Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Please Pray for Our Dear Aunt Vaida

"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
James 5:16
(KJV)

Dear friends, you have been so faithful to pray for the many prayer requests I have posted here,
and we are so thankful for your support, encouragement, and every prayer you have prayed.
I come to you again tonight with yet another urgent request for prayer.

Our dear Aunt Vaida has just been diagnosed with brain cancer.


You might remember me mentioning her in the past when she was battling lung cancer, and she and Uncle Nelson lost nearly all they owned in the flood that hit White Sulphur Springs, WV in June of 2016.
If ever there were two living, breathing saints of God on this earth, 
they are Uncle Nelson and Aunt Vaida.
I have no doubt.
These two are the salt of the earth.
I wish each one of you could individually know them.


Uncle Nelson and Aunt Vaida are, hands-down, two of my favorite people in the world.
I cherish our heart-to-heart talks, our rummy games, and every moment we can spend together.
Aunt Vaida gives until there is nothing left to give.
She is one of the most caring people I have ever met.
She sacrifices and sends flowers and cards and is always, always, always thinking of others.
She intercedes and goes to war in prayer for the ones she loves.
"War Room" could have been written based on Aunt Vaida's prayer life.
So many, many times she has called when we have been sick or having a hard time,
and she has prayed for us over the phone or left a prayer on our voice mail.
We always try to pray together before we part ways after a face-to-face visit.
One of the things she says most often to me on the phone, as we are hanging up is,
"I'll put you on the prayer chain," and, of course, our last two words to each other before saying good-bye are always, "Love you."
The church she attends doesn't have one of these new, up-to-date, automated prayer lines.
Aunt Vaida IS their prayer line.
She sits and literally calls every, single person on the prayer chain when there is a need.
Now, she is the one who is standing in much need of prayer.


The doctor says she has a mass the size of a golf ball on her brain, near her right ear.
She has the option of undergoing surgery but is not advised to do so, due to her age.
She also has the option of taking chemo-therapy and radiation yet another time.
The doctor says this will keep cancer from spreading anywhere else in her body,
and it will also keep it from growing.
She has been so terribly light-headed, dizzy, and nauseous,
but the doctors feel that if she opts to take the treatments, they can keep this under control.

As we talked and cried together on the phone tonight, I told her that this is NOTHING for God to do.
He is SO much bigger than this.

"But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, 
With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Matthew 19:26

"I know that You can do all things and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted."
Job 42:2

'Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You."
Jeremiah 32:17

"Behold, the Lord's hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear."
Isaiah 59:1

Dear friends, please pray for Aunt Vaida, and if you could pass along this request for prayer to your prayer lines, chains, and groups, and your social media platforms, we would be most grateful.
Please pray for peace and comfort for Uncle Nelson and all other family members, too.

May the dear Lord bless each one of you for helping to, once again, share our burdens and heartaches.
We are so grateful for each and every one of you.
God bless you and meet your every need.

44 comments:

  1. Hi Cheryl, I have prayed for this precious lady that God would fill her with unmatched peace and contentment. I am learning daily that prayer is a rich and wonderful gift to be used to help others and create a close relationship with our Lord.
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. Oh, thank you, Tracy! Yes, prayer is the most powerful weapon we have. So grateful for your visit and kind words! God bless you. :)

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  2. Oh Cheryl, I am so sorry about your dear aunt's diagnosis. She and your uncle sound like very special people. It sure is hard to understand why these things happen. The Lord knows all about and He has her in the palm of His hand. We know He is capable of healing her! Sending hugs and prayers, as the Lord's will be done in her life.

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    1. They surely are special...just precious. It is so hard to understand. Thank you so much for your precious encouragement and kind words! Sending hugs and prayers back to you, Debby. :)

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  3. Dear Cheryl,
    I am so sorry for the deep trials that your family continues to walk though, my friend! But I am praying that the Lord will be so near, and bring His precious Holy Spirit right into the middle of the battle, alongside you! May you feel His arms upholding you, and may His Glory shine all around you. I will continue to pray for your Dear Aunt's healing and comfort. Hugs and Love to you!

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    1. Thank you, dear Bettie. Your continual prayers and encouragement means so much! God bless you abundantly! Praying for you, too. :)

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  4. Dearest Cheryl, I'm so very sorry Aunt Valda having cancer. Your family has gone through so much! I can tell your aunt is a prayer warrior. I will most definitely pray! The Lord hears our prayers.

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    1. I just realized my typo and wrote Valda instead of Vaida! I'm sorry about that.

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    2. Yes, dear friend, she is surely a prayer warrior. Thank you so much for your kind words and prayers! No worries about the typo! God bless you. :)

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  5. Cheryl, we will continue to pray for complete healing for Aunt Vaida...

    Heavenly Father, We ask that You wrap Your Loving Arms around Kevin’s Aunt Vaida and Uncle Nelson, give them a continual sense of Your Presence and Your Peace. We come to You believing that All things are Possible with You. We are bringing Vaida to You, acknowledging that her body belongs to You. You made it, and You know how to fix it. You alone are the Great Physician. You are Jehovah Jireh, the One who can meet this need. You are Jehovah Rapha, the One who heals. We ask that You give the doctors wisdom in knowing what to do and when to do it. You are El Shaddai, Almighty God nothing is too difficult for You. We know You never make a mistake, that You do all things perfectly, and You are always on Time. As in all things, we ask that Your Will be done, and no matter what, we will keep looking to You as our Savior and our Lord. In Jesus' name we pray, amen

    Many blessings to your sweet family!

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    1. What an anointed prayer, dear Beth! We so appreciate your intercession on Aunt Vaida's behalf, and may God just bless you abundantly!

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  6. Oh dear Cheryl, I most certainly will be praying! This faithful prayer warrior is depending on other's prayers now, and I will be praying for her and for your Uncle Nelson too. Praying for the healing hand of the Lord to intervene and shrink this tumor in Jesus name! Please let your Aunt Vaida know we will be praying for her! Much love to you sweet friend!

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    1. You are so right, my friend. I say amen to your prayer, and thank you so much for carrying Aunt Vaida to the throne of grace! Much love and gratitude to you and many, many blessings. :)

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  7. Precious Cheryl, I'm so sorry to read about the diagnosis for your dear Aunt Valda. What a joy to read about this wonderful prayer warrior. May God be glorified in it all as He guides them through the many decisions they must make. I have prayed for you all, and I will continue to lift up Aunt Valda and Uncle Nelson in prayer. Peace and comfort be granted to you all, precious friend! You are so dearly loved. I am so thrilled to know that we will all spend eternity together with our Lord...and will be healed and have no tears or sorrows. Much love and tender hugs! xoxo

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    1. Oh, thank you so very, very much, dear Cheryl! Yes, won't that be so amazing when we are all home, safe and sound and together for eternity! Like the song, "I Can Only Imagine"...it is just hard to even fathom what it will be like. Sending much love and many hugs back to you, sweet friend. :)

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  8. Cheryl, I have been praying for your dear Aunt Vaida and Uncle Nelson. Also for you to get over your illness. Life is so overwhelming sometimes. I pray that you will feel God’s presence and peace in all of these huge trials.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Oh, thank you, sweet friend! I am most grateful for your every prayer for Aunt Vaida, Uncle Nelson, and for me, too. It has been so rough, but surely God has a plan and purpose for it all. YES, it surely is so overwhelming. You will never know how much we appreciate you and your constant friendship. Sending love and blessings to you. :)

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  9. Dearest Cheryl, You have been hit so hard this last year and now this. I am lifting your Aunt up even as I type it. Another saying I love is that nothing that happens to us is wasted, but the Lord redeems it. I pray healing on your Aunt's body and brain, wisdom as to how to proceed and peace that passes understanding. For you Uncle and the rest of the family, I pray grace to walk through this journey. May He, through the mighty name of Jesus heal your Aunt and extend her days. You are blessed to have such a wonderful godly woman in your life. Sending you love and prayers.
    Noreen

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    1. Oh, how precious to know that nothing that happens to us is wasted, but redeemed by our Lord! Thank you so much for that gentle reminder and for your precious prayers. I hope you are having an amazing time on your vacation, and send much love and many hugs to you from afar. :)

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  10. Hi Cheryl, it's Su Ann. I am praying for Aunt Vaida and you all. I will continue to pray. Mark 16:17-18; Proverbs 18:21
    May the blessings of God shine upon you all.

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    1. Thank you ever so much, my dear, faithful friend. It means SO much to know that you are praying and always there to help carry the load. I want you to know that I am praying for you, too and trusting God to always be near you.

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  11. Oh Cheryl, asking our Lord to do only what He can do! He is the master physician. Asking our Lord to also show mercy and grace and find great favor in this precious woman of God. She sounds like someone I would have loved to have been mentored by. Prayers abounding. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Yes, praise His name, there is nothing that our Lord cannot do! Oh, you would love Aunt Vaida, I have no doubt, sweet friend. God bless you for your faithful prayers. :)

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  12. So sorry about the news... I am sending healing prayers of comfort to you and your family member...Support and hugs will spirit your Aunt and let her know that she is truly loved... Have a Blessed week.

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    1. Thank you so much, Zaa. We are so grateful for your prayers and kind words. I love your profile picture. We have a nightlight with that same picture on it...so pretty. God bless you!

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  13. Dear Mrs. Smith,

    I have been praying for your sweet family and will add your aunt to my book. That is such sad news to hear about the lump on her brain. You are so right though. As sad as this is, God is so much bigger, and even if he doesn't choose to heal aunt Vaida, He can still be glorified.

    Praying for you all and with much love,
    Ashley

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    1. Dear Ashley! Thank you so much for your prayers and loving support. Oh, it means so much to us! Sending much love and gratitude to you tonight, sweet friend. :)

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  14. Oh dear me, Cheryl, what a loving soul your Aunt Vaida is, and to be THE prayer chain of her church. You know that I will be praying for her. Love and God bless her, your uncle and your family.

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    1. She surely is a loving soul and so faithful to pray for others and do all she can to show the love of Jesus. Thank you SO much for your prayers. I am surely faithfully praying for you, too, sweet friend. :)

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  15. I will pray for her Cheryl. Our God is bigger than cancer and He has promised us healing and health.

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    1. Amen, and amen, my friend! Thank you so much for your unwavering faith and prayers. God bless you. :)

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  16. I will pray and also put your Aunt Vaida on our prayer chain. Love and blessings to you and all you love.
    My little mother is doing well but a lot more frail than she was before her illness. Still we are thankful she has been granted a few more years with us.

    Diana

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    1. Thank you so much for your prayers and for sharing this with your prayer chain, dear Diana. Oh, I am so thankful to know your dear, little mother is doing well, but so sorry she is more frail. I am continuing to pray for you and her. Sending love to you both. :)

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  17. So sorry to read this about your aunt. I'm praying for her and asking God to shrink that tumor. It is such a wonderful thing to have someone leave prayers on the recorder! What a blessing she is. Love and hugs to you.

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    1. Oh, we are so sorry, too, sweet friend. Watching our loved ones suffer is so heart-wrenching. We are so grateful for your prayers and kindness and friendship. Sending much love and many hugs back to you, today!

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  18. Praying for your Aunt and Uncle, as well as you and your family. God is able to do everything and anything, and I am praying that you and your family will find His peace that transcends all understanding (Phil.4:7) during this challenging time.

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    1. Thank you so much for your visit and kind words, Kay Kathleen. I love the Scripture you shared...it is such a comfort. God bless you. :)

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  19. Cheryl - thanks for giving us all the opportunity to partner with you in prayer for your Aunt. I pray God gives, strength, peace and wisdom to your entire family and the doctors. But I am believing and praying for a miracle in the process - God is the great physician and nothing is impossible for Him! Amen - I am your neighbor at #FaithonFire today

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    1. It is so kind of you to partner with us in prayer, Debbie. We are so grateful for your faith and your willingness to bear our burdens, and we trust God will bless you abundantly. Thank you so much for your visit and encouragement today!

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  20. I so agree with Debbie's comment above about letting us uphold your aunt in prayer. Praying for Peace and Grace during this time. Thank you for your love and prayers, they mean so much to me.
    Hugs,
    Noreen

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    1. Sweet friend, it is an honor to pray for you...we need each other's prayers so much, and God has so kindly orchestrated our lives to pray for one another. Your love and prayers mean so much to me, too. God bless you abundantly and make your time way everything you want it to be. :)

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  21. Hi friend, Your Aunt Vaida and Uncle Nelson look like the sweetest couple. Thank you so much for sharing their pictures and a little more about them. Oh how edifying it was to read!

    The Lord has blessed you with so many Godly people in your life, a true testament to the beautiful, Godly woman you are. You are a blessing to all you come in contact with. You have a heart of gold.

    I was encouraged to read about the doctor's thoughts with moving forward, but most especially my encouragement comes from knowing the Great Physician and His great healing power.

    I will continue to pray dear friend. May the Lord bring you and your family much comfort.

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    1. Thank you, dear friend...oh, I am SO grateful for your friendship, support, and encouragement. God is so good to have allowed our paths to cross. You are a continual blessing to me! May the dear Lord bless you. I am faithfully praying for you, too.

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  22. Hello again, I certainly will pray for your aunt, so many prayer warriors are under attack, I have a Pinterest friend who's been hospitalized over 80 days but she is better.He is not a respecter of age. Be encouraged by a miracle that happened yesterday, a lady was given zero chance of surviving, two doctors would not operate. God found her a surgeon, and even with only 35%, she made it with prayer. El Roi is the God who sees and Jehovah Rapha the healer.

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