COPING WITH SETBACKS
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Selah
"When I found the one I love, I held him and would not let him go" (Song of Solomon 3:4). My name is Kristy Dykes, and I write Christian love stories for Barbour Publishing...perhaps because I live with a hero husband. At this site, I cover marriage, romance, and Christian fiction. These book titles make me smile--and offer great truths: Sometimes I Wake Up Grumpy and Sometimes I Let Him Sleep, Love Extravagantly, Every Marriage Is A Fixer-Upper, Red-Hot Monogamy.
Milton, here. Kristy has asked me to post for a few days so hopefully she can get back into her writing. So, here goes...
ALL DAY YESTERDAY, this thought kept coming to me: You're going to die.
Picture: The day I came home from the hospital.
From the time I was diagnosed with GBM brain cancer in November, 2007, I prayed, "Lord let my life count for You. Use me for Your glory." My complete trust was in Him, and, it's a prayer I've prayed since I was a teenager.From the volume of emails, comments on my blog, letters, cards, and phone calls, I believe that prayer is being answered. Hearing these reports has thrilled me, to know I am touching people, and drawing them closer to the Lord. Some have even said they're closer to their spouses.
JOY: The title of this post/article is: "In Death's Waiting Room." IT'S NOT WHERE I AM. I'm only quoting a phrase from the Bible (The Message; Isaiah 38) which tells the story of King Hezekiah's miraculous healing. At the end of this, you'll see why I chose this title.
"Mom," she said, "this has been a roller coaster ride for us. The questions come to me: should I be feeling grieved that you're going to die? Or joy and elation that you're going to be healed? I've experienceed two extremes of emotions, but most of the time I've feltl numb. I've been asking God, 'What's going to happen to Mom? To us? How is this going to end?'"
Then she said the Lord led her to 1 Corinthians 2:9: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him."
She said, "The Lord said, 'Don't worry about it. It's going to be good, Mom."
***HEZEKIAH...When I received the diagnosis November 7, Milton and I drove straight to the Wednesday night prayer meeting. He thought I would want to go home for quiet reflection or talk about this staggering news. But I wanted to be in the house of the Lord surrounded by faith-filled folks.
Dear Kristy, There are many blessings in this shawl. It started with a prayer and some yarn and the Lord 's presence and encouragement. As it grew, I lifted up prayers and blessings for you. I hope you will know that someone you don't even know cares and thinks of you. Wrap yourself in God's warmth and love entwined in every stitch. Everyone in Jennifer's Bible study class at our church touched the shawl and lifted up a prayer for you. Then we gave it a special blessing. Receive it with our love and prayers. Sincerely, Jan
My brother Terry told me to read the story of King Hezekiah's healing. He said to say to God, "This is Kristy, and I'm your child, and I'm asking you to heal me." He said, "I know you are making a faith declaration, but read this story and let God apply it your life."
I enjoyed having my sister Rebecca visit me this week. When I came home from the hospital in November following surgery for GBM brain cancer, she stayed a week and nursed me through some unpleasant medical situations. She was a blessing to me.