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

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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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Difficult Seasons-Take Another Step

It seems like each week I come to this place and ask why? I know life is a journey and there are times of joy but there are also times of sorrow.

Just this week, a friend found out that her 2 year old daughter has a malignant brain tumor. They operated and removed 95% of the tumor. They will have to do chemo and radiation to get rid of the 5% that was left. My heart aches for this family.

I sometimes wonder how we handle the difficult seasons but I’m reminded of this quote by Oswald Chambers….

Take Another Step

We can’t give up. We have to have faith that God is in control. Do the next thing!

When my daughter found out about this tragedy, she texted me, “Why is life so hard?” My answer was simply, “Because this is not our home. We are here to shine light in a dark world and we never know how long we have.”

We have no guarantees of tomorrow but we have today, so let’s shine His light!

The song, Take Another Step by Steven Curtis Chapman kept coming to my mind.

Basically, the song is saying one minute everything can seem perfect and the next minute there’s tragedy. What do we do? Take another step, and then another, and then another……

 

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

I have a hard time posting fashion pictures on Sundays but since I committed to 31 days of summer fashion I’m going to do it. You know I wasn’t going to get through 31 days of summer fashion without wearing my chambray shirt.

31 days of summer fashion

Chambray Shirt-Cato//Black pants-Stitch Fix//Wedge heels-Macy’s//Earrings-Target

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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Live Life To The Fullest!

I shared this quote yesterday morning on my facebook page. It’s a great reminder to live life to the fullest!

Live Life To The Fullest!

Courtney and Colt and I spent some time Saturday enjoying our sweet small town. We went to a Beef Festival and then headed to one of our favorites places and got an ice cream cone. A perfect way to spend a summer day!

Live Life To The Fullest!

Is our life perfect? No. Do we have disappointments and difficulties? Absolutely. Does anyone go through this life without some bumps and bruises?

But we believe each day is a gift and although the journey is not always easy, we’re counting our blessings and believing Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Today, savor the blessings and know that “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Psalm 118:24


  Have a blessed Sunday!

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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).

Sunday Inspiration

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

CHORUS
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

CHORUS
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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