Saturday, October 20, 2018

Updates on Mom Smith and Barbara Smith

"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
James 5:16

I wanted to post an update for all of you prayer warriors who are so faithfully lifting Mom Smith and Barbara Smith to the throne of grace.
I am so thankful to report that God has intervened and done so much for both of them!
Mom Smith is continuing to improve, after her surgery to open the blood flow to her right leg/foot.
She has regressed some as far as the blood flowing as freely as it did right after surgery, but it is still much improved over what it was before.
Lord willing, we are bringing her home from rehab next week!!!!!
We serve an amazing and awesome GOD who absolutely hears and answers the prayers of His children!  He doesn't put an age limit on healing, and He never sees anyone as too far gone.  We realize Mom Smith's condition remains very fragile, and she is far advanced in years, and still, God is SO gracious to have touched her once again.  As we watch the time of her life on earth edge closer to the moment Jesus calls her home, we deeply cherish every moment we are granted with her. 

The last time I posted an update about Barbara, I mentioned that she was diagnosed with an inoperable glioblastoma brain tumor.  The doctors were planning to send her home without much hope at all.  Between that post and this, the family was able to find a surgeon who was willing to operate on Barbara, and she came through the surgery just fine!  They removed as much of the tumor as they could, and she is doing so much better!  She is out of the hospital and will be undergoing chemo and radiation treatments.  It is just amazing how God has intervened and answered prayer on her behalf.  The family is most grateful for every prayer prayed for her and would so appreciate your continued prayers.  The journey ahead for her is long but filled with hope, praise God!

Dear friend, I don't know what you may be facing today.
I don't know what you are praying for or what you may look ahead and see as hopeless.
I don't know the particulars of what a miracle looks like for you.
The wonderful thing is that I do not need to know.
There is an all-seeing Father in Heaven who already knows what you need, and He is the only One who needs to know because He is the only One who can perform your miracle.
May I encourage you to keep looking to Him, regardless?
No matter what you face, He is enough.

When doctors say there is nothing they can do, 
He is Yahweh-Rapha, the LORD that Healeth.

"And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee."  Exodus 15:26

"Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes ye were healed."  I Peter 2:24

"Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:  and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."
James 5:14,15

When life is dark and you feel alone and utterly forsaken, 
He is Yahweh-Shammah, the LORD is There.

"Whither shall I go from Thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence?  If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there.  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.  If I say, 'Surely the darkness shall cover me;' even the night shall be light about me.  Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to Thee.  For Thou hast possessed my reins: Thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."
Psalm 139:7-14

"Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?  Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD." 
 Jeremiah 23:23-24

"And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you."  John 14:16-17

When finances are depleted, there is no way to make ends meet, and you don't know how you will survive,
He is Yahweh-Yireh, the LORD will Provide.

"Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means "the LORD will provide"). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided."
Genesis 22:14 (NLT)

"But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:19 

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."  Matthew 6:33

Whatever you are going through today, remember this—
"And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men, it is impossible, but not with God: for with God, all things are possible."  Mark 10:27

No matter what,
because of who Jesus is, there is always, always hope!

"And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of Him through all the region round about.  And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.  And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written,The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised." Luke 4:14-18

Look back over your life, and recall His never-ending faithfulness.
Bring to mind every time He has answered your prayers in the past.
Remember all He has done, and know this—
you, my friend, will see Him do it again!


  1. Praise the Lord..

  2. Praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow. These are such good reports! I love the song and we sang it last Sunday at church. My hubby has been in the hospital with a blood clot this past week, I am so thankful that it was found. Wishing you a joy-filled Sunday my friend!

    1. Amen! God is SO good! I love that song, too. It has been ministering to my family and me so much lately. Oh, I am SO sorry to hear about your husband's health issues! I trust all will be well and am so grateful it was found, too. The dear Lord is so faithful to His trusting children. Sending much love to you and trusting with you that God will see your husband through.

  3. Great news! I don't remember hearing about Barbara...maybe I missed an email. But I am so glad that she and your mother-in-law have received positive news and answered prayers! I hope you are well...haven't heard from you in quite a while, but I do think of you and pray for you all often. :)

    1. Thank you ever so much for your prayers for us! Oh, we do appreciate that so very much! I have been thinking of you and praying for you, too, and I hope all is well with all of you. God bless you, my friend. :)

  4. So glad to see this great news, my friend! I have been looking for an update. Yes, with Jesus, there is ALWAYS hope! Much love to you!

    1. It was so wonderful to see a comment from you, my friend, and to know that you are faithfully praying. I hope all is well with you and your family. Sending much love back to you and many hugs!

  5. Awesome news, Cheryl!

    Amen! It's not up to a doctor or anyone else. Our Father is sovereign over His creation and everything in it!

    I'm praying for Mom and Barbara Smith.

    Thanks for sharing, sister.

    1. Amen, brother! He is in control, and His purposes will be fulfilled, praise His name! You will never know how much we appreciate your faithful prayers and friendship. May the Lord bless you richly and abundantly!

  6. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Oh the wonderful, matchless grace of God!
    This is Such wonderful news.
    Enjoy the days God has granted you with and be blessed, dear friend.

    Praying for you and your family ♡

    1. Thank you ever so much for your dear prayers for us, my friend! I was so happy and thankful to see the sweet picture of you and your Mom and to know she is doing so well, also. God is SO faithful!

  7. Thank you for the positive updates and many blessings to you and your family during these times.

    1. Thank you so much, my friend. Oh, I have been intending to respond to your email, and I haven't had time. Will do that soon, Lord willing. You are on my mind and in my heart. Sending love and hugs your way today!

  8. So very thankful to hear these praise reports dear Cheryl! It is just so amazing how the Lord has undertaken in both Mom Smith's and Barb's life! So very thankful and praising the Lord with you for the goodness of the Lord. I enjoyed the scriptures about the names of the Lord that you shared, and the beautiful song Do It Again, I had not ever heard it before. So thankful that in our hour of need we can call on the Lord and HE is with us. Continuing in prayer for you and your family! Love and hugs!

    1. Oh, thank you SO much for your continued prayers for all of us! That is such a comfort to me and means so much! I am praying for you and your family, too, and trusting God to bless all of you, my friend. Sending much love and many hugs back your way!

  9. Praise God for the wonderful ways He is answering prayers in your family! I will continue to keep you all in my prayers. Thank God that He truly does fill Heaven and earth! Blessings to you Dear sister!

    1. Thank you so much for your faithful prayers and encouragement, sweet friend. God bless you!

  10. Hi Cheryl,Trying hard to reach you so thankful for the good news report..Love and prayers keep coming your way..pray for Me too.Love Loads,Elaine

  11. Thank you so much on the update on Mom Smith and Barbara. My prayers continue for them and for your family. My own dear mom passed away a week ago today, but I do know that she is in a wonderful place, and one day we will be together again. God bless you!

  12. Oh Cheryl, I am rejoicing with you and your family in all of the Lord's tender mercies upon your loved ones! Truly so amazing!!!

    Oh what a great and gracious God we serve!

    Thank you for sharing such wonderful testimonies which bring Glory to our Great God and Father.

    Sending you much love,