I rejoice that Danny knows Jesus! The greatest gift of all, that his name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life. I have struggled at times in my life in praying for those I love who become ill. On one hand, our Great Physician is the Healer, Jehovah Rophi! On the other hand, these earthen vessels are for but a season, to be shed here on earth as we receive our bodies that shall perish not, bodies that shall shed no tears, shall feel no pain. Is it a lack of faith to agree with God that someone's numbered days on earth have come to an end so they may live forevermore to worship Him? Am I failing my loved ones when I don't storm the throneroom of God, demanding the healing that scripture says is ours? Am I failing them if I actually do that and it's time for them to return to the Father? It was something I wrestled with mightily. I drew comfort from the fact that the Holy Spirit intercedes through us for things we know not of, that He knows the deep and hidden things of God, that He gets the big picture, even when I don't. Jesus could have easily demanded, "Take this cup from me!" Was it lack of faith that He didn't? Was His submission to the will of the Father, submitting to death for us, the true miracle in that garden?
I know God hears the cries of Danny's heart and I stand with you, with your entire family, with our Body of brothers and sisters here, believing in faith that God will grant Danny's desire. I pray that the peace of God will flood Danny's being, will overtake each of your hearts, that the joy of the Lord will fill each of you to overflowing. Times like these I truly resent the miles that separate me from those online friends who have become so dear to me. I would like nothing better than to be able to hug you tight and pray with you. I love you, my sister.
There is nothing we can do to make God love us more; there is nothing we can do to make God love us less. -- Philip Yancey
I just finished reading all of your heart felt words, as tears continued to roll down my face. Thank you all for your love and prayers. How blessed am I to have this team as part of my life. I will certainly keep the team up to date on this. My brother is having a biopsy next month, to see if he has cancer. He is going to a VA hospital. I am uncertain why he has to wait so long when he might have cancer. Guess there is a waiting list fir that as well.
I asked God to spare me pain. And God said "No," suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me. I asked God to make my spirit grow. And God said "No," I must grow on my own as he prunes me to make me fruitful. I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. And God said "No," I will give you life that you may enjoy all things. I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me. And God said, "Now you got it!"
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I remember your prayer request very well. My church and I have been praying consistently for your brother to be healed.
It's not our will but God's will be done. After you've done all you can, you just stand.
God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we could ask. He here's the prayers of the righteous.
I send this to you:
Isaiah 38:2-8 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, "Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: "Go and tell Hezekiah, 'This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.
" 'This is the LORD's sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised: I will make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.' " So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had gone down.
It's so heartbreaking when something happens to someone you love...You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers Shelley...May God wrap His loving arms around you all and help you through this difficult time...ALL things ARE possible through Christ!!! ((HUGS)) ~Heidi
"In the midst of winter, I finally learned... That there was in me an INVINCIBLE summer" ~Albert Camus
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I've heard people say "It's God's will" or "I'll just leave it up to God" when faced with a serious illness or tragedy. Don't fall into that trap. God wants us to pray to him for help. In Luke 18:1 Jesus told his disciples that they "should always pray and not give up." and then Jesus asked "...will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?" Pray to God from your heart for healing. Don't stop. Don't give up. God wants us to ask him for help. He loves us.
Over 20 percent of the Gospel is about the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Jesus taught his disciples how to pray and heal. He sent them to carry on his work. Wouldn't Jesus want his followers to pray for healing today?
The Bible actually gives us some directions on how to pray for healing. For example, in James 5:14-15 we are told: "Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15) And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven." and in James 5:16 we are asked to "confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed." and then told that "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." In Mark 11:23-25 Jesus further instructs to forgive when we pray "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, `Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24) Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25) And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."
Only someone facing or sharing a serious sickness, pain or tragedy knows how hard it is. They know how hard it is to cope with the fear and uncertainty. They know how absurd it sounds when someone first tells them to "keep a positive attitude". They know how terrifying it is when the doubt comes. They know how hard it is to throw a mountain into the sea. But remember what Jesus told us in Matthew 17:19-20 when he said "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, `Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Faith as small as a mustard seed sounds a little like hope to me, and that's a good start. Be blessed my dear friend.
Heavenly Father I lift up Shellys family to you Father, Your Son accepted our sufferings to teach us the virtue of patience in human illness. Almighty and merciful Father, by the power of your command, drive away from Danny all forms of sickness and disease. Restore strength to his body and joy to his spirit, so that in his renewed health, he may bless and serve you, now and forevermore. In Jesus Name we pray Amen.
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Shelly, What a heavy burden! You have done the right thing! God can and will give you a peace that is humanly impossibly to understand. Stand on God's Word. When fear rears its ugly head and tries to squeeze your heart in two, remember the words of Jesus, "Stop the fear! Only believe!" Keep your eyes on Jesus, not the circumstances. I'll be praying for your whole family. In Christ's love, Lee
"I AM the master of time." ~ God
I will listen with expectancy to what God the Lord will say, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints, [those who are in right standing with Him]--but let them not turn again to self-confident folly. Psalm 85:8.
Christianity is not a religion, it's a relationship.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.--Aristotle
My bother Danny is asking God for one more year, I am asking God for a miracle. About a month ago I asked this team to pray for my brother Danny. He has five kids, the youngest one is three years old. He has been very sick for the last three years, and keeps getting worse. He has hepatise D, diabetes, and liver failure, along with a few other health problems. Last month I learned that he was put on a list for a liver. I know that often people die before they receive a liver transplant. A few days ago his doctor told him that he thought he had pancreatic cancer. My mom, sister, and dad have all been having health problems this past year. When I found out that my brother was put on a list for a liver, it was more than I could take. I dealt with it by not thinking about it. I wanted it to go away. It is shameful, I know. I did ask this team to pray, and I prayed as well. Then after a couple of weeks I gave it to God. I have had to give many things over to God. Sometimes it is not easy to do. I feel so much peace now. I have stated to pray for a miracle, I am asking you to pray for a miracle as well. My brother wants one more year. I am grateful that he is a christian, and God is helping him through all of this. I have already told God that if it is time for my brother io die, I have excepted that. After hearing my brother tell me, he wants to live another year....how do you get those kinds of words out of your head? It was then that I started to pray for a miracle, still exceptinhg His will, I have faith that he will give him another year. I know that this team has said prayers in the past, I am just asking you to continue to keep my brother in your prayers, thanks Shelly.
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