Saturday, February 4, 2017

Continued Prayers Needed...7th Update On Kristen

"Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light."
Matthew 11:28-30

I apologize that it has been a while since I was able to publish a new post here.
Thank you so much to all who have contacted me to check on us!
I have several blog posts started and in the pipeline, and I hope to publish them soon.
Unfortunately, my laptop cord stopped working, and, boy, do I miss my laptop!
It is hard to get used to using a desktop again, especially when health issues hinder you from being able to remain at a desk for long periods of time.
So, this post won't be as long-winded as mine usually are, 
but I am compelled to write with an urgent plea to all of you prayer warriors on behalf of my dear niece, Kristen.

As you know, she is expecting her first baby, and she has a blood clot in her right lung.
It has just been a horrible time for her.
Due to her pregnancy, they cannot give her the medicine she really needs to dissolve the blood clot quickly, and in order to make up for that, they had increased her dosage of the alternate medicine to try to compensate for the lack of the medicine she really needs.

Fast forward to this week, when she began to have nose bleeds and abdominal pain.
Her doctor has reduced her dosage, which has stopped the nose bleeds, praise God, but she is still having severe heart palpitations, racing heart rate, and elevated blood pressure.
As you can imagine, all of this is bringing on anxiety and so much fear.

Dear friends, please, please keep praying for Kristen.
I know so many of you are, and you just have no idea how much it means to my family and me.
We are SO grateful for every prayer you are praying on her behalf, and it does not escape us that our dear Lord answering all of the prayers going up for her is precisely why she is doing as well as she is.
Yesterday, I found out that one of you dear, precious friends is even fasting on her behalf.
You know who you are, and I tell you, I just cannot put into words what this has meant to Kristen, to me, and to my family.
To think that one of you would lay aside food for the sake of interceding to God for Kristen's healing just humbles me beyond what I can express.
"Thank you" seems so inadequate to convey our deep appreciation,
and I can only hope that the dear Lord will abundantly bless and reward your sacrifice on our behalf.

Praise God, the sweet baby boy Kristen is carrying is still very active, and the heartbeat is very strong, in spite of all that is happening right now!
She is 17 weeks along today!

I have been enjoying finding little things for the little fellow.
It is so much fun to know that we will soon have a new baby in our family again!
I am choosing to believe that GOD will heal Kristen,
protect that baby boy and allow him to be born full-term and completely healthy,
and spare both Kristen's and his life to a ripe, old age!
Surely this case is not too hard for our God!

"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?"
Jeremiah 32:27

"And He said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."
Luke 18:27

I don't know what you may be going through right now, but I want to encourage you to keep looking to the Lord to see you through.

"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

Even though, we do not understand why He allows trials to come into our lives,
He is ever-faithful to remain by our side through them all.
Here are some Scriptures that have been sustaining me through some hard places lately.
I hope they encourage you, uplift your heart, and comfort you as you face your own dark times.

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness."
Isaiah 41:10

"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."
Psalm 46:10

"And the LORD, He it is that doth go before thee; He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed."
Deuteronomy 31:8

"There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."
Joshua 1:5

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

"When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him."
Isaiah 59:19

"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."
I Peter 4:12, 13

"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby."
Hebrews 12:11

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
Psalm 46:1

"Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us."
Psalm 62:8

"But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine.
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."
Isaiah 43:1,2

 A precious blogging friend who has been such a dear blessing and comfort to me over the past few years has been gifted by God with the ability to not only write, but to take some of the most lovely photos.
As is the case with several of you precious readers, she and I have been through a lot together on this blogging journey.
We have shared heartaches and tears and many, many prayer requests.
So many times, I have opened our inbox to find a sweet note of encouragement from her, just when I needed it most.
Today, she sent this to encourage me in my current battles, and I was so grateful that she granted permission for me to share it with you here.

Photo and Poem by Gentle Joy
I hope you take the time to stop by and visit her beautiful blog by clicking here.

One of the old, comforting hymns dear Mom used to sing to me when I was down or going through a hard trial was written by May Olinger and entitled, 
"What Should We Do Without Jesus?"
It was one of Mom's favorite songs.

Here are the words...

I have thought of that song so many times, as Mom is on my mind so often when I am going through deep trials.
Oh, I do miss her!
I've lost count of the times I have longed to call her for prayer.

After my prayer warrior Papaw died in 1979, I remember Mom telling me how much she missed Papaw's prayers.
My heart went out to her, but I couldn't come near to comprehending the depths of her loss until I lost Mom in 2012.
There is no way to measure the worth of a praying parent, 
and when they are gone, the void is indescribable.

What should or would we do without Jesus?
To whom would we turn?
I find that I lean harder upon Him with each passing day, it seems...
even harder since my own dear praying parents are gone.

"...there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."
Proverbs 18:24

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

Another dear blogging friend, Victor, (you may remember and like to read his Inner Views published here) put together this beautiful version of "What A Friend We Have In Jesus".
I hope you enjoy it.

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Keep encouraged, dear friends.
Jesus overcame every, single obstacle put before Him in this life,
and because He triumphed, so can we.
There is a crown reserved for each and every one of us, waiting in Heaven.

"Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing."
2 Timothy 4:8

Thank you ever so much for your love, kindness, friendship, support, and continued prayers
for my dear niece, Kristen, and my family and me.

God bless you all!