Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Please Pray, Dear Friends! Update on LD

"Dear brothers and sisters, pray for us."
I Thessalonians 5:25
(NLT)

My family and I are so very thankful to you for every prayer you have prayed for us.
Sometimes, I feel so hesitant to ask yet once again for more prayer,
but, at my family's request, that is exactly what I need to do tonight.


As you know, my brother-in-law, LD, was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, 
and has also been battling double pneumonia.
He had to be taken to the Emergency Room a couple of days ago,
due to vomiting blood and blood clots.
After he was admitted, he began to suffer from severe hemorrhaging,
and a trauma team had to be called in to get it stopped.
After that crisis was over, the doctors found that the tumor in his lung is wrapped 
around his pulmonary artery, and it is inoperable.
He was told to get his affairs in order.

The news could not have been worse, and, needless to say, my sister, nephew,
other family members, and I are completely devastated.

LD is a man of faith who has been in the ministry for many years, and he is a firm believer in God's power to heal.
I, myself, have witnessed his prayers for other people and have watched how God has come on the scene and answered, time after time.

We all know that what man deems impossible is an easy task for God.
It only takes a mustard-seed-sized amount of faith to move a mountain.

Regardless what doctors say, I believe God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or even think.
He is the Great Physician, and Jesus suffered those awful stripes upon His body for our healing.
Even after the devastating news, I come to you, once again, asking you to please pray for LD's healing.
I ask you to please pray for my sister, Debbie, and my nephew, Mark, as they are in much need of your prayers at this time.
I also ask for prayer for the rest of us who care deeply for LD.
Our hearts are utterly broken.

These are two of LD's favorite songs, and I want to include them here, in honor of him.
The tears flow, as I remember the many, many times he has sat in our living room,
playing his guitar, and singing these songs.
After many past physical afflictions, the first song below has become his "signature" song.
I never, ever hear it that I don't think of him.


I Can't Even Walk Without You Holding My Hand - Charles Johnson & The Revivers


I Know A Man Who Can - George Jones

You will never know how much we appreciate you and your past and continued prayers.
God bless you abundantly for helping to carry our burdens.

Thank you from the bottom of my grateful heart.

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  1. Oh Cheryl I'm so sorry to here this. After I hit the publish button, I'm going on my knees to pray.

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    1. Thank you so much, Regina! You will never know how much we appreciate your prayers. God bless you!

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  2. Oh Cheryl, I will be praying for your entire family...

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    1. Thank you ever so much, Renee! We are all most grateful to you for your prayers. God bless you. :)

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  3. Dennis came home tonight and asked me if I had had any updates from you on LD’s condition. I was just getting ready to send an email to you when I saw this post. Our hearts are just breaking for you and your family. We have been praying and we will continue to pray that God will bless LD with a return to health. I have seen him work miracles time after time.

    And now sweet friend, could I ask you to continue to pray for my own brother-in-law Mike? He has three cancerous tumors in his lungs. I think I told you that the anti-rejection medicine he has to take from his liver transplant causes these cancerous tumors. It’s truly a “pick your own poison” situation he’s in. Without the medication his body will reject the liver. With the medication he gets cancer. He has treatments three times a week at the hospital and it’s very draining for him and my sister. It’s been a years long battle so far and it is draining them. So many needs in both of our families. I will continue to approach the throne of God with your requests my sweet friend.
    Blessings and love always, Betsy

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    1. Dear Betsy! I was SO deeply moved and touched to read of Dennis coming home and asking about LD. You all are such faithful, precious friends and children of God. We are most blessed to have you and your prayers in our lives. I, too, have seen God move on His throne and perform miracles, and that is surely what we are praying for and expecting from Him in this situation. Oh, your dear brother-in-law! You are experiencing the exact thing, dear friend, and I am so sorry. YES, I will surely be praying. I am adding his name to my prayer book right now. It sounds like what he has been going through is just horrible...what a terrible predicament to find himself in, bless his heart. God, please heal Mike and LD and restore health to both of them and show Your power and might in both situations, in Jesus' name, we pray. I am praying for you, too, dear friend, and hoping your scan shows great results. Sending love and hugs to you!

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  4. I'm so sad to hear about the update, but it is all in HIS Hands. Praying for your brother-in-law and your family! Much love!

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    1. Thank you, dear Abigail. I am so thankful for you and your prayers and friendship. God bless you, sweet friend. Much love to you, too! :)

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear this, Cheryl. I've begged God on LD's behalf, and will continue to pray for him, Debbie, Mark and you all. ((HUG))

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    1. Oh, Brenda! You are so sweet and kind, and I appreciate you and your prayers and support so very much! God bless you and yours this Christmas season. Thank you SO much for your prayers...they mean more than I can say.

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  6. Dearest Cheryl, I missed this yesterday, but am standing in front of the Throne pleading for LD's healing. We know that the Lord's healing is perfect, even when we hoped it would manifest differently. Praying for your sweet Debbie and Mark as well as you dear sister. Praying for peace that passes all understanding for all of you and comfort only He can give. Please keep us posted.
    In Him,
    Noreen

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    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, my friend. You are right, and we are trying to submit to God's will, whatever that turns out to be. Surely He is still on the throne and able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think, and we know He always knows and does what is best. Oh, that peace you are speaking of! That is what we all need in this trying time. Your prayers and loving support truly mean more than I can say. I trust God will bless you and your husband with a wonderful Christmas!

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  7. Cherly, agreeing with you in prayer sweet sister.

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    1. Thank you, my dear, sweet, faithful friend. God bless you this Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Sandi. We appreciate it so much! Merry Christmas!

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  9. So sorry to hear. Will be sending prayers

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    1. Thank you so much, Bethany. Your prayers are so appreciated. :) Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  10. Dear Cheryl, The Lord brings your brother in law to my mind often and when He does I stop and pray.

    I will continue to pray believing that God can do a new thing despite what man says.

    Praying for God’s peace for all of you.

    Sending much love sweet friend.

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    1. Oh, I am so very grateful for the many times you have prayed for LD and our other prayer requests. You are so faithful, my friend. I send much love and many hugs and blessings back to you this Christmas and thank God for you and your faithfulness!

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  11. I just prayed for LD this evening, Cheryl, and for you and your family. Much love and peace to all of you.

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    1. Thank you ever so much, sweet friend. You will never know how much we appreciate your prayers. LD is having a rough day. May God bless you this beautiful Christmas day. I am praying for you, too! Much love to you. :)

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  12. Dear Cheryl, This was today's verse on my phone app: "This is how God showed his love among us; He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him." 1 John 4:9 And I am praying this verse now over LD, may he LIVE through the Son. You all are in my prayers, especially as Christmas approaches. May the Lord bring you HIS Peace that passes all understanding. Much Love and Hugs to you!

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    1. Oh, sweet friend! Thank you ever so much for your faithfulness to pray. LD lost his battle today, but surely He is now with Jesus. Our hearts are beyond broken, and the grief is overwhelming. God bless you for your friendship and faith. Love you so much!

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  13. What an awful and scary thing to hear...get your affairs in order! Oh, I do pray for him and your whole family, as you are all so affected by this statement. We never know what the Lord has as reasons for taking a faithful servant of His home. I believe He will give all of you peace about it.

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    1. Thank you so much, AnnMarie. Your words are such a comfort tonight. I am trusting in your faith that God will give us peace about it. May He bless you for your kindness and support.

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  14. I'm praying for LD, his family, and you and yours. I know He's in the hands of our Father.

    That first song spoke to my soul. Thanks for sharing it. Praying for a blessed Christmas for you and all of your family regardless of the circumstances. Only God can accomplish this.

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    1. Yes, my friend, only God...and now, we face the worst case scenario for us, but the best possible outcome for him. Thank you so much for your faithfulness, friendship, support, and encouragement. You are such a blessing to us all. PLEASE pray for us now...our hearts are shattered, to say the least.

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  15. I am honored to pray for LD and his family.
    Laura

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