Praying For Bennett

Last Sunday, I asked for prayers for Bennett. My heart has been so heavy for Bennett and her family. Bennett has a very rare brain tumor.

I knew I could share her story with you all and you would help me “storm heaven” for Bennett! I specifically asked for prayers on Tuesday. In case you missed it, you can read why here.

Praying For Bennett

Can I just say, GOD IS FAITHFUL!! If you’ve ever doubted if God hears our prayers, I don’t think you will after reading Katie Anne’s last journal entry about Bennett. 

Praying For Bennett

Here is what Katie Anne wrote about Tuesday:

“Tuesday arrived and I felt all of your prayers! I had been dreading this day and it was actually one of the best days I’ve had since our arrival. Bennett was supposed to be put under anesthesia Tuesday morning for a hearing test. I was also dreading that because as I’ve said before, she does not recover well from anesthesia. They arrived to take her to the OR at 7 AM. As a result, she fell into a deep sleep in the holding room and miraculously, the doctor was able to administer the test while she was held asleep! Upon our return to her room, a ninja nurse was assigned to change the dressing and it was not nearly as bad as the other two times. Unbelievably this all happened before noon so we were able to be discharged early in the afternoon.

Please keep praying because I was blown away about how well my Tuesday turned out. It went from being the most dreaded day to a positive one. This couldn’t have come at a better time for me and I was truly thankful. I will close out with some immediate requests that I feel will benefit Bennett.

1. She can continue to eat and drink as her taste is so drastically affected by chemo. During treatments she especially struggles to get adequate nutrition that is critical for her overall healing and stamina.

2. The chemotherapy causes minimal side effects. Because of the number of drugs she is given, the list of possibilities is long and frightening.

3. Her hospital stay for this chemo series is as short as possible. It is so good for Bennett’s mental and physical well-being to be out of the hospital. We are still striving to maintain some degree of normalcy in this freakishly abnormal world we find ourselves in.

Finally, we continue to be overwhelmed at the generosity expressed by so many in support of our sweet girl and family. We are aware of each and every prayer, note and deed and only wish it was possible to immediately reply. Please don’t think that anything has gone unnoticed or unappreciated.”

We now have an address where we can be reached:

Bennett Lester
350 Erkenbrecher Ave Room #40,
Cincinnati, OH 45229


Friends, I can’t thank you enough for praying for Bennett!! Let’s give all the glory to God!

Many of you know I lost my Mom to gastric cancer in 2009. One of the things she taught me was to “look for blessings.” Mom always called the hundreds of cards she received in the mail each week, “blessings.”

I included Bennett’s address because I thought some of you might want to send a “blessing” to Bennett and her family. You can tell them you’re a friend of mine if you want.

After I read Katie Anne’s journal entry this song immediately came to my mind. I Know My Redeemer Lives!!! My husband and I love the part at the end where she says, He lives, I spoke with Him this morning!


Have a blessed day!

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Do You Ever Feel Anxious?

Do You Ever Feel Anxious?

I know many of you have felt anxious before, I know I have. I’ve had nights where I wake up and feel an overwhelming sense of fear. It’s in those moments I cry out to God.

The good news is that Jesus is always waiting, always listening and He is the one who can calm our fears. He can carry us in those times. The truth is we all need Jesus to carry us.

St. Augustine said, “our souls are restless until they find their rest in You.”

Philippians 4:7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”

Maybe you’re dealing with something, like divorce, financial troubles, illness, or doubt. Maybe everything is good but you still have fears or anxiety.

He can carry you!

I had heard this song many times, but hadn’t listened to the words. It’s a great reminder of His faithfulness.

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Sunday Encouragement-Let’s Thrive!

I love how God’s word always speaks to me. I read this passage in Romans from the New Living Translation. It simply states what we need to be doing.

Sunday Encouragement-Let's Thrive!

I love this entire passage but specifically, “Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” Do you have something today that troubles you. Let me remind you, KEEP ON PRAYING!!

We heard Casting Crowns in concert a few months ago. This is one of their newer songs, Thrive.


We were made for more than ordinary lives!! We were made to Thrive!!

Have a blessed Sumday!!

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Sunday Inspiration-Hope

One of my daughter’s favorite words, has always been HOPE. Some of her favorite scriptures are about hope.

Sunday Inspiration-Hope

No matter what you’re going through today, I hope you know you always have HOPE.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

About a year ago, I was asked to write a testimony for a book called Joy In the Journey. It’s a book about 12 different women with different journeys and how we each found joy and hope through our experiences. I share my testimony about losing my Mom.

If you need some encouragement this book is filled with it, you can go here for more information.

Sunday Inspiration-Hope

I recently heard this song about hope and thought you would enjoy it!


Have a blessed day!

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Sunday Inspiration

Happy first day of June! Wayne and I are not only back from New York but we’re back from his sabbatical. Today, we’re headed back to our church. I’ve missed our church family and can’t wait to worship with them today.

Last Sunday, Wayne and I worshipped at The Brooklyn Tabernacle. We’ve been there before and to be honest, unless you go, it’s hard to explain.

I don’t think I can adequately describe what worship is like at The Tab (that’s what they call it).

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The choir is amazing and if you’ve ever read anything about the choir, the testimonies that many of them have are unbelievable.

On the flight home, I read Carol Cymbala’s book, He’s Been Faithful. It’s an easy read but she shares several testimonies from the people at The Brooklyn Tabernacle.

She also shares about the choir’s purpose, “Our ministry is to lead people to an encounter with Jesus Christ. For us, performance would be a giant step down.”

Believe me, you can tell they’re not performing. They mean the words they are singing.

If you ever have the opportunity to go to the church, I highly recommend it!

Of course, I thought I’d share a song from The Brooklyn Tabernacle choir. I love this song. No matter what comes our way in this life, let’s not lose our praise!


I’ve lost some good friends along life’s way
Some loved ones departed in Heaven to stay
But thank God I didn’t lose everything
I’ve lost faith in people who said they care
In the time of my crisis they were never there
But in my disappointment in my season of pain
One thing never wavered one thing never changed

I never lost my hope
I never lost my joy
I never lost my faith
But most of all
I never lost my praise

I’ve let some blessings slip away
When I lost my focus and went astray
But thank God i didn’t lose everything
I’ve lost possessions that was so dear
And I’ve lost some battles by walking in fear
But in the midst of my struggle, in the season of pain
One thing never wavered, one thing never changed

I never lost my hope
I never lost my joy
I never lost my faith
But most of all
I never lost my praise

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Sunday Encouragement-Time Is Precious

This past week has been a reminder for me that time is precious. A 19 year old young man in our community died very suddenly. Although I can’t imagine what his family is going through, I know that they are devastated and so are the many young people who knew him.

Time is Precious

It’s tragic, I have no words that can comfort, no words that will take away the pain. But I do know the only one who can comfort in a time like this, and His name is Jesus.

I cling to Revelation 21:4, “he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”

Let me encourage you to make today count! Love those around you, and hug them tight. We are not promised tomorrow.

But, if we know Jesus, we are promised heaven and this song reminds me that those loved ones that have gone before us are seeing things that we can’t  imagine.

You Wouldn’t Cry by Mandissa


All you saw was pain
All you saw was rain
But you should see me now
Moments filled with tears
Lasted all those years
Disappeared somehow
You never said goodbye
On your knees you cry
You’re still asking why, but

Blue has never been bluer
True has never been truer
Honey never tasted so sweet
There’s a song in the breeze
A million voices in praise
A rose has never smelled redder
The sun has never been brighter
If I could find the right words to say
If you could look at my face
If you could just see this place
You wouldn’t cry for me today

What you think you see
Isn’t really me
I’m already home
You’ve got to lay it down
‘Cause Jesus holds me now
And I am not alone
Your faith is wearing thin
But I am watching Him
And He’s holding you too, and


What may seem like years will just be a moment
Oh, the day will come when I’ll show you where you’re going
I can’t wait to show you that

Have a blessed Sunday!

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