Monday, March 24, 2014

Dear Carol

Tuesday's at Kara's blog, , is Grace Letters day. Kara will give you a topic each week and you write a letter pertaining to that topic. This week was a free week to write what you wanted. I wanted to share what the Lord has been teaching me the last few week. I don't know that I will write a letter every week. I would encourage you to read Kara's blog every day. You will be blessed from doing so.

Dear Carol,
   You've been back to your dark place the last couple of weeks. It is a place that I have delivered you from many times but the enemy knows that it is a tender spot that rears it's ugly head when you are most vulnerable. It is those moments when heartaches in different areas of your life hit all at once. You feel insecure, friendless, unloved, and unfit. You keep standing on the truths of my word even though you don't "feel" them emotionally. You would prefer to go curl up in a corner somewhere and not face the deep hurt and pain.
   I remember when you first started down this road of destructive thought patterns. It was in junior high when "mean girls" would say derogatory things about you behind your back or to your face. It continued on in high school. If you will stop and remember how I provided for you and grew you during this time you would see that I never once abandoned you or withdrew my love from you. I provided rich friendships along with  some excellent teachers at the very same school that gave you stomach aches every morning you had to get up and go there. I provided your church family that included your pastor father, incredible Sunday School teachers and youth pastors, as well as lifelong friends.You also were blessed with an incredible biological family that included 2 Godly parents, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. As painful as those times were, you grew into a young lady that knew that even at the bleakest moments, I was right there with you, shedding your tears. Carol, I loved you then and I love you always. I died for You. You were engraved on my heart before you were born.  " I am the    same, yesterday, today, yes, and forever."                
     It is so easy to focus on the problems even when You pray to me about them. Remember how I provided for you the other day when the pain was intensified to the point you thought you would burst. You read the devotional in the "One Year Devotionals for Women " by, Ann Spangler, titled "Anxious Prayers". The verses she had at the top were from Psalm 121 about looking to the Lord from whom our help comes. She used an illustration by, Charles Stanley. He was at the hospital praying with a woman whose husband was having surgery. Her prayers were full of anxiety as she concentrated on the operation and her husband. Charles Stanley refocused the prayers by concentrating on the Lord being the great physician, His love, mercy, and grace.
The woman visibly relaxed and was at peace. It was a reminder to you that I am in control and to focus on me. Also, as soon as you finished your quiet time, you had an email from your best friend wanting to eat lunch the next day. I knew you needed that encouragement.
   The very next day, before you went to eat lunch, I provided in your quiet time another devotional. This one was by Billy Graham's daughter, Anne Graham Lotz. She used the shortest verse in the   Bible, "Jesus wept". She told how when Jesus cried in that passage it was because he felt the grief and sorrow of those He loved dearly.  She told how He feels our pain as well. As she said, "Our tears are on His face". Wow! That is amazingly awesome!
   So, my dearly loved daughter, do you understand what I am teaching you? You are fearfully and wonderfully made. This life that you're given is the one that I have assigned and made specifically for you. (1 Corinthians 7:17). I am making you into my image. As you trust Me, you are learning that faith is based on trust, not on feelings. Remember my promises always and that each of your tears is precious to me. I died for and feel each and every one of them.

In the love of and the name above all names,        

Mundane Faithfulness

Friday, September 21, 2012

Back Home Again!

Gray finished his induction round of chemo and got to go home to Tuscaloosa on he and Ashley's second anniversary. It has been a tough month but his mass is gone and he is in remission. He will find out what the next phase is until he gets his bone marrow transplant. The next round of chemo is to keep him in remission until the transplant. We are praying for a perfect match from the registry since neither his brother or sister were a match.

God  is faithful and has taught/is teaching us so much through this journey.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Saturday is a new day

Happy Saturday! Thank you for allowing me to express my heart honestly. There are points along this journey when you just have to let it out. It is God’s way of helping me see that I am incapable of fixing the situation. A friend’s sister sent an encouraging email about our situation that said that it is such a comfort to know that when we are hanging by a thread that He is the one holding the thread and will never let go. He is the one to give us strength to put one foot in front of the other, especially when we feel like we can’t stand up. Thank You, Jesus! I am working on Gray’s Caringbridge site and hope to have it up soon. Ashley and their dogs are staying with us this weekend. God is good all the time. Have a Super Saturday!

Today’s devotional and prayer are from “Girlfriends in God”:

What If Jesus Were in the Boat With You?

Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth

“I will never leave you nor forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV).

Friend to Friend

She was among an eager group of four-year-old children crowded around my feet as I taught their Sunday school lesson. I was the teacher and they were the students – or at least that’s how it started out. The pint-sized audience listened intently as I tried to create a mental image of Jesus and His disciples trapped in a thunderstorm on the Sea of Galilee.

“The winds bleeeeeeew and rocked the little boat back and forth, back and forth. The waves were soooooo big; they splashed over the wooden sides and got the men all wet. Then water started filling up the boat – and do you know what happens when a boat gets full of water?”

“It sinks,” they chimed together.

“That’s right.” I continued with a wrinkled brow and concerned look on my face.

“That’s not all. The lightening was sooooo bright; it looked like fire in the sky. And the claps of thunder were sooooo loud; they could feel it vibrate in their chests.”

After painting this picture of impending doom and thinking I would have my “congregation” just a little worried about the fate of these men trapped in a storm, I asked the question. “Now if you were in a tiny boat like this, caught in a terrible storm like this, would you be afraid?”

Then one precious little girl, confident and unshaken by the entire scenario, shrugged her shoulders and replied, “Not if Jesus was in the boat with me.”

I will never forget that answer. As her words have echoed in my mind, I’ve come to realize that this is the answer that calms all our worries and fears. Just as the disciples had the storm raging all around them, many times the storms of life rage around us. A friend discovers she has cancer, a husband loses his job, and a child is born with birth defects.

These are storms with waves of emotions so high that our lifeboat fills with tears and appears that it could sink at any moment. Waves of fear rock our boat and threaten to spill us into the depths of despair without even a life jacket to keep us afloat.

“Tell me, would you be afraid?”

“Not if Jesus was in the boat with me.”

And guess what? He is. God said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV). Jesus said, “Surely I am with you always, to the end of the age,” (Matthew 28:20). Although the storm may be fierce, you don’t need to be afraid, because Jesus is in the boat with you. His power can calm the storm you’re in and calm the storm in you. So hang on to Him and He’ll pull you through.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I am so glad that You are always in the boat with me. When I feel like I’m sinking – You’re in the boat with me. When the sail is full and I’m gliding along peaceful seas – You are with me. No matter what, no matter where, You are there by my side…and I praise You.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Think back on the most difficult situation in your life. Now close your eyes and picture Jesus standing right beside you. He was, you know.

Is there someone in your life who is experiencing a terrifying storm in her life?

Perhaps today would be a great day to write her a note of encouragement. You might even want to consider sending this devotion to her as a way of reminding her that Jesus is going through this storm with her. She is not alone.

What is your favorite verse that reminds you of God’s promises during the storms of life? Let’s share

. Your verse might be what someone needs to hang onto today!

Today’s Cheer Song is “Don’t Be Afraid” by, John Bell of the Iona Community. Enjoy! Love, Carol

Don't Be Afraid :

Don't be afraid, my love is stronger,

My love is stronger than your fear.

Don't be afraid, my love is stronger,

And I have promised to be always near

A Not so Cheerful Friday post

Before Gray started chemo on Wednesday, Dr. Lopez, the doctor regulating the chemo and bone marrow transplant, wanted to do a spinal tap to see if there were cancer cells in his spinal fluid. He got the results Thursday morning and they did find cancer in the fluid. They will do spinal taps twice a week, injecting the chemo he is getting in his catheter into his spine. They may have to do radiation on that area at some point and time. They aren’t sure yet. Also, when they were putting in Gray’s Hickman catheter they punctured a hole in his lung. That is what the chest x-ray showed that he had on Wednesday afternoon. It has created an air pocket so he is on oxygen through his nose to expand it and fill it up. The chemo is causing continuous hiccups. The night nurse, Catherine, gave him a breathing machine that helped tremendously.

I’m going to be real honest with you. It’s just plain hard. I could tell you all the things that I should say if I was trying to be super spiritual but I’m not there. I’m sad and angry, and devastated. I do know that God is in control and my hope is in Him. I just hate cancer and the pain that goes along with it. Gray and Ashley are handling the news well. Kelley and I are hurting as his parents to watch our child go through such suffering. Please pray that we will hold onto Jesus with all our strength even though it feels like we’re hanging on by a thread at times.

Thank you,


Friday, August 17, 2012

Get your Friday feet on!

Happy Friday! Get your Friday feet on and kick all your trials right to the Lord’s loving hands. Yesterday Emily and Russ went to get their blood tested at UAB. Gray doesn’t have the results back yet but they called from the clinic and said they wanted the kids tested. Good Lord willing we will hear something tomorrow. Gray met with several of his friends in Birmingham to play Frisbee golf. They all went back to Tuscaloosa to eat dinner at a friend’s house. Emily had to work in T-Town and Russ went up there as well so they could all eat dinner together with friends. We are so happy that Gray has the energy to enjoy physical exercise and fellowship with friends and family before the draining road of treatment. Yesterday also would have been Mama and Daddy’s 66th wedding anniversary. I’m so blessed to have the legacy of love and prayer that they’ve passed on to me. Have a Fabulous Friday!

Today’s devotional and prayer are from “Today’s Verse” by, Phil Ware:

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

—1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)


Thoughts on Today's Verse...

Where does your heart live? That's what these verses are all about. It's about where we spend the most time with our hearts. Is there a constant awareness in your life that God is present? Is he the unseen but always present companion in all your ups and downs? Or is God here when it is convenient and gone when things are busy or we feel that everything is going okay? Joy comes from knowing we are never alone. Prayer is the ongoing conversation we have, Spirit to Spirit, child to Abba, human with God. Thanksgiving and joy are the great reminders that we have been blessed no matter what the outward circumstances imply.


Precious and Righteous Father, thank you for being there, always. Give me a deeper appreciation and a more profound awareness of your presence today. May my life reflect the joy you have given me by saving me by grace. And may my heart always find its home in you. Through the name of Jesus my Savior and friend I pray. Amen

Today’s Cheer Song is a song I wrote for Mom and Dad’s anniversary one year. It is called “A Legacy of Prayer” Enjoy! Love, Carol

A Legacy of Prayer

1. You taught me that prayer is like breathing

Communing all day with the Lord

Nothing is too small for His notice

Commit everything unto Him


A legacy of prayer you’ve given to me

Trust in the Lord and His sovereignty

You taught me through actions and not just your words

The wondrous treasure of life in the Lord

2. Sometimes the hurts were so painful

Receiving the taunts from the world

But our family devotions each morning

Gave me courage to take what they hurled


3. I pray that our children are seeing

This wonderful gift you gave me

And that one day in the future

They’ll pass down this great legacy


The wondrous treasure of life in the Lord!

P.S. Gray heard from the oncologist this morning. The cancer is not in his bone marrow yet. He will go for an echocardiogram on Monday to amke sure his heart is strong enough for the intense chemo he will be starting on Tuesday. He will receive 7 days of chemo and 28 days of recovery in the hospital. We are so thankful that it hasn't spread and they are treating the cancer so aggressively.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Get your Friday feet on!

Happy Friday! Let’s get our Friday feet on and kick the cancer beast to the curb! Rare, never heard of before, and blood cell cancer that’s a form of leukemia are not the words you want to hear come out of the doctor’s mouth. They are the words that we heard yesterday morning. Gray has a type of cancer that is usually found in old men in their 70’s or 80’s. The doctor said that it will not be localized and usually presents with skin lesions. Gray does not have lesions so we hope that it was either caught early or misdiagnosed. Either way, it is only treated with chemo and possibly bone marrow transplant. We were all devastated in the morning but by the time we went for the PET scan we were encouraged and ready to do battle against the beast. We would love the Lord to do a miraculous healing, but know realistically we are in a tough battle. As a friend of ours whose son battled leukemia and is well now told us, “You are not only a battle with cancer; you are in a battle for faith”. We have been showered with love and support from all over. My friend, Sissy, came down for the PET scan. Kelley’s former boss and his wife brought us dinner. One of our dear friends from church was here when we got back from the scan. Four of Gray and Ashley’s friends came down from Tuscaloosa. The phone calls and emails have been comforting. The oncologist office called and Gray’s appointment is on Wednesday at 11:15. We don’t know if we will have the scan results before then. God is faithful! Have a Fantastic Friday!

Today’s devotional was from friends of ours from the church. It is from “Streams in the Desert”:

STREAMS IN THE DESERT devotional today from Ps. 84:5...Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee....

I thought of all of you. Here is an excerpt from it:

When night....needful night....gathers over the garden of our souls, when the leaves close up, and the flowers no longer hold any sunlight within their folded petals, there shall never be wanting, even in the thickest darkness, drops of HEAVENLY dew...dew which falls only when THE SUN HAS GONE DOWN!

I have been through the valley of weeping,

The valley of sorrow and pain;

But the "God of all comfort" was with me,

At hand to uphold and sustain.

So we'll follow wherever He leadeth,

Let the path be dreary or brignt;

For we've proved that our God can give comfort;

Our God can give songs in the night.

Today’s Cheer Song is “My Life is in You, Lord” by, David Gardener. Enjoy! Love, Carol

My Life is in You, Lord

My life is in You, Lord,

My strength is in You, Lord

My hope is in You, Lord

In You, it's in You. (Repeat)

I will praise You with all of my heart.

I will praise You with all of my hope.

With all of my life, and all of my strength.

All of my hope is in You.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The beast hits closer

I have decided to start blogging again as the beast has hit even closer to home. Our oldest son had sinus surgery yesterday and a mass was biopsied as cancer. We will not know what kind until later this week, hopefully. The doctors are right on top of the situation. There have been so many things the Lord has done that we are thankful for. We are devastated but know that God is in control. I keep remembering the words of Elliot Patterson Williams, "Don't tell God how big your storm is, tell your storm how big your God is". If you have never heard the sound track from "The Preacher's Wife" with Whitney Houston, you need to. One of my favorite songs on it that is going through my head right now is, "I Go to the Rock". It was sung by Whitney and here are the lyrics.

I Go to the Rock

Where do I go?

When there's nobody else to turn to

Who do I talk to?

When nobody wants to listen

Who do I lean on? Oh

When there is no foundation stable

I go to the rock

I know he is able, I go to the rock


I go to the rock of my salvation

I go to the stone that the builders rejected

I run to the mountain

And the mountain he stands by me

When the Earth all around me is sinking sand

On Christ the solid rock I stand

When I need a shelter I go to the rock

Where do I go, where do I go

When the storms of life are threatening

Who do I turn to when those winds of sorrow blow

And is there a refuge in the time of tribulation

Go to the rock, I know he is able

I go to the rock

[Repeat Chorus (2X)]

I go the rock when I need a friend

I can go to the rock

I go to the rock when I need a shelter

You can go to the rock

You can go to the rock

You can go to the rock

I can go

I go to the rock

I can go to the rock

I can go to the rock

I can go, I can go to the rock

I can go when I need some shelter

When I need a friend

I can go

And when the Earth around me is sinking sand

On Christ the solid rock I stand I can stand

When I need a friend

I go to the rock

I can go to the rock

Hey hey hey oh yeah

Friday, June 24, 2011

Just One More

I thought the post I wrote yesterday would be my last one. It seems that I've had to go back on my word and set the record straight.

Someone thought I was trying to criticize what they were going through as being a blip on the radar compared to someone going through cancer and that I was doing it anonymously. I would never downplay what someone is going through. Everyone has trials and struggles that we go through both large and small. I would not minimize anything that a person is struggling with because I know from personal experience that what might seem small to someone else might be monumental to me and vice versa. The Lord created each of us to be unique individuals, none of us being the exact same as the other. That is the beauty of the Body of Christ, each of us is different and a vital part to the functioning of the body. We hurt when each other hurts no matter what.

If I post a comment on someone's blog, I would never do it anonymously. I want them to know who I am and why I'm posting. I honestly didn't think that anyone ever read my blog, as I started it for a girl I met who was going through treatment for a 2nd time at the same time my sister was going through her cancer treatment. She was known as the "Hat Lady" who I wrote about in times past. She went to be with the Lord 2 years ago.

As I said in the last post, I send the Cheer Songs by personal email to friends and no longer feel it necessary to have a blog. I only keep this blog open so I can use my account to post a comment openly on someone's blog. I don't think I'll be doing that anymore unless it is on a family or in person friend's blog. Sometimes cyberspace isn't your friend.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Last Post

I know that it has been ages since I posted. I haven't felt the need to update because I do the Cheer Songs through private emails. I have been touched by the lives of children, men, women, and families who have walked /are walking through this monster of a disease.

I have written about Bridget in previous posts. The cancer spread to her brain around the end of March. Two of my best friends and I went to a prayer service for her in the middle of April. Bridget ended up attending even though she had just had radiation treatment. It brought tears to my eyes as I watched Bridget raising her hands in praise to the Lord inspite of all she was going through. One of the songs that was sung at the service was "Blessings" by, Laura Story. Laura is the worship leader at Perimeter Presbyterian in Atlanta, Georgia. Laura was actually at the service and sang the song. Here is a link to the story behind the song:

Here is a link to the song:


Bob Flayhart, Rodney and Bridget's pastor , told Bridget it was like she was able to be at her own funeral. It was a worship and prayer service. Bob talked about the four friends that cut a hole of the roof of the house where Jesus was staying and teaching, so they could lower their sick friend down right in front of Jesus to be healed. We divided into small groups and prayed for Bridget to be healed. It was our desire for Bridget to be healed on this side of heaven. As Bob said, God's plan may not be to heal her on this side but that doesn't mean that He's cruel and mean. She will be with her Lord and Savior, whom she knows is more than enough.

Bridget lived for around 6 more weeks and then the Lord called her home on June 2nd. The large sanctuary was filled almost to capacity with alot of the same folks who had been at the prayer service. Rodney and Bridget have touched countless numbers of people with their lives. They are one of the most compassionate, humble, selfless, and loving couples I have ever known. They have 3 grown triplets, 2 girls and a boy, who were miracles in and of themselves. They have another son who is 18, another miracle, and 2 grandchildren. Camille, one of the triplets, shared about her mama, who was her best friend, and how even in her last days, Bridget was still reaching out to her friends and family who were going through trials and not concentrating on her own heartaches. That was Bridget.

Bob shared texts that he and Bridget had sent to each other the last 3 years. Bridget said that the times she felt the closest to the Lord was when she was worshipping the Lord at church. She had some serious longings that she would have loved to see resolved before she died, but that did not happen. You would think that it would have been easy for her to be bitter about that but through this rough road the Lord taught her that He is more than enough to fulfill her every longing.

We sang many of the songs that we sang at the prayer service and in my mind's eye, I could picture Bridget with her arms raised singing along. I pray that I will live the way that Bridget did which was no matter what happens in life, no matter what our deepest longings are, Jesus is more than enough.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Our God is an Awesome God

Go to Lindsey's blog and read her update. Yes folks, she wrote it her very own self a day after brain surgery. She got home yesterday and was able to have Thanksgiving dinner with family.

As I told Lindsey, the words that come to mind after reading her post is Rich Mullins song,"Our God is an Awesome God". Google the lyrics and see if you don't agree.

Thank You Lord for Your faithfulness. Thank you that You promise to never leave us or forsake us through whatever we go through and no matter the outcome. Your plans for us are always for our good, to make us more like You. I love You Lord.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Don't Give Up

Today, Lindsey from the Pleasent Living blog that I follow, announced that she has a brain tumor. She has not wavered in her faith through two bouts with breast cancer and she and her husband are only 27 years old. She was first diagnosed a few months after she and Brian were married. The grace and maturity they've shown through these past almost 3 years have touched countless numbers of folks all over the world. Alot of those people, like me, have never met her or Brian in person. It is through her blog that we've all felt this bond with this incredible couple.

She woke Brian up early yesterday morning having seizures that lasted a minute each. Brian called 911 and when she got to the hospital and did a scan they found the penny sized tumor. It is a shock but they know that God is in control and want Him to be glorified through this new diagnosis. Please go to her blog and see her specific requests.

After I read her post the verse Luke 18:1 came to mind," Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up". Let's all be faithful prayer warriors for the Pond family as well as whatever or whoever the Lord places in our life.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I'm thankful for:
1. the freedom to worship my Lord and Savior
2. the freedom to vote for our leaders
3. my husband's new job
4. our middle son's new career
5. our 4 precious children (we gained another daughter when our oldest married in September)
6. friends
7. all the family that will be here for Thanksgiving
8. my mama's "I'd rather wear out than rust out" attitude. She'll be 88 in December
9. our wonderful church
10.the Body of Christ

There are so many other things that I'm thankful for but these are foremost on my heart today.

Monday, November 1, 2010

One of My Heroines

In my sister's journey with breast cancer I have met some amazing folks.
One of the ladies that my sister introduced me to is Margaret. She had had
cancer for 9 years. They have run the gamut of chemo therapies and medications
on her. One of the most powerful ones they started her on this summer caused her
to have seizures so severe that she was hospitalized for over 30 days. They were
afraid that they were going to lose her. She did come through that trauma by
God's grace and knew that the Lord still had work for her to do here on earth.
They have since taken that drug off the market because of the severe reactions
folks experienced on it. Once it was all out of her system, they started her on
another chemo a few weeks ago. She said that it didn't cause seizures but just
wiped her out after the first day of taking it.

Through all this rugged journey Margaret has never lost her faith. She keeps on keeping on when she is knocked down. She is a prayer warrior. If you give her something to pray about she is on her knees before the Lord with the request. She is a ministering angel to her family, friends, and all those she comes in contact with. Her focus is never on herself or her situation. It is always about whoever the Lord puts in her path.

She has an adventurous spirit. She has a Bucket List of things that she wants to do. She has been able to mark quite a few of them off her list. This past weekend she got to mark another one off. One of her daughters along with 2 of her children, her husband,James, and her all loaded into "Large Marge" (their camper) and went to Talledega for the NAASCAR race. She and her family are racing fans so this was a big thrill to have tickets and be able to camp out in the field with all the other folks that come there. I've heard from friends that have gone there that it is a unique and thrilling experience. I'm so excited that she got to do this even though their favorite, Jeff Gordon, didn't win. If I know Margaret, she didn't meet a stranger while she was there.

I'm praying that the Lord keeps her here for a long time. He has used her to touch so many lives, mine included. I'm so thankful to have her in my life. She has taught me by her example that whatever we go through we can have joy and hope because we know Him as Lord and Savior. Everything around us changes but, He "is the same yesterday, today, yes and forever".

When I think of Margaret I think of Tim McGraw's song "Live Like You were Dying":

He said I was in my early forties with a lot of life before me when a moment came that stopped me on a dime and I spent most of the next dayslooking at the x-rays Talking bout the options and talking bout sweet timeI asked him when it sank in that this might really be the real end how's it hit you when you get that kinda news man what'd you do
and he saidI went sky diving I went Rocky Mountain climbing I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named FuManchu and I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter and I gave forgiveness I'd been denying and he said someday I hope you get the chance to live like you were dying.
He said I was finally the husband that most the time I wasn't and I became a friend a friend would like to have and all the sudden going fishin wasn't such an imposition and I went three times that year I lost my dad well I finally read the good book and I took a good long hard look at what I'd do if I could do it all again
and then I went sky diving I went Rocky Mountain climbing I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named FuManchuand I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter and I gave forgiveness I'd been denying and he said someday I hope you get the chance to live like you were dying.
Like tomorrow was a gift and you got eternity to think about what'd you do with it what did you do with it what did I do with it what would I do with it'
Sky diving I went Rocky Mountain climbing I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named FuManchuand then I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter and I watched an eagle as it was flying and he said someday I hope you get the chance to live like you were dying.To live like you were dying To live like you were dyingTo live like you were dying To live like you were dying

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Another Warrior has gone home

After my husband and I went on the walk for the cure I posted pictures from the walk on Facebook. A friend of mine that I went to church with in Miami informed me of a dear friend of ours that lost her battle with breast cancer two weeks ago. Joanne Basie Lufberry had a heart of gold. She loved the Lord with her whole heart. She was married to John, who I went to college with. They have two sons and a daughter-in-law. I had not had contact with her since college days. I heard that she was a light to everyone who encountered her. She had a beautiful singing voice and used it often in church services. She faced the cancer journey with great courage. I'm thankful to have known her.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Last month was Childhood Cancer Awareness month and now with the 1st day of October we begin Breast Cancer Awareness month.

I am so thankful for family members and friends that the Lord has healed from this disease. I'm also thankful for the folks that are bravely continuing to fight the battle. Finally, I'm thankful for the brave men, women, and children that the Lord allowed me to get to know as they courageously battled cancer and received the ultimate healing of heaven with our Lord and Savior for eternity.

I pray daily for these precious ones that are walking this road. My desire is for their healing on this side of heaven. I'm comforted in knowing that God is Jehovah Rapha- the God who heals. He is faithful as well as sovereign. Whether He chooses to heal them on earth or take them to their eternal home, He is good all the time.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Summer is Almost Over

I hope that each of you have had a wonderful summer. God is so good. He has blessed our family with many changes that will be happening soon.

1. Our oldest son will be getting married on September 17th. He has been dating my soon to be daughter-in-love for 4 1/2 years. We already feel like she's a part of our family. Our daughter is excited to be getting an official new sister.
2. Our middle son finished his MBA and will be moving overseas to France and Nigeria for 3 years.
3. Our daughter will begin her Senior year at Bama
4. My mom moved into a retirement home in June. She has a lovely new apartment that the Lord provided for her.

I enjoyed my 5 years of teaching preschoolers but am extremely thankful for this new stage of life the Lord has placed me in.

Friday, June 18, 2010

God is so good!

Dear Friends,
I know it has been a long time since I've posted. There has been alot of exciting things going on in our lives so I've been neglectful.

Lindsey of Pleasent Drive got a clean scan just in time for her 27th birthday.
Karen's numbers were down which is a wonderful blessing and means that the treatment is working.
My sister has been cancer free for over a year now.
Margaret and Bridget are still in the battle but living life to the fullest in the meantime.
My friend Laura who was battling breast cancer a second time is done with her treatments and doing well.

God is faithful, even when the results are not what we would have wanted. His plans and purposes are perfect. His plans give us hope and a future. Praise the Lord!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I have a few updates to post:
1. Lindsey of Pleasent Drive finished her radiation treatments today! Praise the Lord! Please be praying as her husband's job future is uncertain.
2. My friends, Margaret and Karen's cancer has spread. They are using a treatment that seems to be helping her somewhat. She is on a month long trip with her husband. The doctors have had a harder time finding a treatment to work for Karen. Also, her father died last week. Please pray for comfort for her family, especially her mother.

Lindsey talked on her post about trusting the Lord's sufficiency and sovereignty or believing Satan's lies. We choose to believe in our Lord and Savior's faithfulness.

All of these things reminded me of Martin Nystrom's song, "Your Grace is Sufficient":


words & music by Martin J. Nystrom
Your grace is sufficient for meYour strength is made perfect when I am weakAll that I cling to I lay at your feetYour grace is sufficient for me
I'm no longer striving To merit Your loveI rest in your promise to meAll of my sins have been Washed in Your bloodYour mercy is all that I need
You see me as righteous Because of the bloodThat made the atonement for meYour mercy has triumphed where I should be judgedSo now by your grace I am free
©1991 Integrity's Hosanna! Music / ASCAP

Monday, January 25, 2010

Answered Prayer

I hope that you are reading Lindsey's blog and seeing all the answered prayers the Lord is doing in her and Brian's situation. She also lists specific thing that you can pray for.
If you go to the blog on Christina and Koyla's adoption you will see how the Lord has answered those prayers in a mighty way. They are now permanent members of the Edwards family.
My sweet friend, Caroline, of the Sweet Caroline blog finished her last treatment the first week of January. She is slowly but surely getting her strength back. She will get her port removed in February.
Kevin of the Kwegesiya blog is doing well and teaching classes after severe heart problems.
God is good all the time. He is faithful no matter what the circumstances. To our human eyes things may not go or be going the way we would like to see them go. It is always helpful to remember that God sees the big picture. As Romans 8:28 says:
Romans 8:28 (New International Version)
28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Please Pray for Lindsey

Please go to the blog on my list called "Pleasent Drive" and join in praying for Lindsey. She is an amazing young woman who just found out that her breast cancer has come back after a year. She is such an encouragement and example to me with her faith and honesty as she is on this difficult road. She and her husband, Brian, have shown a maturity beyond their years. They are a relatively newly married couple who I wish I knew in person.

The words to my niece, Ginny Owens, song "If You Want Me To", come to mind:

If You Want Me To

Songwriters: Matthews, Kyle David; Owens, Ginny

The pathway is broken
And the signs are unclear
And I don't know the reson why You brought me here
But just because You love me the way that You do
I'm gonna walk through the valley
If You want me to
No Im not who I was
When I took my first step
And I'm clinging to the promise You're not through with me yet
So if all of the trials bring me closer to You
Then I will go through the fire if You want me to
It may not be the way I would have chosen
When You lead me through a world that's not my home
But You never said it would be easy
You only said I'll never go alone
So when the whole world is against me
And I'm all by myself
And I can't hear You answer my cries for help
I'll remember the suffering Your love put me through
And I'll go through the darkness if You want me to
When I cross over Jordan, gonna sing, gonna shout
Gonna look into Your eyes and see You never let me down
So take me on the pathway that leads me home to You
And I will go through the valley
If You want me to
Yes, I will walk through the valley if You want me to