfected.

At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have mixed emotions over the news of Kristy's home going. I am so thankful that she is in heaven and is no longer--and never will be again--suffering any pain. But also I know that your heart and those of Julie and Jennifer and their children--all the family--sorrow and miss her dearly. But that's one of the reasons God sent us His Holy Spirit--to be our Comforter. He will do His work well. And we will all see Kristy again--soon. Our prayers are with you for God's comfort and strength.

Randal, Barbara & Lauren Ray

At 10:34 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I felt so strongly that I needed to pray for your family last night. Kristy was on my heart all evening, so much so, that I came here late before bedtime to see if there was anything posted. It was about 12am(I live in Georgia,so we are both on EST). When I didn't see anything new posted, I said another prayer for you. I am grieved for you and I hope that you also feel that chair of peace under you.
Praying for you!
Stephanie Adams

At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Paulette @ musingsofamamaof2preciousones said...

Milton, Julie, Jennifer, Grands & to the rest of the extended Family,

My families thoughts and prayers go out to you right now. I am sitting here mourning with you. Although I never met you all in person, I feel like I know you. The sadness that my heart feels right now is overwhelming. It's bitter sweet, I know that Kristi is free and rejoicing with her Jesus. But yet I want to hear more of her stories and be changed some more by what I read here on this blog.

She was such a tender, kind, loving, radiant woman and the love she had for her Lord, and her family was unbelievable. I've never met in person or in cyberspace someone so radiant. Your whole family just beams love and safety. Kristi was a great example of what a Wife, Mother and Grandmother is supposed to be. I hope that I can just be 1/4 the person she was to my family. She has encouraged me and lived out loud that example and I promise to keep working at it so I can be all I can be for my family. I'm sorry I'm rambling, my heart is broken and this is my feeble attempt to let you know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

I pray a hedge of peace and comfort around you during this time. I pray that God would place beneath you the chair of strength that was once holding your dear Kristi, that it would now be carrying you.

We love you and you are in our prayers. Thank You for allowing us the privilege to get to know you and your family.

God Bless You
The Boone's

At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton, Psalm 116:15 says, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Oh, what glory in Heaven when Kristy entered the gates. Through our tears we can see Kristy singing praises unto the Lord. We've lost a friend, but Heaven gained another angel.

God has used, and will continue to use, your and Kristy's journey to draw others to Him. That's what Kristy would want. You have been strong and faithful to fulfill Kristy's wishes. Thank you for sharing.

Milton, you can be sure Kristy heard every word you whispered to her. I believe that with all my heart. I know your pain is deep, your sorrow piercing, and I pray that God will strengthen you, Julie, Jennifer, and the grandchildren as you mourn the loss of your precious wife, mother, and Nana. The picture is beautiful.

God bless you and hold you close.

Lavada Haupt

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

Kristy did a marvelous job of "show, don't tell" - her life and faith journey (and yours) has been an amazing example to all of us fellow believers. Thank you for ministering to all of us by sharing her last months with us through this blog. My grip on God was strengthened. May God bless you and pay you back for your faithfulness to Him in this.

Kellie Gilbert (an ACFW friend)
Arlington, Texas

At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Milton and family,

I met Kristy at a FCRW meeting and have been following this blog every day since finding out about her brain cancer. I've prayed for her every day and although I know she is no longer in pain, I read your entry this morning and cried. Not for her, but for all of us left behind.

I pray that God will put his arms around all those who loved Kristy, beginning with those who loved her first. I pray He comforts us in the knowledge that she is no longer in pain, and thank Him for the amazing testimony of faith and love you and your family has shown through this ordeal.

She is truly an inspiration to us all.

Beth Szabo

At 10:48 AM, Blogger Vicki said...

It is with mixed joy and sadness I’m posting. My heart goes out to you and your family and I pray for peace that passes understanding to settle on each of your hearts.

I never had the blessing of meeting Kristi in person, but through her blog, your blogging for her, and her books, she touched my life.

Even in the time of sickness she has been a warrior for the Lord and has spoken to countless people of her faith, love and hope in her father.

I rejoice that she is dancing on streets of gold, no longer in pain, but singing her praises at the feet of Jesus.

Thank you for sharing your lives with us, for allowing us the opportunity to pray with and for you and most of all for not just telling us, but showing us what faith in God means.

Much prayers and Hugs,
Peace, peace, wonderful peace,
Coming down from the Father above!
Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray
In fathomless billows of love!

At 10:54 AM, Blogger PamelaTracy said...

I met you and Kristy years ago at an RWA conference. It was right after Kristy's first sale. I still remember what a team you were, how together. Please know you are in many thoughts and prayers today. And remember, you made her happy.

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Janet Lee Barton said...

Dear Milton and Family,
May the Lord hold you all up and comfort you as only He can today and in the days to come. Your faith in Him has uplifted so very many as you have gone through the pain of watching your beloved Kristy make her way to HIm.
Thank you for sharing your lives and your faith with us all as you have. You've all touched so many lives and given us all a wonderful lesson in faith. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all.
May the joy of knowing Kristy is no longer in pain and that Heaven is rejoicing in welcoming her home give you comfort-and the peace that passes all understanding be with you all.

At 10:55 AM, OpenID jeanineguidry said...


Thank you so much for letting us know. Our prayers are with you and your family. You and Kristy lived out one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever seen and heard - and one that, I believe, will continue in heaven one day.

I hope you will continue blogging when you feel up to it - you have an enormous gift of writing.

Grace and peace,


At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Danna said...

Milton & Family,

We weep with you, but know that our sister Kristy dwells in perfect peace. Whilw we selfishly miss her, we rejoice that we will one day see her again.

Our thought and prayers are with you.

The Thompson Family
Washington State

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Susan Meissner said...

Thank you for sharing your long journey of trust with all of us.
Praying for you,
Susan Meissner

At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Carol Umberger said...

You and Kristy have been a blessing to so many people during this journey. Know that we grieve with you at your loss, and celebrate Kristy's life, especially the promise of her new life with Jesus. You will continue to be in my prayers.

Carol Umberger

At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Luanne said...

I came to this site months ago from a post of Lysa TerKeurst's and I have been following your beautiful love story every day since. I have been praying everyday for Kristy and your family, and have been touched by your faith.
How wonderful that Kristy is up and dancing for joy in the arms of her beautiful savior.
May you and your family continue to feel Kristy's love coming thru the loving thoughts and prayers of your readers.

In deepest care and sympathy,

At 11:20 AM, Blogger Lady-in-the-Making said...

I have never read this blog before today. I found it referenced on another blog I read.

I am so very sorry for what you are going through. May the Lord strengthen and keep you all of your days. May He who has begun a good work in you see it through to completion.

My heart aches for you.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Shana said...

Jesus, please be Milton and his daughter's strength - and their grandchildren. Please give them peace and hope in the midst of their pain.

So, so sorry for such a loss in your lives. So, so happy for Kristy to be pain free and in our Savior's arms. Much love and prayers - Shana in Seattle

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Donna J. Shepherd said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray the Holy Spirit envelops you and brings a peace beyond your understanding. Bless you, Donna

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Michelle-ozark crafter said...

May God keep you in His tender care as you adjust to life without your sweet beloved. My heart and prayers are with you all.

At 11:36 AM, Blogger Tracy said...

Dear Milton and Family, thank you for sharing this time with us. So many of us around the world have had the joy of seeing into your daily life as you traveled this road. The days just wont seem right not being able to get our daily dose of Kristy. She was a such a shining example to us! I can only dream of being a little bit of the wonderful pastor's wife that she was. You are in our prayers - God will prove himself faithful once again!! Tracy

At 11:38 AM, Blogger Rose McCauley said...

Dear Milton, Julie and Jennifer and family, My thoughts and prayers join with the many others here and all over the world who are praying for you all now and in the days ahead. I know that the seeds Kristy sowed in my life and the lives of all who knew her personally or through her writings will bear much fruit throughout eternity. Love and prayers, rose

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Margo Carmichael said...

Updated the link. Enjoy:

"I Can Only Imagine"

\0/ God bless \0/

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

Sending my love to Milton, Jennifer, Julie, and all the family on the loss from this world of my sweetest friend Kristy.
Love, Kathy

At 12:00 PM, Blogger LaShaunda said...

I ask myself as I write this how can I be sad over someone I never met. Then I remember Jesus. I haven't met him, but oh he has touched my life.

Kristy touched my life from her wonderful blog posts to the stength she showed us that we can walk down any path as long as we have Jesus beside us.

I pray for you and your family and know that this is the time Jesus carries you. Hold on tight.

Thank you so much for sharing with us and showing us Christian love.

My deepest sympathy to you and yours.

An online friend who will meet Kristy one day.

At 12:04 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Milton and family,

My tears stream with your before the feet of Jesus. I know Kristy is healed now, at peace, whole and healthy, seeing AMAZING things, but I'm sad.

I'll miss her, her cyber visits, the notion of seeing her around at a conference.

Please post more Milton.

I'm praying for you all. Grace and peace, grace and peace.


At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Susan Wales said...

Dear Milton, Jennifer, and Julie:

Ken joins me in sending love and sympathy. Our hearts go out to you and your family. We pray that God will hold you in his loving arms as you say goodbye to your beloved wife and mother. Kristy has left an inspirational memory for everyone who ever met her. Our loss is heaven's gain!

With love, sympathy, and prayers,

Susan and Ken Wales

At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you, your daughters, and the rest of your family--as I have faith He's already blessed Kristy to enter into His glorious presence.

I, too, have had some dreams lately about angels defending Kristy in spiritual battle--but, the last couple of days, the images were of angels dressed in the full armor of God, and you can imagine how wonderfully they battled! Last night, I had one more dream, and in it, the angels were victorious--as I'd been praying that they ultimately would be.

My prayers will continue to be with your family and with your dear wife's precious soul in Heaven.

At 12:36 PM, Blogger Lysa TerKeurst said...

Dearest Milton...
I will never forget the post you wrote about loving Kristy.

You loved her so well.

I pray for Jesus to hold you through this time.

Kristy will never be forgotten...

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Sara said...

i haven't commented before, but i have been praying for a long, long time for your family...your names have been in my prayer journal for months...i'm not sure what to say at this point, but i know that Kristy is truly dancing with our Lord and Savior, and her body is healed completely in Jesus' name...i am continuing to pray for your family, and i praise God for all He has done through Kristy...God bless you all <3

At 12:42 PM, Blogger Missy said...

I am sitting here crying over a woman I never met, but a soul that touched my own.

I stumbled upon Kristy's blog one day through another link and I wanted to read here because I am striving for the kind of beautiful Christian marriage that I read about here.

Since then...and that was right around the time that she was diagnosed...I have checked every day and read every day.

I am so saddened, but also know that she is in no more pain and she is rejoicing with our Creator.

You all have given me so much...so much more love and appreciation for my husband. We stick to the "20-second kiss" every morning and night because of Kristy. Our marriage is stronger now more than ever because of Milton and Kristy.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this journey. I plan to still check back each day as I am sure that Milton will share so much more with all who love Kristy so - even if it has been only a cyberspace relationship.

May God bless each of you and hold you in His hand....I hope that "chair" that Kristy spoke about catches each of you.

Missy Bennett
Kettering, Ohio

At 12:45 PM, Blogger ginger at enchanting cottage said...

My prayers are with you and your family. It is all of our goals is to make it with Our Lord Jesus Crist.
God Bless you and your family,

At 12:45 PM, Blogger Kim said...

Oh Milton,
Thank you for sharing this journey with all of us. You and Kristy have touched so many lives!!

Praying for you and your family during this time!

Kim Ford
LaFayette, AL

At 12:46 PM, Blogger Loving Our Homeschool said...

As another commenter said: I'M GRIEVING FOR A WOMAN I NEVER KNEW.

My prayers continue to be with you and your family.

Heather in Indiana

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

My heart breaks for you and your family, Milton. May God's arms comfort you. May His shadow by your place of rest. May He pull you into His lap and hold you as you grieve the loss of this amazing woman. Thank you for sharing the good and bad time with us. Praying.

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I will never meet a more positive person than Kristy. Her enthusiasm and zeal for life was unmatched. Milton and family, I am so sorry and grieved for your loss. Knowing Kristy is out of pain is a relief, but knowing your loss is so hard. God does not make them like Kristy too often. She was one of a kind.

Saratoga, CA

At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for the deep loss of your heart partner Milton. Julie, Jennifer, I know your hearts are breaking. Your Mom was such a gift from God in your lives and the lives of your children. It's hard to imagine she is seeing Jesus face to face, free at last from the pain.

I know this, God's glory has been displayed through this jouney...through this blog. I am praying for your hurting hearts and deep loss.

AWSA Sister Judy

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Cheryl Wyatt said...

Thank you for letting us know. And also for maintaining this blog during a very difficult time.

There was no one in the world who shined as much as this amazing lady.

Heaven grew brighter today.

You and your family are in our prayers.


Cheryl Wyatt

At 1:18 PM, Blogger Megan DiMaria said...

My deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers are with you and your family, Milton.

A prisoner of hope,
Megan DiMaria

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Kelly said...

Hi Milton,

I remember Kristy from when I served as president of FHL. I wrote these lyrics for my funeral, but I think Kristy would agree with me. May God comfort you for your huge loss.

One Tear

Lyrics by
Kelly Gottuso Mortimer

Smile, ’cause I’m not really gone
Laugh, ’cause there’s nothin’ wrong
Dance, ’cause I’m singin’ a song
And soon, I’ll see you again.

Smile, ’cause I’m finally home
Laugh, ’cause I’m not alone
Dance, ’cause the Way is known
And soon, I’ll see you again.

If you're gonna shed tears, only shed one
The Father’s with me, and so is the Son
I’m in Heaven; my time’s just begun
How can you cry, when I’m having fun?

Smile, ’cause there’s joy in my heart
Laugh, ’cause I have a new start
Dance, ’cause we won’t be apart
Soon, I’ll see you again.

If you're gonna shed tears, only shed one
The Father’s with me, and so is the Son
I’m in Heaven; my time’s just begun
How can you cry, when I’m having fun?

There’s no use cryin’; I’m not lost,
You know where I’ve gone.
Heaven is where I wanna be
And we won’t be apart for long.

If you're gonna shed tears, only shed one
The Father’s with me, and so is the Son
I’m in Heaven; my time’s just begun
How can you cry, when I’m having fun?

Smile, ’cause I’m warm and dry
Laugh, ’cause I’m flying high
Dance, ’cause I didn’t die
And soon, I’ll see you again.

Much Love,
Kelly Mortimer
Mortimer Literary Agency

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Jessica Dotta said...

May the Lord's comfort be upon you and your family.

At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Patti Moore said...

Dear Dykes Family, As others have said, I am grieving for someone I never met, but rejoice with you all that Kristy is in the BEST PLACE now!! I, too, will continue keeping all of you in my prayers, and know that our Lord will give you the comfort and strength you need. In Him,
Patti Moore from
1 Peter 5:7

At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Kathy Fuller said...

My prayers are with you and your family. as you go through this difficult time. May God embrace you with his tender comfort. Know that many of us are rejoicing that Kristy is home and her suffering is over.

At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you all as you wait for the day you are reunited with your true love in Heaven.

At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am saddened for the family who will miss this sweet lady. I too thought of Kristy this morning, sensing she had gone to be with our loving Lord.

I have prayed for Kristy everday since learning of her battle, that she be given the ability to endure whatever pain came her way (my mom is battling stage 4 breast cancer) I also prayed for the caregivers, and that they be refreshed.

Milton, what a hubby you are! God bless you. I can barely see through my tears as I give thanks for the blessing you were to this lovely woman.

Bless you all,

At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Nancy Farrier said...

There are no words for a loss like this. You have been such a wonderful family to Kristy. I've appreciated your faithfulness to write in her blog. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. I didn't meet Kristy in person, but had the honor of being one of the authors in the first novella collection she was in. I look forward to seeing her in Heaven.

Nancy Farrier

At 1:35 PM, Blogger Melanie Dickerson said...

I've prayed so many times for Kristy's healing. I feel so sad that she's away from us now, but I'm happy for her. What a bubbly, sweet, Godly woman she was. Such a wonderful role model.

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Ann Closs said...

Kristy was one special lady and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to know her. She has been such a Godly influence on my life and my marriage. She was a blessing! We love you all and are praying for the cloud and the chair to surround you now. Let the Holy Spirit be your comfort during this time of mourning.
We love you all dearly!
Howard, Ann and Adam

At 1:52 PM, Blogger Molly Noble Bull said...

My friend, Kristy, from sunny Florida now lives in an even better place. And will see her again someday.
Molly Noble Bull

At 1:54 PM, Blogger Aimee said...

I too am grieving for a women/family that I've never met. But somehow, through this blog, I feel that I know you/your family. I will be praying for you and your family through this rough time.

At 2:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for all of you at this difficult time. May God give you peace and comfort.

Charles and Samantha Kirby

At 2:18 PM, Blogger Carolynn said...

Like so many others, I didn't know Kristy, but I feel like I do. That so many of us have cried over the loss of this special woman proves how connected we all truly are.

I will never forget her and her love of the color turquoise - every time I see that color I think of the beautiful redhead with the lovely smile. And I will hold that picture in my mind and heart for now and forever.

Milton, Julie, Jennifer, the grandchildren and family...You're not alone. Through our grief, we're searching for the joy of knowing Kristy is finally at peace.

At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton, you shared your heart and life with this beautiful woman of God. You were the husband she had always longed for - her hero husband. As time goes by, I pray that you will smile at the sheer joy of having shared a lifetime with this gift from God. Yours was a marriage on track in all the ways that matter.

Heaven is richer because Kristy has arrived. We are richer for having shared her with you. And someday...someday, she will step forward to greet her hero husband again. Life is but a shadow of things to come. Praise God!

At 3:09 PM, Anonymous LaDonna said...

Dear Milton and family,
There aren't words to say...I weep with you in your loss, but know that your prayers have been answered.
Just like Kristy would say, "God is Good" and we have to trust Him. It's one thing to say that you trust Him with everything, but you have walked it and lived it!
Praying for you, Julie, Jennifer and the grandchildren.

Keith & LaDonna Jones

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Jill Eileen Smith said...

Dear Milton and family - I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing Kristy's journey on this blog. She was such an inspiration to so many - to me.

I met Kristy a few times at ACFW Conferences. She sat by me one lunch wanting to discuss Biblical fiction and signed a bag for me saying, "Don't stop writing Biblical fiction." She encouraged me both in person and in email to keep writing in this favorite genre though it wasn't popular at the time.

Kristy had a cheery smile and a welcoming way about her, though I also caught a bit of shyness in her the first time we met. Though I didn't know her well, she holds a special place in my heart.

While I am so sorry for your loss, I rejoice with Kristy. To be with Jesus - words cannot express such a joy! May you draw comfort from the truth that you will see her again - in just a little while we will all be together worshiping Him.

May His peace rest on you all. My prayers are with you.

In His Grace,
~Jill Eileen Smith

At 3:34 PM, Blogger Nathansma said...

Dykes family,

So sorry for our loss. I say "our" because all of us here in cyberspace feel like you have allowed us to be part of your family. I too wept this morning along with you and so many others. You will never know on this side of glory the impact that Kristy has had on the lives of people. Her reward will be great as will be yours. We will continue to pray and ask the Lord to keep his arms of comfort around you during this painful time.

Carla Hood
Montego Bay, Jamaica

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you all - and I rejoice in the fact that Kristy is with the Father, standing before our Almighty God. No more pain & suffering - thank you Jesus. I know the Lord will sustain you through the difficult times ahead. How you will miss her...but take heart - she is now resting in the arms of Jesus. A great reward for a good and faithful servant.

God Bless you all in the days ahead.

Lorraine (Oxfordshire - UK)

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Ty said...

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At 4:37 PM, Blogger Ty said...

I did not know Kristy, but I remember her wonderful spirit and greetings on the ACFW Loop. She will continue to be an inspiration. Many blessings of peace to her family!

At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May the God of all comfort be with you...He is and I know He will...
Prayers for all will continue...

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

I am sitting here crying for your loss, but I know Kristy is so much better off than we are. No more pain and she is with our King. I will continue to pray for your family and know that many people all over are praying for you.

At 5:29 PM, Anonymous Deborah Anderson said...

Dear brother Milton:

Our deepest sympathy to you, Julie, Jennifer, and the rest of your family.

As I read this today, I started to cry. Shortly after, the Scripture below popped into my mind.

"Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."
(Matthew 25:21)

Kristy, a good and faithful servant, has now entered into the joy of the Lord. God gave her many talents, and she used them all wisely.

Even still, our hearts mourn with you.

At 6:52 PM, Anonymous Wendy Lawton said...

She will be missed but her ministry lives on in the lives she touched and in the words she penned. Peace to her memory.

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Jennifer Hudson Taylor said...

My prayers are with your family. Your blog has been an inspiration to me in many ways. I feel as if I've gotten to know your family during these past few months. All of you share Kristy's writing gift. It shines on in all of you.

Many blessing and a peace to you that surpasses all understanding.

At 8:56 PM, Blogger DayleShockley said...

May God hold you all close in this time of deep sorrow.

At 9:00 PM, Anonymous David Copeland said...

Bro. Milton,

Thanks to your family for allowing us to walk down this road with you all together. I too have sobbed almost uncontrollably as I've read the posts from the last couple of days. I have thought very often since we heard the news in Alabama of Kristy's fight what would I do...how would I react/respond should something like this happen to my wife Pam?

Even with your own words you stated what most all of us have thought about the Book of Job: we don't like any of it until the end...but by allowing us to walk this journey with you, you have given us courage to walk through the battles we all have to face...knowing this life is not the end...

I remember reading a sign in Kakamega Kenya that resounds in my spirit even as I type: "What looks like the end may really be a new beginning."

Pastor, you and your family are constantly in our prayers here in Alabama!

David Copeland
Lanett, Alabama

At 11:17 PM, Blogger Tamara said...

She made an indelible imprint on my life through meeting her once at ACFW conference, her wonderful emails to our group loop, and this incredibly uplifting blog that you both share. I'm praying for you and your family, that God will send rest to your souls and peace to your hearts. Know that she is there, where we all want to be. We will miss her "Sunny Florida" smile.

At 1:40 AM, Blogger tonya said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Really our loss, she was such a bright light in this dark world. Your love for each showed a world that love is faithful, love is kind, love never fails.

May the Lord comfort you and your family as you grieve.

At 10:54 PM, Blogger Bonnie Calhoun said...

Milton, I did not know Kristy personally but I visited many blogs where she was a commentor and you couldn't help but be uplifted by her sweet spirit.

I know this is a time of sadness for you and your family, but I know that the angels are rejoicing at another Homegoing!

God bless and keep you near!

At 7:59 AM, Blogger brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Praying that your heart will be comforted. Kristy blessed so many and will be sorely missed.

At 3:46 PM, Anonymous a romantic porch said...

I am so sorry. I'm praying for you. Sincerely, Rachel Going

At 1:03 AM, Blogger Lelia Chealey said...

I was introduced to your family by Lysa TerKeurst's blog many months ago. I had my husband read what you wrote about Kristy and even forwarded it to every man on our email list.
You 2 are a very special couple and I can't imagine the pain you feel from losing her.
To think you're being bragged about in heaven by a beautiful red head must feel pretty good!:)

What a blessing you are.
Prayers from Nebraska,

At 9:26 PM, Blogger Suprina said...

My condolences to your whole family. Thanks for all the inspiration! You and Kristy have truly touched my life even though I've never met either of you in person.

May the God of all comfort flood your life with consolation and exceeding peace.

Suprina Frazier


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