PLEASE PRAY FOR BELLA

bellaBella’s going back to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to begin a new chemo treatment – and we’re all praying for healing – thank you for joining us in prayer for this sweet brave soldier.  ❤

Precious Lord,

We know You love us.  Jesus is our Good Shepherd and encourages the children to come to Him.  He carries these little lambs in His loving arms and gently cares for ones who are afraid and weak.  It’s so difficult to watch Bella go through this and not be able to do anything to help – but Lord, we can and will pray for this sweet baby as she goes back to St. Jude to begin a new kind of treatment.  We pray that You will intervene and give her a complete healing – as only You can.  We will be careful to give YOU the glory for this good news.  Please carry Bella through the chemo with minimal discomfort, Lord.  Please tend to her as only YOU can.

We lift Bella up to You and ask for Your healing power to permeate her frail body and return her to complete health and strength.  Please surround her with Your angels and protect her from further danger.

Lord, You love the little children and You hear and answer our prayers on her behalf.  Keep this sweet lamb wrapped in Your arms and resting on Your bosom.  Restore Bella back to full health, we pray.  We thank You in advance for what You will do and praise You for You alone are worthy of our praise!

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Aren’t we thankful we can talk to Dr. Jesus on behalf of our friends and family?

My God is going to heal me.  – Bella

Thank you, Amber, for sharing this too cute pic of Bella on facebook!  I’m going to print her photo and put it in my purse so I’ll be reminded to pray often for her.  🙂

WORLD CANCER DAY

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It’s WORLD CANCER DAY!!!  It’s a day to honor the lives of those who succumbed to it, but also a day to celebrate those who overcame it.  It’s a day when we will try to fly the flag of hope for the future.  Hope for better treatments, hope for more cures.

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How many cancer awareness ribbons are there?  SO many.  Here are just a few:

  • Clear, pearl or white:  Lung Cancer
  • Yellow:  Bone Cancer
  • Blue:  Colon Cancer
  • Orange:  Leukemia
  • Light Blue:  Carcinoma, Prostate Cancer
  • Lime green:  Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Purple:  Testicular Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer
  • Lavender:  Cancer of all kinds
  • Pink & Blue:  Male Breast Cancer
  • Gray:  Brain Cancer
  • Black:  Melanoma
  • Pink:  Breast Cancer, Abdominal Cancer
  • Green:  Kidney Cancer
  • Teal:  Cervical Cancer, Ovarian Cancer
  • Violet:  Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Gold:  Childhood Cancer
  • Burgundy:  Oral Cancer
  • Burgundy & Ivory:  Head & Neck Cancer

Wow – so many colors…  we will call it a rainbow of hope.

I’m not a stranger to cancer.  My earliest memory of cancer was way back in the early 1970’s when my Aunt Frankie started writing letters to my mom about not feeling well.  She thought she had the flu, but tests were done and an exploratory surgery revealed that she had cancer – to quote the doctors – “everywhere”.  It was so advanced there was nothing they could do but keep her as comfortable as possible.  My cousins lost their mother when she was only in her 50’s.

In the 1970’s Aunt Mary had radiation treatments for cancer but I don’t know what kind.  I was still young enough that details were being kept from me.  Aunt Bea had breast cancer that she fought and won a couple of times.  My cousin fought thyroid cancer and will be on THRT (thyroid hormone replacement therapy) the rest of her life.  My mom’s family seemed destined to get some form of cancer.  I kept waiting for it to be my mother’s turn.  When she was 81 she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.  There was nothing they could do.  I feel blessed to have had her until she was 82.  I was surprised to lose my dad to cancer since he had no family history of it.  In 1988 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and lived a few months.  He was taken by a blood clot and not by the cancer at the age of 62.

The theme for World Cancer Day 2015 is NOT BEYOND US.  A day of encouragement for everyone.

The point is, cancer is everywhere and we pray for better treatments that are not so radical.  Some folks say the treatment is worse than the disease.  The treatments do seem to get more tolerable as time goes by, but some chemo is still very rough to go through.

I keep hearing about the advancements in the testing.  Cancer is being found in earlier stages now, which makes it better to fight, which gives a person better odds of survival.  Some people survive it – I’m one of those very blessed individuals.  Ovarian cancer is quite deadly if not caught in time.  Once it spreads it is almost certainly fatal.  I don’t take one day for granted and I make the best of every day I’m given.  As I speak with other cancer survivors, I hear the same thing.  Surviving cancer gives you a brand new perspective on life.  I have a much shorter list of “bummers” than I did before.  I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore – there is no more small stuff.  Cancer is the biggest bummer of all – and God saw fit to see me through it – so nothing else matters.  Now – I live.  Living is the goal and living cancer free is the greatest blessing.  🙂

I WILL MISS YOU…

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CELEBRATING LIFE (Andre' Crouch)

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72-year-old Andrae’ Crouch, a truly anointed man of God, the father of modern gospel music and 7 time Grammy Award winner, is now a part of heaven’s awesome choir.  That has to be the sweetest sounding choir – but it’s much improved now.  I can’t help but think that those Grammy Awards, nice as they are, pale next to the awesome crown he has now, and casts at his Savior’s feet.

 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.  – John 17:4

His songwriting, singing and piano playing had a profound influence on my life!  I remember how the music in our little Southern Baptist church changed in a big way in the 1970’s because our new hymnal included some of his great songs.  We got to sing songs of faith such as “Jesus is the Answer”, “Through it All”, Take Me Back”, “It Won’t Be Long”, “Soon and Very Soon”, “The Blood Will Never Lose its Power”, “I Don’t Know Why”, and my favorite, “My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)”.

Hey – I was the pianist and I literally witnessed the change in people when we sang those gospel songs!  Don’t get me wrong – I treasure the old hymns, but there’s something about singing words that echo what our hearts really feel – instead of the words of a hymn penned hundreds of years ago – well, it just means more – and we can truly worship from the bottom of our hearts.

The songs Andrae’ Crouch wrote were absolute genus because they were so simple.  His music and lyrics were not difficult to learn – and once I learned them, I could take the focus off the logistics of the written music – and focus my attention on God – on His Holy Spirit – and let Him have it – lock, stock and barrel.  Just let go and let God…  that’s when the worship really happens.  He was so wise because he kept the tunes and words simple to learn, simple to teach – so we could all get down to the business of praising our Lord!

By the early 1980’s, the music of Andrae’ Crouch was still popular.  I had a very close Christian friend and co-worker named Liz.  She happens to be African-American.  I wouldn’t mention it, but it’s important to the story.  Liz and I spent a lot of time talking about God, theology and so forth.   We thought it would be fun to visit each other’s churches when we had singspiration nights.  I don’t know if churches do that anymore – but it’s when people are free to sing, recite poetry, do skits or whatever they wish to do to worship the Lord.

We did this for a while and it was a lot of fun.  I began noticing an obvious, glaring trend and suspect she noticed it too.  When she came to my church, she sang something written by Bill & Gloria Gaither.  When I went to her church, I sang something written by Andrae’ Crouch.  I remember singing this one:

This went on for a while and I wasn’t sure whether I should say something about it or just let it ride.  I just kept thinking, “Surely she is seeing the same pattern I am”.  You’ve been there, right?  Not sure whether to broach a subject or leave it alone???  Well, I decided to just let sleeping dogs lie, so to speak.

We decided to take our brown bags outdoors and enjoy the lovely weather one Monday after we’d had a great night of singing and praising God the night before.  I still didn’t feel prompted to say anything – but apparently God was talking to Liz, because she said:

“Have you noticed that I sing songs by Gaither songs and you sing songs by Crouch?” 

Finally someone said it!  I was relieved.

We just sort of stared and grinned at each other for about two seconds – then laughed uncontrollably!!!  It was the longest I’d laughed in years!!!  From that moment on, the awkwardness was behind us.  We were finally giving each other a sort of permission to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading instead of trying to “fit in” – so to speak.

As I recall, the next time I went to St. Matthew’s for a singspiration, I played and sang a song that was not written by either Bill Gaither or Andrae’ Crouch.  I don’t remember what it was, but I remember knowing it was something God’s Holy Spirit was prompting me to do and it had nothing to do with fitting in.  I remember by that time feeling as comfortable at St. Matthew’s as I did at my church.

The music of Andrae’ Crouch broke down all sorts of barriers.  I remember some eyebrows being raised when his choir helped Madonna and Michael Jackson with some music videos.  But is it really any different from the Stamps quartet singing backup for Elvis?  I don’t know – but I do know that if we are proclaiming the name of Christ, we cannot just stay in our safe little houses of worship and proclaim it to each other.  We have to get out there in the world – the sick ones need the doctor.  Who knows what kind of impression someone in that choir might have had on Madonna???  Ya know???  

It occurs to me that this multi-talented child of God walked the path many of us walk today. He was a type 2 diabetic, had cancer and heart disease.  He was dyslexic!

My dyslexia contributed to my success.  – Andrae’ Crouch

We know a number of complications come our way when type 2 diabetes is on board, and dyslexia brings its own set of challenges, but look at what he did with his life!   He made it matter – he made it count – he followed God by using the talents and abilities he got from God. Shouldn’t we all be doing that???  Wow – I just admired this man so much. He showed us that no matter what is going on with these bodies, our spirits, our true light – cannot be dimmed because that’s where God’s Holy Spirit lives – inside us. God is so much bigger than anything that can attack this body.   🙂

 

 

 

 

SALLY RIDE DAY

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There are many “firsts” in the world, but today we celebrate the life of the first American woman to go into outer space! Today is SALLY RIDE DAY!!! Sally Ride was born on May 26, 1951 and served as an inspiration for many little girls and her life was incredible and adventurous. She is definitely someone who lived it to the fullest. Dr. Sally Ride joined NASA in 1978, and on June 18, 1983, she became the first American woman in space as a crew member on Space Shuttle Challenger for STS-7.

Today is a great day to learn more about the U.S. space program, and to encourage those young people with dreams of becoming an astronaut.

Accomplishments like that are amazing and deserve to be recognized and celebrated. Sadly, Sally Ride died last July of pancreatic cancer. She was only 61 years old.

How many “firsts” would we like to see in our world? For starters, a real cure for cancers like pancreatic cancer would be great! My dad died at age 62 of pancreatic cancer. My mom died of colon cancer. I hate cancer because it took my family. I know a whole bunch of Diabetics (both 1 and 2) who would love to hear that a cure was available for their chronic disease! The list of diseases that need a cure is so long and I don’t have the desire to name each one. It would be too depressing.

The accomplishments made in space are fantastic and brought us a long way, but there are more personal accomplishments closer to home that I’d like to see take place – wouldn’t you?

DIABETES PRAYER

I know we just need to hold on and exercise our faith in God, though I am tempted to ask God why some things have to be the way they are, I have to accept His plan for my life. He is God and I am not.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if someone came along and said they could cure chronic pain conditions and chronic diseases? We need some more “firsts” – we need some good news. 🙂