Monday, January 25, 2016

Please Pray, Dear Friends!

"The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms."
Deuteronomy 33:27
(KJV)

Oh, blessed Lord!
What would we do without those everlasting arms?
Where would we turn in times of distress, anguish, and grief?
From whom would we draw strength to continue to press through the pain?

It seems I have been hearing a lot of sad news lately.
Last night, a precious reader, Rosz, emailed to let me know that her dear brother, Joey,
left this world to be with Jesus yesterday evening.
Oh, my heart breaks for her and her dear family!
She prayed SO hard for healing to come, but God had another plan.
Please pray hard for them, will you?

Today, I got an email from another dear friend, telling me of a 46 year old father of four
who lost his battle with brain cancer and passed away Friday.
His funeral was today.
Please keep his grieving family in your prayers, too, if you will.

My dear Uncle John lies very ill and seems to be nearing the end of his long-term battle with cancer.
It breaks my heart.
I can still see him sitting there, across the table from me, at our last family reunion this past September, strumming his guitar and singing with Aunt Linda and playing for us when we sang.
How many times have we done that through the years?
How sad it makes me to know that, more than likely, we will sing together no more.
At least, not on this side of eternity.
Many of us knew there was a good chance he may not be at the next family reunion...
it made our time with him that day even more precious than usual.
Please keep him, Aunt Linda, all of their children, and the rest of my family in your prayers,
as we walk this sad journey.

And, dear praying friends, I come to you with yet another very urgent, heart-wrenched plea.
Little Brody is back in the hospital in ICU.


Bless his little heart, I can hardly keep from crying when I look at this picture!
He looks so pitiful, and his poor, little nose is sore and irritated from wearing the Bipap mask!

God had blessed him to go home from the hospital, and he was doing so much better,
but in a recent email from his grandmother, Debbie, I got the following sad news.
"He is back in ICU with pneumonia, a collapsed lung and a common cold. 
He is back on a ventilator again :(. 
This time even seems harder for Brody for some reason. 
He seems so weak. He was doing good, but he caught this cold and things went downhill fast. 
With his disease, it makes a virus so much more difficult to overcome. 
The doctor said his X-ray looks better today than yesterday,  but this will probably take a week or so to heal and get back off the ventilator. 
He is uncomfortable, but the (hospital) staff are trying to keep him as comfortable as possible. 
Please keep him in your prayers. 
He needs a lot of prayer again.
He is such a sweetie and is having to fight so hard again."

Please keep Debbie and her daughter, Jen, (Brody's mother), in your prayers, also.
I can't imagine how heartbreaking and difficult all of this is for them.
Their emotions must feel like they are on a continual roller-coaster.
God bless them, and may He hold them extra close!

To read previous posts about Brody, please click the follow links:

Surely we serve a BIG God, Who is able to do exceeding abundantly above 
all we can ask or even think.  (Ephesians 3:20)

I have been missing dear Mom and Dad SO much lately.
Grief is like that.
It comes in waves, doesn't it?

There have been so many times lately that I have wanted to turn to them for advice and direction,
and each time I feel that longing, I am hit once again with the sad, sad realization
that Mom and Dad are gone.

And, then I remember...all is not lost!
God is still here.
He will always be.
There is a Heavenly Father above Who is ever-present,
ever-concerned, ever-mindful of our every need.

"When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up."
Psalm 27:10

Oh, those everlasting arms!
Strong enough to "take us up"
hold us close, and never let us go.

"As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you..."
Isaiah 66:13

I am so thankful that we serve "the God of all comfort", aren't you?

"Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."
2 Corinthians 1:3,4

Let us look up to Him, dear friends!

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Hebrews 12:2

"From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed:
lead me to the rock that is higher than I."
Psalm 61:2

In closing, here is one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite singers, ever....
I hope it comforts you as much as it comforts me.


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52 comments:

  1. May God bless you for getting a praying army together for these dear ones! Yes, missing our parents comes in waves...I like the way you said that. That's exactly true.

    Hugs and prayers,
    Mary

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    1. I love how you worded that, Mary, "getting a praying army together"! Praise the Lord for you and those like you who will enlist in this army and bombard Heaven on behalf of the needs of others. You are a wonderful blessing to me, and I love and appreciate you so much! God bless you, in return. ;)

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  2. Oh, may our prayers flood the throne room. And may God bring answers and hope where it seems like there is none. May His will be done, but may He strengthen us for what that might mean. Lord, we ask for miracles. But if healing is not brought in this life, we thank You for the gift of eternal life. In your forever, we will all be perfect and imperishable. Complete and whole.

    GOD BLESS.

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    1. Amen, and amen, dear Sharon! Yes, praise God, for His gift of eternal life, and the fact that no matter what happens in this life, we have that everlasting life with HIM to look forward to! Thank you so much for your dear, faithful prayers and support. I love and appreciate you so much!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Bibi! So very grateful to you for your sweet visit and support and most of all, your prayers. God bless you abundantly. Sending you much love and many blessings!

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  4. Sending prayers for each hurt and need. May each person feel God's loving arms around them, as never before.

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    1. Thank you ever so much, sweet Judy! Your visits are always a blessing here, and I send you much love and gratitude, in return. :)

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  5. Just prayed for all the above. I know the feeling lately. I have been losing folks left n right it seems. Just lost within the past month my aunt and a cousin.

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    1. Oh, no, dear Suzie! I am so sorry to hear of your losses and trust Jesus to hold you close in every moment of grief! Sending you much love and many hugs!

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  6. Praying for all of these requests Cheryl. Life is so very hard sometimes. Most of the time, I am so ready to be in Heaven with none of this "stuff" that we have to deal with here. Thank you for this wonderful ministry of caring for others.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Oh, dear Betsy! You are so right...it is very hard. It seems that the longer I live, the more I think of Heaven, too, and how wonderful it will be to be there with our dear, precious Lord for eternity! No more tears, sadness, heartache, pain, or grief to bear. What a day, glorious day, that will be! Love and appreciate you, sweet friend, and always so grateful for your dear visits here. :)

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  7. Oh...dear Cheryl...my heart is truly saddened for all these precious people enduring such heartbreak! Oh, Lord! Please comfort them and wrap them in Your arms of love and mercy... Dear Cheryl, the verses you shared in your post are so beautiful and uplifting, and yes indeed! We can always turn to our Heavenly Father! I will keep your uncle in my prayers too...and little Brody! How sweet he is...it is so sad that at such a young age he is battling with such illnesses...blessings to you and much love always...
    Hugs,
    Kelly-Anne

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    1. Thank you ever so much for your precious words and kind comfort, sweet Kelly-Anne! It is always a dear, cherished blessing to see that you have stopped by here. I hope the Lord will send you abundant blessings to repay the dear blessing you are to me and to so many others!! Sending you much love and many hugs from the USA!!

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  8. I will pray and continue to pray for Brody and his family and all the other prayer requests here. I understand what you said about "mom and dad are gone" moments. I get that too(also regarding my sister). For me, when I am having a hard time or a sad day is when I most want to pick up the phone and talk to them. Thank you for sharing these prayer requests.
    *Su Ann*

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    1. Oh, my, Su Ann! I am so sorry you have lost your parents, too, and your sister, oh my, that must be SO hard to bear! I got your precious card in the mail the other day, and it was such a dear, bright spot to me! Thank you! I am praying for you, dear friend, and trusting Jesus to bless you and work out every problem and need. Just keep looking up to Him, and know that He is with you in every dark moment. Sending you much love and big hugs!

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    2. Hi Cheryl! Yes, I have times like right now when I really wish I could talk to my sister or mom. God has provided me with your friendship though. That is the most wonderful thing to me. I am happy you received my card. Please pray for me to be the example my husband needs. Some days it is so hard and a positive breakthrough would be so wonderful right now. Thank you for always being an encouragement to me. Hugs to you--Su Ann

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    3. Dear, precious friend! Your words move me to tears! I am so thankful God allowed our paths to cross. Life can be so hard, but Jesus is with us, and we must keep pressing on. These trials did not come to stay, they came to pass, and Heaven will be worth whatever we have to go through in this life. I will surely pray for you and believe God to give you what you need for each moment of trial. He has you the in the palm of His Almighty hand, and He will never let you go. Always stay in touch and let me know how you are doing. Much love and prayers coming your way often.

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  9. thanks for sharing these needs

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    1. And thank you for your sweet visit, Denise! Thinking of you and praying for you, my friend!

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  10. Praying for Brody and his family. May God do exceedingly abundantly beyond all we can ask or imagine.

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    1. Yes, amen, and amen! I LOVE that verse...oh, so many times it comes to mind when I am facing things that are literally and humanly impossible. We serve a BIG God! Praise His name! Thank you for your dear prayers and kind visit, Debbie. God bless you abundantly!

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  11. Oh it does seem that bad news seems to come in waves... all these poor suffering families, having lost their loved ones... I will certainly be praying for all of them! And sweet little Brody, such a battle he is fighting, oh I will most certainly join the army of prayer warriors for this little fighter that he will be able to get off the ventilator! IN JESUS NAME I pray for all the dear ones who are suffering and who have lost loved ones, and ask that you comfort and bring solace as only YOU can.

    Will continue praying dear Cheryl... our Lord is able to turn little Brody's situation around, and bless your Uncle John too, as He sees fit. Much love to you today my dear friend!! :)

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    1. Thank you dear prayer warrior! It means so much to me to know that you are lifting these needs to the Father. You are such a dear blessing and encouragement to me, sweet friend! Thank you ever so much for all you do, and may God bless you abundantly in return. Sending you much love and many hugs!

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  12. Hi Cheryl! Oh my goodness, so much to pray about! I'm so sorry about your Uncle and for Brody too. Thank goodness for our faith, where would be in the middle of such sadness without it?
    You are in my prayers already, and I will keep your intentions there too. May God cover you and Brody's family with His peace and faith in His plan. We don't understand, but we praise you Lord.
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. Oh, dear Ceil! You are so right! Where would we be without our faith in our Almighty God? I know you are praying for us, dear friend, I just have no words to express what that means to me right now. You are such a dear, precious blessing to me and to so many others here in blogland, and I just trust Jesus to abundantly bless and reward you for everything you do. Your visits mean so much to me here!

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  13. Oh dear Cheryl, I've prayed for them all. I understand a bit of your grief over your parents. I was sitting at a convenience store last night waiting for my husband to buy drinks last night. I glanced down at my Bible cover and say my name inscribed on it. It was one of the last things my mother gave me. Then I thought of a verse in Isaiah that she'd written inside the Bible that accompanied it. Then I thought of the old song, "Tell Laura I love her". I was named for that song. I found myself singing it and crying hard. All in a moment. She's been with Jesus for almost 16 years. I haven't cried for her in a very long time. I just was overwhelmed in that moment. Grief is strange, but victory will come when we are reunited.

    Blessings to you friend, I'm so glad you found comfort in God as I have.
    Hug!
    Laura

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    1. Oh, precious friend! My heart just breaks for you as I read of what happened the other day! I can so relate to all you said...oh, my, it seems like I will be okay for a while, then, wham! It hits with such force that I literally feel like the breath has been knocked out of me. I am so thankful you have that dear Bible to remind you of your precious mother, and the song, too. Such dear, cherished memories! You are such a blessing to me and to so many others, and I love and appreciate you dearly. May God just bless you and meet your every need and hold you extra close to His heart!

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  14. Thanks, Cheryl, for your heart as a prayer warrior and challenging us all to join you on the wall as you intercede for others. Thoughts and prayers for all you seek.

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    1. Bless your dear heart, Pam! I am so happy and grateful to meet you and thank you for your sweet visit and kind words...and most of all your prayers for the needs here. :) God bless you abundantly!

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  15. Oh, dear Cheryl, thank you for sharing these prayer requests. I've been praying for this dear and precious baby and will also pray for the others you've shared. Prayer is so powerful! Blessings to you for being a warrior of prayer! Hugs!

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    1. Yes, dear friend! Prayer IS so powerful! It can absolutely move our Father's heart with compassion for our needs! I am ever so grateful for your dear, faithful support and for helping to bear the burdens of others. I know you have so much on your own plate, and yet, you reach beyond your own pain and care so much! God bless you abundantly, and may He soon send the healing that YOU need, too. Sending you much love and many hugs!

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  16. Just stopping by to tell you how much I appreciate your heart for prayer, sweet friend! I'm just about finished reading, Stepping Heavenward and your faithfulness reminds me of that of the dear mother in this book. I wish I could step away from life's distractions a bit and develop a deeper and more faithful walk with God. Would you pray that for me, Cheryl? I need a better balance in my life. I sense God leading me there... I sure love you and the faithful friendship you've given me since we first "met" in Bloggyland. Have a beautiful week!

    Blessings,
    Sarah

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    1. Oh, dear Sarah! Your words bring me to tears! I have read that dear book...it has been a while, and I need to go back and read it again. But, oh, I do remember enjoying the truths contained in that dear book! Dear friend, I surely will pray for you about your desire. What a noble desire it is! I love and appreciate you so much, and I am so thankful God allows us to walk this blogging journey together. God bless you abundantly and give you the desires of your heart!

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  17. Oh, my goodness. My heart breaks at that picture of little Brody. So much heartache and sadness in this world. I'm so glad that we have eternity to look forward to and the reunion with our loved ones! I will definitely be in prayer for all these dear people. Prayer for you, too!

    Blessings - Julie

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    1. Oh, dear Julie! It truly is heartbreaking to know that this dear baby is going through so much. It is hard to understand. Yes, praise God, we do have eternity to look forward to. No wonder the Apostle Paul said, "if in this life only we had hope, we would be of all men most miserable!" Our hope lies on the other side, praise God, where we will be free from all human suffering! Thank you ever so much for your dear prayers, and know that I am praying for you, too, and hoping for the healing you need.

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  18. Dearest Cheryl, I stopped to pray over each one of the concerns you lifted up, and I pleaded to the Lord for little Brody. I can't even imagine what his family must be going through. He is so precious, and indeed, precious in God's sight. Praying for a miracle.

    Before I got to the end of your blog post, I thought it was awesome how the Holy Spirit led me to pray for each instance that the God of all comfort would bring comfort, and then I read what you wrote!

    Thank you for leading us all in intercession for these very special needs.

    I am praying a special blessing over you Cheryl, as you weep with those who weep, and are dealing with your own heartache, praying that joy will come in the morning soon.

    Blessings to you sweet friend.

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    1. Oh, Karen! That is so precious how the Holy Spirit led you to pray that way, and then you saw the verse below to confirm it! Your dear, compassionate heart is such a blessing and encouragement to me. Your words meant so much...they moved me to tears. Thank you ever so much for your precious, faithful prayers for all...and for us. I love and appreciate you so much!

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  19. This world is broken, and as long as we are here, there will be life and death, health and sickness, Happiness and sadness - but we have Jesus who understands and is there regardless of what is happening to us and around us. Praying for comfort for those who have lost loved ones, and for precious babies who suffer as we ask the universal question, "Why." Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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    1. How true your words, dear Hazel! As long as we are here, we will deal with human suffering in so many of its forms. God help us to be faithful to carry the burdens of others, and to stay in tune with Him at all times. We never know when we will be needed to pray for someone. Thank you for stopping by and for your words of wisdom. Much love to you.

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  20. Oh, I will pray for all of them! How sad. I lost my sister about a month ago. God will give you peace, He is bigger than the storm! Trust in Him and He will never fail you!
    Prayers sent your way! <3
    Paige

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    1. Oh, dear Paige! I am SO sorry to hear of your deep loss! Bless your dear heart. I will be praying for you. I know God can see you through each moment of grief. If you need to talk, I am here. Thank you for your precious words of encouragement here...they truly meant so much. I am coming over to visit you now. :) God bless you and hold you close to His heart!

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  21. Praying as requested.

    God bless you and your family.

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    1. Thank you ever so much, Victor. Your faithful prayers are most appreciated. God bless you!

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  22. Praying for all of them, Cheryl, including you and your family. Thanks for spreading the word as we lift our hearts to the One who hears all.

    Odd how we're in the same season so often. I just penned a post yesterday about the very issue of grief and our loved ones called home. Not coincidental the triggers that take us there. Always something to be learned or be reminded of and our Father still uses our loved ones passed to accomplish that task.

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    1. Thank you so much, Floyd. That is really something how the Lord does that and you wrote about grief just yesterday! I can't wait to read it when you get it posted. Your posts are always such a blessing every, single time. God bless you abundantly, brother. I so appreciate your visit and faithful prayers.

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  23. Oh my goodness. Yes, we do serve a big God, a God also known as the Great Physician. We will be praying for Brody and those you have mentioned.
    Keep us updated!

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    1. It was so nice to meet you, Long Ladies! Thank you ever so much for your visit and for praying for these requests. It means so much! God bless you all abundantly!

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    1. Thank you so much! Many blessings to you. :)

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  25. Grief is so hard. January 16th was the second anniversary of my dad's passing. It will always hurt. So I understand your pain.

    Bless His name, so does God.

    Glad to have read a more recent update on dear Brody. Prayers for all...

    GOD BLESS.

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    1. Oh, Sharon! I am SO sorry...I know January 16th was a very hard day for you. I can't believe it has already been a year. Bless your heart...mine surely goes out to you, as I do know how you feel. God bless you and comfort you, dear friend.

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