Monday, September 24, 2018

Please Pray for Barbara Smith

"Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear."  
Isaiah 59:1
(KJV)

Dear friends, I come to you again tonight with yet another urgent request for prayer.


Kevin's brother's wife, Barbara Smith, was just diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
She was fine on Friday, then began to experience some problems on Saturday and suffered a seizure on her way to the hospital.  Tests revealed that she has a tumor the size of an orange on the front part of her brain.  

Though this comes as a great shock to our family, we know that nothing ever surprises our dear Lord.
Barb has lived for Jesus for many years, and we know He is holding her in the palm of His nail-scarred hands.  He is the Great Physician and "is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think." Ephesians 3:20 

"Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."  Matthew 19:26

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

Please pray for God to lay His healing hand upon Barb and send her a Divine-intervention miracle.
Please pray for peace and comfort for her husband, Phillip, her daughters, Sherry and Sonya and their husbands, her grandchildren, and all other family members, friends, and loved ones who are so concerned for her.

Please share this prayer request with all of your prayer chains, small groups, and every prayer warrior you know.
The family truly appreciates your prayers.

In closing, I wanted to add an update about Mom Smith, as so many of you are praying and have emailed and reached out so sweetly through her trials.  Praise God, she was finally approved to move to rehab late this evening!  She is continuing to suffer from a lot of pain, but she is steadily getting better and becoming stronger.  It is nothing short of witnessing a miracle to see how God is helping her along and bringing her through.  We SO appreciate your prayers and loving support.  

Homespun Devotions readers are some of the kindest, most caring people on earth, and I am so blessed to have so many of you faithful, precious friends and prayer warriors in my life.  I know that many of you are fighting your own battles and going through rough places, and it means the world to me that you so willingly help to carry the burdens I share about here.

Your continued prayers for Mom Smith and for Barb are so, so appreciated.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Update on Barb 9/25/2018 @ 9:43 AM
Barb has been diagnosed with glioblastoma brain cancer.
Please continue to pray!!

36 comments:

  1. Oh Dear Cheryl, I am so sorry that you and your family are facing another deep trial! But our God is so compassionate and mighty! I join you in praying for your sister-in-law, and ask the Lord to move on her behalf. Praise God for the ways that He has helped your mother-in-law, and approved her stay in the rehab center. He does hear and answer the cry of His children! Blessings and Love to you, my friend!

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    1. Yes, He surely does answer, dear friend! So very thankful for you, your friendship, and your faithful prayers for all of these requests. I am praying for you, too and hoping you are not in so much pain today. Sending many blessings and much love back to you. :)

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  2. Cheryl, it's Su Ann. I'm glad Mom Smith is able to go to rehab. That is an answered prayer for sure. I am sorry about Barbara. I have and will keep praying. God is still in the miracle working business!��

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    1. I know you are praying faithfully, dear friend, and we are most grateful. You are such a dear blessing. Your sweet package made my day more than you will ever, ever know. I will never forget your kindness. YES, He is still working miracles and is so faithful!

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  3. Thank you for requesting our continued prayers for Mom Smith and for Barbara and her family. Prayers are said for all of you, dear Cheryl. God bless you.....

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    1. God bless you, too, dear Kitty. Your prayers are a gift from God. I am praying for you, too and hope you are feeling well today. Sending love and hugs to you!

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  4. Cheryl, we will be praying without ceasing for Barb and Mom Smith...

    Our Heavenly Father, We ask that You wrap Your Loving Arms around Barb. We come to You believing that All things are Possible with You. We are bringing her to You acknowledging that her body belongs to You. You knit her together in her mother’s womb, and You know every cell in her body. We pray for complete healing. 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. 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 you and your sweet family!

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    1. Beth, thank you ever so much for that powerfully anointed prayer! What a dear blessing you are to me and so many others. I so appreciate your faithfulness to the call God has upon your life and trust He will richly bless you, my friend. Sending love and hugs your way!

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  5. Good morning Cheryl. I have been praying for Barbara and for Mom Smith ever since I received your email yesterday. What a praise to learn that Kevin’s mom has been approved for rehab now. I will continue to pray for both her and Barbara and for God‘s complete healing for both of them. I have also been praising the Lord regarding your home and the situation you found there. Our God is a great God indeed. Thank you for keeping us updated so well through the midst of all of your struggles my dear friend. Blessings, Betsy

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    1. Thank you so very much, dear friend! Your prayers and constant support are God-given gifts. YES, we are surely continuing to praise God for the miracles He has performed, and oh, how grateful we are for His Divine, providential care over us. I cannot begin to say how much you and your precious friendship means to me. Sending much love and gratitude to you and praying for you, too.

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  6. Praying now my dear for all of you.

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet Laura. Praying for you, too, my friend.

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  7. Dear Cheryl, my heart has been touched by this yet another trial in your family! I shared the request for Kevin's mother with the congregation here; we will also be remembering your sister-in-law. May I share a link to a song with you? This is one the Lord gave me after my daddy died. I hope it will be a blessing. It means so much to take each and every burden and lay them down at Jesus' feet. Our family has had many health issues this year as well. Please know that we are in the battle with you. Love and hugs, Angela
    https://soundcloud.com/thesallees/lord-i-lay-my-burdens-at-your?in=thesallees/sets/special-songs

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and prayers for all of us, dear Angela. I am so very sorry to hear that your family has endured health issues this year, and I trust the dear Lord will soon send all of you relief and healing. Thank you so much for sharing the beautiful song that God gave you when you lost your Daddy. I am so thankful for your support in the battle ~ it truly means so much. Sending much love and many hugs back to you, sweet sister.

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  8. My dear, sweet Cheryl, how sad I was to learn about Barb. Please, please know that I am praying for her and for your precious family. May God grant healing, strength, wisdom, and comfort. Sending lots and lots of love your way!

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    1. Your dear, kind words are so comforting, my friend. To know you are praying is a great encouragement and blessing. Your precious package meant the world to me today! Oh, how it brightened my day when Kevin brought it home from the post office! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and may God just bless you over and over again for your friendship and kindness. Sending lots and lots of love back to you, along with much gratitude!

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  9. Isn't that something! To just all of a sudden have this happen, seems crazy, but nothing is crazy with God.
    What a precious smile, full of joy and life.
    You can be sure that we are praying for Barbara, as well as your dear mom Smith.
    You have much on your plate, but God has it all under His control.

    God bless you ♡

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    1. It surely is so tragic to have something happen so suddenly. But, as you said, nothing is crazy with God, and nothing catches Him by surprise. We so appreciate your prayers for Mom Smith and Barb and trust Jesus to bless you abundantly for your caring heart and support. Your presence in my life is such a gift, and I am so thankful for you, dear friend. I hope you are feeling better and your recovery is continuing to go smoothly. Much love to you!

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  10. My dear friend my heart aches for all you are going through and now this diagnosis for Barb. Praying for you all -- relieved to hear Mom Smith has been approved for rehab. Praying that transition goes smoothly.

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    1. Yes, we are so relieved, also, that Mom has been moved. She is having some issues and needs continued prayer. I know you are so faithfully praying for her and for Barb, and it just means so much to know that. How I thank God for your friendship and support and encouragement! You are such a blessing, and I want you to know that I am praying for you, too, and trusting Jesus to continue to comfort and bless you. Sending love and hugs your way.

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  11. This is the very cancer that my husband had. The doctor found it in Feb and Bill went to his heavenly home in July.
    Prayers for the family to have strength and comfort.

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    1. Dear, sweet BJ! I am SO very sorry. I knew your dear Mr. Sweet had cancer, but I did not know the details. You have been through so much pain and heartache, and I have prayed for you so many times throughout your ordeal. Your name continues to be in my prayer book, my friend. Your prayers for Barb and her family are so appreciated. May God continue to bless and keep you always in His loving care. Thank you for your visit and kind words.

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  12. Dearest Cheryl,So sorry to hear about Barb and know much love and prayers will be coming that way.Glad for some help for Mom Smith..Both of these dear ones will be held up to God from N.C.My heart goes out to you all.Also praying for God to supply all your needs in your home..I love and appreciate all of you..I wish there was more I could do and say to help bear the burdens you all are carrying.Just remember after the storms the sun will shine it's brightest and the rainbow of promise is just on it's way..I care and glad you have so many by your side to pray..Prayer has always changed things..God bless,heal,comfort and be ever so near all 3 of you..Love and appreciate all of you..Love Loads,Elaine

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    1. Thank you, sweet friend. We love and appreciate you, too, and SO appreciate your kindness and prayers. Prayer surely does change things. You and I have seen the results of it so many, many times. Your words are words of encouragement, and I just thank you from the bottom of my heart! Sending many hugs your way today.

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  13. Dearest Cheryl, I am so very sorry to read this. This hurts my heart for the family as well as Barbara. I will pray for all. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thank you, dear friend. I am praying for you, too, and hoping with all my heart you are feeling better today. Hugs and many blessings back to you today.

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  14. Cheryl, I am so sorry your family is going through this storm. May Jesus be close to your sister and her family in this time of dire need. Jesus I ask you to touch Barbara and remove this thing that should not be there. Thank you Jesus.

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    1. Thank you, dear Hazel. You are such a blessing, and knowing you are praying is such a consolation. Sending much love and gratitude to you, sweet sister.

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  15. Cheryl, prayers for your precious Barb. We have several friends with that same diagnosis over the past several years. I will lift her up to The Healer, all things are possible with Him! Love and hugs sweet friend❤️

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    1. Oh, my, I am SO sorry for everything your friends have gone through! Thank you ever so much for your prayers, my friend. You are such a blessing to me! Much love and many hugs back to you today. :)

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    1. Thank you SO much for your faithfulness to pray! You are such a blessing!

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  17. My goodness, Cheryl. Your family is certainly being tested but with God's mercy and grace you will come through these trials as well. Continuing my prayers for you and your entire family dear friend.

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    1. Your prayers are such a gift, dear friend! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Praying for you, as well and sending much love to you.

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  18. So sorry to hear this diagnosis in Barb's life, but believing that the Lord will intervene in some miraculous way in her life, we know HE is able! Continuing to pray and believe for a healing touch from the Lord!!!!

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    1. Thank you, faithful friend. You are one of the most earnest intercessors I know. Our times of praying together are so precious to me. We must do that again very soon. Love and appreciate you so much!

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