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Glad to hear you had a time for a surprise visit with your Dad, Makes life sweeter, hugs,Sherry

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1/16/12 11:34 A

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Will look forwar to your "sharing" Shelly. Enjoy your Monday!

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Thank you everyone for praying for my Dad. I just spent the week end with him and told him that my team was praying for him and he wanted me to tell all of you thank you. I have some really good news to share with you about my Dad but I have some things I need to get to so I will be back later and share more.

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Lifting you both before the Lord and into his care and infinite mercy.

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Missy - you are oh so right when you say it's a "devastating disease." It's good you can pause and laugh a little too, as that's all we can do at times.

Yes, the Lord will see us through, and those suffering from this horrible disease. May He continue to strengthen all touched by this "devastating disease," those suffering from the affects and the families along with care givers.

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1/10/12 9:25 A

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Shelly, it is such a devastating disease in SO many ways. More and more I see Mom becoming someone I've never known her to be in the ten years I've known her. She was widowed about 16 years ago, and she showed no interest whatsoever in men after that. Now, at neatly 75, no man is safe. lol The staff at her assisted living center had to deal with her and an 85 year old man there because they kept sneaking out of the facility. He told them it was because he needed a job since he now had a wife to feed. Bless his heart. He and mom were wandering the very busy road beside their complex, with cars going around them. It's funny and sad and tragic and cute all at the same time. All we can do is pray and trust God to keep them safe and unafraid, to be merciful in every way. Your dad remains in my prayers.

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1/10/12 2:42 A

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God is revealing things to e as I seek Him. I want to grow in a few ways in HIm. I want to achieve the ability ti live The Life. As I spend time with God I long, I crave to become all the things that He wants me to become. The only way I know how to do this is through talking to Him, reading Him, and then thinking about those words, and praying about them. God sees my heart and I just have to thank HIm, I love you God!!!

I am asking god to help me in a few different ways and in a few different areas in my life. He reveals things to me in the bible, and at times it covers many areas in my life. Today I read this:

Psalm 110:49-50

Remember the word and promise to your servant, in which You have called hope in me. This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction; that Your word has revived me and given e life.

If you look below I have written about y Dad's illness will give me life! The above verses talk about God's promise, which gives me hope. Through His words I receive hope & comfort in my pain. His word renews me, and gives me life.


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1/9/12 11:54 P

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Thank you Kiko, Warmspringday, MI-ELLKAYBEE. I am not sure if many people on this team realizes how important their words are here. YOU are such a huge part of this team. If no one replied to these posts they would be JUST that post. This team would be empty without YOU. Your comments, the posts that you write. Your prayers, your words, everything that you share make this team beautiful and it is very important that you all realize that.

Missy and I love you all. I thank you for your kind words and prayers.
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1/9/12 11:42 P

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Yes Missy I will pray. I was thinking about you while I wrote this in fact remembering you have a loved one with the sae thing. Ironic isn't BOTH tea leaders of this tea have a parents (your other in law) who has dementia (bit now Alzheimer's).

I was talking to my Dad today and noticed that while he was talking he said a word that should have been in the form of present tense, but instead he used the past tense. All that matters is that he knows I love him. He was telling me that it is such a pleasure knowing my love, care, and devotion for him. I realize that some day he may not recognize my voice or me. I will cross that bridge when I come to it, with Jesus holding my hand.

Dear Jesus you are so good to us. I know whatever Missy and I face you will bring us comfort grace, and strength. God it is you who creates a rainbow for every storm in our lives. God I ask you to continue helping Missy and her whole family. Bring Bill comfort and love as he is away at work knowing that your grace is enough. Thank you for giving Missy such a good and faithful man in all respects. God, sometimes we just have to take things moment by moment, and that is ok. It is in our neediness that we come to you like children, needing you more than anything else. Lord, Missy and I don't need this to be needy of you, but I know we both realize that in all things you bring good out of it. We welcome your will knowing that your will is perfect. God I ask you to bless my friends words. One day Missy and I were talking on the phone and she said, I welcome adversity, hardships, and pain. It is in those times we are rewarded in any ways while seeking God. In Jesus name I pray amen.

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1/9/12 9:40 P

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Shelly, join me in prayer for Bill's mother, Janet, as I pray for your dad. She is in the throes of dementia that has made a sharp decline into Alzheimer's. It's such a vicious disease. I thank God for His mercy!!

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1/9/12 1:28 P

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Your faith is so strong, your heart is so tender and understanding. That is living testimony to the strength your father imparted to you, and God has granted you so much wisdom. Praying for you and your family....
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1/7/12 11:49 P

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Shelly -

I am presently working with five ladies, diagnosed with dementia and/or Alzheimer's, and I have to say I am incredibly blessed by them daily (yes, you're right there are "treasures" in this "trial).

I do have to tell you, I find it best to meet my ladies where they are, and should you wish to discuss it any further, please don't hesitate to send me a message.

May the Lord continue to work in your Father's life along with yours.

You're in my thoughts & prayers.



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1/6/12 6:26 P

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Thank you my friend. I am reminded of a verse I just wrote about in my study i am doing with myself in my note book: [Psalm 119:39 Establish your word & confirm Your promise to your servant, which is for those who reverently fear & worship you.] God is good and everything is good concerning Him. From this I will grow stronger in HIm. Everything I experience in my life is to glorify God. So as I walk upon the shadows of life I am prepared knowing my Father in heaven will help me. I am strengthened by the words which I read in the bible, my friend who is ever lasting, the one and only God. is within my heart I do not concentrate on things which I can not control I concentrate on those things which He can control. It calms my soul knowing that He brings beauty into everything, and everything is beauty within Him. We can see this beauty, touch His beauty, and surround ourselves with His beauty as we bring everything to Him. This is life, and yes, I AM human, but I don't have to allow anything to take a negative hold on me. I can feel all things yet, after it has entered me give it to God and let Him carry it for me. This thing my Dad has, it is brought to give me Life! Some things that happen to you can kill you. You can walk around and be alive, yet inside you are really dead! My Dad has Dementia but this can bring me life because as I grow in God through this God is bringing new and good things to me through it. I feel this within my spirit and I know it is true. As I suffer and feel pain, God is there to comfort me. And s I pray, and as I ask God what He wants from each situation I am in I learn His plan through prayer. As I ask for His guidance, ask for how I can represent hIm within each trail, each situation, and within each pain. He shows me how I can help others as I am dealing with every situation I find myself in. Through this there are people I can help some day. I am here to help others, and I help others through what is brought into my life. It is brought through my pain pleasure knowing this too will some day be glorified through God! Life is not always what we want it to be, but we CAN BE what we WANT to be THROUGH IT. I seek God and ask Him to help me find the treasure within this trail. I feel Him around me, and I follow Him as He leads the way!

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1/6/12 10:28 A

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Shelly - I am praying for all of you. Knowing God has a plan and He's got your Father, along with the rest of your family in His care.

May His peace and comfort overwhelm you.

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1/6/12 9:46 A

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Thank you all for your comments, and prayers. I wrote this out 5:00 a.m. today, and I have had 4 people reply by 8:30 a.m. the same day. I feel your love!! emoticon

Bobbie, it is funny as I was about to finish reading what you wrote &nI thought, I am gonna have to call her, 'cause I am not sure what she is talking about. Then I read, call me,lol. I will give you a call within the next week.

through good things and through bad things when I rely on God even the worst things I have ever experienced I have been victorious through God. I am able to tell people it was very hard at times but I am glad that it happened because I grew closer to God through it and God helped me so much! This is just another time I learn to rely on God in a different way. This life that we lead, it all returns to God, and growing in God through our bad times, through our sad times, and in our weary times. Nothing is as bad as it seems when we realize the truth about everything situation that we are in. God is in control! If this is happening the it means I was meant to go through it with my family and with God. I am well able and God is bigger than this situation. So I take what God stands for and I stand in it!!! And I stand in it with God.

Really, I have given this to God a long time ago, but I have felt deep pain as I wrote out what was going on. God comforts me, yet at times I still feel the underlining sadness of it all.

But, my relationship with God keeps me strong. Right now my Dad is doing pretty good, just gets things wrong sometimes. Everything I experience in this life makes me stronger, and I face them head on. I am looking for ways to show my trust and acceptance of God's will. I have prayed about this illness. I found out about my Dad over a year ago. I know whatever happens God has a good plan, the right plan.

I just wanted to share with with you, and ask for prayers. I know that anything is possible through God. I asked God for a miracle last year. I have always felt the answers to God's prayers when I have prayed. When I prayed for God to heal my friend Griff (the person on this team right below me) I knew God answered my prayer and He said yes. Now Griff is cancer free after about 6 months of treatment. I do not claim to know every detail of God's plan, and I am not saying I can predict what God wants in every situation after I say a prayer. But, in my spirit I feel God's will has been made clear to me.

I don't know the condition of my Father mind completely. I have to wait and see where his mind takes him, and what God's plan is. I know whatever happens God will be with all of us. He will keep us at peace with His grace, love, healing, and strength. There are many ways God heals us, and many things we don't understand about it. Of course I don't want my Dad to go through with any of this. But I will do whatever I have to do, as God wants me to do. I have put this in God's hands and I am in His hands. There is no place I would rather be.

I will be fine. I am not feeling well. I have my period and I am in a lot of pain, so I am just not feeling well. But even now as I am suffering from the pain from my period, I know I will be fine. I am prepared that it may not always be easy, but God's grace will carry me through it. At the same time I will say that God has given me such grace in my life that there have been times I have been in a nightmare, but God walked me through a dream, and the nightmare became pleasant instead. God can make anything happen with my Dad. Perhaps He will keep him stable, and my Dad will just have some memory loss, or forgetfulness. I am not trying to figure anything out, I am just leaving it in God's hands, and accepting His will. It says in the bible that God makes good out of everything. I have seen this happen many times as I put my faith in Him and waited on HIm. There is nothing different about this situation, this I know FOR SURE!

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Heavenly Father

We come before you in Jesus name you Lord, are the Just judge, Holy and True. You are the Most High God. You give us life. You hold all power in your hands. You are the Mighty one from God who carries the world, and is ruler over all the earth. You are the giver of life. In you are only good things. In you is mercy and love. In you is healing of the nations. In you is freedom of worry and freedom of pain.

Lord you love us so much. You were sent from your Father, sent to save us from destruction. We truly can never make it to Heaven without the help of Jesus the Son, who was sent to earth to help us.

You, Lord are full of mercy and grace, please forgive us for our faults. Lord Jesus, in you all healing is performed. You Lord are the miracle worker. In your Spirit, your gift of healing is alive. In you Lord we can put our trust that you can heal us, and protect us from the enemy, and death of our soul.

You, Lord are miracle worker for the sick, and for the lost souls. You, Lord forgive us and save us from condemnation. You cleanse us and make us born again new. You give us a clean heart full of peace. You Lord are the Light.

In You is all truth. Your way Lord is the way to Heaven. Your hands Lord created the universe. You Lord are the True giver of Life. Every child is a miracle of Life. Life rests in Your Hands.

Wrap us as a close knit family, draw us near to you Lord, and bind us with your Loving Hands. Let us be drawn closer to You. You are the Vine, dear Lord and we are the branches. You carry all knowledge and all power. You Lord are our medicine. Your Words Lord are Truth and Life.

Help us put our trust in You. You Lord are the greatest physician. You heal, You protect, You care, You love, You are kind, You are patient, You are thoughtful, You are strength. You Lord are our Creator. I thank you Lord for hearing and answering this prayer for our sister and we lift our hands in praise to you Lord in Jesus Name I Pray Amen.



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Praying for the entire family - I know all of you need God's strenght and guidance and I know God will be there for you

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Shelly, you can pray along with thousands of other people but it is all up to the individual himself.

I don't know if I can explain exactly what I have learned over the years.

The word of God says God's answer to all prayer is yes and amen just so long as it lines up with His word which is His will and healing is His will for us, all of us.

But, only God knows your dad's heart.

You really don't know what your dad wants. Our Lord will not go against a person's will no matter how many other people are praying for them to be healed in some way or another. The same goes for coming to the cross of Jesus for salvation.

Has your dad ever been to the cross?

He needs the gospel, the good news spoken to him and if this has been done it is up to him and no one else what he does with this information.

This is such a complex situation I am trying to explain what I have learned.

Also, you may need to ask our Lord for His wisdom of what to pray for.

I hope I did not offend you in any way, but, the truth is what we all need in these types of situations and circumstances.with the people that we love and care for.

Another aspect is binding and loosing. Remember what Jesus said? What ever we bind in earth will be bound in heaven and what ever we loose in earth will be loosed in heaven because binding and loosing are the keys to kingdom of heaven.

Who has authority over you dad?

He needs the person that has authority over him according to God's kingdom and His way of dong things to bind and loose over your dad and since he is your dad I think that you could do this.

This is such a deep subject just give me a call and maybe talking can help clarify what I have been learning.

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Shelly, one of the hardest things we deal with in our journeys in our time here is dealing, handling and working through with the Lord the changes that happen during our later seasons.
My prayers are with you. Know that it is a great thing that you are with the Lord, Him helping you and leading you, with filling yourself with knowledge and your heart with continued love for your dad.
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About 13 years ago I learned more about two awful things that sometimes happens to people as they age they are Dementia and Alzheimer's. I remember praying and asking God that my parents never had to suffer through such a horrible thing. As time passed I would sometimes hear things about those two awful diseases and again I would ask God that he would spear my parents from both of those things.

God always knows best and although His will is not always our will it is up to us to except His will and find peace with it no matter what happens in our lives. Even when our prayers are not answered. Last year I found out my Father had the beginning stages of Dementia. It was very hard for me to hear those words when my brother told me he had Dementia. I asked for my church to pray for my Dad. I remembered the prayers which I said and wondered why God allowed this to happen. I told myself that I had a long time to deal with this, and actually put it out of my mind for a day. Then I talked to God about it and prayed that He would create a miracle and simply take it away from my Dad. That was back in Nov.'11.

I had lead a study on prayer last year on this team. In my study I wrote about how sometimes we pray for something and God says no. I wrote as we pray we are to tell God, not my will but your will be done. My Dad began taking a drug which is meant to help or prolong the effects of Demetia. My Dad's memory improved and I told myself God's miracle started. During this time I told God, it is your will, but I claim this as an answered prayer.

These last four months I have seen a downward destruction of my Dad's memory and I have come to the terms of my Father's illness. I am strengthened and encouraged by the knowledge that God will is being acted out. I know God knows what is best for my family. I have lived through enough things to know God's love, grace, and strength is enough. One of my life verses I have lived through has taught me that God's grace is enough, it is all that I need. His strength becomes one in my weakness. God's love is enough to carry me through anything I experience in my life. One of my worst nightmares was having a parent with either one of these illness. Yet, here is I at my doorstep. God comforts me with His love, care, and strength. He will give me all that I need to care for my Dad, as experience this to the end. In return I ask God to show me how I can glorify Him through my experience with this.

I am very close to my Dad. I talk to him on the phone many times through the month. I have come to accept that dates, numbers, addresses, and phones numbers are not things to ask questions to my Dad about. As years pass I understand these things will matter little to me. The love we share, the time we have with one another, those kinds of things are what is important now.

I look forward to whatever God has in store for me regarding my Father having Dememtia. In every tragedy I have experienced, every loss I have suffered, every pain which touched my heart God has always been there. As I face such things in my life I have asked God certain questions, and this time is no defendant. I ask you God now, what do you want me to learn from this? God how can I use this to become closer to you Lord? How can I represent you through this God? Help me to be strengthened through this Lord. Tears form in my eyes as I type this out. You see, I have opened my heart to this completely now. I have been kinda dealing with this, yet it has not penetrated my heart until now. I have talked about this with people but have not shared it in the form of writing it out. I have only shared it with a few spark friends. God I ask you to help me to grow, and help me to show your strength in me with my words, thoughts, & actions. I will not waste this opportunely to grow in you through this Lord. Continue to help me to be strong.

God I thank you Lord for sparing my Father this long, it could have happened long ago. My Father is 79 years old. God I have asked you to never allow either one of my parents to suffer through this. But I did not want to suffer along with them as well. God as I have brought you my prayer you have answered it. I accept your will, although I do not understand it. It is not always meant for us to understand all the things which happen in our lives. But I find comfort knowing that you have a plan. And I trust YOUR plan God. It is your will and it is through my acceptance that I find strength and comfort. God keep me at peace in your arms. Give my Dad's wife patience, and peace as she takes care of my Dad.

I ask for prayer sfor my Dad and his wife from you team. There is a long road to travel, we are still at the beginning stages of this. Thank you my dear friends in advance. emoticon

I have provided a link for anyone who would like to find out what Deementia is:

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